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Bring It: P90X Day 38
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 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!
How about you...
Have you done your workout for the day?
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.
Get the abs you have been dreaming about!
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!
Check out Day 39 by clicking here and learning some invaluable tips on how to clear your head.