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June 23, 2011 4:40 PM
Besides the DVDS ? (and cheapest place to get the stuff I need) hoping to start in a week or 2 (after I get a bit stronger by normal exercise
  8578202
June 23, 2011 4:45 PM
Really the only things you must have are bands or dumbells

Optional stuff

Pull up bar ( highly recommend)
Push up bars ( I use my dumb bells)
HRM
Yoga mat

EDIT: Cheapest place to get this stuff is probably Ebay or Amazon. I bought a 4 bands for $30 bucks on Amazon. I got my pull up bar at ****s for $50. It came with push up bars (which suck!) And I have a couple sets of dumbells which I got at ****s also.
Edited by Spitfirex007 On June 23, 2011 4:47 PM
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June 23, 2011 4:47 PM
Resistance bands are good for lat pull-downs if you don't have the pull-up bar. I also use flour sacks during the yoga because I don't have "yoga blocks." I also recommend a soft pillow for Ab Ripper X...
June 23, 2011 4:47 PM
a mop...clean up all the sweat that will poor out of your body...lol
  568071
June 23, 2011 4:47 PM
*Need*
Weights
Pull up bar
Rug for yoga or a yoga mat
Fan or AC unit

*Optional*
Bands
Edited by Mrs_TrimWaistFatWallet On June 23, 2011 4:48 PM
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June 23, 2011 4:48 PM
QUOTE:

Resistance bands are good for lat pull-downs if you don't have the pull-up bar. I also use flour sacks during the yoga because I don't have "yoga blocks." I also recommend a soft pillow for Ab Ripper X...


Flour sacks as a replacement for yoga blocks...i like it...lol
  568071
June 23, 2011 4:48 PM
You need a pull up bar. Dumbells OR resistance bands. HRM (optional but recommended). bar stool (no back). towel. water...........

that's it I think.

I live in UK so not sure if suppliers would be relevant to you.

Good luck. I've just completed my 90 days and it was awesome! I hope you enjoy it too flowerforyou
June 23, 2011 4:50 PM
QUOTE:

a mop...clean up all the sweat that will poor out of your body...lol


LOL It didn't know what sweat was until I started Insanity!
  4074988
June 23, 2011 4:50 PM
out of all that i have a yoga mat, HRM, bar stool , water, towel and mop .. looks like I need a few more purchases - Resistance bands, pull bar and push up bars,
  8578202
June 23, 2011 4:51 PM
QUOTE:

QUOTE:

a mop...clean up all the sweat that will poor out of your body...lol


LOL It didn't know what sweat was until I started Insanity!


Amen...
  568071
June 23, 2011 4:54 PM
You can substitute dumbbells for push up bars :)
  3234287
June 23, 2011 4:55 PM
so would resistance band, Dumbell and pushup bar all be in the same meaning I need only 1 or the other not all 3 ?
  8578202
June 23, 2011 4:59 PM
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so would resistance band, Dumbell and pushup bar all be in the same meaning I need only 1 or the other not all 3 ?


Not necessarily.

I use dumbells for all the weights exercises, but I guess you *could* use resistance bands for them. Might make it harder to do though if you are not used to resistance bands trying to figure out the stances, etc.

I would recommend dumbells and either pull-up bar or resistance band that you can attach to the door for lat pull-downs.
June 23, 2011 5:01 PM
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so would resistance band, Dumbell and pushup bar all be in the same meaning I need only 1 or the other not all 3 ?


The bands are used for weight training only. (They can always be used for lat pull downs. Which replaces the pull ups) They are by far the cheaper route compared to dumbbells. But they like to break once and awhile. I am not a fan of them! But some people love them.

Dumbbells can be used for push ups. They allow you to go deeper into your push up and give you better range. IMO this is the best option. But going to cost you slightly more money in the long run. They can range anywhere from $5 - $50 each. Depends what sizes you need

I hope this helps. Probably just made everything more confusing lol
Edited by Spitfirex007 On June 23, 2011 5:03 PM
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June 23, 2011 5:17 PM
QUOTE:

so would resistance band, Dumbell and pushup bar all be in the same meaning I need only 1 or the other not all 3 ?


Personally I use dumbbells for all 3. I have bands and bars but I am not good at the bands (hard for me to control movement because it is a much more difficult exercise for me using the bands compared to the dummbells)

The pushup bars are not needed, really, but help you avoid wrist pain. Just lay the dumbbell on the floor and grip it like you normally would, and essentially do your pushup from your knuckles (the dumbell is taking the force of the floor) so that you don't get your wrists all wacked up from the bending and pressure of it.
  3234287
June 23, 2011 5:34 PM
If you are a woman, and I am assuming you are....then I would buy...

1) Floor Mats (Wal Mart sells them cheap - giant puzzle pieces). This is to protect your legs, knees & feet. There is alot of work you'll be doing on the floor in each of the videos. And, there's jumping too. You can wipe the mats/sanitize them up nicely afterwords. THis was the most important thing I had.

2) A Yoga Mat. Slipping in a Yoga downward dog is not fun. Yoga Mats are super sticky. You may want to consider grippy yoga gloves (no fingers) too. This was the second most important thing I had.

3) Weights. Mainly, I as a woman used 5 & 7.5 pound weights to start. & 99% of the time throughout the program. My husband had those "dial a weight" type set, but I was mainly on 5 & 7.5. There was one move (Lawnmowers) that I used a 25 pound weight. But, that was only one exercise in one video. My husband used alot more weights and he varied it. But, I was super sore with my 5 and 7.5 pounds. At the end, I was able to use 10 pounds. Sometimes, I got out my little 3 pound weights. I wouldn't go hog wild on weights. Just a few you need.

Tony says you can use bands instead of weights for things like curlups, etc. But, it didn't work for me. It felt weird and I never could get the tension right, the loop on the ground right, etc. And, he's moving between sets in just a few seconds. When I used bands for weights, it took me alot longer to get through the dvd.

4) Bands. I used these alot. P90X has alot of "pullups". Every type of pull up imaginable is what you're going to be doing. But, only a few women in the world can do them, especially to start. So, Tony's alternative is to use exercise bands to mimic the pullup.

5) Pull up bar, mounted about 6 feet in a doorway. I used this to wrap my bands around for the "pulldowns". There are a few videos a week where you're going to do countless pulldowns.

6) Pain relief kit. Pain reliever, epson salt, hot tub, water heater, pain rubbing cream, horse linament. You will be so sore your first few weeks. It does get better. Each day, Tony will let your previous day's "wrecked" muscles relax while he destroys some new ones!

7) Good food. Throw out all the bad food. Nutrition is so important. Your body's muscle needs recovery and rebuilding, and this is going to take veggies, fruits, nuts, lean meats, fish, etc. I didn't pay enough attention to nutrition, and I was "wiped out" at the end of 90 days. Don't concentrate on cutting calories - each workout is about 800 calories. Women are supposed to eat 1800 calories. But, it all has to be "good for you" calories, packed with micronutrients.

8) I had a dog bite the hell out of my wrist. I had hand surgery to resew a tendon that ran to my elbow. I struggled, especially at first. The pushups were hard. At first, I bought those "Perfect Push Up". It swiveled. This made it harder. A dumbbell was the best because it was stable. But, after a month, I just used my hands. It was physical therapy for me. You can use your knees in pushups. The pullups were not a problem (I was doing pull downs with the bands/bar). Yoga had one move, Crane, I couldn't do, but so what is one "advanced" Yoga move? I just fast forwarded over that 30 seconds within 90 minutes of pure hell. Tony has some modifications throughout for people with bad wrists. You "do you best" and "forget the rest."

9) Determination.
Edited by skatingisfun1 On June 23, 2011 5:42 PM
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June 23, 2011 5:38 PM
Whoa, did you just say a woman starts with 5 and 7.5 pound weights?

I must not be a woman then since I min. for any of the exercises starting out was 15 pounds. flowerforyou

Women can and SHOULD lift heavy to get good results...unless you seriously can't get past 8 reps with a 5 pound weight doing bicep curls...but in that case, you should probably be doing Power 90 instead of P90X since the X is for people starting out with a good measure of fitness. Just sayin.
June 23, 2011 5:44 PM
I finished all of P90X Lean one year ago....not Power X.

I am a 42 year young figure skater who can still throw down a mean sit spin. For Legs and Back..well, I kicked ass on the legs part. But pull ups and upper body, I improved from shear struggle to doing it. I had an Akita bite me in 2005, chewing up my wrist and forearm, requiring reconstructing surgery and tendon repair. I'm damn lucky to have use of my right arm and hand P90X is not about proving how much weight you can lift. But, I do applaud you for being able to lift 15 pounds. Was that each weight, or in total? P90X is about making the last few reps really count. I think in my last month, I found 10 pounds each weight for some of the exercises. Each weight was hard, at the end, and i reduced to 10 reps.

So, keep your receipt on the weights. If 5 pounds is too puny for you...you can exchange them for some 15 pounders. Or, you can go and blow the bank account on a new, complete set of weights!
Edited by skatingisfun1 On June 23, 2011 6:03 PM
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June 23, 2011 6:34 PM
Thank you so much everyone sounds like Ill need a little of everything lol - Ill probably do lite bars due to my weight limit on my wrist (torn ligament which wont repair due to MRI )So thinking 5lbs weights?
  8578202
June 23, 2011 7:16 PM
You all think these would work for weights - http://www.amazon.com/Altus-Athletic-32-Pound-Dumbbell-Stand/dp/B0032HONJW/ref=pd_sim_sg_85
  8578202
June 23, 2011 7:27 PM
I just started last week and the heaviest dumbbells I own are 5lbs. They do not challenge me at all for bicep curls, but for tricep moves and some of the shoulder work they are really difficult for me and I have to really push through to get to my 12 reps.

I'd much rather have a heavier weight and get that exhausted feeling at 8reps, but until I have the funds for it, the 5lbs will have to make do :)
  3234287
June 23, 2011 7:27 PM
Those will work however on the back days, there is a move called heavy pants and I think those weights may be a little light for that move.
June 23, 2011 7:30 PM
I bought this

http://www.sportsmansguide.com/net/cb/Apex-Neoprene-2-3-5-lb-Dumbbell-Set.aspx?a=757415&pm2d=CSE-SPG-3-GOOGLE&utm_source=google&utm_medium=cse

for 18 bucks at Sports Authority nearly 2 years ago. I wonder if it has raised in price since then. The weights are a little lighter than the ones you listed, and I am also wondering if you get a higher weight then it costs more? I suppose that makes sense.

What I am really wanting to buy is this:

http://www.powerblock.com/

I've heard a lot about them and the few friends that own them swear they are amazing. So someday I will spend a lot of money on those :) They look like they will benefit both me and my guy.
  3234287
June 23, 2011 7:44 PM
Any dumbbell set will work. It just all a matter of what is right for you. If you want to tone, you are aiming for something that you can get about 12-15 reps out of. For building muscle you want to aim for 8-10 reps.

If you are unsure of what you would need. Go into any sports goods store and test them out a bit.
  4074988
June 24, 2011 4:43 AM
Great idea on trying it out at the store.

Also, in P90X, you will use worksheets where you will log your progress on each weight lifting dvd. You will write down how many reps and what weight you used each time you do the dvd. This will help you choose the right weight next time. I wish I still had my worksheets, but I threw them out when I did spring cleaning.
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