Last semester, one of my co-workers and I were weight training during lunch every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. This semester, we decided to mix it up a little bit and do P90X every day (Monday through Friday) instead. She had done a few workouts before, but I had never even seen a workout, let alone actually done one...until yesterday.

Our first day consisted of chest and back. Who would have thought that the only chest/back exercise is push-ups, with many different variations of course. Ok, so maybe I'm exaggerating a little bit.

For those of you who don't know how P90X works, it is a serious of one hour(ish) workouts that are supposed to be performed daily for 90 days. For yesterday's workout, there were 12 different chest and back exercises (6 of which were different variations of the push-up). You would set a goal for number of reps and then you would try to achieve that goal (hopefully, and then some) within the alotted 40(ish) seconds. You go through all 12 exercises and then do them a second time around, but in a slightly different order to create muscle confusion. This is to help prevent muscles from adapting and plateauing at a certain level of performance.

I can hardly do one push-up, let alone many push-ups over and over again. I set a goal of 12 reps for each exercise and achieved and surpassed that goal every time except for on two exercises, the diamond push-ups and the decline push-ups. I was pretty ecstatic...

...until today when I realized I couldn't lift my arms above my head...or even above my waist for that matter. I couldn't even wipe my butt after a nice corn-inflicted poo. Ok, maybe that was a little TMI. Oh, and we still have a workout today already. No off days. On tap is plyometrics, which I'm hoping is more lower body than upper body. Pretty sure I couldn't do a plyo version of a push-up without face planting.

Have any of you done P90X or Insanity? What are your thoughts? Did you like it? Did you survive all 90 days? What were the results?


Barb said...

Welcome to the world of P90X pain :) Mike & I did it and loved it. Yes, you will not be able to move on days but at the end I was in the best shape. If only I had maintained it. The results are pretty incredible if you stick with it. Have fun with Plyo, it is pretty tough. Make sure you have a towel for all the sweat & plenty of water :)

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