I’m sore from yesterday’s PT appointment with L. And I’m sure the 100 Day Fitness Challenge isn’t helping. Even so, today’s session felt good. I had several frustrating moments in which I wasn’t doing my flows as successfully as usual which, in turn, frustrates me even more because I’m supposed to be relaxed and meditative, which doesn’t go with frustration. But once out of flows and into the balance positions, I felt a bit more at peace (despite the fact that M came home during this second half and commenced blaring a movie at top volume where every other word is the f-bomb).
Just goes to show you that every practice will be different. I feel great now, ready to start my weekend with positivity!
Happy weekend, everyone.
Here’s where I netted:
No scratches in my Kenpo X DVD today. So weird to have had issues with it before and not for the last two workouts. I can feel the fact that I haven’t been working out on a routine basis. This is ordinarily not too tough a workout and yet I feel tired after completing it today.
But I also feel good. Gotta get this beach weight off. Today’s scale weigh-in WASN’T PRETTY.
This is my first day trying this workout.
Here’s where I netted:
This morning, I woke up early to do the Yoga workout. It’s been a while since doing P90X, and I fully understand that doing it as sporadically as I am will not yield fantastic results, but it can’t hurt.
I am pretty sore from the Warrior Dash on Saturday. I’m bruised all over from hauling myself over all sorts of things, and random muscles hurt, such as my right shin and my left quad. That made some of the postures a bit difficult, but I managed! No dizziness from Chair Pose, which was good!
So I still haven’t called Beachbody about my messed up Kenpo X DVD. Because I’m lazy. But not lazy enough not to do Day 20 workout today!
I figured that I would run the DVD and the iPhone app concurrently so that I had the DVD for as long as it held out, then switch to the iPhone when needed.
Would you believe that the f*cking DVD didn’t skip once? NOT ONCE.
So - I didn’t have a whole lot of need for the iPhone program that I just purchased for $6.99.
However, one good thing I can say is that there are some exercises I wasn’t sure I was doing all that accurately, and again, I found that the iPhone demonstrations were more helpful than the DVD. The cameramen just move around too much for you to really observe in the DVD. So in that regard, I suppose I’m glad I paid for it.
I also did another round of Ab Ripper X, for Day 19, so I’m all caught up again!
Let the knee crunching exercises begin!
Lunges & Squats
Pullups (two sets)
I didn’t do my last Ab Ripper workout on Day 17, so this counts as that ab workout, and I’ll do another tomorrow or Friday when I do Kenpo again. Notes on my two nemeses:
I wanted to do this workout on Sunday, but didn’t get around to it, so today it is!
A few notes:
As I mentioned in my previous blogpost, I was thinking to myself today that I would like the Shoulders & Arms workout a lot more if I could do it with dumbbells instead of the bands. And after a bit of recon, I discovered the P90X iPhone app. Score!
After downloading the app, then the Shoulders & Arms workout, I headed over to the gym where I train with L, and tried out the workout with dumbbells instead of annoying bands.
Well! All I have to say is: it’s a heck of a lot harder with free weights! Holy hell! I had to drop to a lower weight than what I thought I was doing on almost every single exercise! And on top of that, I felt like I was getting such a better workout. Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure those bands are good for some stuff, but the Shoulders & Arms workout really needs to be done with dumbbells.
Here’s how I netted tonight. But first, here’s a legend on how to read it:
Round 1 (two sets):
Round 2 (two sets):
Round 3 (two sets):
Round 4 (two sets):
Round 5 (two sets):
So I was thinking to myself today that I think I would like the Shoulders & Arms workout a heck of a lot more if I could do it with dumbbells instead of the bands. The bands irritate me. I have to pause the video before each exercise to get them just right. Then I have to wait until the camera man ever-so-briefly strays from Tony Horton to show the person using the bands.
Pain in the ass.
Then it occurred to me - I wonder if there’s an app for P90X. And there is! It costs $4.99 to download, and that gets you a tool in which you can track your exercise schedule, track your exercise reps/weight, and earn badges for various and sundry things that have no interest for me.
However, if you want to actually have access to exercise demonstration, you have to buy each “DVD” for an additional $6.99 or you can get all of them for $59.99. I figured I’d go ahead and download and try it.
It’s actually pretty nice - you can watch little videos of Tony doing each exercise that basically just repeat for the duration of the allotted exercise time. If you want to see more specifics on the exercise, you can go to a slideshow view that shows the exercise in steps, sometimes with additional text that explains what you should or shouldn’t do:
One of the tougher things about P90X, besides the laborious and lengthy workouts themselves, is having to endure Tony’s blathering on like a d-bag in the videos. In fact, I think I might actually prefer the iPhone app because you can observe in silence and can easily access instruction. I don’t plan to buy the rest of the “DVDs” because I already have the actual DVDs and can just watch them without the sound. But if you need access to a particular workout that isn’t in the comfort of your own home, this is a fantastic resource.
My next fitness blogpost will talk about my experience with using the app. Stay tuned…