At the start of 2009, I started doing the P90X workouts with a few co-workers. It wasn’t anything I had planned, I was just expecting to start working out more (just like everyone else in the world!). I was introduced to the P90X program just a couple of weeks before I started it. I had never seen that ads on TV or even heard of it. I figured, what the hell, it’s good to have a plan.
I successfully completed a full 90 day cycle with great success! I could see major improvements in my body by the end of the 90 days. In the past, I had a lost a great deal of weight, but never added any muscle to speak of. After this program, I could finally consider myself muscular. I wasn’t bulging with muscle, but I noticed things like the way my forearms look when picking up something and the “V” above my knees when flexing my thighs. Score!
I didn’t precisely follow the diet, so I couldn’t claim the results as seen on TV with the rippling abs and veiny forhead. I still had my beer when I went out on weekends, I took a week off to go to Cabo, but I did my best to stay within the parameters of the program otherwise.
After a short break I attempted to start a hybrid routine including weights at the gym. Well it seems that wasn’t such a great idea. At lest it wasn’t properly implemented.
After my first day in the gym and being amazed at the size of dumbells I was grabbing for my workouts, I was unable to raise my arm past my shoulder. I had injured my rotator cuff. I got some shots and did some physical therapy but it has nagged me often since then. I’ve started a couple of P90X routines over the past year but have pulled out early due to fears of aggravating that injury again.
I’m about to start all over again. Jan 4, 2010 begins a whole new cycle of P90X. I’ve done a lot of rotator cuff exercises to hopefully avoid injury. I’ve got friends at work doing it at the same time, so that should help with motivation. I’ve started this site to track my progress and share information as I go.
This year I plan to finish what I started.