Bring It: P90X Day 3
This is a continuation of my journey with the P90X system. I am just at the start, 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!
So, I rolled out of bed this morning.
I am serious... I really did roll out of bed this morning. Not because I was grumpy; not because I was tired. My arms were so sore it seemed an easier option to just roll until I hit the floor then it was to use my arms and push up my entire body weight. So, yes... I rolled out of bed this morning.
Day 3 was about to start and I knew I had a workout to look forward to. The way my arms were feeling, I wasn't so sure this was going to be a successful workout or not! My arms felt like they weighed a million pounds and you guessed it... today's workout was shoulders and arms. (Sigh!)
Yep - that is what I thought!
Get the goods!
The perfect space saver if you don't want a lot of different weights hanging around. One pair of dumbbells but several different weights to choose from.
With a variety of different sizes, your workout won't be lacking. You won't be forced to use a smaller weight that is unbeneficial if you need more, but you won't get injured by using too heavy of a weight either!
Resistance bands are a great substitute for free weights. Just by shortening the band, you will be able to give yourself more resistance!
Shoulders & Arms
Shoulders & Arms are the 3rd day workout for the P90X classic workout routine. You will be doing plenty of shoulder presses, bicep curls and tricep exercises. In fact, that is the way the whole routine works. You do a shoulder exercise, followed by a bicep exercise, followed by a tricep exercise.
For this workout, weights or bands are suggested, but not necessary. If weights are not available, you will need to create your own resistance by flexing your muscles. You will also need a chair, because some of the exercises allow you to sit down. (But don't think that this means it is easy!) A mat will also come in handy, unless you don't mind laying on the floor for an exercise. As usual, you should always keep water close and a towel closer (so you can mop up all the sweat dripping in your eyes!
Overall, you might think this might be a midweek break after finishing plyometrics, but this isn't the workout to slack on if you want that chiseled upper body! The key to this workout is to keep breathing through your reps and choose the proper weight. For some, there shoulders and biceps may be able to handle a higher weight than their triceps. When working out, safety is always the top priority. So do your best and forget the rest.
How long do you usually stick with your health kicks?
I will admit. My arms were sore; my legs were sore; everything was sore! I couldn't say I was looking forward to the workout because I knew it was going to be painful. However, I could feel a little more pep under my step. I was in a great mood. I felt good!
I did my normal morning routine; made three lunches and got the kids ready for school. I even started my workout early. I didn't watch the clock count down like I did the day before. In fact, the more I worked out, the better I felt. I could feel the pain leaving my body!
I will admit. I didn't work out to my full capacity. Since this is my first week on the program, I have decided not to do weights with the workout because I didn't want to over due it. I will admit that was too easy for me. But don't mistaken that for me saying this is an easy workout. This workout is still extreme. I just should have had weights instead of going without. Next week, I bet I will feel more of a burn.
But today, I felt good. Afterwards, I made myself a high protein breakfast. That gave me so much energy, I didn't even know what to do with it. So, I went for a walk. I walked to the store; I walked to the school to pick up the kids. I probably put on a good 2 miles on top of my P90X workout.
Afterwards, while the kids were doing their homework and playing, I decided I needed to clean the house. I didn't just pick stuff up; I spring cleaned. I just don't know what got into me! I had so much energy, I just couldn't do enough. If it wasn't raining outside, I might have even gone for a run!
As you can see, the P90X is already doing a good job. I am feeling a surge of extra energy. I might not notice the difference in my clothes... yet... but I can see my face is already slimming down. That is in a short 3 days. If this program is this effective already, I can't wait to see what the first 30 days brings. And the 90 day marker falls on Dec. 31st. With this kind of progress, it looks like 2012 will be a whole new year for me!
Note: P90X is and extreme workout program. It is always suggested that you consult your physician before you begin this or any other workout program. Always do at your own risk and if something starts to hurt, stop. Remember, it is better to keep moving then it is to become injured and not be able to work out at all.
If you to are on your very own personal health journey, I would love to hear your comments below. If not, I am grateful for any push and support you can lend my way. Every bit helps in my motivation!
Curious about Day 4, click here!