I officially made it through week 1 of P90X. It was tough but great. Here’s how my week went down.
Monday: chest & back (52 minutes) and ab ripper x (15 minutes)
Tuesday: plyometrics (58 minutes)
Wednesday: shoulders & arms (58 minutes) and ab ripper x (15 minutes)
Thursday: yoga x (90 minutes)
Friday: legs & back (58 minutes) and ab ripper x (15 minutes)
Saturday: kenpo x (58 minutes)
Sunday: rest day
If I only count the P90X workouts it comes to just under 7 hours of exercise. WOW.
Throughout the week I had other workouts I had to get in too. I am still training for my 1/2 marathon that’s just 3 weeks away so on Wednesday I ran 3 miles and on Sunday I ran 10.1 miles.
Also, the 100 push up challenge is still under way with just 2 weeks to go so on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday I had a lot of push ups to do.
The most challenging workout: plyometrics and legs & back
The most fun workout: plyometrics and yoga
The toughest exercise for me at this time: wide front pull ups ( I can’t even do 1 without help!)
My favorite exercises during this week: all the crazy push ups in chest & back
There are 12 different DVDs and 12 weeks so during each recap I’ll cover a different DVD.
P90X Chest & Back
This 50 minute workout starts with a warm up and stretch that takes about 10 minutes. Right after that you get straight into a lot of hardcore push ups and pull ups. There are a total of 12 exercises, 6 for the chest and 6 for the back. The first time through you start with chest, then back, chest, back … etc. The second time through it switches up and you start with back, then chest, back, chest… etc. Every 4 exercises you get a rest. You need the rest. This workout has you sweat like crazy and push yourself further than you even want to go. After you get through 24 exercises you finish with a nice cool down and stretch for about 5 minutes.
In the past when I’d do this workout a lot of the time I would stop after the first time through just because I was pooped and felt like it was a great workout with just that (and it is!). Luckily since Jacob and I are doing this together we were able to keep each other on track and finish all the workouts without skipping anything.
There are 2 pieces of equipment that we used in addition to weights and the DVD.
A pull up bar that fits into the door frame (we both used this).
Push up bars to give a greater range of motion and ease wrists that may hurt when doing push ups (Jacob used these).
If you don’t have these you can use exercise bands instead of the pull up bar and the floor or dumbbells instead of the push up bars.
The DVD gives you options depending on the type of equipment you have available which is nice for those just starting to make a home gym.