P90X – Day 5: Legs & Back with Ab Ripper X

Bring It.

Well today I’m really struggling with delayed onset muscle soreness. I’m counting on this to loosen up in the next week or so. I can’t fully extend my arms without a lot of discomfort (it also makes me look like a doof, walking around with my arms bent like this). This period of breaking my body is pretty taxing but I’m sticking with it!

The muscle soreness made we worry about working my legs and back today because there are chin-ups involved–a LOT of chin-ups! But just like before, Tony Horton designed the P90X workout schedule so as to give previously worked muscles a bit of a break. The chin-ups were done with a chair, and I did about 10 reps of each type. Without the chair it would have been ZERO–sorry to disappoint! Again, I’m going for form here, not quantity, so I used the chair to augment my lack of arm strength right now by pushing up with my feet just enough to get my chin over the bar.

The leg exercises were pretty challenging, especially the wall squats–two legged AND one! You’d think bracing your back against a wall and just “sitting” there would be easy. But it’s the 90 degree bend in your knees that starts to burn in about 3 seconds.

A quick observation: Developing good balance is key to the effectiveness of P90X workouts. I’m now taking the Yoga X seriously.

A Little Advice

I’ve got to get some form-fitting clothes! This baggy stuff I have is to “grabby” and uncomfortable when I’m sweaty (which is about 5 seconds into it).

I’ve also mentioned before that I’m going to get the P90X Results and Recovery Formula. I tried a sample last night right after my workout. It didn’t give me the energy buzz I expected but it’s not supposed to. I later learned that it’s really more for delivering nutrients to my muscles at just the right moment when they’re raw and screaming. The energy effect is that it really just keeps you from feeling groggy and tired during the day, which I have been experiencing. In short, the P90X Results and Recovery Formula helps you feel normal in between intense workouts that are taxing and maxing.

Keep Pressing “Play.”

My mind is still focused and determined and I’m still looking forward to my beach body! I can’t wait for my muscles to accept the fact that this is how it’s going to be. Once they get on board these workouts should get more efficient and the resulting soreness should minimize. Only one more workout until I finish what I’m calling “Hell Week!” Tonight it’s P90X Kenpo X!

The Workout.

Legs & Back Workout Tools: Weights or resistance bands, push-up bars or portable chin-up bar, chin-up bar or resistance bands, water, and towel.

Legs & Back Light Cardio Warm-up & Stretch
March in place; run in place; jumping jacks; run lunges; side-to-side head rolls; shoulder rolls; crossed-wrist shoulder stretch (front and back); ballistic stretches

Legs & Back Workout
Balance lunge; calf-raise squat; reverse grip chin-up; super skater; wall squat; wide front roll-up; step back lunge; alternating side; closed grip overhand pull-up; single-leg wall squat; deadlift squat; switch grip pull-up; three-way lunge with two-kick option; sneaky lunge; reverse grip chin-up; chair salutations; toe-roll iso lunge; wide front pull-up; groucho walk; calf raises; closed grip overhand pull-up; 80/20/ cyber-speed squat; switch grip pull-up

Check in next time for P90X Day 6: Kenpo X!

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2 Responses to “P90X – Day 5: Legs & Back with Ab Ripper X”

  1. […] can stop sucking it in! « P90X – Day 3: Shoulders & Arms with Ab Ripper X P90X – Day 5: Legs & Back […]

  2. […] This time last week I was really struggling with delayed onset muscle soreness. I was counting on this to loosen up in the next week or so, and that’s exactly what happened. Also, remember that last week I couldn’t fully extend my arms without a lot of discomfort (due to previous Week 1 workouts)? Gone baby! We’re good to go! This was one tax worth paying! Now the workouts just leave me a little weak for a bit afterward while I recover. I’ve got the P90X Results & Recovery Formula on order so I’m interested to see how that helps. I hear that it doesn’t give to a boost like an energy drink; it just help you feel “normal” after a workout and during the day in between workouts. […]

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