Bring It: P90X Day 65
P90X is a tough program... and what I would like to call extreme fitness. It was created by Tony Horton, who uses muscle confusion as the concept of his training. The basic philosophy is to push to your limits and change it up so you never get bored. As anyone who has watched an infomercial before, we have seen results that we can only dream them. However, I am an average, normal person and want to test these results in a real life situation. I want to know if it works and I am pretty sure there are others out there just like me. I am not paid by P90X, nor BeachBody to write this review. I am only here to reveal the truth through my personal journey with the program.
This program is fairly lengthy. One session consists of 12 different DVDs and covers a 90 day period. 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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I woke up and it is no surprise that I am sore. I worked hard yesterday. However being sore is not a punishment. Luckily for me though, no weights are involved in today's workout as it is Plyometrics.
According to Tony Horton, this workout is the X in P90X. It is extreme and not everbody will be able to hang in there throughout the hour. However, the benefits from doing this workout is great. This is the "athletes" workout. If you want to be better at any sport, this is what you need to do. It will help you jump higher, become quicker and really work on your cardiovascular endurance as well. But, if you can't get through this workout, their is CardioX as an option.
Anybody following this knows CardioX is not an option for me. It doesn't matter how much I struggle, I am stubborn. I will make it through this workout even if it kills me to do so.
After all these weeks, while I have grown to actually like this workout, other than despise it, I will admit that it is still hard. I still get winded; I still feel like sitting down in the middle of it; and sometimes I just want to quit! But I can't! I won't let myself, so instead I just push play.
To me this is a mental game. I need to be able to bring it, but to top it off, I also need to remember that I need to, as quoted by Tony Horton, "Do your best and forget the rest!" If I am struggling, that isn't an issue. Quitting would be the issue. So, regardless of how hard the workout is, I am stubborn. I have made it through so many weeks already so I have no excuse to not make it through another week.
How about you...
What do you think of high impact workouts?
No excuses... modify, modify, modify
It is hard for me to tell others that they should no longer give excuses, because frankly, I don't know there situation. However, when it comes to me, this is a no excuse zone. I am done with the excuses. No longer will I say "I can't" because I know that I can.
Plyometrics is difficult. It is probably one of the most extreme workouts I have ever done. You know this because your heartrate is heightened, you will find breathing is getting hard, and there will probabably be a pool of sweat on the floor. You might even feel like death is knocking on your door. Now I said the workout is difficult... but not impossible. If you want results, you have to start Bringing It!
This workout is a prime example of something I would use an excuse to get out of. In fact, from the very start, I have dreaded this workout. Yet now it has grown on me. I have learned that even if I can't do all the exercises, I can modify them to work for me. As long as I keep moving, I am still getting the workout in.
In exercise, to modify means to make it less extreme. This might be necessary in this workout until you get used to it. For instance, I have never been able to jump and kick myself in the behind. There are several moves where you need to do this. I still jump and get the workout in, just maybe not in a way that will kick my ass! What this is ultimately doing is taking the high impact out of the equation. Alot of people have been known to injure themselves from not performing high impact exercises correctly.
Modifying isn't just for ploymetrics. It also works in other areas. For instance, I have always struggled with pushups. By doing them on my knees, I can actually get a better workout. Eventually I will be able to do them in regular position, but until I get strong enough, I do what I have to do to get through it.
Modifying isn't an excuse. It is adjusting to your circumstances. If you have had an injury in the past, you might need to modify so you can do it properly. Just be warned, if you are going to modify, still continue to use good form. You don't want to injure yourself. This is to help you get further, not hinder your success.
So, remember to modify, modify, modify. There is no longer a reason to hand out the excuses. If you take the extreme levels down, this workout is something that anybody can do!
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