Friday, November 6, 2009

P51x and P50x

I've been keeping up with the P90x program better than I've been keeping up with blogging. The problem is that I'm so spent after the day's P90x DVD, that I don't have the energy to type a post. Also, although it's a great program, Tony Horton doesn't inspire me to write a creative entry. While I hated Jillian and found many things to pick on, I like Tony. He's tough, but he allows you to take breaks, he makes fun of himself. He's serious, but he lets himself be silly at times. He doesn't make you feel bad for having to do some of the modified exercises.

So, yesterday was the second time for the Chest and Back routine followed by the Ab Ripper. It was as hard as it was the first time. I don't have and don't plan to install a chin-up bar, so I did the alternate exercises suggested by my neighbor which worked out well.

Today was the second time for PlyometricsX. Again, really hard, but I felt like I was able to keep up with Tony and the gang better this time. Still hate his version of "Rock Star Jumps!"

Wednesday, November 4, 2009


I was going to give myself a break today. The P90x program says that today, which is day 7, I can either rest or do "Stretch x." I was going to rest, but then I started to feel guilty, so I did 30 minutes of Yoga. I feel much better.

Tomorrow, I start over with the P90x "chest and back" and "ab ripper x" DVDs. I'm already dreading it!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009


Lying awake this morning just before the alarm went off at 5:45, I figured out what Kenpo X was going to be: cardio/kickboxing. I was right. It was a decent workout. The moves were not too terribly hard, but it was a vigorous workout that lasted just short of one hour. I liked it much better then some of the other DVDs, like the chest and back DVD that's coming back up in the rotation on Thursday... I'm already dreading it.

Anyway, tomorrow is an optional "rest or stretch" day. I'm planning to do a 35 minute Yoga routine tomorrow morning.

Monday, November 2, 2009


Today was legs and back. What can I say that I haven't already said? It was hard. I actually had to stop with about 10-12 minutes left. I did the ab workout. Some of the moves seemed harder, and some of them seemed easier.

I talked to my neighbor about not having a chin up bar, and she has given me a few alternative exercises to do in place of the chin ups.

Tomorrow is Kenpo X, I have no idea what I'm in for. I'm thinking I should preview the DVD at some point before tomorrow morning.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

P56x and P55x

Yesterday was "Shoulders and Arms" followed by "Ab Ripper X." My legs were sore, but the muscles in my arms were calmer. I was able to do most of the Shoulder and Arms workout without much problem. I should have used heavier weights (I used 5s), but I didn't want to overdo it. I'll use 8s next time.

The Ab Ripper X program was still really hard. Tony Horton makes the point that if you do all the ab exercises in the DVD, you do a total of 349 ab exercises. I probably managed 225-250. Not bad, but I still have room for improvement.

Today was YogaX. When I turned the DVD on, the countdown timer started at 1:32:00. I didn't have an hour and a half to spare this morning, so I did a 35 minute routine instead. I don't feel like I cheated; it was still a tough routine.

Tomorrow is Legs and Back followed by Ab Ripper X. My legs are still sore from the other day, but we'll see what the morning brings.