This was my first time doing X2 Base + Back. During the warm-up, I heard Tony say “It’s Plyo and Pull-ups, what’s better?” I knew I was in trouble lol good lord. Two of the things I’m the worst at. I JUST finally got my chin-up bar last week; today is the first time I incorporated it. What has two thumbs, two aching shoulder sockets and can’t do one real pull-up? THIS GIRL! … yet, yet yet yet! I WILL do one full pull up from a dead hang. It is my new goal, and I WILL reach it! Today was not that day lol all of my pull-ups were chair assisted, and they were still tough.
This was a HELLOVA routine, from start to finish. My entire body is shaking like jello, head to toe… crazy intense.
Today’s Biggest Improvement:
Superman Banana X - I was able to flip from Superman (on your stomach) to Banana (on your back) three whole times without any toe or hand assistance! This probably seems like a small accomplishment but it is not as easy as you might think. Back to tummy, not hard, tummy to back…. quite a bit harder.
Superman Banana X
Today’s “Not so spectacular” Move :
Chair Jumps - This is really a very simple move, and individually they are not hard to do. The quick repetitions is what makes it tough for me. I’m only able to do 10 in a row with perfect form before having to stop and breathe (ok pant heavily & shake my quads, semantics). I’m able to do more, just need a break in between. My goal next week will be to do 13 without a break.
This was my first time doing X2 Shoulders + Arms. I thought I would love it, and I DID! My favorite part of P90X and Asylum were the resistance workouts, and this one did not disappoint. Nothing makes you feel like a strong, sexy woman quite like lifting weights. And don’t get me wrong… this isn’t weight lifting for bulk. This is weight lifting for lean, sexy, strong muscle. The kind of muscle that helps you burn fat, kicks up your metabolism… we could all use a little more of that!
Day 31 was Recovery + Mobility. I won’t be posting on those days as it would be boring to hear about my rolling around on the Rumble Roller for a couple of hours.
Favorite Move of the Day:
Six Direction Shoulder Fly - Aaaaah this is such a beautiful move!! I wanted to do more than 8, but that’s all I could manage. I did my best to give you a good example of this move below. Just imagine moving through those stances, in a fluid motion… gorgeous muscle burn!
Six Direction Shoulder Fly
Today’s “Need Improvement” :
I actually do not have one - I really did kill this workout. My arms are strong, and I knew I’d do well. It’s so exciting when I can live up to the expectations I have for myself, and I did today! I of course will work on upping weight throughout this phase. Today I mostly used my 7 lb & 5 lb weights. Had to use my 3 lbs a few times as well for the really tough kickbacks, but overall I did very well. 12-15 reps for every exercise, and as much weight as I could possibly handle the first time around. Feeling great today! Can’t wait for this workout next week.
By the way, X2 Ab Ripper is a BEAST of an ab workout. I have never worked my midsection so hard in such a short amount of time as I have with this and the original Ab Ripper X. If you need a phenomenal ab routine, do it… period. It’s bananas.
Woot Phase II Begins!
If you’re wondering what happened to Day 28, it’s a Recovery & Mobility day… lots of foam rolling so there’s nothing exciting to report. I took a couple of extra rest days before starting Phase II because of wrist issues. My core wasn’t as strong as it needed to be when I started P90X2, so many of the balance moves put more pressure on my wrists than normally would. Instead of modifying to keep my wrists safe, I pushed myself and ended up with some wrist pain. Nothing major, but I listened to my body this time and took the couple of recovery days that I needed.
I still had a tiny bit of wrist pain going into today’s workout, so I modified quite a bit just to be safe, to give my wrists just a little bit more healing time. I also didn’t have a pullup bar yet (yes, yes I know… bad!) so I had to modify the pullups as well as the pushups. That being said, I can’t pretend I’d have been able to do the pullups WITH the bar lol … when I say CRAZY pullups, I mean CRAAAAZY pullups!
Lever Pullup .... WTF right?! Bananas.
I’m so happy to be into Phase II already. It’s going so fast, and I feel SO strong. Getting there… getting there
Today’s “Surprised My Own Damn Self”:
Elevated Stability Ball Pushups - I cannot believe I was able to do 5 of these! I didn’t have as much depth in my pushups as I’d like, but I kept my balance (promise you it’s not as easy as it looks) and was able to pull off 5!
Elevated Stability Ball Pushup
Today’s “There’s No Way” :
Chattarocker - Uuuuuuh, hmmmmm, ok! I couldn’t even do one of these properly. I laughed at myself the whole time, can’t even try to describe what these devilish little things are, and pictures can’t possibly do it justice. My goal is to do at least 3 REAL reps, (without flopping on the floor like a fish) before I move on to Phase III.