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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4:15, INSANITY – Max Cardio and Cardio Abs, and a P90X2 revisit

So I woke up at 4:15 this morning to grab an early workout. Coach Crystal usually works out this time but after a late night at the office, the workout room was all mine. Unfortunately, my body was upset with me for trying to stay up waiting on Coach Crystal and watching too many episodes of Game of Thrones before the free HBO weekend ran out. 🙂 (Those books are awesome. I like the series as well.)

So I wake up, get dressed, and head downstairs with zero motivation.  I remind myself of the tricks some of you guys helped me with and just decide I am going to start the DVD, no pressure. So I do. Then I start the warm-up.  I am moving slow… but I kept at it and it got better.  INSANITY – Max Cardio is the non-repeating, no rest routine.  Needless to say, I took a lot of breaks.  More than I usually would, but I had worked up a pretty good sweat by the time I finished. It was also the first double workout with cardio abs added at the end.  The cardio abs  is the same routine as the first month.  I really like it, though that last exercise still makes me giggle.

As the day went on, I just couldn’t be satisfied with the effort I gave on that workout. When I found myself with time for a second workout, I jumped on it. I didn’t want to do another INSANITY workout — that would be INSANE, so I pulled out an old P90X2 workout – Chest, Back and Balance.

INSANITY and P90X are vastly different routines. P90X2 allows rest time between each exercise (this routine was variation of push-ups followed by variations of pull-ups (so much more fun now that I can actually do pull-ups…. thanks, power bands.))  It was a really good workout, a nice break from INSANITY and I am glad I picked it up.

So keep working hard, and I will, too.  Good luck everyone!!

Warrior Dash Training

So today was an off day for INSANITY and I decided to try to simulate the Warrior Dash. Crystal and I are running the race April 21 in Jackson, Mississippi. It’s a charitable race benefiting St. Jude’s Children Hospital. Its 3.4 miles interrupted by 14 obstacles. Check it out here.

So here was my workout today:

Ran 1.4 miles in 14:30 minutes

10 Push Presses of 95 pounds

.5 miles in 5 minutes

10 pull-ups (5 wide and 5 narrow)

.5 miles in 5:40 minutes

Dumbbell Bench plus 25 push ups and 5 plyo pushups

.6 miles in 7:50 (I was really wiped by this point plus the Lebatard show was on — havent seen that much, but it is funny.)

10 pull-up (5 wide and 5 narrow) (I did two sets because I am just excited I can do any!! Thank you P90X2 and Beachbody bands!))

.4 miles in 5:30

So I did the 3.4 miles in about (times are approximate from memory, I looked but didnt write them down) 38:40.  Not too bad. I jogged most of the way and ran a portion, but walked more than I ran.  I imagine I will be doing about the same in a couple of weeks.  I know those obstacles (crawling through mud, under barbed wire, climbing  walls, running through tires, and jumping over fire, to name a few) will be tougher than what I did. Check out the obstacles here. I hope P90X2 and INSANITY have me ready for those!!

What exercises should I do to help me prepare for these obstacles?  Any ideas??

Accountability… no matter how I dread it.

I know I owe you all (or y’all) progress pictures. There are several reasons you haven’t gotten them. One my old computer has been having all sorts of issues and my pre-P90X2 shirtless pictures seem to have disappeared (you should thank my old computer — you probably just avoided nightmares).  The second is that I am just a little self-conscious (alright, a lot).  Of course, the reason I started this blog was to document my journey toward fitness.  And accountability is part of that process.  So without further ado…


What is so sad is that these all came after the first time I did p90x… why I decided to gain half of my weight loss back, I will never know.

After 30 days...

Ok, after 90 days of P90X2 (without following the nutrition plan except for drinking Shakeology for breakfast (starting about halfway through the program)), I lost 10 pounds and gained some significant muscle especially in my shoulders and arms.  Not there yet but closer than I was on my journey toward fitness:

Hiding the trouble spot!! haha

Consider these my before pics for INSANITY…

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?

Rest day — I am not a bum

Today is a scheduled rest day in P90X2.  I can tell my body needs it, my legs feel “wobbly” as well as sore and my shoulders just feel tired. 

I also understand that rest is important. The breakdown of muscle tissue as a result of training takes time to repair and grow.  High intensity exercise in the area of strength training includes plyometrics. In the area of cardio, high intensity exercise is defined as working at an intensity of 75 percent or greater of your maximum heart rate for at least twenty minutes.

 Both Post Activation Potentiation routines in P90X2 would be defined as high intensity for both these reasons.  Rest is necessary after high intensity routines.  The recommendations I have seen suggest 24-48 hours rest between such routines for your body to recover. So after two days of P.A.P, I am taking a day off. I may do the stretching and foam roller routine, but I don’t count stretching as exercise (although I know it is also good for me).

So while I know I need the rest, both intellectually and from the way my body feels, I still feel like such a bum when I take a day off. Plus I have to be even more careful regarding my food intake because I don’t get the extra calories for the exercise (thanks, myfitnesspal.com).

Do any of you every feel a little down on off days?  (To some, I know that sounds crazy… I would have thought I was crazy for even asking that just a few short months ago.)

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…