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Hey guys,
Its important that in order to study effectively one needs a proper diet, sleep and exercise on top of studying.
I sleep around 6 hours and have a healthy meal but I dont exercise. I friend introduced me to P90X and I started doing P90X since last week. But I noticed that my dietary intake has increased and i sleep almost 9 hours during the day. Also, my muscles becomes soo soar after working out that they pain all through out the day.
I used to do it in the morning but then I would get so tired that by noon i would start dozing off with my books open. So I shifted the workout to night time that is before going to bed. But I still have this soarness and muscle pain from lifting all these weights.
In addition i have to discipline myself to stick to the schedule. So lol it requires further effort or discipline to do the workout alone. The only thing that pushes me is to have a great physique in 2-3 months studying alongside.
But I dont really look forward to working out.
Its like another work that I do.
Do you guys have suggestion. Just mild running on treadmill for 10-15 is refreshing but too lame. I dont know.
Are there any workout programs out that are fun during these stressful times but dont get too intense like P90X? Or should I just continue wit P90X? Or just stop this and hit the books for 3-4 months before I get distracted like this?
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You sleep only 6 hours a day? Haha, by the time I'm done studying I need at least 9 hours and I still sleep in on weekends, I'm too used to sleeping a lot.

As for P90X, my personal opinion on the program is that it sucks. Anyone with any type of background in fitness will tell you that it's not the most efficient and well rounded program.

Your whole routine depends on what your goals are. Lose good amounts of fat? Slim down just to become a bit leaner? Pack on serious mass? Or just maintain current physique and look a bit better?
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Why is P90x so popuar? Have heard quite often recently...
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you cant study for the usmle and train at the same time

i left olympic weight lifting (yea, serious ****, not baby p90x stuff) so i can focus on studying for the steps.

as someone who's been avidly involved in weightlifting for a few years now, my mentality is that if you're going to train, you have to do it properly and devote your day to it, just like studying for the step. both demand full day preparations.

it's one or the other.

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I started doing P90x before started studying for Step 1 but i stopped it cause it was stressful.I got to tell you,P90X is a very serious work out program that needs a lot of sleep and strict diet.Initial 1 month might be Ok but after 1 month the stuff gets really tiresome.
Its designed for who go to college or work and come home or wake up early and do the exercises.But for a student who is preparing for a more serious exam its a bit overkill.
you can do 30min of treadmill or my favorite AB ripper X which i continue doing now.
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hey guys,
thanks for ur replies. You guys are right. Cos even though I stopped working out since 2 days my muscles are still sore.

@HappyMD- I am not a workout freak. Infact I am a rather skinny guy. But I am looking forward to gain muscle mass. And I have heard good reviews on internet and forums about P90X and since its soo readily available on the internet I giving it a shot. Do you suggest anything else.

I also agree with khushi.chahal that you can either focus on 1 thing gaining muscle mass with proper attention to nutrition and sleep or all ur attention to step 1.
But since a little activity or exercise is required why not do something that you see results in rather than just a treadmill or walking, u know.

But ye i think AB ripper X 2-3 times a week doesnt hurt. That may also show productive results too in the long run.
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hey guys,
thanks for ur replies. You guys are right. Cos even though I stopped working out since 2 days my muscles are still sore.

@HappyMD- I am not a workout freak. Infact I am a rather skinny guy. But I am looking forward to gain muscle mass. And I have heard good reviews on internet and forums about P90X and since its soo readily available on the internet I giving it a shot. Do you suggest anything else.

I also agree with khushi.chahal that you can either focus on 1 thing gaining muscle mass with proper attention to nutrition and sleep or all ur attention to step 1.
But since a little activity or exercise is required why not do something that you see results in rather than just a treadmill or walking, u know.

But ye i think AB ripper X 2-3 times a week doesnt hurt. That may also show productive results too in the long run.
just eat properly and sleep well these next couple months that you are studying for the step. once u take the step you can take 3,4 months off to get in shape and concentrate on training. thats what im doing... its my main motivator to finish the step quickly! lol
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Khushi - glad to see someone who has real experience agree with me that p90x is garbage. It's jus well marketed and hyped up for nothing. Following a simple upper/lower body split with compound lifts is even better.

Usmle isn't really the time for transforming your body. I've stopped working out pretty much since starting and I've already shed around 10 pounds of muscle, it's depressing, but it just motivates me to get it over with so I can hit the weights again.

Goto the gym 3 days a week for an hour, use it as time away from USMLE and as stress relief.... hit your compound lifts hard and heavy and eat right and you will see results.

This whole ab rippper stuff makes me laugh, abs are made in the kitchen not in the gym. Worry about abs later when your at single digit bodyfat% with some nice muscle on your frame.
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I know its the worst time to go to the gym and get back in shape. But I have the same issue. However, what I do is just go to the gym for an hr (treadmill, elipitical) to release the stress that I get from these books. It isn't hard core working out but it helps you to sleep a little better at night and release a bit of stress. Also, eating healthy will help! Instead of sitting on your butt and eating/drinking all the junk (chocolate, cakes, ice cap, ice cream) while studying. If you fill your fridge with some healthy food(vegetables, fruits, milk) then you are more prone to eating them. That's what I am doing now (after eating all the junk at med school) and it works.
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I'm gradually degenerating into a fat tub of lard. But, I'd rather be a tub of lard with a 99
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Khushi - glad to see someone who has real experience agree with me that p90x is garbage. It's jus well marketed and hyped up for nothing. Following a simple upper/lower body split with compound lifts is even better.

Usmle isn't really the time for transforming your body. I've stopped working out pretty much since starting and I've already shed around 10 pounds of muscle, it's depressing, but it just motivates me to get it over with so I can hit the weights again.

Goto the gym 3 days a week for an hour, use it as time away from USMLE and as stress relief.... hit your compound lifts hard and heavy and eat right and you will see results.

This whole ab rippper stuff makes me laugh, abs are made in the kitchen not in the gym. Worry about abs later when your at single digit bodyfat% with some nice muscle on your frame.
this may just be the best comment i've ever seen in these forums.
100% agree with everything here.
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