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How to Do P90X at a Gym

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author image Lisa M. Wolfe
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.
How to Do P90X at a Gym
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The P90X workout system originated as an at-home routine. You order the DVDs and watch them from the comfort of your room as you perform the intense workouts to transform your body. Equipment is required for this workout system. If you do not have equipment at home, have outgrown the weight amounts on your dumbbells 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 out with others.

Step 1

Choose a way to follow your workout plan at the gym. You can either print out the worksheets with your workout plan, watch the DVD and write out the workout plan as a handwritten worksheet, use an app or bring your laptop in. Choose the one that best fits your motivational needs.

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Step 2

Print out the P90X worksheets to easily track your workouts sets, reps and weight amounts. Watch the DVDs before you attempt to do the workout solely by the worksheets, so you have knowledge of proper exercise form and know the differences between exercises. For example, learn hand placement for the different push-up variations, such as standard, military and diamond.

Step 3

Watch the DVD and write out the workout you wish to take to the gym if you do not have access to the worksheets. Write your own helpful hints or comments to make it easy to remember each exercise. Take the papers with you to the gym.

Step 4

Purchase the iPhone or Droid P90X application if you want to avoid carrying around papers. Follow the workout routine on your phone or iPad while you are at the gym. Track your sets, reps and weights on your phone to monitor your progress. Wear earphones to respect the other fitness participants. Download the workout worksheets to your iPhone or iPad and follow along at the gym.

Step 5

Take your laptop to the gym and play the DVD if you enjoy a visual representation of each exercise. Wear earphones or keep the sound turned low so you do not disturb other fitness participants. Protect your laptop by keeping it in a safe location near you and do not rest it on any equipment to "save" your machine. Adjust your workout rest time as needed to allow transition time between exercise machines.

Step 6

Find a small space at the gym in which to do the exercises. The aerobic room is a good space if it is not in use. Select a space with a supportive floor such as the suspended wood floor of an aerobic room or a rubber-mat covered floor of the weight room. Set your weights near you for quick transitions from one exercise to the next.

Step 7

Use the cardiovascular equipment as warm-up alternatives. For example, walk, cycle, stair-climb or use the elliptical machine for five to 10 minutes to warm your body and prepare for the P90X workout.

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