Robyn and I completed Day 36 of P90X this morning – 55 minutes of Chest, Shoulders, and Triceps + 16 minutes of Ab Ripper X.
Great workout. By far the most challenging part of today’s workout was push-ups……lots of push-ups.
The thing about P90X and push-ups is that you aren’t doing typical push-ups. Instead, Tony Horton (the P90X instructor) has you doing one handers, clap push-ups, military (close grip) push-ups, slide push-ups, etc. My guess is that all in the workout calls for about 150 push-ups of all kinds – in my opinion, the push-ups make this workout probably the most challenging of all P90X body building (versus cardio) workouts.
In addition to push-ups there are multiple shoulder and tricep workouts from basic shoulder flys and dips to more complex shoulder and tri combos.
For those of you that haven’t done or are doing P90X you probably wonder what “+ Ab Ripper X” is all about.
Ab Ripper X is an intense 16 minute ab crunching workout that follows all of the muscle building videos – most weeks you end up doing Ab Ripper X at least three times – Tony makes the point that in order to get “ripped” abs (trust me, I’m not there yet) you shouldn’t work your abs everyday – that’s why the routine is only incorporated on odd days into the regular workouts videos.
Tomorrow morning (we start at 6am) we have Day 37 – Plyometrics. Plyometrics is an explosive jumping cardio routine proven to dramatically improve athletic performance.