Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Holy crap, strength training is hard.

As a part of my attempt to fully commit to marathon training, i am forcing myself to do strength training.  Or something like it at least.  A couple people i work with have at various points attempted to do P90x in our basement gym.  It usually fizzles out due to work pressures, but they have recommitted fot the new year and dragged me down with them talked me into it.

Obviously, i can't fully commit to the p90x schedule because it involves working out 6 days a week, and i can't do that AND keep up with marathon training (and my job, and my life).  But, i am going to try to do it a couple times a week, and hey - how bad can it be, right?

OMFG, IT'S SO HARD!!!!!!

Seriously, let's casually do 30 push-ups in a minute?  followed by 30 more in an even harder positing?  And then lets do it with our feet on chair?  IN WHAT WORLD, P90X?????
We played the dvd on a laptop, because we are SO classy.
And then, when your body is about to break, lets do the whole damn thing ONE MORE TIME!!!!!!!!

Needless to say, i knocked out about 5 solid push-ups, and spent the rest of the time on the floor in the fetal position, whimpering, and rolling around because my noodle arms no longer functioned enough to pick myself up.
I can't even explain how bad it had to be for me to be laying on that disgusting carpeted floor.  I snapped this photo, but i was actually trying to dial 9-1-1.

I woke up this morning and i felt like I was in some kind of horrific accident.  And i am fairly certain i bruised a rib.  How does one bruise a rib during an arm work out, you ask?  Probably by rolling around on the floor crying like a giant baby.

Needless to say, this crap is really, really hard.  But, the fact that i ran four marathons last year and can't do 5 push-ups kind of makes me look like a jack-ass, and i am committed to changing that.  Some day, 10 push-ups, SOME DAY!!!

In all seriousness though, it's fun to do with other people around.  I would have some serious motivation issues if i was trying to do this all by myself.  The video is cheesy, and laughing about it with your friends makes this torture video almost enjoyable. 

<3 Bustedfoxxx

20 comments:

  1. Congrats on starting the strength training. Yes, it is hard, which is why I have avoided doing it for the most part. My idea of strength training is a few push-ups and sit-ups followed by a nap.

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  2. Bahaha! I've never done P90X, but everyone says it is brutal. I'm scuuured

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  3. P90X is really intense for someone starting off with a strength routine! You are bad ass for jumping in to it. Good luck!

    My husband used to do it and we would laugh at the vids. And try to figure out how to fit his running in with that crazy schedule!

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    1. seriously, the videos are hilarious. He keeps saying "nice work, girlfriend!" I spent so much time laughing...

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  4. I'm with Pete! I've done lots of strength training over the years, and I'm pretty strong, but as I head into this training cycle, I'm going to focus on core work and only light weight work. The last thing I need is more weight to drag up hills! UGH!!

    P90X.....the Paul Ryan workout program........you, too, can run that 2-something marathon! :>)

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    1. haha, oh god, does Paul Ryan endorse this??? :D

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  5. I...am not sure I would have started P90X as my first foray into strength training.

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    1. HOW WAS I TO KNOW???? i'm just doing it because they're already doing it. but dang, i never expected all that....

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  6. I tried P90x once a couple of years ago...too crazy for me...I enjoy Body Pump at my Y to get my strength training in...just wish I didn't EAT SO MUCH AFTERWARD!!!

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  7. You are so hard core! And I freaking love that you x'd out your eyes in that picture and that you were forced (FORCED BY PUSHUPS) to lay on nasty workout room carpet.

    Keep telling yourself it's good for you. And then one day you wake up and realize that you are even more badass than you thought and way strong. You'll see!

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    1. seriously, that floor smelled funky. The whole experience was nightmare provoking. I can't wait until Wednesday...

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  8. The title of your post made me laugh. It DOES get easier, I promise! The first time I went to boot camp last January I couldn't get out of bed for the rest of the weekend. It hurt to breath. I felt like I was dying, but then it got easier. Hang in there!

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  9. Are you able to do 5 man pushups or 5 female pushups? I can do like 1 man pushup so you've totally got me beat. Those things are hard!!

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  10. This reminds me, I'm going to look for one of those free workout videos on Comcast since I'm being a big baby and don't want to run in 0 degree temperatures.

    P90x sounds absolutely awful. This review makes me continue to not want to do it. :)

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  11. This is hilarious! Maybe try some Pilates instead? I'm a big fan of Pilates.

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  12. This post cracks me up. Thanks for this!

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  13. It is so worth it! Just posted, added you to my Leibster award nomination!!

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  14. Oh girl (I'm white but pretend I'm not when you read that) I am right there with you! I didn't realize how little muscle my arms had after marathon training until I tried p90x. My boyfriend and his buddy talked me into it and I almost passed out on the first day.

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