Last June I was sitting poolside with my sister-in-law. She was clad in a pretty two piece swimsuit looking fit and tone with her 6 month old daughter in her lap. Could she be any more obnoxious? I kid, of course. I'm quite fond of my sister-in-law. I asked how she shed the baby weight and she mentioned some gibberish about P something-numbers-letters. It didn't really register.
Just recently I read Danielle's review of P90X and it all came back to me. I was able to borrow a set of the DVDs from a friend of my brother's and began working out on the April 1st. I'm not sure how to organize my thoughts in a post, so forgive me if they come out jumbled.
Firstly, I found Danielle's comparison of Tony Horton to Michael Scott dead on. I think if I had not read that post first, I would find Tony obnoxious. Actually, I agree with a lot of what Danielle wrote. These workouts are very challenging. I've been a runner for over 20 years and while not super skinny, am in decent cardiovascular shape. I was very sore for the first two weeks. But that's what I love - I know I'm not wasting my time with these DVDs. This is the #1 reason why I'm still at it.
These workouts are also addictive. I am an unbearable grump if I miss a day. My family is pretty insistent that I prioritize my workouts because they don't want to be around me otherwise. Even on scheduled days off, I'm out biking or sneaking in an Ab Ripper. I can manage morning workouts during my daughter's piano practice while my son draws nearby. Warning: I have accidently kicked a child or two during the Kenpo X workout. Make sure they give you enough space!
I've never really been able to enjoy working out to a DVD because I'm easily distracted thinking that I should be vacuuming or dusting. Funnily enough, another attribute of the P90X program are the breaks. Thirty second breaks here and there are enough for me to dash to the washing machine to switch out loads. I also keep a cordless vacuum nearby so when I am in plank position, staring at all those crumbs under our hutch I can make a quick sweep while Tony's setting up for the next move.
Results. Well, that's a little bit tricky to assess. I've lost just a pound or so in the last four weeks but I keep finding all these weird lumps in my legs and arms. I think they are muscles (I can even see ab muscles!) Regardless, I feel so good about what I've accomplished that I fully intend to continue. I'm not only finishing most of the workouts now, but adding more weight, reps, and some days even a second full workout.
My favorite workouts are the Cardio X and Legs and Back. My least favorite is Yoga X. I've never been able to get excited about yoga. I have some wrist issues, so spending a good chunk of time in Downward Dog is a real problem for me. I am so not getting into the debates over Catholics practicing Yoga. It's enough for me that my wrist prevents me from doing it. The end.
So that's my two cents. It's definitely the best at home workout I've ever tried and the only one I've ever consistently done.