P90X2 is Coming Soon

There has been a lot of chatter about the new P90x2 workout by Tony Horton and BeachBody. I think a lot of people are just waiting to workout just to get these DVD’s. However, this is the best time to get your body acclimated before you hit the 90 days of super intense workouts that P90x2 will bring. These workouts will be even more difficult than before and you better be ready.

Obviously there will be some repetition, but if you are just getting off the couch, please note, you will get your ass kicked more than others that have been doing some work.

P90x2 Results

We’ll let you know as soon as P90X2 comes out and hopefully give you a solid review. Good Luck out there.

Revisit Back and Bicep Workout

It’s been a while since my last P90x workout using the videos. Obviously over the past year I’ve incorporated plenty of the moves in my workouts, both at home and in the gym. This past Saturday, I just didn’t have enough time to make it to the gym. I decided to do the good ole PULL Back and Bicep workout. Wow, was I in for a treat.

The P90x workouts are some of the best videos on the market, if not the best. When I was doing it full on, I saw the results and then some. I knew going back to any of the selected workouts would be a challenge. I did my best and forgot the rest.

I can honestly say it was one of my best workouts for these two muscle groups in a while. I just blasted my back and biceps nonstop. I even did some Ab Ripper X after everything was said and done. I’m definitely going to mix in more of these workouts with my gym membership. They are too good not to use. I would also highly recommend you revisit these workouts if you haven’t done them for some time.

With so many different moves in one workout you wonder how you even compete with this at the gym. Now I know I need to step up my game for sure to see even better results.

Goal – Bench 225 lbs 2-3 times by August.

Life Fitness R1 Recumbent LifeCycle

The Life Fitness R1 Recumbent LifeCycle stationary bike is guaranteed to get your heart rate up. With its Advanced Workouts Console, this bike has 20 different levels of resistance and 10 different workouts that you can customize to fit your own workout routine. There are also built in hand sensors and a chest strap that can monitor your heart rate so you can know for sure that you are getting the maximum workout you can handle. In order to make your workouts more fun, this stationary comes with a built in reading rack and a dual accessory tray.

This bike comes with a three year limited warranty on parts and a lifetime warranty on the frame. If you want to get the most out of your home workouts, this bike offers top class gym-quality workouts at a price you can afford. This bike will give you the high quality workouts you crave.

Life Fitness R1 Recumbent LifeCycle

Fitness by Cathe Kettle Ball

Kettle balls have quickly become a popular workout tool, and for good reason. These are basically medicine balls with a handle and are constructed for you to get the most out of your medicine ball workouts. Fitness by Cathe has been a leader in the kettle ball craze. This particular product has a detachable handle, allowing you to use it as a medicine ball as well as a kettle ball. A workout DVD is also included thanks to Fitness by Cathe, something that will have you on your way to maximum fitness in no time.

Whether you are training for a team sport or a cardio intensive activity, a kettle ball can help you achieve your goals. By increasing muscle strength and endurance more easily, you will be supplementing whatever athletic endeavor you wish to undertake. These balls bounce and are coated with rubber texture in order to give you the most options for your workout routines.

Fitness by Cathe Kettle Ball

Stamina 1205 Precision Rower

The Stamina 1205 Precision Rower offers a great workout at a great price. This piece of equipment has a deluxe ball bearing system that gives you the smoothest action when rowing. With the full body workout that this machine provides, you will want to make sure you get the most out of your workouts. This rower does not disappoint as it comes with a multifunction fitness monitor that tracks your speed, distance, and number of strokes. Its smooth hydraulic system guarantees that you will get the ease of use that you should expect from your home gym equipment. You can adjust the tension of this as you wish to create easier or harder workouts.

Comfort while you work out is important. With its heavily padded seat and cushioned grips you will have the best in comfort while you sweat. The footrests also pivot in order to give you the most natural foot placement. This machine is a great addition to anyone’s home gym.

Stamina 1205 Precision Rower

Perfect Pullup Ab Straps

Are you ready for a six pack? The Perfect Pullup Heavy Duty Performance Series Ab Straps offers a unique approach to toning your abdominal muscles. This piece of equipment attaches to the ceiling or door jamb and allows you to do exercise off the floor and avoid the back pain associated with floor crunches. By doing your exercises off the floor, you are also gaining a more complete workout as you use your body’s weight to help you gain more strength. Leg lifts and crunches will enable you to tone your core muscles and gain the level of fitness you have been wanting.

To make life easier, the Perfect Pullup Ab Straps are made to withstand whatever use you put them to. Their high-end fabric and soft padding are not only durable, but they are comfortable as well. These can be mounted upon the Perfect Pullup Bar and most other pullup bars out in the market.

Perfect Pullup Heavy Duty Performance Series Ab Straps

Schwinn 460 Variable Stride Elliptical Trainer

The Schwinn 460 Variable Stride Elliptical Trainer is a great low-impact piece of exercise equipment. One of the most innovative aspects of this elliptical is that you can adjust your stride length without making manual changes. There are 16 programs that you can choose to use, plus 11 workout profiles. You can also track up to two users’ workouts and fitness progress over a period of time. This trainer will give you feedback on time, intervals, watts, RPMs, distance, calories, your speed, and resistance level.

Elliptical trainers are a must have for any workout fan. An elliptical gives you all the benefits of a treadmill while minimizing the stress on your joints. These will allow you to train at your hardest without causing harmful impact on your ankles or knees. With the Schwinn 460 Variable, you get the quality product Schwinn is known for, plus the added boost of training with a piece of equipment that minimizes injuries.
Schwinn 460 Variable Stride Elliptical Trainer

Timex Ironman T5F011

If you are looking for reliability in a heart rate monitor, Timex is internationally renowned. Their watches and heart rate monitors are some of the highest quality made, and they are some of the most affordable. The Timex Ironman T5F011 Men’s Bodylink Heart Rate Monitor Watch is no different. This electronic device works much like any other chest strap heart monitor, but with the Timex make, this is more than just a heart monitor. It also can tell time and simultaneously time your runs or bike rides with up to 100 laps memory. It also provides the current latitude and longitude GPS information, as well as your elevation.

With so many useful features, this is one of Timex’s top quality products. If you are a serious athlete looking for a serious training tool, this watch/heart rate monitor will not disappoint. This watch can be used by both runners and cyclists alike.

Timex Ironman T5F011

Treadmill in the Home

The Proform Power 995 Treadmill is an elite home treadmill designed to make your workouts not only a good sweat, but fun and entertaining. This treadmill syncs with Nike+ iPod devices, allowing you to track your workouts electronically with minimal effort. You can also plug your iPod or MP3 player into this piece of equipment and hear your favorite songs while you walk or jog.

The ProShox elite cushioning will ensure that your joints don’t take the pounding that you would experience on a lesser machine or out on the roads. If you really are looking for a machine to use long-term, this treadmill is for you. This treadmill is one of the most reliable on the market, and the manufacturer backs it up. It has a limited lifetime warranty on the frame and motor, plus a two year warranty on additional parts. If you want a dependable workout partner, the Proform Power 995 Treadmill will not let you down.

Proform Power 995 Treadmill Review

TKO Anti Burst Fitness Ball Set 75cm

The TKO Anti-Burst 75 cm Fitness Ball is a must have for any serious fitness fanatic. Not only does the TKO Fitness Ball help with flexibility, it allows you to also tone muscle. This ball is great for doing crunches and elevated pushups, giving you the support and the workout you need. You can use this ball to exercise your core, upper, and lower body.

If you have never used a fitness ball before, this is a great one to start with. Because of its large size (75 cm), less balance is needed to keep yourself upright when using it. This ball promises a great workout and can be used in numerous ways to help you reach your fitness goals. If you are tired of the backache associated with traditional crunches, this ball will allow you to not worry about back pain and focus on what truly matters: your fitness.

Workout Log IPhone App

I’ve recently been using a pretty cool IPhone app to track my workouts. It’s pretty simple to use and allows me to enter in my data with ease while at the gym. After trying several different Workout Apps, I finally found one that worked for what I need.

At this moment I have three routines I’m following at the Gym. I’m able to create these individual workouts as well as add any exercise I want to add. This allows me to add some of the funky moves I do that my trainer taught me.

It didn’t take me long to get used to this app and really take advantage of it. This Workout App may workout for you as well. It cost’s $2.99 at the ITunes store and at this point is totally worth the cost.

Gym Buddy Iphone App

Omron HBF306CN Hand Held Body Fat Analyzer

The other day I had a training session with a personal trainer. Right off the bat he seemed like a great guy. We went through a lot of the normal questions and then I did a Body fat analyzer using the Omron HBF306CN as seen in the picture. Within a few seconds a majority of my vital readings were measured.

It was super simple to use and the accuracy was awesome. It was small so you can keep it in your gym bag if you feel so inclined. Either way, it seems like a pretty cool tool for the price. With numerous modes you can be sure it will work with your body type. It is a great accessory to follow your progress as you try or stay in shape.

Omron HBF306CN Hand Held Body Fat Analyzer

The GYM – Oh My Gosh!

I said that three letter word I thought I wouldn’t say for some time.

It’s now been a full year since I completed my first round of P90x and Insanity.  I do feel great, but not nearly like I did when I finished those two programs. Completing insanity in the early summer, I soon kicked off a pretty good running routine. Running was never my thing because of my weak legs. After completing Insanity, I knew this wouldn’t be an issue anymore.

I started off with some one mile runs and eventually was cranking out 4 mile runs. Since the weather has changed to the dark side, I can’t run outside anymore. All I have is an elliptical and that is worthless to me. This leaves me with no other choice. The GYM.

I plan to workout at the Gym, three times a week, with my focus being on the treadmill. I will of course due a lot of body work as well. I just don’t have time to spend hours at the gym. The gym is also good for my mental state as well. Since I work from home, getting out there with other people in this winter tundra will hopefully keep my sanity in check.

If you are on the fence about buying p90x, then it’s time to get off. It took me over a year to finally buy it. And guess what, here comes the new years resolution push. You will soon see tons of P90x commercials on your TV. It’s an awesome program and it will whip you into shape. Give it a go and you’ll be glad you did.

P90x Results Now

Final Insanity Week

Tania, I’ve been watching you rock these same videos over and over again. I’m now beating your beautiful body in that fit test and here I come for my final week. After getting held up by my calf injury I was able to recuperate and get back to 100%. These workouts are super intense, and all I can say is, yes I’m glad I did them, but I’m so looking forward to the end.

I knew this workout was insane, but I never knew it would make you sweat so much that you’re wiping your face every other minute. I couldn’t tell you how many times my mat got slippery in a pool of sweat. I want to end on a good note and really finish up strong. I already have plans for my workouts after these are done, but the final week is where you see the results. Just like my p90x results, I’m definitely seeing insanity results. The heart is working well and my stamina is increasing everyday.

Due to the lack of some intense muscle work, during the rest period I take an extra 30 seconds or so and bang out some pull ups, bicep curls, or shoulder presses depending on the day. These have been awesome additions to the cardio workout. I’m really starting to see the results in my biceps. I’m still a little concerned about my stomach. I know my ABS are strong as hell right now, but I still have a tiny belly. It’s not fat, just stands out a bit instead of my six pack. Unfortunately it looks like I will need to starve myself for a full six pack to show. It’s most likely genetics at this point. We shall see.

If you are just starting Insanity, P90X or any other program I wish you well. It is an uphill climb, but in the end it feels damn good.

Tania Ante Insanity

Tania Ante - Insanity

PS – Tania, if you have some time to chat I would love to hear about what you’re up to. My final fit test is coming and I really hope I crush your numbers. See you at the Top.

Insanity Injury

I got through 29 days and all hell broke loose. I was warming up like I’ve been doing for the past month and I felt some pain in my calf. Of course, for some reason I said to myself I should stop, but guess what, I kept pushing through the pain. Within about 10 minutes, boom, pop, blah. I felt my calf explode. It was brutal. This was the worst injury I’ve had in many years. I walked with a pretty bad limp for five days. I think I got lucky not tearing something and only straining it.

By the end of the 7th day of not doing anything but upper body workouts, I was starting to feel pretty good, but not 100%. I felt like an NFL injury report where the player can play, but is not 100%. Now I know what that means. Since I was on my recovery week I decided to start again. This workout went fairly well, but I had some pain. The next day I tried it again and could only make it through the first 5 minutes. That was a clear sign for me to stay on the sidelines.

I decided to take another week off. Just this past Monday more then 2 weeks after the injury I picked Insanity back up for the second half. Wow, was that a wake up call. The calf feels great, but the rest of my body is sore. I’m just happy to be doing these workouts again. I was still working out during my injury timeout. I was doing tons of push ups, pull ups, biceps, shoulders, triceps and it actually felt really good after doing so much cardio for a month straight.

Day 30-1
Max Interval Circuit – I thought the first 30 days was tough. This stuff is risickulous.

More about this in the future.