P90X Phase 2

I can’t believe P90X Phase II has come to a close.  Looking back, it has flown by, although I didn’t necessarily feel that way at the time.  In Phase II, Chest and Back is replaced with Chest, Shoulders and Triceps and Shoulders and Arms is replaced with Back and Biceps.  Here’s how things went:

Week Five:

  • My notes for Chest, Shulders and Triceps indicate that I had muscle confusion and brain confusion.  Then I had ab pain!  I was a bit slow with the new routine.  I’m starting to experiment with doubles by rollerblading with the dog.  I did a 3 mile loop in the afternoon.
  • Plyometrics continues to be an awesome workout.
  • Back and Biceps made me realize I need to focus on form a bit.  Ab progress continues.
  • I waited to do yoga until after work and was noticeably more flexible than the last time I did it.  I’m not sure if I’m seeing drastic improvement or an influence of the time of day.
  • Legs and back continues to kill me, partly because I don’t really like the workout.  the 80-20 speed squats at the end leave me feeling dizzy every time.  This time I even took an extended break before continuing on to abs and didn’t feel like eating breakfast after.
  • Made some modifications in Kenpo because some of the back-kicks are bothering my left knee.  I just do extra side kicks or back-steps instead of kicks

Week Six:

  • Since we headed out of town for the weekend, I swapped my rest day for the start of the next week.  It worked out well, except  I woke up with a kink in my neck on Sunday and couldn’t turn my head.  By the afternoon, it had loosened up a bit and we went for a quick (easy) ride on the horses.  My back didn’t hurt as much as it usually does afterward so I think my core is getting stronger!  We got home late from NH and I found myself lacking energy for the next couple of workouts and I didn’t increase the weights like I had planned.  An extra-long night of sleep cured that though.  The rest of the workouts were successful and I saw some increases.  On Saturday, I felt I needed to loosen up so I started the day with X Stretch.  Then I moved a ton of dirt and spent the rest of the day raking the yard.

Week Seven:

  • This week started with a distinct lack of energy.  I’m guessing it is from all of the yard work that was done.  Again, I felt a tweak in my neck during pours and my neck was sore for the rest of the day.  I didn’t sleep well because of my neck and didn’t dare try Plyometrics in the condition I was in, so I waited until after work.  With my neck feeling a bit better, I had the best plyo workout yet!  Legs and Back killed me again and I was completely out of energy.  Thinking I hadn’t been eating enough, I had a second dinner with more protein and veggies.  The next day, my energy was back in a serious way.  Kenpo was great and I even biked home from work (the long way too).  I guess I need to pay a bit more attention to what I’m eating.

Week Eight:

  • I made it to another recovery week!  It was a recovery week in name only though because there was a lot of work done on the house.  Sunday started with bathroom demolition and continued through the week, ending with new underlayment and cement board being installed, then preparation for tiling with many late nights.  Needless to say, I was exhausted!  I even overslept on Friday and had to put yoga off until Saturday morning after only 4 hours of sleep!  Still, I made it through the week.

So that’s my experience with Phase 2 in a nutshell.  Looking back, I see that I’ve been seriously lacking energy.  I need to be a lot more careful that I’m eating enough.  I did notice that when I added some additional carb-based snacks, I lost a few pounds and had more energy.  Perhaps it is time for the next diet phase too.  Although on some individual days I have felt that I wasn’t performing my best, overall, I feel incredible.  I’ve definitely noticed changes in my fitness level and I’m seeing some serious results already.  On to Phase 3.  Bring it!

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