Here I sit trying to type this blog after just completing my first P90X workout of 2010 and drinking my WAR Recovery Drink. My hands are shaking and my abs twitch when I stand up. Boy and I going to hurt tomorrow and the next day! I’m going to really need that recovery drink and a couple of ibuprofen to be able to recovery by the time Wednesday rolls around and I have to do another strength workout.
Today was Chest and Back. I was a bit tired going in to this workout due to some excessive last minute drinking yesterday before I it was time to get back in the groove. Overall I felt good to start. I pulled out a worksheet from last fall to get an idea of where my numbers were at that time so I can more accurately set a goal for each set.
I was NOT able to achieve many of those numbers. Taking a month or more off from strength training can really cause you to lose ground! What I lacked most was the energy for round 2. Toward the end of the first round, I began to really run down. I expected this, however. Without a healthy diet from the day before to fuel my workout, I just ran out of juice. I “bonked”, “was running on fumes”, “hit a wall”, whatever you want to call it.
I didn’t stop though, even when I got to the second set of close grip overhand pull-ups and had to use a chair to even get to #2! I pushed out 5 more with assistance from one foot on the chair. Assisted pull-ups is better than no pull-ups.
The stability of my shoulder was still a concern the entire workout. I focused on my form and made sure that I didn’t go too deep on the push-up stands. I made sure not to bang my shoulders when coming down from a pull-up, though I did feel it slip in the socket once. I’ll take some preventive ibuprofen tonight before bed.
Now… the ab workout? That’s where I’ve really slacked in the past. I’m back to where I was on day one of 2009 in that regard. All of the work I had done to get past the burn in the hip flexor so I could really work out the abs is gone. What’s going to hurt me most are those hip flexors from doing those bicycles. I was only about to do about half the ab workout. I’m sure I could have done more, but I know how much I’m going to hurt already, and it’s on the schedule to do again in two days. I’m going to have to ease back in to that part.
All in all, I’m happy with the workout. I dread the pain tomorrow, but I also like to feel it so I know I’m making progress.
Until next time…