A few months ago my wife Robyn and I decided to start P90X – since she had just given birth to our second child at the time we agreed that we wouldn’t start until the doctor gave her clearance….. Well, Robyn was given clearance last week and we officially started this past Monday (March 29, 2010)!
I’ll provide updates as we go along, including what’s easy about P90X (not much!), what’s difficult (everything), and how we are progressing through the program.
For now though….here’s a bit about what P90X is and a quick recap of my first five days on P90X.
What is P90X?
If you haven’t heard of P90X you either live in a vacuum, are a recluse, or fear diets and exercise so much that you block your ears whenever you hear anything about getting in shape.
According to the P90X Web site, P90X® is a revolutionary system of 12 sweat-inducing, muscle-pumping workouts, designed to transform your body from regular to ripped in just 90 days. You’ll also receive a comprehensive 3-phase nutrition plan, specially designed supplement options, a detailed fitness guide, a calendar to track your progress, online peer support, and much more. Your personal trainer, Tony Horton, will keep you engaged every step of the way, and you won’t believe your results!
Why is P90X so effective?
The secret behind the P90X system is an advanced training technique called Muscle Confusion™, which accelerates the results process by constantly introducing new moves and routines so your body never plateaus, and you never get bored! Whether you want to get lean, bulk up, or just plain get ripped, there’s an endless variety of ways to mix and match the routines to keep you motivated the full 90 days and beyond!
BTW – P90X just so happens to be a Pepperjam Network advertiser (that’s the company that I founded and currently employs me). If you want to learn more about P90X you can visit the Beach Body Web site here.
My Personal Experiences as shared with my friends on Facebook…
Day 1 – Chest & Back. Just got doing about 1 million push-ups. LOL Seriously, day 1 was awesome, but difficult since I haven’t worked myself for more than a solid 30 minutes outside of training on a bike for two triathlons and two duathlons. I’m super motivated, which I think helped me get through this one with no bruises. We also started the p90X diet yesterday, which wasn’t a dramatic switch for me outside of cutting out my favorite snacks.
Day 2 – Plyometrics. I haven’t really worked out that hard since double sessions in HS football. Unlike other workouts where you can control reps or call it quits after 15 minutes…P90X doesn’t allow you to be a wimp. After day two of P90X I’m starting to realize how this program completely changes your physique – honestly, p90X is doable, but it’s likely harder than any workout you’ve ever done X 10.
Day 3 – Shoulders and Arms. For me the easiest workout so far, but that’s probably because my arms and shoulders are two of the stronger parts of an otherwise out of shape body. My wife Robyn was really pushing hard today, which is great to see and makes me push even harder. Anyone else out there doing P90X? I’m sweating as I type..coming off the workout.
Day 4 – Yoga. I’m kind of lost for words on this one. First, it was 1hr and 40 min, which took me for a loop since I was cutting it close on time the way it was. Once the video started the routine was totally foreign and awkward to me (never did Yoga before), but I survived. Half way through it turned to balance, which wasn’t bad. Yoga is not for everybody & grueling for beginners like me.
Day 5 – Legs & Back in the bag. Great 60 min workout, lots of pull-ups & leg exercises. After Yoga yesterday today was back in comfortable territory for me. Tomorrow is Kenpo X – not sure what that is?
Day 6 tomorrow morning.