Wednesday, December 16, 2009
I finished Round one of P90X tonight!! I promised to post pictures so here they are. I still have two rounds left and I am by no means where I want to be, but I am starting to see results!! Right Bicep- End of round one Left Bicep- End of round one Ab shot- End of round one Day one These last two days, I have been able to really bring it. I have even added jumping roping to the end of each workout to burn a few extra calories. I have no idea where this extra motivation is coming from, but I am loving it! To track my calories burned per workout and throughout the day I use the Bodybugg. This is the device that they use on the Biggest Loser. The Bodybugg is truly amazing, but a little expensive. Monday I burned a total of 2,438 calories and I lost one pound Tuesday morning. Tuesday I did not wear the Bodybugg but lost 2 pounds on Wednesday morning. Since my P90X workout this evening I have burned 813 calories. The goal is to burn more calories than you eat to have a calorie deficit which results in weight loss. Here are some highlights of the bodybugg: - Tracks calories burned (over 90% accurate) - Automatically calculates your Resting Metabolic Rate - Has a built in pedometer to track steps - Tracks calories burned per minute (in real time if you have the watch) - Comes with a free 6 month web-based program that allows you to input calorie consumption - Web-based program monitors and calculates calorie deficit or surplus - You can purchase the Bodybugg at 24 Hour Fitness or go to www.bodybugg.com
Friday, December 4, 2009
My best friend, Ashley, has somehow talked me into competing in a triathlon in August of 2010. This will be our first triathlon. I am so excited and scared at the same time. I have no idea what to expect, but I am looking forward to the challenge. I cannot wait to see what it feels like to be in a competitive situation where I will be pushed, both mentally and physically, to the next level. The sprint triathlon that we are competing in is the Tri for the Cure- a Women's Triathlon at the Cherry Creek State Park in Denver, Colorado. We will be swimming .5 miles, biking 11.4 miles and running 3.1 miles. Below is the course map.
So the next question is how in the world do I train for this? After doing some research, I found that most triathlon training programs suggest that you start with a strength based workout and then add swimming, biking and running intervals about 18 weeks prior to the race. P90X looks to be the perfect workout to jump start my training! Right now I am 3 weeks into P90X and I am already seeing some killer results. My arms, shoulders, back and legs are starting to become more defined and my thighs feel rock hard. The Beachbody Recovery drink is really helping my muscles recover faster, not to mention that the orange Recovery drink tastes amazing and is very addicting! For more information on the triathlon go to http://triforthecure-denver.com.
Friday, November 20, 2009
I just completed week 2 of P90X. Well... sort of. To be honest I skipped Yoga and I have not completed Kempo. Although I am mad at myself for not completing these two workouts, I have accepted that sometimes life just gets in the way. I had to make a decision as to what was more important and this week I chose friends and family. I am excited to get back on track and work really hard this coming week. I have not measured myself since I have started, but I can tell I am losing inches just by the way my clothes are fitting. I can't wait to post my 30 days pictures so you all can see my progress! Here is a quick overview of weeks 1-3 in the life of P90X: Day 1: Chest, Back & Ab Ripper X- mostly push ups, pull ups and abs Day 2: Plyo- intense cardio that is pretty similar to Insanity (heismans, tires, pond jumping, jump shots) Day 3: Shoulders, Arms & Ab Ripper X- here you mainly life weights working on various arm and shoulder muscles and of course abs Day 4: Yoga- advanced yoga positions, balancing positions and stretching Day 5: Legs, Back & Ab Ripper X- squats, wall squats, calf raises, pull ups and abs Day 6: Kempo- cardio with kickboxing moves Day 7: Rest! Keep bringing it everyone and remember that it is okay to miss a workout every once in awhile when something really important comes up in your life.
Sunday, November 8, 2009
I am happy to report that I started P90X on Saturday! Only two days into it and I am extremely sore. It must be working! Here are my starting body measurements and fitness test results so you can see my progress. I will post my before and after picture once I finish phase 1 (30 days). Body Measurements weight: 130.4 Waist 32 Hips 36 Chest 33 R/L Arm 11.5 R/L Thigh 22.5 Body Fat 26.3% Test Results Pull Ups (palms in) 2 Pull Ups (palms out) 1 Vertical Leap 12 Push ups from Toes 25 Inches from Toes -4 (means I cannot touch my toes!) Ins & Outs 35 Wall Squats 1 min 11 sec Arm Curls 12lbs/13 reps Overview Day 1 is Chest and Back. During this exercise you do different variations of push ups, pull ups and weight lifting. I burned 1527 calories for the entire day; however, I only wore the Bodybugg during this workout. My Bodybugg wasn't working right so I am not sure how many were burned during this specific workout. At my peak, I burned 5 calories per second. Day 2. I didn't leave myself enough time on Saturday to do Ab X so I added it to today's workout. Ab X is all out the abs and strengthening of your core. Even though this workout is only 15 minutes, the moves are designed to make your abs burn. Day 2 is Plyometrics. Going into this workout I had no idea what to expect. Let me tell you, this workout is gut wrenching! Tony has you do lunges, squat jacks, heismans, frog jumps and other moves similar to what you do in the Insanity program. By the end of the 58 minute workout I was exhausted and could hardly move. I have burned 1434 calories so far today. Bodybugg projects that if I am sedentary for the remainder of today I will burn around 1700 calories. At my peak, I burned 6.4 calories per second. Tomorrow is Shoulders & Arms and Ab X.
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Hi everyone, welcome to my blog! This is the first time I have ever "blogged" so bare with me. This week I made a personal commitment to myself to embarked on a new fitness journey and to push myself like never before. My goal is to get extreme results! This decision came from the fact that I am turning 27 this coming Tuesday. I came to a realization that I only have 3 years until I hit 30. I realized that I had been continually telling myself that I still have time to get in shape and that it is okay to put off the workout. This thinking stops now!! To help push me along in my journey and to keep me accountable I have signed up to become a Beach Body Coach. The Beach Body workouts are amazing and I truly believe there is a Beach Body workout program for everyone. In my Beach Body library I currently own Turbo Jam, Insanity and I just ordered P90X. If you have questions about any of these programs or other Beach Body products just let me know. You can find me on Facebook or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I am excited to share my journey with you and hopefully inspire you to push play!