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I'm Bringin' It — P90X Style

Day Two: Plyometrics

Tony Horton calls the Plyometrics disc the "mother of all workouts" in the P90X system. He's not kidding.

That's all I have to say about that.


Fit90X Day One: Back and Chest

You know those people that say "it hurts so good"? Well they'd love this back and chest routine from P90X. It gave me a serious "ow" factor that lasted into day two (more on that later). How many pushups can one person do, really? Apparently a lot.

All kidding aside, I didn't use the pullup bar, used some shitty bands (that I'll be replacing asap), but still got an amazing workout (even though I didn't sweat as much as I expected). My arms, chest, and back are sore, but not in a "wow I really need a massage cause hunched over at my desk too long" sort of way. It's more of a "I just got my ass handed to me by a personal trainer" feeling. And I think I like it.


P90X Tip: Bands

If you're going to forgo the P90X-branded pull-up bar and a set of weights, you can still get a quality workout with some awesome bands. These pictured here are not an example of such a thing. I don't even remember where I got them (most likely from a sale rack), but they do not do the trick.

Instead, may I suggest these ProSource Fitness Bands (Sale, $25)? If you want to stick with name brand, P90X also has a set of resistance bands in three different difficulty levels.


P90, Whaa?

If you've never heard of P90X ($140), then you probably don't pay that much attention to fitness. P90X is a insanely popular home workout system that bases its program on "muscle confusion", so you never plateau. The series comes complete with 12, one hour long discs — ranging from plyometrics to yoga — to whip your body into shape in record time: 90 days. And in case you haven't noticed, it's extreme. Says so on the box. But in all seriousness, check out Amazon — there are nearly 600 reviews, and it maintains a rating of 4.5 stars (412 reviews give a full 5-star rating). Numbers like that don't lie.

Check YouTube — there are pages and pages of results videos; devotees exclaiming their love for the product beside a slideshow of pics at day 1, 30, 60, and 90 (usually accompanied by a heavy metal soundtrack), all of which relay the same message: "P90X changed my life!"

Me? I'm not really looking to have a life changing experience. No, no. I just want to lose the junk in my trunk, the wiggle from my middle, and hopefully come out of this with a bod I'd be proud of seeing in a bathing suit. A girl can't ask for much more than to rock a pair of skinny jeans with confidence! Plus, let's be honest — my wedding is in two months, and I'm wearing a strapless gown. So here we begin the P90X challenge. I'm following the program as closely as humanly possible (is there wine allowed in this nutritional plan?), and will "Bring It" 7 friggin' days a week. Three cheers for pushups!


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