The Importance of Change
January 18, 2011
January 18, 2011
We all know that P90X is about "muscle confusion". So if you’re a beginner doing P90X, all you need to worry about is just getting through the workouts and completing a 90 day phase of it. But keep in mind while doing the 90 days, please modify and don’t try to keep up with the videos. Realize your limitations if you’re new to this and haven’t done pull ups and push ups a ton before this. It takes time and trust me, it took me a LONG time before I was even decent at pull ups. So be patient and read my post about "The Journey" from last week.
BUT, what if you’ve done P90X and survived it, or even have done it multiple times and now you’re thinking…"What Now?" So here’s what I’ve discovered that has allowed me to continue my fitness growth. Tony always says it’s about "variety", variety being the spice of life. Well it’s true. I did Insanity when it came out. I then did a hybrid of P90X and Insanity, a very popular combo by the way. Then I discovered the gems "One on One’s". Let me tell you….The One on One’s, especially the ones out now "P90X One on One’s Vol. 3" are amazing. Not only do they give us a sneak peek at what’s to come with P90X MC:2 this summer, but it challenges you to do new moves and learn new things. It builds off of what we already know from P90X and takes it to another level. Tony has really gotten into a lot of stability muscle work and core work along with your chest and back routines. Hence the first title "Chest, Back and Balls". Unlike the original Chest and Back, you mix in stability balls, medicine balls and a basketball and you work your core, your shoulders, your legs….you’re whole freakin’ body while at the same time focusing on the original chest and back muscles. It’s amazing to see how much farther you can push yourself. It’s also interesting to see Tony come up with new moves and challenge us with the evolution of what he’s learned since the original P90X came out. You do cool things like this….
I’m also excited about the new Insanity Asylum expected to launch in February of this year. My biggest complaint with Insanity was that I missed the resistance training of P90X and felt like I lost muscle mass when I did it. Well, the Asylum fixes that. It incorporates a pull up bar, ladder work and cones and supposedly is so hard that it’s only recommended for a 30 day period. So that will be exciting to see next month. Here’s a preview.
So here’s my schedule of what I do on a weekly basis to keep things fresh and have constant variety. Mondays are cardio, I play b-ball in the morning and we host a Fit Club that night with a cardio routine from P90X or Insanity etc. Tuesdays are resistance training. I’ll use one of the One on One’s or mix in classic P90X and try and do a chest/upper body workout. I also do Karate that night. Wednesdays are cardio again, usually basketball. Thursdays, resistance again. I cycle through several arm routines from the classic P90X or from the One on One’s. There are some GREAT arm routines in the One on One library and Karate again that night. Friday is another cardio day with just b-ball. Saturdays, we run another Fit Club workout in the morning…again P90X/Insanity based sometimes other workouts from P90X+ etc.. Sundays are usually my recovery day, with either a yoga, or some type of stretch workout. But I’ve been known to also mix in a core routine every so often. Yoga is definitely an area I neglect and I’m working to improve on. Tony would fuss, as he says in his new book "Bring It" Yoga is the most important workout he does. If he could only do one workout, yoga would be it.
I realize that I do a lot of double workout days and that’s not for most of you. I get it. I’m not telling you to do doubles 3 times a week. I do doubles because I love being as fit as humanly possible. I love the idea of constantly changing and getting better. P90X opened up a whole new world to me. It’s why I do karate and why I play basketball 3 times a week. Those are things that I really enjoy doing. I love the guys I play ball with and getting to know them. I also enjoy the confidence and structure that karate brings to my life. I owe my love for karate to Kenpo X from P90X by the way. Kenpo X was always my favorite workout and planted the seed to explore what other things I could learn from karate.
I’ve said this 100 times and I’ll say it again. I was a tired, out of shape, fat dad. I’m now 36 and in the best shape of my life because of Beachbody and the programs we sell. What people have a hard time with is realizing that getting fit and healthy is a lifestyle change. It’s about improving and growing as a person and never getting stagnant. That’s the point of me writing this. If you gave up on P90X or did a round and quit….and now you look in the mirror and you’re back to where you started before the "X". Then I ask you…"Why!, what are you doing?" If you had success with the programs, why did you stop? Did you allow yourself to get bored. Did you stop pushing yourself to the extreme? Did let the voice in your head tell you that you couldn’t do it? This is my challenge to you….if you’re breathing, you can do something to change your life. I met Tammy in LA last year who is wheelchair bound and did P90X! I’ve seen friends of mine get off their Crohn’s medication by getting their fitness and nutrition under control. You can get better….so keep it fresh and keep pushing play. Keep growing and keep evolving. You only get one chance at the game called life…you might want to make the most of it.
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