Day 25 – Focus T25 and P90X3

Total Body Circuit and Pilates X

All I can say is WOW! I think my diet has been spot on for a few days now, and energy was replenished fully today. Let’s get cracking with the details!

Focus T25 Total Body Circuit

So what changes did I make today?! I went for Gold! I tried not to modify anything…  So normally my arms are jelly and I have to drop to my knees during the tap push ups, today was better for me! I dug deep, and made sure I stayed with the normal push ups and I am thankful I did. Just to make it clear I was a little bit slower, I think I did one less rep than the rest on the screen. OK maybe two less reps.  But the fact here is, people, I did normal push ups all the way to the Burnout. Which made me feel amazing! 5 weeks in and now I can really see the difference in my fitness.  The fact I can do what I did today is great news.  My back is still hurting, and I think I need to stretch it more everyday. But that is something I need to work into an everyday routine, like perhaps before I go to bed. Will see if I can add in in today, the only problem is that I end up sweating, so will have to think this through.

Did I mention I used the push up stands during the shoulder tap routine? This allowed me to into a deeper press up!

P90X3 Pilates X

OK, am I the only pone who thinks this is a great session to end with. You get an awesome routine to start with, Total Body Circuit. It gets your heart rate up, covers exercising all muscles and then hits you with a great cardio session. Then you follow that with Pilates X, and you have the muscle stretches and extensions. This really helped me, it didn’t cool me down, but instead kept my heart rate up with the different moves under tension. I love the lower back session, it’s only a few moves, I’d have preferred to have seen this for at least 10 minutes, but I’ll take what I can get.

Clam Killer is still testing my core. I need a stronger core so I can stay on in the one arm plank for longer. This is going to be the key to future success in any of these workouts. It’s slow going but getting there. I managed to do a couple before failure on both sides…. Right, well, that’s all for now, I was going to upload a picture of my mat after I had finished the workout. But who wants to see a sweat stain?! If you do, I’ll update he post with it… Otherwise, keep up the good work!

This is how the mat looked after I had finished…

One sweaty mat and the stands that helped push me into deeper push ups!

One sweaty mat and the stands that helped push me into deeper push ups!

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Day 12 Focus T25 and P90X3

Lower Focus/Ab Intervals and Pilates X

Focus T25 Lower Focus/Ab Intervals (moving to tomorrow)

So I was meant to cover two sessions today, but alas not enough time and not enough energy.  I woke up, and already hungry I decided I just would not be able to focus on the workout properly.  Finished off the morning session, had my protein shake and that was it.  The workout  is crazy! So it’s called Lower Focus, I wonder what that covers?! You guessed it, lower body. It’s pretty tough though.  I had a bit of a problem with the calf raises, as my Achilles started playing up again. So I have to be honest, it was difficult for me.  A number of times you would have found be grabbing my knees and trying to catch my breath. The number of squats he makes you do will have your Quads burning!  The lunges do not help with this either!! But here is the list, and you can see what I had to go through…

Lower Focus Moves List

  • Alternating Knee Lift
  • Lift On Toes
  • High Knee Jog
  • Slow Control Jog
  • Jack Feet
  • Double Jack Feet
  • Double Jack + Arms
  • Basic Jack
  • Basic Squat
  • Squat Pulse
  • Basic Squat + Arms Up
  • Control Squat Jump
  • Calf Raise (L)
  • Calf Hop + Arms Up (L)
  • Calf Raise (R)
  • Calf Hop + Arms Up (R)
  • Narrow Lunge (L)
  • Wide Lunge (L)
  • Deep Lunge Pulse (L)
  • Deep Lunge Hold (L)
  • Narrow Lunge (R)
  • Wide Lunge (R)
  • Deep Lunge Pulse (R)
  • Deep Lunge Hold (R)
  • BURNOUT
  • Control Squat Jump
  • Calf Hop (L)
  • Calf Hop (R)
  • Deep Lunge Pulse (L)
  • Deep Lunge Pulse (R)
  • Alternating Front Lunge
  • Front Lunge & Squat
  • Front Lunge & 2x Squat
  • Lunge Squat Progression
  • Abductor Squat
  • 2 + 2 Abductor Squat
  • 2 + 2 Stay Low
  • Stay Low Abductor Burn
  • 2 + 2 Knee Up
  • Up & Over
  • Up & Over & 2x Squat
  • Up & Over & Touch Floor
  • Deadlift Tap (L)
  • Deadlift Knee Raise (L)
  • Deadlift Tap (R)
  • Deadlift Knee Raise (R)
  • BURNOUT
  • Lunge Squat Progression
  • Stay Low Abductor Burn
  • Up & Over & Touch Floor
  • Deadlift Knee Raise (L)
  • Deadlift Knee Raise (R)
  • Hop Squat + Hip Flexor
  • Cool Down

P90X3 Pilates X

This was my evening session. This one is now a firm favourite of mine. Like he says you can put this DVD on at any time.  I agree, I can see myself using this DVD even after the P90X3 blocks are completed.Not much else to say other than, hip flexors are still tight, so I still can’t do much with the leg raises, but I give it my best.  Stretch and Flexibility will be the goal towards the end of this!

Is anyone else out there having a hard time with the final move in Pilates X?

Saw this, and thought “what a great quote”…

This is how you should feel after every workout!

This is how you should feel after every workout!

Day 5 – Focus T25 and P90X3

Speed 1.0 and Pilates X

OK, OK, OK, I know I did the wrong workout.  I was meant to do Lower Focus today, and somehow I managed to do Speed 1.0.  So I apologise to Shaun T and the rest of the Focus T followers!! I just hope this does not affect my routine, to be honest I do not think it should though. I will keep with the routines as they are listed and try not to make any more mistakes…  Being Day 5, I did have to slow down though, I did not modify any of the moves, but worked out slower. I honestly do not think this really helped me as much as I think it did. Well, I can only get stronger as the weeks go by! Here is the moves list for Speed 1.0, kind of a killer routine.

Speed 1.0 Moves List

  • Jog It Out
  • Hop Hop Turn
  • Hop Hop Hook SquatHop Hop Hook
  • Jog It Out
  • Up & Over
  • Quad Stretch
  • Burpee + Alternating Front Kick
  • Prayer Hands Knee Bend
  • Side Hop Uppercut
  • Side Lunge Stretch
  • Low Crossjack
  • Hip Flexor Hold
  • Zigzag Hop
  • Squat Thrust + CrisscrossControl Knee Hold
  • Leg Crossover Stretch
  • Heisman Crossword
  • Heisman Crossword + Clap
  • Flat Back Rollup
  • Crisscross Hop
  • Crisscross + Half Tuck Jump
  • Hip Flexor Calf Stretch
  • Slow Quick Jab Combo
  • Chest Opener Stretch
  • BURNOUT
  • Up & Over
  • Burpee + Alternating Front Kick
  • Side Hop Uppercut
  • Low Crossjack
  • Zigzag Hop
  • Squat Thrust + Crisscross
  • Heisman Crossword
  • Heisman Crossword + Clap
  • Crisscross Hop
  • Crisscross + Half Tuck Jump
  • Slow Quick Jab Combo
  • Stretch & Stability
  • Cool Down (2:25)

P90X3 Pilates X was an evening session. This one is actually pretty good, I really enjoyed this, even if it did kick my behind! I struggled with a lot of the moves, like hte V Rocker, Clam Killer, The Swimmer/The Flutter/The Bad Attitude, just to name a few.  OK to be honest, they were all a little tough. But I managed most of them with good form. The ones mentioned in the sentence earlier were the hardest. Another one which I know will get better with time! Let’s bring the pain!!

Pilates X Moves List

  • Hundreds
  • Single Leg Stretch
  • Double Leg Stretch
  • Peter’s Bridge
  • Teaser
  • V Rocker
  • Bridge Lifts
  • Scissor Ball
  • Bicycle
  • Hip Circles
  • Floating Cobra
  • The Swimmer / The Flutter / The Bad Attitude
  • Saw
  • Alphabet Soup
  • Scissor Side Plank
  • Sphinx Flag
  • Clam Killer
  • T’s T
  • Scissor Roller
  • The Pretzel