Unfortunately too many people carry the “I want it now” mentality that our society has grown accustomed to over to P90X. I cannot tell you how many times people have emailed me complaining about why they are not seeing results with P90X in the first 30 days. Many give up because there isn’t instant gratification. There is a little bit of science that goes along with P90X and the first 30 days are there to wake your body up. Its no reason to give up because the results typically start rolling in around day 45. There are some things you can do to make sure you start seeing results in the first month and this is what I’ve found people are not doing to get them.
You’re Not Following One Of The P90X Workout Plans
Lots of people get the P90X DVDs in the mail, pick out the first dvd, and start getting to work. They did not take the time to open up the P90X Workout Guidebook and read it which would explain how to do all 90 days. What ends up happening is they only get through each workout maybe two times in the first 30 days and that’s assuming they don’t miss a day. Doing it that way won’t challenge the muscle groups targeted in month 1 of the Lean, Classic, or Doubles routine. Take the time to go through all of the materials and read what Beachbody and Tony Horton have put together. My recommendation is to start with the P90X Classic routine and stick with it.
You’re Not Following The P90X Nutrition Plan
This is probably the biggest reason why you’re not seeing results. This is also the one I struggled with understanding in my first and second rounds of P90X. Tony Horton has said that over 70% of your results will come from eating correctly. Still eating fast food, junk food, having that 500 calorie Starbucks coffee in the morning, and the daily Pepsi / Mountain Dew? Those things are hindering your results no matter how hard you are working out. You might feel stronger but can’t see the changes in the mirror yet and its because of those foods / drinks. Over weight people might see changes if they haven’t changed their eating that much because they have a lot to lose. I fell into the category of being in shape before and ate well 75% of the time which made seeing the definition a little harder in those first 30 days. Shakeology really helped me a lot and it’s why I’ve been buying the stuff every month since it came out in 2010. If you’re not using Shakeology then I recommend you buy it today as it really simplifies the nutrition aspect of P90X.
You’re Not Pushing Play Enough
Don’t think you’re going to get the P90X results you see from people on the infomercials, YouTube videos, or on other websites if you’re only working out 3 days or less a week. I’m sorry, it’s not going to happen. You might see some small changes and feel a little healthier but you are doing yourself a disservice thinking your going to have dramatic life changing results in 90 days by only working out 36 times in those 90 days. You missed 54 workouts. How are you going to burn the fat or build muscle if you’re not showing up? I’m happy that you are doing something but I feel that working out is the hardest habit to get into and it’s why you need to set yourself up to workout six days a week. Better to miss one or two days a week when you planned for 6 than miss one or two when you planned for three days. The nutrition plan is something that you can make dramatic changes with by sitting down at your dinner table for an hour and writing down a shopping list of things to buy for the next week. If you have good food around the house you’ll start eating good food when your at work or out and about. Working out is different because it forces you to do something you otherwise might not want to do. Make a habit of working out 5-7 hours a week and that 1 hour of writing down what to eat next week won’t seem like a big deal.
These are the 3 biggest reasons I’d say why people don’t see results in their first 30 days of doing P90X. If this sounds like you then you know what you need to do. Give it time. If your over-weight in the beginning then making a change in your eating will start to show dramatic changes. A friend of mine told me he was drinking one or two Mountain Dew’s a day at work for the past year. Told him to stop and go to water instead. He ended up dropping 9 pounds two weeks later. If you’re in shape and feeling the changes while working out everyday but don’t see muscle definition then you will need to dive back into the P90X meal plan and see what changes you need to make.