By April 1, 2009

Power Half Hour home exercise program: session 30

Well, I’m done with the BeachBody Power Half Hour exercise program. I did thirty sessions, which is six each of abs, thighs, ass, arms, and stretch. I have to say I loved every minute of it and feel like the routines did their job.

The system is not without its faults, but I am very happy with the program.

Here is my final analysis, with bonus pictures, measurements, and what I’ll be doing next.

As I said in my first write-up, the Power Half Hour is not for beginners. There are a lot of different movements, and the instruction is sparse. If you don’t know how to do a lunge or squat properly, PHH is the wrong time to learn. I think the possibility for injury is MUCH higher during the PHH routines than either the P90 Basic edition or the Hawaiian special I performed previously. Even if you manage to stay injury-free, you should really know how to do the exercises in the PHH before you start. Tony Horton does a very good job at explaining things at a slower pace during P90 Basic, and I recommend that everyone starts there.

There is not enough stretch time. When I was in a particular hurry (I had 40 minutes to work out, shower and go) I didn’t mind. Most times I wondered if I would have had better progress if I spent a little bit longer stretching. The stretching for the ass program was particularly laughable, it’s like four movements in sixty seconds.

On the flip side, the full half hour stretch routine is awesome. I know I have said this on every review, but it’s totally true. I really enjoy doing it, and may pop in the DVD every now and then just to stretch for thirty minutes.

The alternative, standard, and advanced moves are not as well communicated in this program than, say, the Hawaii P90 Fat Burner Express workout. However, I felt that the PHH had a more logical progression as my fitness level improved. By the fifth session I was challenging myself not to keep up with the standard moves, but to finish every move in advanced mode. I wasn’t able to do as many clapping push-ups as Bobby during the arm routine, but I was able to push myself off of the ground, clap, and land over and over again.

The progress I felt was my favorite part of the system. I was in decent shape when I started PHH but was sore for well over a week after completing the first set of sessions. I feel much stronger now, and can’t believe how much my body has adapted in a little over a month.

The variance in sessions was key to keeping me interested. At no point did I experience the doldrums I felt during P90. At this stage I was ready to throw in the towel with P90; I am sad to see the Power Half Hour go.

That being said, I am going to move away from Tony Horton for awhile and do some kettlebell routines. I am taking a few days off as a reward to myself, then I’m going to lift some Russian iron. I hope that doing something mostly different from the P90 system will jolt my body enough for another change, and grant another change when I return to P90.

My measurements were the same as last week, but I will post them here again for easy reference:

 03/11/200904/01/2009
Bicep14.5″14″
Waist35.5″35.25″
Chest44.5″45.5″
Thigh22″22″
Hips36″35.5″

And lastly, the pictures. If you have small children you may want to send them out of the room. I also apologize for the tag sticking out of the top of my briefs :

Front, after my first week of doing P90:
http://gallery.drfaulken.com/d/4949-2/IMG_7724.jpg

Front, after my Power Half Hour sessions:
http://gallery.drfaulken.com/d/5980-2/IMG_8846.JPG

Back, after my first week of P90:
http://gallery.drfaulken.com/d/4954-2/IMG_7728.JPG

Back, after my Power Half Hour sessions:
http://gallery.drfaulken.com/d/5983-2/IMG_8847.JPG

Front, in flex, after session 90 of P90:
http://gallery.drfaulken.com/d/5558-2/IMG_8092.JPG

Front, in flex, after session 30 of Power Half Hour:
http://gallery.drfaulken.com/d/5985-2/IMG_8850.JPG

Back, in flex, after session 90 of P90:
http://gallery.drfaulken.com/d/5560-2/IMG_8093.JPG

Back, in flex, after session 30 of Power Half Hour:
http://gallery.drfaulken.com/d/5987-2/IMG_8851.JPG

With a bonus for my triceps:
http://gallery.drfaulken.com/d/5989-2/IMG_8852.JPG

I am really pleased. It is difficult to tell from the photos, but the definition in my core has really improved.

It would be nice if I could thin out a little more and add some more muscle to my chest and arms. It’s hard to do both at the same time, but I know if I stick to a program and eat better it is possible.

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4 Comments on "Power Half Hour home exercise program: session 30"

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  1. Markie says:

    Hey baby, nice lats…

  2. Ed says:

    Which one do you recommend for a beginner?

  3. Starbuck says:

    Great Job!!! and Thank you 🙂

  4. Wendi says:

    Thanks for your posting. I was thinking about trying to get power half hour because I am about as bored as I can get with Power 90 Phase 1-2 and need a little variety. Going to step up to 3-4 next week, but can’t seem to think I can do the same routine for 60 days. Congratulations on completing both routines. That is a great accomplishment and your photos show the results.