P90X Two Week Update

Well, I've made it through two weeks of P90X.  I spent a good part of the first week sore, but I'm not sure how much of that can be attributed to the extreme cave tour I took right before starting it and how much to P90X.

At any rate, it feels good to be exercising six days a week again.  During the summer, weather permitting, I'd ride 5-6 days a week.  That number dropped significantly beginning in September.  It always seems very easy to get out of the routine, and somewhat difficult to get back in.

I needed to purchase a few things before beginning:

  • Pushup bars ($8 at Meijer) - I have occasional wrist pain and have read that these alleviate it.
  • Yoga blocks ($5 at Meijer) - Helps with some moves when you aren't flexible enough.  Enhances moves even further when you are.
  • Yoga mat ($28 - Amazon) - We have a very cheap, very thin mat that came with the Wii Fit package.  After Yoga and the Ab Ripper X workout it was clear it wouldn't be enough or hold up to 12 more weeks, so I opted for a much thicker mat that is supposed to be delivered today.
  • Resistance band set ($30 - Amazon) - Looked like a good set with many different sized bands.  I also had dumbbells but only one pair.  I use them as well in P90X but use the bands more simply due to convenience.
  • Pullup bar ($50 - Amazon) - Installed this into the concrete wall in the basement.  It isn't going anywhere.  Unfortunately I need to seriously improve before it does me any good.  (Note: All exercises requiring a pullup bar can be performed with the bands)

I'll post my thoughts about each day below.  These are the same for the first three weeks of the plan.

Monday (Chest & Back) - As I stated in my last post, I'd neglected ALL upper body training since at least January.  I'd also put about 15 pounds back on and found myself quickly out of shape.  The combination of these things resulted in a very very tough first day.  Even something as simple as pushups were an embarrassing task.  Unassisted pullups were nothing but a pipe dream.  Naturally, 90% of this workout involves variations of pushups and pullups.  As I tried to follow along it became very obvious I have a lot of work to do.  There is no way I'm keeping up with the people in the video.  But that's ok.  As Tony Horton, the "star" of P90X says - "do your best, forget the rest".  I'm not doing this to get huge or ripped - I just want to be more fit.

Tuesday (Plyometrics) - I have no idea if this word is an invention of P90X or not, but it basically means "jump around for an hour".  It is definitely a hardcore cardio workout.  Even with sore knees and legs from caving, I was able to complete the session, albeit drenched in sweat.  Again - I can't keep up 100% with the video, but then again those in the video are in way better shape than I am.  I think these videos should add a few more people to the mix, but have them be untrained and out of shape.  It would help to see different paces and to learn improper form to avoid doing so in the future. 

Wednesday (Shoulders & Arms) - Again - upper body hell.  Not quite as bad as Chest & Back day, but I have a lot of room for improvement!

Thursday (Yoga)  - Yoga clocks in at over 90 minutes, the longest workout of P90X.  For some silly reason I thought this would be like a rest day after three days of pretty tough exercise.  WRONG.  This was very very tough.  I wasn't able or flexible enough to do everything (without fear of seriously injuring myself) but I did most of it.  I can already tell this is going to be one of my favorite workouts, and one I may continue to do long after the 90 days is done.  This should really do wonders for my flexibility, core, and balance, all of which should equate to an improved cycling experience.  It's also very relaxing.  Good stress eraser!

Friday (Legs & Back) - More pullups and chinups (or bands, in my case)' and 14(!) leg exercises.  Despite the high number, the workout seems to pas