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The Adventure Begins: P90X
Your entire body is shaking, every breath you take feels like nails exploding out of your body. Each inhale brings you closer to nausea, breakfast will soon be a bittersweet memory as you heave into the nearest "safe" receptacle. You're heavy, sluggish, you want to quit but you tell yourself to keep going for the simplest of reasons. It's fascinating that you can subject yourself willingly to such arduous activity, to such torture! I have decided once again to try my hand at the P90X and with this hub I'll describe and chronicle my thoughts and experiences involved in this fitness program. Let's begin!
Early 2011 I purchased the P90X fitness program. I had discovered it on the internet years before and was immediately enamored of it. But through lack of funds and motivation I never got around to buying it. When the huge box arrived on my doorstep I was eager to begin and I did! I managed to stick with it for over a month until a death in the family caused a severe blow to the stability in my life and it fell out of routine. Many months have gone by since then and it is now the beginning of January, 2012. I figure now is as good a time as any to begin once again.
Here is a little backstory, I dislike gyms and I very much prefer to work out on my own time of my own accord. The detail and description and care put into developing such a thorough program was what really sold me for the P90X. I've always been competently fit- I managed a 00:05:26 for my mile in high school and I practiced Tae Kwon Do in my early teens. I'm not afraid to bite the bullet and exhaust myself. However, I could never find something that I wanted to put my time into that would give me the results I wanted. Whenever I did workout with others I didn't have anyone to compete with as I was the only one always pushing myself the hardest. I found this through some odds means on the internet and I just went for it. Easy as that, now let me introduce you to the individual you'll be spending a lot of time with if you do decide this program is for you.
This man is probably one of the most amazing people you'll have the enjoyment of watching, everyday for three months. He's energetic and positive and pretty much an all around swell guy. He's got the right kind of attitude that helps push you along, he reminds you that you can go at your own pace because believe me, on day 1, You will NOT be able to do what they do on the video if you don't have a background in fitness already. It is not easy, it becomes easier, it does not start that way.
In each video he trains with different people that have all kinds of different backgrounds and none of them being fitness experts. They're people that used the DVD's, the original test group, and people like you and me. They stuck with it and are extremely well fit and able to keep up to the degree that Tony allowed them to participate on the DVD. He takes you through all the necessary components over 12 videos that shape and sculpt your body into exactly what you want.
The First Month
The biggest factor in me buying this program was a feature called "muscle confusion." If you do the same workouts over and over, the body becomes used to it and you don't get results. This programs switches it up so much your body doesn't know what to do, so it's full-on growth. The following eight points are for the first month of exercise as I only did the first month. After my 30 days, I'll describe in detail my ideas and experiences having to do with the new workouts.
1- Chest & Back: you do way too many pushups for anyone to like in the video. Pull-ups and resistance bands or dumbbells as well but seriously... way too many pushups.
2- Plyometrics: a.k.a. jump training. I'm going to be painfully honest in my description of all of these so I'm going to tell you right now... I hate this one. It's rough, out of all of them, this is my least favorite. When I started the program mid-2011 I was doing it with some friends and it differs for each individual on which workout a person prefers over another. Just like anything in life really, but for me... this one sucks.
3- Shoulders & Arms: these descriptions are in order from how you would use them to train with. If you're familiar with the program and you've actually done it. You're more than aware that on day 3. You can't do it. Day 1, you do way too many pushups, day 2, you jump around a lot and destroy the remainder of the muscles in your legs. Day 3?
4- Yoga X: So before this program I thought yoga was something for women. I honestly did. I was horribly, horribly wrong. It's day 4, first I got to stretch out all the stiffness and soreness from the first three days. Then I realized that it was difficult and painful and torturous and mean even to have do this workout after those first three days. You have to hold your body in uncomfortable positions for several eons (seconds) HOWEVER! After the workout was finished I had never felt more amazing in my life, I don't think I slept that night.
5- Legs & Back: By this time my body was realizing what I was doing to it, it had repaired itself well enough over the night that I managed to make it through the workout with relative ease. I couldn't, more or less, squat for awhile though. P.S. wall sits are rough.
6- Kenpo X: This was extremely nostalgic for me as it reminded me a lot of the martial training I did when I was younger. I was so excited actually that I pushed myself WAY too hard and ended up losing my meal. I know, unhealthy, it didn't happen again. Kenpo is punch and kick training, it's ballistic and great for stamina. The video even teaches you basic good form.
7- X Stretch: And on the seventh day, he rested. This is a video you can choose to ignore, I would highly recommend not doing that. After that first week, this video does all the good of yoga and none of the bad. It stretches out everything and releases all the lactic acid from your muscles. It leaves you a sense of weightlessness and ease. However if you are having physical issues, I'd say sleep them off and begin the next week anew.
Extra- Ab Ripper X: This is the thrice a week workout you do every other day. It isn't done every day as you can damage yourself and not obtain the result you want most. Let's face it, we want those freakin' rock hard abs. They are probably one of the most desired factors for confidence and self-satisfaction that a person can have. Having that sleek pair of abdominal muscles is a testament to the hard work and dedication of that individual.
Stick with It
If you want results, you've got to push yourself through. I highly recommend the P90X because it starts on the right kind of level that you can easily start off with and then eventually push yourself to the limit. This doesn't mean I'm saying that it's an easy program. It's very difficult and many times I found myself wanting to stop. Regardless of what life throws at me this time, I will not stop. If you're interested, do the research. If you feel it isn't for you then by all means find something else. There is literally hundreds of work-out programs. Programs aren't for you? Personal trainer. Don't like people? Gym isn't going to help you either. Whatever you do, I want you to stick with it. A healthy lifestyle is a happy one.