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Maintaining Chest Back And Abs

In the saddle of a Monday with a workout to kick off the day. Booyah. As I started today, I was ready for a workout. Once I got into it, I felt, maybe I’ll only do half of it. Instead I got all the way through it treating it like I was maintaining chest back and abs.

What I mean by that is, I didn’t push for personal bests. Instead I felt more like I needed to maintain what I’ve got. There were a couple of moves today where I actually did achieve a PB. I’ll chalk that up to the fact that I wasn’t trying overly hard in most of the other parts of the regimen.

I did manage to get up and do an impossible/possible today. I did manage to do a few plyo med ball pushups. More than last week.

I also didn’t push myself as hard with the abs portion. For some reason, that made it a little easier as well. How odd.

I wonder how I’ll approach this workout next week. Will I push it for an entire round of PB’s? I don’t know yet. I’ll figure that out when I get there. For the time being I’m happy about maintaining chest back and abs. Enjoying the journey of P90X2. Time for some breakfast and a Shakeology!

Chest Back Balance And Abs Starts Phase Two

Hell yeah! That’s my feeling this morning. The week of doing recovery and mobility mixed with yoga has come to a close and the real workouts begin again. Chest Back Balance and Abs starts phase two for me today! 2nd phase, in my 2nd journey through P90X2. Slammin’.

Here’s my goals in this phase. One, I plan on doing the moves without assistance. I also wish to do as few moves as possible without modifications. There’s still a couple of moves I’ll have to accomplish via modifications due to a lack of equipment. Like the push-ups on 4 med balls. I haven’t yet brought myself to buy more med balls. I will soon though.

Doing the pull-ups without assistance today had me wondering what the fuck. Mostly because there are so many pull-ups. About half of today’s workout was pull-ups. Yikes. I started off strong. But by the end of the hour I was barely able to do more than 1 pull-up in some of the breakdowns.

With push-ups I did much better. However, there is one move where I was unable to do even one push-up. That was a push-up on a med ball with my feet on the stability ball. Holy hell. I didn’t do one. It was damn hard just to get my giant hands on the med ball then even attempt to get my feet onto the stability ball without falling over. I’m guessing that possibly I need to pump the stability ball with more air as it’s a little soft. I was finally able to get up on the balls as per the move. That is a huge step forward I suppose as that took a while to make that happen. It’s not easy. Thus next week my goal is to at least get up and do one push-up.

The other “bonus” is that I did the bonus round. Mind you I wasn’t able to kick serious ass. The very last move was a pull-up move and I did 1. But at least I did those moves.

Here’s my breakfast post beachbody workout:

Huevos Rancheros


I sided it with some Shakeology. Now I’m feeling ready to tackle my day. Chest back balance and abs starts phase two and puts me just over the 1/3 mark of completing my 2nd journey. I’m going to be starting another fitness challenge – so get on board and join me.

Third Time Is A Charm With Chest Back And Balance

As I mentioned yesterday I had somehow gotten off by a day. Normally I’d let it go, but instead, this time around I decided to get back in sequence. So I put two workouts back to back that would normally have a day off in between. Wow. Kicking off week three I can say that the third time is a charm with chest back and balance.

My goal was to do no pullup with any assistance. I made that goal. However the reps went down a lot. I started strong with my highest unassisted number ever, but by the end I was petering out and still did a few unassisted. There was one, the “Lever” to which I only got 1 done. I went for a second and got half way up. Damn hard that is.

The Impossible/Possible got 3x better. Instead of 1, I got 3. That’s improvement there. Overall I felt a lot better about the workout. The only thing I could have done better with is the Chattaroll and the rest of the bonus. I did do 3 of those as well, compared to 1 last time too. But I couldn’t quite get to the final two bonus moves. I’ll chalk that up to putting to workouts back to back where there should be a rest day.

Looking forward to plyocide tomorrow. Weird to say that. But then I’m feeling good having had a third time is a charm with check back and balance kinda day.

Where are you at in your journey? Join me and start blogging about your exploits here. I’m looking for a few P90X2’ers to start bloggin.

Second Chest Back And Balance Including Abs

After a couple of extra days to end my first week of Phase Two, I’m back at it and going for full blast. Unlike last week, I pushed for more reps. Which is something that made me think, hmmm… Dare I say it’s harder than last time? Yes, I do. Which means that my second chest back and balance including abs workout wasn’t like last time.

First, I decided that I would do some of the reps with assists to see if I could get the numbers up. This proved to be more difficult. Meaning I didn’t get as many as I would have hoped to get in. By the end of the workout I was pushing it and realized that I didn’t get nearly as many unassisted. Strange.

I was really hurting in the pullup department. Not sure why. This time around it was a major struggle. That’s a slight blow to the ego. Hopefully next week will prove that I can get some of those unassisted reps back. At least I’m gonna push for that.

I did go for some of the bonus moves this week. The first bonus move, I got 2 reps. Yikes. The second bonus move I sat out. The third one, I went for it, got into the move and didn’t get out. Holy cow! Talk about hard at the end of a workout.

The Ab Ripper X2 at the end of the workout this time wasn’t so bad. I’m finally getting to the point that I’m keeping up with the moves, except for Abernome (spelling?) that one is still a little tough to keep up with.

All in all, it was a good workout. I may actually stick with Phase two for an extra week, unless next week goes spectacularly. But at the ending of my second chest back and balance including abs workout in Phase Two of the X2 Journey, I’m definitely feeling it!

X2 Phase Two Chest Back Balance Plus Ab Ripper

Let me start by writing: Holy Cow!

That’s what was running through my head during this workout. I have a very distinct feeling that tomorrow I am really going to be feeling the X2 phase two chest back balance plus ab ripper workout in a very big way.

Today marks the start of the next phase of the journey in P90X2. I’ve been looking forward to it. My oh my. I thought getting started in P90X was hard early last year. Even phase one wasn’t all that big of a deal. Now the burners are turning on and I’m feeling like a noobie all over again.

There are several moves that are like – what the fuck?!? – Especially the L pullups, and the crunch curl pull up (I think that was the name). Wow. Talk about super hard. I’m not good at pullups as it is and unlike P90X, I’m attempting to do as many as I can with zero assist. This means my reps have gone way down.

There’s another move, an pushup type of move with your feet elevated and you’re on a med ball with your hands. I did 1. Yes, that’s 1. I can do decline diamond pushups, but wow, this one was harder.

I am noticing more changes in my body in less time that it took with P90X. Thus I will say P90X2 is way more awesome. Do I think I will see even bigger changes in Phase Two? Uh, yeah. That would be an understatement.

I did take my 30 day pics today. I can’t wait to see the changes as they occur over the 90 days.

For those readers who are on the fence about getting into P90X, or who have done P90X and are looking to get into P90X2 – what are you waiting for? Get with it and then you can explain to someone why you have done the X2 phase two chest back balance plus ab ripper workout and felt good about it, despite starting with low numbers.

Tomorrow marks the next step. I can’t wait. Hopefully my body will be ready.

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