By March 11, 2009

Power Half Hour home exercise program: session fifteen

The Beachbody.com Power Half Hour home exercise routine is five days/sessions long. I take the sixth day off, and then start over again. As such, I’m moving a little faster than a calendar week, and have adjusted the titles of these posts accordingly.

I am still in love with this program after finishing three cycles of the Power Half Hour. No matter how much I want to quit an exercise or hate doing the “fire hydrant with kick” movement, I think to myself, “you just have to do this x more times.” I am halfway through, and am already getting sad about it. What am I going to do when I’m done?

Even after completing 90 sessions of the P90 Basic home exercise program, the first PHH sessions were tough. I was sore and a little stiff the majority of the first week, and unable to complete all of the movements in the Abs, Thigh, and Ass segments. I was also unable to crank out all of the pushups in the Arms routine after the first set of decline pushups. I am pleased with my progress, and can make it through all of the workouts. There is still room for improvement, but that’s what the program is about.

I think that the pacing is a little too fast, especially on the thigh and glute sessions. There are a lot of knee-sensitive exercises there, like squats and lunges, but the pace is a little too aggressive to always ensure proper form. I have yet to sustain an injury due to exercise, so I am particularly nervous about this. I compensate by taking shorter breaks between sets and stretch out the length of each rep.

The amount of stretching done before, during, and after each session is also troublesome. The arm session is pretty good about it, and of course the last session is just stretching.

I took my measurements for the first time since completing P90B, and here they are:

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Bicep14.25″14.5″
Waist36″35.5″
Chest44″44.5″
Thigh21.25″22″
Hips36″36″

The good news is I am getting bigger in some of the right areas. Arms going up, chest/back going up. The bad news is I’m stabilized or even going up in some other areas. I am particularly puzzled by my waist and thigh measurements, as I went down around the bellybutton, but my thighs got bigger? I guess it could be muscle, but seems unlikely.

I think I am going to have to change my diet to see any more midsection results. Yes, I am getting stronger. Yes, my arms and chest is getting better. However, I’d like to see the fruits of my Ab session labor. I’ve avoided 5 Guys cheeseburgers thus far this week, maybe I’ll try to only eat there once every two weeks instead of two or three times each week. :

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  1. Starbuck says:

    You are doing great. I am proud of you.

    Umm…you don’t go to 5 guys 2 or 3 times a week. You might go once, if that. I still think you need to eat more veggies 🙂

  2. Ed says:

    Starbuck, don’t fool yourself. He has an account there. They know him by first name. He has wallpapered an entire room in the house using the brown bags from them.

    And he does eat veggies, the burgers come with some green stuff. Give the man credit!

  3. Starbuck says:

    Ed, you are right about them knowing him by “first” name. Currently, that is at two locations. It might be three if he serious about going 3 times a week.

    The veggie part, well he does order with the green stuff but most of the time it gets taken off because it is soggy and wilted 🙂

  4. Ed says:

    I agree with him on the removal of the green stuff. I can’t stand most restaurants ideas of what lettuce is… (wilted, old, no nutritional value)