Bring It: P90X Day 69

Tony Horton is the master of X... so much so that he has created P90X, an extreme workout based off the concept of muscle confusion. He is here to teach you how to avoid plateaus. The concept is simple: push yourself and keep up the variety. If you want this workout to be successful that means you have to Bring It... for a full 90 days.

This here is my personal journey to test the P90X workout program. 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 your comments below. Whether you are interested in doing P90X or completing your own personal journey with another workout program, it is important to have someone there to not only inspire you, but to keep you motivated. Thanks for the continued support.

P90X teaches you to Bring It. Avoid the plateaus and live by this every day!
P90X teaches you to Bring It. Avoid the plateaus and live by this every day! | Source
Tweaking your neck is painful. How do you continue your workout when you can barely turn your head?
Tweaking your neck is painful. How do you continue your workout when you can barely turn your head?

Bring It

I went to bed crying last night. I had hurt my neck sometime yesterday. I don't know if I should attribute it to sleeping funny, pushing it too hard on P90X, or maybe I am just getting old and I moved wrong. I don't know what I did, but it hurt. As I went to bed yesterday I was wondering if I was going to miss my first day of working out.

So, I tried to get the muscle to relax and then my husband gave me a heating pad. (You know - one of those bags filled with rice that you pop in the microwave for about 2 to 3 minutes.) I fell asleep with the heat around my neck. I hoped I would wake up in the morning and this would all be a terrible dream.

When I woke up, my neck felt much better. I could still feel the tweak, but it wasn't nearly as bad. However, my morning slowly ticked away to afternoon and the pain started coming back. I could move my neck better than I could yesterday, but it was starting to act up again. So I decided... it was time to get my workout in otherwise if I waited much longer, it might not happen at all.

So I went ahead and pushed play. I was wondering if I was going to regret this; I didn't want to throw myself into a full blown injury while I currently was only feeling a little tweak, but I know I have come so far and didn't want to miss a workout either. So, I watched myself and did the workout anyway.

I am glad I did. It actually helped my neck loosen up a little (of course a hot shower helped that as well), and on top of that, I didn't miss my workout either. Now, I am not sure what is going to happen later tonight. I might be in the same position as yesterday. Luckily for me, tomorrow is StretchX.

You may now enter the ring...

Sometimes you have to choose your battles. Which one do you think will win?
Sometimes you have to choose your battles. Which one do you think will win? | Source

How about you...

Would you have still worked out today?

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Choose your battles

Today I had to choose my battles... It was a tough decision and when I woke up, I really wasn't sure who was going to win.

Today's battle: Tweaked Muscle vs. Guilt

I had a choice - I could rest my tweaked muscle or I could live with the guilt that I was going to skip a workout. If I didn't do it today, I had no intention of switching it out and doing it tomorrow. I knew with my neck being tweaked, there was a good chance tomorrow wasn't going to be any better. So, the battle was going to be a good one.

The competitiors entered the ring.

Tweaked muscle played dirty, it took the first swing before the starting bell even dinged. It swung high and almost crippled guilt to it's knees. There was a surge of pain; you could see guilt was getting beaten up pretty bad. Finally, guilt stepped up and punched fiercly. It looked like a young child swinging and missing. Yet it was persistent. Guilt wouldn't give up. Tweaked neck pushed again, the pain crippling almost the whole right side. Yet Guilt was stubborn. It wasn't going to give up. Guilt went for one final play. It was the only chance. It reached out and pushed play.

In the end, guilt won out. The workout was completed, and while tweaked muscle made it difficult, guilt eventually came out the victor.

*******

Working out with an injury is never advised, especially without a doctor's consent. While I did tweak a muscle (or maybe it is a pinched nerve in my neck - I can't be certain - I have never claimed to be a doctor!), I did take it easy during my workout to lessen the chances of injuring myself for real. While I was able to complete my workout, I did take it easy when it came to moving my neck to the right. I didn't want to jar it any further. In the end, my neck did loosen up a little so it worked out. However, if this was a real injury, working out could have put your progress even further behind.

If you are truly injured, do not follow my stubborn example and keep with your workout. If you do, make sure you cut back the intensity and listen to your body. If it doesn't feel good, you shouldn't do it. The burn you feel should be a good burn; not one that cripples you to your knees.

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Day 70 reveals 20 reasons to keep pushing play... click here to read on.

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bruzzbuzz 4 years ago from Texas , USA

I once continued running through a nagging knee injury only to find out I had a slight tear of the meniscus. I had to have surgery which was botched but unknown to me until I ran again for a year. The knew had to be opened this time and extensive work done. Long story short-My running days ended and now I will soon undergo a total knee replacement.


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Lapse 4 years ago from East Coast Rules

YAY GUILT! Kicked ya in the butt! HA!


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Lapse 4 years ago from East Coast Rules

YAY GUILT!!! Kicked ya in the butt! :-)

A kinked neck is just a stiff muscle. Its not a bum joint like a knee. Might be smart to apply heat before the workout but you definitely did the right thing.

But what caused it? You're getting OLD girlie! Ha! Talking from experience here...


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mythicalstorm273 4 years ago

I am glad you still did your workout... Obviously you still need to listen to your body, but when it comes to stiff pain and tweaks and stuff you should at least try to stretch it out a little bit... if it hurts to stretch stop. As you said your body will let you know what it can do. There are certain injuries that just should not 'stretch out' but really when it comes down to it you have to decide to take the chance and use your best judgement. That is also why it is a good idea to be well educated about your workouts and the possible injuries that might occur. Furthermore it is important to use correct form to prevent injury as well! Since you are such a stickler about form and P90 is made up of 'normal' workouts and not off the wall crazy things I do doubt that the injury was from your workout. Although if you lost form at all it is still possible. If you injured yourself by sleeping funny then a stretch and workout is actually really good for you (once again as long as you listen to your body)... so for all these reasons and then some I am really glad you did the workout! Just remember if you have any doubts about it do your research and be knowledgeable... it could prevent a more serious problem down the road or it may make you feel more comfortable doing your workouts. I hope you feel better today and with the stretch x I really hope it helps relieve any further pain! Good luck :-)


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Soldieringon 4 years ago from Hemet, CA

Good hub!

I generally don't follow the P90X ones, as I am too lazy and it makes me feel guilty. :)


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Daffy Duck 4 years ago from Cornelius, Oregon

I'm a fan of pushing through the pain, but when it comes to neck injuries (even in the slightest) it's a good idea to not push back unless a doctor ok's it. It may be a 90 day exercise, but a neck injury can last 40+ years.

On that note I'm glad you're doing better.

Be careful BBG.


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@bruzzbuzz - Sorry to hear about that. Do you know if you will ever be able to run again once it is fixed properly? I know knee replacement is a big deal and I feel for anybody that has to go through that.


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Lapse - yes - I am getting old... it happens to all of us eventually. I guess I can't run away. The good thing is it isn't anything dealing with joints or torn muscles... which is why I went ahead and did my workout anyway. It is still a little tender. Hopefully by tomorrow when I get back to hardcore workouts it is on it's way to improvement! Yuck!


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Myth - In my best judegement and my nondoctor opinion... I would have to say that my neck muscles are tight and that it actually pinched a nerve. I have been sitting with a heat pack on my neck for a few days now and that seemed to have helped a little bit. It is a little bit better today - still tight but I think after I do my stretching workout it will be much better. But all and all, it is best to listen to your body. It hurt to stretch it... then again it hurt to even turn my head... but I will survive. I always do! LOL - so keep on pushing play. Just do it!


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Soldieringon - Don't worry about it. You get to actually see the results from real life anyway. So you don't have to follow them - you know how it has been working. However, once Eli finishes his contract with his second job - I am sure the lazy part will be pushed aside so you guys can get in tip top shape for the reunion. :)


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Daffy Duck - I agree totally. But I knew it really wasn't injured... more or less something that had to be worked out. But I will listen to your advice if it is something that is serious. I don't want to injure myself and have it effect me for the rest of my life.


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

BBG - if you'd have asked me yesterday if I thought you'd work out today regardless - I would have guessed yes! Lol. You're very determined!! But you need to be careful! I've heard just massaging and stretching a little to work the kinks out can make you mobile more quickly though - you've heard that I'm sure "work it out" but the neck is painful when you get kinks like that! Way to go girl:)


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Real - Yeah - I am way too stubborn to give in now. I don't want to ruin my streak. I did take it easy though... I didn't push to hard and if I even felt a tweak I backed off. The only reason I could actually do the workout was because the neck wasn't really too involved in the workout. Now if I was doing pull-ups and weightlifting, I might have had to say no to the workout. I guess it worked out for me! :)


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bruzzbuzz 4 years ago from Texas , USA

No, my running days are over even after a knee replacement but it is okay. I started bicycling after I could no longer run and I love it. I have done numerous centuries over the years and have gone on tours across many states.


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@bruzzbuzz - that is really cool and I am glad you found something to replace running with. I have never been too much of a runner. I like to bike but long distances have me walking funny for days! I guess I don't have the right equipment for that. Kudos to you for moving on! :)


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Soldieringon 4 years ago from Hemet, CA

@barbergirl28: This is true. You're looking great, and I am a believer in this one. Some of the other fitness products you've bought... not so much. :( Oh well, the reunion is a ways away, I'm still good. But come January if he's not done, I'm working out on a solo basis.


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Soldieringon - I think you will have a workout buddy. I am almost positive he is done since he hasn't been extended yet. So whip my husband into shape... lol

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