P90X Lean: Day 9

I’m really feeling the Core workout from yesterday! It hurts so good! Every time I reach for something, my obliques remind me that I did some serious work yesterday!

Today was Cardio X again and as usual, I loved it! I only paused it a couple of times to get water and then jumped right back in. This video doesn’t have built-in water breaks between rounds. I feel pretty good about not having to paused and catch my breath. I also got super sweaty, which is a feat for me. I’m not naturally a sweaty person unless I’m really working hard.

I’m looking forward to Shoulders & Arms tomorrow!! I’m going to try to increase my weights where ever possible!

P90X Lean: Day 8

Woohooo!!! Week 2, baby! I’m pumped and ready to get this party started!!

Core Synergistics was much easier this time around. It’s still not easy by any means, but I knew what to expect and my form was much better this week. My favorite exercises from this video are banana rolls, leaning crescent lunges, and lunge kickback curl presses. I still can’t even do one Dreya roll. I get down fine but I have a super hard time standing back up. It hurts my knees and I would rather not injure myself. Maybe next week I’ll be able to get one done. I did much better on the prison cell push ups. I don’t do the push up in between, but it still gets my heart rate sky high!  I also improved on the side hip raises. These have always been a difficult move for me without straining my groin. But, I was able to do 10 on each side!

All in all, it was a great day! I am really looking forward to doing it again next week!

Also, be sure to use the tracking sheets! I have a feeling these will be my preferred way to track progress.

P90X Lean: Day 7

Woohoo! Day 7!!! I have survived my first week of P90X and I feel GREAT! I was totally dreading it, but I’m in much better shape than I was the last time I tried it. Plus, I’m doing the Lean schedule which seems to be a little less intense.

p90x KenpoX

Today is Kenpo X. Tony Horton touts this routine as being “fun, fun, fun” and he is 100% correct! Kenpo X features a super long warm up (like almost 12 minutes!) but it does a great job of stretching out the hamstrings, calves, and hip flexors. It’s super important to warm up properly before doing so many kicking and punching moves. It would be very easy to pull something if your muscles are cold.

The workout itself is pretty standard. It has a good mix of kicks, blocks, and punches as well as some nice combo moves. The moves are:

  • Twist and Pivot
  • Twist & Pivot w/Hook Uppercut
  • Jabs
  • Jab/Cross
  • Jab/Cross/Hook
  • Jab/Cross/Hook/Uppercut
  • Step Drag Punch High/Low
  • Jab/Cross Switch
  • Hook/Uppercut Switch
  • Knee Kicks
  • Ball Kicks
  • Side Kicks
  • Back Kicks
  • Three Direction Kicks
  • High Sword/Low Hammer
  • Step Drag/Claw/Low Punch
  • High Blocks
  • Inward Blocks
  • Outward Blocks
  • Downward Block
  • Star Blocks
  • High Block/Low Punch
  • Knee/Back Kick
  • Back Knuckle/Ball Kick/Back Kick
  • Hook/Uppercut/Low Side Kick
  • Elbow Series
  • Vertical Punches

I absolutely love this workout! Once you get past the warm up it goes by VERY fast! I feel like I’ve gotten a great workout and I’m covered in sweat!

P90X Lean: Day 6

I switched my schedule up a little bit this weekend. Today I chose to take my rest/stretch day because I have a lot on the agenda and my lower body really needs a break. I didn’t follow the stretch routine, but I did do a little bit of easy yoga and basic stretches to get everything loose.

But, then we went to a friend’s house to watch the Gator game and I totally indulged in buffalo chicken dip, chips and waaaaay too much guacamole. Oops! Tomorrow is a new day!

All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed my rest day!! Next week I will pop in the stretch video just to see what it’s all about.

P90X Lean: Day 5

Well… I’ve had 5 days to study the eating plan and it still confuses me. So, for the first 30 days I’m just going to stick with clean eating and the 21 Day Fix plan since I’m already very familiar. I am going to move up a calorie bracket since I’m burning more calories than I did with the 21 Day Fix. After the first 30 days, I will re-evaluate my eating plan. I know myself and I feel like if its too complicated, I won’t stick with it.

p90x legs and back

Today is Legs & Back and another round of Ab Ripper X. Leg day is always one of my favorite days! I don’t have a pull up bar or a door attachment for a resistance band, so this time around I used this modification. And don’t forget to record your reps so you can track your progress! The sheets can be found here!

Here are the moves from Legs & Back:

  • Balance Lunges
  • Calf-Raise Squats
  • Reverse Grip Chin-Ups
  • Super Skaters
  • Wall Squats
  • Wide Front Pull-Ups
  • Step Back Lunges
  • Alternating Side Lunges
  • Closed Grip Overhand Pull-Ups
  • Single-Leg Wall Squats
  • Deadlift Squats
  • Switch Grip Pull-Ups
  • Ballistic Stretches
  • Three-Way Lunges with Two-Kick Option
  • Sneaky Lunges
  • Reverse Grip Chin-Ups (again)
  • Chair Salutations
  • Toe-Roll Iso Lunges
  • Wide Front Pull-Ups (again)
  • Groucho Walks
  • Calf Raises
  • Closed Grip Overhand Pull-Ups (again)
  • 80/20 Siebers-Speed Squats
  • Switch Grip Pull-Ups (again)

After all of that madness is behind you, you still have 15 excruciating minutes of Ab Ripper X to look forward to! Yaaaaay…..

P90X Lean: Day 4

Whew! Day 4 is in the books! I am really feeling some tightness in my muscles and I have been looking forward to an active recovery day! But….

Holy effing yoga, Batman!! I totally understand that the ‘X’ in P90X stands for extreme. But, this yoga routine is no joke!! There were several moves that I just could not do. But, I suppose with regular practice I will eventually improve. I enjoyed this workout for the most part. It felt so good to stretch everything back out. But, after an hour I was ready to quit. It’s just too long! But, I did sweat more during this workout than I’ve ever sweat doing yoga!

P90x -YogaX-

Here’s the list of moves in this 90-minute (WHAT?!?!) yoga workout. Many of these moves are done several times.

  • Runner’s Pose
  • Crescent Pose
  • Warrior One
  • Warrior Two
  • Reverse Warrior
  • Triangle Pose
  • Twisting Triangle Pose
  • Chair to Prayer Twist
  • Right-Angle Pose to Extended Right-Angle Pose
  • Prayer Twist from Runner’s Pose to Side Arm Balance
  • Warrior Three to Standing Splits
  • Half Moon to Twisting Half Moon
  • Tree
  • Royal Dancer
  • Standing Leg Extension
  • Crane
  • Seated Spinal Stretch
  • Cat Stretch
  • Frog
  • Bridge / Wheel
  • Plough into Shoulder Stand with Leg Variations into Plough – Ummm… no.
  • Table
  • Cobbler Pose
  • One-Legged Hamstring Stretch into Two-Legged Hamstring Stretch
  • Touch the Sky
  • Boat
  • Half Boat
  • Scissor
  • Torso Twist Hold
  • Deep Torso Twist Hold
  • Side Twist
  • Glute Stretch
  • Happy Baby
  • Child’s Pose
  • Shavasana (Corpse Pose)
  • Fetal Pose
  • Lotus

P90X Lean: Day 3

Happy Hump Day!!

Today we have 2 workouts! First, it’s Shoulders & Arms and then Ab Ripper X. I was dreading this one since my chest and arms are pretty sore from Day 1. Isn’t it funny how the soreness sneaks up on you a couple days later? Any who, I was super happy to learn that there are no push ups in today’s workout!!


Shoulders & Arms consists of 5 rounds with 3 exercises in each. Each round is repeated. Here are the moves:

Round 1: Alternating shoulder press, in & out bicep curls, & two arm tricep kickbacks.

Round 2: Deep Swimmer’s press, full supination concentration curls, & Chair dips.

Round 3: Upright rows, static arm curls, & flip-grip twist tricep kickbacks.

Round 4: Seated two-angle shoulder fly, crouching Cohen curls, & lying down tricep extensions.

Round 5 (bonus): In & out straight arm shoulder fly, Congdon curls, & side tri rises.

I thoroughly enjoyed this workout and I’m looking forward to being able increase my weights! Overall, this was a great workout. I didn’t get my heart rate super high like Day 1 & 2, but there are alot of muscle isolating moves that you can reeeeally feel!

Ab Ripper X totally sucks… In a kind of good way. It is probably the toughest 15 minute workout I’ve ever attempted! It’s 330+ reps of core strengthening moves and it is brutal. Especially after 30-45 minutes of weight lifting! I can’t quite do all the reps yet, but my goal is to master this one!

P90X Lean: Day 2

I expected to be super sore today since we did a lot of core work and push ups (UGH!), but I’m really not. I’m not sure if that means that I didn’t push hard enough or I’ve just gotten stronger since the last time I attempted it. I’m going to hope for the latter!

superman banana

Today’s workout is Cardio X, and I couldn’t be more excited! This is my absolute favorite workout in the P90X lineup. It is FUN, FUN, FUN! It’s a fantastic combination of Yoga, Kenpo, Plyo and Core. This routine is an optional workout on the Classic schedule. But, for the Lean schedule, it’s another routine that’s done almost every week.

Cardio X starts with a brief warm-up of jogging, jumping jacks, and some stretching. Then we go straight into the Yoga round. This round seems to last forever. It consists of Sun Salutations, “Warrior One” (It’s really Crescent Pose), Warrior Two, and Reverse Warrior. It really gets the blood pumping! It seems long, but I think it’s just right. By the time we’re done with Reverse Warrior, I’m ready to move on!

Round 2 is the Kenpo round. I really wish this one was longer. It’s so much fun!! I love it because I don’t even realize how much I’m sweating until it’s over! It’s a good mix of kicking and combo moves (hook/uppercut/sidekick, etc).

After the Kenpo round is the Plyo round. This round is perfect for anyone who has never done Plyo or not ready for the full Plyo routine. It gets the heart rate up without making you want to puke! This is the only round that is repeated. We do Airborne Heisman, Swing Kicks, Jump Shots, Tires and Wacky Jacks.

Finally, we have the Core round. This one goes by pretty quickly. The moves consist of Squat X-Press, Steam Engine (50), Dreya Rolls, Squat Run, and Superman/Banana. Then we move into a brief cool down.

I tend to have workout ADD, so this routine is perfect for me. As soon as I get tired of one type of exercise, we move into the next round. I think it’s perfectly timed. This is a supplementary workout, but I really feel like it’s a good cardio workout by itself.

P90X Lean: Day 1

It’s finally here!! Day 1 of P90X Lean. After doing 21 Day Fix for so many rounds, I’m having a hard time wrapping my mind around this new eating plan. I know I don’t do well with a strict eating schedule that I dictates what I eat each day. So, I’m going with the Portion Approach to the eating plan. I may just end up doing the 21 Day Fix eating plan on a higher bracket. We’ll see…

Today’s workout was Core Synergistics. This is a once-a-week routine for the Lean schedule. If you’re doing the Classic schedule, this will only be on recovery weeks.

p90x core

Core Synergistics is approximately 1 hour long with a nice warm-up, 3 single set rounds, a bonus round and a cool down. Unlike 21 Day Fix there are no 20 second breaks between each move. There are a couple 45 second water breaks between each round.

Round one consists of stacked-foot \ staggered-hand push ups, banana rolls, leaning crescent lunges, squat runs, sphinx push-ups, bow to boats, low-lateral skaters, and lunge reaches.

In round two, you perform prison cell push-ups, side hip raises, squat X presses, plank-to-chaturanga runs, walking push-ups, superman bananas, lunge kickbacks, curl presses and towel hoppers.

Round three is fairly short with only reach-high-and-under push-ups, steam engines and Dreya rolls.

The bonus round is optional and includes plank-to-chaturanga isolations, halfbacks (A fun combo of tires & high knees) and table-dip leg raises.

Overall, I really enjoyed this workout! It’s challenging and fast-paced. But, I really had fun. It’s a great combo of cardio, core, and flexibility training. I worked up a really good sweat and was spent by the time the hour was up. I’m looking forward to improving my core strength and I’m happy that I’ll be doing this one weekly!

October is Coming!!

I cannot even explain how excited I am about this time of year. In Florida, it’s still pretty warm in October (and sometimes December!) but there’s a certain something in the air. It smells like Fall. Pretty soon we will be able to turn the A/C off and open the windows. This is the time of year for sweaters, scarves, boots, pumpkin spice everything, and bonfires. Oh, I just love it!

This is also the time of year for cakes and candies and all of that heavenly goodness that goes right to my thighs! This year will be different. Of course I will indulge. But, I will make smarter, cleaner choices. I’ve also decided to take a step back from 21 Day Fix. I love it, but I feel like my body is screaming for something different. Nothing personal, Autumn… I just need to change it up. So, I’m going to give P90X another shot! It’s been a hot minute since I’ve hung out with my pal, Tony Horton. I’m feeling much stronger than I was the last time I attempted it and I’m also much more accountable than I was back then. I’m doing the P90X Lean schedule because I love the Cardio X routine. I’m a mixture of nervous and excited. This will take me through the end of the year! Check it out!

Anyone want to join me next month? Comment below or send me an email at coachcristie@gmail.com!

october 2015