Day 6 – Kenpo X

by Workout Guy

in Kenpo X,P90X Workouts

As I near the end of the first week of P90X, I had my first exposure to Kenpo, which is essentially a boxing, kicking and martial arts style workout.  Having now gone through the first week, it’s easy to summarize how the P90X workouts are structured: they alternate between resistance training and cardio work.

So, for example, you do Shoulders & Arms (resistance training), followed by Yoga (some cardio, but also flexibility and stretching), and then Legs & Back (resistance training), and back to cardio today with Kenpo.

As a runner cardio is my strong point (flexibility and upper body strength is my obvious weak point).  So, having never done a Kenpo workout, I was looking forward to it.

The verdict? I was very disappointed with the Kenpo workout.  It seemed to me to be a bunch of shadow boxing, and not much else.  What went wrong?  I’m not sure.

I did the workout very early in the morning, so it’s possible I was tired.  My body felt a bit off, with not full energy, so that probably had a negative impact on my stamina.

It’s also possible that since I didn’t think much of the Cardio X workout, I was not expecting much from this workout, and if you go in with a bad attitude, bad things happen.

It’s also possible that I didn’t “bring it”, to use the words of Tony Horton.  It’s possible that I was simply going through the motions, while not fully engaged in the moves.  That’s easy to do in Kenpo.  Instead of swinging hard and crisp in the boxing moves, you just stand there and flail away with your arms, and you don’t get much of a workout.

This workout wasn’t great, but it’s possible that it was just me, so I’ll give Kenpo one more try, and then decide what I really think of it.

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