P90X3 – Pilates

I tweeted before my Pilates workout this morning that I didn’t even know what Pilates was. I guessed stretching similar to yoga. Boy was I wrong. Pilates is HAAAARD! Yoga can be too but for me it’s mostly a balance issue. I admit I was not mentally prepared for what this workout was going to bring. You know, I see Accelerator, or The Warrior and I know I’m probably going to get my ass kicked. Pilates just doesn’t sound intimidating.

Tony starts out Pilates explaining how to breath while doing Pilates. I struggled with it through the entire workout. I kept having to remind myself to breathe correctly.

As with every workout in P90X3 the pace is fast. The degree of difficulty starts out fairly easy and they get progressively harder as the workout goes on.

If I had to rank the two I would say that I prefer Pilates over Yoga. They’re similar but different. Both do require and help with flexibility. I feel Pilates separates itself in requiring more core strength. I got a great burn and was drenched by the end of it. Without doing the first jump or lift a weight. It’s a glorious feeling.

And got a great workout and core did too. I look forward to it when it comes up in the rotation again. I will be prepared this time.

Also in an interesting twist Tony’s girlfriend Shawna (sp?) makes an appearance in Pilates. She is very attractive as you would expect. This does throw a wrench in the subplot of my workouts though. I have always going the tension between Tony and Dreya to be entertaining. Now Tony’s girlfriend is in a workout. My how the plot has thickened. I doing myself looking through workouts I hadn’t done yet to see of there is a possibility that Dreya and Shawna could be in a workout together. This would be must see TV. Anxious to see what develops.
Like sands through the hourglass.

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P90X3 – Isometrix

Today is the first day of my Transition Week in P90X3. First workout up is Isometrix.

Don’t let the name fool you, this is a yoga workout. I admit when I first started the DVD I was a tad disappointed to be doing another yoga workout. Then I saw Dreya was in it so I perked up some. As with everything so far in P90X3 the pace is quick enough to not let your mind wonder. I had problems doing yoga in the original P90X just because it was so drawn out. I would start day dreaming and lose focus.

Isometrix alternates upper and lower body yoga moves throughout the entire workout. Each move is also 45 seconds each. 45 seconds for some these moves is brutal! Tony says in the beginning that these are the hardest yoga moves. I would agree. Looking ahead on my schedule I believe I will only see this during my transition weeks. I can’t say I want to do this workout more than that. Nothing in it really stands out to me. It’s not a dud but another yoga workout just doesn’t get me too excited. I did get a nice sweat going but I would prefer the normal yoga in P90X3 over Isometrix.

Now the cast in Isometrix is Dreya, Ted and some other guy with long hair, I can’t remember his name. Dreya looks stunning as you would expect. Besides calling her beautiful a couple of times Tony seems to control himself pretty well. He does look for excuses to touch her to “correct her form.” That Tony is pretty sly. Nothing has changed in their relationship as far as I can tell. Just the same awkward tension. Dreya sarcastically laughs at one of Tony’s jokes, which I found entertaining. But yes Dreya looks great and her flexibility is amazing.

As I said, Ted is also in Isometrix. He is impressive in Isometrix but he doesn’t wow you like he does in Yoga. In Yoga he does some unbelievable moves that no other human on earth could possibly duplicate. I have a love/hate relationship with Ted. I love seeing what he can do, but it also frustrates me because I know there is no way I could possibly ever do what he does. The guy is amazing.

I wouldn’t call Isometrix a “filler” workout but it just left me wanting something. Like I said I enjoy Yoga in P90X3 but Isometrix just didn’t do much for me. I will crush it when it comes up in the rotation but won’t be looking forward to it. Except to see Dreya of course.

Week 3 Recap – P90X3

Well Week 3 is in the books and what a roller coaster it has been.  I say it every week but it is really flying by.  21 days down, 69 to go.

In case you missed it I am doing the Classic routine in P90X3.  Each Block is divided into 4 weeks.  The first 3 weeks of each Block in Classic have a nice mix of cardio, arm and leg workouts.  The 4th week of each Block are referred to as Transition Weeks.  So next week I get to pick up some new workouts and lose some of the ones I have been doing.  I will have 3 new workouts in the mix next week and I am anxious to write a review on each.  Maybe Dreya will be in 1 or 3 of them…..

I was a huge fan of The Warrior in Block 1.  Unfortunately that is the last time I will see The Warrior in these 90 days.  Its a great mix of cardio and strength training but apparently isn’t needed in Classics after Block 1.  With that said, while doing sprawls in The Warrior yesterday I managed to do something to my right knee.  When I went to squat and jump back I heard/felt a pop in my right knee.  No pain followed, it just felt weak.  Yesterday it felt slightly unstable and weak all day.  Today it feels slightly better.  It also pops whenever I bend my knee.  Like there is a catch in it???  I’m not sure, I will keep a close eye on it and if it doesn’t improve I will get it checked out.  My plan in the short term is to modify for my right leg and not push it too hard.  I’ve had plenty of breaks, fractures, sprains etc  over the years so I feel pretty comfortable in knowing if I can keep going or not.  Time will tell.

Outside of the injury I have made great strides in Week 3.  A lot of the moves in the workouts are coming to me easier now.  In The Challenge my numbers were 8 and 25 this week.  That is up from 6 and 20 the two weeks prior.  25 push ups weren’t too bad.   Military push ups were the only thing that got me.  I managed to do 23 in the first round and 22 in the second round.  The 8 pull ups did get a little sketchy at the end  but I was able to get through them.  Yoga is starting to come to me as well.  I’m not normally a fan of yoga but I’ve stuck with the P90X3 yoga without much grumbling in my head.  Dynamix is spectacular.  On the 7th day you have the option of Dynamix or rest.  I would HIGHLY recommend to try and get Dynamix in.  It wont push you too hard but the stretches are glorious.  I would say this workout might be the most responsible for my improvement in other workouts.  Its stretching, but not like yoga.  Its more stretching that triathletes or Olympic runners would do.  Its fun, you should do it.

Unfortunately I am still REALLY struggling on the food cravings.  Last week was bad but this week has been worse.  I haven’t caved but I just feel like its coming.  When I say cave I don’t mean one bad meal, I mean like a 2 week fast food bender.  Hopefully it wont come to that.  I am trying my best.

I travel for work 3-4 days a week and am gone from home 14 hours usually.  I pack a cooler filled with lunch, dinner, snacks, and water.  This has worked so far.  Over the last 2 years on the days that I traveled I would eat ALL of those meals at restaurants. It could’ve been fast food, or a sit down restaurant with a business associate, but they were all in restaurants.  That’s how you gain 40 pounds in 2 years.  Well, also lack of exercise, but that goes without saying.   I swear I have eaten my body weight in raw broccoli over the past 3 weeks.  I love broccoli, but usually steamed and covered in cheese.  YUM.

I have only lost 1 pound in the last 10 days.  I lost 7 in the first 10 days.  I’m not sure why that is.  I’m not feeling discouraged though.  I’m seeing muscles I haven’t seen in years and feel spectacular.  Possibly I am building some muscle and it hasn’t burned any fat yet?  I don’t know why, but I’m sure some of you that are smarter than me might have an explanation.   Energy level is sky high.  Everything is feeling “tight.”  Arms, stomach and thighs feel much tighter.  Everything just has this layer of fat covering it up.  It will burn off, just have to keep pushing.

Week 4  starts tomorrow.  I will review each new workout individually as I complete them, and most importantly let you know which ones Dreya is in.

Transition Week here I come!

Recap of Week 2 – P90X3

So hard to believe I’m already through 2 weeks of P90X3.  To be perfectly honest, not much has changed from Week 1 to Week 2.  I would say the biggest change I have been able to see is that I am able to do some of the moves easier than when I first started.  This is due to my flexibility improving mostly I believe.  For example, when doing Plyo Push Ups in Week 1 I felt like my body was about to rip in half.  In Week 2 the move came to me easier.

I remember in P90X it was hard for me to “see” improvement.  Between Day 1 and Day 30 there was hardly any change to the naked eye.  After Day 30 the fat just began to melt off, muscles began to show that I didn’t know existed, abs began to peak through.  Nearly every morning I would look in the mirror and say “Huh, look at that.”  It was a great feeling, and I am anxious to get to that point again.

With that said, this week has been a major struggle for the diet.  Today has actually been the worst.  Cravings have been nearly unbearable today.   I’ve been craving bad food, and by bad I mean a double cheeseburger(s), a whole pizza to myself, stuff like that.  I’m not really sure where it came from.  The first week and a half were pretty easy honestly.  If it wasn’t for Twitter, I would have definitely caved by now.  Twitter for me is like therapy.  If I’m feeling a craving, I’ll throw it out there and someone usually very quickly helps me get my mind right.  I really wish I was as strong willed as some people I know.  I just don’t have it.  Especially when it comes to food.  The day is coming when I am going to eat until I hate myself for it.  I apologize in advance but just giving y’all fair warning.

For those interested, nothing changed between Dreya and Tony between Week 1 and Week 2 of P90X3.  Some will get that joke, some wont, and that’s ok. I plan to write a full blog post at some point on it.

I said it earlier, but Twitter is amazing.  I’ve loved Twitter for years.  After I registered this blog I decided  I would create a Twitter account to go along with it to document everything. I have met some really great and helpful people on there.  I would highly recommend anyone going through P90X3 to search the hashtag #P90X3 on Twitter and pick some people to follow and join the conversation.  It has been a blast. One warning though, some coaches can be too persistent.  I did not have a Beachbody coach when I first started.  I was talking to a few people on there and one of them volunteered to be my coach.  I accepted and she has been awesome.  With that said I have gotten about 20 direct messages (private messages) on Twitter from coaches asking to be my coach.  Nothing wrong with that, they are just trying to make a few dollars, but their tone when you tell them you have one can be somewhat sour.  I’ve been offered bribes (free product), to switch coaches.   There just seems to be a small fraction of the coaches that do some unethical things that aren’t fair to the good coaches. 95 percent of the coaches I’ve come across have been extremely nice and helpful. As with every business you have good and bad people in it, the good greatly out weigh the bad but some of the coaches reflect poorly on Beachbody.  Possibly they need to vet their coaches more, be more stringent?  I don’t know the answer, but they represent the whole company, they should act like it and represent Beachbody well.   As they say, a few bad apples…..

 

On to Week 3!

My P90X3 Program, Diet, and Equipment

I have been asked several times which routine I am doing in P90X3, as well as my diet, and whether I use bands or dumbbells.  I’m going to take a few minutes to address those questions and give everyone a rundown of how I am doing the program. 

 

Routine

 

In P90X3 you have the 4 different routines you can choose from:  Classic, Lean, Mass, and Doubles.  These I believe are pretty self explanatory but if you would like more info on each in detail go to www.p90x3.com

 

I am doing the Classic routine.  I would suspect this is the most popular routine among P90X’ers.  Having done one round of the original P90X, while it had been awhile ago, I went ahead and chose Classic again.  With that said, I do have an athletic background and am no stranger to physical activity, working out and having people like Tony yell at me and tell me what to do.  If you do not have an athletic background, or exercise is a new thing to you, you might want to check out the Lean Routine.  I wouldn’t take that to mean Lean is easy, I just believe I would try it first if I was a rookie. 

 

Diet

My diet is terrible. Ok, its gotten better since I started back on P90X3, but I am still no angel.  It may not be much to some of you guys and gals, but I have not eaten in a restaurant in 4 weeks.  That for me is HUGE!  Not to mention the fact that I own several restaurants.  I can’t even eat my own product.  I had a bad bad habit of eating fast food.  Around Thanksgiving I was trying to remember the last time I went a DAY without eating fast food and I honestly couldn’t remember.  Me being able to cut that of my diet alone is a huge improvement for me.  Since Thanksgiving my wife has done an unbelievable job of preparing me fresh meals. 

Pretty much for all snacks I eat fresh fruits and raw vegetables.  I have not had any meats besides grilled chicken and salmon.  For lunch and dinner I eat either salmon or chicken and pair it with raw vegetables.  For breakfast I have being drinking a Shakeology drink and eating fresh fruit.  They say that Shakeology is supposed to be a meal replacement but it just doesn’t cut it for me.  I must have some sort of solid food to get my day going, or at least I think I do.   I do enjoy the Shakeology drink though.  I find them delicious.  The do provide many different recipes that you can use to mix it up for you to prevent burnout.  I try to have a different flavor 3 or 4 times a week.  I have only tried the chocolate flavor.  I do plan ordering vanilla in my resupply and I will let you know how that one is.  www.shakeology.com

The diet really hasn’t been too difficult.  Since starting P90X3, I have been hungrier than usual but besides that it hasn’t been too bad.   P90X3 does come with a nutrition guide on what they recommend.  I honestly haven’t read it all, which is probably a mistake on my part. I just checked to see what meats I can eat and get a general idea and went from there.  Some of you more disciplined folks probably have taken time to read it all.   I’m not a know it all but I do know what bad food is and what good food is.  I have been able to cut out the bad food.  I believe I am heading in the right direction. 

 

Equipment

One of the more appealing aspects of the P90X programs is the small amount of equipment needed to do the programs.  In P90X3, as with all P90X programs, you will need a pull up bar, weights or resistance bands and that’s pretty much it.  You do have a few options such as yoga blocks, yoga mat, and push up stands but I can’t think of anything besides those. 

I use resistance bands instead of dumbbells.  For me, I like the convenience of them and they hardly take up any space.  I used the resistance bands in the original P90X and they have suited me fine so far in P90X3.  I use 3 different bands of varying tension.  You will need at least 2 or 3 different bands.  Most people will be able to do much more weight in curls than in should presses for example.   Part of me would like to try a round of P90X with the dumbbells to see if I see different results.  We will see. 

As far as the pull up bar you have many options to choose from, but you do need to choose one.  P90X does say you can get a doorway adapter and use bands on it to replicate pull ups but I just cannot see that working. Sure, if you have specific needs and you cannot do a traditional pull up, try the doorway adapter and use bands.  If you are capable of doing a pull up, get a pull up bar.  Any sporting goods store or Amazon will have many to choose from.  P90X also sells one.  It looks nice but mine from Dicks has worked just fine.

 

Supplements

As I said earlier, I have been drinking Shakeology.  Outside of that I do not take any.  They have GOBS of supplements available on the P90X website.  I have no clue if any of them work.   I am always hesitant on things where they keep your credit card and automatically send more when its time.  This isn’t just in the case of Beachbody, but with a lot of companies.  I would just prefer to order things when I want them and not have my credit card hijacked. 

 

I am still LOVING P90X3.  I honestly love everything about it.  I weighed in at 215 yesterday.  That is down from my starting weight of 222 just 9 days ago.  I can’t “see” the weight loss so I’m not sure where I am losing it. I do not know that that is ALOT of goo to lose in 9 days.  While I cant see the weight loss, there is no mistaking how much better I feel.  Tons of energy, endorphin highs everyday….its an amazing feeling. 

 

Recap of Week 1 – P90X3

It’s hard to believe I have already completed week 1. I started this blog mostly just to document it for myself and hold myself accountable. If anyone actually read the damn thing made no difference to me. I have never had a blog, so I am new to all of this. My blog is lighthearted. (Example of lightheartedness). I take this seriously but I am going to have some fun with it. My first blog post was on December 15th and since then it has had over 1,100 views. I have been completely blown away. I am a numbers and stats junkie so I have really gotten into which blog posts are viewed the most, where do the viewers come from etc. Once I saw that people were actually interested I started doing some things to push it. Putting them out on Twitter, Google has now picked it up as well so that has helped. It has really been fun for me. Thanks to all of you who read, it really means a lot.

If you would like my review of each individual workout click on my blog and the top and you will see them there in order.

So week one is done. I feel the best I have in nearly 3 years. I really, really like the 30 minute format. It completely eliminates the “I don’t have time” excuse. The workouts are extremely challenging for being only 30 minutes long. I do feel like the results will be comparable to the ones I achieved in the original P90X. The great thing about that is they will be achieved with less than half the time invested. Time will tell, but I truly believe this.

Tony is as entertaining as ever in P90X3. The jury is still out on the rest of the cast. In P90X you have the legends like Pam the Blam. Oh how I miss Pam. Dreya is back, which is spectacular. Its also great to see that the tension between Tony and Dreya is still there. If you know what I’m talking about there you get it. If not just overlook it. I might be weird but I talk (yell) to (at) them. “Damn it Ted! Why do you have to jump that far!” Just for example. At some point I might do a full breakdown of the whole cast. It entertains me.

Originally I said I would post new pics every week. What’s been seen cannot be unseen. With this in my mind I decided it would be in everyone’s best interest if I just did pics in 30ish day intervals. I also just thought they might get redundant. I don’t look any different today than I did 7 days ago. I feel like a million bucks but unfortunately I cant post pics of how I feel. SO new pics will be posted in 3 weeks or so. If you desire to see them, here are my before pics. Below are measurements after week 1.

-Starting weight- 222lbs
-Waist- 41 inches
-Thigh- 25 inches
-Arms (relaxed biceps) 15″
– Max sit-ups- 12
-Max pull ups- 2
-Max push ups- 22

Week 1
-Weight 217 lbs(!)
-Waist- 40 inches
-Thigh- 25 inches
-Arms (relaxed bicep) 15″
-Max sit-ups- 18
-Max Pull ups – 6
-Maw Push Ups – 28

I have seen some nice improvements so far. I lost 5 pounds and really wasn’t expecting that. Once again I feel so much better though. Results will hopefully start steamrolling after a few more weeks.

On to Week 2!

P90X3 – Dynamix – Day 7

Wow! One full week already in the books. What a fun week.

On day 7 you have the option to use it as a rest day or use Dynamix. Dynamix is all about improving your flexibility. Some of you might not have issues with flexibility, but for me it’s a huge challenge.

The first 20 minutes you are put through a series of stretches all designed to help you perform other workouts better. At least that was my impression. Some of the moves in The Warrior or CVX that I have issues doing correctly hopefully will be improved with Dynamix as part of my routine.

The final ten minutes uses a lot of moves that I remember from Ab Ripper in the original P90X. After the first 20 minutes I had a light sweat on my brow, but after the final 10 I was dripping in sweat. An absolutely spectacular ab workout in the final 10 minutes of Dynamix. That reason alone should be enough for you to go ahead and do Dynamix instead of resting.

I do understand that some people want a rest day and if you do I would highly recommend to try and squeeze in Dynamix after one of your other workouts during the week. Time permitting of course. If you have time after Total Synergistics, or The Warrior I would recommend to do it after one of those. So pick day, if you take a rest day, to work Dynamix into your schedule. You’ll be glad you did.

As I have mentioned before there is no Ab Ripper in P90X3. In the original P90X, 3 times a week, you would do Ab Ripper after your workout was over. For me that was extremely difficult. You would go through this hour long workout and then do a 15 minute ab workout. In P90X3 Ab Ripper is incorporated into the workouts, but you wont won’t hear that from Tony. Its subtle but I believe it will be effective. There were times I would be so gassed after a workout that Ab Ripper was an extremely daunting task to get through.

So don’t skip Dynamix! If you take a rest day, complete it after you do one of your other 30 minute workouts during the week. You need it.