P90X Completion

by Alyssa on November 8, 2011

in Fitness

I have a confession to make: Yesterday was my first run in about 11 weeks. The last time I ran was when Devin and I ran the America’s Finest City 5K on August 21 in Balboa Park.

After training for the 5K, I stopped running to exclusively do P90X. P90X is a 90-day strength training and cardiovascular workout plan that relies on muscle confusion. The idea behind P90X is that every day of the week, you do a different video workout so that you don’t plateau in your progress.

I’ve been running for about six or seven years and while I was getting faster, I wasn’t seeing my weight go down. I was victim to the adage of doing the same thing over and over but expecting different results. ┬áSo Devin suggested that I do something other than just run. When I first started P90X, I was alternating days of P90X with training for the 5K, but after the race, I completely stopped running to only do P90X.

I have loved P90X from the beginning. I was motivated to keep doing the P90X workouts whenever a workout left me sore the next day. Being sore meant that my body was working hard and getting stronger.

I also like P90X because you don’t need a lot of equipment to participate in the P90X workout videos. Instead of weights, I used resistance bands, even for the pull-up routines. After a month of P90X, I got a pull-up bar:

While I have gotten toned and lost weight by doing P90X, I also got hurt. Right now, I’m nursing a strained neck, before that was a pulled thigh muscle, and I’ve also had twisted wrists, crunching ankles and knees, not to mention a resistance band snapped back into my face. I eventually broke my red resistance band in week 11. Talk about muscles!

I still can’t do a pull-up without using a chair for assistance. But I persisted through the sweat and injuries and I completed the 90-day program last week. After I rest and allow my neck to heal, I will be running three days a week and restarting P90X for the remaining three days a week. I don’t want to lose all that muscle I’ve gained!

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Mark Klanac November 8, 2011 at 9:04 pm

Congrats on pushing through the adversity and “Bringin’ It” for 90 days! Hope your neck feels better!

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2 Alyssa November 10, 2011 at 6:48 am

The workouts are hard, so I really feel like I’ve accomplished something. I would be up for P90X2, but I also want to starting training for a marathon. Thanks for visiting!

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3 Joy November 9, 2011 at 4:50 am

I don’t get the strained neck. I’ve had one for almost 2 weeks, & I’m still not sure how I did it. It’s not like I’d been lifting weights with my head?!

I’ve been doing Crossfit for 2 months & have already seen huge improvements in my strength. I started off with the green band for the pullups & am now on the blue band. The trainer thinks I’m being a wuss & should go for the red band already. In the meantime I have the same pullup bar at home & have been building on the jumping pullups.

Working on pushups too. Man, I hate pushups.

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4 Alyssa November 10, 2011 at 6:55 am

Yeah, I’m not sure where my strained neck came from. And the most aggravating part is that I was getting hurt a lot towards the END of the P90X program! I thought P90X is supposed to make me stronger, not more prone to injuries?!

I’ve been hearing a lot about Crossfit. I’d like to get back into running to train for a marathon, but I’m also thinking about P90X2 or Crossfit.

That pull-up bar is pretty awesome. I’m glad that it can convert into a push up bar because I was hearing some crunching in my wrists near the end of the P90X program. Too bad, because I love push ups! They make me feel buff!

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