Saturday, January 29, 2011

Day 3 of P90X

I can't remember if I mentioned I'm doing the Lean version of P90X.  Basically, the Lean version has more cardio and less strength moves, but don't get me wrong...there are still plenty of great workouts in this version.  I need to work on my pullups and pushups, so the Lean version should help me to get to the "Classic" level for round #2 (after I take a couple weeks off when round 1 is completed, of course).

Weeks 1-3 are the same in the Lean version.  Day 1 is Core Synergistics, Day 2 is Cardio X, Day 3 (which I've just finished) is Shoulders & Arms and Ab Ripper X.  Day 4 is Yoga X, Day 5 is Legs & Back and Ab Ripper X, Day 6 is Kenpo X, and Day 7 is rest or Stretch X.

Today is Day 3, and so I've just completed the Shoulders & Arms and the Ab Ripper X workouts, back-to-back.  Together, they are about 60 minutes in length, including the warm-up and cool-down.  I was pretty satisfied with the arm workouts, aside from the fact that my dumbbells are a little too light.  I'll have to pick up some 10, 15, and 20 pound dumbbells for upcoming back workouts.  Apparently my heavier 8-pound ones are at my parents' place so I'll have to get those as well.  I was using 5 pound weights and that's really not enough for a good workout.  Not that I didn't get a workout- I can certainly feel my arms right now, but it could have been a lot tougher.  Some people might prefer bands, but I like using dumbbells.

The ab workout was killer.  It's only about 10 minutes, but during that time, you do 349 ab exercises.  Each exercise requires 25 reps, except for one where we did 40 plus ten bonus.  OUCH! 

This morning, my outer thighs, hip flexors, and obliques were killing me from all the kenpo and wacky jacks in yesterday's workout.  I can only imagine how I'll feel tomorrow!

I'm considering buying some adjustable dumbbells, maybe you've seen them advertised.  I know Jillian Michaels has a set for a reasonable price.  I'm going to check out some reviews and maybe pick up a set off of Amazon.  Her two-dumbbell set only goes to 12.5 pounds (each) but she also has a 25-pound option, which is adjustable in 5-pound increments.  What a fantastic idea - save space and have all the weights you need.  The only problem is that this price is for ONE dumbbell, so shipping would be killer.  Maybe Fitness Depot carries weights like these, I am going to check it out.

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