Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Day 31 - Pictures/Biceps/Back
















Well here are front and back angles of Day 1 and Day 30. Day 30 on the left and Day 1 on the right. There are definite results coming. I LOVE IT. My chest, back, and stomach are all noticeably tighter.
Anyway, tonight was bicep/back/Ab Ripper night. Whoever thought I could get a phenomenal workout just using bands. The bands really give you great resistance at the peak of your rep, and allow you to hold each rep. There were also more hammer curls involved in this workout to hit the forearms, which i liked.
Been eating ok. Had egg whites as usually, salad for lunch, chicken sausage with peppers and onions for dinner, and a 60 calorie yogurt for a snack. Good deal for me
Until tomorrow and yoga (I think?)
Joe

Monday, March 30, 2009

Day 30 - Plyometrics

Day 30 Pics will be up tomorrow

Today was plyometrics, which I haven't done in 2 weeks due to the recovery week. But it was nice to be back to it. Lotta dude sweat tonight. Most of the moves were surprisingly easier for me, even with the time off. I didn't expect to be able to do them with as much ease, but I guess the program is working. Mary Catherines were a Ton easier - now only if I could meet a girl named Mary Catherine that was easy.

Anyway - great workout - great dude sweat - gonna hit the showers.

Also - I had sauerkraut for dinner tonight, so I had my own rocket boosters with the workout tonight.

Pics tomorrow

Joe

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Days 27 - 29 Yoga, Rest, Chest/Shoulders/Triceps

Finished up the recovery week with a Yoga day - which I'm still not a fan of, but has definitely increased my flexibility. The moves and positions are getting easier everytime I do it, and I can feel the difference in my leg and core workouts.

I started Phase II on Sunday with a Chest/Shoulders/Triceps workout. It was not easy. As opposed to last week where the chest reps were mainly just different grips on push ups, these moves consist of push up with other movements involved.

Example - Some push ups are done in slow increments, some involving moving the grips side to side after every reps, some of the shoulder exercises involve a little bit of a "pouring" motion at the end of the rep to intensify it. It's obvious how these workouts change each phase and I'm looking forward to a tough Phase II.

Minio and Dana - I hope you faggots enjoy your laugh at work on Monday morning.

Until Tomorrow and Plyos -

Joe

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Day 24 and 25- Stretch and Core Synergistics

To be honest - I started doing the stretch dvd - and really just had no desire to stretch for an hour.

i turned it off and did my own stretches, between the yoga and everything, i put my own twist on this and really had no positive feelings towards the stretch DVD.

Also this is the reason why I didn't post yesterday, so i'll be doubling up today


Core Synergistics on the other hand - that's another story

As I stated last post for this, LOVE LOVE LOVE this work out. Your core is constantly at work. I love the superman bananas and the bow to boat exercises, really narrowing in on my core.

I love the lung kick back curl presses, really and truly hits EVERY muscle, even though they're all shot by the time we do 20 reps. The different types of push ups are great too, gets your shoulder muscles burning, while forcing you to work and narrow in on your stomach and curls. Great workout

Diet was good - egg whites etc for breakfast, tuna fish for lunch, chicken and asparagus for dinner, no fat ice cream as a snack. Decent day, 30 day pics coming up soon, so we'll see how it goes.

Until tomorrow...


Joe

Monday, March 23, 2009

Day 23 - Kenpo X

Just finished up the Kenpo X work out and had a great revelation during the workout that I knew i had to put in the blog.

Yes we all can see by my pictures the physical difference that P90x has made to my body so far. However, tonight was the first time during this workout that I noticed my cardio has improved. I did Kenpo about 4 days ago as the last workout of week 3. Doing it today, I noticed that I had to push myself to get to my target heart rate (160) I didn't need all the breaks, and found myself continuing to do cardio activity during the breaks.

I have some trouble on the back kicks, probably due to my lack of flexibility, which is improving however, due to yoga. You really can see how each workout compliments the other. It's really great.

In terms of this blog - I've had many new people mention that they've check it out and have been pretty impressed. I appreciate that and hope that you keep reading and pass this on to your friends.

A buddy of mine that is doing this workout as well, Tom, you've seen him post, as offered to post my link on a beverage site of his, and I've gotten the idea from him to write about different workout aspects. Maybe band/weight alternatives, shakes, drinks, different workouts, etc. I'll probably do one every rest day, just have something to fill space. Anyway, check out Tom's site if you are interested in workout beverages. The Site is www.acai-health-essentials.com/acai-berry-benefits.html .

Until tomorrow and yoga x

Joe

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Day 22 - Core Synergistics

This 4th week is the last week in Phase 1 and it's what they call the "Recovery Week" not a lot of lifting and such, more core work. Abs, back, butt, thighs, etc.

This was my first time doing to core synergistic workout and I enjoyed it. It was very challenging and was fast paced. The hour went very quick and I was dripping sweat when I was done.

Breafast I had a bagel, probably against my diet, but my weekends I tend to spoil myself a little. Salad and whole wheat pasta for dinner, mix in a protein shake for a snack, and thats my diet for the day. I feel great, and am looking forward to the day 30 pictures after the phenomenal results of day 20

Until tomorrow -

Joe

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Day 21 - Rest/Picture







Day 20 Pictures compared with Day 1. Day 20 = Blue Shorts Day 1 = Black Shorts





You tell me. Feel free to compare to day 1 and comment.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Day 20 - Kenpo X

Finished up my third week strong with a nice Kenpo X workout. Got the sweat going, heart rate up. Kenpo is just a great, fun, quick paced workout burning a lot of calories. I'm not sure if I continue it in week 4, but I hope that I do.

Diet was a little shaky today. My meals were fine, however today was St. Joseph's day and I had everyone bringing me pastries for my name sake day. And of course I had to eat them so I didn't insult anyone.

Oh well.

Tomorrow's a rest day - but I'll be posting my pics, which I promise will have very noticeable results.

Joe

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Day 18/19 - Yoga/Legs and Back

I apologize for falling behind on the posts. I am not, however, falling behind on my workouts.

Yoga yesterday was pretty solid. 90 Mins is a long time and probably too much time for me to do it to completion. I complete the first hour, and call it a night. The first hour is the toughest part anyway, so I'm still getting a great workout. What I have noticed though is that I am A LOT more flexible than I was when I started. I also think the yoga is making a huge difference in my leg and plyo workouts as well.

Tonight with Legs and Back - Honestly what I think is the hardest workout, went great. My reps all increased from last week, and I finished with my shirt dripping wet. My diet was good - egg whits etc. for breakfast, salad with water and an apple for lunch, two veggie burgers for dinner. I'm pumped for kenpo x tomorrow, and day 20's picture the next day.

Until tomorrow and kenpo x

Joe

Monday, March 16, 2009

Day 17 - Arms/Shoulders/Ab Ripper X

Another long day. School until 3. Scrimmage from 4-7. Got home and was beat sauce. Breakfast was the usual egg white sandwich. Lunch was a sandwich on whole wheat with water, wet pears and an apple. No snacks, which I need to start including. Dinner was whole wheat pizza. I know I'm probably eating too many carbs, but to be honest, I dont have the time to go completely carb free, but at least I'm going whole wheat, not white. So I'm still ok.

Work out today was good, although I broke another of my bands. I'm considering doing my arm/shoulders workout at the gym, because I can't keep spending 20 bucks on new bands everytime they break. Anyway, I really squeezed out all my reps today, especially my dips.
Ab Ripper X is tough as usual, but I'm slowly but surely seeing results there, doing 17 reps each this week (I started at 15).

Day 20 Pics Coming soon...

Until tomorrow and Yoga...


Joe

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Day 16 - Plyometrics

Rough one today. It's Sunday, I was out having a few drinks last night for my boy Mikey's birthday, so needless to say tough workout - especially since it was plyos.

I got a great sweat working, shirt was soaked, legs were burning, great workout overall. The main thing I took from the workout today was that my heart rate was really up there. In the 155-165 range for about 45 minutes. Crazy sick workout.

Breakfast was egg whites, turkey bacon, no fat cheese - 2 recovery drinks, 1 during and 1 after the workout. Dinner's going to be salad and whole wheat macaroni. I'll mix in a protein shake later tonight, with another low fat low carb snack, that'll round off my day.

Enjoy your Sunday everyone..

Until tomorrow and Arms/Shoulders/Ab Ripper...

Joe

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Day 15 - Chest/Back/Ab Ripper X

My apologies for skipping out on the Kenpo X workout. Went down hard with a sinus infection (which I've been battling all this week) and it finally knocked me out. Came at a good time too, being that 1 of the 2 days I missed was a rest day. So I really only missed the Kenpo workout. I'm still familiarizing myself to the program, so I'm guessing that a day off for illness is ok.

Anyway - weight check this morning. I started the program 2 weeks ago weighing 219. I weighed myself today (after breakfast and 2 recovery drinks) and I'm down 10 lbs to 209. I'm still about 15 lbs away from my target weight, but I'm off to a great start.

This is now week 3, the last week of this current workout phase. My performance has been increasing through the roof. They tell you write things down and here's the reason. Week 1 Total Reps for my Chest/Back work out --> 281 Reps. Week 3 Total Reps --> 352. The numbers speak for themselves. I've added 71 repititions to my work out in 2 weeks. That's results my friends.

Key Advice here to fellow users - I've set up an Excel Spreadsheet to record my reps. Each tab on the bottom is for the different workouts. Instead of keeping pen and paper, I just run to my lap top between sets and type in the number. Plus it's an easy way to look back to my reps from last week and push myself to increase them by a few.

Results are coming - More reps and down 10 Lbs. I'm thinking the Day 20 pic should be interesting...

Until Tomorrow and PLYOS

Joe

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Day 12 - Legs/Back/Ab Ripper X

Another long day. Still fighting a cold, I think I need 1 night's sleep of like 12 hours, weekend's coming so I should be ok soon. School all day, then back home for a power nap, then to night class to hand in my final exam for phase II. Then back home for the workout.

The leg exercises make up 2/3 of the workout, and it feels like it. I was pretty solid in doing most of the reps. The wall sits (2 and 1 legged) are a STRUGGLE. Once I get tired I shake so much my wall rumbles LOL. But I plow through, take a few seconds break, and get back at it.
With the back - since you do back twice a week, I used the pull up bar Day 1 and the bands Day 2. With the bands, I really focused on squeezing each rep. I feel great though, no soreness, just flat out getting it done.

Diet was overall ok today. Egg Whites/Turkey Bacon for B-Fast, sandwich on whole wheat with vegetable soup and fruit, dinner happened at my night class, which consisted of all fattening food. I ate salad, fruit, 1 piece of grilled chicken, and I slid with 1 piece of fried chicken (took most of the skin off)

Tomorrow is Kenpo X - Excited for a great cardio workout

Until Tomorrow

Joe

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Day 11 - Yoga X




I've posted my 10 Day pictures and I don't think there's much noticeable difference in the pictures. Maybe a little bit in my core/love handle area. However, I have lost 7 pounds in 10 days, and I can feel a difference in my workouts. I'm stronger, my flexible, and my endurance is A LOT better.




Today's yoga was tough to get into. I'm not feeling well, battling a cold/cough/sore throat. Once I started and the first few minutes dragged, but once I got into it, I realize that since last week, my flexibility is so much improved. The first 45 minutes of the video were a legit struggle last week. This week, I got through it pretty smoothly, feeling the difference.




My Diet - Protein shake for breakfast, salad for lunch, 2 piece of low sodium ham and 2 pieces of low fat cheese for a snack, and whole wheat pasta with scallops for dinner. So overall a solid day on the diet.




Until tomorrow and Legs/Back




Joe

Monday, March 9, 2009

Day 10 - Arms/Shoulders/Ab Ripper X

Well I'm back after a few days off for my birthday weekend. To be honest, I do not feel good about myself for missing a few days, but you know what, this was just another way to show that I have the mental ability to continue on with this. I could've easily just packed it in. I feel like shit today, I'm tired, I haven't done it in a while, but I was able to put in a legit workout and get back on schedule.

I'm finding arms to be a little easy for me with the band. I usually curl a lot of weight, so I'm not sure if the bands are good enough for me. I try to give as much resistance has possible while squeezing every rep, so we'll see how things go. My Abs are definitely improving. The only ab exercise that I am SEVERELY struggling with is V-Up Roll-Ups. You're flat on your back, legs are straight out and slightly spread. Arms are straight up in the arm. You sit up with your hands in the air and touch you toes. As you roll back, you lift up your feet into the are, and do a crunch to your toes again. It's very tough so I am trying to work my way up there.

Diet was ok - I'm not feeling well so my appetite was awful. All I ate today was my egg whites and cheese sandiwch for breakfast and a bowl of chili for dinner.

Until tomorrow and Yoga and 10 Day Pictures!

Joe

Friday, March 6, 2009

Day 9 - Plyometrics

I apologize for falling behind on the blog yesterday. I did the full workout, I just really didn't find the time to blog, and for that I'm sorry.

I had a SUPER busy day yesterday - School, then home to workout, quick dinner, had to work the HS basketball game, then back home. Crazy. I left my lap top in my car so I didn't have a computer to blog on last night.

Anyway - short and sweet since I'm a day late here, but defly not a dollar short.

My diet was great again yesterday - Protein shake for breakfast, grilled chicken and soup with skim milk for lunch, apple as a snack, and chicken sausage with peppers and onions for dinner.

My workout was great too. My legs are feeling 100% better than last week. Plyos are always going to be your toughest workout, but I really pushed myself and got past it. The Mary Catherine squats were tough, I cut off the last 7 seconds before I collpased. Other than that, I was pretty much with the DVD as much as possible. I killed my recovery drink during, and had another one after.

I've taken it for about a week now, and I do feel a difference. As much as I'm tired and hurting after a workout, the next day my muscles feel very much healed from the previous days beating.

This weekend is going to be rough - It's my birthday, which means a lot of drinking and not a lot of time for workouts. I'm going to have to find an hour to get my workout in tonight and tomorrow.

Until Later -

Joe

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Day 8 - Chest/Back/Ab Ripper X

I've got to be honest - I'm in a GREAT state right now. If I said that the first week of P90X was easy, I'd be lying, because it was hard, P90Xtremely hard. (OK that was a little queer). But you get the point. Today starts week 2 after a rest day yesterday. My legs are finally back to normal, as they were tight and sore ever since Day 2's plyos, which is good because I'm back to Plyos tomorrow.

Today's diet was pretty solid. Egg whites, turkey bacon, and cheese on whole wheat. Lunch was ham and cheese on whole wheat, dinner was mixed veggies, AWESOME London Broil, and salad.

In terms of my work out, I've been using a stool for spotting on my pull ups. I'm a big dude, over 200lbs, so pull ups don't come so easy for me. However, what I do is make sure that I only spot myself enough where I'm still struggling to pull myself up. You have to find that balance that works for you. I really went to town on the push up reps, almost maxing out every time. My weakest reps came on the decline push up (my shoulders kinda give out) as well as the last set up dive bomber push ups - I can get under the fence ok, getting back is tough on that last set.
Ab Ripper X is always a phenomenal time. Since I can't do 25 reps on each exercise, I started with 15 reps week 1, and this week I'll do 16. I did it this way to build my strength, so that by my last week, I'll be up to 25 reps of each and looking like a freak.

Anxious to see how plyometrics go tomorrow for me, but I'm in a great state of mind and I'm ready to BRING IT every single fucking day.

By the way - 10 Day picture coming soon!

Theme of the Day - Write down your reps so that when you go through the exercises a 2nd time through, you can base the number of reps you do off your first set. And do the same thing thing as the weeks go on, base of your last weeks reps.

Until Tomorrow -

Joe

Monday, March 2, 2009

Day 6 - Kenpo X

Not too happy about the snow. Granted school was closed, but this only delays the baseball season, although it's going to be a good experience learning how to run a legit practice in a gym.

Anyway - I did the workout earlier today, giving my body more time to recover with tomorrow being my "rest" day (P90X is 6 days on, 1 day off). Breakfast was coffee no sugar, egg whites, 2 pieces of turkey bacon, 1 piece of low fat cheese on whole grain toast. I had lunch after my work out - 3 pieces of grilled chicken from last night.

Kenpo X was a phenomenal time. It's a serious of punches, kicks, blocks, combinations etc. all performed at a high intensity. I was able to keep up with all the people on the DVD, but I was DRENCHED by the end of the workout. I had 1 recovery drink (Volu Gro) during the workout and 1 after the workout. I'll keep everyone posted on how the recovery drink works for me. I actually did some research, and the Volu Gro that I bought is actually a better recovery drink than the one you can purchase through p90X.

Enjoy the snow day everyone.

Until Tomorrow -

Joe

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Day 5 - Legs/Back/Ab Ripper X

Good day overall today. Made $50 doing baseball lessons, got a new Blackberry, topped off with a great workout.

I wasn't on my diet today as I would've liked, although to slip up a little one day a week isn't so bad. I had a banana and coffee no sugar for breakfast, I had Cluck U chicken for lunch (Thanks Vickers), but I finished strong with grilled chicken and salad for dinner.

I purchase a couple new supplements today:
#1 - VoluGro - It's more or less a mix you put in your water to drink during your workout. It has the electrolites found in gatorade, with 0g of sugar with added creatine.
#2 - L-Glutamine - This is a powder that gets mixed in with my protein shakes to increase the amino acids I'm putting into my body post-workouts.

I decided that anything worth doing, is worth doing right, so I'm all-in here, it's sick beach body or bust for this guy.

Today's workout was another screamer on the legs. That soreness is still there, whether it's from plyometrics or Yoga I'm not sure, but that made the workout all the more tough. I got an incredible sweat working, and finished about 40 oz. of water. Instead of using my pull up bar, I used high resistance cords. It allows me to increase my reps, and really focus on my form as well as allowing me to go slow and really squeeze those back muscles on every rep.

Calling for 8-14 inches of snow tonight and tomorrow, so I'm thinking I'll be looking to do my Kenpo X tomorrow just to keep me occupied.

Until tomorrow -

Joe