Sunday, February 19, 2012

P90X - Phase 1 Complete

I'm proud to say I've stuck with my daily P90X workout and I've completed Phase 1 of 3.  Four weeks down, nine more to go.

Week one was the hardest.  I was sore early on and kept getting more sore.  Normally being sore would be an excuse for me not to work out, but I wanted to stay on schedule.  I was only sore occasionally for the next 3 weeks.

The exercises routine push my limits.  On my own I would take much longer breaks between exercises, but the videos keep things moving.  All the routines are an hour, with the exception of Yoga X which is 90 minutes.

I wouldn't have thought yoga would be too hard, but it is.  It takes some good strength and determination to stay in position.  Plus there's a lot of stretching between yoga and the Stretch X workout.  Last fall when I was having knee issues I was trying to stretch more.  I realized I was very inflexible.  So I hope these routines will help me.

The Plyometrics X routine really gets your heart and lungs moving.  It's kind of my favorite for that reason.  It reminds me of how I push myself while riding muni.

The other routines are great too.  They mostly involve push-ups, pull-ups, lunges, squats, arm/shoulder exercises with dumbbells, and abdominal exercises.  It has certainly been better for me than being idle.  I hope to come out of this winter feeling in good shape for riding.

I'm not really following the P90X diet very closely.  I'm just continuing to eat healthy, and I've cut my calorie intake to lose a bit of weight.  It sucks being hungry all the time.  I didn't really have much extra weight to lose, but I was able to lose 5 pounds off my gut over the past 4 weeks.  Hey that's 5 pounds I don't have to carry with me on the trails.  I might lose a bit more, but I think in Phase 2. I should concentrate more on building strength.  If I gain the weight back in muscle, I'll be fine with that.

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