Wednesday, June 17, 2009

P90X Round 2 - Day 24

I feel as though lately I've come online to blog only when I get extremely motivated and excited.

Everything has been working out smoothly. I have been sticking to the schedule and eating clean. I have really surprised myself with this program. I have successfully completed 3 phases and am about to complete the 4th without skipping a beat. I never would have thought I could dedicate so much blood, sweat, and tears into this, but I have, and it's become a habit.

Experts agree that it takes 21 days to break a bad habit and form a new one.

This active lifestyle is something that I never want to give up. Just last year, I told myself I never had enough time. I actually believed I didn't have an hour and a half each day to transform myself.

Never had time to change the way I live. Never had time to become a better person. Never had time to get in the best shape of my life.


And only 114 days later I keep pushing play, and I CAN'T STOP. It's funny though, because I did Kenpo Cardio + for the 3rd time in a week. I've almost got all the moves memorized, not to mention the sweat almost reaches the bottom of my shirt every time I do it.

The Gladiator. It's the best move ever.

Hi, my name is Michael and I'm addicted to the X.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

P90X Round 2 - Day 20

Busy busy.

I got a hold of the remaining DVD's for P90X+ this past week. I've had Interval X+ for 2 months, but I was in a fitness craze and just had to get the rest in my hands. Thursday I did Kenpo Cardio +. Yesterday was Legs & Back with Ab Ripper X and I threw in Abs/Core + at the end just for good measure. I was super sweaty! Not sure if it is the weather (sunny and warm all week) but I was drenched.

P90X+ is tough, I'm not going to lie, but I love a challenge.

Today I did Kenpo Cardio + again and then did all of the lifting from Back & Biceps. Another sweaty workout. This upcoming week is Rest week. Time is going by extremely quickly, so I feel that any kind of plateau I've hit will be smashed once Phase 2 starts. Nothing new to add except I've bought new shoes so that I've got better grip on the floor for any jumping and lateral moves, but mostly for Plyometrics and Cardio. My K-Swisses don't have enough tread, but I've got these new Crosby 87 Reeboks :), should be fun.

My plan is to do Interval X+ on Monday and stick with the schedule for the rest of the week. I have yet to do Total Body+ and Upper +. Excited to try those. Maybe I will venture into those 2 workouts in Phase 3, or start with the + full time for Round 3. Only time will tell!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

P90X Round 2 - Day 11



v. intr.
To put off doing something, especially out of habitual carelessness or laziness.
v. tr.
To postpone or delay needlessly.

Time is really flying. Already second week into yet another round of the X and this is my first blog post about it. Talk about procrastination.

Week 1
Chest & Back
-Went through it tough in the first set and I was nauseous by the second. It's great how nothing has gotten easier, it seems as though it was the first time I ever did this workout because I was tired by the end! Since Round 1, I've used a LOT less chair for pullups, so I am extremely proud of myself. I took more breaks during Ab Ripper than I usually do.

-Another toughie. Was sweating hard by the end. I did do a full minute of Jump Knee Tucks but I was extremely tired for the Rock Star Hops so I kept pace.

Shoulders & Arms
-Concentrated on keeping strict form and lowering my weights enough for all shoulder exercises. I cramped up very badly at the end of Ab Ripper. And of all things to cramp up was my left quad. Not enough water?

Kenpo X
-I did this one by myself again. It's probably the 3rd or 4th week in a row where I haven't had a workout buddy for this one. :(

Legs & Back
-Have to be one of my favorite workouts. I wish I had more room for all the lunges in my room! I'm holding approx. 30lbs in each hand while doing Calf Raises. Amazing definition in my calves. I'm hoping for the same in my quads after this next full round of P90X. I need to also tan my upper legs, hahaha.

Interval X+ & Yoga X
-Focused on the breath and getting height and depth on all moves and I had energy to spare after Intervals! That's how I know it's going well! I was even excited enough to get in Yoga X too. Very relaxed. Still not yet a wrist grabber, but working on it!

Rest Day
-I haven't taken a rest day in about 5 weeks, but I decided to since the previous night I had several, several drinks I should not have. On a scale of 1 to 100 on how good I felt this day, it would have to be about a 14 out of 100 (yes I know that is random). I'm not repeating this again for a while.

Week 2
Chest & Back
-Took a lesson from the week before, did a few reps short of my max and ended up doing a lot of pullups/pushups with good form. I stuck with each one and even did 15 Dive Bombers at the end.

-Oh wow. I think the best way to describe this workout is: my body says Day 79 but my shirt says Day 2. My white T-shirt was SOAKED. Really concentrated on breathing on each move, got super low on everything I could, and had energy to spare. Another 60 seconds of non-stop Jump Knee Tucks.

Shoulders & Arms
-Shot out of bed at 4:30 AM with a terrible right calf cramp. I thought I had kept well hydrated from the night before, obviously not. Mental note to sip water constantly. It could be dehydration or it could be overwork. My advice, just drink your water folks.

Kenpo X
-Today was Kenpo. Another session alone. Everybody else decided to go to the pub and watch the game instead of work out. Their loss. Good workout. Another shirt soaked. I think I may need to invest in some weighted gloves/anklets. I happily use 2.5 or 5 lb freeweights in my hands whenever I can, but I need to up the intensity. Maybe I will try out Kenpo Cardio X this weekend just to mix it up.

I am still scheduled to do Legs & Back tomorrow. I hope I beat the traffic home. Ran out of skinless chicken this afternoon. Will have to settle for some canned salmon.

I know exactly why I am feeling a lot less sprite (weaker, not much intensity for some parts of the workout, especially Ab Ripper) and it is because I have cut out one of the supplements I usually take. Really amazing how the human body can become so dependent on a single supplement. I won't put it back in my regular regimen until the middle of this month to make my body work extra hard!

Keep crushing play :)