Workout 5 – P90X Yoga, sort of

by Workout Girl

in Yoga X

Ok I am not a yoga fan.  This is just way too boring.  Don’t get me wrong, this is a seriously hard workout, especially if you do not have great flexibility (and I do not).  But really, too darn boring.  And too much upside down.  No, not going to do this one again.

What I liked:  OK not much

What I didn’t like:

  • It’s too long.  While I only made it through to the 40 minute mark, 90 minutes of this is just way too much. Especially if you don’t like it.  I mean who is going to stick with an exercise routine that they find totally boring.  Not me.
  • To many changes, not enough holding.  I am a big fan of Pilates so was very surprised that I did not like this yoga routine.  I think the difference is in the approach.  While both use the body’s own weight for resistance, I found the P90X yoga focused on rapid flow from one position to another compared to my Pilates experience of concentrated holding of one position.  Pilates focuses more on controlled movement.  Movements are not performed rapidly or repeated excessively instead, the focus is on quality not quantity. Pilates focuses more on the abdominal muscles, lower back and buttocks as the center of all movement.  OK as a middle aged female who the heck doesn’t like that.  This focus on core stabilization makes one stronger and seems to be more suited to my personal fitness goals. The low impact nature of Pilates also makes it preferable for injury prevention.

How I did

  • I managed 40 minutes then gave in.  Both boring and I didn’t feel I was accomplishing anything.

Since I didn’t feel like I even did a workout in the 40 minutes I struggled through the Yoga program I did about 20 minutes of the Kenpo CD aftwards.  I really liked what I saw.  Can’t wait to do the whole CD next workout.

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