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June 16, 2011 4:10 PM
I was thinking about starting P90X in a couple weeks -- I don't have a chin up bar or resistance bands; can I go ahead and start or do I need to get something first? What kind of equipment is essential to it? Thanks!
  4048189
June 16, 2011 4:13 PM
Well, not going to be able to do much with the weights without that, but you CAN the body weight exercises and the cardio. You can do that until you get what you need.
June 16, 2011 4:14 PM
you would definatley need resistance bands for chin ups and the other weight training exercise
June 16, 2011 4:14 PM
Ditto. Ive been holding off starting, waiting until I move so I can buy some free weights & power tower (chin up bar). My g/f is doing it right now with resistance bands and light free weights.
  282641
June 16, 2011 4:15 PM
Essentials...
Dumbells or resistance bands (I prefer weights)
Pull up bar or a free standing power tower (power towers are expensive but much nicer and work well in basements)
Yoga equipment including a mat and a block

Nice to haves...
Cross trainers and thicker plyo mat for Plyometrics
HRM
Weighted vest and weighted gloves, weighted wrist weights and weighted ankle weights

If you go the weights option, I strongly suggest you invest in the adjustable dumbells...I really wish I would have done that as I am maxing on my free weights in terms of them being too light and any I buy now are going to run me some serious cash.

Hope that helped you...
  2972132
June 16, 2011 4:17 PM
For most of the P90X videos you will need some kind of weights. I bought free weights/dumbells but you can always use soup cans or other items you have at home. For a few of the resistance workouts you will need something like this to help boost your strength.

In terms of a chin up bar, its not necessary. I used resistance bands instead (as they show you some modified moves just in case you don't have the bar). They even show a few moves with the band if you don't have weights as well. If anything, invest in one or two resistance bands. You can go to a CVS or Walgreens and pick up a Therma band if you don't want to spend too much money.

The cardio workouts are fantastic (and they require little to no equipment). Sometimes they suggest you get a chair for certain exercises, but otherwise you don't have to buy anything fancy.

I hope this helps you. The P90X workouts are fantastic! Best of luck!
June 16, 2011 4:17 PM
Here's a great deal on a chin up bar from WalMart:
http://www.walmart.com/ip/Iron-Gym-Xtreme-Workout-Bar/13032424?dest=9999999997&sourceid=10167834772765028623&wmlspartner=lw9MynSeamY

I also got a great cheapo set of adjustable dumbbells from WalMart for $20 before shipping for another program.
  7796878
June 16, 2011 4:17 PM
I don't think you can really do p90x without ANY equipment. Maybe check out Insanity though. Insanity is really great too and it doesn't require any equipment. It's more challenging than p90x to me though.
June 16, 2011 4:20 PM
P90X is a great program. To follow the plan they have laid out you would need a chin up bar and bands or dumbbells right away. Some of the DVDs do not require any equipment but the floor. When I first got P90X two years ago I was following the plan. Now I randomly use the DVDs in the mix on days I'm not doing some other exercise. It is a tough program but I recommend it.
June 16, 2011 4:20 PM
I have weights and a yoga mat. I doubt I would need the block, I do yoga without it now and I can't imagine their yoga is that much different.

I guess I'll need to get some resistance bands, though. Thanks!!

I'll look into Insanity. I'll probably go with P90X, though, since someone lent that to me already. :-)
  4048189
June 16, 2011 5:13 PM
You can at least get started to try out the videos. Just because it's a full program doesn't mean you have to follow it to work out. I've been picking out routines I want from that series and the original P90 series and mixing my workouts up. I'm not at a point where I can follow the program strictly but at least I'm working out and have been for the last 2 months in this fashion. You can do Cardio, Yoga, Stretch, Plyometrics, Kempo, Abs and the legs of the Legs/Back and the chest of the Chest/Back videos. If you're just starting out and not in the greatest of shape, even doing half of those two are going to be a nice workout.
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