Ah a rest day. Getting back into phase two of P90X2 has been a trip so far. I‘ve never been so sore after a couple of workouts. Which means I’m making good with some foam rolling pleasure. Very needed.
Not sure exactly why I’m feeling so used. So sore. It’s odd. Maybe it’s because I pushed myself pretty good so far. My calfs, my triceps, my lats. All sore.
Happiness is the Recover and Mobility DVD.
I particularly enjoyed the part where I got to sit on the foam roller. Work out some of those kinks. The beauty is, I’m feeling a lot better after the rolling.
So if you’re doing P90X2 and you’re not going through the Recovery and Mobility DVD, why not? When you get some foam rolling pleasure it doesn’t make sense to skip it. Not I’m off to get some Shakeology and make some music.
Rolling into day two of my phase two redux. Today Plyocide comes back. I don’t remember it being this hard at the end of the last time I did phase two a little over a month ago.
I had to pause a few times between sets in order to catch my breath. I was lacking some energy by the time I got 2/3 through the workout. I stuck with it and pushed through.
The best thing is, I didn’t hurl. I also didn’t bonk, though there were moments when I thought I would.
It’s a hell of a workout and despite my shirt making reference to insanity (actually it’s referencing my CD), I’m not sure I could, or would even want to, do the Insanity workout. Instead I’ll stick with things using weight and my extra outdoor activities. Seems more appropriate for me.
Time to whip up some Shakeology, eat a killer breakfast and get on with my musical day. Make sure you’re working out. If not with beachbody at least doing something. I would hope seeing plyocide comes back for as a reason for yourself to get into better shape.
Today I’m back in the workout saddle. I’m heading back to Chest Back & Balance and Abs in phase two redux. Why? Well, I’m still working on my ultimate goal.
What is my ultimate goal? A flat belly.
The lowest 1/3 of my 6-pack still has about a 1/2″ of remnant fat on it. Not that I was ever actually fat. But for some reason, that’s where it’s accumulated on my person. Since I started P90X a little over a year ago, my initial goal was to get into better shape. I’ve met that goal.
Now that I’m in great shape, my goal is more of a sculpting the body type of thing. The one area that is lacking happens to be the one area that is finally getting erased. Even with the much needed week off, it was still dwindling.
I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again. I noticed the biggest change in my midsection during phase two. Which is why I’ve decided to add in a few more weeks of it. That should get me the result I’m looking for.
The workout itself was good to get back in with. However, I noticed that my arms have lost a little something in a few areas. There were some moves where I got less reps. In others I got more reps. So it was a bit of a trade. What I did notice was my arms feeling super tired halfway through. I was pushing it. Hard.
Could be a need to start doing more arm workouts as well. I don’t know if it’s a tall thing, or if my arms are just weak overall. But I’m now setting a new goal of wanting to get a bit more arm strength.
Breakfast has been had. Shakeology has been drunk. It’s time to get on with my day. Join me tomorrow for the next workout recap. Better yet, join me in getting more fit for yourself! Isn’t it time you worked out your chest back & balance and abs in phase two redux? You know you wanna.
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:
R. Arm: 11 7/8”
L. Arm: 12”
R. Thigh: 21 5/8”
L. Thigh: 21 5/8”
Total Inches: 178.125
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.
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.
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.
Hi there, it’s the beginning of week 4, phase three of P90X2. Starting with PAP Lower and I also added in the Ab Ripper X2. Totally kicked it’s ass again and today I’m really starting to feel this and feel real good. Time for a shakeology, then it’s off to get my day going. Hope you’re working out. Have a good one. Essentially it’s the end road for PAP Lower and Ab Ripper X2.
Meaning that I’m heading into the last week of this, despite adding an additional week. I’m going to see where I’m at at the end of the week to determine if I will add yet another week or possibly switch to an extra week or two of phase two.
I’m coming extremely close to my major goal. The flat belly syndrome of awesome. I ended up missing my workout on saturday due to needing extra rest after a late night friday and a tournament that filled my day on saturday. I don’t think missing the one day hurt me getting my goal, but I know that it’s still a week or two off – I really don’t think this week will be enough to get it finalized.
That is also why I’ve been adding in Ab Ripper X2 three days a week during phase three. It’s not part of the normal routine of phase three, but I’m making it so. I want that washboard ab look without any goo on the bottom part of it. Call me crazy.
Regardless, it’s looking to be a great day outside and I’m already about to take a quick hike to the post office and back with the dog. Then it’s indoor time to conduct business in music. Grab yourself a shakeology, get your workout in, and have a great day. Make sure to let me know when your end road for PAP Lower and Ab Ripper X2 happens – I wanna know!
As you can see there is a smile on my face and the reason for that is X2 PAP Upper. And today I totally kicked it’s ass.
Much like yesterday’s PAP Lower, I got all the reps in. Had to pause it a couple of times, but I got it done for the first time where I did every single rep without missing a beat. KICK ASS!
Renegade row and towel pull-ups have been my nemesis with PAP Upper. Not any more. Not today. I got all the reps in for each of them. I did have to pause a few times between sets in the complexes, but I made it happen!
Hi there, I’m Jody Whitesides. As you can see, there’s something a little different today. I’ve decided that I’d start doing video to these posts. So that you could put a face to the words that you’re reading here. So let’s get on with it. Today, I started off week three of phase three by giving PAP Lower the smackdown.
I was a little worried in getting started this morning when walking around the house I was feeling a little ping of pain in my right heel. There’s the possibility that I’ve pushed myself a little hard and strained the tendon. However all of that dissipated, once the workout got going.
Last week with PAP Lower, I was at the point where I was keeping up to the DVD. Today marks a change in that not only was I keeping up, but I was actually getting ahead. And I was having the DVD catch up to me! Now if I could get to that going with PAP Upper I’d be a happy camper.
The one move that has been difficult in PAP Lower has the side bridge leg lift. Not. Any. More. Today, totally rocked it!
In addition, with my goal of getting my belly completely flat, I’m adding the Ab Ripper X2 workout 3 times in the phase three weeks. 3 times each week in phase three. Today was one of those days. So, much like the PAP Lower workout, the ab ripper workout is one where I’m pretty much keeping up. Now, I’m to the point, where not only am I keeping up, but the DVD is trying to catch up to me at this point. So that’s a great thing.
It’s time for some Shakeology. Make sure you get some. This stuff is really good and a hearty breakfast. Once I’ve got that going. I gotta get to my music and get on with my day. So, let’s get fit and physical. Have a good one!