6.10.2009

In Which I Sing Gloria Gaynor (as I sweat)

Remember that ol' disco ditty, "I Will Survive"? That has become my new mantra (thankfully, I don't have the 'fro to go with it) as I move into my second week of P90X.

I have exercised 8 out of the last 9 days.

Let's all take a moment to let that sink in, shall we?

The way that P90X works is you rotate through various strength training and cardio workouts for the first 3 weeks, then recover with cardio, yoga and stretching during the fourth week. That's Phase One. I have chosen not to investigate Phase Two until I survive this one first, call it delayed fear or selective denial, whatever.

The trainer, the freakishly fit, strangely bronzed, Tony Horton, tells me to "Bring It", to "Try My Best and Forget the Rest", not to say "I Can't", but say, "I Presently Struggle With..."(okay, that one made me laugh, like it's the politically correct phrase for tortuous exercise) and then he makes it all look easy. It's not. At all.

The workouts are challenging, okay, downright hard, but I like them. The Chest & Back workout is the hardest for me right now, as I have wimpy upper body strength. I can't fully do all the push-ups in all the various ways like they demonstrate, I do them on my knees and barely move down and up, but I'm trying. And sweating. I modify my pull-ups with the support of a chair. I'm trying. And sweating. And it's good. My favorite cardio workout is Plyometrics, which is a form of jump/agility training. Kenpo X is fast and fun, along the lines of kickboxing. Ab Ripper X makes my cry. Right now, all the workouts are hard. I have to modify some of the moves or not complete as many reps as they do. Or I take a break (shhh).

Even though it's hard, I like the challenge of each workout. I want to see and feel myself getting stronger, able to do real push-ups, able to do a real pull-up, able to lift heavier weights for more reps. Will I get RIPPED? Ha! We'll see. I do hope to get toned, more fit , leaner less jiggly and lumpy.

The system also came with a nutrition plan which is still sitting on the counter. So, no, we aren't following that...YET. I seem to have lost my willpower to go to the grocery store. Again. So obviously there is room for improvement in this area, on many levels.

Today calls for Shoulders & Arms along with Ab Ripper X (cringe). Wish me luck. Thanks.

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18 comments:

  1. I'm so glad you are giving a review of P90x. I've been intrigued but haven't made the purchase yet...but you're helping me lean in that direction!

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  2. I was pleasantly surprised this afternoon when I was able to do Ab Ripper X a little bit better. It still hurt and kicked me to the curb, but in a good way.

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  3. Oh girl..you are my hero! for real!

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  5. You are my hero.

    I've been eating chocolate chip cookies all day. I think I need your PX90 thingamagig.

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  6. Well, I'm totally doing it to make amends for my poor food choices these last several months. I was riding the sugar train for sure!

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  7. "Ab Ripper X" just sounds so painful and uninviting.

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  8. I will survive is a great motivational song!

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  9. Natasha: You are right, however it only lasts 16 minutes--that's long enough! :)

    Running Mommy: Yeah, it would be a good song for a long distance--though some disco is hard for me to run to.

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  10. This PX90 thing does sound interesting. I hear about it on blogs and facebook all the time.

    Kudos to you. Keep it up!

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  11. Welcome to Twitter, by the way. HOpe its everything you hoped it would be and more! ;)

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  12. I am loving the info on P90! I have been looking at it for a year trying to decide...

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  13. My husband and I are doing P90X. We should be in our 6th week but we are repeating week 5 because we couldn't get it all in. We started with the lean program and hubs wanted to switch to the classic. Ab ripper is hard. What do you think of the yoga? I like all the work outs except that one.
    Enjoy the workouts.

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  14. Linda: Good to know someone else is going through the P90X *joy* with me! We are doing classic, but I think I need to add more cardio.

    The yoga was HARD and it was a long workout. It did help work out some of the soreness I was feeling and I'm sure it'll help my balance and core. Not a big fan yet though.

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  15. i'm so behind on your blog! i beg forgiveness!!!

    this p90x thing intrigues me...one of shane's buddies is into it over in afghanistan. i gotta figure this out. i'm looking for a good workout in a couple months...ideally something i can do in my living area!!

    way to go chica!!!

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  16. Jen: It's definitely something you could do in your living room. You need dumbbells or bands, a yoga mat and a pull-up bar. Most of the exercises are traditional, kinda old school--but effective. They are each about 55 minutes.

    Jillian's 30 Day Shred would be good too. They are shorter (20 minutes) and work several muscle groups at once.

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  17. One of my friends was telling me about this system. Sounds great! I will have to try it sometime. :o)

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  18. I get tired just reading about these workouts, and seriously can't imagine doing them. You're a champ!

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