Monday, April 19, 2010

P90X - Day 1 - Chest and Back and Ab Ripper X

Today was the big day! I started my 90 day journey. My goals for the end of my 90 days are to be able to do some push ups from my toes, have a pretty looking downward dog (ie gain flexibility) and be more physically fit overall.

I am going to share my starting stats and hopefully as I progress through my 90 days there will be a positive change in these numbers. Here goes:

Weight - 140lbs
Height - 5ft 7inches
Body Fat Percentage - 29% (according to's body fat percentage calculator)

I decided to do another set of photos to mark day one of P90X. I will plan to take pictures at the 30, 60 and 90 day marks to see how I have progressed. I don't necessarily expect to achieve a HUGE change in my appearance as I do not plan to follow the nutrition plan that came with P90X. I plan to eat smarter, eat more protein, less refined sugar and white carbs. I want to up my fruit and veggie intake as well as increase my water intake.

Bust - 33"
Waist - 31" (at belly button)
Hips - 39"
Right Thigh - 22.5"
Left Thigh - 22.25"
Right Bicep - 10.25"
Left Bicep - 11.5"

I have to say that I am surprised by the discrepancy between my right and left biceps. I have noticed before that my left bicep pops up more when I flex it, but didn't give it much thought. You can definitely see the difference in the pictures. I hope that working out doing P90X will help to even them out.

There, now that that is out there, I will talk about my experiences with day one. I still feel jittery, so it must have been a good workout! Tony Horton (the creator of P90X) says at the beginning of the workout that Chest and Back is all about pushing and pulling and so it was. I still don't have a chin up bar, but we purchased a decent resistance band that I use for the back exercises. For the chest most of the exercises involve a variety of different push ups. I am keeping track of the numbers of each exercise I do so that I can track my progress and stay motivated by watching my improvements. I would like to brag for a minute and tell you that I did 51 push ups today! They varied from standard, military, wide fly, and diamond push ups. I must admit that I could not do any decline or dive bomber push ups, but those are pretty advanced moves. I feel no shame! As for the pull downs with the bands I did 91! My lats feel pretty jello-y, so I think I did a good job!

The last part of the work out today was Ab Ripper X. It is a 15 minute long workout for the abs that consists of eleven moves that are each done for twenty five reps. I of course could not do all of the reps for all of the exercises, but I did what I could and in the end I did 214 ab exercises out of a possible 349. Woohoo!

Tomorrow's workout is Plyometrics. They call it "the mother of all P90X workouts". I have tried it a couple of times already and it is tough. It is all about jumping. Jump squats, jump lunges, jump knee tuck, jump, jump, jump. One thing I find interesting is one of the people who is on that DVD doing the workout with Tony Horton has a lower leg prosthetic. I say, if he can do it, I have NO excuse! I have read online that some people end up vomiting during Plyo. I think I would stop and rest before getting to that point. I am looking forward to the challenge tomorrow :)

1 comment:

Dixie Vandersluys said...

You're looking awesome. Way to go!! I just took my measurements for the first time in 6 weeks. We're almost identical in numbers. Weird!