P90X – Round 2, Day 81!

Slammin’!

P90X – Back Chest and Biceps
P90X – Ab Ripper X
Total Time = 73 Minutes

You will notice a line through Back above and in it’s place Chest.  Today I guess would have been a chest and something day.  But I wanted more bicep action… especially since we got the new 90 lb. stretch bands.  I gotta be honest as well… tomorrow I am working on the NBC show “The New Normal”.  This is the rescheduled date from last week.  I will be playing a Go Go Dancer in a gay night club and of course will be shirtless.  I wanted to get a good pump today so that I’m looking extra swelled tomorrow. lol. Chest, biceps, and abs seemed like the best way to go.

I did the back and biceps routine today as that is the best bicep workout in the program.  During the back exercises, I subbed in chest.  I pretty much followed the chest routine from the chest and back workout.  I hit em both hard.  Using the new heavy duty stretch band, I really was able to work my biceps.  It felt like I was pulling a lot more weight and I was diggin’ the challenge.  Overall a great workout… and then I hit abs.  I was pretty burned by then.  The last few workouts, I did Ab Ripper X first which proved to be a good idea.  Doing it at the end of an insane workout is tough.  But I chugged along.  I wanted to mix it up anyway today, so I did about half the moves from the program and the other half with my own twist… planks, various crunches, etc.

Ok… now it’s off to groom and prep for my shoot tomorrow.  I probably won’t be checking in here again til Friday, so enjoy the rest of your week and have a great night!

P90X – Round 2, Day 80!

First lift with new stretch bands and rockin’!

P90X – Shoulders and Arms
Total Time = 64 Minutes

The other day we picked up some new resistance bands.  I had just burned through another one and it was time to step up.  We found a pretty cool band system that actually comes with 3 equal bands at 30lbs of resistance each.  You can attach 1, 2, or all 3… 30, 60, or 90 lbs. of resistance options.  I put on all 3… and didn’t look back.  🙂

I powered hard through this workout.  The new bands definitely made a difference as it felt like I was lifting heavier.  So I really got to feel the extreme of this workout.  Even with the heavier bands though, I still could have used even more on some of the exercises.  But this was definitely an improvement and the gym workouts will allow the true heavy lifting, as I am striving to do more and more of that these days.

I left out AB Ripper X today because I did it yesterday instead.  I feel quite good right now.  My arms and shoulders definitely got worked today.  And if you’re keeping score, today was officially workout 80 of 90 of this 2nd round of P90X!  Whoo hoo!  Although on this 2nd round, I not only have been swapping in gym days which has caused the official count to take longer on P90 workouts, but at this point, I’ve completely gone AWOL from the exact program breakdown.  I’m still doing the workouts in similar orders and groupings, but I have really changed it up a lot as I feel that right now my body needs more focus on heavier weight training.  I will knock out 10 more P90 workouts… not sure which ones yet.  It will probably take more than 10 days as I am sure to hit the gym a few times as well.  But, I will finish what I have started and then re-asses how my workout structure will go.  Stay tuned!  And have a great night!

P90X – Round 2, Day 50!

Feelin’ PUMPED!

P90X – Shoulders and Arms
P90X – Ab Ripper X
Total Time = 81 Minutes

At the beginning of the week, I stated 2 things… 1. I was going to switch things up to focus on more weight training and 2. That it was going to be a crazy, all-over the place week.  Well… both were true.  I actually ended up taking a few rest days this week with my schedule.  It worked out well though, because I did 4 weight lifting workouts over the week.  I also pushed myself harder, used heavier weights/more band resistance, and overall expended myself to the extreme.  I found my muscles to be quite sore this week and overall, my body reacted well to this.  I had slimmed down and lost a little bit of weight already.  My body also had been detoxing as I was working out intensely as well as eating an all-plant based diet.  I did lose a little bit of muscle, but it was probably necessary as my body was going through transition.  Now, I am seeing it come back on and I have yet to go back to the gym to hit the heavy weights.  I am going to continue working in more of the weight workouts and a little less of the cardio workouts.  I will not eliminate cardio, just lift more.  Plus, let’s face it… the P90X weight workouts burn a hell of a lot of calories as they are non-stop action.

Today I actually had trouble getting started.  I was feeling a bit tired and shaky.  I had my standard morning pre-workout meal… a plant-based protein shake with some frozen banana in it and a mug of organic black coffee.  But as I was getting ready to start working out, I found myself procrastinating.  I wasn’t feeling it.  I felt like I was hungry and a little weak.  So, I decided to wander into the kitchen and throw back a few spoons of organic peanut butter and wash it down with a little organic rice milk.  I let that sit for about 20 mins and I was ready!  I jumped in and to my surprise, found myself energized and feeling really strong!  From the first set, I was using more weight and more band intensity.  I was pushing out more reps and overall achieving more than ever before during this particular workout.  I was swelling up… and feeling like an animal.  I stayed strong throughout and then hit ab ripper x with a full head of steam.  By the time I finished that, I had nothing left.  I had expended myself to the fullest.  It took me a few minutes to even get up.  Wow… now THAT’S the way a workout should feel!

As I’ve been typing, I have been enjoying my plant-based protein, fruit and veggie smoothie and I’m now ready to enjoy the rest of this beautiful afternoon.  Have a great day!