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Whether you’ve pulled a workout program out of a magazine or you’re paying an online coach $200 (or more) a month to create programs for you, there’s a downside I’m sure you’ve come encountered by now.
Programs on paper can often be hard to translate once you get to the gym.
- “What’s that back exercise I’m supposed to do after this leg press?”
- “I forget what a reverse incline fly is… maybe I’ll just use this here leg machine instead”
- “That fat guy has been on that chess press machine for the last 10 minutes, playing with his phone. I’d love to go say something, but I’m just going to quit early and take my chicken-ass home.”
It’s like that for me in my home gym as well. Especially when I’m following a program I’ve designed myself. The self talk goes more like this….
- “Ugh, I’m tired. I don’t think I need to do those last 4 exercises in that last set. I’ll just wrap it up here and go change over the laundry…”
I’m embarrassed to say I do that a lot. For some reason, when I’m creating my own programs, I tend not to take them as seriously.
So last week I decided to switch things up a bit and see if I can’t reinvigorate my efforts with a new program that I can follow with video instruction. To me, this is the best possible scenario because:
- It’s way cheaper than a personal trainer
- I don’t have to leave my house to workout (crowded gyms are dream killers for me)
- I don’t have to think about what the next move is (makes the time go by way faster)
- I don’t have to stop what I’m doing to look up a YouTube instructional video (and watch a lame commercial first) just to remind myself how the move is done.
So I started a new P90x program. If you remember, I did one a few years ago, and I loved it so much, it inspired my journey to the stage to compete in a fitness competition.
This time I’ve chosen P90X3 because the workouts take a lot less time (30 minutes), and the moves are different. I’d argue even better. It’s less about traditional weight lifting and more about leveraging your own body weight. That said, it’s VERY challenging (in a good way).
I haven’t been through a full week yet, so I’ll have a more honest and thorough opinion soon, but for now, from my perspective as a personal trainer, the workout is quality. Plus I’m such a fan of Tony Horton (the instructor). He’s 56 and OMG, he’s in incredible shape. If nothing else, watching him move is total motivation for me.
I’ll check back in on my progress soon. I’ve taken a “before” picture which is a damming reflection of my post-holiday food and wine debacle, but I’m not sharing it until I have something I’m more proud of to compare it to 🙂
If you’re curious about trying the program, let me know. It’s reasonability priced and the production quality is amazing.
Hope your new year’s goals are going well!