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Base Back And Abs Mastered

Missed yesterday’s Yoga workout due to feeling a bit nauseated. Not a great idea to be pushing fitness when you’re feeling like it’s time to hurl. Oh well. Today on the other hand found me feeling much better. So much so that I feel like I have base back and abs mastered.

At least mostly mastered. Unlike the other workouts in this phase two, I was doing more reps all the way through. If I didn’t do more, I was at least matching my last time through.

This means more pull-ups and chin-ups. Higher weights on the plyo lunge press. Push, push, push. I got through it without pausing. Major bonus.

Following the ab portion I kinda felt warm in the midriff. Can’t say that I recall that feeling before. The nice thing is, in this week, I’ve seen yet another change in the lowest portion of my belly 6. Meaning, I can see it flattening out. I’m hoping it will only take another week. Pictures will following when the goal is hit.

Once that goal is reached, then it becomes more about maintenance for me. I’m not looking to be super bulky or over done muscly. I prefer cut over size and endurance over short bursts. It’s been an amazing year and a half journey to reach this summit. Very exciting.

Now that I’ve got my base back and abs mastered, it’s time for a fun breakfast, a Shakeology and a moment in the studio for recording. Get yourself in shape. Join me for a fitness challenge and start your journey to being in better shape. You’ll be happy you did.

Pushing Shoulders Arms And Abs Hard

One thing that I’m sure no one likes doing is waking up sore. Especially when you didn’t sleep well. That’s my case for last night and this morning. Only six hours of sleep and woke up sore in the calves. Despite that, I began my day by pushing shoulders arms and abs hard. Better than I did it last time through phase two.

That’s were getting over the mental hump is key. You have to know when it’s just soreness and not injury. If it’s just soreness, it’s a matter of getting the movement going. Cause once it goes, it’s all good.

For me this time through I was able to increase weight and maintain reps. That’s a big step forward. The better thing was, I felt great after getting done. Super bonus is, I’m not feeling sore anymore after the workout. I may think different tomorrow, but I’ll enjoy it today.

Time to throw down a three egg shrimp and veggie omelet for breakfast, sided with a Shakeology. My treat for kicking a serious workout of pushing shoulders arms and abs hard. What are you doing for yourself as a workout today?

P90X2 Ends Again Or Does It

Another journey through a beachbody workout comes to an “official” close. That’s right I’m saying that my 2nd time through P90X2 ends again or does it? I decided that I would close out journey 2 today.

I closed out with a great PAP Upper workout where I got through it all and pushed it hard. Then I followed it up with an Ab Ripper X2 set. Still working on the tummy.

Here’s my stats ending this time around:

After Stats on 08/11/12:

Chest: 40”
R. Arm: 11 7/8”
L. Arm: 12”
Waist: 34”
Hips: 37”
R. Thigh: 21 5/8”
L. Thigh: 21 5/8”

Total Inches: 178.125
Weight: 179

I have increased a total of one inch to my body. I’ve added a few pounds but I’m still shy of the 182 that I’d like to be. My other goal of the flat belly is probably a week or two off. What this means is that after taking a break next week, I will fire up phase two of X2 again.


I found that I lost the most belly during phase two. Which is why I’m going to retreat to that phase for an additional week or two after a week off. Give myself some rest, then pound the workouts to achieve that final goal.

Enjoy yourself and if you’re looking to start getting into better shape join me in a fitness challenge starting in September! Until then, P90X2 ends again or does it really ever end? No. It’s a lifestyle change for the better. Time for some Shakeology and some Poker.

Does PAP Lower Work

Categories: P90X2, PAP Lower
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Published on: August 10, 2012

Closing in on week four of phase three. Midway through the week and it’s another workout by beachbody. One question I’m asked is: Does PAP Lower work? The simple answer: Yes.

Lots of people have heard of P90X. Not as many are familiar with P90X2, so when I get asked, what’s the difference? My first instinct is to mention the focus around the core. Some of the workouts are harder than P90X. Some are not. The one thing I know is that I’m using less weight and a lot more balance.

In a way, I’d likely PAP Lower to be similar to Plyo style. Though I find Plyocide to be much harder. Where PAP Lower excels is in core. The exercises and moves are much more core oriented.

I also find that I sweat way more during PAP workouts than I do Plyo workouts. Not sure why considering my earlier statement.

One thing others have noticed is that I appear taller. I’ve been called freakishly strong. I’ve had comments about my core and how stable I appear. All things that have not been said until after doing the beachbody workouts. Reality is – this stuff works! It’s not overnight success. It’s a lifestyle change that takes time. But some of those changes appear within weeks of starting.

While I’m now starting to add extra reps into PAP Lower in order to keep pushing myself, I can say that the answer to Does PAP Lower work, is yes. With that, I’m off to have a full on breakfast with a shakeology. <– get you some of that, it’s great stuff. Keep up with the workouts and share your results with me.

Look Back At PAP Upper And Look At Yoga X2

Yesterday I forgot to post the fact that I did my workout. Today I’ll be updating with a look back at PAP upper and look at yoga X2. Must mean I’m getting a little busy or something…

I didn’t fully complete PAP Upper yesterday. It wasn’t for a lack of being able to do the complexes. Instead it had more to do with a time constraint. I got 3/4 of the workout down. All of complex one and half of complex two. Still a good workout. I was keeping up with it this time as well. So I’m finally getting PAP Upper to be a workout that doesn’t kick my ass.

Today was Yoga X2. Still able to palm the floor and do some of the wrapping moves where before I could not. I’m pretty sure it means I’m becoming more flexible. One of the wrap moves involves my right shoulder. Before my first journey through the P90X2 workout by beachbody, I had issues from an injury. I always thought at some point I’d have it scoped to fix it. Not any more. I have a wider range of mobility than I thought possible and no pain. The joint has fixed itself thanks to the workout of P90X2. Thank you Tony Horton and Beachbody!

I’m still adding the X2 Ab Ripper workout in three days a week during this phase three. The goal is that I will hit a flat belly very soon. Might not be in the time frame I was hoping for, but it’s nearly completion.

Off to have a complete breakfast with a Shakeology. Then it’s music makin time. Make sure you’re on a journey. Even better if you’re able to look back at PAP Upper and look at yoga X2 and say they same thing I’m saying: Thanks for helping fix my body through workouts and exercise.

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