Saturday, February 28, 2009

Day 4 - Yoga X

Miserable day today. Had a late night last night, and up again early for class from 8am - 3pm. Just miserable. Not to mention my legs are feeling that burn you get 2 days later from that plyos workout. So needless to say, today was the roughest day yet.

However, I needed a day like today. They say all the time on the DVDs that you need to "Bring It". It all starts with your mental approach. You have to have it in your mind that you're going to Bring It that day, no matter what, and chances are you probably will. After a late night, an early morning, class all day, my body hurting - these are the day that people "take off". They're not taking off because of their body, they're taking off because they're not mentally tough enough to BRING IT and get it done for the entirety of the workout. Today I brough it and really will look back on today whenever I'm having a rough day motivating myself to work out.

My diet was solid again today - Protein Shake for breakfast, almonds for a snack, sandwich on whole wheat with low fat jello and fat free cool whip. Just finished up with a sushi dinner, no Tempura obviously.

Anyway - I'm a yoga virgin. I'm not flexible in any sense of the word, and I've never done yoga. I've heard from people who do it, but never personally experienced it myself. It's a LONG workout, lasting about 90 minutes, with the first 45 minutes being BRUTAL. The poses and shift and positions that are done really stretch and strike a cord in literally every single muscle in your body. Although I'm like mush now, I'm confident tomorrow my body will feel great after having a phenomenal stretch and core workout like this one. Again - another phenomenal workout from P90X.

Theme of the day - when doing yoga, there are modifications for every stretch. Don't feel intimidated by the ridiculously flexible sculptures on the TV screen. Do things at your pace and really try to stay relaxed and BREATHE.

Until tomorrow --

Joe

Friday, February 27, 2009

Day 3 - Arms/Shoulders/Ab Ripper X

I don't feel as miserable as I thought I would following yesterday's Plyometric workout. Don't get me wrong, my legs are sore, but I was definitely able to function today. Had a pretty easy day in school, which was nice for a friday.

Started the day off with a protein shake for breakfast. My morning snack was 30 Pistacchios, followed by a lunch of fish, salad, and soup. I followed that up with an afternoon snack of baked almonds - and soon to be some steamed chicken and vegetable chinese food.

As for the work out - It was a good workout, however my band wasn't strong enough. Arms and shoulders are probably my best and most efficient muscles. I've always had to "up the anti" per se with those groups, so I was ready to take this on with a full head of steam. I got a great workout, but it wasnt maximized due to my bands. Suggestion for the newbies - BUY SEVERAL BANDS OF DIFFERENT RESISTANCE. You may need to switch bands with exercises, and also, these things break. Mine snapped towards the end of my workout and I had to finish with dry reps.

Ab Ripper X is still insane. It was my second time through it, and instead of doing 25 reps with the freaks on DVD, I did 15 and got an enormous burn.

Theme of the Night - Find the right weight, make sure your form is correct, your last 3 reps should burn.

Until tomorrow -

Joe

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Day 2 - Plyometrics

Right from the get go, Billy Horton tells you that the Ploymetrics workout is the toughest and most intense of the set. HE WASN'T ****ING KIDDING.

The workout consists 24 different variations of squats, mixing in turning movements for your core - all performed twice. The workout is approximately an hour. I was able to do all the exercises, but instead of going the entire 30 seconds or 60 seconds that they do, I shortened up at points, allowing myself to complete the workout. You may want to keep 2 bottles of water with you, because my 1 bottle was done halfway through. This was the type of workout that when you finish, it's hard to take off your shirt to shower because you're sweating so much. As someone who played ball for Drew and did Chris Ryan's plyo workouts - Sorry Chris - But these plyos are Michael Phelps to your Ian Crocker.

In terms of my diet today - started off with egg whites, 3 slices of turkey bacon, 1 piece of low fat cheese, and a protein shake. Threw in a salad, apple, and water for lunch. 30 Pistacchios after school for a snack. Then dinner was sauteed chicken with vegetables and another protein shake.

Until tomorrow when my legs are officially Jello status.

Joe

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Day 1 - Chest/Back/Ab Ripper X




Finally. After nine days of anticapting the arrival of P90X - IT CAME. (that's what she said.)




The P90X workout is a series of at home workouts, each about an hour, that thrives on muscle confusion. Those of you that workout know that after about 3-4 weeks, you start to plateau. When you hit that point with p90x, the workouts change, avoiding any type of plateau, giving you better results. The 12 workouts include:




1.Chest and Back


2.Plyometrics


3. Shoulders and Arms


4. Yoga X


5. Legs and Back


6. Kenpo X (Karate/Martial Arts type cardio workout)


7. X Stretch


8.Core Synergistics


9. Chest, Shoulders, and Triceps


10. Back and Biceps


11. Cardio X


12. Ab Ripper X




You need an at home pull up bar, cords or free weights, and push up blocks. Before my DVDs came, I began doing some workouts on my own, to get myself semi-ready for the road ahead. I also began following a low carb/high protein diet that the workout calls for. What you have to understand is that following the diet is just as if not more important than the workouts. If you want maximum results, you have to follow the diet.




For breakfast, I started the day with an egg white sandwich on whole wheat with turkey bacon. To be honest, it tastes just like eggs and real bacon. So this healthy alternative is actually enjoyable. I also had a banana and a coffee with no sugar (which is an acquired taste.) Lunch was a turkey sandwich on whole wheat with a fresh fruit cup and water. I had night class tonight, so I threw in a coffee no sugar and another banana as a snack.




Once I got home, I immediately popped in the DVD and went to work. The work out was INSANE. The chest back workout was a serious a push pull exercises, mainly pull ups and push ups. It's an hour long work out, with a few water breaks (just a few quick seconds). In terms of chest and back, I wasn't as weak as I anticipated, although I'm sure I'll feel the affects tomorrow.


I took a break and had dinner (baked grouper with corn) and a Protein shake (3 strawberries, 1/2 banana, 6 ice cubes, 1 cup of fat free milk, 1 protein scoup, all blended up). I then went into ab ripper x which was an awakening. Its a 349 rep workout packed into 15 minutes. Needless to say, abs/core is my weakest point right now. The natural reaction is shy away from that, but mentally you need to really hone in on it and not back away.




I've posted along with this my "Before" pictures. I'm not that bad, but I'm also not that good. You'll be able to notice that my core is DEFINITELY my weakest link by noticing my lucious love handles. I'll be posting pictures every week to monitor my progress. The posts will get shorter as the program goes on, but now that I'm just introducing it, I went into more detail. Until tomorrow. Out.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Creation of the Blog

"Dozens of people are waiting for the game!"

That quote from A League of Their Own will best describe this blog regarding my P90X workouts, which I've created for 2 reasons. #1 - I've had several friends ask for my experience, my results, my opinions, etc. on the P90X workout. #2 - Creating this blog will give me 1 more reason to stay on my workouts daily, knowing that I will be expected to blog about them. It will be easier for me to keep the people who are interested updated at their convenience.

Anyway - I will be posting on here daily, describing which workout I did, how I felt during it, what I liked, disliked, and had trouble with. I'll also include some stuff about my diet, because it just as important as the workouts themselves. I'd also like to include my progress through pictures every 10 days or so.

I ordered the workout from the BeachBody website and am just waiting for it to arrive. Once it does, I will commence my 90 days of Hell as well as my blogging.