28 April, 2012

P90X: Day One. Thank God There’s Only 89 More Days to Go

Just completed today’s workout. Day 1 is Chest and Back, and Ab Ripper X.

For Chest and Back, you do a mix of 6 different types of push ups, 3 different pull ups, and 3 exercises with weights. Then you do all twelve exercises again.

For most of the push ups, I’m good. I can do easily 2/3 of the reps the trainers are doing, and in some cases, I can even keep pace. I struggled a bit with the Diamond ones, particularly the second set. For the pull-ups? Well, I obviously need more work there. On the second set of one of the types, I was only able to do 2. But, that’s two more than I could’ve done even six months ago. And now I have a baseline to work against for future days.

For the weights, I’m all right. I used 20 pound weights and that seemed right for 2 of the exercises, but was very light for the third. I need to go to at least 30 on that one, and maybe even 40. I probably need to get a second set, because I don’t want to have to be adding & removing weights during the workout.

Ab Ripper X was a totally different story. This is fifteen minutes of brutal ab exercises. You’re supposed to do 25 reps (at least) of 12 different exercises. I did 25 of exactly 3 of them. On most of them, I struggled to do 10. Again, though, now I have a baseline. And I know where I need to improve and push myself a little harder next time.

Overall, Chest & Back was not too bad. Don’t get me wrong. It was a hard workout, and I’m definitely feeling it right now. But it didn’t make me want to collapse. For Ab Ripper X, there’s quite a bit of room for improvement.

Day 2 is Plyometrics. My friend tells me that one is brutal. Yippee. I’ll let you know tomorrow.

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