Until yesterday, I hadn’t run since December 23.
Kate and I started P90X, a 90-day fitness program, on December 26. P90X, which doesn’t leave time or energy for running, promotes physical improvement through muscle confusion.
By employing intensive, ever-changing workouts, muscle confusion helps bodies adapt and grow, ensuring they never plateau. Cardio and muscle fitness improve through P90X because participants don’t get accustomed to training routines, which can deter or stop fitness progress.
If Kate hadn’t been my P90X partner, I would have chucked the program after the second day. I couldn’t lift my arms to scratch my neck, and the diet and water intake changes were dramatic. Several days into the program, I’d gained six pounds — which reviewers say is the normal result of the water absorption that occurs as inefficient muscles become efficient.
The first three weeks of P90X — which is delivered on 12 DVDs and through two information books — revolve around six days of 60- to 90-minute workouts with the seventh day devoted to rest or a 59-minute stretching circuit. On three of the six workout days — which focus on chest and back, plyometrics or cardio, shoulders and arms, yoga, legs and back and kenpo — participants also complete a 16-minute ab ripper routine.
I thought my first ab ripper workout would be my last.
But somehow, I kept moving forward. And today, 26 days after starting P90X, I’m shedding body weight and inches. Pants and coats that were snug now fit nicely.
I’m looking forward to the rest of the P90X program. I’ve experienced positive results and am excited about the next two months.
Meanwhile, Kate and I ran our classic six-mile route Saturday. It was awesome.
The mercury in Independence hit 62 F — ideal for running — and we were both itching to hit the road. We covered the six-mile route at an easy, 11 minute/mile pace and had a great conversation along the way.
I hope you’re logging some great runs and nailing your fitness goals in the new year. Reply to this post to let us know what targets you’re pursuing in 2013 and how you’re progressing.
Kansas City Runner