Posts Tagged ‘Plyometrics’

My P90X Journey – Day 45: Momentum

July 9, 2010

Plyometrics yesterday? Um, hard. Not disheartening hard, but hard enough that I couldn’t get through as much as I’d have wanted to of each exercise. Knees are the problem these days, and for the last couple of weeks for that matter. Actually, probably not the knees themselves – I’d wager that it’s likely the IT bands, which have been a problem for me for years.

But when your knees, or IT bands, hurt, it makes it tough to get down into a decent squat. It makes it uncomfortable to do a lot of movements that involve leaving your feet, which is really what plyo is all about.

Plus, it’s freaking hot right now. Sucks the life right out of you, and a perfect breeding ground for an exercise-induced asthma flare-up.

Today’s back/biceps/abs? Much, much better. The good type of hard. More reps of almost everything. More situps than Tuesday, instead of sliding back to not being able to do any like two weeks ago. 15 mason twists, almost halfway to what’s in the program.

I am tired, but satisfied.

Now, let’s see how well I can manage the life/workout balance this weekend. Dad’s in town Friday night for the Jays game, which means I probably won’t be able to get to the scheduled yoga. Pick it up on Monday’s rest day instead?

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My P90X Journey – Day 30: Where We’re Joined by a Guest Tyrant… Um, Trainer

June 24, 2010

Oh my god, I am tired. Deep to the bone, drop where I’m sitting, tired.

Point of fact, I was so tired that I got only that one sentence down on the screen last night before I couldn’t even form coherent thoughts anymore.

Yes, day 30 was plyo day. Now, plyo day is hard enough, but this was no ordinary plyo day. Allow me to explain…

See, I’ve mentioned before that I’m not on this journey alone – it’s a group effort. It started with Jackie and Ngaio from the musical I did earlier this year, and my fiance Erin and her brother James are doing it as well. We all started at the same time on the Tuesday after the Victoria Day long weekend. The idea was that we’d do our own stuff and support each other online, but that we’d also get together every once in a while to do a group workout when it was time for something like plyometrics.

It took us a while to get our schedules together, but last night was our first group workout. As an added benefit, Jackie’s friend Dave is a personal trainer and P90X survivor… er, graduate, and she arranged for him to come by and put us through our paces. However, this was not Tony Horton’s standard P90X plyo. Dave had his own personal torture he wanted to put us through.

Well, as I said, oh my god. I have never worked out harder in my life. Sweated through my shirt, sweated through my shorts, all but water-logged my shoes. After 30 days, I finally popped my P90X puking cherry. Don’t get me wrong – it’s not like I wanted it to happen, but I am a little surprised it took so long. Just a mean, hard, awful, cruel plyo workout. Didn’t do as well as I would have liked, but I’m frankly just happy that I survived. And if I had the money, I’d be hiring Dave to do it all over again every week. Yes, I’m ill, but you knew that already, right?

My P90X Journey – Day 16: Where Discomfort Takes Many Different Forms

June 9, 2010

Today’s lesson, one that I really didn’t need to be taught, is to wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing when doing your P90X workout. This is especially true when the workout of the day is Plyometrics. And so to the organizers of the Sporting Life 10K, I say damn you; damn you all to hell.

Several years ago, after I’d stopped running on a regular basis but when I was still making an honest effort at getting back to it, I ran the Sporting Life 10K. It’s a great race. It’s almost completely downhill. It’s run on the first weekend in May, so it’s usually nice and cool. Most importantly, the starting line is about five blocks from home, so the only travel required is to get home afterward.

After doing my rounds of Biggest Loser Wii and now the P90X, I’ve lost a bit of weight and an inch or two off the waist. As a result, those shirts I collected when I was running are starting to fit again, so I’ve been busting them out for the workouts. The technical running shirts are great, particularly for P90X – whatever the material is that they use for them, they do a fantastic job of just sucking up the sweat and keeping it away from your body. Today, I grabbed the Sporting Life 10K shirt.

Now, there are actually two kinds of t-shirts that you might get from a race. There are the technical shirts and then there are your standard cotton or cotton/poly blend shirts like what you’d buy at the store. You usually get those ones from 5K races or ones where it’s a really, really cheap entry fee. As you learn more and more about running, you learn very quickly that you never actually wear those when you’re running.

Today, I learned that there are in fact three kinds of shirts, the third kind being represented by what the nice folks at the Sporting Life 10K provide. This is a shirt that looks like a technical running shirt and that feels like a technical running shirt when you grab it and throw it on, but that you quickly discover the minute you start to sweat even a little is not a technical running shirt – it’s just a polyester t-shirt that’s designed to LOOK like a technical running shirt. This third kind of shirt is not a comfortable shirt in which to do a workout. I’d venture to say that it’s not a comfortable shirt in which to do much of anything. It’s itchy, it sticks to you, and sweat goes absolutely nowhere.

The best part? We’re doing the workouts in the gym of our condo building. It’s three stories away from our unit, and we almost never have to wait for an elevator. Despite the fact that I’m doing an hour to an hour-and-a-half of workouts a day, I am just that lazy that I wasn’t willing to press pause on the DVD and go change into a comfortable shirt.

Yes, you’ve just read 485 words that had pretty much nothing to do with P90X. However, the sub-title on the top of the main blog page did say that this blog is about, among other things, whatever sticks in my craw. Don’t say you weren’t warned…

Now, for those of you who are only here for the P90X talk and aren’t interested in my crazed ramblings, it was Plyo day again – how do you think it went? Like I said early on, I’m pretty sure that this particular routine was invented in Nazi Germany. Go ahead – prove me wrong. I’m developing a particular dislike for the rock star leap move, which is an exercise where you leap in the air, kick your legs up behind you on a diagonal, and windmill your lead arm like you’re the lead guitarist in an 80s hair band. I don’t know if it’s about the move itself as much as it is where it comes within the routine. It’s just not comfortable. The pitch and catch exercise also gives me a newfound respect for Pat Venditte, who’s a pitcher in the Yankees minor league system. You probably haven’t heard of him, so I’d encourage you to click through and watch the piece – he’s a cool story, even if he is a Yankee.

My P90X Journey – Days 9 & 10: Valleys and Peaks and ?

June 3, 2010

Day 9 – Plyometrics

Okay, seriously – it’s three days later and I still have the tug behind my right knee and up into my hamstring that started with day 6’s kenpo and got worse from day 7’s stretching. My right triceps is still rather inflamed and very tender from I don’t even know which day, although I know yesterday’s pushups, pullups, and chinups didn’t make it any better. And they really want me to be hopping around for plyo?

Yeah, again, this was much, much harder the second time around. I think I honestly didn’t properly anticipate how each day’s toll on my body would add up over time. At this point, I’m just beaten down. I’m exhausted after each workout. I finished the plyo absolutely drenched with sweat – I could have wrung my shirt out into a camel’s mouth and it’d be set to cross the Sahara.

Day 10 – Shoulders, Arms, and Abs

My right knee and hamstring are now fully seized-up – I feel them with every step throughout the day. There is literally – and yes, I mean literally – not a single part of my body that doesn’t ache. In fact, I found myself questioning on Facebook earlier today whether I really wanted this bad enough. Don’t get me wrong; I’ve been thrilled with the results so far, but is it really worth feeling like this to get those results? And how long does this feeling last? Is there a point in the evolution of this program where it stops being about constant discomfort and it transitions to simply that ‘good soreness’ that reminds you you’ve been working hard?

And then, like a breath of fresh air, comes shoulders and arms. Hard, but not soul-destroying. Challenging, but not demotivating. Blissfully, at least until the abs, didn’t involve the legs at all. And shockingly, not harder the second time around than the first. Not easier mind you, but not harder either.

It’s a few hours later now and, other than the right triceps, my upper body has the good soreness. Right leg? Still not good. I don’t know how I’ll feel once I lay down for the night, or when I get up in the morning, but I’m okay for now. For now, I’m satisfied.

Of course, tomorrow there’s yoga…

My P90X Journey – Day 2: Plyowwww…

May 26, 2010

Let me just say this – if I wanted to hop like a frog, I would have pissed off a Disney witch.

Seriously – an hour of high-impact cardio with jumping, and leaping, and hopping, and squatting, and bending? Whose idea of fun is this? Luckily, the one physical attribute I’ve ever had going for me is strong legs, so it actually wasn’t nearly as bad as it could have been. And it wasn’t nearly as bad as I expected it would be. I was doing the modified version of some of the exercises, but I was able to do them all, at least a bit.

Oh, don’t get me wrong. Plyometrics kicked my ass, and kicked it good. I guess I just expected that it was going to kick it, dust it off, kiss it better, and then kick it all over again. You know, just ’cause it could.

So, what did I learn about myself today? Well, plyo is supposed to be the hardest day out of this program, so I’m feeling good about my chances of following through with this.

What else did I learn today? Well, those t-shirts that I got from all the races I did when I was running are wicked good at soaking up the sweat and keeping it away from your body. This is a good thing, because plyo makes you sweat like a mobster in a sauna with a gun to his head. Unfortunately, when you have a shirt that’s heavy with all that collected sweat, and you’re still sore and tight through the chest and arms from yesterday’s workout, and you try to lift that shirt over your head – well, suffice it to say that if it had been possible to live the rest of my life wearing that shirt, I might still be doing so.

Tomorrow – day 3. Shoulders, arms, and the return of AbRipper X. My ob can’t wait…

My P90X Journey – Day 1: The Next Day

May 26, 2010

I feel like I am trying to swim through a vat of glue, which is not good, since I can’t swim. This is also going to require an earlier bedti…zzz…huh? What?

Today after work – plyometrics, which I believe originated in Nazi Germany. Yep, pretty sure I read that on the internet somewhere…