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The Tony Horton Challenge Begins!

Biting off more than you can chew For me anyway.  What about you?  Are you thinking right about now that I have bitten off more than I can chew?  Maybe yes and maybe know but the only way to find out is to give it my best shot.  Am I feeling like my friend pictured at right?  I had better not be because I only did Chest & Back this morning and I modified it to achieve my goals and to make it work for me.  P90X is an awesome program that guarantees you results in 90 days or your money back it will do exactly that.  But I am using it as a tool, along with running, to achieve the highest level of fitness that I can and to be the best role model that I can be.  I was in shape to begin with and had done enough Chalean Extreme to build the strength that I needed to do P90X again.  Now I am going to take the leap of faith and commit to doing it and following through with my plan.

In case you didn’t read my first post about it, the reason that I am calling this a Tony Horton challenge is because you don’t have to do P90X or even Power 90.  Tony says, as do I, that you need to find the program that works for you and the family of Beachbody workout DVD’s definitely has a workout that will fit your personality, your time constraints and your goals.

So how did it go this morning with Chest & Back?  It was like putting one of my all time favorite movies in the DVD player and being part of the cast!

What’s Your Secret Weapon?

If you are an athlete, you are always looking for an edge over your competition.  You can only train just so many hours in the day, so you need to find something that sets you apart.  You can be healthier, have better reflexes, have better flexibility or agility or perhaps all of these.  Whatever it is, it is your “secret weapon” (or perhaps your secret weapons).

As a runner, I follow a training pattern that is determined by the time of year.  There is base building, strength, speed and racing fit and you plan your workouts accordingly.  There are also times when you are training for shorter races like 5K’s and 10K’s and times when you are training for a half marathon or marathon.  You follow patterns year after year and do what works and don’t do what doesn’t work.

I do a couple of things, though, that help me stay healthy, keep my energy up and stay strong and flexible.  One is that I always drink Shakeology before a long run and always have it afterward as a recovery drink.  It gives me sustained energy for the long workouts and then helps me to replenish my energy stores after a workout.  I literally have never found anything better and I have been running for almost 45 years.

The other thing that I do is to use P90X or Chalean Extreme for my strength workout.  Runners in particular are notorious for shunning strength training.  For other sports, strength workouts are essential but sometimes hard to fit into your training schedule.  I used to pick up some weights and do them and neglected the things that I didn’t want to do like stretching.  But with P90X or Chalean Extreme or any number of other Beachbody workout DVDs, you get a complete total body workout with warm up, stretch and warm down and additional workouts that are dedicated to flexibility, agility and core strength to name just a few.

Obviously, I have been running for a very long time, but that doesn’t mean that I love it any less or want to be the best that I can be any less.  That’s why I have my “secret weapons” to even the playing field a little and give me a chance to catch that runner in front of me!