P90X2- The Journey Begins Today

Well, technically the journey began yesterday while Avi was napping. I ordered X2 for myself back in September to take advantage of the free shipping. I ordered the deluxe package that included the foam roller (may I never go a week without foam rolling again, but more on that later) two medicine balls and the stability ball along with two additional workouts for phase 2. Upon further review, I wish I had sprung for the Ultimate kit that included the Rumble Roller, as I will probably be going out and getting one anyways.

I sampled a few of the phase 1 workouts the last two weeks, but took a week of recovery (using X2 Yoga and Recovery and Mobility, which included the aforementioned foam rolling). I started yesterday with X2 Core and today with Plyocide. X2 offers a lot of freedom in scheduling which is a departure from x1, which was very rigid in the scheduling (which was necessary for me at that point in my life, when I needed structure). 10 months into this process, I have a greater understanding of my body and what is needed to achieve results, so the flexibility is something I like. Phase 1 is Foundation, where many of the workouts are focused on improving core strength and balance. After 9 months of X1 and Insanity, I have really good cardiovascular endurance and body strength, but core strength and balance are still weak spots. This was really evident the first time I tried to pull off the 1 leg med ball burpees in X2 core.

The foundation phase can last anywhere from 3-6 weeks depending on need. I think after doing a few weeks of the routines after Christmas that I will shoot for 3 weeks followed by a short recovery and move into the second phase which is more similar to the structure of X1.

I didn’t follow the nutrition guide during my first 9 months, I just tried to eat clean, lean proteins and cut a lot of the garbage out of my diet. Because I didn’t follow the guide, I think I had to work harder to achieve the results I did, doing 2 sometimes 3 workouts a day to make up for a not-as-strict-as-it-could-have-been diet.

The goal this time is to use the MyFitnessPal app on my phone to track my food. I am shooting for about 1900 calories with 50% protein, 25% Carbs and 25% fat for the first month. It is going to be a real challenge meeting those percentages, but I am going to do my best.

I am starting from a level of fitness that is light years beyond where I was last March when I kicked my own ass into gear. I am 50 pounds lighter, Tim Tebow, I mean God only knows how much less % Body Fat. In order to take that to the next level, I have to truly dial in my nutrition and give every workout my absolute best effort.

When I am done with this in three months, it will be a year, almost to the day since my P90X start date (3/15/11).  I said back then that this was not a 3 month fad for me, that it was a life changing routine that I would stick with. The beauty of the P90X/Insanity/Asylum/X2 workouts is that there is so much variety that I don’t ever lose interest. When I need a change, I just change up to something else. Following these 3 months where I follow the program as it has been laid out, I will probably create a hybrid program with X2 and Insanity the Asylum. But lets focus on this first.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is me this morning. 187 pounds. I will continue to update throughout the next three months.

 

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One comment on “P90X2- The Journey Begins Today

  1. […] have mentioned before, one of the key features of P90X2 is the flexibility that is built into the program. P90X (the original) was very structured, and it had to be that way. The purpose of the program was […]

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