25 May, 2012

P90X Day 28: Phase I Complete

Today was X Stretch again, but more importantly, it was the last day for Phase I. That means we check body fat again. 11.64% today. Down from 12.25% on Day 1. I’d hoped to be a bit lower, but honestly I can’t complain. Getting below 10% at my age is going to be very hard. But I’ll keep plugging.

Also, according to the calcs, I’ve gained about 3/4 of a pound of muscle mass. Again, I’d hoped for more, but from what I’ve seen with others, it does truly look like gains accelerate as you go through the program. Which isn’t surprising. Still, the 3/4 of a pound makes sense, based on the calorie numbers I’ve been running. Seems like I need about 100 calories more a day, maybe slightly less, than I did a month ago. That’s consistent with a gain of slightly less than a pound of muscle.

Tomorrow, my old friend is back. Ab Ripper X. I haven’t done it in a week and a half. I guess I’ll find out if in the last week I’ve gotten better or worse during the break. But, before Ab Ripper X, I get a new workout: Chest, Shoulders & Triceps. I’ve heard conflicting reports about this workout. Some have told me it’s no harder than Chest & Back, just different. Others have told me it’s much harder. Pretty sure it’s the one with the goofy pull ups, and we all know how much I like those. I expect it’s going to be pretty hard. But I’m looking forward to finding out.

Also, the diet changes for Phase II. I lose about 25 g (100 calories) of protein per day, and gain about 50 g (200 calories) of carbohydrates per day. Despite nothing else changing, my total calorie number is supposed to be the same. You figure out how that works.

I’m still fudging the numbers a bit anyway, since I’ve discovered the totals are still too high for me. I’ll probably end up dropping my protein by about 30 g and increasing the carbs by about 30 g. Close enough.

Oh. I just realized I didn’t mention today’s workout at all. It was surprisingly good. I think I stretched farther than I ever have before on almost all of the stretches. It felt quite good. I still don’t like the hamstring stretches, but at least now I have to stretch farther to get the same amount of displeasure from them.

I expect to be totally wiped after tomorrow’s workout. Will let you know.

Stay tuned.

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