Core Synergistics

I am now in the fourth week of the P90X workout, which is the “rest” week.  The theory is that you go hard with the resistance training for three weeks, then in week number four you do no resistance training.  Instead you concentrate on cardio and stretching, so you are doing Yoga, Core Synergistics and Kenpo.

Today I did my fourth Yoga X workout since starting, and I now have a new favorite phrase: “Last Vinyasa”.

A Vinyasa is a series of poses in yoga.  In P90X it’s part of the Sun Salutation sequence: plank, chaturanga, downward dog, upward dog.

After the warm up in Yoga X you spend about half an hour doing variations of this sequence.  The first few are easy; the last few are killers, so when they flash on the screen that you are doing the Last Vinyasa, it’s a happy time!

Unfortunately even though you are 45 minutes in to the workout there are still 45 more minutes to go when you do your last vinyasa, but that’s fine.  The final half of the workout is balance poses and stretching, so although it’s hard it’s not as intense as the first half.

Of all the workouts I still find Yoga X to be the most difficult, and the most draining.  I am always most exhausted after the Yoga X workout (which hopefully means it’s working).

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Day #1 on the Lean P90X program – Core Synergistics.  This is an hour long program focusing, obviously, on the core.  Before starting the program I assumed it would be a lot of sit ups.

Wrong.

In fact, there are no sit ups in this program.

What there is is lots of variety, and lots of cardio, because many of the moves are done quickly, so you get a great core workout, but also get a cardio (and fat burning) workout as well.

My thoughts?  On day one I can report that my flexibility is lousy, and my core strength is lousy.  I couldn’t do all the moves.  However, that’s why I’m doing it; to improve.

I liked the workout, and we will see over time if I do get better at it.

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Which P90X Program Should You Do?

October 20, 2010

There are three different P90X programs or streams: Classic Doubles Lean The Classic program is the program most people will do. The Doubles program is, as the name implies, almost “double” the amount of work you do in the Classic program. Once you are into the Doubles program you may do a resistance workout in […]

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