Onederland = Winning

With credit to my fellow blogger for the Onederland idea (happily, she is here, too), I am happy to report that I have reached my original goal weight — a number starting with one.   I have actually been here for over a week (I didn’t want to jinx it when I first dipped under).  Since I started P90X, I have lost 40 pounds.  30 with myfitnesspal (which I cannot recommend enough).

Winning feels good, even to people who aren’t insane!

P90X2 was the program that got me started again after several months being satisfied with my P90X results.  Insanity kicked it up a notch and my new-found love of Obstacle Course racing certainly helped as well. The kicker was the new HRM which helped me blast through the last plateau.

That number was such a colossal mental barrier. I am certainly happy to have achieved it. I am now in better shape than anytime since law school (eight years ago).

I know find myself attempting to figure out my next goal… I don’t think it is a weight, per se, though my buddy has a number that he thinks is the perfect running weight (which I am about 7 pounds away from).

What do you guys think?  How do you go about setting new goals?

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And the winner is….

ME!!

I have been nominated for:

by Lizi (but not Liz, never Liz) author of diary of a half-hearted gym junkie. Lizi writes an AWESOME (or orsum) blog from across the pond.  (Anyone whose favorite P word is both P90X and Pole dancing  has to be pretty cool, right?) You should really check her out! And I certainly want to thank her for this award.

Now for a few bloggers who I would also like to nominate for this award…

Jen writes Jenkakio.  I am so jealous… she actually gets to live in Hawaii!!

Leesah writes 30andlearning from the great white north. Often hilarious but always interesting.

Shameka writes yourtruthdiet.  She is a girl scout cookie pusher who has lost over 80 lbs.;)

Nikki writes Nikki’sAdventuresinP90X.  Tony Horton has grown on her, too!!

These blogs are awesome, too.  I strongly recommend you checking them out!

A – Alabama

“Sweet Home Alabama” and “My home’s in Alabama, southern born and southern bred” … come down anytime for a visit. Tell me you are coming and I will show you around.

B – Birmingham

While I live in a suburb, I work right downtown.  Birmingham has its share of problems (mainly in its leadership), but it is beautiful as well.

C – Crimson Tide

As an alumni and fan, it is a fun time to cheer for the Crimson Tide.  You can usually find me in Tuscaloosa on Saturdays in the fall.

D –  Disney World

My kids are huge fans…and I like it, too.

E – Elephant

The mascot for the Crimson Time. (I just couldn’t think of an E!)

F – Family

Though I am only going to post pictures of those I have or can give permission for (See below). But I also have a wonderful extended family!!

G – Good Mornings

I drink Shakeology every morning.  I love it, especially the new Strawberry Vegan flavor.  (No, I am not vegan nor even vegetarian, it is just really good!!)  

H – Houston

Houston is my two year old. He is always up for helping me with Yoga!

I – INSANITY

Shaun T’s workout is not a joke. 

J – JIF

Is it the healthiest peanut butter?  Maybe not, but it reminds me of home, growing up and family. I am sure it is just wonderful marketing, but if worked on me. haha.  “Choosy moms choose JIF.” 

K – Kenley

My five year old.  If you couldn’t tell… Winking is HARD!

L – Lawyer

 It’s what I do.  Looks like even Lady Justice has been working out. Only FUNNY lawyer jokes, please…

M – My Children’s MOM

Coach Crystal.  She is a great mom.

N – Next Warrior Dash

May 20 in Georgia.  Join me!!

O – Mt. Olive

The suburb I live in.

P – Padawan

Padawan — it means student… and it’s from Star Wars.  The fact that I chose a Star Wars reference for my blog title does not make me a dork.  Yes, Coach Crystal, I am talking to you… haha.

Q – Quit

When it comes to this meandering journey to toward fitness… You only fail when you quit.

R –  Rap

Great workout Music!

S – Scott

That’s me. I think it is a pretty good name…

T – Tony Horton

The creator of P90X…if you haven’t had the chance to experience his corny motivation, you really should.

U – Pull-ups

When I first started with Tony Horton, I could do NO pull-ups… now I can get at least five without resting… and sets of twenty or more!!

V – Vulcan

He sits atop Red Mountain and overlooks all of Birmingham.  The top is where I proposed to Coach Crystal.

W – Warrior Dash

I have done one and am now a huge fan!!

X – eXtreme 

Beachbody workout programs can be extreme, but they are effective.

Y – Yoga

Everyone’s favorite P90x workout… yes, that was sarcasm!!

Z – Zoo 

The Trails of Africa recently opened.  Birmingham Zoo has elephants again!!

Wow, that was HARD…  but fun.

Is that exercise appropriate for children…to see? (INSANITY — Pure Cardio and Cardio Abs)

Today was my first time doing Cardio Abs.  It was intimidating knowing that I had another routine following Pure Cardio.  Pure Cardio is warm-up, stretch, and 15 or 16 cardio exercises done for a minute each without any rest in between.  Well, it is not designed to have a rest, but I took a break or two.  (I think about everyone in the class did, too, including Shaun T). I was proud I was able to get through all three rounds of the warm-up without taking a break. (Yes, the warmup is hard.)

So after it was over, you have to press play again for Cardio abs and you get another warm-up.  I almost freaked.  Thankfully, it is only one time through and not as intense as a normal warmup.  The rest of the routine is on the floor.  (But no sit-ups or crunches). Just because it is on the floor, doesn’t mean it is easy. I was so wiped at the time, but I don’t think it is as hard as P90X’s ab ripper. I could do all the moves (though I did take some breaks). 

The last move was very… interesting.  You start out in plank and do, what can only be called a type of hip thrusts.  Then you sink to low plank (plank on your elbows) and do more hip thrusts.  Up and down for four sets. I felt like I was training for some type of pornography Olympics.  I diverted my eyes from the television because that was just more than I wanted to see…Haha~!

Has anyone else done Cardio Abs and felt very strange performing the last exercise? Am I just doing these wrong?

P90X vs. Insanity — Which is right for me?

The two most popular Beachbody workouts are P90X and Insanity.  I completed p90x a little over a year ago (and am down to the short rows of P90X2) and completed half of Insanity.  (But plan to surmount the whole thing beginning in about a week). I am excited about both products and have talked about them with friends, family,  coworkers, people on the street who ask me for change 🙂 in short, everyone.  The number one question I am always asked is “WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN P90X AND INSANITY?” And for those individuals who are concerned about their health, the second is usually “WHICH IS RIGHT FOR ME?”

The answer to the first is easier than the second because the second depends on the fitness goals and the current health situation of the person asking. So let’s answer the easier question first.

OVERVIEW:

P90X is a muscle-building, fat blasting workout that includes cardio workouts, but its concentration is getting stronger and leaner. P90X is based on the theory of Muscle Confusion. P90X changes the workout every 30 days so your muscles do not get used to the workout.  Therefore, muscles are having to continually adapt.  Muscles GROW as they adapt. (And ladies, please don’t worry about becoming “too muscular” — see Coach Crystal (she has done P90X multiple times).

Insanity is a cardio intense program that uses your body weight for resistance. Insanity’s scientific advance is Max Interval Training.  Max Interval Training is training very intensely with short recovery breaks to catch your breath and allow your heartbeat to slow down a little, before cranking the intensity back up to max levels.

LENGTH OF THE PROGRAM AND WORKOUTS:

P90X lasts 90 days (6 days per week).  The average workout is about 60 minutes (Yoga is longer at about 90).

Insanity is shorter in both days and time.  It is a 60 day program (also six days per week) and the workouts last around 40 minutes.

MINIMUM EQUIPMENT

P90X requires a pull-up bar and either resistance bands or dumbbells.

Insanity has no minimum equipment (though a heart rate monitor will let you know if you are dead… hahaha!!)

INSTRUCTOR

P90Xhas Tony Horton.  He is a superfit guy.  He is also quite corny.  He loves his jokes and they make me smile even as I groan. Some of his catchphrases include:  “Just Bring it!”, “Keep Pushing Play”, “Do your best, and forget the rest” and my favorite… “Don’t smash your face!!”

Insanity has Shaun T.  Shaun T is superfit as well.  He is a motivator and his workouts are enjoyable, though his program has less chance for jokes due to its intensity.  Some of Shaun’ catchphrases include “Dig deeper!”, “We good, ya’ll?” , “Shaun T is starting to sweat!”and my favorite “That sh*t is bananas!!” (It really is!! haha.)

Now the second question “Should I choose P90X or Insanity?”…

I tried to do Insanity straight from the couch and couldn’t complete it.  I could with P90X.  I think those who are just getting back into fitness should start with P90X.  You can modify enough to do the workout  and work yourself back into shape. 

If you are getting in shape and want to drop fat fast, I think Insanity is the way to go.  While you can certainly drop a lot of weight in P90X (and you will), Insanity forces weight loss with the intensity required. (Now if you finish either off with a whole pizza, it’s not going to matter.  Abs are made in the kitchen.) (By the way, both workouts come with nutrition plan which you should follow, too. That is more a “do as I say and not as I do” suggestion. 😉 ).

If you are looking to get stronger, P90X would be my suggestion, though you will also get stronger going through Insanity.

I think both of these programs are excellent and would highly recommend them.  You can watch videos of both workouts here. Tell me what your fitness goals are and I will give you my opinion as to which one may be right for you! (Opinions are like elbows, everybody has one.  haha, but I have at least tried these workouts! 😉 )

What are your thoughts on P90X and Insanity?

P90X – One on One

St. Patrick’s day  — named for a Saint, right? Then why does the devil always tempt me with his green beer and green treats?  We had a grill out at my house this weekend.  Nothing crazy… good food, good friends and good basketball.  And green beer.  Absinthe isn’t the green-eyed monster, its green beer.  Needless to say I overdrank (is that a word?) on Saturday.  I also overate.  I don’t know why I am so bad on Saturdays.

Anyway, all the food made my Sunday workout less than ideal (P.A.P. Upper).  I had done twenty unassisted pullups on Thursday (four sets of five) but could do only two yesterday before needing the bands.  The whole workout was just blah (I hit play and was sweaty, but not the normal P.A.P. sweaty).  Today was scheduled for a rest day, but I decided I needed some more upper body work.  So I tried out the Tony Horton ONE on ONE Upper Body dvd that we had gotten free.  (You get two free One on One workouts if you order from a Beachbody Coach (cough, Coach Crystal, cough–was that plug shameless??  haha, oh well!! ;)).

The ONE on ONE series is the transition series between P90X and P90X2. This was Tony, by himself, performing a workout he had never done before (so he claimed).  It was sixteen moves, many of which made it into P90X2. Included was one of my favorite, the imp0ssible-possible (though in ONE on ONE, it was simply called the Impossible push-up).  There were pushups followed by ab moves (some of which are in Ab Ripper 2).  Tony was his usual insane self, but he was having a difficult time with catching his breath.  I am sure it is because I have almost completed P90X2, but I loved it.  There was just enough rest followed by difficult moves to keep me engaged without making me cry.

I will be putting this in any repertoire for a P90X/Insanity combo I design following P90X2 and my date with Insanity.

 I failed with Mr. Shaun T once before, but am feeling confident this time. It’s not really that bad, just a lot of cardio for which I wasn’t prepared.  That and my ego wouldn’t let modify like I should.  Keep checking back, more on this to come!!  And let me know if you are interested in starting Insanity with me in a couple of weeks.  I would love to have a support group…

P90X — Bands or Chair Assist?

Keep pushing Play and "Bring It!"

As many of you know, I completed P90X a while back and am working through P90X2 now.  Both routines contain pull-ups in various forms.  I have never had strong shoulders and pull-ups have been beyond my ability.  Thankfully, the creators of P90X realized this potential flaw and allowed modification through either a chair assist or use of bands. 

During P90X, I used the chair exclusively.  Basically, you put a chair below you and add some of your weight to your foot (on the chair) to help you do the pull-ups.  While I felt a burn doing this (or though I did), I never developed the strength to do more than a couple of pull-ups. In P90X2, I decided to buy the heaviest bands from Beachbody (they sell them in packages of three bands) to help me with the pull-ups. After a few weeks of using the bands, I found I could do three unassisted pull-ups.  I then began performing unassisted pull-ups for half the back routine followed by bands for the second half of the routine.  I was able to do eight unassisted pull-ups in my latest workout!!

I believe the chair assist allowed me to simply add more weight to my foot as my back and shoulders tired.  As such, I never forced myself to work hard enough to get the strength gains I wanted.

Now I am sure some of you have no problem with pull-ups, but for those who do, I cannot recommend the bands enough.  You can get them from many places (we have some Gold’s Gym ones that we got from somewhere), but I couldn’t find any really heavy ones except from Beachbody, plus it was cool to see the color of the bands the guys on the video were using  (especially when you were doing heavier). Have you found heavy bands somewhere else?

Beachbody also has a “pull-up assist” which seems to be a band that attaches to your foot to relieve some of your body weight.  I haven’t tried this, but it seems like it would work.  Has anyone tried the ‘pull-up assist?”

P90X vs. P90X2 – what is the difference?

You have to "Bring It" in both programs!!

A lot of people ask me the difference between P90X and P90X2.  I thought I would give you a run down of the differences I have noted:

– P90X2 is a continuation of p90x. While you don’t have to complete p90x first, it is recommended;

– while p90x is designed to make you lose weight and your muscles grow, P90X2 does those things, but its focus is to make you more athletic;

-P90X2’s yoga workout is only an hour instead of p90x’s 90 minutes;

– P90X2 has three phases, the first is foundation (i.e. core work), the second is strength, and the third is P.A.P.  P90X2’s strength phase is very similar to p90x;

– P90X2 gives you more control over the schedule, allowing you to move to the next phase when you feel your body is ready (it provides recommended ranges for when to move on);

Both programs are still based on the concept of muscle confusion. The theory is that as muscles get used to a workout, they adapt to make the workout less difficult causing plateaus.  Muscle confusion results when you change your workout before you reach such plateaus. While there are certainly detractors, and muscles (other than your mind) can’t actually be confused. They do adapt.  The p90x and P90X2 routines change the workouts before this adaptation can occur.

For more information and to watch a video on the workouts, click here.