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How to Do P90X at a Gym
The P90X workout system originated as an at-home routine. You order the DVDs or stream the videos online and watch them from the comfort of your living room as you perform the intense workouts to transform your body.
Equipment is required for this workout system. If you don't have equipment at home, don't have the space to spread out or simply want a change in view, you can perform your P90X workout at the gym. That way you have access to a variety of weight amounts and secure pull-up bars. You may also feel more motivated while working out with others.
Have a Plan
Choose a way to follow your workout plan at the gym. You can print out the daily worksheets and bring them with you so you know which exercises to do. Watch the DVD beforehand so you're familiar with how to do each exercise. You can also watch the DVD and write out the workout plan as a handwritten worksheet with your own notes for reference.
For the more technically savvy, download the Beachbody app to be used with Beachbody On Demand, which allows you to stream the P90X videos on your phone or tablet. If you only have the DVDs, you can bring your laptop to the gym and set it up someplace where it won't get damaged.
Pick a Place
If you are using your laptop to watch the DVDs it's especially important to find a location for your workout that is out of the way of the other gym goers. This will help keep your laptop safe.
You don't need much equipment for P90X -- a couple sets of dumbbells or resistance bands, a pull-up bar and a yoga mat. Choose an area of the gym where you can set up near a pull-up bar without being in the way of traffic or other equipment. If you go to the gym during off hours it will be much easier to find space for your workout.
If you're using your laptop to watch the DVDs or streaming videos on your phone, use earphones or keep the volume down so as not to disturb other gym goers. P90X is a timed workout which is best done interrupted; however when you're working out in a public area, you might have to adjust.
If the equipment you need isn't available, come up with a substitute. You are meant to keep moving during a P90X workout, so waiting isn't an option. If the weights you need aren't available, go a little heavier or lighter and adjust your cadence or reps.
Never be pushy or rude just because you're trying to keep up with the video. Also, take the time to wipe equipment down and clean up after yourself.
A mother of two and passionate fitness presenter, Lisa M. Wolfe had her first fitness article published in 2001. She is the author of six fitness books and holds an Associate of Arts in exercise science from Oakland Community College. When not writing, Wolfe is hula-hooping, kayaking, walking or cycling.