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P90x - day one (I need my head examined)....

Friday, May 17, 2013

I am nuts. Yep. That is the only logical explaination. I started P90x yesterday. Two of my coworkers have done it and they look amazing. So here is my thought process: I have been working out steadily for almost 5 months on my own, did my first 5K and now I am just stuck. I am not losing weight, I am not firming up, I am just at a stalemate. You can't just do the same thing over and over and expect different results - therefore, I have to change things up. Enter P90x!
I have had the discs of this program just sitting around for a few years (collecting dust) because I just didn't think I was ready for this amount of intensity. I was thinking that I might be ready now, even if I can't do the entire workout, I might be able to do one rep to their 10. Anyway, it is a start! is my take on day one -
According to the program, day one is Chest and Back plus Ab ripper X. So, after a warm-up, they take you right in to the body work - 12 sets of 12 reps (or whatever you can handle) of alternating push-ups /pull-ups! Yep, you heard me, PULL-UPS!!!!! Have I EVER been able to do a freaking pull-up? Uh, no. So, I did the pushups and then did pull-downs with an exercise band.
I then sent a FB message to the co-worker friend who does this workout regularly and asked her about the pull-ups.
1) does she perform them?
2) how did she start or could she do them right off the bat?
3) How should I start since I can not support my weight at this current state of fitness?
4) Is there an alternate exercise that I could substitute?

She answered me right away (it was 5am so I was shocked) and here are her answers:
1) she has perfected them and can now to 40 at a time.
2) she started with lat pull-downs because she has a weight machine in her home.
3) I should do either the lat pull-downs like she did or use the pull-up assist machine at my gym (I will have to get instructions on how to use it first).
4) she said to not substitute any exercises - this program really worked for her like no other program ever has and she thinks I should just work up to it and do it!

Whew. Ok. Today is Plyometrics so wish me luck. I am still sore from yesterday but hey, that is to be expected. I imagine I shall be sore for this whole 12 week program. I just hope I can stick it out. Insert encouraging SP friend comments here.......thanks guys. I know you believe in me and I am not a quitter.

I can do this!
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    I have this program but have never done it. I'm afraid if I jump everything in the living room will fall :/ I need to Zumba some first. Good luck and hope to see before/after pics.
    1803 days ago
    Take your BEFORE pictures, because you are going to look way different after 12 weeks of that program. And good luck!

    DeAnne, Missourians Team
    1803 days ago
    Just WOW! I am inspired. I can't even do a sit up, unless you count what I do when I get out of bed in the morning, but it's more of a roll-out than a sit up! Way to GO! Sounds like a very intense workout! Good Luck! emoticon
    1804 days ago
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    1804 days ago
    WOO HOO for you .. P90x Rocks.. When I lost weight before I did it ..MY DH and DS do it , insanity .. they love it all. I was like YOU I just worked on Form and did maybe 1 or 2 to the 12 or more they did.. I got better but never as good as them .. I might try it again.. it is a really good workout I will tell you that.

    You can do it.. just don't compare and work on form and increasing as you go..

    Best Wishes ..Keep us up to date..
    1804 days ago
    emoticon emoticon congrats on starting p90x!!! i can totally relate to having a program for years and just starting now. for me it was chalean extreme. had it in the box for at least 3 years and finally started it seriously end of march.

    i look forward to hearing about your progress! you can do it! emoticon emoticon
    1804 days ago
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