It's probably been 3, maybe 4 years since I've done P90X. But I had completed 2 rounds of classic and 1 round of the lean version. Since I had my shoulder surgery in January 2013, I've been very cautious about attempting it again, but it's always been a program I've loved, and really wanted to do it again. Now that I'm 55 years old, I really wanted to prove to myself that I could do it.
I haven't been a non-exerciser during that time frame at all. Other than the obvious time off/lighter sessions during my shoulder recovery, and the 1 month vacation my husband and I took in August, I've been a very dedicated exerciser. I wanted to do P90X to mix things up to the max.
The Lean version starts with Core Synergistics, and it is very HARD. The P90x Motto is "Do Your Best, and Forget the Rest!" That's exactly what I did. It proved to me there's a lot of room to improve and grow with the program.
I did Plyo instead of Cardio X, because I can. All of my elliptical and past tennis, have made be be able to do this very extreme work-out, and it's one of my favorites. There are some things that are a little difficult for me, especially the guitar jumps, and the high knee raise jumps, but again something to work on!
Day 3 was Shoulders & Arms plus Ab Ripper X. I went light with the weight in order to make sure I focused on the correct form, plus I wasn't sure how extreme my shoulder could go. But it was good, and I did good with this one. I do modify the pull-up moves, because I have never in my life been able to do pull-ups, let alone a whole bunch of them. I pattern after the stretchy-cords, but use dumbbells for resistance. The Abs Routine is Killer, but I have been doing portions of it all along, especially the in-and-outs and the bicycle/reverse bicycle. I do have to modify the v-up roll-ups, but I'm still getting a very good work-out, and again with room to get better!
To me, Yoga X is the Hardest one there is! First, it is an hour and a half long, and many of these moves are very complicated, involved "pretzel" positions, and some of those are just too much for me. However, I completed an hour of the program. So there is Lots of room for improvement. Again, I did my best, and forgot about the rest! You don't really think about yoga being really hard, but this one is really, really tough. When I was finished though, I really felt great!
Legs and Back plus Ab Ripper X was Day 5. My legs are very strong and muscular, so this one is probably the least difficult for me to do. There always is some room for improvement; if you are perfect, then you need to be doing something else! I still did the modifications on the pull-ups, but overall, a very good work-out!
Yesterday, was Kenpo X, day 6, and Boy-oh-boy, that one used to be my favorite and it still is! I Love that one! It is very challenging, but I was able to do almost all of it. I love the quick, fast pace, all the changing of everything, the kicks, the punches, I just love it!!!!!
And today was Day 7, and it was all stretching. There are just a couple of moves, that I don't think I should do, because they are so extreme, and he gives you lots of warnings on these, but overall, I was able to hang it there, and did I ever feel good when I was done.
I really think the Yoga and the Stretching are very important parts of the lean results I want to get. I was happy to complete the whole week this week, and that feels like a good accomplishment, and that I'm on my way. I don't know if I should be doing any other exercises along with this, but for now, I will only add golf. Maybe as I get stronger, and achieve more, I will, but for now I will stick to the program.
I will let you now how next week goes!