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. So 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!