“Don’t say, ‘I can’t', say ‘I presently struggle with..’ “ -Tony Horton
Wow, taking two weeks off was a bad idea.
The workout went well; chest and back is one of my favorites, but the push-up bars really make it difficult. Without bars, I can do 45-50 push-ups easily, but last night I was only able to do about 25 with the bars, making sure I went deep with every rep.
People who are just starting P90X may think this workout is difficult insane. Its about an hour long, and consists of various types of push-ups, pull-ups, and some weighted exercises. Here is a list of the exercises in this workout. By the way, Tony mentions several times that push-ups and pull-ups are maximum rep exercises.
- Standard Push-ups
- Wide front Pull-ups
- Military Push-ups
- Reverse grip Chin-ups
- Wide fly Push-ups
- Close grip overhand Pull-ups
- Decline Push-ups
- Heavy pants
- Diamond Push-ups
- Dive bomber Push-ups
- Back flys
You might be thinking, “Oh, that doesn’t sound too bad”, and you’re right. At this point in the workout, there are still 22 minutes left. So what do we do for the remaining 22 minutes? We repeat that whole sequence!
Some notable moves:
Diamond Push-ups: Index fingers and thumbs touch together, forming a diamond shape. Elbows flare out as you lower yourself down until your chest touches your hands, and then push up.
Dive bomber Push-ups: Start in a position similar to downward dog, go down “under the fence” to upward dog, then go “back under the fence” to downward dog.
After all of that, it was time for Ab Ripper X, another favorite of mine. This one always challenges me, and today was no different. The workout consists of 12 different ab moves, and there are a total of 349 reps (including the bonus mason twists at the end). On day one of my first round, I got about 5 minutes into Ab Ripper before I completely failed. Now, I can pretty much get through it without problems. Maybe later in the week I’ll share my secret way of getting through Ab Ripper 100%. Okay, its not really a secret, but I’m surprised more people don’t do it.
Although I got through both workouts with no trouble, I expect to be pretty sore tomorrow. One down, 89 to go, bring it on Plyometrics!