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P90 to P90X2 Challenge Continues--Starting P90X2 on 10/13--All Welcome
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I'm posting this for CoachBadDog, who started this challenge back in January but hasn't been able to post for a while.

To all teammembers and newcomers alike--welcome to P90X2!

We are a group of people who started this year with a simple goal, to make 2012 different by making health and fitness integral to our lives. We began with the basics, starting with Power 90 on January 2nd, and we plan to finish the year with P90X2 in January of 2013. And now it's finally here! The last push, P90X!

Whether you are prepared to start on October 13th or not, it makes no difference. If you're reading this and think you're ready for a real challenge and for real transformation, take this opportunity to engage and post with us. You'll be glad you did!

Here are links to our threads for previous programs:

Power 90
Insanity
P90X
Insanity: The Asylum Volume 1

I myself have just 10 days left of Asylum as I write this and am looking forward to diving into P90X!

I know there are several other groups starting P90X around this time, but I wanted to keep up the year-long challenge via specific accountability threads. If you've just recently started or are starting soon, please feel free to join up with us!
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Day 1 and 2: complete

X2 Core wow I found out how bad my balance really is this whole workout is all about balance. Great core workout it's going to take a couple of times through to get used to.

Plyocide it's alot like plyo x with different moves. Still doesn't have the intensity of an Insanity workout but still a good sweat.

Keep pushing play!!!

Ryan
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Awesome Ryan, glad you're here!
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Day 3 Recovery + Mobility: Complete

Tony really likes this myofascial release in X2. Recovery was all about it 20 minutes with the foam roller or as I call it the medieval torture device. Just kidding but it will defiantly take getting used to before it stops hurting. Other than that it's a couple yoga poses and some stretching.

Keep Pushing Play!!!

Ryan
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starting p90x2 on 10/9 - my 52nd birthday :-) and am extremely jazzed about it

finished P90X late June
Started Insanity 7/3 finished 9/23 (did some additional running during Insanity)


currently in the two week rest (ha) revisiting some favorite p90X workouts

I have a great Insanity support thread and coach - looking for similar for p90x2!!

push play everyone!
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Happy birthday Leslie! My 48th is on Saturday the 13th, also the day I'm starting P90X2.

For me, only 3 more workouts in Asylum, the fit test on Friday and back to Tony on Saturday.
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spmeister:
Happy birthday Leslie! My 48th is on Saturday the 13th, also the day I'm starting P90X2.

For me, only 3 more workouts in Asylum, the fit test on Friday and back to Tony on Saturday.


Thank you very much and happy birthday to you!
Took the fit test on Sunday - and am raring to go tomorrow.
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Week 1 P90X2: Complete

Some of the toughest workouts to date this is gonna be a hard 90 days. It's not just dumbbell curls anymore it's curls while doing warrior 3. Triceps extensions on a stability ball. They are all core exercises all about balance. I look forward to tomorrows plyocide.

Keep Pushing Play!!!

Ryan
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Day one done! Core was difficult. Difficult like my first day w X1 - Im sweaty and my heart rate got up there. But it was fun - and I felt it.

I loved plyometrics - looking forward to Plyocide.

The way my workout schedule goes is that I work out every day that I don't have to be at work for 6 am and every day that I'm off. Usually that is 6 days a week. On an unfortunate stretch of lots of opening shifts (retail) so it will be more like 5. Tony prescribes 5 a week for X2 so I'm good!

KPP!
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Day two - plyocide. Love the resistance band stretch at the end.
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Just wanted to check in and see how everyone's doing.

I'm doing great. emoticon Thinking about picking up Tai Cheng and possibly Combat.

Figured I'd give an update. emoticon


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How's everything going? Glad to see there are still people going at it! How're you doing on the primal front Spmeister?
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Hello everyone. I stumbled on this thread and thought I would join in. My name is John and I have competed, started and stopped numerous rounds of P90x over the past 3 years. I started X2 in January and went up to the second week of the PAP phase before knee issues, work and the looming 100 mile NY Gran Fondo bike race made me change up my training. I completed a round of X on 9/22 and started my second week of X2 phase 1 today.

For the next few weeks I will likely be swapping Plyo for my club ride, we usually get about 40 miles in at an average speed of 19-20 mph so I hope you don't mind modifiers. Cycling is my passion once again,I am 42 years old and contact sports are a thing of the past, and I plan to start racing again on the masters circuit this spring.

As i mentioned I am 42, I have a wife and 2 kids.
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had to take a couple of sick days - booo!

back on it today - first time with x2 recovery and mobility

that was strange - just saying. Made me think of xstretch which used to be one that I didn't care for - now is a "go to" whenever I feel stiff or sore.

next workout will be tuesday - finally doing total body.

KPP
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Day One: X2 Core complete! This was a mix of easy moves, challenging moves, and "OMG I can barely do ONE of these" moves. Particularly tough were the one legged med ball burpees, and I also had difficulty with the balance ball burpees (that ball gets really slippery with all the sweat!) I was definitely feeling this one this morning. But a good workout.

Day Two: Plyocide complete! Once you get to the meat of the workout, it's not all that different from Vertical Plyo from Asylum Volume 2, except that Asylum has a faster pace & fewer breaks (and no med ball work). Overall I didn't struggle too much with anything except the balance moves -- I ended up with about 20 pushups after the warrior 3 moves and about 12 after the one legged squats. Think Drills reminded me of Insanity & Asylum. I'd say this one is slightly easier than Vertical Plyo but still an excellent & fun workout. I don't have a good sturdy platform to step up & off of, so I did exaggerated high knee steps and a power jump to simulate. I'll need to remedy that.

Jblack88 -- great to hear from you! I'm excited about Les Mills Combat too. I'd originally planned to do Asylum Volume 2 after P90X2, but I might go straight into LMC instead. Primal diet is going well -- I'm in maintenance mode now as I don't want to lose any more weight, so I've allowed a few more carbs to creep back in. I still try to keep my average around 150g per day. An occasional cheat is OK too :-)

JohnnyMacs -- welcome aboard! Glad to have you with us. Alterations are no problem, especially with P90X2 as you set your own schedule with respect to recovery weeks/days and when you switch phases.

LeslieSzak -- sorry you haven't been feeling well. It's that time of year -- my 4-year-old son James has been under the weather the past few days as well, and my wife & I have been fighting it off.
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38.5 miles today. We took it easy, one of the guys was back from his crash I early September where he broke 2 ribs and punctured his lung. Easy pace of just about 16 mph. I think everyone really wanted to push it, but held back.
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Day 3: Recovery & Mobility complete. Rumble roller -- hurts so good. This was a good one. Nice tips from Tony on balancing moves. I didn't pause during the roller part, but I can see the value in it. What I will probably do in the future rather than pause is go directly to "problem" areas & spend the bulk of the 20 minutes there. Today I didn't really need any work on my upper body, I mostly needed it on my inner thighs, hip flexors and glutes.

JohnnyMacs -- I did a 40 mile bike trip once, many years ago, followed by a 5K run a few hours later emoticon Don't ride much at all any more. When I'm doing outdoor sports I'd rather be kayaking. Speaking of which, the back-step lunges holding a bar while twisting were a pretty good kayaking-related stretch!

Your story about holding back for the guy recovering reminds me of group kayak trips. You need to keep the group together, so the slowest person always sets the pace. People who are impatient can run sweeps, where they paddle to the back to check on folks & then back up to the front.
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Accountability - x total body and x2 ab ripper

like both - a little confusing through first round
no to side push ups on medicine balls, i'm perfectly happy doing those on the ground

like ab ripper 2 - i could keep up most of the way!

Yoga tomorrow - mmm trying to keep an open mind, did not like yoga x in one at all. way too long, tedious, often I switched with stretch x
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Day 4: X2 Total Body + X2 Ab Ripper complete! That stability ball is extremely slippery when you are sweaty. I may need to get some workout gloves. I could do better at the Boing pushups if I wasn't so worried about my hands slipping off. I think the most difficult move was the stability ball one-arm tricep extensions.

I had to modify the four-position pull-ups, as my bar doesn't have handles perpendicular to it. So I did wide, close-grip, chin-up. 6 each in each set, trying to go slow.

I had to get on my chin-up tower backwards to do the lever pull-ups, or the backrest would interfere with my feet. But once I got that figured out I was able to do 3, brief rest, then 3.

X2 Ab Ripper went pretty well, I was able to do most everything. A couple moves were harder, the Phelon Twists for example, and I kinda missed the Mason Twist bonanza from ARX. Definitely room for improvement here, particularly keeping my legs straight. The balance clap scissors were surprisingly easy.

LeslieSzak, I *loved* Yoga X, but I am also looking forward tomorrow's X2 version. It's a lot shorter, and I hear it flows better too.
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spmeister:


LeslieSzak, I *loved* Yoga X, but I am also looking forward tomorrow's X2 version. It's a lot shorter, and I hear it flows better too.


well I did it - and I didn't hate it. felt strong enough to go into crane - held it for a second before falling on my head. that's progress! lol

Watching Ted go into a handstand - hot stuff. Pretty awesome. I can see that taking 10 years to achieve emoticon
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Day 5: X2 Yoga complete! Challenging, but other than a couple difficult moves it's got nothing on those first 45 minutes of P90X Yoga. I sweat this morning, but I wasn't drenched like P90X yoga left me. Still though, a great, great workout. It was over before I knew it. Wait, shavasana already?! ;-)

As to the difficult moves:
- I can hold crane for about 30 seconds or so, still doing occasional toe-taps. Picking up a leg or going into a headstand is QUITE a ways off for me emoticon
- Standing splits, my "up" leg is not much above parallel to the floor. I use a yoga block on half-moon and twisting half-moon.
- Tony's introduced a planche move when "jumping" back from collapsed pose to plank. I cannot do this. I can jump back, but it's "CLUNK", not "float". You need a LOT of back strength for this as well as handstands.
- Straightening my legs fully in some of the moves such as Abrinome is still a struggle.

Leslie, one thing with Crane you might try that helped for me is to stand a yoga block up on-end below your forehead. That way you can rest your forehead lightly on it while you work on getting your toes off the ground. It'll help you learn the balance point.
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