Day 8: Shoulders and Arms

This P90X workout is designed to develop the ‘glamour’ muscles as Tony Horton puts it.

Here are the moves:

There are 12 moves per round, for two rounds.

The cycle is Shoulders, Biceps, Triceps until all the exercises are complete. Hardest moves are the Congden Curls – curls while in a squatting position. Other notably difficult moves are the static arm curls, and the deep swimmer’s presses.

In the evening I did this ab workout from Sixpackshortcuts.


Day 7: Plyometric Cardio Circuit

The first workout video in the Insanity 60 day fitness program is something you never forget.

It’s just so soul destroyingly difficult that it’s hard to believe that anyone can actually finish the entire video without stopping. It is probably the most savage introduction to a workout regime ever.

I’m not trying to sell the Insanity program but it’s real bear of a program. The reviews on Amazon are incredibly positive. With people losing tens of pounds of fat over the 60 days. Obviously diet is a huge part of the success of these people, but there is no way that someone can do the insanity program and not see your body undergo massive metabolic and composition changes. You lose weight and gain lean muscle.

These guys give it a good go.

I gave it my best shot.

Day 6: Chest and Back

Today’s workout was P90X Chest and back.

The numbers show a mild improvement in some of my max-rep exercises compared to last week, although other reps seem to have just been borrowed earlier on, not to be replaced later in the workout. I’ve lined the two workouts up below, so you can see what I mean, understandably get bored very quickly, and move on to my other posts before heading back to the Facebooks.

Step Exercise Week 1 Week 2
Reps Weight (lbs) Reps Weight (lbs)
Standard Push-ups
22 30
16 13
Wide Front Pull-ups
8 9
4 5
Military Push-ups
13 16
9 5
Reverse Grip Chin-ups
7 7
3 4
Wide Fly Push-ups
20 22
12 10
Closed Grip Overhand Pull-ups
6 7
3 3
Decline Push-ups
13 12
8 6
Heavy Pants
10 35 10 35
10 35 10 35
Diamond Push-ups
10 11
5 4
8 40 10 40
8 40 10 40
Dive-bomber Push-ups
6 7
5 6
Back Flys
10 25 10 25
10 25 10 25

You may be interested to see that on some of the exercises, I did less than I did the previous week. However on balance, I did achieve more reps, which makes me happy. I was quite sore today, but not as sore as I was this time last

Day 5: Yoga grudge-match


Yoga is an inevitability. The older and more experienced I get, the more I realize that my fitness and athletic abilities are influenced by lots of  different styles of exercise. Yoga has become one of them.

Yoga for me is about developing a lot of different things. Two things that you probably don’t associate with it are  isometric strength, and isometric endurance.

The other things like flexibility, correct posture, balance and getting toned are all part of the benefit too.

But at this stage in the game, it feels more like a struggle to survive the hour. I’m aparrently going to get better at this over the coming weeks. For now it feels like I’ve survived some kind of physiotherapy session from hell, but in a good way. If that makes any sense.