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Bring It: P90X Shoulders and Arms Workout Review
P90X is a 90 day program that consists of 12 DVDs. It was created by Tony Horton and is a step up from the original P90 workout program. In addition to this workout, there is also a P90X2, which is another step up and even more intense and extreme than the previous workouts created by Tony Horton.
Tony Horton created this workout as a way to help people get in shape. The system is based off three phases, each phase ending with a recovery week. There is a schedule to follow to achieve optimum results. The reason it works is because of muscle confusion.
The concept behind muscle confusion is to push as hard as you can and change it up frequently. That is why it is important to follow the schedule. After the 90 days are complete, you will see the difference, not only physically, but mentally as well.
P90X is an entire program. Not only is it about the workouts, but it is about healthy eating as well. Throughout each DVD, Tony Horton will spout of tips. This will help keep you motivated and help you be as successful as you can be.
Personally, I have completed the full 90 days of P90X. Currently, I am getting ready to finish my second round with the program. If you would like to follow my journey with P90X, click here to start at the beginning. This is my own personal documentation of what I went through during the 90 days. I continued to Bring It and didn't skip a single workout for the first round. I have become stronger because of it and even started a second round.
Shoulders and Arms
The Shoulders and Arms workout is the third workout you will be introduced to during your journey with P90X. It is also one of the longer workouts, counting in at 59 minutes and 53 seconds. However, the time flies by and the hour will be gone before you know it. You will do this throughout phase 1 and then you will see it a couple of times in phase 3 as well.
This entire workout is based purely off weight training. So yes, it is time to break out the dumbbells. This is for your glamour muscles, so if you want to show off those sexy arms this summer, this is the workout you want to push the hardest during.
It is a combination of flys that work the shoulders, curls for the biceps and extensions for the triceps. You will be pressing, curling and flying to amazing muscles!
While this one may seem like one of the most enjoyable workouts, it is not one to slack on. This isn't a break. During each exercise, you want to feel the burn for the last 3 reps. For guys, this might mean heavier weights and to max out betweeen 8 to 10 reps; for girls, this might mean lighter weights with 12 to 15 reps.
Your arms will be burnt out by the end, but don't worry, you will get a few breaks in between. Just remember to keep your water bottle filled and a towel handy to wipe the sweat out of your eyes.
Like any workout in P90X, it starts with a warm-up and a cool down. From there it is all weights. The sets are grouped to target three areas - the shoulders, the biceps and the tricep muscles.
The workout consists of 5 rounds. After each round you will get a quick break to wipe off the sweat, do a little stretching and sip some water. During each round you will do three exercises and then repeat them. Yes, it really is that simple.
This workout comes with the handy workout sheet that is recommended by Tony Horton and is used with the majority of P90X workouts. These can be printed off the BeachBody website to track your progress. This is a very important step, as it will show you how much you have improved over the 90 days.
Introducing the Shrek Smoothie - Need something healthy to fuel your body. This smoothie is definately filled with good for you ingredients that will keep you going.
Bring It: P90X Day 1 - Want to start the journey from the beginning. Start with Day 1 which will lead you through each day.
Need Support - click here. After completing my journey I decided to take this one step further. I became a BeachBody Coach. If you are inspired by my transformation or you are interested in the programs offered feel free to contact me.
What do I think of the Shoulders and Arms Workout
Personally, this is one of my favorite workouts throughout the entire program. I have never fallen out, even though I usually leave the workout with my arms feeling shakey. I know it is working because I definately feel much stronger each and every time.
What amazes me most about this workout is how fast it seems to go. This is the one workout where Tony actually goes too fast for me. During some of the other DVDs, I am usually waiting for the timer to finish. On this one, I run out of time before I am finished with my reps.
If I had to have any complaints about this workout, it is that while I am sore at the end, I still feel like something is missing. This workout, if you have the time, would be great to do with additional cardio. However, even with out it, you will still burn about 300 calories (rough estimate based off what I burn with a heart rate monitor. Each individual will be different.)
Even as I come to a close with my second round of P90X, this workout still stands as one of my top favorites. I enjoy this one each and every time and pushing play has never been an issue. That is a good thing, because if you don't enjoy your workouts, you will eventually stop your workouts.