Post Date May 19

530 am or 12 pm

What time do you exercise? 530am is when my alarm goes off. My morning begins: I turn off the alarm, get out of bed, put in my contacts, sit on the toilet, turn on my computer, get a glass of water, get dressed, tie my shoes, and start exercising. Sometimes it’s simple to do, sometimes it’s the hardest thing in the world to do, but I do it. And that’s how my day starts. By 630-7am I feel encouraged because I’ve finished something, and there exists a sense of accomplishment. A good feeling to have at the start of your day!

This is a typical weekday morning. Though, sometimes I go to bed too late, and turn the alarm off and don’t wake up until 7am. At that time, my wife and daughter are awake or waking (one of the main reasons I wake up at 530am, usually no interruptions.) So, it’s harder to force my workout in at that time. At this point I resign myself to knowing that I’ll have to workout at night. If this happens I usually regret it because I just like to get my workout for the day out of the way. Knowing that I have to exercise at the end of a 8-9 hour work day is not fun. But I do it. Sometimes so much is going on that I wait until midnight to exercise. I know… that’s crazy, but I do it.

I’m happy to get my workout in no matter what the time, but I’m happier knowing that I’ve completed my workout!

Post Date May 18

Insanity Asylum Fit Test Day 1 Day 30

30 Days of Insanity: The ASYLUM complete! Here are my fit test results:

ASYLUM Fit Test Results Day 1, April 18 Day 30, May 17
Agility Heisman 6 9
In and Out Ab Progression 47 54
Lat Push Ups 26 36
Mountain Climber Switch Kicks 56 115
Agility Shoulder Taps 4.5 6.3
X Jumps 26 36
Moving Pushups 4.5 4.5 (wut?)
Agility Lateral Shuffle 11 16.5
Agility Bear Crawl 7 8.5

I failed, only tying, on those Moving Pushups… and kicked ass with all the rest! 🙂

Post Date May 17

Life After P90X

Immediately finishing my first round of P90X Lean (June 2010), I started my 2nd round, and up’d it a notch, or two: P90X Doubles. I decided to do Doubles at this point because my wife (at the time) was exactly 13 weeks from her due date, and as you may know, P90X is 13 weeks long; so, it was perfect timing. I didn’t know what my workout life would be like after my daughter was born, so Doubles it is…err was. Get into the best shape I can before she arrives.

Doubles follows the Classic P90X schedule, neither of which I’m used to because I started out with Lean. (In Lean there is more cardio per week, and in classic there is more strength training.) This change brought in some new workouts: Plyometrics (jump training, aka the mother of all P90X workouts, and yes it is.) 13 weeks of Cardio X does not get you ready for your first time in Plyo X. I can’t remember the exact schedule, but there was definitely a new strength video for me, probably Chest and Back. Anyway… everything was new and different, and still hard; but I completed Phase 1 nonetheless.

Phase 2, and now Doubles comes into play. You’re still following the Classic schedule, except three times a week you have an AM workout (Cardio X), and a PM workout (these fell on strength days.) So Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays were double days for me for the next three weeks. Needless to say I quickly grew tired of the Cardio X, especially because Cardio X is so ingrained into the Lean schedule. Around the same time I also lost interest in Kenpo X because I felt like I was having to push myself much harder than the video’s routines. What can I say, I was a beast! The decision was made to start incorporating Insanity cardio workouts in place of Cardio X, three times a week, and Kenpo X once a week. I don’t remember exactly what I did, but I remember referring to this schedule to figure out which Insanity videos to substitute in for P90X videos (I still kept doing Plyo from P90X). And on double days I think I did Insanity Pure Cardio in the morning. It was actually funny doing that the first time, because I sucked at it so much. The 9-10 minute warmup alone was killing me.

Phase 3 began as scheduled, and now I’m into Doubles FOUR times a week. So Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday I have an AM and a PM workout. Exhausting, but invigorating. Week 11 came about. The week I agreed to enter into a Hoop It Up basketball tournament with my child hood friends. I don’t know why we play, we lose nearly every game, every year we play. What a waste of money! I hate that tournament. And to too off this rant, my hand was broken during the tournament. Talk about a bummer! It probably wouldn’t have been so bad if after the initial collision I played in two more games later that day. Real smart decision there. Real smart. But I’ll never know how much better it could have been if I didn’t keep playing. My wife took me to one of those PrimaCare places that’s opened on Sundays and had my baseball sized swollen hand x-ray’d, and received confirmation that it was indeed broken.

Internally I began to worry if I’d get back into it when my hand rehabilitated. About a month later I still had a hurt hand, my daughter was born. Everything is a big blur back then, days meld with nights, sleeplessness abound, I started working out again. Don’t get me wrong my hand was still healing, weight lifting was out of the question. I moved away from P90X. Here I started Insanity full time and created a schedule that used Insanity videos, but followed a P90X schedule (though I set up a 15 week schedule.) I’m not really sure how I did it, but I pushed through and kept with it. Thank God for an amazing wife, because without her being so supportive I couldn’t have continued working out.

Due to sickness (new baby illnesses floating around my house) I think it took me around 18 weeks to finish my 15 week schedule (sometime in Jan 2011). Then I started a modified P90X Plus schedule using Insanity workouts for all of my cardio. Though with a hiccup in my living arrangements I was unable to continue the workouts exactly the way I liked the entire month of March 2011.

Though, overall, with some offs here and there, I’ve basically been working out every day for the past year and 5 1/2 months. As of April 18, 2011 I’m currently doing Insanity: The ASYLUM, a 30 day workout, and I have 5 days left. I’ll give you another update after I finish that monster.

Basically what I wanted to get across is that when you finish something like P90X, it can’t just be about the accomplishment of doing it for 90 days. There has to be a mind shift towards a greater goal of making this part of your lifestyle and to continue what you’ve started. Stopping is so easy, don’t let that easiness look so appealing. You’ve worked hard to get to where you are now, don’t give up. You have to challenge yourself to continue to maintain and, if you wish, expound upon the results you’ve gained. However, if you’ve just started or have recently started a new workout regime, my advice would be to not worry about how long you have to go to finish. Remember this is a life style change, take it one day at a time.

Today, you have to workout… That’s it. Tomorrow can worry about itself.

Post Date May 15

Hope for the Batten Cure Results

There’s a little article over here about Hope for the Batten Cure 5k run. This was my first running event that I’ve ever participated in, and finished with a time of 23:47:77; an average of 7:37 per mile. Considering there weren’t too many people participating, I finished first in my age group (25-29), and got a little medal. Not bad for someone that really doesn’t like jogging/running, and pretty much never does it.

Hopefully next year will be an even better year in donations and turnout for the Batten Cure Race.

Post Date May 12

zero 2 Hero | My P90X Results

I knew I wasn’t in great shape, but I also didn’t think I was in bad shape. The only thing I knew was that I wasn’t where I wanted to be, “ripped”. It’s funny, but I grew up loving Bruce Lee movies; one of the reasons is because he was in amazing shape. I wanted to be like that for the longest time. (I didn’t want to be Bruce Lee, I wanted to be Charles Tinney.) I wanted to get my body in the best shape it could be in. And the fact that I wasn’t doing it, and didn’t even know how to do it nagged at me for years.

I watched movies like 300 where the actors are in SUPER shape: how did they get there, what specifically did they do to achieve that level of fitness? Even guys on the internet releasing videos on youtube, I’d watch those and copy those moves doing them everyday. Then they’d release another video with new moves, and honestly, that pissed me off. You mean to tell me that the 12 moves that you showed me before aren’t the only moves you used to get ripped? I have to do more moves, more routines? I was naive, ignorant, and frustrated.

A friend told me about P90X probably a year or so before I started. This was the first time I had heard of it. I have to admit, though not seeing anything about it, I shrugged it off as stupid. He told me about the nutrition program; that’s stupid, I know how to eat. He bought a pullup bar. Why? I really wasn’t into anything he was saying about it. He hadn’t started P90X at the time.

Fast forward about 6 months or so: I have a new job, and my animator cohort and I have started doing pushups every hour everyday. We start with 20, and do that for a week. The next week, we’d add 5; now we’re’ doing 25. And so on… I think we got up to around 55 and we somehow both hurt ourselves. Anyway, around this time period the friend of mine that initially told me about P90X had a coworker who was doing it. The topic of fitness/exercise came up, and I told her about the pushup regiment at work. She told me she was doing P90X. She seemed to be in fairly good shape. So I probably logged that away in my memory banks. My friend had still not started P90X.

Another 6 months goes by and it’s probably Nov 2009. I intensely wanted to get into shape. But again, what do I do? My friend again brings up P90X (which he still hadn’t started at this point), and insists that I borrow it. I take it, and watch the videos and read the fitness guide. For about a month and a half I did a lot of “soul searching” and thinking about this P90X extreme home workout program. It looked insane, and it was a 90 day commitment. Could I do it? What would it be like if I started and finished? How will I change (body and mind)? All of those questions and many more I asked myself; I was scared of the answer. However, with all of my uncertainty, I was more certain than uncertain to try out this program. It answered the how do I get in shape question. Just follow the plan for 90 days.

Monday Jan 4, 2010 Day 1. I took the pictures as P90X suggests. A sad flabby state. Here I weighed 165lbs. (I’m 5’7″ btw… that put me at a 25.8 BMI, and according to that I was overweight. Ouch! 28 and overweight for someone that used to play basketball 4-5 hours daily in middle and high school! I was not happy with where I let my body go. Though, I was doing better than 6 years before weighing at 185lbs, my lifetime max!)

P90X Day 1  P90X Day 1

P90X Day 1  P90X Day 1

I started P90X Lean with my wife whom I had convinced to do it with me. Though I must admit, I wanted some motivation, and thought that doing it with her would be great motivation. Week 1 was tough! I had never worked out like that since being on the high school basketball team. Week 2 and my wife takes a pregnancy test…it’s positive. “Hooray,” she says, “I don’t have to do P90X.” Though some motivation gone; I push forward; I am doing this for me after all. I’m the one that has to live in this body.

Three weeks into the program and bam, an injury in my upper back. At the time I didn’t know what caused it, and I didn’t want to injure it any further so I stopped. Three weeks of resting later and my back still had residual pain. I wanted to get back into the program; I went to the doctor, and he okay’d me to continue, but to take it easy on the back exercises. I started, and everything was fine with my back until the yoga workout. I’m getting set up for yoga plow position I can feel my back tweak right where it had been injured. My back just didn’t like plow, and I haven’t done it since. I skip that move every time and haven’t had any issues with that part of my back whatsoever.

Since I only got three weeks into a thirteen week program I decided to start over. And from this point on it was like a comedy of errors, and me restarting P90X over and over again was the joke. I was sick all this first week (the last week of February), but I pushed forward through four days of work outs, and then, figuratively, fell flat on my face. I was bed ridden sick for the rest of that week and the following week. I restarted, again, and hurt my hip when I fell down playing basketball the third day. I waited until the next Monday for the hip to feel better (though doing oblique v-ups hurt on that injured hip for a long time.) So, from this start in March, I was able to complete a full 90 days straight, from start to finish.

Apr 13, 2010 I finally hit a real day 30 in my progression. Here was the outcome:

P90X Day   P90X Day 30

P90X Day 30  P90X Day 30

May 13, 2010; Day 60:

P90X Day 60  P90X Day 60

P90X Day 60  P90X Day 60

Saturday June 6, 2010 Day 90. My Last rest day, let’s take some pictures! I didn’t weigh or measure myself at this point, so, outside of the pictures, I don’t have any sort of statistical transformation information here. I pretty much followed the nutrition plan the best I could. I had some bad eating days, but I tried to make up for those with extra Cardio X workouts, and eating healthily 90-95% of the time.

P90X Day 90  P90X Day 90

P90X Day 90  P90X Day 90

P90X Day 90  P90X Day 90

That was almost a year ago, and it was a grueling and life changing endeavor. My body has changed, but more importantly my mind has changed. There was an interview with P90X creator Tony Horton, where he said that working out for him is like brushing his teeth. He doesn’t go a day without cleaning his teeth keeping them shiny and strong. Why would he go a day without working out? Working out cleans out your insides, getting rid of fat, clearing up arteries, lowering bad cholesterol, decreases your resting heart rate, and on and on. Sure brushing your teeth only takes two minutes, but I think it’s a good analogy. Exercising everyday will have you looking better and feeling better because you’ll be better. I am better for making this change, and P90X helped put me on the right path.

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I don’t weigh myself very often or do much in the way of measuring anything about my fitness. But if you’ve made it this far, as of February 22, 2011 here are some stats:

Dec 2009 (Right before I started)
Weight 165lb, Resting Heart Rate 72, BMI 25.8 (overweight), Waist 33in, Jean Size 30in

Feb 2011 (1 year and 1 1/2 months after I started)
Weight 144lb (140lbs 11 years ago in high school), Resting Heart Rate 54, BMI 22.7 (normal weight), Waist 30in, Jean Size 28in

All my jeans, pants, and shorts I bought before P90X feel like clown clothes on me now because none of that fits anymore.