By November 3, 2008

P90 Home Fitness Program, end of week six

I completed session 36 of 90 yesterday. I also finished my first week of the more difficult Phase 3 and Phase 4 parts of the program. The sessions are longer and there are more repetitions and sets. There is an extra phase of exercises in the strength training part, and the ab routine doubles from 100 to 200 exercises. I haven’t attempted the “Ab Ripper 200” part yet. It still scares me.

So far I have lost a half inch from my waist since September and 1.5 inches from my hips. My chest has gone up an inch. I have measurements of my bicep and thigh, but I can’t remember exactly where I started my initial measurement from so I am skeptical to see the results.

In general, I feel like I am getting stronger. However, I don’t know how I am going to handle the monotony of doing another 54 sessions. I have tentatively decided to take a one-week break after session 60 and do the Fat Burning Express workout that was so much fun.

The Phase 3 and Phase 4 routines are definitely higher intensity. I have to focus to make sure I match the pace of each movement, yet retain my form. While my lungs and heart feel like they are going to explode during the cardio session, the most challenging increase has been the strength training. The program starts off with twenty decline pushups and it’s all downhill from there. The hardest part for me is seven wide-grip pushups, followed by seven close-grip pushup, followed by seven normal pushups — and then as many pushups as you can do in a minute. So far I’m at twenty after all of that shit, and then it’s either a short rest or I complete the session by doing chick pushups.

The lunge and squat exercises are tougher, too. My favorite exercise to hate is five sets of lunges, with five squats in between each lunge movement. So that’s twenty lunges and fifty squats. This particular combination is halfway through the workout, so my quads are already kinda fucked up by then.

I think my diet is playing a big part in not seeing a big change. I have been eating poorly for lunch, but after seeing how much I spend on food each month that will probably change in November. I am probably going to eat more salads with beans and meat on it and fewer big-ass sandwiches from the diner we all like.

I definitely feel like I am getting stronger. There’s a bunch of strong ab muscles underneath my fur and 5 Guys cheeseburger coat. I’ll get there, as long as I can keep doing the routines.

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