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P90X3 : Week 2

I gotta say this week was MUCH better than week one, without a doubt.  I think it’s because I understood the workouts more and, therefore, I could focus more on the actual workout rather than the understanding of the workout.

That being said, let me break it down again, ok?

“Total Synergistics” –  Again, the balance and coordination part kept me from focusing all I could on doing that workout, but I did do a LOT more this time around than the first time.

“Agility X” – This week I did put tape on the floor, as is suggested.  That, in itself, made the workout much easier to follow, but at the same time made the actual workout that much harder, which is what it’s all about to begin with, yes?  I’m still disappointed in the instruction Tony gives, but it was better this week.

“X3 Yoga” – I still say….YUCK, but I was able to follow more closely this time around.  Tony’s yoga style is way too relaxing and soothing for me, but it does work you.  I’m sticking with it for now.

“The Challenge” – Holy mother of God…..this is my favorite workout…..for now!  Right in my wheelhouse baby!  Of course, I upped my game this time around as I wasn’t in “understanding” mode as much this week.  For just using gravity and Mother Earth, this workout will bite ya!  Love it!

“CVX” – Yup, doing this one with weights will give you that burn that most people are looking for.   You won’t be doing “reps” per se, but you will be moving for the entire 30 minutes and you WILL FEEL IT!

“The Warrior’ – This workout really reminds me of the workout I created “In and Out Top to Bottom”.  It has a lot of the same feel to it.  Upper body, lower body, ab stuff.  That’s about all I can say.  It does make you appreciate the next day, which, if you go by the schedule, is a day off!

So far so good, 2 weeks done and I can feel something going on within my body.  I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I’m no nutritionist and the eating part of a workout program is my Achilles Heal, but I am watching what I’m eating and I’m starting to see results.  I’ll keep you posted.

P90x3 – The 1st Week

I started my very first round of P90X3!  I want it be known, I’m not a BeachBody coach and do not plan on becoming one, so I’m not pimping the BB programs in anyway, I just write about my experience with them, ok?

If you didn’t already know, I have a fondness for the original P90X program, that’s why I’m excited about X3!

My plan is to do a weekly update on my progress, so be prepared to read!

Day 1: “Total Synergistics” : Day one of P90X3, “Total Synergistics”.  I don’t know if I find this workout tough or not.  I’m sure it can be, but I was too focused on trying to understand some of the exercises and, therefore, didn’t quite get the feel of everything.   Don’t get me wrong, what I did (and tried to do) was difficult and I was sweating, but I don’t know if the difficulty was because I’ve never seen moves like and I was trying to do them, or if the actual moves were difficult.  The moves I was able to do and understand was different than I’m used to and cool at the same time.

There was a lot of balance stuff and coordination stuff going on during these 30 minutes. BUT, there was very little rest time, so I liked that part of it.

Day 2:“Agility X” : I gotta say, regarding p90x3….that “Agility X” workout is confusing as hell!
Basically, this is a leg/jumping workout. It reminds me of PlyoX from P90X, but a bit faster pace. I’m not saying which workout is better because I’ve only seen Agility X once, and I’m still trying to figure it out. I will say that after the 1st viewing, I’m disappointed in Tony and his explanations of the moves for this workout. The disappointing part is it’s nonexistent! Trying to figure out what the actual move is and trying to do it before the next one starts was confusing as hell! Granted, I did not prepare like I should have as I didn’t put the tape down on the floor. I’m sure that would help, but still the fast pace is quite confusing. For those that wonder about the tape, you’ll know what I’m talking about when you do the workout.

Day 3: “YogaX3” : Today was P90X3 X3-Yoga. I gotta say, after doing DDP Yoga for quite a while, X3 Yoga….SUCKS! I LOVE the 30 minute thing, but, unless you already know the traditional yoga poses, you’ll be totally lost. Also, Tony does not instruct at all during this workout. (seems to be an ongoing thing with this program) I was looking forward to doing this workout, but I’m so disappointed. And it pains me to say this because, if you follow me, you know my love for the original P90X program. I’m hoping my mind will change with this as I get further into it. However, I will say YogaX3 by FAR beats the P90X yoga program….which is 90 minutes long! OUCH! With YogaX3, don’t blink or you’ll be lost. And PLEASE, when you first start, do NOT trying following Tony’s kids!

Day 4: “The Challenge” : Finally! I got to a workout I’m jazzed about! “The Challenge”…..all about pull ups and push ups baby! If you follow me, you know this is right in my wheelhouse! I felt like I was home with this workout! I was hoping for more, but in fairness I didn’t push myself as I’m more in “understanding mode” then “workout mode” this week. But now that I’ve been through it, next week I’ll kill this workout!
Day 5: “CVX” : Today was a workout called CVX. I’m sure that stands for something, but I’m not really interested in that as I was figuring out the workout. By now I’m getting with the flow of no instruction from Tony, which is fine. The way I’ll describe this workout is it’s a cardio workout with weights. By weights I mean very light weights. Tony recommends a 12lbs at most, which after doing it (with a 5lbs weight) I would have to agree. You are constantly moving in different directions so be prepared for quickly changing direction and moves. It’s a workout I look forward to doing again.
Day 6: “The Warrior” : Tony says he uses this workout when he goes to military bases, and I can see why. It’s fast paced with pushups, ab stuff and legs all rolled together. The instruction was OK with this one, so I won’t bitch about that portion. This is another workout that will work ya, without a doub.

After my first week, I gotta say my mind hasn’t been changed about P90X being the king of the X workouts……so far. X3 has some merit to it, without a doubt. I was more on a fact finding mission this week to see how I could do. I’m thankful I understand the P90 workout style or I may have sent this program back to BeachBody. I can see how doing this 30 minutes a day, along with a simple nutrition program (which I’ll get into in another post) can get you results. BUT, there is still A LOT of work YOU have to do to get there!

Until Next week…..Ciao!

At-A-Boy Harley Davidson!

I wanted to give a shout out to something I stumbled on to over the weekend.

I needed to get my bicycle fixed so I went to a bicycle shop, which was in a mini plaza next to a Harley Davidson dealership. 

I pull up and notice the bike shop had moved, but it didn’t say where.  There were also Harley motorcycles parked everywhere.  I figured there was a road rally or a charity ride going on, so I went over to find out, just because I was curious.

I then noticed the smell of grilled burgers and hot dogs in the air.  Since it was lunchtime, and I was hungry, I figured I’d go get a burger and find out if someone knew where the bicycle shop moved to.

I walk up the tent that had the grill and said “I don’t own a Harley, but was wondering if I could buy a burger?”

The big man, who was the cook, said, “You don’t have to own a Harley and there is no charge, we just ask for a donation for charity.” 

I thought that was cool, so I put a couple of bucks in the box, got a burger, and stood off to the side a bit.  I started a conversation with another person who was in the grilling area and asked if there was a special event going on today. 

I was told no special event, this was a weekly thing they do every Saturday for whoever wanted to come by and have a burger. I thought that was cool.

Then I asked which charity the donations were going to and was told, “We like to keep things local, usually to the Humane Society.”

That made me feel kind of good because I feel that’s a good cause, especially since it stays local. 

I then asked if the manager or owner was around as I would like to thank him/her for doing this.  Ends up, the cook was that person! 

I ask if there is anything I can do to help, all he asks was that I tell my friends, whether they ride motorcycles or not, to come on Saturdays and have with the crowd.  I told him no problem, I’ll do it!

So I’m telling everyone and also writing about it here.  If you’re ever in Port Charlotte, FL on a Saturday mid day, stop by the Harley Davidson shop (I think it’s called “The Black Widow”), the only one in Port Charlotte, and go have a burger or a dog!

Nice crowd, nice people and goes for a good cause!

This week’s “At-A-Boy” goes to the Harley Dealership in Port Charlotte!!  Thanks folks, it’s much appreciated!

7 Tips for Getting Fit

Here are some basic "tips" when working out.  I say "tips" like this because I'm a firm believer that one has to decided on his/her own what they should and shouldn't do based on good information they find.  For to you enjoy working out, you need to do your own thing, for lack of a better term.

1. You'll hear this a lot: Wear loose, comfortable clothing, unless in some type of tights.

2. Shoes are important, so make sure they are comfortable for you.

3. Don't push yourself if you feel anything hurting.  By hurting, I'm talking the "ouch" kind of pain, not the exercise type of pain.  Believe me, you'll know the difference.

4. Exercise at least 3 times a week, but no more than 6. Give yourself some rest to recover.

5. Rome wasn't built in a day.  Give yourself some time to become fit if you aren't already.  Just keep at it, results will come.

6. When in doubt about anything, ask you doctor!  This is serious stuff!  Don't take chances.

7. HAVE FUN!  Working out and getting fit should be fun. Oh, and Enjoy the Journey!  You'll look back at your progress and start smiling!

Follow these 7 tips and you'll be well on your way to getting what you want from your exercise program!

The P90X Workout Program…My WARNING!

P90X, IMHO, is designed to give maximum results to both men and women.  The beauty is, everyone goes at their own pace.  You do what YOU CAN DO.  You’re “competing” against yourself, if you will.   This workout program is for anyone, male or female.

I’ve read reviews for P90X that say “you should already be in shape before you start it” and “if you’ve never worked out before, don’t start with this program”.  I can somewhat agree to these statements, but I feel if someone were to purchase the program, they would do research on it to begin with.  Especially since finding info on the program is easy.

My Warning To All Is, if you have NEVER worked out before, this may not be a good starting point for you.  If you decided to disregard my warning, fine.  But don’t give up half way through it and say it was too tough because you are warned…THIS IS A TOUGH PROGRAM!

If you’re the type of person who gives up easily (you know who you are) this is NOT FOR YOU! Oh, and all you guys filled with “machismo”, check that attitude at the door.  Believe me, P90X will out “machismo” anything you have.

Any of you ladies who say “I don’t want to get bulky so I won’t do this program” really need to understand how workouts actually work.  This program is designed to give you the body you can show off in that new bikini, without the "Arnold" build you're assuming you end up with.

All that being said, P90X will give you what you put into it, plain and simple.  If you go about it half-ass, you’ll be disappointed.  If you choose to think this program is a joke, then it probably will be for you.

I said it before and I'll say it again, P90X is a tough program, regardless of your prior workout experience.  I for one LOVE IT!

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Consistency Is NOT the Way To A Rock Hard Body

We hear all the time that in order to get fit, to get a rock hard body, to get that six pack ab, that you have to be consistent.

I'm here to tell you something a wee bit different.  Oh sure, you may have read something I've written or heard me say in the past that consistency is the key to getting fit, but there is a slight variation to this consistency stuff.

You see, most people feel if they do the same routine every day, then every week on the same day, they will get fit.   Now, let's be clear, doing something is ALWAYS better than doing nothing.  So, if you want to do the same routine week in and week out, then go for it my friend.   That's the consistency I'm talking about.  You're consistent, but your boring your body to death! 

Muscle confusion is the way to go to change your body.  Every couple of weeks you need to change your routine a bit.  Sure, be drastic if you want to, but not necessary. 

Being consistent with your working out is good, being consistent with WHAT you do is not as good as you would think. 

Remember what we're talking about here, we're talking about creating the Rock Hard Body you've always dreamed of.  Keep doing your workouts, keep doing your nutrition plan, BUT, change up WHAT you do.  Get it?  Do NOT be consistent with what your workout is all about.  Does that make sense?

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How To Determine Which Work Out To Do

For many of us, the will to workout and get out and do it is not a problem.  That's because we've done it before.  Maybe back in High School, maybe in College, maybe working out with buddies in a garage, maybe taking spin classes at the local gym, etc.   The point is, that are the kind of people that know what to do, because they've done it before.

What about the people who have never worked out?  What do they do?  Where do they start?  What's good and what's bad for them to do?

If that's you, then I applaud you for the fact that you do want to start something.  You should feel good about taking the first step into the workout world.  BUT, that's just the first step and I'm sure you don't want to hear this, but that's the easiest step.

Now, if you're just starting out and never worked out before you have to be really careful about what you do.  You MUST learn to stretch before and after your workouts.

You have to be aware of how you body feels compared to how it should feel after your workouts. 

Also, I'm all for pushing your body to it's limits, but I'm also not a fan of being stupid with it either.  If you're new, you need to work up to doing a lot of harder stuff.  Doing basic workouts for now is what you want.

By basic I'm talking about NOT the advanced stuff.  Don't know what that means?  Good, you shouldn't.  You're job is to investigate what you should and shouldn't do.  BUT, once you make that decision to do whatever it is you want to do, stick with it and keep working it.  Eventually you'll get to harder and more advanced workouts. 

See, simple!

What Do You Eat?

Everyone knows that good nutrition is essential for a good body.  But what does that mean? What exactly is "good nutrition"?

Now, before we get started, I want to make it perfectly clear I'm no nutrition expert, I do not have a degree in that stuff either.  For me, it's just good ol' fashion sense, got it?

In today's world, it's easy to say, "Ya know, if I cheat today and just eat something simple and fast and grab a soda, I'm good to go."  That would be fine if it were just for that day…..maybe.

You see, this one day thing could easily turn into two days and so on.  Before you know it, you'll be working out less and eating the wrong things more.

I'm not gonna tell you to eat 10 lbs of broccoli everyday or drink gallons of water everyday, but I will tell you to use some common sense when you do consume fuel for you body.

A friend of mine once said, "would you ever put kerosene into a Ferrari? Then why would you put junk in your body to fuel it?"

I'll ask you the same thing?  If you want to get fit and healthy, why would you want to put yucky stuff into your body?  By now, you know what's healthy and what isn't, so use some common sense when deciding what to eat and drink. 

You're right, it does sound simple.  The challenge is doing it!

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What Is Muscle Soreness?

For the people that have never worked out and decided to start, they don’t know what they are in for!  But, I will give some indication as to what to be ready for.

The main thing one has to realize is that when you work out, you use muscles in a way you probably don’t do every day.  When this happens, the muscles say “hey, what in the world just happened?  I’m not used to doing that movement.  Guess I’ll have to start adapting.”

Yes, you’ll feel tired when you’re doing with the workout, but the real “soreness” may not happen for a day or two after you do the workout.  This “soreness” is commonly referred to as “DOMS”, which stands for: Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness.  If you’ve experienced this, you’ll know that it’s a good soreness, as I like to call it.  This is what you WANT to feel after a workout.

Once a new person experiences this feeling, they don’t like it (because it’s so different) and therefore, they may feel they did something wrong with the exercise and decided to stop working out.

My advice is to NOT STOP working out!  The DOMS are what you WANT to feel!  Now, just so you know, one thing you do NOT want to do is repeat that exercise the next day.  Heck you may want to wait 3 or 4 days to repeat that exercise.  Instead, do something else, work out another part of the body or another muscle group.

Your goal, as a new workout person, is to achieve this DOMS feeling with every workout.  No I’m not crazy, I’m just telling you like it is.  I personally like it what I get DOMS, it tells me I’m doing something right for my body.

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Lose Weight…What A Concept!

I learned something today that I can't believe I've never heard before.  Chances are, my VPT (Virtual Person Trainer) Coach Red has told me this, but truth be told, I'm not the best listener.

Anyway, if you've read my posts, you know I wrote about muscle confusion in the past.  Basically, that concept is to alter your workouts every couple of weeks to keep you muscles on edge so they don't become complacent and not grow or not get stronger.

Well, this same concept can work with your leptin hormone (that's the one that cause weight gain or weight loss)  In a nutshell, this hormone controls your metabolism (it's all funky scientific stuff which I won't get into here).

Well, this concept of muscle confusion to keep your muscles working is the same concept that keeps your metabolism working.  You see, if you eat the same foods day in and day out, you're metabolism won't work the way it's supposed to and it starts to become complacent and, therefore, not work the way it's designed to.

So, if you "confuse" your metabolism, it will constantly be working which, in turn, means it will run higher which means weight loss.  Are you understanding this?

For instance, if you eat less for three days, your metabolism will get used to this less food intake and will start to slow down.  If then, for a day or two, you eat more then you had the other three days, it will confuse your metabolism and keep it guessing, which means keep it working.  Then just repeat this eating routine and watch the weight come off.

Of course, you have to eat good quality, healthy food as well.  That's just common sense.

Hope this makes sense to you because is sure does with me.

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