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P90X – Day 9

It’s been over a week since I’ve started my P90X training.  Let me tell you this; it is one of the best commitments I’ve ever made.  The first week was not easy nor should it have been.  Day after day, as I put more time and energy into the sessions, I’ve noticed small improvements in my energy and my stamina.

Day 1 – Chest & Back, Ab Ripper X:  I did my best but I did not overdo it, attempting to get my form correct and easing my way into the program.  It was still very hard work, enough sweat to fill a water bottle.  I did not have the best freeweights for each exercise.  Soon, I’ll go to Modell’s and pick up some new weights.

Day 2 – Plyometrics:  This workout was no joke.  It is one of the hardest ones in the series.  It consists of jumping exercises, working the leg muscles which I am weakest at.  It was definitely a challenge for me.  I’m sure my neighbors below my floor hate me for this.

Day 3 – Shoulders & Arms, Ab Ripper X:  This DVD focuses on shoulder and arm exercises.  Difficult but worth it.

Day 4 – Yoga X:  At first, I thought it would be a piece of cake day.  Not so true!  My body moved in ways I’ve never moved before.  I could not believe how far the trainers could bend!  I have total respect for the men and women who do these exercises; it is much harder than it looks.

Day 5 – Legs & back, Ab Ripper X:  I got to focus on my weak points again.  The Wall Squat, looks easy, is one of the hardest things I have to do in this entire workout thus far.  If you don’t know what it is, pretend you’re sitting on a chair while leaning your back on the wall and hold it there for what it feels like forever until your butt touches the floor.  You will be on the ground crying and soon  learn that you have to do it again, one leg at a time.

Day 6 – Kenpo X:  I’m glad that this was part of the package.  It allows me to be more well-rounded.  Who knows, maybe the jab-hook-uppercuts will come in handy some day.  Luckily, my wife knows taekwondo and showed me proper form.

Day 7 – X Stretch:  This day allowed my body to heal itself since it was not intensive.  Stretching will lessen the chance of injury.  I’m excited to track my progress in this one.  Week after week, I should be able to stretch further.

The first week definitely raised the bar on what exercise should be.   It’s not a little bit of hard work here, a little bit of hard work there.  It is hard work all the time and my heart rate should be relatively high during the entire sessions.  At this point, I missed a few days due to time issues.  I also had a shoulder injury that kept me back a few days.  However, I’ll get back on it once it’s clear.

P90X – Day 1

The P90X box came in the mail Friday. As instructed, I did the fitness test on Sunday and passed. I skipped the Heart Rate Maximizer because I did not have the heart rate monitor. Neither Chrissy or I could feel my pulse (I must be dead).

Today is my first day of P90X. It is one of the most intense things I’ve ever done, very painful to do but very worth it. As most people who start out an exercise program, there were some routines that I had struggled with, mainly using the pullup bar and leg exercises. I’ve only bought the pullup bar a week ago so I have not done very many of those exercises except occaisionally at the gym. At the end of the video, I felt a great sense of accomplishment. Nothing was easy, which was good because real results means no shortcuts. I’m feeling good now but I’m sure I’ll feel it tomorrow. I’m looking forward to the transformation. I’m bringing it!

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