Bring It: P90X Day 4

This is a continuation of my journey with the P90X system. I am just over half way through the first week, but I am hoping you will be following my journey for the full 90 days to see whether or not this systme works or 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 comment on your journeys to get healthy below. Maybe together, we can kick this unhealthy epidemic in the past!

If you are ready to Bring It, P90X might be just the program you are looking for to get into the best shape of your life!
If you are ready to Bring It, P90X might be just the program you are looking for to get into the best shape of your life! | Source

Bring It

Today was an exciting day for me. For one - it marked the halfway point to being through the first week. And two - it was Yoga... and I love Yoga.

I got up nice and early, knowing what the day would bring. Because I have done several different yoga workouts in the past, I figured this day would be easy in comparison to the rest. After all, I had a good concept of the different poses and a good understanding over what yoga is intended for. I also knew after I was done, I would feel much less sore. My muscles would be stretched, loosened and relaxed.

Yep, I was excited to start this workout.

Get the tools of the trade!

Valeo Yoga Kit
Valeo Yoga Kit

If you have never done yoga before, this yoga kit is the perfect way to get started. Not only does it come with the mat, a couple yoga blocks and a yoga strap, it also comes with a handy travel bag.

 
Aurorae Classic Thick 6mm Yoga Mat with Free Non Slip Rosin
Aurorae Classic Thick 6mm Yoga Mat with Free Non Slip Rosin

When doing yoga, the mat is one of the most important pieces of equipment. It will keep you from slipping and will also give you some cushioning for those difficult poses.

 
Yoga Block 4 in. x 6 in. x 9 in. Larger Size High Quality 4 colors by Bean ProductsTM - BLUE - 2 PACK
Yoga Block 4 in. x 6 in. x 9 in. Larger Size High Quality 4 colors by Bean ProductsTM - BLUE - 2 PACK

For those who aren't as flexible or just starting, having a yoga block is essential to help keep in proper form. In addition, those experts at yoga, can use these blocks to get an extra stretch!

 
ToeSox Half Toe Yoga/Pilates Toe Socks With Grips, Black, Large
ToeSox Half Toe Yoga/Pilates Toe Socks With Grips, Black, Large

Yoga socks are a great way to keep your grip and is a great alternative to having a mat. They can also come in handy if there are poses where your feet come off of the mat.

 
Gaiam Grippy Yoga Gloves, Grey
Gaiam Grippy Yoga Gloves, Grey

Don't forget about the hands. If you find yourself slipping during some of the poses, this will help keep you in position.

 

Yoga X

Now anyone who has says yoga is easy, has never done it before. It takes a great deal of concentration - both mentally and physically. There are some advanced yoga moves that I have seen, leaving me to wonder how people can actually bend that way. Seriously, I didn't know it was possible to put your head to your middle back. I thought stuff like that was only for those entering the circus.

Yoga has been around for more than 5,ooo years, and according to WebMD, there are more than 11 million Americans who practice it regularly. Not only will it relax you and release the tension in your muscles, it will make you stronger overall and help your fitness reach levels you never knew possible.

However, some people shy away from yoga. They feel they are too old or too inflexible to start something like this. Yet, don't let your reasons get in your way of trying this form of exercise. Yoga will help ease stiffness by releasing the lactic acid built up in your musles (which makes a great addition to P90X because unless you are superhuman, you are going to be sore!). It can also help joint stiffness, which will overall help you move more smootly in everyday life.

Yoga can also increase your strength. Depending on the pose, you will be forced to use musles you have never even reached. How can you tell, because when you are attempting to hold a position, you will find your whole body shaking.

Yoga will also improve your posture and help with your breathing. And mostly, it is a form of meditation that will help you center yourself and get to know your body. You and your body should become one, because together, you will go much further in life.

So what is Yoga X? Let's just say it isn't your Grandma's yoga! While you will increase your flexibility and your strenght, and you may also find times when you are feeling completely at ease and relaxed, you will also be sweating, shaking, and forcing your body into positions that you never knew could happen.

Yoga X, at times, can feel a little fast paced. It isn't for the beginner or the person who has never tried yoga in the past. If you aren't familiar with some of the poses, you might find yourself getting lost in the video. Even if you have done yoga in the past, you might still find yourself having difficulty keeping up with Tony Horton.

However, after you have done several very common poses, and some not so familiar poses, (possibly at your own pace), you will end the video feeling energized, invigorated, and maybe a touch enlightened.

Finding your inner peace!

Yoga is a great way to not only connect with yourself, but to connect with nature. Once you get the poses down, feel free to take your workout outside. Nature can be settling!
Yoga is a great way to not only connect with yourself, but to connect with nature. Once you get the poses down, feel free to take your workout outside. Nature can be settling! | Source

Yoga to the extreme

P90X brings extreme to yoga postures.
P90X brings extreme to yoga postures.

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Taking it to the Extreme

Yoga X is a difficult workout. I might not have thought this if I hadn't already done a round of Yoga X over a year ago. In fact, I would have been doing a happy dance thinking this was the day I get a break. However, any yoga video that can cause my husband to puke, you know is tough. (Note: I am more veteran when it comes to yoga poses than my husband. Therefore, I did not get sick during either times I have participated in this video!)

But in some sadistic way, I enjoy yoga so even though I faintly remember Yoga X, I was still looking forward to doing this workout. I have to warn you though, Yoga X is the longest video out of the 12 DVD collection. It rakes in at one and a half hours. Therefore, if you plan on doing this workout, try to start the series when you know Day 4 will fall on a day you know won't be horribly busy. Like I said, this video will take some time!

Today, my yoga experience was less than I could desire. it wasn't anything that I could have prevented; it is just life. I got up like normal and made lunches for everybody in the family, and before I sent my daughters off to school, my son had already woke up! The first thought that popped in my head was ... "This was going to be a problem!"

I had a few options. I could continue with my workout like usual, hoping my son wouldn't be too much of a distraction. Or, I could continue with my workout later in the day when he went down for his afternoon nap. Or, I could just skip today. Skipping was not an option, so that was immedietly thrown out. Waiting until later wasn't a very good option, especially since I knew myself well, and knew if I waited I might lose my motivation or get distracted and end up skipping the workout anyway. Not to mention, if I don't start my workout until 3:30 p.m., that means I won't be finished until about 5! That just didn't sound appealing. So, I stuck with option 1 - I just did my workout with my son watching.

Now I know this doesn't sound too bad, but this just lead to extra possible distractions when I am supposed to be concentrating. But I pushed play anyway.

The start went pretty good, and by the time I had reached the first 20 minutes, my phone started ringing. I thought about ignoring it, but, because our car went into the shop last night, I figured it might be the mechanic calling to let us know what was going on. Distraction number 1. They just wanted to let us know the status. I forcast many more phone calls throughout the day.

Back to the workout, I was just about sick of doing planks, push ups, downward dogs and crazy fighting poses (you know - the warrior pose and it's variations) when finally we went on to balances postures and floor work. This was what I was looking forward too.

The floor work consisted of a variety of poses, but you were no longer going from one pose to the next continuously. This meant I would be able to keep up. Not being familiar with the video, there were times when I caught myself still in one pose while they moved to the next, or just not being fast enough to get through the series. So finally, I was in my comfort zone.

As I brought my leg up into the tree position and reached for the sky, my son thought it would be fun to start pushing on my balancing leg. Yep - he was sucessfull. I fell over. This would not be the first time, as he now thought this was a game. Distraction number 2!

In the middle of floor work, the phone rang again. With a deep sigh, I figured I better answer it, not knowing if it was the people about the car again. Nope - it was a telemarketer wondering what I was interested in learning. Apparently, I must have registered for something saying I was interested in telemarketers calling me about schooling opportunities. I told them to uncheck the box and stop calling me. Distraction number 3!

We were finally on the downward slope, and somehow Tony Horton snuck in what he likes to call "The Yoga Belly." These are a series of pilates type moves to strenghten your core section. Because of my previous surgery on my stomach, I am unable to do these properly and needed to modify. However, I did the best I could and that is all that really matters.

With only 5 minutes left to the video, I was impressed that I only had 3 distractions, and still got a pretty decent workout in. As I lay there in Shavasana (corpse pose), just thinking about absolutely nothing and clearing my head, my son suddenly jumped on me and used me as a surfboard. So much for relaxation! Distraction number 4!

Finally, the video was over. Even with the distractions (which actually gave me a bit of a break so I am not too made) I got an awesome workout. My muscles are nice and loose. I feel stretched. I feel tall.

Hopefully next week, the car won't be in the shop and my son won't want to join me!

Warning

Note: P90X is an extreme fitness regiment and your doctor should be consulted before starting this or any other workout program. If at any time during your workout you feel uncomfortable or not right, modify the move or stop completely do avoid injury.

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mythicalstorm273 5 years ago

I love yoga!! It is one of my favorite forms of working out! I managed to do my pilates two days in a row now :-) I'm a bit behind you, but I'm working on it! Although it was very difficult not to give up half way through the tape. My hip flexers are screaming at me and even sitting here on the computer (with my legs in a pretzel) is making my hips go no please stop stretch me out and I'll behave... too bad I probably really need a good stretch. I should go do some light yoga. I have a perfectly figured out yoga routine that takes me 7-8 minutes. It stretches out my legs, hips, arms, back and belly in a quick but efficient way! I think I'll go do that :-) Keep up the good work!! (oh and thanks for the link and I really liked how you added some information about yoga into this hub as well!)


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Myth - this is a yoga you would love to hate. The first time Eli did it, he vowed he would never do yoga again... lol. It isn't too bad, but I was getting over the plank, pushup, downward dog, warrior phase real quick. And I loved how this one came together so easily to add in all that extra information in there.

Oh yeah, and I am glad that this has also in away been beneficial for you... since I seem to have kicked you in the rear as well! :)


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Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

hey barbergirl28...love the regime you are in.

You go Girl!!


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Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

Those darn distractions! You're doing great though. I'm voting you up because you are motivating me to do something too - keep on going :-)

Cloverleaf.


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Ruchira - Thanks - I am going to try to keep it up. Hopefully the distractions don't get too much! :)


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Cloverleaf - Glad I am helping to motivate you too. This whole writing it down thing is really helping for me. I feel like I don't have the option of skipping. I have to stay accountable otherwise someone out there will notice. Thanks for the encouragement! :)


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Now I've never done yoga - I've thought about it and that is enough reward for me apparently:) lol. You go girl! I am cracking up at the picture of Max just walking over and rolling you around the house. Perseverance!


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Real - Yoga is great. This one is extreme so obviously this version is painful. I also have a yoga deck and I just play cards and do a few moves from that. It gives me a good stretch and I pretend like I got a good workout. But mostly, it really relaxes you and if you have a stressful day and people are really ticking you off, yoga is a great way to ease down your mind.

However, I will admit, the way Max joins me for my morning workouts is really entertaining. Although I did feel a little naseous when he jumped on me.. lol... I guess that is what happens when you play dead... ha ha


PenMePretty 5 years ago from Franklin

It is so good to know inner peace. Yogi is great. Thanks for all the information. Looking forward...


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@PenMePretty - Yoga is one of my favorite workouts. It just calms me. Not to mention you feel the stretch. I can't wait for this weeks yoga workout!

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