P90X Classic – Week 1 of 13

So here is week 1 of 13, I’ll be doing this routine for the next 3 weeks.

Monday: Chest & Back, Ab Ripper X

Ok, Chest and Back was pretty good, I didn’t feel completely wasted at the end of it like I did at the end of Insanity workouts, but I’m sure I’ll be feeling it tomorrow.  The Ab Ripper X though was pure hell.  Here are the reps I did for each of the exercises:

Standard Push Up 10
Wide Front Pull Up 10 (used 40lb resistance band)
Military Push Up 10
Reverse Grip Chin Up 10 (used 40lb resistance band)
Wide Fly Push Up 10
Closed Grip Overhand Pull-up 10 (used 40lb resistance band)
Decline Push Up 5
Heavy Pants 10 (used 40lb resistance band)
Diamond Push Ups 5
Lawnmower 10 (used 40lb resistance band)
Dive-bomber Push Ups 5
Back Fly 10 (used 40lb resistance band)

The random push ups really freaking burned. I’d never done them before so they were burning the entire time along with trying how to do them correctly never helps get the max reps, but the 5 were enough. For now.  On the push ups I’m going to aim for 2 more on each of them next time.  And on the Lawnmowers and such I’m going to try and get more resistance from the 40 lbs band by shortening the amount that I can pull easily.

Tuesday: Plyometrics

P90X’s plyometrics isn’t as difficult as the plyometrics in Insanity! but it still isn’t a walk in the park.  I’m dripping with sweat after going through it.  I forgot to wear my heart rate monitor for this, but I’m pretty sure I burned a nice amount of calories and got a heck of a workout.  I also managed to pull a lower back muscle on my right side right at the end… grr. Hopefully I’ll feel good enough to do the workout tomorrow.

Wednesday: Shoulders & Arms, Ab Ripper X

Again, these upper body weight routines are killing me!  But that is a good thing.. means I should be gaining some muscle.  Ab Ripper X was still a pain in the butt and I think it will be for a very long time.  For some reason I found Insanity’s abs workout easier, of course, it could also be my lower back muscle still isn’t 100%.

For the shoulders and arms routine here is what I set as my goals. I rotated between the green, red, and dark red bands on this set of exercises a lot.  I’ll probably need to find the free weights around my house since they should be a lot easier to use since I won’t have to be flipping handles on all the bands.

Alternating Shoulder Press 10
In and Out Bicep Curl 10
Two-arm Triceps Kickback 10
Deep Swimmers Press 10
Full Supination Concentration Curl 10
Upright Row 10
Flip-Grip Triceps Kickback 10
Crouching Cohen Curl 10
Lying-Down Triceps Extension 10
In and Out Straight Arm Shoulder Fly 10
Congdon Curl 10

I’m looking forward to Yoga X tomorrow.  I just wonder how hard it is going to be.

Thursday: Yoga X

A lot of these stretches I’d seen before because they were used in Insanity as the warm-up and cool down stretches.  So that made me  happy.  I got my butt kicked by having to do them for 1.5 hours, but I think this was well worth it because my flexibility could use some work and this will definitely achieve my goal of wanting to be more flexible.  I just wish it were a tad shorter.

Friday: Legs & Back, Ab Ripper X

Completely missed this one.  I’m just going to skip it and make sure not to miss it next week.  Normally I wouldn’t do this, but I think I’ll be doing P90X in some form or fashion way after the 90 days is over.

Saturday: Kenpo X

This one was pretty fun to do.  Even if I don’t think all the kicks and such were the correct form, I still got quite a work out moving around.

Sunday: X Stretch

I must be weird or something, but I’m finding the stretching routines to be some of the best things that P90X has to offer.  Both this and Yoga X are very good.  I do lean more toward X Stretch though, since it is 30 minutes shorter.

Weekly Thoughts:

  • For the non-plyometric exercises (e.g., M, W, F routines) you’re fine drinking just water to recover.  I wouldn’t use Gatorade since it spikes the blood sugar too much for the amount you’re going to want to drink and the intensity of what the workout is compared to the plyometrics.
  • The heart rate monitor I’m not using for the weight-lifting and ab ripper routines, it just doesn’t make sense since we’re just doing muscles and not cardio.  When I’m doing cardio, I’m all for using it.
  • The stretching routines for warming up in Insanity are much better than P90X’s.  I wish P90X would do some more of the stretching from Yoga X and X Stretch inside of the standard workouts.  I guess I can do that myself however.
  • I don’t feel so bad about missing one routine a week, but I think if you miss out on two or three you should probably redo the entire week.

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