P90X – So am I still alive or what?

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……. is this thing on?

Sorry I’ve been a bit neglectful of my p90x updates (read week 1, week 2 and week 3).

But I am still chugging along – I promise!

Want the honest truth? (Do I ever give it any other way?)

If you want to do P90X in its entirety without missing or postponing ONE workout, do NOT start it in the spring/summer. I’m sorry, I don’t care what anyone tells me, but when it’s beautiful outside, I’m going to choose to go on a bike ride with my Mister vs. staying inside with the artificial air (AC) to do Plyo. Sorry Tony Horton, but that’s just the way it is. Mental health vs. Physical health. And I’m not going to beat myself up or get all bummed out for skipping a workout in order to EXERCISE outside! That’s just ridiculous.

The point is, I’ve been doing the P90X workouts at least 3-4 days a week. I haven’t missed a single weight training workout. Sure, I moved some days around to accommodate for other activity, but I’m not going to miss out on summer fun to make sure I work out with Tony. (The Mister is cuter, anyway ;) )

What I can tell you is that I’m getting stronger. I’ve upped my reps AND weight. I started off using 7 lb. dumbbells and I now use 10 lb! I’m also rocking the push-ups like nobody’s business and occasionally doing them on my (gasp!) FEET! Major milestone? I make it through every workout without dropping any f-bombs.

After the third week of P90x, new weight training workouts are introduced (after the week 4 rest week). They are tough, but at this point in the game, they’re nothing you can’t handle. And I actually think they *feel* faster than the workouts from weeks 1-3.

Bottom line: I still consider myself an X-er. Like I said, I’m logging in every weight training workout and mostly choosing outdoor activity over the cardio workouts. This is what works for me. It might not work for you, and that’s OK too. To be honest, I would have loved to finish this workout in its entirety. But to me, it’s all about priorities and (yes, shocking!) BALANCE. For some of you, maybe choosing the P90x workout every-day-no-matter-what is worth it. But for me, I’ll choose the walks, hikes and bike rides. Something tells me they’ll make better memories ;)

Are you doing P90X? How are you doing?

17 Responses to “P90X – So am I still alive or what?”

  1. I think that’s key – do what is most enjoyable to you. Make it work for you or you won’t stick to it.

  2. I totally agree with exercising outside in the summer time! There’s no better way to get your vitamin D! Being outside just makes me happier…and the workouts seem to go so much better!

  3. I think exercising outside is one of the big joys of summer, and you are definitely doing the right thing by enjoying it! P90x will always be around, but summer? Not so much :-)

  4. Congrats on the push ups! I’m so weak when it comes to arm strength, it’s ridiculous!

    I agree with you about summertime – even though it’s 90 degrees outside, I just want to go for a run already! Thanks for reviewing the DVDs. I think I might try them out in the Fall.

  5. I started P90X last August and lastest about a month. I totally agree with you about the balance. I started in the summer and that CD set is just not conducive to summer weather! You have got to get outside or you’ll go crazy doing plyo with Tony :)

    I did see a big difference in my strength though, I do believe in the workout for sure!

  6. Give me fun outdoor activities with loved ones ANYDAY over indoor workout videos.

  7. Kelly says:

    I did P-90X for 60 days and took a similar approach, albeit for a different reason. I was experiencing shin splints and any of the cardio that involved jumping up and down killed my shin. For some reason, I was still okay if I ran once a week (the second day would always really hurt), so being that running is my first cardio love, I opted to do that on Wednesdays. I didn’t miss my weight training workouts. After day 60 the weather got nice, and I just couldn’t bare to be inside anymore.

    Good luck with P90X! Sounds like you’re doing great!

  8. I’m glad you posted this. I’ve been toying around the idea of P90X, but now I think it would be better to wait until the fall/winter!

  9. Kaz says:

    I’m not doing P90X, but I admire your dedication to it. :D I’d choose the bike rides over the indoor workouts every time, too!

  10. Kacy says:

    I think that’s a great philosophy! I’m not doing P90X, but I hope to come into a hand-me-down possession of them someday and try it. I’m too cheap to buy it :)

  11. i would agree 100%! It’s so hard to stay indoors when it’s so nice outside!!

  12. Thanks for sharing your views! I am not doing it – I love being outside running / biking too much :)

  13. Holy crap you’re hardcore! Oh my goodness that’s awesome.

  14. Shawnee says:

    I did P90x for about a month. Not my thing. I also didn’t lose any weight. It think that it is a program for people who are already relatively fit (like you). A chubby person doesn’t get defined arms…not until they lox X amount of body fat first.

  15. p90x workout says:

    I’m glad you posted this. I’ve been toying around the idea of P90X, but now I think it would be better to wait until the fall/winter!

  16. Jennifer says:

    I agree, you’ll have the P90X DVD’s forever, but not this great weather! :)

  17. Jeff Ochoa says:

    Great post! I love P90X and have seen some great results with it as well. I am now doing P90X and mixing in Insanity on the cardio days. Some days I just go for a run or bike as I love to be outside as well. I have also grabbed a couple friends and have done plyo and yoga and the park with a laptop.

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