26 May, 2012

P90X Day 29: Chest, Shoulders & Triceps

Something new! Today is the first time for this workout. So, was it hard? Well, yes and no. The workout I had been doing on this day was Chest & Back. I’ve commented previously that that workout has become my favorite. I doubt Chest, Shoulders & Triceps is going to become my new #1. Still, it was a fun workout. And, I have to say that based upon how I felt two hours after, I got more out of it than I usually do on the first time attempting a new workout.

Still, I had my share of issues with it. Sometimes I wonder if it wouldn’t be better to start P90X by first spending a couple weeks trying out all the various workouts. That way you’d be familiar with all of them and have a baseline before your official day 1. I had my typical issues today: choosing the wrong weight, having to pause and restart an exercise because I wasn’t ready and didn’t fully understand how to do it, etc. It took me close to an hour and a half to do the one hour workout because of all of my pauses. And I’m still not sure I have the proper weight yet figured for all of the exercises. But, I think I’m close.

Speaking of the proper weights, when Tony says “you don’t need a lot of weight for this one”, listen to him! There are several exercises in Core Synergistics and this one, where 5-10 pounds is enough. If you go and pick up some 25s, you’re going to be hating life long before the exercise is over.

So, what did we have today? Lots of curls, flys & presses, and push ups. No pull ups today, but new push up types. One of the push ups was a one handed one. I think the very first time I saw anyone do that was Sylvester Stallone in one of the Rocky movies. I remember thinking to myself “How can anyone do that?” And I’ve never attempted one in my life. Until today. Did I do them? Yes, I did. Don’t have my sheet in front of me, but I think I did 10. Might have been 8. I can’t remember.

It wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows though. I did find a push up I can’t do. At least not yet. The clap/plyometric one. It could be because my carpet is too thick. I might try it again on a hard floor. But I think I only did 3 where my hands actually came together, and all 3 of those had bad landings. I didn’t even try to get my legs off the ground.

All in all, this was one of the harder workouts, I thought. Oh, who am I kidding? They’re ALL hard.

Afterwards, Ab Ripper X. I swear that one should come with a warning, “Abandon hope, all ye who enter”. It’s been a week and a half since the last time I did Ab Ripper. I was worried that I had slipped some in the interval, but that didn’t really seem to be the case. I don’t think I did quite as well on the sit ups, but it was pretty close. As for the rest, if anything I did a little better than I recall from the last time. It was a good feeling.

Tomorrow, back to Plyometrics, which is another that I haven’t done in a week and a half. Looking forward to it.

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