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Being the Fat Kid Was All He Knew

Seth Epley said, “My entire life being the fat kid was the only thing I knew. Every action I took, every insecurity I had, was a result of my weight. People that haven’t been in this kind of situation don’t know how difficult life can be. Not just from a physical standpoint, but mentally as well. One day I simply decided enough was enough. I was 20 years old and straight up not enjoying life. It didn’t seem right to me. It was time to finally make a change – one I had wanted to make for as long as I could remember.

What did Seth do? He ordered P90X and on March 3, 2010, started his first workout.

From that first day I knew I was in for a lot of hard work. I honestly had doubts I would stick it out, but pushed them out of my head and told myself quitting wasn’t an option. It was incredibly tough at first. I was overwhelmed, but the fact that it was so hard for me is what pushed me. It turned out I had a competitive side I didn’t know existed. I wanted to prove to myself and others I could reach my goals – and surpass them.

Seth obliterated his goals. After 90 days he lost 50 pounds! From there he moved to Insanity, then did a hybrid of P90X and Insanity, completed The Asylum and most recently is busting through P90X2

“As far as I’m concerned there’s no limit to what I’m capable of. My life motto has become, “mind over all”. It’s more than words, it’s a lifestyle.”

Is P90X Too Time Consuming?

I was reading some reviews of P90X, I came across this one which happens to be a con: “Its time-consuming. The videos are at minimum an hour, the yoga is a full 90 mins. It can take an hour with start-up and cool-down time. I have a wife and young child, and without the leeway I get to be a bit late in the morning to work I don’t know how I’d be able to fit this program in to my schedule ”

One of my “cons” with P90X also happened to be the amount of time. After a week or two, I got used to the workouts would fast forward through Tony Horton’s chit-chat and start exercising before the people on screen did. This would shave 20 minutes off.

So what do you do? Relax and enjoy the ride or keep the remote handy to get the same workout in less time? Let me know…

Team Beachbody Coach Jessica WattersTeam Beachbody Coach Jessica Watters – Jessica lives in New Jersey and is a devoted work at home mother of 4. She is dedicated not only to her husband and her children, but also to her team of fellow coaches and her thousands of Team Beachbody members nationwide. She has a passion for fitness and helping people lead healthier lives. In 2004 she became a Pilates instructor, then a fitness instructor and a personal trainer. Now she is also a top Diamond Team Beachbody Coach and is ready to help you in every way possible to achieve your health, fitness and positive lifestyle goals. You can learn more about Jessica by visiting her Extreme Fitness At Home blog.

What If P90X is Too Much for You?

Someone just ordered Power Half Hour from my website and it made me realize that right now in some people’s lives, P90X is out of the question.  I know that it is hard to believe, but there was life before P90X.  What did people do then?  They did workouts that were plenty hard and plenty effective.  They took their bodies from where they were, to, in some cases,  places that they thought they could never go in terms of fitness, weight loss and health.  P90X is, of course, a one of a kind workout experience and will never be replaced for some of us, even after P90X2 comes out.

So what are some options if P90X is too much for you?  In order of difficulty from easier to harder, here are some choices that you can make:

Power Half Hour:  Each workout combines both cardio and targeted body sculpting for maximum results in just 30 minutes a day.  The Power Half Hour program includes 5 fast and effective fat-burning and muscle-toning videos for your key areas: abs, thighs, buns, arms, chest, and shoulders. The program is so versatile, you can customize it to fit your training needs and target your trouble spots!

Power 90:  Fat burning and total-body sculpting focused on abs, thighs, and upper body. With trainer Tony Horton. This in-home boot camp for dramatic body transformation uses Tony’s Sectional Progression™ technique, which give you an effective workout in as little as 30 minutes!

10 Minute Trainer: The secret behind Tony Horton’s 10-Minute Training System is his breakthrough Super Stacking Technique™ using resistance bands. He combined his most effective moves into each 10-minute workout. Here’s how it works: instead of starting with your cardio, then working your different body parts one at a time like most long workouts, they are stacked, so you get your fat-burning cardio, total-body toning and sculpting, and abs workouts at the same time — in just 10 minutes.

My personal choices are 10 Minute Trainer and P90X+ (I have already finished P90X multiple times).  TMT is effective and especially useful if you are training for a sport and don’t have time to do two full workouts.  P90X+ is advanced, but the workouts are shorter and very effective.

Is P90X The Best Workout Ever?

You will never hear me say that. What you will hear me say is that P90X is the best workout for me. When I bought it from Beachbody in March of 2007, no one had told me about it, I had never seen an infomercial and didn’t know anything about it except what I read on the website and it looked very good.

I was an ACE Certified Personal Trainer for more than a dozen years, going to people’s homes when I lived in New Jersey, working briefly in a club, The Training Sensation, here in Albuquerque (I didn’t like it) and then finally having people come to my home to work out.

When I added a sunroom to my house in 2002, it was designed to accommodate the equipment that I had – complete set of hex head dumbbells and an Olympic weight bench with bars, attachments and a full set of plates. In addition, I purchased a Body Solid Multigym and a Smooth 9.1 HR treadmill (the gym was about $2,400 at the time and I had to assemble it from six boxes that were delivered to my door and the treadmill was about the same price).

Richard Dafter - June 2004

Big mistake, in many ways. The gym was boring and I had to make myself use it and I never used the treadmill because I just ran outside given Albuquerque’s great weather. I have a picture of me standing in front of the gym in June 2004 and you can see that the results are far from impressive.

Now let’s fast forward almost four years and I have discovered P90X. It cost $129.95 and I bought a P90X Chin Up Bar for $54.95. I have a dust covered multigym and treadmill in my sunroom that is taking up way too much space and I would have to disassemble the gym before I had any idea of selling it or even giving it away. I already dissassemled the weight bench and it is packed away in the garage.

The treadmill and the gym cost about $4,800.00 and P90X and the chin up bar cost me $184.90 (I already had the dumbbells, but the set would cost about $100.00 or so).

Is P90X the best workout ever? Everyone who is selling a product these days says that their product is the “best ever”, so you have to figure that out on your own. Is P90X the best workout for me? Yes. I am 57 and in less than 2 months using P90X, this is my transformation from January 30, 2008 to April 4, 2008.

Richard Dafter - January 30, 2008 Richard Dafter - April 4, 2008

How do you think I will look at the end of 90 days? Do you understand why I would say that P90X is the best workout for me? Can you imagine what P90X could do for you?