Bring It: P90X Day 31

P90X is an extreme workout program created by Tony Horton. The idea is to confuse your muscles to get you in the best shape of your life. More than a year ago, I purchased this DVD set hoping this would be the "miracle pill" I was looking for. After one week, I got sick and quit. Now I am back at it and going strong. This is my own personal journey to prove whether or not this program works or is just another gimmick sold on TV.

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, where you will see the results from the first 30 days of the program.

Please comment below. Your extra push has gotten me this far. I would love to hear about your own stories or just a friendly shout out! Together, we can get healthy!

P90X is an extreme workout bringing you to your limits. However, if you are ready to Bring It, it might also be one of the few workouts out there to give you a total body transformation in as little as 90 days.
P90X is an extreme workout bringing you to your limits. However, if you are ready to Bring It, it might also be one of the few workouts out there to give you a total body transformation in as little as 90 days. | Source
Do you want a ticket to The Gun Show?
Do you want a ticket to The Gun Show? | Source

Bring It

Being this is still the first week of Phase 2, I still have the pleasure of getting introduced to new workouts. That makes this first week super exciting, because typically when it comes to working out, I get easily bored if it doesn't get switched up enough. However, that same thing is also the reason P90X works. Switching it up causes muscle confusion, which will allow the muscles to continue to grow instead of hitting that dreaded plateau.

Today I got to do the Back and Biceps workout. This is a killer workout, but it is the one you want to do. If you are a male, this is how you are going to get those chiseled arms. For the females, don't be afraid, you can get the lean look just by lowering the weight and increasing the reps. As Tony Horton said, this is the workout for your "Glamour Muscles!"

The workout cones complete with a variety of curls and pull-ups. In fact, I never knew there were so many different ways to do a bicep curl. I was wrong. By the time I had completed this workout, I could easily say my arms felt like jello. I even refused to use them for awhile.

I can tell this workout is going to do it's thing, and I am pretty sure after completing several workouts of this DVD, all my friends and family will want a ticket to the show..... The Gun Show!

So, if you are looking for strong arms and a chiseled back, this is definately the workout for you.

Get your equipment here

Black Mountain Products Resistance Band Set with Door Anchor, Ankle Strap, Exercise Chart, and Resistance Band Carrying Case
Black Mountain Products Resistance Band Set with Door Anchor, Ankle Strap, Exercise Chart, and Resistance Band Carrying Case

This set comes with a variety of bands to get you what you need in very little space. With the great reviews, you can't go wrong with this purchase, whether it is for P90X specifically or just a regular workout.

 
CAP Barbell 40-pound Adjustable Dumbbell Set with Case
CAP Barbell 40-pound Adjustable Dumbbell Set with Case

This dumbbell offers you the weight with the versatility. If you prefer free weights, this might be the way to go!

 
Altus Athletic 32-Pound Dumbbell Set with Stand
Altus Athletic 32-Pound Dumbbell Set with Stand

If you need weights and you don't want to go hardcore, this is a great starter set for woman.

 

What do you think?

Which piece of equipment do you prefer

  • Free Weights
  • Resistance Bands
  • I like both - depending on what exercise I am doing
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Weighing the Differences

After doing this workout today, I can say that I got a decent workout, but I can also see my arms are getting stronger. Because of the workouts I have done in the past, I already have weights. Unfortunately, a few of the exercises I ran out of time before I ran out of steam. This leaves me with a couple of options.

  1. Continue with the same weight and just keep the higher reps. This isn't a bad thing, but if I don't up the weight, I will not see a change. I am using a low weight already, so iincreasing the weight isn't a problem. I am working toward lean muscles and not bulk so I don't want to be lifting too much.
  2. Invest in some additional equipment. Having an excessive amount of weights around the house can be a nuissance. I only say this because I leave mine in the livingroom where they are easily accessible (and it reminds me to use them!) However, they do not make a very good decoration piece. Being that my weights are starting to become to light, I have the option of increasing the weights by buying more (which can also get pricey.... the higher the weight the more expensive each dumbbell is!) or it is time to invest in some bands. The bands are a good option for someone who wants to get a good workout, but not have all the equipment lying around. By stepping on the band in different places, you can easily increase the tension.

Luckily for me, I have another week or so to make a decision (and I might have an additional step up from the weights I already have! Time to dig out the exercise box again!) Both equipment offers different benefits. The weights are a great way to increase weight and have complete control of your range of motion. The bands are great because they take up less room and give you a wide range of options. So, when it comes to working out, what is your preferred piece of equipment?

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ThoughtSandwiches 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada

barbergirl...

True to my word...are am here for the P60X Day 31...and at the perfect time...I am looking to acquire chiseled arms (for the ladies).

Weights are expensive...about a buck a pound on the barbells. I also leave mine conspicuously about for memory purposes. Keep up the great work!

You haven't written the t-shirt that saves your life Hub yet, have you? I do not wish to miss it.

Bring it On,

Thomas


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Thomas - I was thinking 2 litter bottles of Mountain Dew will only cost a couple of dollars.... that might work great for additional weights... until you swing by and start drinking it.... lol

Don't worry - I will let you know when I get the T-shirt that saved my life hub written. I am still brewing up crazy in here, but hopefully I will come up with something genius soon! LOL


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mythicalstorm273 5 years ago

I love the bands for some great workouts but sometimes you just can't replace those weights. Although I think the bands can be better for a lot of things. I like to use the bands in pilates and yoga! A good band can be very universal in your workouts! I should start working on my arms... I told Cassie yesterday that she looked like a bat because she bought this really cute shirt but the way it was designed... well the shirt was a 3/4 sleeve but there was no armpit. It just connected to the wristish area. It looked amazing on her, but it reminded me of a bat... and it just makes me think. I do not want to look like a bat. I better work on eliminating the excess skin by my armpit ;-) Ready... set... GO!


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Myth - the first set of bands that I have listed in the Amazon capsule I am going to invest in when Eli gets paid. My reasoning is because I do have the pull up bar that goes in the door, but I think I will benefit with the bands on the door attachment. That is the one thing I like about that product. As for the weights, I have up to 10 pounds I believe and that works for the time being, but if I get to strong I will have to invest in some new ones.

As for Cassie's bat shirt - I have seen those and I just don't like them. Well, I dont' get alot of the new styles these days. However, if you get the shirt you won't have to worry about excess baggage on your arms... lol


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Truckstop Sally 5 years ago

What an inspiration are are! You go girl!!


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Truckstop Sally - Thank you so much!


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

My preferred piece of workout equipment is the beer can. Perfect size for the hand, I can do 10 sets of twenty reps 12 ounces at a time. Ain't it great?!

Ok I do have some leg weights and 3lb bells but they are all dusty and dirty under my bed:(. I forgot about those! Thanks - I am going to dust 'em off and wear them while I clean:). Great Idea! If I don't comment tomorrow - you'll know it killed me!


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Real - that is awesome... I should get some of those arm and ankle weights and were them everywhere I go... retail therapy - I am working out... cleaning the house - still working out. I think you are on to a genius idea here. I have kettle bells too. They are collecting dust somewhere. I lost them in the pile of boxes. That is what happens when you have too many pieces of workout equipment!


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ThoughtSandwiches 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada

Retail therapy...hehehe...


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

Only if you are wearing ankle weights... otherwise you are losing weight only because your wallet is getting lighter! LOL ;)


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Danette Watt 5 years ago from Illinois

I remember when I first started my boot camp group about 5 years ago, I did modified push-ups ('girl' style). I even had to put my hands around dumb bells because my wrists were so weak. Now, I can do close to 25 "male" style pushups in 30 seconds.

It's can be a tough grind sometimes but well worth it. And you always feel so good when you're done, like you really accomplished something and DID IT!


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Danette - Way to go Girl!!!! I still do my pushups girl style. My abdominal muscles are pretty weak so I have a hard time doing them male style. And I have bad wrists. That is 2 strikes against me so I am going to keep pushing. I hope one day I can get to were you are with your pushups. I have always struggled with them. Glad that you can push me a little further and let me know it will happen eventually. I might even get down and see how many real ones I can do today... cause I am curious now!

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