I would like to welcome two golf shirts back into my wardrobe. American Eagle, Vintage Fit, Size L. It’s been a while; welcome home.
Meanwhile, I’ve got about two weeks worth of dress shirts that are so, so close to fitting. Next week there’s no P90x strength workouts scheduled, so I’ll be devoting the entire week to cardio (running) and getting lean. I have but one thing to say to those shirts:
Couch to 5k Week 1 Workout 1 at Garmin Connect – Details
So I started supplementing my P90X with some running. Starting off with the Couch to 5k workout, which begins very gentle. Even then, it was hard.
Phase 1 did not prepare me for this morning.
This punishing workout goes: Pullup, bicep, row, bicep. Then repeat that 6 times. What makes this challenging is that those muscles are all closely connected. Unlike Chest and Back (the most equivalent workout in Phase 1) in which you push and pull, today’s workout is nothing but pulling. By the end I was wrecked. On other days I’ve done close to 50 pullups in a workout. Today: 22
Let me show you how bad it got. Here’s a screenshot of the last pullup set in my workout tracker:
You see that red background? That’s how I record that my form was poor. It took two tries to even get that out of me.
Now for the good news: I did every exercise in this workout; I’ve never been capable of that before.
Congratulations to Steve Hartzog, who crushed it with 12.9 lbs lost and 6.68% body weight lost.
Runner up % lost is Dave Stevenson with 3.8% lost.
Enjoy your trophies. I’ll continue to run two-week checkins until the three-month checkin on 6/11.
Thanks to everyone who’s participated so far.
Phase 2 has begun!
The workout today has lots of dynamic pushups: clapping, side-walking, balance, one-handed, etc. They’re hard for me and I’m hoping I will adjust quickly. To give you an idea, I was doing sets of 11 pushups in the Phase 1 chest workout. This time I’m putting up, in some cases, only 4 pushups.
So the good news is there’s lots of room for improvement.
The diet remains hard. It’s always been the most difficult part for me. I’ve got lots of motivation left, though, so I’ll try to tighten it up. I’m trying something a little different this phase, so we’ll see how that goes.
Overall, I’m down 3.7lbs and 1.4% bodyfat. I’ve put on about half a pound of muscle. Those numbers don’t quite match each other when you take into account my original weight, but they’re trending down and that’s all I care about. I’m in this for the long haul.
So I saw a friend of mine on Friday, someone I haven’t seen in two years: belt notch #4. Oh yeah. There have been times recently when #2 was the norm and #3 was a stretch. Not any more.
Yesterday I finished the last strength exercise of phase 1 of P90x. The next week is just light cardio and stretching; it’s a recovery week before phase 2 kicks in.
Today I spent 7 hours working outside in the garden. Moving mulch, topsoil, bricks and the like. That’s enough of a workout for today.
I’m loving going downstairs and doing my workouts.
Today I was definitely pushing myself. Almost every workout got a bump in weight or reps. I was trying to pick weights I couldn’t do 11 reps with. I was mostly successful.
I expect my strength progress to slow or plateau soon. This is my last time doing this workout for 6 weeks. Phase 2 of P90X has me doing different workouts for chest & back and shoulders & arms. (Legs & back, my bane, isn’t going anywhere. Thankfully?)
I’ve got one last strength workout on Saturday, then I’m in my recovery week, which is stretching and cardio. I don’t enjoy cardio, so I’m hoping I have the motivation to go downstairs during that week. I want to keep my momentum going.
I did this workout yesterday, I just didn’t have time to make a post. This workout was easy. It looks like cardio is no longer my limiting factor, at least for this exercise. I pushed through to failure, but still had energy by the end. I considered hopping on the elliptical for a bit, that’s how much I had left in the tank. I had a tight schedule, otherwise I really think I would have.
Recovery was great. I feel like I’m at 95% today. A very tiny amount of soreness when I stretch, but that’s it.
I’m really excited by my progress. If I can summon the willpower to head downstairs on cardio days I think my results are going to be fantastic.
Congratulations to Katherine Precht, who swept the 2-week checkin with both the most weight lost and the highest %. She received the medal for her astounding 8.4lb loss.
The % weight loss medal went to runner-up Steve Hartzog for an impressive 4.04% loss in bodyweight.
This workout was incredibly difficult. I don’t know what was different this time compared to the last time I did this workout, or any of the other times I’ve done it. All I know is that I was wiped out about halfway through.
There’s a typical pattern in my workouts: Enthusiasm at first, then I do a few sets and it’s hard and I see how long I have to go, then my second wind kicks in and I’m ready to go. Sometimes I’m disappointed when the workout is over.
That was not the case this time.
I hit my aerobic threshold almost immediately. I wish I knew what was different this time (this ain’t my first time at the rodeo), but one of the early exercises wiped me out. The rest of the workout was me gasping, hitting pause to recover, and questioning whether I wanted to continue.
Strangely enough, the thing that kept me going was visualizing what my charts were going to look like. The lines must go up! The least I will accept is my previous best!