About a week into P90X, as I’m about to embark on the 2nd rotation of 6 DVD’s (you get one day off to rest), I start grousing to my fellow grunts that I have no idea what the nutritional component they talk about is comprised of. “What am I supposed to be eating?” I ask them. “Didn’t you get that booklet that came with the set?” they ask me back. Ohhhhhh…. Heh. You mean the one that says “Nutrition Plan: Eating for Power Performance”? Could that possibly be it?
Goodbye, my loves, I’ll see you on the other side…
It actually is not too onerous, this meal plan. Quite sensible. I’m doing 1800 calories/day, and that’s not a problem. And keeping track of calories? I’ve been doing that with my son for 3 months, but for the opposite reason. Him I’m trying to fatten up (half and half in the cereal? Sure!). Me, not so much.
DAY 3 ROUTINE: SHOULDERS & ARMS
A rotation of shoulder presses, bicep curls and tricep extensions, done and then done again. Tony calls these muscles “The glamour muscles” since you show them off when in a tank top. Here, I mourn my lack of dumbbells. Doing bicep curls with colored bands doesn’t quite give you that gritty “Oz” prison weight room feel. Plus, I can never get the tension right.
Fist Bumps: 4 doubles! Plus much hand slapping.
Tony’s Soup of the Day: Lobster Bisque.
Notable Exercises: For some reason, I really like the Lying-Down Tricep Extension. You’re on your side, the lower arm is clutching the opposite shoulder, and the higher arm pushes off against the floor to a straight position. It’s so simple, yet so… excruciating.
Each of the weight training days is followed by the aptly named AB RIPPER X.
As you may have guessed, these are 349 core-slash-ab exercises (Tony actually says “slash” with accompanying hand gesture). These exercises I’ve got to modify like crazy, since there’s a lot of Pilate-style heaving one’s body up on down balancing on your butt. My back, she no like-a that. Despite the somewhat maniacal, “Great Santini” tone to Tony on this video (“Hit my hand! Hit my hand!!”) I do a lot of safe crunches on my big yellow exercise ball.
Gay Appeal: Finally, someone without a shirt on! What kind of workout video IS this? But it’s worth the wait.
Enter Adam, aptly named because he is what the first man on earth would look like. Sigh… motivation enough.