Thursday, November 15, 2007

New Training - P90X

This time of year seems to be the time I want to try something new, need a change, analyze things and take some action. Last year was the first time I trained through the winter, started with the Carmichael training and changed our nutrition / eating. Though we haven't stuck with all of the nutrition guidelines... we love food in this house, we have changed a lot of our daily habits which has keep me 10 pounds lighter with the same training regimen over the last year.

This year, I'm a little less gun-ho about riding in the freezing cold, want to get some strength back, not just in the legs but everywhere and look less like a cyclist and more like... a superhero (I can dream). Leslie was also looking to find another training program and not go running in the cold. We don't work out together much so I was keeping that in mind. While contemplating this, I stumbled across late night TV paid programming for a training series called P90X. I didn't do anything but think about it for the next week and we did some research. 3 things intrigued me. 1 - they use a variety of workouts to keep things interesting. 2- it follows a training philosophy I already agree with in the Carmichael training of 3 hard weeks with 1 week of recovery and repeat while slowly increasing the difficulty. 3 - they incorporate something we used to call "shocking the muscle", which they call muscle confusion, to get your body to adapt to change and get stronger. Tons of negative reviews on the buying process but glowing reviews of the product. (buy through amazon... problems avoided)

The product is 12 DVDs to be used in workouts in 3 phases (in 3 months) combining strength training with weights and body weight exercises, plyometrics (jump training), kenpo (in this case martial arts for exercise consisting mostly of blocks, punches and kicks, yoga, core work and cardio. This basically covers all the bases for fitness. You also get a guide book and a nutrition program to follow (which I haven't... I guess that's why I don't look like a super hero yet). The goal is to build overall strength, tone and fitness level. This would get me to work on things I have been neglecting and things I never do, such as work on my flexibility.

Were now through 6 weeks in the program. So if your look at this blog, it may seem like I've been a little bit of a slacker lately... not true. I've been destroying myself for 1 hour to 1.5 hours every day for 6 weeks (along with the 3 to 6 hour bike rides). As with anything, you get out of it what you put into it. I have gotten nauseous getting through the upper body workouts early on and still can't get through all of the abs workout but I'm getting close. At times, there is a big cheese factor but for the most part, all of the workouts solid, have different levels of fitness ability and change often enough to keep it interesting. Here's what we've been up too (with rides included).

September 28, 2007 Fitness Test - 45 Minutes (baseline fitness)
--September 30, 2007 6 Gaps Ride
October 03, 2007 core synergistics (overall body workout) 1 hour
October 04, 2007 cardio (yoga,plyos,kenpo,core) 1 hour
October 05, 2007 shoulders & arms;abs;chest & back 2 hours 15 min
October 06, 2007 yoga strength 1.5 hours
October 08, 2007 kenpo 1 hour
October 09, 2007 yoga stretch 1 hour
October 10, 2007 chest & back; abs 1 hour 15 Min
October 11, 2007 plyometrics 1 hour
--October 11, 2007 Pizza Ride
October 12, 2007 shoulders & arms;abs 1 hour 15 Min
--October 13, 2007 Serrano Century
October 15, 2007 legs & back; abs 1 hour 15 Min
October 16, 2007 kenpo 1 hour
--October 16, 2007 Stone Mountain Ride 
October 17, 2007 yoga stretch 1 hour
October 18, 2007 chest & back; abs 1 hour 15 Min
October 19, 2007 plyometrics 1 hour
October 20, 2007 shoulders & arms;abs 1 hour 15 Min
October 21, 2007 yoga strength 1.5 hours
October 22, 2007 legs & back; abs 1 hour 15 Min
October 23, 2007 kenpo 1 hour
October 24, 2007 yoga stretch 1 hour
October 25, 2007 yoga strength 1.5 hours
--October 25, 2007 Pizza Ride
October 26, 2007 core synergistics 1 hour
--October 27, 2007 Tucker Ride
October 28, 2007 yoga stretch 1 hour
October 29, 2007 cardio 1 hour
October 30, 2007 yoga strength 1.5 hours
November 01, 2007 chest, shoulders, triceps; abs 1 hour 15 Min
--November 01, 2007 Pizza Ride
November 02, 2007 plyometrics 1 hour
November 03, 2007 back & biceps; abs 1 hour 15 Min
--November 04, 2007 Airport Ride
November 05, 2007 legs & back; abs 1 hour 15 Min
November 06, 2007 kenpo 1 hour
November 07, 2007 yoga stretch 1 hour
--November 07, 2007 Stone Mountain
November 08, 2007 chest, shoulders, triceps; abs 1 hour 15 Min
November 09, 2007 plyometrics 1 hour
November 10, 2007 back & biceps 1 hour
--November 11, 2007 Airport Ride - long loop
November 12, 2007 yoga strength 1.5 hours
November 13, 2007 legs & back; abs 1 hour 15 Min
--November 13, 2007 Stone Mountain (from the house) 
November 14, 2007 kenpo 1 hour

We're now 1/2 way through the program and so far I'm happy with the results. My overall strength has come back, my bike performance has returned and starting to reshape the body. This is the first time I've done kenpo, yoga or plyometrics. After were done (around the holidays at the end of December) I plan on incorporating most of this program into my training throughout the year. I know it's not ideal training to race bicycles but I do that for fun... so overall health and fitness is the goal. At the end of the year I'll do the cheesy before and after photos.

2 comments:

  1. Glad you posted this... I was gonna ask you a bunch of questions about it. Looks very compelling. Thanks.

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  2. Sure... waited to see if it was worth the effort before sharing. Some of the workouts could be fun with more people. Maybe we should organize a group workout some time?

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