Here we go! Day 3 of P90X. I am still very sore from day one and day two, in fact the delayed onset muscle soreness is really bad today, but I am going to push on through the pain because I owe it to myself. Day 3 of P90X will see me tackle the Shoulder and Arms routine and I am really looking forward to this one. Read on to find out how it went.
As you can see, there are quite a few different exercises with this particular work out, and each and every one of them targets either you biceps, triceps or shoulders. I will give one word of warning right up front here. Do not, under any circumstances let your ego get in the way of you making a sound decision when it comes to choosing which weight to use during these exercises. Do not think you are all manly by picking up the heaviest dumbbells you can find, you will get hurt, and you will get hurt quickly. Start off with a smaller weight and then if you find it to easy get the next weight up.
I used 15lb weights during the workout. Yes I know you are already thinking “man that’s not very much” but to me it is for two reasons. First reason is that I am not used to lifting weights, and the second reason is that I have to take into account that I have a spinal fusion and a artificial disc in my back, and I do not want to be picking up anything that will destroy my back again.
This workout is excellent. Right from the get go you will understand that your will be giving your arms and shoulders an intense workout, and from the start to the end, the routine never lets up in terms of intensity. For almost all of the exercises I used the 15lb weights, but as you can see from the spreadsheet there were a couple where I had to use 3lb weights (the only other ones I had) and they were too light, but the 15lb weights would have been too much for me, so I will be heading to the store to purchase some 8lb and 10lb weights. I am sure that in time I will feel comfortable enough to use bigger weights, but for now these are perfect for me. I also did not complete the chair dips because I just did not think that my back would stand up to it, so I substituted that move for a different exercise, and that’s the thing, Tony is always saying not to do anything you are not comfortable with. Only you know what your limits are people.
I really thought that this day would wreak havoc on my arms, especially because my arms hurts so bad after day one, but I guess I am already adapting to the weights because I did not suffer with any additional DOMS, which is great.
There will not be a post from me about day 4. I have already decided that I will be skipping the Yoga X part of the program because I know for sure the stretching and poses used will do nothing but hurt my back, so instead I will be going for a run I am however really looking forward to day 5. See you then!