The best parts of today were as follows:
Lifting Weights at Midnight
Clumsy but ambitious, with vegan recipes, health tips, and tales of mountain bike and hiking trails. I’m not a quitter, I just fall down a lot.
The time stamps for all my posts have been wacky and I’m not sure how to change them. It wouldn’t matter, except that the name of this blog is Lifting Weights at Midnight, and if something gets published in the mid-afternoon, it doesn’t make sense. Rest assured, however, that the past few posts, which are the only ones I can remember, unfortunately, were all published somewhere between 11 p.m. and 1 a.m. Which still speaks more, in the big scheme of things, for my lack of time management and probably respect for this program (sorry Tony, you never mentioned schedule in your pre-workout video) than for the shape of Blogspot(tm). Oh well.
Today was, as you can probably guess, Back & Biceps and Ab Ripper X. It was my first time doing this DVD and it was a fun workout, though it’s always a little hard to follow along exactly during the first time doing a video. Also, I had the tv on so that might have helped in the having to rewind to watch the exercise first and then do it. The only place I still feel it is my forearms, because we ended Backs & Biceps with doing these Hammer lifts or whatever, but since I was using the band (which I will get into in a moment), I did them with a reverse grip instead of the easier hammer grip. I guess now that I just this second stopped slouching over my computer and rolled my shoulders back, I can feel it in my back and shoulders, but if anything that’s a negative for these workouts.
I did it! I am officially a third of the way through P90X. I don’t necessarily feel like I have a Beach Body ™ yet, but maybe a third of a beach body, so I’m technically on track (this is a joke, at least partly). I do feel more fit, and like everything is working better overall. I feel a lot more physically balanced, where it’s always seemed like my legs and cardio capacity were great, but my core and upper body were lacking. Maybe my endurance was good and my cardio was bad, I had a hard time differentiating to be honest, which is a sign in itself, probably. My digestion is better, but on the other hand my stomach is hurting after an hour of Plyometrics – it could be the egg whites I’ve been eating that expired last week, or that I had a turkey burger an hour before exercising and should have waited longer, or it could be the Endurox I’ve been drinking as a recovery drink which I’ve heard can cause sensitive stomachs to feel, you know, sensitive.
Today is the first day of Phase II, the first day of week 5 – Oh hai, Week Five, nice to meet you! I feel pretty stoked about this milestone, to be honest. Moreso, I am excited to be done with Week 4: Recover Week, because it was so hard to stay only relatively motivated, or motivated to keep it on a slow burn, or generally be able to keep up with the schedule knowing the general gist of the week and that there were other more fun things to be doing (like that bomb-ass 40-mile bike ride and the 4.5 mile run and the 14 laps in the pool and the bitchin’ yoga sesh, brah, woo! Mountain Dew!). For some reason, it’s easier for me to work out when I know it’s a real workout, and part of the schedule and important to do. I don’t know why I got it in my head that Recovery Week meant Whatevs Week, but anyway I’m glad it’s over.
I was supposed to do Core Synergistics yesterday, but this program is all wacky and I got confused and did Yoga instead. Yoga is TODAY! so I will switch it up and do Core Synergistics today even though I hate it. I did get to my 10:30 yoga class yesterday morning though, which was a delight because I love my yoga instructor, Jill, and there’s something about being in a yoga studio practicing with other people. Not to get too hippy dippy or nuthin, but the energy channeled through a room of people working towards a higher concentration is always powerful. Whether you’re in a library, lifting weights, playing music, or practicing yoga – when there is a group of people who are focused on something collectively, one can really feel it. With a yoga studio, that energy is often directed towards something positive and beyond the self (at the start of a practice, the typical yoga instructor will ask the yogis to dedicate their practice towards something, whether it is someone who is in need of some good energy, or a situation that needs to be resolved, or even oneself since we can also overlook our own needs) and it’s a very positive experience overall.
Whew! Blogger has been down until right about now.
Truth be told, I don’t really like Core Synergistics as much as Tony tells me I should. I feel it just about everywhere but my stomach, and holy hell are some of those exercises hard – on the shoulders, arms, legs. I know it’s because I don’t “engage” my core enough, as much as I try to, but I can’t imagine possibly flexing my stomach enough to be able to do a solid minute of plank-to-chaturanga run. It’s a nice little semi-cardio workout though for recovery week, and who knows, maybe I’ll do an extra Ab Ripper X later tonight (doubt it!). There are definitely some exercises that hurt a lot more than you think they will, and some exercises that I expect to be a bit easier with the band because usually the band is easier with weights, but because of your body positioning, the band gives you a much more dynamic flexing of multiple muscles. What a cool feeling, even if I’m not really good at it yet. But I’m only 3 and a half weeks in, and by the end I’m confident I’ll be good enough at Core Synergetics to feel it in all the right ways, and to have a lot of fun doing it. To Tony Horton’s credit, it is an incredibly fast hour, compared for instance with the hour of chest and back.
As a quick plug:
I would also like to add that I live near the highway and tonight is apparently a great night for them to rebuild it. I will lull this headache to sleep with the gentle sound of jackhammers in the distance. They sound, in relaxation, a bit like extremely powerful fans. vroum vroum vroum vroum.