I've been busy with work and moving my other blog to a new domain/hosting provider so whilst I've been updating the @P90XTwits with my routines, I haven't remembered to update these.
NO, I did not take a week off! ;) I decided to carry on to week 4 and not repeat week 3 despite missing a couple of days due to a pinched nerve in my neck due to BJJ.
I've really enjoyed week 4 as it's been a return to P90X routines with the odd P90X+ sprinkled in. Basically, Week 4 is a "rest" week from the cardio and back to the strength routines from X. I missed the old X ;(
At any rate, onto week 5 with a visit from my old friend Plyometrics.
This is going to be an interesting week. I am traveling internationally to Europe in one of those all day/night scenarios for meetings/dinner/etc.
An uneventful but satisfying workout of Upper Plus (getting better with balance/form/core strength) was followed by a particularly vicious hour-long session of BJJ. When I got home after a nasty neck crank, I managed to stretch out and then bang out abs/core plus.
This week is going to suck schedule-wise as I have a conference in-town that will make my workouts harder than were I staying at a hotel out of town given travel to/from the show.
I'm starting to enjoy the Upper Plus routine. I really should have continued with the bands I think, but I went back to the SelectTech dumbbells because they were convenient.
I'm getting better with the form on most exercises, but balance-focused ones like the warrior swim still are difficult.
I'm not getting as much out of the pumper curls as I should and the clean to negatives still have me a bit stymied.
Next week I think I'll turn up the weight a bit assuming I'm happy with my form, though with many of these routines, it's about form/time rather than weight.
Abs/Core Plus is enjoyable, but I miss the ab-targeted burn of Ab Ripper X.
I've found that I'm really not very symmetric as it comes to being coordinated for some of the exercises such as the wood chopper and discus thrower. I'm OK on the twisting to the left, but I am a complete goober when it comes to the right hand side.
The pelvic tilt and plank sphinx with plange also have me concerned form-wise.
I also am not convinced I'm doing the "bomb" portion of the Cherry Bomb properly.
I'm writing this and the next couple of entries after the fact...
This week is going to be interesting inasmuch as Monday-Wednesday I will be traveling to a conference which has me tied up from 7am-10pm each day, so that doesn't leave much time to exercise.
Today was supposed to be an hour flight from BOS -> DCA. Thanks to a NorEaster, the trip took almost 10 hours. I got to my hotel at 8pm. I ate dinner, waited an hour and then did UBP and AC+ in my hotel room after digesting ;)
I didn't have the ability to do the pull-ups as I only had bands and I couldn't replicate things like L-pullups with them, so I had a lower calorie burn than usual. The workout was totally doable and just as much fun in the hotel room as at home.
This was the first full workout I've done with the bands, and I have to say that I was very impressed by the pump I got with them. The bands keep my form more strict and really work the isometric angle, so I may convert over to bands for the remainder of this round entirel.