Partners in Pain… my first attempt at P90X

Well, I’ve jumped on the P90X bandwagon. Although, I must tell you, it feels more like I’ve been dragged behind the wagon, then trampled by the horses. Twice.

But I did it! As you know from my earlier posts I love having a workout partner to suffer with. The one exception to this is when I am running. I don’t know if it’s because I am a horrible runner, or if I just need to focus on not collapsing with every step.  So no running buddy for me, more on that later.

Apparently when it comes to strange and torturous new workouts, I’m all about an audience! So when my buddy who lives down the street called and asked if I wanted to do P90X with her and her hubby, I said “Bring it on!!” I grabbed my (low calorie) Gatorade, slapped on a little extra deodorant (I certainly didn’t want to offend!) and scampered off down the street. I would like to take a moment to say that Tony Horton is a jerk. Ok, maybe in normal every day life he is really a nice guy, but with every additional rep of  “inverted, one arm behind your back, opposite leg over your head while holding weights in your teeth” lifts, I became more and more convinced that he was truly the devil.

For some reason, we thought it would be a great idea to add on the ab ripper work out after doing arms and shoulders. Turns out it wasn’t a great idea. It was a horrible idea! As my buddy said “What ever happened to having someone sit on your feet while you just sit up”?!? Sadly this isn’t the 4th grade PE Presidential Fitness testing, so we had to go with Tony’s wild workout moves. It was painful, in fact it’s STILL painful. However, once you get past the crazy names he comes up with like the Flip trip tramp stamp supinator shoulder press and you figure what the heck the movement actually is supposed to be, then you discover it’s all really a very good workout.

There are a lot of different types of movement, so even though each dvd is long, you are always doing something new which helps time drag a little less. I love the time meters on the screen. It not only tells you how much time is left in the total workout, but it breaks it down into  segments. I do love a countdown…

Get ready because you WILL feel it the next day. You will ache in places that you don’t even remember moving…. (Tony, if you are reading this, please tell my why my armpit hurts!?!?!?!??!)

I was able to keep up with the arm and shoulder workout and most of the Cardio X Dvd. The Ab Ripper X, not even close. I kept working the entire time, but I am NO WHERE NEAR being able to do all of the moves. I’m going to go ahead and blame the C-sections here. Why? Because I can.

I will post about this again as we continue with the P90X program so I can let you know how the results are coming along. I can tell you it’s definitely working my muscles! There was a lot of Advil in my diet today.

For the workout you are supposed to use resistance bands or hand weights. My friend and I used 5 pound hand weights. Her husband used these super cool adjustable weights. He has been doing the program for quite a while so he knows how it all works. The nice part about the adjustable weights, is that they take up very little space, and he can adjust the poundage on the fly, so depending on the exercise, he can jump anywhere from 5-25 pounds of weight in about 3 seconds. If I ever get past using 5 pounds, I plan to get a set like this. I’ve linked all of this at the bottom of the page.

HUGE Kudos to everyone out there doing this workout. And an even bigger shout out to my buddy who is doing the Insanity workout. It’s apparently the high impact version of this type of program. (I’m not quite there yet… maybe in about 24 years.)

Good luck! I’m off to ice my body.


Tara is a stay at home mom to two sons. She is a lover of family, friends, food and laughter. Her life is a roller coaster ride full of hilarity, diapers, exercise and fun.

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3 Responses

  1. Kelly says:

    I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but doesn’t it actually hurt worse 2 days after the work out? You go girl, you are going to be RIPPED!!!

  2. Tara says:

    10 minutes you say? I like the sound of that!! I am trying to be very careful with not overdoing it with the P90X. Thanks for the warning!! Fortunately my friend’s hubby has been doing the system for a long time so he is helping us with the program to make sure no one throws anything too far out of whack! (I should probably put Doug’s office number into my speed dial just in case!)

  3. Suzanne Obetz says:

    You are very brave to do P90X. Doug sees so many patients in his chiro office that have hurt themselves. I do a version of it called 10 minute trainer. Same guy but in 10 minute increments. I love it!

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