The week went like this:
Monday = Back and Chest ... one hour of relentless pullups, pushups, and Assorted Other Tortures ... hereafter known as "AOT"
Tuesday = Plyometrics = one hour of jump training, squats, and AOT. Complete and total agony.
Wednesday = Arms and Shoulders ... one hour of dumbell work, pushups, ... this one I was best prepared for, but it still killed me ... and it was followed by an insanely torturous AbRipper workout that thankfully was only 16 minutes long.
Thursday = Yoga X ... 90 minutes of stretching, bending, balancing . I had always thought yoga was just some kind of mild hippy stretching exercises. Arrrrgghhhh! Downward dog, Upward Dog, Warrior One, Warrior Two, blah, blah, ... this stuff is hard!
Friday = Back and Legs ... one hour of squats of all kinds, pull ups of all kinds, AOT. Ab Ripper again too.
Saturday = Kenpo Karate ... one hour of nonstop kicking and punching and the realization that it's been a long time since my Tang Soo Doo Korean karate lessons when I was 17. This was a rapid fire aerobic workout.
Sunday = a day of rest. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
Each day produced a new soreness hangover involving muscles you forgot were there.
A cool thing happened though, by Friday, the soreness was relenting and it felt really good ... mostly.
Did I mention I love this program?
It's about consistent hard work and nutrition.
I read the nutrition plan and it's very similar to the way I eat now, so that transition is almost seamless and much less painful than it would be if I was a fastfood, chips, soda kind of eater.
I was doing my own thing and had hit what most people who stay fit call a plateau. Plus, I was only working upper body ... and not in a very organized way.
I believe (without checking the book) that I have two more weeks of the schedule above before entering the next phase.
Maybe this week I can do some of those yoga moves without falling on my asterisk.
The P90X folks did not pay for that little critique above by the way. That's just me, someone you "know" letting you know what it's like.
Just in case like me, you had considered ordering it, but weren't sure if it was valid.
I think it is. Good science and a philosophy of very hard work ... rather than the take a pill and eat whatever you want infomercial pap.
We have now developed a routine and the P90X DVD gets popped in before supper. We do not skip because we are tired from work.
They are good capitalists at BeachBody.com (P90X parent company), so expect this: They will try and sell you beaucoup supplements and equipment when you order it.
Just be strong if your budget is tight like mine.
Equipment is minimal ... some bands or dumbells, a mat, and a pullup bar, some protein bars and a whey protein drink mix.
You can get all that stuff at Walmart for pennies compared to their price.
In other news,
- The days are hot, but the mornings are teasing us with cool air. Sweet!
- I am picking datils for our use as well as letting some go orange for seed saving. By the end of this month I will post my little datil seed ad off in the sidebar. Thank you all who ordered some last year. If you save your seeds, you won't need me this year. Go You!
- Today is the day we harvest a few of our farmed prawns, so stay tuned for a prawncookin' post.
- Go here for some neat gator shots.
- Lots of computer issues here lately ... sorry for the missed days. The laptop is having an adjustment and I'm using our old, faithful 2003 vintage Dell desktop for this post. (Dell, you rock!)
That's all for this morning.
Time for me to go out and find you something wild.