Sunday, January 30, 2011

Get Ready for Phase 2

Well, today I just relaxed and caught up on my rest. I didn't do anything particularly productive. I'm looking forward to the start of a new week. I resume P90X strength training this week and will continue to try getting cardio 5-6x this week as well.

Bring it for phase 2!

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Cardio Day

Today was also full of entertaining, but I did manage to get in an hour of cardio late at night.  I worked the treadmill again, and this time did a mix of incline walking and flat speed walking/jogging. The first 30 minutes, I tried to focus on keeping my heart rate in the 65% range, which is always hard for me to do. Then, I moved into 20 minutes of pure incline walking, and that was tough!  I used a combination of 6% incline, 10% incline and 12% incline (max).

All in all, I was really proud of myself for not letting my eyes close on the day without getting some physical activity in.

Good night!

Friday, January 28, 2011

Cardio Day

Well, today turned out nothing like I'd planned. We wound up having company come in from out of town, so I completely modified my exercise schedule. I got in 50 minutes on the treadmill in the morning. I'd planned to do a circuit workout in the evening, but I was busy cleaning, cooking, and getting the house ready for guests. So, I just had the one workout today, but it was a good one!  I did a combination of steady state and intervals. My heart was pumping, and I was sweating. Good fun!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

A Day of Rest Will Do You Good

As expected, I woke up this morning feeling much better!  I was full of energy and ready to get my day started!

I did 75 minutes of treadmill walking this morning. It's amazing how much of a sweat I worked up and how elevated my heartrate was by just walking!

Tonight I did Cathe's Lower Body Blast, which I really enjoyed.  It was a good training session, but moved quickly and kept my heart rate elevated. I look forward to doing this workout again in the future. I didn't do any additional cardio afterwards; I was looking forward to dinner :-D.
Tonight was my mini-carb load with my dinner meal. I was so excited...amazing what looking forward to 1/2 of a sweet potato and 1/2 cup of brown rice will do to a girl.  I ate so slowly and savored every bite...I earned it!

Now after a hot shower and a mini-facial, it's time to hit the sack...hard....Ciao...

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Rest Day....

Used today as a rest day...I pretty busy at work, and needed extra time to get some tasks completed.  I was actually pretty tired and am going to bed early.  I'm sure I'll feel better tomorrow, after a good night's sleep.

My eating today was not great. I didn't eat enough.  I also had (and indulged) a sweet craving.  So, I'll try to get some extra cardio in tomorrow to try to balance out, as well as really make sure to get more protein and good fats in my diet tomorrow.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Cardio Week Continues....

At lunch today, I did my own 5-minute warmup followed by 40 minutes on the elliptical (mostly steady state).  I then did about 15 minutes of Cathe's Ab Circuits #5. 

I was feeling tired and abbreviated my evening workout to 35 minutes. I did 22 minutes on the elliptical (again steady state) and 3 sets of high rep barbell squats (95lbs). I did some light stretching and then watched the State of the Union address delivered by the President.

Again, I know that I am going to sleep like a baby again tonight :-)....

Monday, January 24, 2011

Cardio & Stretching

This week is technically recovery week (from the P90X strength workouts), and I'm using the opportunity to load up on cardio, full body circuit training, and stretching.

Tonight's workout focus was on high intensity cardio training, mostly interval style. I hit it hard with 65 minutes of elliptical work, followed by 5 minutes of jump rope.  I closed my day out with 45 minutes of P90X: X Stretch before bed. I felt so proud of myself for working so diligently!

Tomorrow, I plan to get up early and do some cardio, maybe 30-40 minutes worth.  Then, I will use my evening workout time doing some type of circuit workout and another 30-40 minutes of cardio. That's the plan anyway...for now, I'm going to sleep good :-)

Sunday, January 23, 2011

RIP Jack LaLanne

Sadly, fitness legend Jack LaLanne has passed.  Read the article here:

RAVE: Patrick Goudeau's Lean Hot Body

Okay, okay, okay, I know the title of this workout makes you smile...but, I did it for the first time. All I can say is a resounding, enthusiastic:

Seriously, this workout rocked and has quickly earned a spot on my 'favorite workouts' list!!! This is my first workout purchase of Patrick's, but I have seen him on FitTV in the past. He is excellent. I did the 60-minute workout. There is also a 10-minute add-on abdominal section, which I didn't do. You need 2 sets of weights - medium and heavy. I chose 15's and 20's. They were right for me for most of the workout (had to make a few adjustments here and there). Note - There are no water breaks in this puppy. It just keeps moving.

Anyway, here are some of my thoughts regarding the workout:
  • Moved quickly and was well sequenced
  • High energy music that kept me moving
  • Patrick's cueing was simply outstanding!
  • Very creative combinations
  • Kept me challenged for the entire workout
  • Strong, effective warmup that gradually increased heart rate. But, once it was up, it was up (high) for the rest of the workout I was actually anaerobic for the majority of the workout.
  • No dread factor - even on the more challenging moves, I didn't feel intimidated. I at least had the courage to try everything.
  • Patrick has a wonderful personality and teaching style. I loved him!
Although I did have to take breaks and hit pause often to let my heart rate come down a bit, I felt this was one of the most effective workouts that I've done so far this year. I didn't preview the workout first, and I didn't have too many problems following along. I'm sure that as I get more familiar with the workout, I will personally be smoother in my execution. I can definitely see how this workout will lean you out and improve one's overally conditioning. I am really looking forward to doing this again, and even more to when I won't have to press pause as much. I'm not sure if the workout is chaptered. I seemed to recall hearing that it wasn't, so I didn't even try for fear of interrupting the workout too much.
In conclusion, I'm going to even go so far as to say that this workout gives Paul Katami's Hollywood Bootcamp 4x4 a run for its money. That is saying alot because, like so many of us on the forum, I really thought that Paul's Bootcamp workout was/is a 5-star bootcamp workout. This workout isn't the same structure as Paul's (i.e. 4:00 blocks of work with 0:30 rest), but I would still categorize it as a bootcamp style, circuit training workout. I am so ELATED to have both of these workouts in my collection!!

Here's a trailer of the workout if you haven't seen it.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Week 3: P90X Recap

Well, try as I may, I found so may ways to 'do my workout later', that I wound up just taking the day off from training.  I was actually pretty sore from my workouts on Thursday & Friday. Katami really worked me hard in that bootcamp workout, as did the modifications that I made to Back & Biceps. Not to mention, for some reason my calves were really sore today!  I think it may be from wearing my Vibram Five Fingers during that bootcamp workout.  I love those things, but my feet are still getting used to them since I use them so infrequently.

Anyway, I just counted today as a rest day and will make up Legs & Back next week during recovery week. For some reason, I have a dred factor about Legs & Back. Once I get into it, I think it's okay, but I have a hard time getting motivated to do that one.

Recap Fitgirl-ATX's Week 3 Results
Sunday, 1/16: OFF
Monday, 1/17: P90X - Chest/Sh/Tri + 10 mins rowing
Tuesday, 1/18: Fitgirl's 1000 swings & 1000 Step-ups Challenge. The actual workout consisted of timed rounds. I completed 10 rounds with a total of 603 swings, 1264 step-ups plus a burn-out set. Each Timed Rounds consisted of: 2:00 KB Swings @ 16kg; 2:00 Step-ups; 2:00 rest. I gave the details of how I did this in my post from Tuesday, so I won't repeat myself here.
Wednesday, 1/19: OFF
Thursday, 1/20: 10 mins P90X+ Kenpo Cardio+ & Paul Katami Hollywood Bootcamp. I actually did the full bootcamp workout. I used 12# DB's for all weighted exercises except iron cross. I used 3# and 5# for iron cross). I love this workout!!!
Friday, 1/21: P90X: Back & Biceps, 1/2 of ARX
Saturday, 1/22: OFF

Also, I did post my Gcal workout calendar at the bottom of the blog.  I personally like to see it broken down on a monthly view.

I'm excited to start week 4.  It's recovery week. I'll use it to take a break from the P90X weight-centric workouts and will focus on cardio endurance, full-body circuits, and stretching.  I also plan to try some of the P90X+ workouts this week.  I'm looking forward to it.  I really want to increase my cardio frequency during the scheduled 'recovery' weeks as well, but I will still enjoy at least 1 full day off from training. We'll see how this goes...

Friday, January 21, 2011

P90X: Back & Biceps and Ab Ripper X

Tonight, I did Back & Biceps.  I was somewhat reluctant going into it, but I was so glad when I got into it.  However, I took the liberty of making a few changes to the workout (you know me ;-D).  For those of you who don't know, Back & Biceps basically consists of 6 blocks of exercises. Each block is sequenced as follows: pull-up variations, back exercise, and 2 bicep exercises. 

Today's Mods to Back & Biceps
I personally don't need to do many pullups from a physique perspective, as my back and shoulders are already pretty wide. I would love to train so that I can actually do an unassisted pull-up, but doing them kind of conflicts with my figure competition ambitions later this year. So, I substituted each round of pullups with kettlebell snatches and did them for the same amount of time that Tony & crew did pullups (avg 55 secs).

* Warm-up & Stretch: For the 2:00 warmup, I did 16kg kettlebell swings (0:45 2H; 0:30 1HR; 0:301HL; 0:15 2H) instead of following along with the warmup on the DVD. Then, I stretched with the crew and began my workout.
* Rounds 1 & 2: For the first 2 blocks, I used my lighter 12kg kettlebell since it's been a while since I've done snatches. I managed to get in 2 rounds of 5 snatches per side the first time. I then picked up my pace on the second block.  I did the 2 rounds of 5 snatches per side and then moved to alternating snatches. I got in 1 snatch on the left and right before time was up.
* Round 3: I was feeling pretty good, so I decided to tackle the snatches with my nemesis - my 16kg bell. Somehow, they felt AWESOME! Not to mention, I really felt the smoothness of the snatch and my whole body working together to get them done. Of course there was also a serious heart rate effect by upping the weight. This made moving directly into bent over rows 'interesting'.  Anyway, I made it through another 2 sets of 5 snatches/side.
* Round 4: After adding in the remaining back & bicep work, I was beginning to get fatigued. So, for the fourth round, I went back to my 12kg bell and did 2 sets of 5 snatches/side.
* Round 5: Coming into the home stretch, my biceps were screaming. So, I only did 1 set of 3 snatches per side with my 16kg bell on the 5th round.
* Round 6: For the final round, I wanted to try double kettlebell snatches. I was so tired, that I was on pause for a good 20 seconds into Tony & crew's pullups. I mustered the energy and strength to do 3 double snatches with my two 12kg bells. I'll have to practice them when I'm not so tired.

I enjoy the sequencing in the back & biceps workout, and my biceps really feel worked hard!
I finished my workout by doing the first 7 exercises in Ab Ripper X and then sat the rest out. I tend to avoid this DVD because it's hard as heck for me! LOL. I appreciate its breviety, but I'm just no good at it.  Anyway, I still don't think it will be one of my favorites. I'll probably try the core workout from the P90X+ next week to see if I like that any better. Otherwise, I'll just try to be more consistent about adding some type of core work from one of the many in my collection. I do tend to like Cathe's core workouts at the end of her regular DVDs as well as the Ab Circuits from STS. Anyhoo...I digress...

Great week, great workout.  I'm feeling sore, so we will see what tomorrow brings. I'm supposed to do Legs & Back...

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Skipped Kenpo X this week and did Paul Katami Hollywood Bootcamp 4x4

Tonight, my plan was to do the Kenpo Cardio+ immediately followed by Kenpo X.  Well, that didn't happen...Instead, I did 10 mins of P90X+ Kenpo Cardio+ and wasn't really feeling the workout.

I'll probably need to do the workout a few more times before I decide if I actually like it. I don't think it had the same energy as the original Kenpo X, which was kind of disappointing. Tony's teaching in this one also seemed a little 'off'. I hope that I'll grow to like this one as much as I like the original Kenpo X. I didn't really care for Kenpo X the first time either, but once I got the workout down, I was able to concentrate on increasing my intensity. Now, it kicks my butt (in a good way), and I love it!

So, after my 10 minutes of Kenpo Cardio+, I decided to do a bootcamp workout.  I broke out Paul Katami's Hollywood 4x4 Bootcamp. Oh how I love this workout, and I adore Paul!  I actually did the full bootcamp workout this time around. I did this workout today (for the second time since owning it) in its entirety. The first time I did it, I was time constrained and only did the first 2 rounds (2x) and the 3rd round (1x). Whewww!!! I was proud of myself for getting through it. It's really tough!

I used 12# Dumbells for all of the weighted exercises except for the upper cross. I tried the upper cross with 3# and 5# weights this time around (first time I used 8# and that was near impossible to last the full minute). I cannot give enough praise for this workout! My only minor grievance with the workout is that it isn't chaptered. That's the only suggestion that I can offer to Paul moving forward.

I am trying not to do this workout too much, as I have several others that I am trying to squeeze into my rotation. Since I'm doing my P90X rotation at the moment, I'm trying to get in at least 1 full body circuit/conditioning workout in per week. So, I'm trying to rotate through my DVD library.  However, I just can't help being drawn to Katami's workout!

Anyway, it was a good workout, and I felt accomplished afterwards!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Mission Ridiculous: 1000 swings & 1000 step-ups

Today I had a really tough time getting motivated. I had such an awesome Ch/Sh/Tri workout yesterday that I was really amped when I woke up to do Kenpo X. I tried to motivate myself all day, had periods of being indecisive, and I let the entire day pass by. Well, I sat down to watch The Biggest Loser (live instead of afterwards on demand). I couldn't just sit there while the contestants worked towards their goals. So, I made up a workout to perform while watching TV. It was pretty AWESOME. I'm really proud of myself. I set a lofty goal and almost made it. I wanted to do 500 kettlebell swings and 1000 stepups. Then, I decided to set the bar really high and see if I could do 1000 swings and 1000 stepups. I used my Gymboss and set up my rounds as follows:

Timed Round
2:00 swings
2:00 step-ups
2:00 rest

1000 swings was a lofty goal. I stopped at 10 rounds (40 minutes of work). I accomplished a total of 603 kettlebell swings @ 16kg and 1264 step ups. For the majority of the rounds, I did 2H swings, but there were a few where I focused on 1H swings. I had 3 risers on each side of my bench. I varied my stepups to traditional stepping (basic right/left), straddles, and runs. My last round of stepups was 0:30 seconds of straddle runs as fast as I could go, 10 pop squats, and another 0:30 seconds of straddle runs as fast as I could go. This was an awesome workout!!! Give it a shot if you have a step and a kettlebell.

I can say that after a day of doubting myself, I officially BROUGHT IT. (In the words of Jennifer Hudson on the Weight Watchers commercial) "I'm feelin' gooooooddddd". (BTW - my triceps are having some major DOMS - again - from yesterday's Chest/Shoulder/Tricep workout....I love it!)

Monday, January 17, 2011

P90X: Chest, Shoulders, & Triceps

Well, today I really felt strong and brought it!  I don't know why I punked out so badly on this workout last week...well, actually I do -- I was majorly fatigued/zonked from 'female time'.  Anyway, today I redeemed myself :-D.  I felt strong and finished the whole workout. I even increased some of my weights on the harder shoulder exercises to 12 # dumbbells and still completed my high rep range.  My shoulder endurance is really awful, which is funny considering how much shoulder muscle mass I actually have. Anyway, so I was proud of myself during today's workout. I also used my TRX for all of the push-up moves. I loved the 1-arm push-ups..doing those on the TRX is really killer. 

I wrapped up with 10 minutes on the rower.

Today was a great day. 

Remember MLK....

Saturday, January 15, 2011

P90X: Back & Biceps

I was feeling pretty good today, so I added on some activities to my workouts.  I did a 3 mile walk/jog prior to P90X: Back & Biceps.   I took about an hour break in between so that I wouldn't compromise my lifting.  The lifting session was great!  I think that the Back & Biceps workout moves really quickly.  I really focused on executing each rep well. I didn't really increase weight from last week, but I hope to do so in Phase 2.  It was a fun workout.

In addition to this, I also did a set of 100 swings and 5 rounds of sandbag squat variations while I was watching TV.  I punked out on the swings and used my 12kg bell. I know better - lol. I should at least be using 16kg for swings.  For the sandbag squats, my rounds were about 45 seconds and went like this: rounds 1 - 3: squat & kick; round 4 & 5: squat jumps.

I didn't do XStretch - maybe tomorrow.

I'm looking forward to next week, as it will officially mark the longest amount of time I've actually stuck with the P90X program to date :-).  My goal is to lift as heavy as possible doing high rep workouts and intense cardio.  I plan to thoroughly kick my own arce next week :-). Time to BRING IT!

Friday, January 14, 2011

P90X: Kenpo X

This morning I did Kenpo X in its entirety.  I think this one may be my favorite workout in the series. I love the stretching, and the cardio segments are alot of fun!  It moves quickly and gets the heart rate up.

I'll try to squeeze in a cardio segment this afternoon at the apartment complex gym.  I'm retaining alot of water, so I'll be happy when that finally dissipates in a couple of days.  My energy level is back up and higher today than it has been all week.  So, that rest did me good :-)

Until later folks...

Thursday, January 13, 2011

P90X: Legs & Back

Today was Legs & Back. It's been so freezing (which means my garage is also an icebox and can't get warm with my heaters), that I had to bring my workout inside to the living room. I'm so glad that I did and didn't make an excuse to skip the workout. I completed the whole thing. I think next week I'm going to bump up my weights on the weighted leg exercises now that I'm familiar with them all.  I did variations of the TRX row for the back pull-up exercises. I would run into the garage, get that set in and come back into the warmth of the living room to continue the workout.

I also did 5 minutes of core work using one of my Tracie Long DVDs.

All in all, it was a great workout. I was starving afterwards and inhaled a large salad when it was all said and done with. 

Even though I took 2 days off this week, I will still be able to get in all of the planned P90X workouts this week. I just have to change things around slightly.

Hasta manana....

Monday, January 10, 2011

P90X: Chest, Shoulders & Triceps

This morning I did the first 20 mins of Chest, Shoulders and Triceps.  I'm really fatigued today and don't have much of an appetite.  I suspect this lethargic feeling will continue for most of the week (the joys of being a girl).  Anyway, I'm still going to try to finish this workout tonight and get in some cardio.  I'm feeling like pooh, so if I do get cardio in, it will probably be something lower on the intensity scale like treadmill walking.  Mentally, I want to gut it out with lots of swings and metabolic circuits, but I'm trying to do my best and listen to my body....

Sunday, January 09, 2011

P90X: Core Synergistics

I was feeling pretty tired today...moreso lazy than anything else
But, I still made it through my scheduled P90X workout.
I did Core Synergistics.  Granted, it was partly half-hearted, but I did it.
I intended to do another cardio interval session on the elliptical or rowing machine, but the freezing temperatures in my garage gym made me less than enthusiastic to stay in there. I could've gone to walk on the treadmill or something at the apartment gym, so I'm really just making excuses...LOL.

Anyway, looking forward to week 2!!!

Saturday, January 08, 2011

Diet Snaps - iPhone Application

I am very big into journaling anything fitness/diet/training related. I have weight training journals from my very first weight lifting class in 1998 - LOL and all of my journals from my competition days.  Anyway, I've been wanting to find an application for my iPhone that will serve as a photo food journal. Sometimes I'm stuck without my paper journal and have been taking a picture of my food at certain meals. Well, the wait is over. I've been using this app for a full week, and it's invaluable to me!  I still use my paper journal (habit I guess), but this photo journal is awesome. 

I wanted to let you all know about an excellent app that I just bought for my iPhone. Typically, I only install FREE apps, but this one was right up my alley. It's a photo journal application, that you can use to take pictures of your meals or whatever else you want for a specific journal entry. You can also add any commentary/notes that you want. I swear by my fitness & nutrition journal and carry it will me all the time. However, there are times when I have taken to snapping pictures of my food when I am without my journal. I've been looking for an application that would allow me to just take a picture, put it on a calendar entry, and record my meal to a calendar or database. Well, I found one, and I am in love!! You can log your food, exercise, water/drinks, snacks, and any other generic jouranl entry that you desire. The application is called dietSNAPS and costs $1.99 on the App Store. Here is the URL for their website:

I still keep my hard copy journal, but this app really makes things easy & convenient. From what I've heard, it doesn't work quite as well with an iPod Touch since the touch doesn't have a built-in camera, but it can still serve as a journal.

Anyway, don't let the name of the application 'dietSNAPS' fool you. Again, you can use it to journal any thing that you want. It's quite convenient, and I thought I'd share.


Anyway, check it out and enjoy!!!

In health,

P90X Rotation: Week 1 Results

I started a rotation on Sunday, Jan 2. So far, so good...but boy, am I sore (let's me know that I'm training right)! I'm focusing more on the 12-15 rep range, as I have enough muscle mass and don't particularly need to add more at this stage. I'm doing a self-designed doubles rotation.  Anyone who knows me knows that morning workouts are a challenge for me. However, this time around, I'm not stressing about getting them done early in the morning, and have found a time slot that works for me. I've been feeling really good about getting a major part of my workout done in the morning.  The evening workout also gives me something to look forward to, particularly since they are usually some form of short cardio. 

Here are my P90X Week 1 Results:

Sun, 1/2/11:
AM - P90X: Core Synergistics
PM - Interval Cardio (15 mins on elliptical, 16 mins on treadmill)

Mon, 1/3/11:
AM - P90X: Ch, Sh, Tri (note: I used my TRX for many of the push-up movements...I loved it!)
PM - Treadmill incline walking (31 mins)
Tues, 1/4/11:
AM - P90X: Legs & Back (note: I used my TRX to do variations of rows for back movements....Loved it!!)
PM - Katami Ab Lab (10 mins), 15 mins elliptical, 15 mins spinner bike
Wed, 1/5/11:
AM - Art of Strength Fire Power (Rounds 1-4, General Alarm) - note: I had to go much lighter than usual..My triceps, shoulders, and back are sore. I used double 9kg kettlebells for this workout. I usually use 12kg and 16kg for this workout.
PM - 3 mile walk
I had planned to do YogaX today, but didn't get to it.
Thurs, 1/6/11:
AM - 1.5 mile walk
PM - did half of P90X: Kenpo X, which I loved! I then did a 3 mile brisk walk. I'd originally planned to do my 2nd leg workout today along with Kenpo X.  However, the weather was so nice that I couldn't resist going outside and taking advantage of the sunshine and mild temperatures.  I also took 2 breaks during the work day to take mini walk breaks.
I felt great today.  I thought about doing another workout  before bed, but I felt it best to rest today.
Fri, 1/7/11:
AM - P90X: Back & Biceps (fun workout! - I'm going to be so sore tomorrow - LOL) and core section of Susan Chung's POW Rapid Fire DVD. Now, let's see if I can squeeze in a brisk walk and a short leg workout later this evening...
Planned PM - Cathe STS Legs, Cathe Core Max 2 (stability ball) moved ab workout to the morning, tacked on to the end of back & biceps
Actual PM - "Fitgirl's 30-Minute Fat Scorcher Workout"
Complete as many rounds as possible of 2:00 elliptical; 1:00 KB swings; and 1:00 TRX Squats in 30 minutes.
  • Wheww this was definitely a scorcher! I completed 5 and 1/3 rounds in 30 mins.  I liked this workout, and it doubled for cardio and legs :-)!
  • KB Swings: I started off the first 2 rounds with 12kg kettlebell swings, and then moved to 16kg for rounds 3-5. Once I made that adjustment, my heartrate went through the roof.
  • TRX squats: I mixed them up with jump squats, alternating side squats with hops, and traditional TRX squats.   
Sat, 1/8/11:
Despite some unplanned time delays, I still managed to get my workouts in for today! 
PM: 10 min brisk walk + 35 mins interval cardio on elliptical (pushed hard!) + 15 mins P90X: X Stretch
Before Bed: Finished P90X: X Stretch workout

All-in-all, I am very pleased with how this week turned out.  I also dropped 7.2 pounds, which is fantastic. My diet started off a bit imbalanced, but once I fully started eating clean, the proper amounts, and fixed my meal timing, things all settled into place.  I'm following the typical pre-contest diet of primarily protein, fibrous carbs, and good fats.  We will see if progress continues moving forward. I'm trying not to celebrate prematurely. I also do not want to become a slave to the scale.  I'm considering not weighing in again until this first 4-week phase of P90X is over.
I'm looking forward to next week to see how the workouts feel the 2nd time through.  I'll work on my schedule and get it posted.


Thursday, January 06, 2011

Starting P90X Rotation

I've tried numerous P90X rotations over the years, and the longest I've lasted is 2 weeks. I really do enjoy the workouts, though. YogaX is by far the most difficult for me due to the time commitment. I have alot of great dvds in my exercise library, and I plan to use them more consistently. So, I'm re-committing to doing a p90x (doubles) rotation. i think that for me this will be the best of both worlds. I'll follow the core P90x program, but will still add in some other things to keep progressing with multiple goals. For instance, i'm adding in a 2nd day of legs/week, 1 kettlebell workout per week, and 1 full body circuit. I'm also going to incorporate P90X+ workouts when i get bored/lose focus/need a change from the core program dvds. I'm actually pretty pumped up about it!

Saturday, January 01, 2011

New Year, New Attitude

Well, I'm all settled into my new life in a new place. I'm ready to start blogging and focusing on my personal fitness goals again.  For the first 6 months of this year, my plan is to actually follow a consistent home gym rotation and incorporate more kettlebell & TRX training regularly into my routine.  For the first 3 months of 2011 (Jan-March), I am going to give a P90X rotation another shot, as well as tighenting up my diet.  For April-May 2011, I plan to focus more exclusively on kettlebell, ropes, & TRX combinations.  Lastly, I plan to compete later this year (yes, this will be the comeback year).  I'll be spending 2H2011 focusing on that goal.  Needless to say, 1H2011 will be equally aggressive as I lean out to get ready for pre-contest training & dieting.  (the diet/leaning out phase before the 'real' diet, so to speak).  I'll keep my blog updated.  I've missed my blogger friends, but I've made some new ones through various fitness forums and such.

What are your goals/plans for 2011?  I have this really good feeling that alot of personal goals and personal bests will be met this year!