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Bring It: P90X Day 38

Updated on December 29, 2011

P90X is probably one of the hardest workouts I have ever mustered the courage to try. It was created by Tony Horton with the concept of Muscle Confusion, which will allow your muscles to continue to grow so plateaus are not hit. This is my own personal journey, and on each step of the way, I am telling you what I think about the series as a whole and how the workout is actually working for me.

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.

If you are ready to get in the best shape of your life and would like to join me on this journey, I would love to hear from you below. Your support and comments have kept me motivated on even the lowest days of this program. For that, I thank you!

P90X is an extreme workout created by Tony Horton. If you are ready to bring it, let's get healthy together!
P90X is an extreme workout created by Tony Horton. If you are ready to bring it, let's get healthy together! | Source

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Bring It

Today was Back and Biceps. While I hate pull ups with a passion, I really love all the curls this program has. It lasts about 51 minutes from warm up to cool down, but from what it seems, this workout will just fly right by.

As soon as I woke up, even though I have been feeling a little unmotivated today (seems to be a trend this week), I got into my workout clothes and pushed play. I am glad I did, but I will admit, I really brought it today and it took a few hours after the workout to even muster the strength to even type this.

Obviously, my arms are sore, but this workout is well worth it. This is the workout that chisels those glamour muscles. For the guys, this is the workout to give them those bursting biceps and chiseled back muscles. For the woman, this will get your upper body looking lean and strong. It's a win-win situation for both. And if you like to wear tank tops in the summer, you should start this workout now. The results will be amazing and you will be strutting your stuff in no time.

You want that trim midline... maybe it is time to start adding some crunches into your daily workout.
You want that trim midline... maybe it is time to start adding some crunches into your daily workout. | Source

Get the abs you have been dreaming about!

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Sports Hoop Weight Loss Series: Acu Hoop 3L - 3.3lb (41 inches wide) Large, Weighted Fitness Exercise Hula Hoop

Want a fun way to get the midline trimmed? The sports hula hoop is easy to manage and can give you a good workout while working the waistline.

 

Take it one step further...

If you want to see results, it is very important to push yourself during each and every workout. This goes to say, flopping around will not get you the results you are looking for. If you are lifting weights, you need to do so with a nice controlled movement. This might mean you are going slower to really focus on that muscle contraction, however, sometimes going slower is a better alternative.

In addition to focusing, you also need to be aware that one day you are going to have to increase what you are doing. Today I did that. Instead of lifting my girly weights, I went ahead and upped them. Ok - so they are still technically girly weights, but I don't want to bulk up. I want to be lean and mean. If you want to be lean and mean you needed a lower weight and a higher rep (usually between 12 and 15 - and the last 3 should burn!) Eventually though, you will get to strong and you will need to increase if you want to see change. You can do this by focusing more on the contraction (which is equally effective) or by increasing your weights. Even in just one workout, I can feel the difference.

To go along with upping the weights, this week I am also focusing a little harder on my abdominal muscles. For those of you who haven't been with me from the beginning, I have a really weak middle section due to a previous surgery gone bad. Technically, according to the P90X workout guide, I should be doing Ab RipperX three times a week. I can't do it. I can't even make it through one exercise. It is too difficult and I don't want to injure myself.

However, I have been thinking lately. Since your mid-section is your powerhouse, it is important to work out these muscles. If you don't, you might not see results in that area (which is exactly where I have been noticing the least amount of results from!) So this week, I am adding my own abdominal workout in.

Add that to my normal daily walk and hopefully next week the results will really be showing!

So, my tip for today, take one extra step. It might seem difficult to push your weights up or add in another workout (like you abs), but if you want to see results, this might be just what you were looking for!

Want More

Check out Day 39 by clicking here and learning some invaluable tips on how to clear your head.

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    • barbergirl28 profile image
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      Stacy Harris 6 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      @Myth - it has actually gotten worse - don't know what is up with that. They said it has a lot to do with the muscles around it pulling it outwards. I guess in away that might make sense since my back muscles are much stronger than my stomach muscles. I will keep working my core - even if it takes a ab belt to do it!!! LOL

      Glad your feelign a little better and glad to see you at least got up and tried to get a workout in! :)

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      Stacy Harris 6 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      @Real - Coffee!!! Ha ha - and P90X. That is absolutely crazy. I went to be about 1:30 and crashed hard. Then I was up at 4:45 or 4:30 - I don't even remember what time I set the alarm for. I tell you what - tonight I am calling it an early night! :) And you are crazy. I would have never gotten up at 5 to eat some breakfast real quick! ;)

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      mythicalstorm273 6 years ago

      I know all about your tailbone issue... I forget what moves aggravates it though... still that does not mean you can't work out your core. You just have to keep up the small moves... every little bit counts. And I am feeling a bit better, but yoga was quite difficult. I managed for a little while, but it was making me feel sick so I stopped earlier than I would have otherwise.

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      Kelly Umphenour 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      I got to bed about 3 - woke up at 4 - got a drink - went back to sleep woke up at 5 had some fruit for breakfast then slept until 9:30 - horrible! I don't know how you do it! Oh yeah it's probably the P90X!

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      Stacy Harris 6 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      @Real - My finger has gotten a pretty good workout. I should start switching the push play button finger out. I would hate to have one really muscular finger while the rest remain wimpy and out of shape. That would be a horror story in itself! LOL

      This mornings workout went really well. Right now I am letting it stew because I have to try to come up with something interesting instead of being like - Yeah - I did YogaX - what's it to you! LOL - So I am searching that good angle. I think this is the hardest part of the whole series... coming up with a new and different angle for each and every day! I am starting to run out! Oh NO!!

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      Stacy Harris 6 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      @Myth - I have been sticking to some very simple moves... basically front crunches, the bottom crunches, then both together, then the ones for the obliques. I also do the superman. I don't do many - maybe 20 or 25 of each one. I will also have to add in the back crunches as well. And then I will throw around the sports hula hoop to. I have a hard time doing the V-sit because my tailbone is out of whack after having kids. They fixed it after Abby (horribly uncomfortable experience) and then Bella knocked it back out again and Max made it even worse. I will work up to it though - now I am sticking to basics.

      Well, hopefully you are feeling better soon. I would be careful with Yoga - I wasn't feeling well last week when I did yoga and was falling all over the place!

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      Kelly Umphenour 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      You are such a pusher! Lol. And a power house. I think we work the same hours and I have no idea when you are sleeping! Maybe the P90X is giving you 24 hour energy!

      Every time I try to type P90X my spellcheck corrects me to PBX? Isn't that a kids channel? Lol

      Way to keep going and pushing that button! I'm so curious how this morning went with the program:) lol

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      mythicalstorm273 6 years ago

      Well the sports hula hoop is a good workout for all areas of your core... that is one workout that does not need a counter! Backward crunches are basically when you lay on your belly you put your hands behind your head and lift your chest off the ground... do as many sets as you did crunches. Do not strain your back though! One thing about AB workouts is that you really shouldn't push yourself as hard as you do for squats and arm workouts... your core heals the fastest, but in your case it is also the most likely to stop you from progressing. Honestly if you just get in 10 minutes of core workout everyday... it could drastically improve your life! I would recommend doing crunches, back crunches, v sit, superman, the strong 3 that I love and have no name for... you lay on your side and kick back and forward for one, then you kick straight up and down, then you do the leg circles... these by nature workout your whole core. Another suggestion is googling the 8 min. abs... that was the workout we were taught in high school and it hits all the muscles correctly! It is not an easy workout, but it is gentle. Good luck :-) As for me... well I'm not feeling a whole lot better, but I think today is a yoga kinda day ;-)

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      Stacy Harris 6 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      @Myth - Thanks so much for the continual support. I never really thought about doing the counter part of the exercise. Although today we did do supermans as part of the actual workout itself, so today I am safe. I don't know if I am familiar with Backward Crunches though. I am going to have to check that out. I will have to do some research and see what kinds of abdominal/back exercise there are to switch things up. I also did about 5 minutes of hula hooping with my sports hula hoop. I pulled it out again. I forgot how much fun it is.

      Now - I forgive you for your lack of working out - so get yourself some soup, drink lots of water and get your rest. Tomorrow is Yoga and this Yoga is a killer! :) Hope your feeling better!

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      Stacy Harris 6 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      @Mary - P90X is a killer workout. I am pretty surprised I have gotten this far but I have recieved some killer compliments already from people that are really seeing a change in me. That tells me I am on the right track. Thanks for stopping by and giving me some extra support. The comments really have kept me going here!

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      Stacy Harris 6 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      Jim, that means so much that you would actually like to have me as a workout partner. I know for some it is hard because of the different skills. That is probably one of the reasons I always start working out with someone under good intentions and then soon I am back on my own. I am pretty insistent on staying on track and staying on schedule. I find when the person I workout with needs too much push from me, I end up losing my motivation. This has worked out exceptionally well for me because I have had so many people pushing me to excell. This is one tough program and there are days I wonder how I got this far. But, if I can do it, anybody can. Although being stubborn is a good character trait for this.

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      mythicalstorm273 6 years ago

      I am very impressed that you are trying to add some ab workouts in... take it easy and just do a little at a time, but it makes all the difference! Although technically pushups and planks are VERY good for the core as well... but we all know how much you love pushups and planks are not much different. Also remember to workout your lower back as well. For every tummy workout you should have 1 to match the opposite muscle on your back. If you do that it will thin up your mid section faster and safer. So if you do crunches do backward crunches, if you do v-sits do the superman, you get the picture. It is EXTREMELY important that YOU do the counter workouts. Since your belly muscles have been torn up pretty good your back will need the extra strength to support the stress on your tummy. Keep up the good work!! Another great day... too bad I didn't workout today though... too tired. lol... too sick actually and I still had homework to do. Done now... so I just wanted to stop by and say great job again!

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      Mary Hyatt 6 years ago from Florida

      Hi, Boy, I have admiration for you to do these workouts! The P90X is really popular I understand. I have to go back and read your earlier HUBS on it. Sounds very difficult. Good Luck in reaching your goal.

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      TheManWithNoPants 6 years ago from Tucson, Az.

      Hey BG,

      This isn't just a butter job, The fact that you're able to stick to the program with such diligence AND write a great hub every single day without just stuffing something, is incredible. Looking forward to some new pics in a few weeks. You'll be ready for Hollywood by then. Matter of fact, I'd like to have you as my workout partner, and I'm REAL particular about that!

      jim

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