Thursday, August 19, 2010

Day 2 with Tony

Part 2 of the P90 workout is strength training, and I can already feel the pain settling in. This morning's workout wasn't that bad, just a lot of reps! In May, I went to a body sculpting class with my best friend Asma, and I was sore for four days. That was a hard core workout with weights and bars. I'm using a resistant band, which I think will be the best thing for me. I won't be sore for four days, but I definitely worked my arms today. The strength training workout is only 24 minutes long, but there are parts of it that was hard. I'm not a push-up kind of girl, but I did the best I could do. I definitely did the girl push-up style. There is a point in the workout that you have to do 21 push-ups (7 normal, 7 wide, and 7 close). I did 15 of them, which is a great start. If you like to do lunges and squats, then this is your workout! 

Tony continues to show you different options on how you can do things if certain parts of your body are hurting, which I really like. The only portion of the video that I had an issue with is the dips portion with a chair. I tried it, but it is very difficult. You definitely need upper body strength for that portion. Let's see how Saturday goes! After you the sculpting part, I went to the 100 crunches portion. Today, I did each one except the last 10 crunches because it's a difficult move, and I was really tired. I'm sure by next week that I will be able to at least try it! 

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Update on my bucket list

I wanted to make a couple of quick updates to my bucket list. I can mark #1 and #3 off my list, and I'll be taking #2 off my list in late September! My first NFL game will be the Jaguars vs. Eagles, and I'll be cheering for the Jaguars! I will cheer for Maclin because he is a Mizzou grad. He is a very impressive wide receiver. #37 on my list is to visit Barcelona. I went to Spain in May to see my family, and I was able to see Madrid, Barcelona and Granada. All three cities were beautiful!

I can't wait to see what I'll mark off my list next!


My Three-Month commitment to P90

Although I’ve been working out over the last six years, I wanted to try something new. For the past four months, I’ve seen the commercials for Power 90 X and wanted to try it. However, I wanted to start with baby steps and try the Power 90 version, which is the first version Tony developed. So, last night I borrowed a copy of P90 from my cousin, and I’m dedicated to working out for the next 90 days. It’s a three-month commitment. There are several reasons why I need to get into better shape, and I’m hoping that this will do the trick. I’m going to try and continue to work out at Curves and swimming, but I have a feeling that extra workouts, at least in the beginning, is not going to happen.

I got up early this morning to work out because I usually have events at night and I hope that this will give me more energy throughout the day. I decided to start with the cardio portion and tomorrow will be the strength training. It’s a six-day a week workout, but the painful part is going to be the 100 crunches with every workout. The cardio workout isn’t that bad. There are yoga moves, which I have done with Wii Fit, and punching moves that work your abs. One of the things I like about Tony is that he gives you options while working out. He shows you the less intense versions for those starting out, and he is always saying listen to your body and feel free to pause me because I’ll be waiting here for you.  He emphasizes that it’s important to keep moving because you are still burning calories, even if it’s not as intense. There are parts of the workout where I just laughed because of his comments, but I’m sure after doing this workout three times a week for the next three months, I won’t find him funny anymore.

When I got to the crunches part of the workout (at the end), I was definitely feeling it. I tried to do each of the ten different types of crunches, but I think I only was able to do around 80-85 crunches today. That is a success for me. My experience at Curves and the Wii Fit definitely helped through today’s workout. I’ve also tried other types of workouts (e.g. spinning and body sculpting), and I was sore for the next few days. I’m always up to trying new workouts.

So, over the next three months, I’ll be blogging about my experience! Hopefully, it will help you decide whether or not to do P90 or P90x. If you haven’t worked out on a regular basis, I would strongly recommend checking with your doctor first before starting any workouts.  Happy Wednesday!