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A Funny Thing Happens When I Push Play On P90X3 Workouts

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After my long layoff from workouts, it’s taken a little kick in the booty to get me back on my grind. I decided to go with a workout I hadn’t done before in P90X3. I also chose it because I bailed on P90X two workouts in, a couple of years ago, and because these workouts are just 30 minutes long. I need to work my way back up to where I was before with the occasional 45-60 minute workouts.

I’m just not wired like the folks who can work out forever every day. Unless I’m doing a fun workout, once I get to the 45 minute mark, I become extremely aware that I’m working out and don’t enjoy or maximize whatever time is left. I envy folks who can do hour plus workouts. I just don’t have the attention span. I’d rather work really, really hard for about 30 minutes and get it over with. And it’s working with P90X3! That’s what I want to talk about today.

The past week, I’ve felt really blah going into the time I’ve slotted for my workouts. I even contemplate not doing it at all. But that passes, and then I talk myself into just hitting play and half-assing it. I figure any effort is better than none. But, by the time I finish the workout I realize that there was no slacking on my part during the workout. I still ended up going all out!

How does this happen? I might have an idea. Tony Horton basically has us doing exercises and moves for about a minute apiece. Just about anyone can give their all for 60 seconds, right? So before you get to the point where you’re not feeling the workout anymore, it’s time for a break or to move on to the next exercise. Plus, for me, Tony Horton is hilarious. His sense of humor distracts me from even realizing I’m doing a workout sometimes, and he helps the workouts just fly by. Before I know it, there are just 5 minutes left and I’m pushing to finish strong!

Whatever you’re doing, Tony, keep it up! You’re helping me get through my winter funk a lot more easily than I anticipated! Thank you!

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Finished ChaLEAN Extreme; Ready For Another Round of Les Mills Pump!

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I’ve made a strong effort to not have an end of summer fitness slump. In years past, I’ve seriously slacked off when the calendar turned to August. But since my first post on that issue, it’s not been a problem! And again, my key, is committing to a long program, with the workouts planned out for me. I tend to stick with those a lot more consistently than I do on an a la carte workout plan.

I feel really good about finishing yet another round of ChaLEAN Extreme. So much so that I decided to keep going with a strength training program to start the fall. I really liked Les Mills Pump after I finished it last year, so I’m going back for more! I still haven’t been able to talk myself into doing P90x. Maybe it’ll happen some day, but that day is not today.

On the program’s “walking” days, I’ll run (weather permitting) or do a TurboFire workout. And, of course, I’ll alter my schedule so that I don’t necessarily need to do a workout on the weekends. Because my weekends are for football, and it’ll be extremely hard to get me away from a TV, or parking lot, and get me to push play on any DVD. You gotta know your lifestyle and plan your workouts around it!

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Being Sick Did a Number on my Fitness

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I almost never get sick. Seriously, it only hits me every 4-5 years. For real. I caught a little cold a few weeks ago because I’m an idiot. I washed my hair, didn’t fully dry it, then slept with my window open. Yup. Seven days later, I had a sore throat, which is always the beginning symptom to all my colds.

My colds are really tame. I’ll have a bit of a cough (after the Day 1 sore throat subsides), and that’s about it. Blow my nose, and rid my body of the phlegm, and I’m good.

During my cold, I had to back off of my usual workout routine. I was about 3 weeks into Round 2 of Les Mills Pump. I was bummed, but I had to fight this cold off. I kept my workouts pretty short. Did some “beginner” Turbo workouts every other day, given I didn’t have a cough attack.

After I shook the cold, however, I thought, “let me jump right back into my Les Mills Pump rotation!” The next day, I was hurting!

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Fighting the Late Summer Slump: 2011 Edition

HAPPY AUGUST!

This time, last year, I was talking about my plans to fight my annual “Late Summer Slump”, which is generally the time of year where I finish a big workout rotation, then slack off almost completely until my New Year’s commitment starts.

The LSS usually makes me incredibly lazy, since I’m basically idle, and along with that comes a little weight gain. It’s never that big an issue, because my body frame/bone structure allows me to carry up to 30 extra pounds without others noticing. Thing is, though, I know I’ve gained weight, and my clothes don’t fit as well. I also don’t feel nearly as good as when I’m working out. Lethargic. Working out regulates my mood and makes me feel good!

So, last year, I successfully fought the LSS with the help of TurboFire. I lost the weight I infamously put on during college; which no other program had ever chipped away at! And I’ve since completed another round of TurboFire (combined with ChaLEAN Extreme), with just as good results!

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Suz’s Summertime Fun: Hula Hooping (VIDEO)

I don’t know why it’s taken me so long, but I’ve been talking about getting a hula hoop for like a year now! Well, I finally got one and I’m totally obsessed with it! Even learned a little trick and I’ve only had it for 1 day! I like it because it still counts as a “workout” without being vigorous, and it reminds me of my childhood.

What fun activities do y’all do like as extra workouts?

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