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P90x: Weeks 6 & 7

18 Sep 2011

These past two weeks were the first of phase 2. Chest & Back and Arms & Shoulders were replaced with two other workouts: Chest, Shoulders & Triceps and Back & Biceps. Chest & Back is the most challenging of the four upper body-focused routines in P90x. I’m a little surprised that the sequence wasn’t reversed: Chest & Back and Arms & Shoulders in phase 2 instead. Starting fresh out of the box, the number of push-ups and pull-ups you do in Chest & Back can be discouraging for a beginner. And you also do a good dose of each in the other upper body workouts and extra pull-ups on Legs & Back day.

Phase 2 may be when you really start to get the hang of P90x and find out what works best for you. Instead of doing six days of P90x, I found a manageable double session day: day 2 for me combines Plyometrics and Back & Biceps. The following day is Yoga X, which is now a welcome workout. The asanas are no longer feeling like challenging isometric exercises and instead more of a relaxing static stretch. And the vinyasas are feeling more like dynamic flexibility sequences than an awkward fumble.

I’m also starting to adapt to the Kenpo X workout. I no longer work up a sweat as much as I first did. I actually sweat more during Yoga X. To get another good quality cardio session in, I tried Cardio X – great workout! Cardio X is a good progression to the Plyometrics workout and a great way to get in a little bit of everything non-strength related: yoga, plyos, and kenpo. 

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