Saturday, March 31, 2012

P90 - Or, "What Had Happened Was..."

So... it's been a while...

Doesn't take a genius (or even Batman) to figure out what happened. Yeah, I dropped the P90 workout. Call it laziness, but I was too damn tired of being too damn tired everyday. So I fell off - both in working out and diet. But not for too long...

I made the decision to go back to what I love - working out in a gym with weights. I've been on a new routine for the past seven weeks and I'm happy to say that not once have I missed a workout (even ran though the rain on a couple days to get where I needed to be). I'm also seeing great results muscle-wise. I decided the best program for me to follow is a three-day split: chest and triceps on Monday, legs and a bit of abs on Wednesday, and back and biceps on Friday. I've been going fairly heavy on the weights, 8-10 reps per set. I've also gone back to a strict diet, but I'll admit, I've softened just a bit in the past couple of weeks.

I'm actually at something of a crossroads at the moment. After seven weeks, I feel like my body needs a short break to fully rest up and recoup, so I'm going to take a week off before getting back to it. We'll see if I make it (a complete reversal of how things went on my P90 campaign). With the advances I've been making, it's going to be hard to be idle, but I think it's best. Everyone who works out knows your muscles grow when at rest, and the last thing I want to do is overtrain, which actually works against your muscle gains.

After my week off, though, I'm thinking of doing a cardio-intensive program, albeit with a bit of weight training to satisfy that muscle-lusting beast inside me. I have a lot of fat that I need to get rid of (the scale is a constant reminder of that) and no amount of dieting and weights alone is going to get it off me. So although I have something of a love-rather not-hate relationship with cardio, it's a necessary evil to look the way I want to. So time to stop running from it and just plain run (or walk briskly at a moderate incline).

The bottom line is that I'm working. P90 may not have been the route for me at this time, but what counts is finding what works for you and going balls-to-the-wall with it. Though I will say that "Insanity" workout looks interesting.

Maybe one day...