Tuesday, October 5, 2010

this makes me smile...

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Day 1 - Core Synergistics

After a bit of consideration, I decided I would give P90X another try. I'm still a bit apprehensive and worry that my commitment to the program might falter again, but I'm going to try and stick with it. 

This first session has a basic idea of working your core muscles to make your entire body stronger, since all your limbs are branches from your center.

The DVD starts with a warm up then quickly moves into stacked foot/staggered hand push-ups. This consists of placing one hand underneath your body like in a regular push-up and the other infront of you. You then do five reps, switch hand positions, and continue with another five reps on each side until the time runs out.  The thing about this exercise is that I have pretty much no upper body strength. Like, none. So doing this part of the workout was extremely difficult and I decided doing more reps with girl push-up instead of only two real push-ups in total was an acceptable compromise. 

Next was banana rolls. Now, I love bananas, but absolutely LOATHE banana rolls. You start off on your back with your arms and legs extended outward and raised in the air, like the shape of a banana (how convenient) using only your core muscles to keep your limbs up. Then you roll onto your left side and hold the position for however many seconds you're required to do, and keep the sequence going until, again, the time runs out. I love/hate this exercise for a few reasons.  I love a great ab workout anytime, anywhere. I love the burn and like to feel my waist on fire. I hate this exercise because doing it on a yoga mat on hardwood floors wreaks havoc on my pelvis and I always end up with bruises like some rape victim. 

The rest of the workout consisted of:
Leaning Crescent Lunges
Squat Run
Sphinx Push-up / Military crawl
Bow to Boat
Low Lateral Skaters
Lunge and Reach
Prison Cell Push-ups
Side Hip Raise
Squat X-Press
Plank to Chaturanga
Walking Push-up
Superman / Banana
Lunge Tricep Curl Press
Towel Hoppers
Reach High & Under Push-ups
Steam Engine
Dreya Roll
Plank to Chaturanga Iso
Table Dip Raise

After doing ALL of the exercises, I was exhausted. Exhausted and sore. Exhausted, sore, and pretty proud of myself for getting through the first day. An assortment of squats and lunges, and various push-ups kept this day interesting. 

We'll see how day 2 goes.