All of you know that I started P90X again last week, but only made it through half of the first few workouts because of pain in my hand, so I decided to restart the program yesterday and completely dedicate myself this time. My hand is feeling good enough at this point to where I can live with the soreness long enough to complete each workout. Melinda, my fiance, began the program with me too, and we went through Chest & Back and ARX. Wow I had forgotten how tough that entire workout is!
Because of the 2 days of push-ups I did last week (I added another to develop my chest a little quicker), I had a much easier time with the push-ups yesterday, and was able to make it through the 2nd half of the workout without sacrificing too much in reps. However, I am still WAY below my rep range pre-injury, and it’s going to take me a good month or longer to get anywhere close to where I was. I could literally do 75-80 regular push-ups before the injury, but now I’m right around 40, which to me is sad. However, I understand and don’t get down on myself, but just keep pushing myself to continue making progress. I made some progress in pull-ups from last week as well, starting out with 12 wide grips during the first half and then about 8 during the second half. Again, it’s nowhere close to the 18-22 I used to do, but I will get back there soon. All-in-all, I felt I really pushed myself and got in a great workout.
Melinda also did very well with the workout as well. She is not able to do regular push-ups or pull-ups yet, so she uses her knees for the push-ups and chair for the pull-ups, which is fine. There are many people that have to do this when starting out, and there is no reason to be embarrassed. However, it’s very important that you make progress each week and try the unassisted before you move to the assisted. The more resistance, the more results you will notice, so the quicker you move to unassisted, the better. She, like me, felt nauseated during the workout, but continued to push herself to complete the entire thing. I was very proud of how hard she pushed herself!
We both have not done Ab Ripper X in quite a while and completely forgot about how tough it can be. With both of us not in the shape we used to be in, it was like doing the workout for the first time. We both had to take a few breaks, but tried our best to complete all the reps, which is all you can ask. Remember, it’s very important to complete the entire workout, even if you have to pause it 20 times! The toughest exercise for me was by far the Hip Rock-N-Raise, which kicked my rear. I mean I seriously had a hard time with those! I’m very anxious to get my abs back to where they were before!
Today we both are EXTREMELY sore pretty much everwhere, including the chest, shoulders, tris, abs, legs, and hips. I had to work today lifting heavy objects and it felt great. We both also have been eating very, very healthy and will continue to do so during the duration of the 90 days (and longer of course). We just got done with Plyometrics, but that will be another blog post!
Oh and here are my “before” measurements: (1) Chest: 39 inches, (2) Biceps: 14.5 inches, (3) Waist: 32.5 inches, (4) Quads: 20 inches, (5) Calf: 15 inches. These are WAY below where I was 2 months ago. I was close to 43 inches in my chest, 16 inch biceps, and right around a 31.5 in. waist.