This is the last of the three strength training workouts in the first phase of P90X. However, unlike the other two workouts, Chest & Back and Shoulders & Arms, which rotate out during Phase 2, Legs & Back is a workout that is completed each non-recovery week.
Another difference for me between this workout and the other two is that I actually break a sweat (just a reminder, we work out at 6 a.m. each morning so it’s not as easy to sweat as it is in a warm gym).
After the warm-up and introductions (Tony’s assumed favorite, Drea , makes another appearance in this video), we get straight into some serious moves. Tony recommends writing down the number of reps you complete for each exercise during the weight training videos. However, for the Legs & Back video, we only were supposed to write down the number of pull-ups we did. The legs exercises don’t have a place on the worksheet to record your reps or weight.
The legs exercises don’t repeat, but the four pull-up exercises are repeated once. Some of the legs exercises include: balance lunges, calf raise squats, step back lunges, dead lift squats, chair salutations (the Yoga move) and speed squats. Basically, this workout consists of a variety of squats, lunges and pull-ups. By far the most difficult moves are the wall squats (90 seconds) and the single leg wall squats (switch legs every 10 seconds for 60 seconds each).
The second and third times we did this workout were double days for me. I ran five and a half miles in the morning the first time and did the workout in the evening (Post Superbowl!). I admit, I did not feel great and I didn’t give it my all. However, the next week, I ran an easy seven miles with my running group in the morning and then had breakfast and a nap and then we did the video in the afternoon. This time I felt much better and was able to really work hard. The wall squats were particularly hard, most likely because I had run so far that morning!
Although parts of this workout are miserable for me, I think it’s a great workout and I can tell I’m getting stronger. I still can’t do a pull-up or chin-up, but I have been pushing the chair farther away, which makes it harder. I saw improvements in the number of reps I can do as well.
Ab Ripper Update
I can do all the moves now to completion now except Crunchy Frog and Oblique V-ups! I even did the bonus 10 Mason Twists! I have started lifting my arms during the bicycles and in and outs (not the entire time). It feels great to see progress!
Week 4 – Recovery Week
Tomorrow is our third day of Week 4, Recovery Week (lots of yoga, minimal weight training). Check back for a post on recovery soon!