P90X Week 1 Day 5

Back to strength training today with Legs & Back and Ab Ripper X. I have to say, I’m not a fan of wall squats, but that’s mostly because I can’t do them for very long. There were two variations in this workout. The first set of wall squats lasted for 90 seconds. You start with your thighs a little higher than parallel to the ground and hold for 15 seconds, then switch to thighs fully parallel with the ground, back and forth. The second set of wall squats lasted 60 seconds, and you had to raise one leg out in front of you for 10 seconds, switching back and forth. Neither one was very easy, and even should I get into “X” shape, I doubt they’ll be a cake walk, but I’m excited about getting stronger.Abs…well, they’re abs. I’m happy to see that my reps are increasing for most of … Keep reading!

P90X Week 1 Day 4

Well, not much to report here. This session is the Yoga X workout, and I didn’t get more than a few minutes into it. Part of my problem was likely not doing it last night after work when I’d been up all day and my muscles were already somewhat warmed up. I’ll have to keep that in mind for subsequent weeks.Oh well, not everything is easy at first. I’ll just have to work harder next week on getting through it.Hope you’ve found something active to do today. … Keep reading!

P90X Week 1 Day 3

I was seriously bummed out earlier because I left work at 7:45 PM not feeling well and thought I wasn’t going to be able to do my workout tonight. After getting some food in me, a mug of peppermint tea, and a good deal of water, I finally felt pretty much normal around 10:30. I’d been dealing with a pretty good headache that was leaving me weak and semi-nauseous. I was–and still am–pretty sure this was the last hurrah of my caffeine withdrawal (I had two travel mugs of coffee Sunday morning and two glasses of Coke while out to eat with some friends). I’m happy to say that I should be through the worst of it, and I am thrilled I was able to get my exercising in tonight!It was a good night, too. Shoulders & Arms and Ab Ripper X. So far, having done three workouts, the two … Keep reading!

P90X Week 1 Day 2

Tonight’s workout was Plyometrics (jump training), and it is a killer. I was only able to make it about 2/3 of the way through before I was toast. It’s frustrating in a way, but at the same time, I’m happy that I was able to do that much of such an intense session.Could I have gone longer? Sure. Would it have been smart? That’s trickier to answer. Because this workout shows up throughout the entire program, though, I have time to improve. Besides, as I’ve stressed before, I don’t want to push so hard that I risk injury to myself again.At any rate, I’m glad to be moving. I hope you’re finding time in your life to get some activity in, too. Even a walk around the block is better than nothing. Start small if you haven’t been doing anything lately. Results come with time, benefits start immediately. … Keep reading!

P90X Week 1 Day 1

Well, I took things slow, but that’s okay, because I made it through the workout. Today’s session was Chest & Back and Ab Ripper X. I can definitely tell there are several muscles I haven’t used in a while, so being deliberate and taking my time is going to be highly important. Sure, it’s frustrating to be doing so few reps with so little weight, but all that will come with patience.Now, I haven’t told any of you this before, but I have discovered the secret to time travel. This has allowed me to obtain my before and after pictures from P90X today, and you can see them now, too, instead of waiting several months.Are you ready?No, seriously, are you really ready?Okay then, here you go. Don’t faint. That’s right, baby! I am a beast! RAWR! … Keep reading!

Pre-P90X

As I mentioned last week, I have decided to get into P90X again. Tonight will be my first night into it this time around. I will be taking it SLOWLY so as to not injure my back again. I don’t know if P90X was the cause of my disc herniation or if it was what pushed me over, but in any case, I don’t want to risk that sort of hurt again. I’m going to keep the weight light and the reps using the band minimal for this first week as my body adjusts. As great as I think this program is, I am not wanting to use it as a once-for-all solution to my weight management goals. Rather, I see this as a way to get into the best possible shape I can over the next three months and then go from there. I am hoping to manage 2-4 … Keep reading!

My absence…

Hello all! I realize it’s been quite a while since I last posted here. August 13th-September 2nd I was working the overnight shift (Midnight-8 AM) and was so wiped out by it that I really didn’t do anything by way of exercise other than a couple of walks with my wife. Last week I was back on my normal 3:30-Midnight schedule, but even still I’m not fully adjusted to it. This week will likely be very light by way of activity, also due in part to some appointments. I am hoping next week to be back on track with at least some form of activity. I am debating what I want to do. I still want to run a 5K this year, so I’m going to have to work in some running to at least maintain my ability. On top of that, though, I’m thinking to start up with P90X … Keep reading!

G28K Week 4 Day 3

I finally got Week 4 out of the way today. It just didn’t work out to go over the weekend. Oh well, not a big deal. I’m probably going to hit the gym Wednesday and Friday for sure, and possibly Saturday to get Week 5 out of the way. It was a little tough to go this morning, partly because I’d been at work overnight. I have to work the Midnight-8 shift for three weeks, and I’m hoping it doesn’t mess me up too badly.Run for today:0.00-5.00 – 3.75.00-15.00 – 5.5 mph15.00-16.00 – 4.0 mph16.00-26.00 – 5.5 mph26.00-27.00 – 4.0 mph27.00-37.00 – 5.5 mph37.00-38.00 – 4.0 mph38.00-48.00 – 5.5 mph48.00-49.00 – 4.0 mph49.00-54.00 – 3.7 mphTotal distance, 4.54 miles. Average one-mile pace, 11:53If you’re able to get out and move today, I highly encourage it. … Keep reading!