I started the P90x program on January 8. See my post about starting the workout series here.
If you don’t know much about P90x, the general program consists of 3 weightlifting days (two focused on arms, and one focused on legs/back), as well as 2 cardio days (plyometrics, or kenpo) and one day of yoga.
Week 1: One week in to the P90x program, I am feeling SORE. Almost from head to toe, but mainly in the upper body. Unfortunately we had to start on a Tuesday, so we will likely be doing an extra week of “month 1” workouts. Since we started with the Plyometrics routine, late in the week my calves were screaming at me! My sides are pretty sore from pullups and abs from the AbRipperX workout. But, I know I’m already improving. Feels good to be in a nice strength routine!
Week 2: Plyo’s was much easier this week than last week. Legs & back really wiped me out this week. Not really so much on the day of the workout, but more that I was SUPER sore the next day — mostly in the glutes.
Week 3: Small improvements this week, but starting to make progress, I think. Getting better especially with the pull-ups. Still had glute soreness after the legs day, but not as bad.
Bonus week for “month 1” workouts: We decided to do another full week of month 1 to get on track with our days. Didn’t complete the legs workout this week because I ran a half marathon Sunday. Changed around the schedule this week a little due to being excessively tired Monday. Yoga on Monday. Completed lifting days on Tuesday and Wednesday. P90x+ Intervals workout on Thursday. Took Friday off, and swam on Saturday.
Overall thoughts so far:
This is a very tough workout, but they do a great job of showing modified moves if you are new the program. The first two days are the hardest workouts (Chest & Back, and Plyometrics). My first time ever through these workouts, I had to take a break during plyometrics because I thought I was going to faint! And I even felt like I was in pretty good shape at the time! So if you try these workouts, don’t get discouraged. Use the modifications to get through it, and you will improve over time.
What I like about this program is although there are a few rest breaks built in (and I do believe it is enough time), you definitely get your heart rate up for most of the workout. Sometimes in going to the gym it is easy to wait a long time between sets or give yourself too much rest.
The next month changes up workouts for the two upper body lifting days. It will be fun to change things up!
Anything you want to know about the program so far? Ask me some questions!