Yet again I'm posting a P90X blog a little late. Not that there's much to tell about Week 8 since it was the "recovery phase" of the second training block. No intense cardio or resistance workouts, unless you count core synergistics. I remember that workout being pretty intense the first month. This month it was still pretty challenging, but not nearly as bad as I remember.
The hardest exercises are the "prison cell pushups" and the "squat to chataranga" runs. They're both variations of a move we did in boot camp called "8 count body builders". You probably did something similar to them in school called "squat thrusts". Though the "squat runs" are difficult from the sheer mechanics of it - you get into a pushup position and then run in place while down there.
I also tried the "Cardio X" workout for the first time ever. It wasn't bad, actually. It was an interesting combination of all the other cardio workouts: yoga, kenpo, plyometrics, etc. Next time Kenpo X comes around I might substitute it with Cardio X.
I did do a lot of running during Week 8, though. In two days I ran 13 miles (that's a half marathon). Then ran another 8 miles on the Sunday and then another 8 on the Wednesday. That's a heck of a lot of running. I think I need it to break even on the relative ease of doing yoga and "x stretch" four of seven days.
Oh yeah, for the first time in a long long time I took a day off. Didn't even do the X Stretch, just bummed around the house from the time I woke up until the time I went to bed. I also brewed a beer that night with Alisa.
What sucks is that I wound up GAINING four pounds that week! Arrgh! I was 172 on the 15th and was shocked to see I was 176 on the 22nd. How'd that happen? I didn't pig out and I did plenty of running and other cardio that week. Not that I REALLY care about the numbers on the scale anymore, but I'd just love to understand where all this weight comes from. Same thing with those times where I loss two pounds overnight - how's that happen?!
Something I'm doing now for the hell of it is weighing myself daily. I know I probably shouldn't, but I want to see if I can track any weigh lose associated with the "cool sculpting." It probably wasn't a good idea to get that done right before a beer festival, though.
Oh yeah, that's right. TAP NY is this coming weekend - two days of lots of beer and food. I'm going to do my normal P90X workout Saturday morning before we leave and Sunday is yoga day so I guess I can do that in the hotel room if I feel I can do it. I'll do legs & Back when we get back on Monday morning (if I can).
Hard to believe I only have 4 more weeks of P90X left! Well, five technically this block there's four straight weeks of resistance/cardio workouts and then Week 13 is the last "recovery phase" but I may skip it. I'm already anxious about what to do after I'm done with this program. Going back to the gym and lifting weights seems so boring now.