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Archive for May 13th, 2010

Day 11>Chest, Shoulders & Tri/Ab Ripper X

Posted by pggylb on May 13, 2010

This post is a being published a day late. This is yesterday’s workout.

Chest, Shoulders, & Triceps and Ab Ripper X (CST/ARX)

If you are someone who enjoys a nice variety of push ups, then this workout is for you. Lots of push ups and all different ways. Some push ups I could do, some I couldn’t. But, one day I will be able to do all of them. There were:

  • Regular push up
  • One-armed push up
  • Military push up
  • Clap push up
  • Slide push up
  • Plyometric push up (looked fun; gonna take me a while)
  • And more. You want to know? Then get off the couch.

My shoulders took a beating but it was a nice welcomed change of pace from my legs.

Then there was the Ab Ripper X, or ARX for short. This little workout addition is a lot of fun, but very hard to do. It’s only 16 minutes long but really gets the gut burning. It is 25 reps to each set; I could only do about half those reps before reaching failure. This morning I got up and noticed that I could hold my tummy in a little tighter; felt good.

Now, if I can just get to a point where I can hold the bubble butt in tighter, I’d be happy.

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Learning Some Valuable Lessons

Posted by pggylb on May 13, 2010

Ok, so I’m on day 4 of my 2nd wk with P90X. So far, my favorite workout is Core Synergistics. This workout really works the core. The next morning, I really felt it in my abs, legs, and shoulders. It felt like I had really done something.

The first valuable lesson I learned was I haven’t been getting in enough calories a day. P90X, or just X as I like to call it, is heavily demaning on a person’s body. For those like me who want to lost the weight, you still have to get in at least 1500-1700 cals/day to prevent the body from entering starvation/survival mode. In this mode, fat actually gets stored instead of being burned regardless of how much excercise a person is doing. So, the opposite actually happens when not enough good food is being consumed. I didn’t really understand this until it started happening to me. For two days I was following a very intense workout, I was completely drained, sluggish, and just no darn good at anything until my coach suggested some high calorie quick fixes. After snacking on some plain yogurt with about 2 scoops of whey protein mixed in, within minutes I was feeling a lot better. My energy started perking back up and my overall mood had improved. Amazing what the right kind of food can do.

The second lesson I have learned is that I can’t do this and succeed without the motivation from other people. This is the second day the forums have been down and I haven’t been able to post my accountability. This is a real kick in the side for me. I haven’t yet gained the discipline to rely on just myself to keep me going and I feel like I need to tell someone about my workout and how it went just to get the feedback. Sad, I know. So, this   morning’s workout didn’t happen; although, it really wasn’t a workout, it was stretch day today. Oh well, I’ll move it to Sunday instead and claim today as my rest day.

I really hope that Team Beach Body gets the msg boards fixed here soon.

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