Just wanted to keep my self accountable and anyone interested updated on my progress with P90x. I started the program last Wednesday (March 9th) and at the time I wasn’t sure what to expect. I was hoping I wouldn’t be disappointed in the workouts because I’m in decent shape from playing basketball every week and going to the gym 3 to 4 times a week.
P90x is a 12 week (or 90 day) training program. The package includes 12 DVD workouts that are designed to work on every part of your body.
- Chest & Back
- Shoulders & Arms
- Yoga X
- Legs & Back
- Kenpo X
- X Stretch
- Core Synergistics
- Chest, Shoulders & Triceps
- Back & Biceps
- Cardio X
- Ab Ripper X
In my condo I have a loft which is now designated the “BRING IT ZONE”. I borrowed my brother’s bowflex adjustable dumbells, hung up a pullup bar in the door frame and layed out a yoga mat. If you ignore the giant red couch (that is owe so comfy) and the giant red chair, it looks like a Gym…well not really. Anyhow there isn’t a lot of room but I make it work.
Week #1 Review
Chest & Back: (1 hr long) I’ve never done so many pushups in my life. Probably about 300 of them in a variety of ways (wide stance, decline, narrow stance, on your side pushups). We also did pull ups which I’ve never been able to do many. Tony was doing 15, I was doing 3. This will be a good measuring stick to see how many pull-ups I can do at the end of 90 days.
Ab Ripper X: (16 minutes) Good Times! My stomach muscles seized up at about minute 4 and had to take a 5 minute break just so I could finish strong…err weak.
results: This was a challenging day and my chest muscles where very sore the next day. Surprising my stomach wasn’t that bad, probably because of the lack of reps.
Plyometrics (1 hr): I call these the basketball exercises. Lot’s of jumping and agility type drills that one would do on a basketball court. I liked this day and found it fun to do and a nice change from lifting weights. My cardio level is fairly high from playing basketball and running 2 miles a few times a week, but I still got winded at times and needed to press the pause button.
results: legs where a bit sore, but not to worse for ware.
Shoulders and Arms (1 hr): Dumbells where extensively used here. Because this was the first time through this day I wanted to use less weight and concentrate on form and finishing the reps. The result was that I probably didn’t get as much out of it as I could have. I will be upping the anti this week however.
Ab Ripper X (16 min): On day one Tony Horton said that we didn’t need to work out our abs everyday (which I was relieved), but apparently every other day is where it’s at. I’d like to think I did a bit better on this round, but I still struggled mightily. Of the 330 possible situps, I probably accomplished 150 or so. I’m going to start keeping track so I can identify my progress better.
results: not very sore, but my stomach was feeling tighter
Yoga X (1hr 30 min): I have never done yoga before and being non to flexible, I was a bit scared. I mean, I can’t even sit indian (cross legged) style and that is the RELAX POSITION! With all that said I think I’m going to benefit most from the yoga. I sweated buckets! This was a hard hard workout
results: i actually felt my body was much looser and relaxed when I was done.
Legs and Back (1 hr): Will now hence forth be called “FU**, MORE SQUATES???” day. My favorite was the chair exercise where you would lean up against a wall and slide your but down and bend at your knees until you resemble a chair. This shouldn’t be hard right? I mean your leaning up against the wall. Wrong! Leg shakes ensued 27 seconds into the 90 seconds of fun. Not to worry though, I got a good chance to rest after doing my 3 pullups and waiting for Tony and his super friends to finish up there 25.
Ab Ripper X (16 min): I did better this time, but I’m finding that my back and hip flexure muscles give out before my stomach really gets a good workout on some of the moves. need to get those stronger.
results: Not surprising my legs where sore the next day. Abs felt pretty tight but not sore.
Kenpo X (1 hr): This was fun and the time went by very quickly. Lots of kick boxing moves and very active. I swear I almost punched myself in the face a few times because my coordination with some of the moves was not there just yet. Jab – Cross – Hook – Uppercut, Jab – Cross – Hook – Uppercut, Jab – Cross – Hook – Uppercut I was fine while we moved slow, but when I spead up I got out of whack sometimes.
results: felt pretty good the next day, my abs where actually sore from the constant rotations of the moves.
Relax or Stretch X: I chose to take it easy and relax since it was my first week. I’ll be doing the stretch from here on out though as I need to work on my flexibility.
I’m very impressed with P90x so far and am enjoying the workouts a lot. One thing I like about doing this instead of going to the gym is that at the gym I wasn’t always sure if what I was doing would benefit me. With P90x I have a professional trainer telling me what to do so I know I’m working my body right.
The hardest part for me so far is my diet. I’ve cut out most sugars and diet soda and have been trying to eat 5 smaller meals a day instead of 3 larger meals. I’m a VERY picky eater so this is going to be a challenge eating more veggies and less sugars.
Anyone else doing p90x and want to help motivate each other?
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