Things are going rather well for me as I continue to go through the P90X program. When I first started, I had doubted my ability to do P90x, but now that I have started week 3 of this amazing program, I am amazing myself more each and every day. I am already seeing results, and over the weekend something happened that I did not think was possible after my injury. Read on to find out how days 12 (Kenpo X) and Day 13 (Chest and Back) went.
Kenpo X is by far (for me any way) the most exciting workout of the P90X series. It is honestly so much fun that you actually forget that you are doing a workout. You will find that the hour passes by really quickly. The thing that made this round of P90X even better than previous times is that my wife, Samantha joined in. The incredible thing is that just 4 and a half weeks ago my wife had brain surgery! It blows my mind that she has recovered as quickly as she has, and it also reaffirms my belief that anyone can workout if they have the desire to lose weight.
I found this round of Kenpo X to be much easier than the previous week, and I can only put it down to my body getting stronger and healthier. I completed the whole workout and never once felt like I would not be able to finish. At the end of the workout I felt amazing. There is no better feeling after doing something like this and succeeding, it gives you such a great feeling. My heart rate was in my fat burning zone the whole time, so I know that this workout was extremely beneficial to my body. I cannot wait to do Kenpo X again.
Day 13 – Chest and Back
Aside from Plyometrics, Chest and Back is probably my least favorite workout. I think a lot of this has to do with the fact that I do not have a pull bar, and that I cannot find my resistance bands (ahhh the joys of moving). What this means is that every exercise sees me doing nothing but push ups. I would rather do the push ups then do nothing at all though, but my poor arms feel like they are going to fall off after the workout session. The great news is that I have seen definite improvements both in my ability to do the exercises and in how my arms look now compared to when I started. Here is a look at the spreadsheet for Chest and Back
As you can see from the spreadsheet, the total reps I complete has been getting higher each time I have gone through the workout. Keeping these workout sheets is vital if you want to see how you are progressing. In the note section on the right hand side, you will also see that I noted the need for bigger weights. Yes, the 15lb weights I started off with are now not enough for me. I was being safe to start off with because of existing issues with my back, but I feel so much better now, I just know I can do more.
And now for the thing that excited me the most this past weekend. For the first time since starting the P90X program, I tried the Ab Ripper X DVD. It was hard…..very hard, but for the first time since my accident 3 years ago, I was able to complete a sit up….actually 25 sit ups. P90X has enabled me to strengthen every part of my body in just 2 weeks, and while I am not able to do all of the exercises, I try my best every time I do it. A Sit up to most is a small deal, but to me it is huge. I thought I had lost the range of motion needed to do them, but I am slowly gaining back what I had lost! I’m so happy This is in no small part down to P90X. My whole core feels so much stronger now than it ever has. I cannot speak highly enough of this program and I recommend it to anyone.
Now for today…..Plyometrics….ugh. Not my fave at all, but you know what….I will be giving it my all, just like always! Will let you guys know how I get on a little later on today and will also talk a little more about my up coming run! Don’t forget to enter my giveaway!
All the best,