Phase 1, Week 1: So, I've been exercising for a while now and THOUGHT I was in pretty decent shape. I thought that until I started the exercise program known as P90X. For those of you who have never heard of it, Google it. I'll just tell you right now, it is the most insanely intense fitness program I have ever encountered. It puts my old basketball coach's practices to shame. Some part of my body has been sore ALL WEEK. The degree of soreness ranges from "eh, not so bad" to "oh my dear god I didn't know THAT muscle existed".

Now, for those of you who are still lost and haven't stopped reading long enough to Google it, here's the core (pun intended) of the program. It's a 13 week program split into 3 phases led by a little bit crazy instructor. I have no doubt that he is a fabulous trainer and loves every minute of what he does. Some of his "peeps" in the back I could do without, but hey, what's an exercise dvd without some crazy in shape chick who thinks she's beyond the bomb and a whole lot more, right? But, in this first week, I have done core training, strength training, cardio, martial arts, ab work, and yoga. Are you tired yet?? Well hang tight, I'm not done yet. Each day is around an hour or well over an hour long. My least favorite workout is yoga. For those of you who like it or love it...good onya. I don't. I have trouble clearing my mind and well, to be honest not falling, but I'm going to stick with it (for now) because I believe that this is a great program overall. My favorite program is probably the core training. I really felt like I got a total body workout without really killing myself that very first day. BUT the next day and the day after that, I was sore. I take that to mean it was a GREAT workout. The most effective (once I got the hang of it) is by far the ab routing. My obliques still are sore! And I'm going to be honest, for the most of this week, I have felt clunky, clumsy, and silly. I am no expert and a lot of this stuff is advanced. But you know...I did it. I completed Week 1. Bring on Week 2! Practice makes perfect, right?

So, I guess my point of all of this is that this is a really tough program. If you're just starting out, then my suggestion would be to not start with this program. Start with something else and build up to this program(there are tons of good programs out there). But if you're ready for something challenging and something a little more advanced (and just a little bit crazy), go for it. It is insanely intense. That is the only way I know to describe it, and I've only finished Week 1. (Wow, I feel like I should be getting paid for this mini-informercial). If a clumsy girl like myself can do it, so can you! Right now, for me, it's not so much about weight loss as it is to prove to myself, that I can do this, I can complete this, and my body will be in the best shape of its life!! Week 1 is complete, and we're gearing up for Week 2! So, are you up for the challenge?? I think you are...so BRING IT!

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Jessica said...

Yup, total infomercial. ;-)

But, as I've mentioned, I totally agree. I am WAY sore this morning. ouch. whimper.

Robert said...

you guys rock...keep up the good work ;-)

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