Friday, November 21, 2008

Week 9: Update and Friday Morning Humor.

Today is my Rest/Stretch day to finish out week 9. I'm so pumped that I've come this far. I remember having conversations with Brad a couple months ago begging him to check in on me around week 3 because I had a habit of falling out of a program after a few weeks. Not this time. I've completed 9 weeks and going strong.

I'll go with some real content before I get into my selected comedy of the week. Yesterday I did Kenpo X. However, this was my first time doing Kenpo X with a Heart Rate Monitor. What a difference did that make. I have previously commented that I thought Kenpo was an easy workout. Well, it was easy for me, because I wasn't bringing it. I was going through the motions and lacking intensity. As a result, my heart rate wasn't that high.

This past week I purchased a Polar F6 Heart Rate monitor. I'll give a more extensive review after a few more workouts. I'm still getting to learn the device. But one thing is for certain, my effort in Kenpo wasn't good enough. When that "out of zone" alarm started beeping at me I knew I needed to make my kicks a bit higher, my punches a bit more intensified to get my heart rate back up in the zone. During breaks I needed to get my knees up higher to make sure I didn't drop below my target zone. In the end it told me I burned 578 calories and 50% of those were fat calories. All good stuff, so if you don't have a heart rate monitor...get one.

So, here it is. This is especially for all my Canadian readers (and apparently looking at my site meter map there are a bunch of you.)


  1. THAT IS HILARIOUS!!! Thanks for the morning laugh!!! Also, I was debating about the monitor, thanks for the added push to go ahead and get it. I'm way proud of you...week 9, only 4 more to go. I am scared that I am going to be sad when I am done. I am so loving P90x. It's the 1st time in my life I have ever worked out 6-7 days a week and truly loved it. Anyway-nice work.

  2. Jessica,

    I don't think 90 Days is the end. The 90 Days is a transition period. Its ingraining the habit of a regular fitness routine in your life. Its not a program where you all of a sudden finish.

    Thatis why I'm slowly transitioning this blog. Its no longer "P90X Mission." Its about overall fitness as a long term way of life, not just a 91 day program.

    More to come about how I'm changing the blog, but thanks for your continued comments.

  3. Just stumbled across this blog. I just finished my second round of P90X yesterday and you are correct, it is not a destination, it is a way of life. I can't work out 6 days a week forever so the full fledged P90X will be done in intermittent periods. But I now have the P90X DVD's, the P90X+ DVD and Tony Horton's One on One DVD's so I can switch up my workout and find plenty to "maintain" in the "off time" when I am only working out 4-3 days a week...:-)

    Congrats on getting this far. the last phase is rough (and longer) but it is also where you see the most improvement. Push hard and get all out of it you can. Well worth it when you finish...this round!