I just finished my weekly round of X2 Yoga. I am still experiencing that euphoric feeling I always get afterwards. I know a lot of people who have done P90X hate the yoga, and I understand why. It is long, it is repetitive, and although it is “hard”, most people do not see the benefit.
I was never one of those people. Although X1 Yoga is really long (90 minutes) and somewhat repetitive, I did it every week and loved it. One of the major improvements in P90X2 is the yoga. It is about 60 minutes. It moves fast. It feels like a workout. And when I am done, I feel freaking amazing. Everything that was sore or tight or just didn’t feel right (my back is still bothering me) feels better after X2 Yoga.
My advice to anyone that is working out and does not take a day, or even two a week to focus on recovery, mobility and flexibility is not getting the max benefit that they could if they were to incorporate something like yoga.
I actually take three days a week. On Wednesdays I do P90X2 Recovery and Mobility (with my Rumble Roller) along with X2 Ab Ripper. On Saturdays I do X2 Yoga, and on Sundays I do Recovery and Mobility (or at least 30 minutes of foam rolling) followed by Ab Ripper X from P90X.
I have felt infinitely better since I started taking Wednesdays to do additional recovery. Don’t skip the yoga.
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.
One of the major differences from P90X to P90X2 is the presence of the Recovery and Mobility disk which is in my opinion a massive upgrade over X-Stretch, which was a major snooze fest.
The beautiful thing about Recovery and Mobility is the Foam Rolling sequence, that once you become familiar with, you really don’t need the disk to do. I find myself pulling out the foam roller at random times throughout the day.
There are aches and pains that I assumed, after 10 years of football, were going to be with me for the rest of my life. Two months of foam rolling and many of them are non-existent.
It truly is a magical tool. When I ordered my P90X2, I ordered the set that came with the smooth foam roller, instead of spending the extra money on the kit that included the Rumble Roller. I knew this was a mistake the first time I used the one I ordered and I quickly headed to Dicks sporting goods for an upgrade. I have made due with one from Dicks for a few months, but decided it was time and took the plunge. This is what was waiting for me when I got home this afternoon:
I immediately hit the floor and started working on some of my “hot spots”. Let me just say, I am in love with the thing. I was in a car accident in October, where I was rear-ended badly. My right Lat has been sore since, today was the first time I have found a way to relieve that pain. Here is comparison between the Rumble Roller, and the two that I was using previously:
With the increased intensity of the P90X2 routines, it is imperative to keep my body feeling as good as possible between workouts. Foam rolling is a huge part of that, and the Rumble Roller will now be my go to tool for Myofacial Release.