Friday, April 17, 2009


As of this afternoon I will have finished up three weeks of ChaLEAN Extreme. In the official schedule, I'd be slated to do one more week of the Burn Phase and then continue on the the Push Phase. As a P90X grad however, I've become accustomed to having "recovery weeks" on the 4th week of a program. The P90X recovery weeks are awesome, not because the workouts are easier, but the fact that they shock the system a bit with different exercises.

I'd argue that the ChaLEAN workouts, while difficult, aren't to the difficulty level of P90X. Also, I don't want to lose the amazing progress I made during P90X in one critical area; pull-ups.

So, I've concocted my own schedule for this 4th week. Instead of a recovery week, I'm going to make it "BRING IT!" Week.

Here's what my schedule for BRING IT week will be.

Day 1: Chest and Back, Ab RipperX
Day 2: Plyometrics
Day 3: Core Synergistics
Day 4: Burn Intervals and Ab Burner from ChaLEAN Extreme
Day 5: Legs and Back
Day 6: Kenpo X
Day 7: Rest/Stretch

This should give my body a good shock and keep the progress coming. It also will have 2 days of workouts with large amounts of pull-ups. I'll keep everyone posted on how this goes.

Thanks for reading.



  1. Hey Johnny! I agree that ChaLean Extreme is a great workout, I was ready for more after completing my first workout...Maybe if the workouts were longer time-wise...I mean I could definitely feel like I was working, but I could honestly have done more...I guess nothing will match the intensity of P90X...

  2. Very interesting! Thank you for the review and update!

  3. I agree with CLX too. I just finished CLX (actually I stopped 2 weeks short of completing the program so I could start P90X) but I do think P90X is way more intense. CLX is still a good program and works your muscles a little different with much slower reps.

    Awesome idea as far as changing it up!

  4. Rotation looks good, considering you're in a "shock the system", mode this will be fine. Anytime you can employ the "X" factor of training is a good thing, provided you have a goal in mind.

    Keep it going! Push is no walk in the park.