Tuesday, June 12, 2012
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So last week Katie and I started a different workout routine. We started doing the P90X program in the mornings to give Katie's plantar faciitis a break from the rigors of running. Prior to the start I had a few preconceived notions about the program. My week of personal experience has given me few more insights.
1. P90X is very difficult
I figured the program would be difficult, mostly because of the cardio intensity. The advertisements show a lot of bouncing around and jumping. I was pretty sure that some of the work would be difficult as much of my fitness is for endurance sports, not for intense cardio. However, I considered my self to be a fairly fit individual. I am NOT fit by P90X standards. Not only is the intense cardio difficult, but the strength exercises are also very difficult! The workout includes tons of lunges, planking, push-ups, and any other number of body resistance exercises. We did the Kenpo X workout yesterday and my arms are more sore than they have been in years. Who would have though that throwing hundreds of punches at imaginary opponents would work your biceps so much?! I thought with all of the biking and running that I do that my legs would be the good part of my workout, but there are so many lunges and squat positions that you hold for great lengths of time that my legs actually give out! I did wall squats for the first time since high school and I thought I was going to start crying! My legs were shaking and the sweat was poring down my face.
2. I am not flexible
I know that I am not the most flexible of individuals, but I thought I was about average. I can stand with my feet shoulder-width apart and touch my toes. I was concerned about the Yoga X workout, but I never thought it would be the workout that did me in; it was! The workout is 90 minutes long! And if I had to guess I would bet that I was in plank, downward dog, and runners pose for 45 minutes of the workout. The workout has you do these "vinyassas" over and over and over. At one point, I didn't think I would be able to take it anymore. Finally, we halted on the vinyassas and started these strength poses. I thought it might be a bit of a reprieve for me, but the poses had me falling all over the floor as I attempted to contort my body into these arrangements all while remaining upright. Honestly, the workout made me feel very inadequate and my attitude got really shitty! Sadly, the only person that I had to take it out on was Katie. Not a good idea, but thankfully she has forgiven me!
3. Tony Horton is annoying (see above)
I had seen Tony from the commercials and actually witnessed him in action on the Ab Ripper X workout. All of these experiences were just short spurts of Tony, but even still I found him to be kind of dorky, somewhat conceited, and sometimes a pore instructor. After having spent several hours with Tony this past week, I now find him to be VERY conceited, confusing as hell, and he seems to have some strange aversion to commitment to romantic relationships. Thankfully, in the next couple of weeks as I gain more experience and familiarity, I can turn the sound off and just use the visual cues for the workouts. Katie's distaste extends beyond Tony as she actually became annoyed with one of the other participants this morning. " I hate Dreya. She is too [darn] eager!" I couldn't agree more, Honey!
All of these points aside, I think it is a good workout program, I am glad that Katie and I are doing it together, and I think it is doing the trick. I hope I get better at some of the coordination and balance, and I for damn sure want to get better at that Yoga, or at least do it without crying like a little girl!