Bring It: P90X Day 33

Bring It is an ongoing series documenting my personal journey with the P90X DVD series created by Tony Horton. The concept behind the program is muscle confusion. It works by changing things up and pushing harder to continue to allow your muscles to grow. However, we all know these fads make promises, and majority of the time they never work. We spend our hard earned money on the program only to find we have changed nothing at the end. So, I am here to prove this program right or wrong. I will make my final judgement on Day 90. So stick with me until then.

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 you comments below. Not only are you my motivation to help me get through this entire 90 days, but I am hoping this will also be your motivation to get up and change your life. It doesn't have to be intense like the P90X program, but together we can encourage each other to get a little healthier. So, I would love to here about your success, your workouts or anything you want to add below. Thanks for the continued support!

P90X is a tough program promising to get you in the best shape of your life. Are you ready to Bring It?
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How about you?

Do you prefer squats or lunges

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Bring it

Squats

Lunges

Squats

Lunges

Squats

Lunges

Wow - now if that didn't just exhaust you already. Everybody knows how much I love squats and lunges. (And this would also be a great time to have a sarcastic font!) But, today was Legs and Back and it seems to me, the squats and lunges aren't something that I can get away from just yet.

So far, this is the one weight building workout that hasn't changed for Phase 2, so, with the exception of Recovery Week, I am pretty used to this workout. Not that I still don't struggle through the program. After all, squats and lunges are difficult. If you find them too easy, then it is time to push a little harder and get a little lower. Today, that is what I did. I pushed myself a little harder to get a little lower in my squats and lunges than I have been going.

Now - this is where I whine a little bit!

Ouch

Ok - so it did what it intended and my legs are feeling it today. Remember those stairs from yesterday? Well, I had a hard time crawling up the stairs to wake my kids for school. Yes, that is how weak they felt after this mornings workout. Luckily, I have kept moving so they have started feeling a little better since then. But I am guessing this calls for a little extra stretching later on today!

Push It!

As I have been preaching throughout this entire program, you have to be willing to Bring It if you want to see any kind of results. That means while you are doing each exercise, you need to focus on what you are doing. It is about quality - not quatity. That means your form will do more good than having a floppy bad form.

Now this doesn't mean you can't modify the moves a little bit. If you are just starting out, it is ok to not go as deep into your squats or lunges. But, the question you have to ask yourself, is when is that going to change? You will never change anything if you continue to do the same exercise time and time again that you did on Day 1 (or in this case Day 5) of the program. That means somewhere in there you will have to make a conscientious decision to start going a little lower and start pushing yourself a little further. Today was that day for me.

Let me tell you... it will eventually end up paying off. Today, my legs are twice as sore as they were last week, but I worked them hard. I even found that because I was going a little lower in my squats, I lost some of my reps. (This is a great reason to be writing things down - it makes it easier to compare!) I will gain those reps back, but today I wanted to really push those muscles extra hard.

With my wall squat, I even used a mat under my feet so I got a good grip. Not only did this stabalize me, but it also gave me the ability to go just a little bit lower. By the end, my legs were involuntarily shaking. I bounced in and out of the 90 seconds. But I pushed my self a little further.

So, as Tony Horton always preaches - "Do your best and forget the rest!" Sure, I may have lost a few reps here and there, but my workout today was better than it was last week. I can feel it not only in my legs, but in my heart as well.

So, are you with me on this. Are you ready to push yourself just a little harder? I promise you, it will pay off in the end!

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TheManWithNoPants 5 years ago from Tucson, Az.

Hey girl! I'm on a different program, but I'm hitting it pretty hard. I've got a birthday coming up the 28th, and it's an unbelievable biggie. I want to look as good as humanly possible then take pic or two. I want to show old farts what is possible if you get off your ass. Did tou ever read my Fittness over 40-50? If not, get over there and check it out young lady!

You are on fire and very inspiring my friend. Chase your limits!

jim


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

Ummmm... Jim.... is that your buns I see! LOL - well judging off your buns I can tell your in good shape! What program are you doing? And yes, Tony Horton is 45 and he is in awesome shape. He is unbelievably cut, but he isn't too muscular either. I haven't seen your fitness over 40-50... I will have to check it out. But I have seen some amazing things were people haven't lifted a finger all their life and then when they get older they finally catch on fire and get in shape. The human body is capable of amazing things if you treat it right!

Oh yeah - and Happy Early birthday - keep pushing it my friend!


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TheManWithNoPants 5 years ago from Tucson, Az.

BG,

Yeah, that's a pic of me cartooned up. I'm experimenting with some new logos to see how it goes. I own the No Pants name and the domain, and it's a marketing tool to get people to my non profit. I dunno if the Pages will let me get away with it, but we'll see.

I'm older than Tony and have always been weird about my looks. I'm thinking of a hub. something you said somewhere made me think of it. It's about looking on the outside how you feel on the inside, and the first step in getting into shape and keeping it requires you to, in some cases, to change how you fell inside. I've never aged inside very much, so I'm slow to age outside. I'm considerably older than Tony by the way.

My obsession isn't to look good for a guy my age. It's to look good period. It's a way of life, and it's great that God has given me the physical ability to work out the way I do.

In short, I do a lot of smart sets moving from heavey lifting and low reps to lighter weight and high reps. I change up often to keep the muscles in shock, and do 45 minutes of running a day. I just started some heavier cardio, as I let my self get fat. ( I also dance like a mother to good rock n roll in front of a mirror at night.)After seeing myself on TV at the Iowa speech, I've been back to working hard.

You are doing awesome. Two more months, and you'll take this way of life with you for the rest of your life, and your children will stay fit for life too. You should see my adult children. (Another story) Love what youre doing kiddo. I really do!

jim


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

Jim that is incredibly impressive. I really didn't think you were older than Tony. I thought you were around the same age. I knew you were older than me, but I can honetly say you dont show your age. Phyisically - I mean. I have read your hubs and you are wise beyond your years!

I have to say - while I do enjoy the results (well, at least the inches part) of the P90X program, the program in itself is not what I typically like. I usually enjoy more cardio and if I had the extra time, I would probably be squeezing some of that in. But I have 3 kids and the workouts are long enough with all the other stuff I have to get done. I am pretty busy and I can't imagine doing all this with a full-time "paying" job on the outside of the house! LOL

I have always been a fitness/nutrition nut. For awhile, I really wanted to be a nutritionist. But, I strayed back from it because I love the bad foods way too much and don't always have the best willpower - good intentions - but I like my sweets way too much. I really hope that my ability to get in shape shows my kids how important it is to exercise and stay healthy. There is such a large obesity epidemic out there - and unfortunately it has hit kids just as much as it has hit the adults.

Thanks for your continued support. By the way - if you can do me a favor and give me the link so I can read the hub you were talking about I would be ever so greatful. That way I don't have to search for it. I am tight on time so all the shortcuts are welcome! :)


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TheManWithNoPants 5 years ago from Tucson, Az.

BG,

No problem kiddo. I've got this obsession with "Nothing stays the same. It either gets better or worse, smaller or bigger", etc .. You know, "If you're not moving ahead, you're falling behind" stuff. It'd probably drive a lot of people crazy, but it's just good mental food for me.

I just happen to have that link! (looking side to side in a shady manner) The next hub I write on this subject, I'll do on my birthday. Hopefully it will be better writen and I'll look better too. I blew up 17 pounds after the pics in that hub, but I've dumped 10 pounds, so I'm looking okay. I just have to be careful to burn the fat,not the muscle. You know how that goes. Anywho, here's the link! http://hubpages.com/health/Why-Everyone-Should-Wor...


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mythicalstorm273 5 years ago

Lunge, squat, lunge, squat... whew I got my workout in today! Thank you for the great leg workout :-) I already did my arm workout today so now all I need to do is get a good core workout in! But for the time being I need to do an eye workout... just gotta finish some stuff up and then bedtime }-O (that is my yawny face!) lol


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

Jim, I knew you would come through for me ;) I look forward to your birthday hub... another year older, but physically I keep getting younger! LOL I have a few hubs in the process right now. Just got to get to writing them. Busy busy busy bee... yep that is what I have been! Maybe I will spend the night writing!


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Myth - you missed a couple... lol... glad you got your workout in for the day. I was thinking of grabbing out the DDR and playing with the kids tonight. I have to find the DDR Mat in the box somewhere. But, suddenly I feel like writing so we will see if that happens or not! LOL.... so go off and get your eye workout in! Sounds like you got a pretty long workout session with that one!


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ThoughtSandwiches 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada

Stacy...

It IS 'squat-lunge,'huh? I always say 'squat-thrust. Too much Rocky Horror Picture Show, perhaps. I am off to sweat your day 34. Very nice job done here, dear.

Thomas

I voted many, many times.


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Daffy Duck 5 years ago from Cornelius, Oregon

It's good to see you're taking notes on why you loose reps. Some people might not catch it.

Good Luck BBG. :)


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@ThoughtSandwhiches - Thanks for voting many, many times... I can definately see the improvement in the score. Now go get out there and sweat a little... you can do the Time Warp or something... just a step to the right or left... man I am too tired and we didn't do our Halloween tradition this year and watch it. Bummer!


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Daffy Duck - Since I had been doing the workout for a few weeks now, I had gotten pretty used to it. After this workout, I can honestly say, 2 days later I am still pretty sore. I am guessing it must have been from the Wall sit. That was a killer!

BTW - Tony Horton preaches writing everything down! I guess he got through to me! LOL


PenMePretty 5 years ago from Franklin

wonderful work!!!


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@PenMePretty - Thank you so much. I enjoy all the encouragement I can get... It is what keeps me going! :)


Leti 3 years ago

Yea, I will have to disagree with dan. Sand bags arent the aswner. And you never want to run off of distance. Because people seem to think more about the distance than timed running. So wake up and run for about 5 mins. and as you get to whr you can run for that long, add a minute.================================Another suggestion is to jump rope. Not only will tht increase your stamina, it will increase the strength in your entire body an improve your agility. Jump rope for 5-10 minutes a day with speed jump roping is where you jump rope as fast as you can for one minute. Rest for about 30 sec. Do three sets keeping track of how many jumps you make each set. Then do alternate feet which you Jump as quickly as you can for one minute by jumping twice on your right foot and then twice on your left foot. Do 2 sets with a 30 second break in between.====================================And as for your upper body, what your doing is good. Push-ups do wonders for your shoulders, chest, and upper back. Also do lots of set-ups and other core exercises. Strengthening your core with actually help yoou jump higher because jumping starts from the core. Its also will allow you to take a hit and still score. Another way to increase your vertical, just practice jumping. Jump up as high as you can 10-15 times before you go to bed. Toe raises are great to. stand on the balls of your feet anywhere that is aboout two inches off the ground or more. make sure you keep your balance and go down then up. Do this about 100 times to start. Then once you can do that easy, do 200. And just add more and more, and you can add weight to yourself.=========================================And an awesome exercise that is great for stamina, shadow boxing. It’s really a pretty decent way to get your cardio and strength work all at once. Focus on controlled movements (not flailing punches), stay light on the balls of your feet and keep your knees bent. Practice jabs and upper cuts and all your moves. You could even hold to water bottles for more restistance.=================================As for your shooting, Practice your form. Take a look at the best shooters in the game and model their actions. Hold your right hand on the back of the ball, while the left is on the side guiding it. Practice lying down and shooting your basketball straight into the air, so it comes back down onto your hand. You can do this for hours, while listening to music, or just not sleeping. The ball should feel like part of your arm, extending into the hoop.Don't let the ball touch your palm. Hold the ball with your fingertips, especially when dribbling.Use BEEF+C when shooting: B=Balance. Make sure you are balanced before you shoot.E=Eyes. Keep your eyes on the basket while you shoot.E=Elbow. Keep your elbow in towards your body when you shoot.F=Follow Through. Make sure you follow through with your shot; your shooting hand should look like you are about to reach into a cookie jar.C=Concentration. This is the most important part of shooting. Focus only where the ball is going to go, not who's surrounding you or if you should pass instead. make sure you use your legs for power. Line your hands up with the black lines on the ball. Use the pads of your fingers and hold the ball in the center with your writing hand only. Make sure you can see light through all of your fingers. Next, place your other hand on the side of the ball. Then shoot using B.E.E.F. but make sure most of the force is coming from your writing hand.=============================LAst piece of advice, jump play basketball. Nothing will make you a better player than just playing basketball. Play a pick up game with some friends. It will help you get used to real competition, therefore getting you ready for real game situations.O, and for the workout routine, that is up to you and what you feel your comfortable with. Dont over load yourself with stuff. Spread everything out so you dont feel over work.


Rupeshwari 3 years ago

would hinder him, his size, aeilbt his greatest asset, they say it was simply impossible for someone that big to be that quick out of the blocks yet every race he is the first one out, and has the race in hand by the 25 meter mark.Jeremy Wariner-for those who don't know, Jeremy Wariner, who i'll admit has fallen off as of late, is a 400m sprinter, and the saving grace for white sprinters. Although he doesn't hold the world record mark for the 400m dash he has closed in on it and he still has some time, thats if leshawn merritt doesn't get it first when watching him the freakish talent that amazes me is his ability to turn it on for the last leg of the 400. He jogs the first 300m faster than 99.9% of the world could dare to sprint, and the last 100m he runs as if he was neck and neck with bolt in an actual 100m dash.Boxing:there are so many to choose from Ali obviously, an incredible combination of size, speed, power, agility, stamina, heart, charisma, character, and an incomprehensible understanding of the sport and how to manipulate his opponent. Mike Tyson is another for his lethal combination of speed and power, but the one I want to single out is .Roy Jones Jr.-often knocked for fighting sub-par competition, Jones Jr. displayed some of the finest combination of punches I have ever seen. Unbelieavably fast hands for his weight class, and a showmanship that could match even Ali. A pure athlete in every sense of the word who could knock you out at any moment with the most ferocious punches including his trademark leaping left hook not to mention his physical stature, one of the most perfectly sculpted human beings in all of the sport indtimidated even the toughest of opponents.Baseball-I find it hard to pick a baseball player to put on this list, but since I am trying to represent as many sports as possible I guess i'll go with stephen strasburg, although he has gotten hurt .has a golden arm with a fastball that many people haven't seen since Nolan Ryan.Basketball-The epitome of a freakish athlete is an NBA player .I consider them similair to the characters from the Avatar movie. Before I try to pick one, keep in my mind that I would put almost half of the NBA on this list. For starters Dwight Howard it looks like someone put Wesley Snipes under ray gun and jumbo-sized him Lebron James the sports science segment on him was absolutely ridiculous I can't fathom how god could make a person 6'8 260 pounds with 5% body fat to go with a 40+ inch vertical running a sub 4.5 40. Derrick Rose/Shannon Brown/Nate Robinson (leaping ability) John Wall (speed with the ball) and countless others that im too exhausted to try to name oh and my all-time favorite allen iverson-maybe not a freak, but probably as athletic a human being there ever was.NFL-much like basketball there are just so many I won't go in depth since im running out of room but i'll go by position .QB-Vince Young/Michael Vick/Ben Roethlisberger..RB-Stephen Jackson/Chris Johnson/Adrian Peterson..WR's-Randy Moss/Vincent Jackson/Brandon Marshall/Calvin Johnson TE's-Gates/Vernon Davis OL-Bruce Campbell/Trent Williams/Larry Allen..DL-Peppers/Mario Williams/Freeney/Haynesworth LB's-Urlacher/Lewis/Willis/Merriman/Orakpo DB's-Cromartie (DRC and Antonio)/Taylor Mays .my all time favorite freak in football Sean Taylor-so unbeliavably athletic and big and fast, a punishing hitterCollege Football-Newton/Pryor/Trent Richardson/Julio JonesOther Sports-Michael Phelps .etc.tell me what you think.

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