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P90X again?

Whenever I catch up with friends, whether at work or anywhere else, this question always comes up: are you still doing P90X?

Well, friends, yes. Yes I am. I’m actually starting another round of P90X this coming Monday. And I’ve got a few new faces looking to come along for the ride with me on this one. I couldn’t be more excited for them. Like I’ve mentioned before, I love being a coach for people who have made the decision and commitment to make positive change and progress in their lives. I’m good at helping people reach their own conclusions about what needs to be done and at making people realize how unnecessary it is to stress, in general. (You can either affect change, or you can’t. Stress is the inability to cope with that reality, in my opinion. But, I digress.) And when it comes to P90X, the commitment to the program is a commitment to positive change and progress.

I’ve thought about jumping onto other exercise regimes. I’m a fan of what Team Beachbody has to offer, and things like Insanity and T-25 Focus came to mind, with the big sell on those programs being how little time it takes per workout. The workouts from P90X, comparatively, need more than an hour a day, which was starting to seem like too long a time to commit after my 2nd round at it. But I think the real reason I was looking elsewhere was that I was beginning to get bored of the routine.

So I took a break. I still kept active, but I didn’t work at it nearly as hard as when I was in the program. And then the holidays arrived and oh, how the food appeared. The wonderful, tasty, so-bad-for-you-but-you-can’t-resist food made its way to my gullet. And I indulged. And it was good. And I realized that you can balance the good-for-you with the not-so-good-for-you and not blow up and rebound back into your pre-P90X self. Sure, my weight would flex up and down, week-to-week, but I remained stable. I could have real pizza again and I remained stable.

And with that realization, I knew that breaks were okay. We all need them, not just because the work is hard, but because breaks from anything consistent can make you crave for that consistency again. The recently boring eventually becomes un-boring again. And the routine that you’ve gotten used to and that you know gets results becomes the go-to routine, once again.

And that’s where we are now. I know P90X works. And I’m going to make it work for me once again. If you thought those photos from April of last year were impressive, just you wait.

Bring it, 2014. I will be.

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-Mickey

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Every end is a new beginning: P90X Round 2, Day 1.

And so with the end of my week-off between rounds of P90X, we start all over again with the second foray into bringing it. I was the last of this new workout crew that I’ve apparently gathered to do my routine for the day and I must say that I was pleasantly surprised by the results. I pretty much hit all my previous numbers out of the park for this workout, and it really shows just how important rest is to the body, not only in the short term every night with a good amount of sleep — something I need to get better at for this round of things, because I think it will greatly increase the quality of my results — but in the slightly longer term as well. A week off of extreme workouts has seemingly done wonders for my pushups, and apparently a ten-pound increase in dumbbell weight is a perfect amount to feel the burn, but surprisingly easy to adjust to. (I was expecting to not even get to the 8-10 rep range, but apparently it’s just right.)

It just feels great to be back on it again. I can honestly say that I missed the daily workouts. The break was nice, but I found that even just the last couple of days preparing for round two had me more focused than other day of the break week. It actually like more than just a week off, which I think is a testament to how much this program has changed me. To feel the absence of a workout as something that I wish I could “fix” would not have even skimmed across my mind in January. That me would have been content with ending my day with hours online and sleep right after. But that me is long gone, and the new me just doesn’t feel right without a workout. (Again, it is important to take that rest week and I probably could have squeezed in a rock climb or break dance class somewhere in there, but I’m glad I opted for rest.)

So here’s to a new beginning to an end that will come, but will again just open up another beginning. I’m taking my body to physical levels that I’ve never before experienced or seen on myself. I’ve had a glimpse of the unhealthy side of the spectrum of my (poor) health potential, so I’m very excited to see what lies in store this August when I get to the furthest I’ve ever been in physical fitness.

The times they are a-changin’ in my personal reality. And it’s about time, too.

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– Mickey

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P90X Round 2 – Day Zero.

So Monday is the big return to P90X, and as I’ve mentioned before, I’ve got some new future P90X graduates coming along for the ride. My good friend, Kelly (whose movie reviews you can find at The Lazy Critic) and I just did our fit tests to see our starting points for this round. For me, this was also my exit fit test from the last round — I know, I should’ve done it at the start of the rest week — and it was great to see and feel those results. Seeing my numbers for this test just makes me extra excited for the increases I’ll see close to August. And it was great to start at day zero with someone completely new to the program as coaching him through the warm-up and the test really solidified my own knowledge and processes in this program. Also, having someone looking to me for guidance and advice means I have to really stay on my game so I can lead by example. (Add that to the dozens of friends who read my P90X round one wrap-up, and you’ve got a lot of people keeping me accountable!)

And I was also really satisfied with my Day Zero results. My max push-ups are their highest, I surprised myself in actually being able to do close to a full standard pull-up — I can do a chin-up completely unassisted, but still working on the pull-up — I’m more flexible, especially at the waist (as a successful sitting toe-touch indicated) and the ease of cardio-like movements (i.e. two minutes straight of jumping jacks, where the last 30 seconds has you going as fast as you can) was surprising. I probably could’ve gone another two minutes before feeling winded, which was far from my reality in January. I think I’m more ready and more excited to jump into this round than I was to start the whole thing in the first place.

Also on board for round 2 is my good friend and roommate, Emma, who, as I’ve mentioned before, was one of the catalysts for this entire journey. We’ve both been wanting day one of this second round all week, and I’m glad to see her ready to jump into it again. This kind of journey is always more fun when you’ve got company, and as exciting as it is to have a rookie on board, having an experienced teammate is just as important. Because if there’s anyone who can definitely keep me accountable, it’ll be the person I have to see at home everyday doing the same program as me.

And apparently, we’ve got a fourth on board, also a newcomer and also a good friend of mine. I don’t know much about what she’d like to do and what her preparedness level is in terms of equipment — she’s got the fitness level for this for sure — but I’m excited to have her along for the journey as well! I introduced her to the program with Yoga X, and we did that routine together once. She’s done a bunch of yoga before, and even she said that these are movements and poses that she hasn’t tried previously, and I think that’s got her interested. I’ve yet to confirm the details, but it looks like we’ve got some superheroes-in-training lined up for this round.

Round 2, you’ve got company. We’ve been waiting for you.

– Mickey

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