Bring It: P90X Day 5
This is an ongoing compilation of my journey with the P90X system. 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.
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Today is Friday and I am greatful that the weekend is here. This morning I woke up way too early and I made some bad decisions. Ok, so not the bad decisions that you are thinking of.
I got up at 5:20 a.m. and hit the snooze several times until I finally felt it was more work to hit snooze even one more time. And seriously, why even hit the snooze button. It isn't like you are getting good sleep with that extra five minutes. In fact, it only really makes you more tired. So, finally I got up to make my husband's lunch for work.
I contemplated just getting my workout clothes on and starting my morning workout, but decided to go back to bed. That was my bad decision. I should have just hit the workout right away. Knock it out without the possibility of distractions. Instead, I laid in bed, eyes wide open. I had just fallen asleep when my daughter came running into my room worried that they had overslept and missed school. She needs a clock in her room, I guess.
So, I was up. I never fell back to sleep, so grabbing the early morning workout would have probably been more beneficial than just laying there and staring at the ceiling. Either way, bad decision over, as soon as the kids head out to school, I was on my way to working out.
Unfortunately, I had company. My daughters had been too loud this morning and they woke my son up. He was a grumpy bear. Working out was looking pretty bleak, but grumpy bear beside me or not, I needed to get this workout in.
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So, with not much energy, I was off to work some of the strongest muscles in the human body.
The main focus of this workout is glutes, quads, hamstrings, and calves, so you are going to be doing squats, lunges and wall sits until you want to puke. Occasionally, to give you a break, there will be some pull-ups thrown in there as well. (Not that a pull-up is much of a break, but at least you don't have to bend your legs into a squat again!)
This workout also requires the use of either workout bands or weights, but if you are just beginning, you don't necessarily need to incorporate the weights just yet. The key is to work on your form and make sure you are doing the exercise right. A chair is also needed for this workout as well. A kitchen chair will work fine, but if that isn't an option, you can probably use your couch to put your foot on as well.
As with all the other workouts, make sure to keep track of your reps and weights and have a water bottle nearby and a towel to wipe the sweat out of your face.
Overall, this workout is a tough hour long. After all, how many people do you know that absolutley love squats. Sure, they work, but we do them because we have to, not because we necessarily want to. You will sweat and you will be sore. So make sure you give it your best and do a good stretch at the end. This workout means you are just one day away from the end of the week. Soon, it will be your chance to take a break and let those muscles recover. After all, they deserve it!
Today wasn't a good day to workout; or maybe my timing was just off. I had company, and usually I prefer to workout alone. Ok, so I don't mind a friend, but I do prefer having my kids out of my hair. Therefore, with the lengths of these videos, my timing has to be pretty specific so I can get my workout in. That means no putting it off. If I do, everything goes bad.
Today was one of those days, but I pushed play anyway, taking the TV and Mickey Mouse Clubhouse away from my son. At first he didn't seem to mind. In fact, he joined my for the workout and that made me smile. But soon he got bored and went off to play. Before long, he got bored and frustrated with that as well. That is when he started crying. That is when it got bad.
I would try to console him as I am doing my workout, but that was not helping. He continued to cry. I even paused my workout to try and calm him down and try to help him. The only thing that did was extend the amount of time my workout was taking. Finally, since there seemed to be nothing I could do, I just let him figure it out himself. (He was getting upset because he was trying to line up his toys in a row and some of them kept falling over!)
The more he screamed, the more distracted I was getting. Getting in a good workout takes concentration. I was obviously not concentrating. The screaming was getting to me. After about 20 minutes of this, I finally gave up.
There was only 2 exercises left and the cool down. But I couldn't take the screaming and it was actually hurting my workout. However, I only missed about 10 minutes of my workout, which means I still got in the first 50. Heck, even if I didn't get a chance to finish, I still did more today then I have done several other days. So, even though I missed a part of it, I can't be too hard on myself. Something is better than nothing.
Now I have to figure out when I am going to get in some time to stretch. If I don't, I am going to be hurting tomorrow!
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.
If you would like to read about Day 6, KenpoX, click here.
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