Bring It: P90X Day 16

This is my personal journey on the P90X workout system. Let me tell you, it is a tough workout and it is not for the weak. P90X has been teaching me how to be strong - both physically and mentally.

From day one, I have been recording my daily workouts, and I have been giving you a peak at my gains and my fails. My mission is to show you if this program works or if it is just another advertising gimmick.

If you would like to start from the beginning of this series, please click here. If you want to read about my previous day with P90X, click here.

Feel free to leave comments below. Your support has kept me going this far and I am pushing for the 90 day mark. Feel free to share your stories with us.

P90X is an extreme training program that will get you into the best shape of your life. Are you ready to bring it!
P90X is an extreme training program that will get you into the best shape of your life. Are you ready to bring it! | Source

Bring It

It is Day 16! When I first started, I honestly didn't think I would make it this far, but 16 is a pretty big number. Granted, it isn't anywhere close to 90, but I am more than half way through the first month. And let me tell you a little secret, once this week ends, I am on my recovery phase.

That is right, after all this muscle pounding, back breaking exercises, P90X decided that I get a one week break. But I peaked ahead at what the workout has in store, and I am not really sure it can be considered a break at all. In fact, it almost looks harder. But I know it is needed because it is time to shake things up. I am starting to get used to the workout and the backbone of the P90X program is muscle confusion.

However, today I kicked butt. Today was my 3rd week on Plyometrics. For those who have been with me for awhile, plyometrics is jump training. It is the X in P90X and if you decide to Bring It, this is the workout that will pound you into the ground.

My smart idea today was since next week is recovery and I get a break from this dreaded workout, that I was going to give it my all. And that is what I did. I jumped and squat jumped, and jump jacked, and lunge jumped (wow there is a lot of jumping!) until I couldn't physically get me feet off the ground by pure force of muscle.

I had worked myself into muscle failure. That is a good thing. I gave it my best and I beat myself up. No pain, no gain - right? Right! Well today I felt the pain and I know that it will gain me many benefits both physically and mentally.

The only bad thing is I pushed my self so hard, I actually made myself naseous. I tell you what - that doesn't make for a very productive person today.

So what's my secret to pushing myself? I am about to tell you!

For 30 seconds, you can push through anything!
For 30 seconds, you can push through anything! | Source

You can do anything for 30 seconds

Throughout the entire P90X program, plyometrics is the toughest and the one I struggle with the most. That probably would hold true for most people, because as we age, jumping is not something we actually like to do, unless of course we are an athlete and getting paid the big bucks for jumping. No one is paying me big bucks, so, I still don't like jumping.

But I still do it, and I do it because I know it is good for me. It will increase my cardio endurance and it will make me stronger. But when it comes to plyometrics, it is my mental muscles that I really use.

With each exercise, I stay focused. I only need to continue for 30 seconds. That being said, you can do anything for 30 seconds. Seriously, 30 seconds isn't that long, is it. If you breath through it, the 30 seconds will be done before you even know it.

Throughout the entire program, I keep telling myself that. And before I know it, I have completed the four exercise set and I am going on to the next one. It is all because majority of the exercises (except the fourth one in the set - which is a full minute), are only 30 seconds. And 30 seconds is quick.

If you keep that mindset, you will power through the entire workout! The only thing you can't do in 30 seconds is quite!

How do you feel...

Can you do anything in 30 seconds?

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Don't be afraid

Another thing I realized today when I was working out, was there are a few exercises that I am afraid of. Not that they scare me, but I just don't like them. They are ones that I struggle with and my confidence is usually a little bit busted because I just can't do them.

One of these exercises is the Rockstar Hops. If you can imagine jumping up, kicking yourself in the butt with your heals while playing air guitar, you can imagine what this move looks like. I can not do this exercise. I have never been able to comfortably jump like that without fear of falling over. I just don't get enough height. And let me tell you, I suck at air guitar. I just look retarded. And it is one of the exercises I absolutely dread.

But, like I said before, you only have to do 30 seconds of it and it is over. So why be scared of those exercises that you struggle at. We are all going to have our strenghts and weaknesses! That just means you modify, do your best and forget the rest.

Who knows, maybe one day I will actually be strong enough to do that move!

So, get out their and do your 30 seconds worth. I did and I am feeling great!

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mythicalstorm273 5 years ago

I keep seeing you air guitar jumping and kicking your butt!! I love that mental image :-) I like jumping... except my chest doesn't :-( I think the plyometrics could be fun. Of course I have a hard time doing my yoga and pilates and I really enjoy those... so i don't think I would make it very far, but still it makes me think. I want to go play jump rope now! lol. Another great day for you and another great hub for me :-) Keep it up!!


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Myth - you should stop imagining me doing my in air jumping air guitar... cause I look ridiculous. I struggle getting my legs in the air so my legs don't go at the same time. I guess that means I need practice! LOL It was a good day for me... Can't wait until tomorrow. Tomorrow is going to be better! :)


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Love it! I feel like I'm getting ym morning work out with you every day and I'm looking forward to it tomorrow too!

I love that even today - you predict a better tomorrow for yourself. It shows what an awesome person you really are. Yours working you a@@ off, literally, and you're still pushing yourself. I was trying to imagine myself jumping and kicking my own a@@ - maybe that's what I need to do too! Lol


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Real - kicking one's own behind is something very challenging. I am so totally not coordinated to do it. Ironically, because most of the exercises anybody can do without much coordination. They are easy and simple moves that are effective. And then there is me - jumping around all stupid looking. Maybe I need a trampoline. YOu know... one of those small ones. It will give me height and confidence... LOL

But yeah - guess what, I got my own pop now... no more need for the Booty Pop... lol


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Danette Watt 5 years ago from Illinois

Funny you should say that about the 30 seconds. When I first started doing my bootcamp class, I would tell myself the same thing - I only have to do this for 30 seconds.

I have a habit of counting things (stairs when I go up and down, etc) so another trick that has helped me is I count how many squats or lunges or bicep curls, etc. that I have to do in those 30 seconds (I assume the program is timing for you). That way I know 1. when it's close to 30 seconds and 2. if I need to work harder b/c I generally know how many of an exercise I can do


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Danette - It is amazing how thinking about only 30 seconds really makes everything seem so much easier. I too am a counter. I will count my reps to not watch the time. And then I will be like - I am only at 10, I know I can do another 5. When I am jumping, it is a whole different story. I try to zone. I hate jumping!


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susan54 5 years ago

Barbergirl28, love your hub. I started p90x a week i like the yoga. I'm 54 years old women thank god for my flattop haircut becuase it makes me sweat. thanks


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Susan - I would be curious to hear about your results with P90X along the way. Yoga is a great workout. I had mine yesterday. It was painful but I think I took my body to the limit. Suddenly I found myself going further than I imagined. Glad you have the short hair though. I tell you what - my hair is long and I am mopping the floor by the time I am done! Thanks for stopping by!

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