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Before you start P90X you need to understand this: P90X is intense, and it requires a time commitment.

If your current exercise program involves walking to the fridge for a beer, forget about P90X.  Even if you are in moderately good shape, P90X is a big step up from what you are doing now.  I’m a jogger, and in the six months prior to starting P90X I competed in two 5 km races, finishing the second one in the middle of the pack.  I’m no athlete, but I’m also not a complete couch potato either, and I found the workouts challenging, so be prepared.

On P90X you are expected to workout six days out of seven each week.  Each workout is about one hours long, including warm up and cool down, but on some days the workouts are 75 minutes long.  If you are used to go for a half hour run three days a week, this is a big time commitment.  Before you start, ask yourself this question: am I willing to put in the time to do this?

Where can you find an hour per day?

If you plan to work out in the morning, do the math: If you normally leave your house to go to work at 8:00 am, you will need to be starting your workout no later than 6:00 am to give yourself time to do the workout, cool down, have a shower, eat breakfast, and get dressed for work.  Are you willing to get up prior to 6:00 am all week long?

If you plan to work out in the evening, do you have time to get home from work, grab a snack, wait an hour for your food to settle, do your workout, and still have two hours before bed time to cool down and have a post workout meal?

You will probably find that your schedule will need to change to make it possible to complete your workouts, so decide in advance if you are willing to make the time commitment necessary for success on the P90X program.

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