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Today, as I progress through Week 11, was Legs & Back day.  This was the ninth time I’ve done this workout, so it’s not new to me.  I’m happy to report that I have made significant progress since week one.  I can do significantly more chin ups, and my legs feel great.

As I reported last week, the legs & back workout also contributed to a great weekend of downhill skiing, thanks to P90X.

My strength was great today; I did more chin ups than ever before.  What surprised me, however, was that I was getting winded.  I was out of breath more than I remember in previous workouts, so my cardio-vascular system wasn’t working great today.

It’s possible I was just having a bad day, or it’s possible that with my time off for skiing I haven’t done enough cardio recently.

Of course it’s also possible that all of those extra chin ups left me short of breath, so perhaps I shouldn’t worry.  Time will tell.

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After doing the P90X Yoga X workout yesterday, it was refreshing to get back to a more traditional (for a guy) workout.  Legs & Back is exactly what it sounds like: traditional leg and back exercises.

I’ve done lunges, squats and chin-ups before, and this workout has lots of squats, lunges and chin-ups, so I felt someone more comfortable doing these routines.  Also, as a runner for the past six months, my legs are in decent shape, so I didn’t find the exercises to be horribly difficult.

Now, don’t misunderstand me; I’m not saying this is easy.  It isn’t.  Not including the warm up and cool down there are 22 exercises, so I was exhausted by the end of it.  Why? Probably because there are many variations on the same theme, so even though one exercise is not overly difficult, when you put them all together, it’s quite a workout.

For example, you do calf raise squats, then wall squats, then one leg wall squats.  On their own they are not that hard; by the final set of the final squat, my quads were burning.

The same is true for the back exercises, which include reverse grip chin-ups, closed grip overhead pull-ups, and wide front pull-ups.  One is easy; dozens of them are very difficult.

Needless to say I was not able to do very many reps of the pull-ups, so I hope that over time my number of reps increases greatly.  Again, I’m recording everything on the P90X worksheets, so I can track my progress and work towards increasing the number of reps.

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