Chest, Shoulders & Triceps with Ab Ripper X
Age – 41 years
Height – 5 ft. 7 inches
Weight – 187.7
Body Fat – 41.1%
Chest – 35 inches
Waist – 33.5 inches
Hips – 40.5 inches
Today was a brutal series of firsts: the first day with two workouts, the first time using the Cardio X DVD and the first time using the Chest, Shoulders & Triceps DVD. This is where “Doubles” comes into play – Cardio X is added 3-4 times each week.
Cardio X is a short, 45 minute DVD that is a smorgasbord of moves from other workouts – the warmup is from Yoga X, the cardio portion is from Plyometrics X, Kenpo X and Core Synergistics. There are one or two new moves – most notably Wacky Jacks. I was a little surprised at how easy it was to complete the entire workout. Yes, I was sweating and I’m sure the extra activity will help me, but I was really expecting more. On the other hand, I’m not spending a lot of time learning new moves.
Chest, Shoulders & Triceps is very, very difficult. It feels like every other move is a variation on pushups (which I seem to be getting better at doing) and there is plenty of triceps moves. This is hard, hard stuff and I was sweating even more doing this than I was Cardio X. There are a bunch of moves I am still learning and can’t do very well, but at least I’ve got another two weeks to get it right. In fact, I expect that I will be a little sore tomorrow because there were so many new exercises today.
Ab Ripper X is the same video I’ve been doing all along – at least that didn’t change. Some things are getting easier: In & Outs, Bicycles, Reverse Bicycles, Fifer Scissors. Even Crunchy Frog is getting easier and I can do about 3-4 with decent form. Other things are still a challenge, but instead of just lying there watching much fitter people do the moves, I at least try to do some crunches.
I really need to go drink my smoothie. I realized I was out of bananas and had to run to the store this morning. Now that my workout is done, I can refuel. Tonight, I’ll make salmon with chipotle mango salsa. I’ve already had my latte, so I’m good for the rest of the day. It seems cutting out my daily chocolate croissant has done me some good – I’m down 3 pounds in a week! I’ve lost a lot of inches and my body fat is even down slightly. Once school begins, I’ll probably cut my latte habit down to 4 times per week.