First of all, sorry about not writing a post for the past few days, but I was out of town for a Craig Holiday Leadership Training event down in Columbus. Anyways, one thing that I get asked about almost on a daily basis is whether the soreness that you experience with P90X is normal or not. When someone asks me that, I always tell the story of my first two weeks into the program, which I will share below.
The first time going through Chest & Back and Ab Ripper X left me laying on the floor, completely exhausted. At that point I knew that I was in for some serious soreness, but I had no idea just how bad it would really be. The next day, my chest, shoulders, back, and abs hurt so bad that I didn’t want to move my arms! As bad as I hurt, I knew that I needed to still work out that day and do Plyometrics. Most people don’t understand that this soreness is common, and think that working out will actually hurt them, but really it won’t. The day after Plyometrics was pretty bad, and not only could I still not move my upper body, but my legs were extremely sore as well, so pretty much I didn’t want to move at all. Even though I was still sore in my shoulders from Chest & Back two days earlier, I made sure I did Shoulders & Arms that day. Fast forward a few days to the rest day, and my entire body hurt so bad that I didn’t even want to get out of bed! Legs & Back left me walking around waddling like a penguin, and there wasn’t one part of my body that wasn’t sore. This soreness lasted about 2 weeks, but then began to decrease as I got into better shape.
There are a few things that you can do to help with the soreness. The first is take the Recovery Formula, which is one of the supplements that I highly recommend. I’ve been using it for quite some time now, and it always helps with post workout soreness. Also, no matter how bad you hurt before you start the workout, the pain seems to lessen as you warm up and stretch. Remember, it’s not going to hurt to work out when you’re sore! In fact, there is no doubt that you will be sore the first few weeks, and you just have to push yourself through it.