Maren puts the X in P90X

P90X Chest & Back just isn’t the same since I learned about Maren’s previous career

Maren P90X Chest & Back

How can you be in that much pain and have that much fun?

It becomes a totally different video when Tony Horton tells her to go deeper, or when he tells her it hurts in a good way. And all those faces she makes…oh dear.

My pull-up progress is s-l-o-w. I did this workout at home with my guy yesterday, and put the bench behind me when I was using the pull-up bar. I could do maybe 5 for each pullup, and I am feeling it today.
For Round 1, I did push-ups on my toes, and went to my knees for Round 2, so my push-ups are coming along nicely.



Today’s workout – P90X Chest, Shoulders, and Triceps and butterscotch protein shake

I did this workout at home today, because I would be ashamed for people at the gym to see me fall flat on my face while attempting plyo push-ups. Although I managed 10 today! (on my knees) That’s the most I’ve ever been able to do.

I worked so hard today I wasn’t even thrown off when Tony Horton kept calling this guy by the wrong name.

Dave, David, Davey, anything, even Sean

Today’s protein shake:

  • 1/2 Trader Joe’s fat-free cottage cheese
  • 1 scoop CrioSport 100% Whey in vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon Truvia
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons sugar-free butterscotch pudding mix
  • 1/4 teaspoon xantham gum
  • however much water fits in the Magic Bullet canister

I gave the canister a good shake and blended it up on the Magic Bullet. 277 calories, 2.5 grams fat, 12.7 grams carbs, 41 grams protein. I could probably get regular cottage cheese to add in some fat.

Butterscotch Protein Shake


Very tasty! Just like a regular butterscotch milkshake (almost)


P90X Legs & Back workout today

This is not my favorite of the P90X videos. The people in this video don’t seem to like each other too much, and Tony Horton just talks way too much in this one, even though I typically enjoy Hortonisms. I can do this video in 35 minutes using the P90X book instead of the video. That’s a LOT of chatting time.

I did this at home today instead of at the gym. The legs portion is hard to do since there is limited floor space for stuff like Siebers speed skaters, and also because I’m trying to do kipping pull-ups now, and that’s kind of embarrassing to do in public.

I found this YouTube video explaining how to do them.

Basically, it’s using momentum to get my chin up to the bar. I can make it about half-way if I kip, so I’m feeling like I’m making some progress.


No more TRX

I still have a few sessions left, but I may not use them (at $20 for 20 classes, I think I got my money’s worth for the classes I did attend). I really like TRX; it’s a lot of fun, but… I’m so used to P90X and the idea that I need to work one or two body parts fully once a week. TRX is a full-body workout, so by working everything, I felt like I wasn’t working anything. Except my core. My core burned after every session. And since it was a class, it’s not like I could tell the instructor that I want to do back today, triceps next session, glutes the session after that…If I had my own TRX, I could do that. Although I’d be afraid of pulling down a wall. I’d have to take it to the park and attach it to a jungle gym or something.

Anyway, it’s back to P90X. I did Chest & Back Monday, and I can still feel it today. I am trying to go heavier with the weights, do as many push-ups on my toes as possible, and I’m using the assisted pull-up machine at the gym to help me get to doing at least one on my own.  Tomorrow I’ll do Shoulders & Arms. P90X is flexible enough of a program that I can keep doing it indefinitely.


Yesterday’s Workout(s)

Yesterday my fantastic gym was having a party – it was the gym’s 47th anniversary and it was tied in with breast cancer awareness month. So, instead of going to TRX class like I’ve been doing on Mondays, I went to my gym. When I was there I did:  Couch to 5k, Week 1 Day 1 (trying to improve my speed, so I’m starting over); P90X Chest and Back (love doing this at the gym where I can use the assisted pull-up machine); and I went to spin class. After that I walked home.

Here’s my summary for C25K: Not bad, I think, although I ran through a couple of the recovery walks, so I didn’t follow it exactly. I need to learn to trust the program. My goal is a steady 10-minute mile.

Average pace was 12:14 per mile, including walking periods.

It was so much fun at the gym – very festive, even though we were commemorating both the good (gym’s anniversary) and the bad (breast cancer). I think because it’s a women’s gym, breast cancer awareness takes on a new importance.

There was even a DJ!

Hey Mr. DJ play my favorite song