So as you may know I embarked upon the P90X workout program in late February. There were a few days here and there that I missed, but for the most part I kept on schedule. Today is the last day of Week 12 of the 13 week program. But I don't think I'm going to do Week 13 since that's just a "recovery week." It might be nice to have a slightly easier week after four straight weeks of pretty intense resistance workouts, but I've found that I've always gained weight during the recovery weeks because those workouts are easier and you just don't burn that many calories doing them. And yes, I did try to make up for the less calories by doing more cardio.
Not that I did P90X to lose weight anyway. I didn't really lose a lot of weight since I started the program. In fact, my weight went up and down by a few pounds over the last 12 weeks.
I had already lost most of the weight I wanted to lose back in 2012. I did put some weight on around the holidays, but that's because I did slack off some. I got under my upper limit weight of 180 after New Year's and that's when I decided it was time to really challenge myself and try P90X. I've been "fit" and "in shape" for about a year now, but I wanted to see if I could get back to my boot camp days. I'd say I'm probably in even better shape now than I was then. So in that respect, P90X did what it was supposed to do and I'm satisfied with the program and glad I made it through.
So my question is, now that I've finished with P90X, where do I go from here? If you're going to say "do it all over again," let me stop you right there. Even though P90X is specifically designed (or so they say) to prevent you from plateuing, I don't see how doing the same workout regimen over and over wouldn't lead to plateuing in some way, shape or form. Also, if I had to keep watching these videos everyday I'd go crazy from the monotony and the repetitiveness. I feel that way when I watch Seinfeld and Friends reruns - I'm just tired of the same old same old.
Everyone seems to agree that you have to change up your workout every three months or less, otherwise your muscles get used to the routine and stop responding and you plateau. But I figure everyone plateaus eventually. I mean, the world's strongest man can't lift a car over his head.
What I need is a program or a website or an app that will build a workout routine for me that enables me to stay in as good of shape as I am now, if not even better. And that program should change everything up on a somewhat regular basis, at least quarterly. Like I just said, routine and monotony drive me crazy, so I want to try new things as often as I can. I have done some brief investigation into this and there are a lot of apps that offer a lot of different workout regimens, but they're all kind of "one size fits all" approach. Also, a lot of the equipment in these programs isn't available at my gym. I go to Planet Fitness, but even their selection of equipment is actually kind of skimpy. You'd be surprised at what they don't have there.
So if anyone can recommend any specific websites or apps that would suit my needs please let me know. If you're a P90X grad, what did you do after you completed the program?