P90X: Week Two

*My husband and I started P90X on June 1, and we want to make this endeavor as successful as possible. I’m tracking my/our progress, by writing down how I feel after each workout and will post a weekly update. This may or may not be beneficial to you, but I think it will help us in the long run.*
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P90X: Week Two

{Lean} 

I firmly believe in only doing what your body can handle and making sure you can do a move properly, so I always try watching how a particular move is done before I attempt it and I don’t push myself too far. Please keep in mind that the following are my own thoughts and opinions; I’m just a girl trying to lose weight and get in better shape.

Day Six: Monday {legs, back and abs} 
Note to self: get more sleep before attempting this workout again. Basically, this disc was all about lunges, wall “chairs,” and pull-ups. Ugh. My husband uses one of those portable pull-up bars, but I got a resistance band that hangs from a door. Right now I have the “medium” resistance, but I’m going to return it and getting the “heavy” style for more resistance. I think we both pushed ourselves a little harder today since our bodies were well rested. We did the ab workout again and I was able to do more of the moves for longer, but still had to rest quite a bit. Note: I need to drink more water this week…gotta hydrate! 

Day Seven: Tuesday {kenpo X}
As I rolled over to press the snooze button on our alarm, I screeched “Owwwww!” so loud that it woke my husband up. My butt—both cheeks—ached something fierce. You don’t realize how much you use those butt muscles until you can feel every single bit of them twisting and yanking around you. Thankfully, it’s one of those pains that hurts so good—it’s a horribly painful oxy-moron.

Anyway, today’s workout was good. After we warmed up we jumped feet first (literally) into the routine. Kenpo deals with punching and kicking, and I loved just about every move. Because of a knee injury, I play it safe with back kicks (I always feel something pull when I do a back kick with my left knee…so I don’t do them anymore), but other than that I went full force with Kenpo. I started losing focus towards the very end, but just did fewer moves. I’m trying to make P90x more about quality than quantity. Note: Stretch more. I’m just sitting here typing and I can still feel by butt hurting. It’s going to be a long and painful day.

Day Eight: Wednesday {core synergistics} 
I woke up today and felt normal again. In other words, it didn’t hurt to move. I did more with this workout than I did the first day and feel good about how much effort I put into it. There was one move (Reach High and Under Push-Ups) that I couldn’t do no matter how hard I tried, so I held plank instead. Hopefully I can work up to doing that move at least once by the end of the 90 days. 

Day Nine: Thursday {cardio x} 
We kicked butt with cardio this morning! We didn’t make it to the “bonus” section, but we did everything else, and I was definitely less sore than the first time we did it. The only move I had a hard time with this time was the Swing Kick, so I just did half of them instead of the whole thing. I was bummed my hips hurt, because I really liked that move the first time. Oh! I totally rocked the Dreya Roll this time around! I only did five of them, and have a hard time getting up quickly, but that’s much better than doing one and not being able to get off the floor! My favorite move from this session is the Superman/Banana (I look absolutely nothing like the people in the video. In fact, I look like a drunk fish compared to them, but I do the move the best I can, which is all that matters). 

Day Ten: Friday {shoulders, arms, and abs}
I really pushed myself again with this workout and kept track of the reps and what weight I used for each move. I like arm workouts and I like the way this one is formatted. There are 12 moves, but they’re separated into sets of three and we do each set twice. I hope that makes sense. I like it because it makes the time go by pretty fast and keeps things interesting. 

Day Eleven: Saturday {yoga}
My shoulders hurt a little this morning, but I expected that. A lot of people told me they don’t like the p90x yoga, but I went into it with an open mind. I really like yoga and have done several classes with different instructors and dvds—including hot yoga. 
A few things I don’t like about this particular yoga:

  • 1. The workout is one and half hours long. That’s fine with me, because I really like yoga. What I don’t like is when 45 minutes of that is spent doing downward dogs. It’s like Tony doesn’t know what else to do, so we always do downward dogs. Forty-five minutes of those gets a bit repetitive.
  • 2. He doesn’t explain each move very well. One advantage to an actual class is that the instructor is there to tell you to move your foot in, or straighten a part of your body. I wish he said exactly what you should be doing so we don’t injure ourselves. 
  • 3. Towards the end we start stretching, but then we go right into ab workouts. I wish we did abs and then stretched the legs.

What I do like:  

  • 1. The last 45 minutes, because it’s not the same thing over and over and over again. 
  • 2. I like watching my husband. There are a few moves I can’t do right now, because of my hips, but he rocks them (the moves…not my hips). 
  • 3. I do feel like I’m pushing myself with the last 45 minutes and I can tell that if I keep it up every week I’ll see improvements.

I’m tempted to find another DVD yoga workout that’s around an hour and a half. I’m all ears if you know of any we should check out!  

Day Twelve: Sunday {rest/stretch}
On the fifth day they rested. And it was good. 

I’m absolutely not an expert on this in any way, shape, or form, but if you have questions, ask and I’ll try answering them next week. We’re really devoted to this workout and researching it will be beneficial to both of us!

 

6 Comments

  1. Wow, you're doing great! Maybe you'll be comfortable posting some updated (and former) stats in a few weeks? 🙂

  2. You're doing so awesome! It's amazing (and painful) when your body talks back to you – but, at least then you know all the effort wasn't for naught!

    Your descriptor: "drunk fish" made me laugh!! Tough work outs aren't glamorous, are they?! There are many, many Crossfit workouts that I have done with Daniel where I remember thinking, "Ah geez, Daniel seeing me like this isn't so good for our sex life!" Ha!

    High five for a successful week!

  3. You have motivated me to start P90X lean again. I got three weeks in last time and stopped because my husband's doctor told him he needed to lose a bit more weight before he started that program. I didn't want to do it by myself.

    Thanks for motivating me! I did Cardio X this morning. Cardio X is my favorite of the series. I wasn't doing the Dreya Rolls before during the previous, but you motivated me. I did 9 this morning. I was super excited.

  4. You are doing awesome, Jess!! Not to mention I love how you are explaining everything and sharing your progress and such for anyone who considers doing P90x, it seems SO helpful!!!

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