(This is not me)

Those of you that are familiar with P90X (or have been around me for more than 10 minutes or so in the last couple months), you'll know what that title's talking about.  Bring It is just one of the many classic catchphrases that you hear in the program.  Other favorites?  How about "I hate it, but I love it" or everyone's favorite "do your best and forget the rest".

If you haven't seen the infomercial, P90X is a 90 day at-home fitness program that consists of 12 different workout routines that get shuffled around into different phases to keep your body from getting used to doing the same thing to achieve big results.  Muscle confusion, they call it.  I'm not typically a sucker for infomercials/at home fitness, but after some YouTube searches of real people getting results, coupled with some friends that did it and swear by it, I thought it'd be worth a try.  90 days to get me through the winter and drop me off in the spring when the weather's decent enough to get back out on the bike.

So back in January, Ruth Ann and I decided to give it a go.  The program is basically an hour a day, 6 days a week.  There's a yoga component that's a bit longer (can you imagine me doing an hour and a half of yoga?).  And the ab ripper.  Sheesh.  It's an extra 15 minutes of agony 3 times a week.  We decided to go all in.  We went to the store to get supplies (some weights, pull-up bar, etc.), did the fit test to see what we were able to do (that'd be 1 pull-up for those of you keeping score), we took our "before" pictures (password-protected in an undisclosed location), then it was go time.

For the first three weeks, we did the plan religiously.  Even RA, who's no morning person, got up early on the days where we had stuff in the evenings to knock out the workouts.  After the third week, there's a recovery week where the workouts are slightly less intense.  I'm so proud of my better half's dedication for that first phase - she sweat, cursed and pushed right along with me the whole way.  After that third week it was time for her to take a well-deserved break (see previous post).

Now I've just started the 9th week of the plan and I've gotta say, I like it.  I don't think I'll be a crazy musclehead at the end of my 90 days, but it's definitely a great program.  I've seen improvements and have (for the most part) enjoyed it - can't ask for much more out of a workout program, right?  Has anyone else tried P90X?  What did you think?