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.

Joe

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...

Joe

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 -

Joe

Monday, May 24, 2010

BACK AT IT AGAIN - P90X Round 2




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) -

Joe