19th June 2009 I started P90X. I had owned the DVDs for a while, had done P90 with Tony (the gentle, less annoying version) and was aching for something to change my life. That something was me! It seems odd to me that I should have suddenly decided to do this and where it has led me, but just like Baz Luhrmann says:
The real troubles in your life are apt to be things that
never crossed your worried mind; the kind that blindside you at 4pm
on some idle Tuesday.
The same thing applies for anything, troubling or not, that changes your life. You don’t always plan for it, sometimes it just happens.
I have to admit, when I started I was coming off a good summer in the gym and I was a little full of myself:
Let me just say that I consider myself to be in decent shape. I can do a hundred pushups, a couple hundred crunches and a handful of full extension chinups without much effort. However, I am a static athlete. Most of what I do is with free weights and my strength is very limited to the range of motion. So even though I can bench close to 400lbs and shoulder press over 275lbs I am not necessarily “fit”.
However my sentiments were correct. I was strong, but I was not fit. Nor was I particularly healthy. After round 1 of P90X I was impressed both with myself and with Tony’s program. It wasn’t until I tried Insanity that I was once again surprised by the quality and care put into the workouts. I am prepared to be impressed again and I have to admit I am a little giddy with excitement. I will be back later, after the Athletic Performance Assessment!