Monday, June 7, 2010

Week 3 Recap/Pics - Recovery Week

Well well well. Another week in the exciting life of Joe Cardinale, another week done in the p90x workout. This week was a hectic one - Legion Practices, Legion games (we are currently 2-0 with 2 nicely played games against Glen Ridge and Vailsburg). My diet was so so this week - I tried to load up on as much protein via meals as I could. Eggs multiple times for breakfast, chicken for lunch/dinner occasionally. I did mix in some burgers and pizza - but as we all know by now, I'm a firm believer in a little bit of cheating to keep the sanity.

This is a busy time of year in my life. All of you teachers know that as the school year winds down, there's one last wave of work that comes with it. Finals, grades, make ups, review, study guides etc. Also now that American Legion has started, it is pretty much an every day commitment, whether it be practice or a game. I've been very active during practices, giving myself an additional workout to my normal fun in the sun with Tony Horton.

In regards to my workouts for the remainder of the week - my legs are getting progressively stronger, my wall squats were still miserable but vastly improved, my endurance on the 3 way lunges was also better. Finished up the week with a Kenpo X workout - not a tough workout, but yet always gets me sweaty and makes me feel like I am a legit street fighter for the 55 minutes that Tony has me under his spell.

I've noticed some great progress in my pics. My abs are starting to poke through, and my chest and arms are more defined! LETS GO 1 TIME FOR THE KIDS!!! I started recovery week with a 2 mile run. I was supposed to do a yoga exercise, but from past experiences and the experiences of others, I've seen yoga to be the least favorite and boring of the bunch. So I will usually skip over it and replace it with some form of cardio or high rep, calorie burning light workout. Tomorrow is core synergistics which is brutal on the mid section and something that I am extremely pumped for. I'll be putting pictures up of my core workout because I consists of some crazy insane exercises.

My week looks like a lot of more baseball. Away game Wednesday vs. Bloomfield, Home game Thursday vs. Montclair, Home Friday vs. Newark Academy, and Home DH Sunday vs. my alma mater and Group 2 champion West Essex. I'll do my best to keep up with the daily posts, but at this point it may be easier to do a weekly recap. We'll see.

Until next time -


Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Day 16 - Plyometrics

Honestly - who has it better than me? Had off of work because we didn't use all our snow days. Played 18 holes this morning. Washed my golf round down with an egg white sandwich on whole wheat. Mixed in 1 hour of plyos, then a shower (which is always better after a plyo workout). I dropped 100 bucks on jeans, shorts, socks, and underwear. Then watched my alma mater stave off a furious comeback with 2 outs in the 7th to earn their first trip to Toms River to play for the Group II title (and probably the Star Ledger #1 ranking).

Being in week 3 of the workout, I'm really starting to get in great shape. I usually get tired during the lunge and prayer squat warm ups, NOT TODAY. I usually have to cut all the exercises short by a few seconds - today there were only 1 or 2 that I need to get short. My "hot foot" drill is better, I dominated Mary Catherines, and squats jacks got shown who is boss. I used to hate plyos, but I honestly must say that this is rapidly becoming one of my favorite workouts. It's fast paced, high impact, and I love being drenched in sweat when I am done, no homo.

In terms of my diet - I was up at 545am for golf, so I had a corn muffin then, an egg white on whole wheat around 10am, a peanut butter sandwich on some sort of whole grain bread, and a stuffed pepper for dinner. I also mixed in a recovery drink during my workout and a protein shake after. I'll mix in a coffee tonight 1 time for the kids and call it a day. Back to work tomorrow, and arms/shoulder/abs. Go get 'em.


Monday, May 31, 2010

Day 15 - Chest, Back, Ab Ripper X

Onward we move to the last week of Phase I of p90x. Attached with this post are my week 2 pictures, which will be of some help when comparing the upcoming weeks, unfortunately we don't have much to compare them to as I didn't take Day 1 pictures. I also attached a picture of my reps and their progress from week 1 to week 3.

Anyway - Today I ate decent, but not great. 2 Eggs with whole wheat toast and hash browns for breakfast, 2 cheeseburgers off the grill for lunch/dinner (no bun). As I get back into the working groove this week I'll be back to a more stringent diet of low carbs, low calories, high protein and low fat.

My chest workout was a great one today. My round 1 reps increased over last weeks, and I was able to maintain those reps throughout the workout in rounds 1 and 2 (see 205 reps round 1, 206 reps round 2). Abs are coming along slowly. I think when I eat like trash my abs are what gets hurt the most, as I am noticing the progress in my ab exercises is inching along slower than the rest of my body. Anyway, enjoy the pics and the rest of the Memorial Day weekend.


Week 2 - DONE and DONE

Sorry for my blogging absence, it's been a very hectic week. As you already know, the American Legion team I am coaching started up, plus Thursday I had to chaperon the prom for the HS I teach at (shoot me), Friday I had a golf outing with 14 or so co-workers, Saturday was your tradition MDW BBQ as well as painting my soon to arrive niece's bed room, and yesterday was golf again as well as a trip up to Pearl River, NY to hang with the infamous Matthew Vickers. It's been a hectic life, and although I haven't had a chance to sit down and keep up with the daily blogs, I have been keeping up with the work outs.

My workouts this week were extremely tough. As I already said my life has been crazy busy, that leads to exhausting workouts with less stamina. With that being said, my reps have all increased from week 1, my legs and core are noticeably stronger, and my flexibility is coming around as well. I should be able to get back into a more normal routine this week, as I have Mon and Tues off for the Memorial Day.

I've kept up with the recovery drinks and protein shakes, although my diet this weekend has been shady at best. It's been a little more than cheating, but I guess the fact that the holiday weekend and the kick off of summer is usually a time for burgers, hot dogs, and beer - I'll use that as my excuse and move on from there.

Anyway - I'll be back later today to blog about my start of week 3 with Chest, Back, and Abs - as well as a picture for week 2 (I'll begin to post pictures after every week from this point on). The picture has been delayed to do technical difficulties with my electric buzzer. As I was buzzing my chest (all you hairy guys know how this is) I got all of the shaved, except for my left pec, and the buzzer died. So my entire stomach, chest area was buzzed cleanly, and then there was my left pec with a winter's worth of chest hair. It was pretty crazy, but not that I am trimmed and primped, I'll be posing for the frontal and back shots later tonight. Enjoy the rest of your weekend...


Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Day 9 - Plyo X

Long day today ladies and gents. First off, it was 95 degrees and our school doesn't have A/C, so literally I sweated like a Whore in Church for 7 hours. Smells like Teen Spirit. After school, had a 2+ hour baseball practice - so needless today I was physically shot today. So I did what any natural person would do - CAME HOME AND ATE 4 SLICES OF PIZZA.

Okay, I admit, I messed up the diet. However, I've been great on it to this point (Whole grain muffin for breakfast, panini for lunch with water and an apple, so I needed SOMETHING to keep my god damn sanity. On to the workout.

I cut the workout 1 set short tonight, based on the fact that I was pretty tired going in from baseball practice. Having said that (curb your enthusiasm reference), All my exercises were less painful. The improvements are rapidly coming like a.... nevermind I won't finish that analogy. I was able to finish the Mary Catherine's @ double time with Tony Horton and I was able to go all 30 seconds on the squat jacks, both things I wasn't able to do 1st time through. Washed the workout down with a recovery drink - and I'll finish up the night with a protein shake, a coffee no sugar of course, and maybe a taralle. Until Day 10 and Arm/Shoulders/Abs -


Monday, May 24, 2010


What can I say? Here I am, 15 months after from the original conception of the original round of P90X, and I am right back where I started. I would first like to just get my feelings, emotions, disappointments, out there of my non completion of round 1. I can make every excuse in the book - but last year I really just gave into my busy schedule and let all my progress go to trash after.

Anyway - I am recommitted, refocused, reenergized, and ready to go.

I am already 1 week into the workout, as it was this weekend that I received interest from original followers of the blog that they wanted me back in. So, what can I say, I am the quintessential crowd-pleaser, so here I am. 1 Main change that I will have this time around - pictures each day from my work out showing the dude sweat, phenomenal form, and sweet ass kickin' that this workout gives me. So without any further delay - let's talk about Day 8.

I woke up VERY late this morning, (had to be ready to leave for work in 13 minutes) - which of course I was able to conquer the clock. I shook up a nice protein shake for breakfast. For lunch I went with 2 slices of pizza (toned down my portion as I usually eat 4 or 5 slices). Dinner was Egg White Queesh (not sure how to spell it) and salad. Tonight I'll finish it off with another protein shake and a coffee no sugar.

The work out was great today (shoulders, back, ab ripper) My reps second time through were 15 for round 1 and 20 for round 2 , as opposed to 10 and 15 last week. This work out you really need to push yourself to get the best results. You can't stop when you want, you have to push yourself 5 reps past the point of being tired. I've seen improvement in abs too - as I am doing 12 reps of all as opposed to 10 reps in week 1. THE MAN'S MAKING CONTACT ELBOW THIGH!! I'm not at all happy with my core right now, but I know that if I keep busting my sexy hairy ass, that I'll get there.

Until tomorrow and Plyos (Lets gooooo) -


Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Day 37 - Plyometrics

Plyometrics is like a weekend with your college buddies - it never lets you down. No homo on that. Everytime the college boys get back together, it's always a great time. We'll be doing it this weekend, so thats the theme of my blog today.

As I said last week, plyos are getting easier, but that doesn't mean that I'm getting any less of a workout. I think I may have sweated more tonight than I have any other time. I'm able to go deeper into my squats, and finish out each exercise, instead of cutting some short. My "hot foot" AKA dot drill is way better. I was switching feet every 15 seconds, but tonight I went 30 and 30 as they do in the video - another example of my improvements.

Food was good today - whole wheat english muffin for breakfast (threw you a curve ball there huh?) Sandwich on whole wheat for lunch, and pepper steak for dinner - probably mix in a little snack tonight and that'll finish me off good, in a non dirty kinda way.

Until tomorrow and Whatever workout I'm doing because i haven't checked -