P90X – Day 12: Legs & Back with Ab Ripper X

Quick Note: I always like to include the specs of the workout in my blog post, but really the purpose of the blog is to let you see how a regular guy is handling P90X. So, I’m going to start moving the workout specs to the bottom so you can get right to the,”pain and suffering” portion of the content (Kidding! Kidding! Kidding! Well, maybe not totally kidding.). Remember, my saying is,”It’s all about the content!”

Another Quick Note: I’m also going to try to chop these posts. I tend to get a little verbose, and I respect your time and appreciate you visiting my blog.

Bring It.

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.

I’m still a little disappointed that I’m not doing a lot of chin-ups or push-ups (I’m still using a chair to help with the pull-ups), but hey, I’m really weak in this area and it’s only Week 2! I’ll keep “bringing it!”

A Little Advice

Breathe! Breathe! Breathe! Breathe! Breathe! Breathe! Breathe! Breathe! Breathe! Breathe! Breathe! Breathe! Breathe! Breathe! Breathe! Breathe! Breathe! Breathe! …

Get it? I can’t believe how challenging it is to focus on proper breathing while doing all these exercises. I really have to focus, but I’m seeing how important it is. Right out of the gate today I developed a huge headache that almost caused me to stop. It was because I was holding my breath while exerting. Dummy! It felt like I just about gave myself an aneurysm! Besides, it feels like proper breathing actually puts the exercises load on the working muscles, thus working them better without the help of my diaphragm and abs. Frankly, the exercises are a bit harder when I’m breathing during exertions.

Ab Ripper X was still pretty tough. Jeez, I can’t wait until I can do just half of the reps that Tony Horton and the gang are doing on the DVD. I’m beginning to realize that a six pack is a trophy for a lot of really hard work.

Keep Pressing “Play.”

Amazing! Sure, I’m already seeing some marked results physically. And I do have much more energy than I did when I was more gooey (Ok, I’m still a LITTLE gooey.) But one of the coolest things is what this is doing for me mentally? I’m becoming more confident because I’m visualizing the end result. And I’m able to do that because the 90 day period is short–tough… but short–and I’ve seen the real results that others have gotten to confirm it in my own mind. I never forget Proverbs 23:7a: “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.” Think Neeeenjaaaa! Whaaaa!

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 Exercises
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

Ab Ripper X Workout
In & out; seated bicycle; seated crunchy frog; crossed leg/wide leg sit-up; fifer scissor; hip rock ‘n raise; pulse-up (heels to heaven); roll-up/v-up combo; oblique v-up; leg climb; mason (kayak) twist; stretch

Check in next time for P90X Day 13: Kenpo X!

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