Today I’m jumping in with plyocide. Based on past memories, I know that when I’m getting into the swing of things it’s best to treat plyocide with some respect.
Exactly what I did today. I got into the motions and kept my pace as best I could. I didn’t over exert myself. Though I did find a couple of spots where I did need to pause the video and catch my breath.
I had to take some time off for the past few weeks. I’m now phasing back up with P90X2. While I thought I’d hit my ultimate goal with my belly, there were a couple of issues cropping up.
Issue one. I started to burn out a little bit.
Issue two. I got ill with a damn summer cold that turned into a sinus infection. Ick.
Issue three. I ran in the 10k Dirty Dash race. I was running in the mountains, over obstacles and through mud pits. Along the way, I destroyed a pair of shoes and some how managed to injure my knee. Which meant – I needed to let my knee recover.
Happiness is – I’m back at it. Sadness is, I figured I’d still be right where I left off. However, after a super strong start where I did more reps, I petered off and ended up getting less reps in moves towards the end. My arms really need to be kept up on to retain strength.
The Abs have retained their strength as the ab ripper portion of the workout was A Ok. Makes me think I need to step up the Ab portion and do more reps in each more or something. Cause in my phasing back up with P90X2, I still intend on reaching that flat belly. I’m still very close to my goal!
I woke up a bit tired. Nothing new, however I pushed on with the workout. I got through it without issue. I did find out that Plyocide can mean Plyopuke. Which is what happened about 30 minutes after the workout.
I was rocking it all the way through. Keepin up. No pauses. Even added an extra rep here and there. Felt strong despite how much I was sweating. Great workout.
It wasn’t until after I had showered and got dressed to eat breakfast that I suddenly felt uneasy. Like intuition or something. I made my way to praying to the porcelain god. Ick. Once I did that I felt right as rain again.
That means I made a great breakfast and had a shakeology. Booyah. From there it was a mellow day of music writing and mixing. So remember that plyocide can mean Plyopuke. It’s still a great workout regardless.
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.
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?
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.
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!