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Today I did my first P90X workout in almost two months.

I finished the 12 week program, and then transitioned into other things.  I did some skiing (and discovered that P90X is great preparation for downhill skiing), and started working on my cardio for the upcoming running season.

I discovered, however, that running is hard on your body, and I ended up with a sore back.  I had no back problems at all when I was doing P90X, but when I spend most of my day sitting at my desk, and then try to go for a run, I have back problems.

So today I decided that a tune up was in order, so I did the P90X Legs & Back workout again.  I was quite pleased to discover that even after a two month break, I was still able to complete the workout at almost the same intensity and number of reps as the last time I did it.

I suspect if I took a two month break and did nothing I would have trouble, but taking a two month break from P90X and still doing other exercises I found I was able to maintain my fitness level.  That was encouraging.

My plan now will be to do perhaps one or two P90X workouts a week, interspersed with my other training.  Today I did a cardio workout (running on the treadmill) in the morning, and then I waited a few hours and in the afternoon I did the Legs & Back workout.  That worked out great; I was fresh for my primary running training, but still had time to rest prior to the P90X workout.  (I wouldn’t want to do P90X and then try to do a hard running training session).

I suspect that a Yoga workout every week or two will also help with cross training.

As Tony says, variety is the spice of life, so instead of trying to run six days a week, I’ll run three days a week, and do P90X workouts at other times.  We’ll see how it goes.

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Day 2 – Cardio X

by Workout Guy

in Cardio X

Today was Cardio day.  I wasn’t totally impressed with this workout.  First, some background.

Before starting P90X my workout routine consisted primarily of running and biking, which obviously are cardio activities.  I can run 5km in under 28 minutes, and I can bike at a decent speed for over an hour, so cardio is my strength.

That’s probably why I found that this workout was not particularly challenging.  There was lots of jumping and moving around, so if my cardio was weak, this would probably have been challenging.

However, for me, I would have been better off going for a run or a long bike ride.

Of course this workout can be done indoors and is not dependent on the weather, so it does have some obvious advantages.

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