P90X2/Asylum Hybrid- Strength Phase

I can honestly say I did not think I would be this sore.

I did X2 Shoulders and Arms on Sunday and X2 Chest, Back and Balance yesterday. I was a little worried about Chest, Back and Balance because of my “injured” Lat muscle, so I took it easy on some of the pull-up moves. I actually feel pretty good today (not any more sore than usual).  On Monday my arms were killing me from Shoulders and Arms.

I think that my soreness speaks to the effectiveness of P90X and P90X2 because I have been doing similar, if slightly different routines for over a year, and yet I am still able to push myself to the point of sore muscles. Muscle Confusion works. When I did P90X2 for the first time, I did 3 weeks using the traditional Strength Phase workouts, a recovery week, and three more weeks doing the bonus DVDs that came with my kit. I think for this round, I am going to do a full month with Chest, Back and Balance and a recovery week. Followed by a full month using the bonus DVDs and a recovery week. I was a little disappointed with my 90 day results from my first round and I think it was because of the four weeks of PAP at the end. If I do the PAP workouts, it will be for a week at the end, just prior to our vacation to Cape Cod the last week of July. The other option I am considering is doing the Strength Phase workouts right up until then, treat the week in Cape Cod as recovery (with running, yoga etc.) and do a few weeks of PAP when we get back (I am leaning towards this).

If you didn’t see, the X2 Crew video posted to YouTube and TeamRIPPED.com this week:

I can be seen doing Pistol Squats and my before and after shots are near the end. I continue to believe that having the support of people doing similar programs is instrumental in achieving great results.

I have a few more samples of Shakeology available. I would love to get these sent out this week. Let me know if you are interested in receiving a free sample and I will get it sent out. Shakeology continues to be the essential foundation of my daily diet.

On a sad-ish note, I sold my motorcycle last night. I am glad that I sold it because it will give us the financial flexibility to do some things around the house that we want to get done (anyone know anything about building a deck?) On the other hand, I already miss having the freedom to just jump on the bike and go whenever I wanted.

I recorded this video while doing X2 Yoga on Saturday:

I have a long way to go until I can hold this for a full minute.

 

 

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Saturday Morning

I am sitting here drinking my coffee and preparing myself for some X2 Yoga on this gorgeous Saturday morning.

The house is incredibly quiet and I am finding myself overwhelmed with the lack of activity. I have no idea what to do with myself today.

Quick change of subject… I try really hard to not freak out over Avi getting older. I try to remember that no matter what I do, or how much I stress, she is going to grow up. And I can either enjoy the journey, or spend all that time stressing over it. Having said that, she turns 5 in two months and that reality is hitting me like a truck. Parents gush about their kids, it is what they do. So to sit here and talk about how amazing she is, I know I would sound like every other parent who thinks their kid is the greatest thing on the planet.

However, Avi is tremendous. She is easily the most emotionally developed 4-almost-5-year-old I have ever encountered. She understands things on an emotional plane that most children are not even aware of. I am finding it increasingly difficult to not shower her with everything she could possibly want. I don’t know that 5 is some kind of milestone, but it feels like it.

She made this for my kids at school:

Update

I cannot overstate how ready I am for this long weekend. Today is my Friday.

I have begun our Superhero Psychology project in my Psych classes and so far, the kids seem to be into it. I am doing a lesson today on how to watch a film critically so that they have some tools available to them when viewing superhero films later this month.

We watched this:

Which fit perfectly with what we are doing. After we learn how to view a film critically, we will be watching “Batman Begins” next week as we build on our project. I am using “Batman Begins” because it offers a perfect example of a Hero Arch for the students to follow and see and archetypical example.

I am starting to build the final project for my law classes. At this point I am unsure what I want them to do.

As far as my workouts go, I am in the midst of a much-needed recovery week. My back (I have a strained lat muscle on my right side) has been becoming increasingly sore, and I am starting to think about possible alternatives to my current workout program.

I will start Phase II of my X2/Asylum Hybrid on Monday.

I still have a few samples of Shakeology available for anyone who is interested in trying one out. Shoot me an email (terrancegilmore@gmail.com) or message me on Facebook with your address and what flavor you would like to try.

I stepped on the scale this morning for the first time in a few weeks and I was down about 3 pounds from where I was on April 15th. I can see a difference in how I look. I think the increased cardio of the Asylum is a large part of this.

I am still on my 1900 calorie diet which you can read more about under the Diet tab at the top of this page.

Aside from that, I am looking forward to the long weekend.

P90X2/Asyluym Hybrid: Recovery Week

This week is recovery week #1 and it has come at a really good time. I feel great and have been working really hard, but my body is beat and in need of a bit of rest.

I looked back at my workout sheets and realized that over the last three weeks, every Thursday morning, my workouts were suffering because of soreness/tiredness.

I have decided to start taking Wednesdays for Recovery and Mobility as well as doing both Ab Ripper X and X2 Ab Ripper.

I am getting to the end of the week and am just completely exhausted. I am hoping that by doing some serious Rumble Rolling and ab exercises on Wednesday, I will get to the end of the week and not be so drained.

Speaking of Recovery and Mobility, I did the full routine yesterday morning and it was glorious. I stopped following the disk a while ago because I got bored with it, and just rolled on my own. What I have found is that without the disk, I rush through the foam rolling and don’t get the max benefit of the Rumble Roller.

I took the beef cake (Mosley) for a run this morning and did about 2.5 miles in just under 20 minutes. I could go faster if I was dragging his lazy self behind me.

On a side note, we got the garage cleaned out for the first time in almost 5 years yesterday. It looks awesome out there, and I might consider doing my workouts out there this summer. I hate having to drag every thing out, only to put it back every morning.

Motorcyle for Sale

This is sort of a sad day.

I put my Motorcyle on Craigslist this morning.

When I accepted my current teaching position, I did so with th knowledge that it came with no guarantee of summer employment. I am finishing my Master’s degree this summer and I don’t know how much I will be able to work.

We have a ton of projects we want to do around the house (garage roof, sealed driveway, build a sweet deck) and have struggled trying to figure out how to afford it all.

I was riding my bike to work last Friday and I realized I was riding it more because I felt like I needed to, and less because I wanted to.

So with all of that being said, my 2002 Yamaha Roadstar Warrior is up for sale. The bike is in amazing condition considering it is 10 years old. It has (only) 7157 miles on it.

It is the perfect mix between sport bike and cruiser. It is inspected, but needs new tires.

I am looking to sell it quickly and will consider reasonable offers.

Let me know (terrancegilmore@gmail.com)

Dealing With Injuries

If you are working out hard, especially at home (as I know a ton of you are) you are going to experience some pain at some point.

Something is going to hurt, something is going to get pulled or strained or sprained.

I am the absolute last person who should be talking about this. Because when it comes to injuries from working out, I am notorious (just ask Danielle) for trying to work through the pain.

I have been dealing with an unhealed broken wrist since 2005 which forces me to do all my push ups on my fists. Instead of getting it looked at, having surgery or seeing someone who knows what is wrong with it, I just push through.  Nothing I do stretching or icing-wise makes any difference. It hurts all the time. If you check out my YouTube channel, you will see videos of me doing Crane to Handstand from X2 Yoga on my fists because I cannot do it the traditional way.

I was also in a car accident in October. My car was rear-ended and my right lat muscle has been sore ever since. Nothing I do seems to make a difference. It it just sore. I foam roll, I stretch, I have strengthened it and nothing has helped. Once again, like my wrist, I am sure what I need is some rest and rehab. Unfortunately for me, I am too stubborn to take the time I really need to recover. I know that every time I do a pull-up (or Asylum Strength like this morning) I am only aggravating the injury.

I spend a ton of time on my foam roller. I try to do everything right, but the one thing I really should do, that I don’t is take some time off.

My fear is that I have a tremendous amount of momentum going right now. I am over 450 days of working out, every day but rest day. I don’t want to lose what I have gained. I am sure there is something else I could be doing. With the weather turning nicer, I could potentially run more, or do a few months of just Insanity, which doesn’t include any pull-ups.

For the time being, my way of dealing with pain and injury, is to not deal with it at all, but just push through it. Which I am well aware, is only going to hurt me in the long-run. Maybe it is time to rethink my approach?