P90X3 Triometrics Review

After yesterday’s killer P90X3 workout, I wasn’t sure what to expect with today’s Triometrics DVD. Was I in for more pain?  Turns out yes, but in a good way.

My body was definitely feeling the soreness from yesterday’s upper body thrashing (and yet I still dream of pull-ups…it’s a sickness), so I was a little nervous about today. In Triometrics, you do a variety of 1 minute exercises but all at three different levels of intensity (20 seconds normal, 20 seconds harder, 20 seconds hardest). Tony adjusts the exercises in different ways (i.e. sometimes you go deeper, other times you jump higher, etc.).  It’s really dependent upon the particular exercise and the effect he’s aiming for.  The exercises themselves are varied from squats, to skaters, to frog jumps, to lunges, and so forth).  The workout itself requires no equipment aside from water and good workout shoes (not running shoes as Tony always points out), which makes it nice.

Overall, I thought the workout was well-rounded and pretty fun. I liked that every 20 seconds something would change (yes, I get easily bored by working out; hence, my not being a huge fan of running!).   You could also definitely feel each exercise and appreciate the different intensities that Tony brought (and the burn…oh…the burn…). When I was finished, I had a good sweat (not the dripping in my pool of sweat like with T25 though) and knew I’d worked my body hard.  If I pushed myself harder, I probably would have had an even better workout (I think I wussed out a bit…). Sometimes Tony was a bit unclear as to what the next move entailed, so I would have to slow down to see what they were doing before making my adjustment. Next time when I know exactly what each exercise entails, I think I’ll be able to push myself harder. All in all, it was an excellent workout and I look forward to doing it again. Another tip for my Workout Tip Jar.

 

Please remember that I am not a doctor or a nutritionist or fitness expert.   All information I discuss on my blog is intended for inspiration and educational purposes and is not intended as a medical diagnosis or treatment. Before making any changes to your own health and fitness, I highly recommend speaking with your doctor.

 

P90X3 Eccentric Upper Review

Um…Wow. That pretty much sums up today’s P90X3 workout which was Eccentric Upper. It was basically The Challenge on crack. The first workout in Block 2 of the Classic Calendar is no joke.

For each exercise, your focus is on the eccentric (uh, hence the title), which is when the muscle lengthens. You do the concentric move (when the muscle shortens) for one count and the eccentric move for three counts.  Sounds easy enough, but man is it painful (in a good way). According to the fitness guide, “Time under tension is the key to creating the greatest hormonal releases to induce hypertrophy, or muscle growth.”

As the title implies, the focus of this DVD is on the upper body – it’s chalk full of pull ups, push-ups, and other arm exercises (i.e. curls, tricep exercises, presses, rows, flies, etc.), and it’s deadly. For the majority of the exercises you do 10 reps each and, let me tell you, the three count by the tenth rep is killer. It ends with a burnout of pull-ups and military push-ups. My arms were jello by the end of this workout (well, more like by halfway through this workout). I had a shower afterwards and my arms were so exhausted that it was a struggle to wash my hair!

Yet, it felt so good to work this hard.  By now, you know that I prefer faster-paced cardio workouts, but this absolutely won me over.  I loved the difficulty level, the variation in moves, and the intensity of this workout. I love that pull-ups are getting easier and that I’m just stronger overall. I cannot wait until I see how well I do in a few weeks on this DVD.

A tip before doing this video would probably be to quickly preview the exercises before starting – I had to pause a couple of times to see what exactly certain moves entailed before beginning, so it may be handy to do a quick preview before starting so that you don’t have to pause and rewind.

Because my husband is still nursing his recent shoulder injury, he was mainly around for moral support. For exercises that he could use one arm, he opted in, but for most of the time, he was watching and encouraging me on.  Needless to say, I think he was a bit jealous that I got to do this workout and he didn’t!

This DVD definitely raised the bar for Block 2 and I cannot wait to see what the rest of the week has in store. That was one well earned dollar that I got to put in my Workout Tip Jar.

 

Please remember that I am not a doctor or a nutritionist or fitness expert.   All information I discuss on my blog is intended for inspiration and educational purposes and is not intended as a medical diagnosis or treatment. Before making any changes to your own health and fitness, I highly recommend speaking with your doctor.

 

P90X3 Week 4 Review (Results and Update)

Holy Snapplesauce, month 1 of P90X3 is officially over – how is that even possible??? I seriously have no idea where the time went!  I can honestly say that it’s been an incredible month.  My eating has been on key and I’ve stuck with the Classic Workout Calendar, trying to make this experience as authentic as possible.

Last week I mentioned that I was feeling under the weather, but my body has bounced back (faster than usual) and I’ve been back to normal health for the past few days, which has been nice.  Because it’s the end of the first “Block”, I decided that it would be a good time to take my measurements to see where exactly the weight has gone. Below, you’ll find my progress as of today. My scale didn’t budge much this week (so annoying), but being female and knowing there are a lot of factors that can impact the scale, I’m not too concerned (particularly because I find measurements/how I feel/how my clothes fit to be a more accurate representation of my fitness level).  So this week I only lost 0.2 lbs (and yes, there were  a few choice words in my mind when the scale only  dropped that!).  Nevertheless, I plan on continuing to eat healthy and keep up with the schedule. If I continue to plateau or stop seeing results, I’ll change up my eating a bit to see if I can kick start my weight loss again. By the way, I am fairly short (5’1″), so any weight loss or weight gain shows up fairly noticeably on my shorter frame.

So here goes nothing….

P90X3 Month 1 Results 

 Weight Loss – 7 lbs

Inches Lost:

Chest – 1 inch

Ribs – 1/2 inch

Natural Waist – 1 3/4 inches

Stomach (Belly Button) – 1 inch

Hips – 1 1/2 inches

Abductors – 1 inch

Arms – No change

Thighs – 1 inch (per thigh)

Total Inches Lost: 7 and 3/4 inches!

Fit Test Update: My husband and I were planning on doing the fitness test again at the end of Month 1, but he recently injured his right shoulder, so we’re going to wait until it’s better before attempting it. According to the guide itself, you’re supposed to do the fit test at the end of the 90 days, but we thought it would be interesting to see how much we’ve improved each month.  When we finally do it (hopefully soon), I’ll post an update on my fit test progress.

Needless to say, I’m pretty ecstatic with my results. I’m sure other people can potentially get way better results, but for me, that’s a freaking miracle.  Last time I stuck with a program and ate healthy, I only lost 4 inches in one month, so this is a significant improvement for me. My biggest problem area, as is common for many females, is my hips, so I was super excited that the greatest drop was in that area. I foresee not as many changes in my upper body in the future (natural waist, ribs, etc.), as I don’t have a lot to lose in that particular area, but I’m sure I will continue to see more progress as the time goes on.

These results definitely added fuel to my fire and I’m already excited to see my Month 2 results!  Now that I’m over whatever sick bug I caught, I’m back to feeling energized and amazing.  If you’re humming and hawing over whether or not to try this workout, I’d highly recommend it.  But, of course, we all know that food is a huge factor in anyone’s progress, so you absolutely need to think about your nutrition, not just your workout (I know my results wouldn’t have been nearly as good if I hadn’t been eating healthy as well).

Again, if you want some easy motivation, check out Workout Tip Jar and find an accountability partner or challenge group.  Remember this is a lifestyle change, not a quick diet. Happy fitness, everyone!

 

Please remember that I am not a doctor or a nutritionist or fitness expert.   All information I discuss on my blog is intended for inspiration and educational purposes and is not intended as a medical diagnosis or treatment. Before making any changes to your own health and fitness, I highly recommend speaking with your doctor.

 

P90X3 Pilates X Review

Today’s P90X3 workout was Pilates X.  Pilates isn’t exactly new to me (I had a set of Pilates DVDs years ago when I was in high school), but it’s been a looooong time since I’ve delved into its world, so this video took me back in time a little bit. If you google Pilates, you’ll find a great deal of information on it and its origin, but to put it simply (and probably brutalizing it), it focuses greatly on your core and the importance of breathing.

Pilates X, like the other DVDs, offered an excellent workout, particularly for its focus – the core. Again, this is not a video that will leave you laying in a puddle of your own sweat, but it serves its purpose – which is to build your core strength and focus on your breathing/technique/form/balance. The workout offered a variety of difficulty levels – some exercises were extremely challenging (Alphabet soup, sphinx flag, etc.), while others were a lot more simple (i.e. swimmer, hip circles, floating cobras, etc.). As with all the DVDs, there is a modifier to help those who need to make adjustments for whatever reason.

Overall, I was satisfied with this workout. Not my favorite style of exercise, but good for what it’s meant to be. It’s important that I get used to more variety in my exercise choices as it’s easy to do the same thing over and over again and, on the bright side, it adds yet another tip to my Workout Tip Jar.

 

Please remember that I am not a doctor or a nutritionist or fitness expert.   All information I discuss on my blog is intended for inspiration and educational purposes and is not intended as a medical diagnosis or treatment. Before making any changes to your own health and fitness, I highly recommend speaking with your doctor.

 

P90X3 Accelerator Review

Yay!  Finally a faster-paced workout was on the P90X3 agenda for the week – Accelerator!  I’m not going to lie, after doing Isometrix and Dynamix, I was starting to get a bit antsy! Nothing feels better to me than after I’ve pushed my body to its max and Accelerator took me back to that place.

Accelerator engages both aerobic and anaerobic pathways and has you moving at two different speeds through many of the exercises. You basically alternate between a cardio exercise (jacks, hops, jumps, etc.) and a plank-like exercise (balance burpees, plank walkers, mountain climbers, etc.) throughout the workout. For each exercise, Tony changes it up by calling out different speeds, cues (i.e. left leg lift, right leg lift; double jump, etc.), or directions (forward, left, right, backward, etc.). One thing that I’m noticing throughout my P90X3 experience is simply how much more engaged and “in” the workout I am when it comes with directions/cues such as in this video. My mind is active as well as my body, which not only makes it more fun, but also allows the time to fly by at a faster pace (ugh…the hellish boredom that accompanies a treadmill…).

Overall, I really liked this video. It brought on a good sweat, worked my body hard, and was just fun to do. Again, I still don’t find it as difficult as Focus T25, but it still has a nice intensity and is an excellent workout (I think the fact that you get some slight breaks between exercises is a major factor in the difference I feel when I do T25, which has no breaks whatsoever). Being my first time through the video, I can definitely see where I need to improve (oh core strength) and love that I have goals in mind for next time. There were some new (to me) moves and fun variations on old ones. This video can pretty much be as hard or as easy as you want it, depending on your intensity. I also like that Tony always has a modifier for those new to the workouts or who need to make modifications for whatever reason.  I can definitely see this DVD being one of my favorites in the rotation. Easiest dollar to add to my Workout Tip Jar!

 

Please remember that I am not a doctor or a nutritionist or fitness expert.   All information I discuss on my blog is intended for inspiration and educational purposes and is not intended as a medical diagnosis or treatment. Before making any changes to your own health and fitness, I highly recommend speaking with your doctor.

 

P90X3 Dynamix Review

I’ve mentioned before that I recently caught some sort of cold bug, so I haven’t been at the top of my game, so today’s P90X3 workout, Dynamix, was a nice break from last week’s intensity. For those of you keeners who don’t like taking rest days, Dynamix has been an optional workout for Day 7 of the Classic Cycle. However, my husband and I have opted out of doing it, so today was our first time venturing into its world.

According to the fitness guide, “Dynamix focuses on using your muscles, connective tissue, and joint function in symbiotic actions to actively increase range of motion, flexibility, and stabilization.” Basically, it’s there to help keep your body in good condition so that you can kick booty and perform well in your other workouts. Thus, it is not a super intense workout, but important, nonetheless.

You start the workout off by working your right side (leg lift, abductor lift, horse step, and forearm plank) and repeating the same moves on the left. Then you get on your stomach and do glute lifts, scorpions, shoulder stretches, ham/hip rockers, groiners, pigeons, and lunge push-ups. From your stomach you move to a standing position and do polka stretches, hip circles, polka plus, double knee pulls, front to back lunges, double quad stretches, glide lunges, and tin man zombie. Finally, you get back down to the ground and do glute rockers, double knee pulls, double pigeon pulls, spinal twists, fifer scissor stretches, marching bridges, farrthing stretches, side bananas, and superman. To be honest, my favorite part was the last section where we were down on the ground. It was actually super relaxing and I really enjoyed each move. Because I’m not at 100%, I think I really enjoyed taking the time to do slower movements and just prep my body for what’s about to come in the next little while.

Another dollar in my Workout Tip Jar – jackpot.

 

Please remember that I am not a doctor or a nutritionist or fitness expert.   All information I discuss on my blog is intended for inspiration and educational purposes and is not intended as a medical diagnosis or treatment. Before making any changes to your own health and fitness, I highly recommend speaking with your doctor.

 

P90X3 Isometrix Review

Today’s P90X3 workout, Isometrix, was quite a bit different than the previous workouts in the rotation. I was pretty much expecting this, however, as it’s the final week in the first block of the Classic calendar and it’s probably taking down the intensity before we go bounding into the next block of what I imagine to be a flurry of strength and cardio chaos (and bliss).

I’m having some trouble articulating my thoughts on the workout itself. Basically, I neither love nor hate it. It passed by fairly quickly, accomplished what it was supposed to, and was easy to follow. It definitely works your core strength; as the fitness guide states, the workout consists of combining “isometric contraction with instability to make your core rock solid.” Each exercise involves using static strength to hold your position while in an unstable position. You alternate between a plank-like movement (plank, left arm stretch; plank left arm, right leg lift; forearm side balance; one arm sphinx, bound dog, etc.) with a balancing movement (standing right leg extension; royal dancer; tree pose, etc.).

Throughout the workout, Tony declares how much he loves the routine and how much sweat should be pouring down you. Now, it’s not like I was dry and relaxing, but I definitely wasn’t dripping in my own pool of sweat at the end of the workout like I did with Focus T25 or with many of his other DVDs. Not to say this wasn’t a good workout – it was, but in a different way. The moves definitely challenged my core strength and it leaves me with huge (massive? gargantuan?) room for improvement on many of the exercises. Perhaps it’s just me. I love nailing a workout and wrapping it up looking like I swam a race, yet I know a well-balanced exercise program needs to incorporate these types of workouts and that I will eventually adjust to not always having to look like a red tomato by the end. I’m getting used to it (hey, I’m still doing the yoga video, aren’t I?).  I’ll keep doing this video whenever it’s in the cycle, but I know I’ll never be dying to do it, and that’s okay by me. At least I get another dollar in my Workout Tip Jar, eh?

 

Please remember that I am not a doctor or a nutritionist or fitness expert.   All information I discuss on my blog is intended for inspiration and educational purposes and is not intended as a medical diagnosis or treatment. Before making any changes to your own health and fitness, I highly recommend speaking with your doctor.

 

P90X3 Week 3 Review (Results and Update)

Hey Ladies and Gents!

Week 3 of P90X3 is officially in the bag, so I thought I’d provide you all with another update. My hope in doing this is so that you get an idea of how the program has affected me each week (and in turn, may possibly affect you) and also as an additional motivator to stick with the program!

This week, I was a bit “off,” however. I think I caught some sort of sickness bug, as I had an upset stomach, was feeling weaker than normal, and was fatigued.  As a result, I had to modify many moves and tone down my intensity of the workouts. My eating was also affected, not so much in the quality of my food, but the quantity (making sure I was eating enough). As a result, my feelings for this week are a bit jumbled. Although I didn’t feel “stronger” (ahem, I felt a heck of a lot weaker), I still improved in my Challenge results (wahoo…I eeked out more pull-ups and push-ups than ever before!), but that was probably the only area that I actually noticed better results (as I mentioned, I modified a lot of the moves this week as I didn’t want to make myself sicker). I’m not discouraged, however, as I know my results will be better this coming week as I’m beginning to feel back to normal.

As for weight loss, I’m down another 2 lbs, bringing my 3 week total to a 6.8 lbs loss, which I’m happy with. Again, it may not seem like a lot to some people, but for me it’s awesome and I couldn’t really ask for more.  The weight loss is becoming more consistent, so I’m more confident now that it wasn’t just temporary water weight going out the window. I’m sure as the weeks progress that it will slow down a bit and I’m okay with that.  As long as I’m getting stronger, fitter, and feeling better, I’ll be happy with my results.

I’m pretty excited for this coming week, as we’ll be doing 4 new workouts (and a little sad that the Challenge workout isn’t in the line-up…I’ve come to love it).  For those of you who do Dynamix on your rest day, then it will only be 3 new workouts.  My husband and I opted to not do it on our rest day as we usually got together with friends to play some recreational sports.

After this coming week is over, I’ll post my weight loss and measurement results.  I’m pretty excited to see how those turn out as I can already see some positive physical changes, so it’ll be nice to have more accurate numbers. ‘Til next time, I hope you all have an awesome week of working out and eating healthy (and feeling amazing!).  If you want some easy motivation, check out Workout Tip Jar or find an accountability partner or challenge group. 

 

Please remember that I am not a doctor or a nutritionist or fitness expert.   All information I discuss on my blog is intended for inspiration and educational purposes and is not intended as a medical diagnosis or treatment. Before making any changes to your own health and fitness, I highly recommend speaking with your doctor.

 

P90X3 Week 2 Review (Results and Update)

2 weeks of P90X3 are done and I couldn’t be happier. This second week has flown by and I’m definitely noticing many positive changes, such as:

Weight Loss – As of today’s weigh in, I’m officially down 4.8 lbs, which is another 2.4 lbs since last week. Wahoo!  This is a huge victory for me, as it generally takes me FOREVER to lose weight (I’m serious when I say I am lucky to lose 0.2 lbs a week).  I was a little nervous about this weigh in as I wasn’t sure if last week’s 2.4 lb drop was a miracle. So far, so good though and I’m hoping to keep losing 1-2 lbs/week.  Again, I’m sticking with the food/exercise plan very firmly, which I account for my success thus far.

Strength – Oh my goodness, I can definitely tell that I’m getting stronger! The pull-ups are starting to get easier and I can eek out more reps than before. Everything just seems “better” – push-ups, burpees, curls, etc. If I keep this up, my fun cardio obstacle runs in the summer should be a breeze!

Cardio – As with strength, my cardio conditioning just seems much improved (yes, I know, it’s only been 2 weeks, but I can already see a difference!). The workouts in general are starting to seem easier (not easy, but easier than the first time) – I’m not as winded, am recovering faster, and am pushing myself harder with better speed/agility/results.

Energy – My energy is amazeballs right now!  I prefer to exercise in the morning, when I have my peak energy, but with work, it’s just not part of our equation, so we have to exercise after work. In the past, this was one of the most difficult tasks for me – having enough energy to get home after a long day on my feet and try and muster up enough energy to actually work out. I’d either have to drink some E and E or have a sluggish workout. Now, I still have energy after work and can complete a hardcore 30 minute workout all out (and feel amazing afterwards with added energy from the workout!).  I think a lot of this has to do with eating healthy and being consistent. This doesn’t mean that every day I’m jumping up and down to workout. I’m human!  I still have days where I’d much rather veg on the couch and watch some TV. Having my husband as an accountability partner, however, has pushed me to keep to the schedule even on those days when I really don’t want to.

Overall Well-Being – Overall, I’m just feeling amazing. My body feels better (and in body, I’m referring to my insides). I don’t feel sluggish or icky like I sometimes felt before. I have tons of energy and I’m seeing changes in my mood, body, and mind. Workout Tip Jar, my husband, and my Challenge Group keep me motivated and on track.  This time, the 90 days don’t seem unattainable. Rather, I know I’m going to finish them and I’m excited to see my 90 day results!

 

Please remember that I am not a doctor or a nutritionist or fitness expert.   All information I discuss on my blog is intended for inspiration and educational purposes and is not intended as a medical diagnosis or treatment. Before making any changes to your own health and fitness, I highly recommend speaking with your doctor.

 

iPhone App #2 – Flower Hangman

 

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So it’s official, My husband’s and my second collaborative iPhone app is now for sale!  It’s called Flower Hangman, which is fairly self explanatory – it’s the game of hangman but instead of hanging a man, you take away flower petals from a flower. If all the petals fall off, then you lose.

Where’d we get the idea from? Well, being a teacher, I play my own version of Flower Hangman all the time with my students (although we have specific words that we are using to help with spelling/vocabulary, etc.).  The kids absolutely love playing the game, and I like the fact that it’s a non-violent, child-friendly version. Plus, it’s super easy for the kids to see when they’re getting close to losing, so they really think hard about their letter selection and start developing strategies for figuring out what the word could be.

For the purposes of this iPhone game, we decided to use lots of words so that you could play the game repeatedly and not have to worry about running out of words (or automatically knowing what the words are based off of the number of blanks). Rather, we decided to include thousands of words, which are then separated into three levels (short words, medium-length words, and long words). We also went through the word list and deleted any inappropriate words, so as not to offend anyone and to make it more child-friendly.

The app itself is probably one of my husband’s nicest looking ones. It has sound effects, animation, and attractive graphics. The alphabet is on cute looking apples, which fade away after you select the letter (so you don’t try select it again by accident). A nifty thing, too, is that the vowels are a different colored font than the consonants so that children can easily differentiate them.

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Even though the app is purposely made to be child-friendly, it is actually pretty fun for all ages (I know I’m a bit of a dork, but, yes, I absolutely love playing it).  It’s one of those games that’s super simple, but addicting at the same time.

For future purposes, my husband and I have some ideas in mind to potentially make another version that is even better suited for our younger children, but we wanted our first version to be of interest to people of all ages (so even bored moms and dads, grandpas and grandmas, older siblings, etc. could find entertainment with it as well).

If you’re interested in a fun, yet educational game, check it out here!