The week is flying by, over half way there and I have to day I’m hating it but loving. Total was Total Body and really the first day of off balance training. Between boing push ups, med ball push ups and warrior 3 kickbacks I struggled through this. Again as I watched it last night I was familiar with the routines so I could concentrate on my form and range of motion. Honestly I went easy on the weights today, thats one thing with X2 you really can’t go heavy, I’m looking at you triceps kickbacks on a stability ball. My left side is not as strong as my right so I had to take a few short stops to reassert positions etc, but that will come with time.
I actually didn’t use any weight above 7 kg today, it was assessing by tolerance and I certainly don’t want to go too heavy on the first day and do some damage.
Todays workout clocked in at an awesome 1 hour 2 minutes and burned 653 calories, very close to Plyocide burn. Again you have the 20 minutes of warmup, 8 minute cool down and 34 minute workout.
Equipment wise there was a lot, dumbbells, PowerBlocks, Stability ball, Rumble Roller, Medicine Balls (5kg x 2), mat and pull up station. The BeachBody Chin Up bar is the superior one here, I could only do 3 positions not 4 on mine, so the BeachBody one made an appearance today.
Post workout I’ve been wondering what am I going to get out of this programme, sadly today I got no pump – I need to go heavier perhaps. But my core was engaged throughout the entire workout and that’s what I am looking for – I’m building a strong core fitness, I’ve noticed a visible tightening above the hips and abs already. When I first started in body building I spent the first 6 months focused on core moves and building a core strength to handle the big lifts (deadlifts, squats, bench press etc) and it served me well. I never damaged or injured myself seriously, yes a few minor niggles but nothing that sidelined me for weeks or months. Often when I got a niggle I would take that as a sign from my body to take a rest week, some active recovery and stop lifting the heavy weights that week. It worked and with the inbuilt recovery weeks in the BeachBody programmes this also works.
This afternoon its X2 Ab Ripper, I was a fan of the original and thought the X3 one was fair but nothing like the original. This one will be interesting. Yes I don’t do Ab Ripper immediately after my workout, its 2 fold. Firstly it’s timing, doing both leaves your workout at 80 minutes. Glycogen levels are depleted and the 62 minute routine is tough enough some rest is required. Secondly, first thing in the morning I just do not have the time 60 minutes yes, 80 no – with a family to get out Ab Ripper can wait.
I’ll post a very quickly later about the Ab Ripper but tomorrow is my favourite – Yoga. More posts tomorrow; not just on Yoga but a blog about the alternative yoga routines especially the behemoth P90X Yoga at 90 minutes!!!!!
Yours in fitness & health