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Who Did A P90X Workout Today?

Not me and that sucks.  Does it count that I’m listening to the Tony Horton Bring It Minute  as I write this?  Hardly.  I am making excuses that I am waiting for Friday (why, when I could start today, right now?)

Tony Horton Motivational QuotesWhen Friday comes, will I work out and commit to a program (probably P90X for the umpteenth time) and have the consistency that I need to get the results that are guaranteed?  Yes, when I do start, there will be no holding back.  The insanity that I’ve lived through will go into another phase, but one that I can put a wall of protection around and not have the negative, degrading and demeaning person in my life that has destabilized and corrupted my life for so long.

If you didn’t work out, what was the reason?  Was it an excuse or a reason?  Sick child and at urgent care until late?  That’s a reason.  Worked a half hour of overtime and I’m too tired now to work out.  That’s an excuse.

If the end result is guaranteed, why not start, why not commit, why not persevere?  The decision is up to you.  Are you ready to decide, commit and succeed?  Remember this quote:

Thinking about doing P90X3 burns 0 calories

Kevin Discovered the “P90X Lifestyle”

When I saw Kevin’s story in the Team Beachbody newsletter, I knew that I should share it with you.  Success stories are what inspire us and motivate us and Kevin’s story is so typical of what so many men face these days – in shape in high and college and in the military and then they come home a life takes over and health and fitness as a priority get shuffled to the bottom of the list.  Kevin, though, took charge of his life, participated in The Beachbody Challenge and won the $500 Daily Prize for April 6th!

Kevin lost 64 pounds with P90XHere is the prize winner’s interview conducted by the Team Beachbody staff:

Tell us about your life before you started the program. How did you feel about yourself and your body?
Before running across the P90X lifestyle, I was (obese) at 32.9% body fat, stuck in the everyday teleworker lifestyle; the never ending loop of sleep, eat, work. Did I mention I was out of shape? After a brief tour in the Army, I started my professional career and have been completely focused on it since.

What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey?
I can remember writing down my Day 0 numbers and thinking, “Wow, how sad….How did you let yourself get like this?” Recording those numbers (Weight: 195lbs, Height: 5’7”, Waist: 38”) was a huge wakeup call for me. My father’s passing and struggles with high blood pressure, gout, diabetes and obesity for the latter 20 years of his life, was a reminder of where I was heading. I did NOT want to subject myself or my loved ones to this. It was time to change my life.

What is the greatest challenge you faced before beginning the program? How did the program and Beachbody® help you overcome that challenge?
I would have to say that the biggest challenge I had to face before starting the program was simply the feeling of actual self-fulfillment. To quote, “Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them.” I wanted to find something that I was 100% responsible for, something that only I was to blame for failure or congratulate for success. Team Beachbody and P90X have helped me find this. While I have not yet reached my overall goal, I have surpassed what others and I have expected.

Why did you choose this particular program?
I started the P90X program back in March of 2013 with the encouragement of several co-workers. Four of us decided to start the P90X program and were committed to completing it. Two of us stuck with it, and have completed the program several times over since.

Describe the results you achieved with your Beachbody program. Which achievements are you proud of?
I’m Happy!!! I’m Confident!!! I’ve lost over 20% body fat and over 8″ in my waist. I’ve proven to myself that I can do it!

How has your life changed since completing your Beachbody program?
Saying that everything has changed may seem a bit cliche, but it’s the truth. Accomplishing this has given me a sense of fulfillment that I did not have before.

So what do you think of Kevin’s story?  Does it sound like your life?  Are you looking at your family health history and wondering if your lifestyle choices are going to make you follow in unhealthy footsteps?

You can change your life by taking The Beachbody Challenge™. It provides great motivation to get fit and the chance to win cash prizes. To enter The Beachbody Challenge, just go to my Howtobefit.com website and click on “Enter the Challenge” on the left hand side of the page.

How to Lose 80 Pounds in Your Living Room!

Life before the P90X Challenge Pack was filled with fast food and horrible eating habits. I never had the will to work out. I just felt so bad about myself. Then I got laid off from work. It was such a bad time for me. I knew I had to change my life. Especially since my family on my father’s side had a history of heart problems. I’ve been obese all my life, and seeing what could happen with a heart condition or diabetes scared me.

So I decided to see what life could be like and jumped at the chance to make a change.

I picked P90X, but I had two major challenges: committing to the program and changing the way I ate. The P90X nutrition guide and Shakeology made nutrition super easy for me. Drinking Shakeology gave me so much energy, people at work call me “Speed Racer!”

And Tony took care of the rest. Sure the workouts were tough, but Tony’s whole “do your best and forget the rest” mentality had a lasting effect on me. That was the mentality I had doing P90X and it really worked for me.

Now I’m in the best shape of my life. I went from 245 pounds to my current weight of 165. That’s 80 pounds gone—from working out in my living room. It’s truly mind-blowing. My cardio is great. My physique is really starting to form. And my abs are crazy. I smile every time I think about it.

But I didn’t get this way on my own. Tony is a super trainer, and my Challenge Group pushed me. I guess knowing that I was never alone made a huge difference. When it was late at night and I was absolutely drained of energy, I could see my friends working out, and that gave me the motivation to push through.

My Coach, my Challenge Group, Tony, P90X and Shakeology changed my life. I feel great. I’m more positive. My confidence level is through the roof. I’m no longer afraid of challenges. I’m happy. I’m healthy. And I can honestly say I’m actually “living” now. And that’s pretty darn cool!

Here’s Carl! He participated in The Beachbody Challenge and won the $500 Daily Prize for May 1st!


You can change your life, too. Take The Beachbody Challenge™, for the ultimate motivation to get fit! Select any Beachbody® program and once you complete it, share your results for your chance to win cash and prizes.

What Do Shakeology and P90X Have In Common?

They helped Katie lose 29 pounds and 6 inches off her waist!

Katie F. before P90X and Shakeology Katie Age: 33
Primary Program: P90X
Supplement:Shakeology
Katie’s Stats
Before AFTER
Weight:
Waist:
Body Fat %
175 lbs.
36 in.
28.7
146 lbs.
30.5 in.
24

Tell us about your life before you started the program. How did you feel about yourself and your body? There is only one word to describe how I felt about the way I looked and the lack of energy I had: sad. My life before P90X was a bit crazy and hectic. I was running a day care in my home and had a very young child. I would head to McDonald’s® or Taco Bell® as often as I could while I was out and on the run (it was just the easy thing to do), and I would get the largest possible mocha from Starbucks® whenever I had the chance. The word “exercise” had never been in my vocabulary. I had asthma as a child, so I wasn’t really fond of exercise back then and I was happy with the way I looked. Then I got pregnant with twins. I gained 70 pounds with my son and “most” of it came off. However, I gained over 90 pounds with my twins, and that weight DIDN’T come off. They were 9 months old, and I still looked (and felt) like I was pregnant with them. I was tired all the time and had no energy. I knew that I needed to add a few new words to my vocabulary: “exercise” and “eat right.”

What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey? The word “sad” stayed with me every time I looked in the mirror. I couldn’t believe just how far I had let myself go. I knew I needed to make a change, and I knew that change had to be BIG. My girls were at a point where they were just starting to be a bit more mobile, and my son was two (enough said)! I needed the energy to keep up with them every day. I also specifically remember how my brother told me years before (as I was drinking my very large mocha from Starbucks) that it would “catch up with me.” Well, it (and all the “easy” trips to McDonald’s and Taco Bell) certainly did. I knew they weren’t healthy for me. I knew I was spending a ton of money each year, but again, it was “easy.” But it did catch up with me, and I needed a change. I needed to drop some weight and change my eating habits for good.

Describe the results you achieved with your Beachbody® program. What achievements are you proud of? Katie F. after P90X and ShakeologyI am still in shock when I look back at my “before” pictures . . . Was that really me? I am ecstatic at what P90X has done for me. I can fit in to a size 8 pant again. (I haven’t been able to say that for a long time.) The energy I have each day is just amazing. I don’t feel “tired” after running after the kids. I lost just under 30 pounds, completely changed my eating habits, and will NEVER go back. As far as achievements are concerned, I will never forget the day when I was able to complete the Dreya Roll. That one move in the program had been haunting me for a while. I didn’t have the strength to do it. I kept Pressing Play and kept trying until one day I could do it! To be able to say that I completed all 90 days of P90X is a great feeling to have. The fact that it has completely changed my life is immeasurable.

How did Shakeology support your transformation?  What are the biggest benefits? There are not enough characters allowed to describe how much Shakeology has supported me. 🙂 Remember my “McDonalds, Taco Bell, Starbucks” comments earlier? Yeah, those didn’t even enter my mind after the first week of being on Shakeology. I remember my Coach introducing it to me; she said it was a meal replacement shake that helped get rid of cravings, lose weight, and gain energy. I was all for that, and I needed to be sure to get all the proper nutrition while completing P90X. The first thing I remember when I first tried it was the taste. I had tried meal replacement shakes before and did not like the taste of them at all. I remember them having a very bad aftertaste as well. The fact that I could have a chocolate shake with peanut butter every day—and it was GOOD for me—was awesome. I definitely felt a difference in my energy level my first week, and I was definitely not having any cravings for anymore of the “bad” stuff too. Shakeology keeps me healthy and energized.

Are you ready to transform your life like Katie did?  Click here to learn more and save money with the P90X Challenge Pack!

Great Deals on P90X and P90X2

We’re gearing up for the weight gain season ahead of time and offering some great deals in our Howtobefit.com store.  So many of you drink the P90X Results and Recovery Formula, eat the P90X Protein Bars and need the P90X Chin Up Bar that we decided to save you some money on those items.  When you purchase P90X from us, you will get $5.00 off on each one of those items or all three!  To visit our store and check out these great deal on P90X and P90X2, please click here.

P90X Protein Bars P90X Results and Recovery Formula P90X Chin Up Bar

How Asylum Can Spike Your Fitness by Steve Edwards

What do Insanity and Asylum have to do with P90x and P90X2?  They are extreme workouts that often follow a first or second round of the “X”.  In fact, Steve Edwards has another article entitled, “How to “X” the Insanity Workouts” that is well worth reading.

Let’s see what Steve has to say about the relationship between these four great workouts:

“INSANITY’s sibling sequels—THE ASYLUM Volumes 1 and 2—may be billed as athletic training, but in reality they’re far more than that. Those ready to withstand their rigors will find a veritable fountain of youth. Let’s lift the hood on Shaun T’s latest exercise programs to see if you’re ready to get in the game.

INSANITY: THE ASYLUM®—INSANITY: THE ASYLUM® VOLUME 2

ASYLUM Volumes 1 and 2 mimic athletic training, but these programs are not just for athletes. The movements you’ll learn are the same you use in your day-to-day life to stand up, sit down, clean house, do yard work, and so on. These movement patterns regress as we age, both naturally and because we stop pushing our limits. Training with THE ASYLUM will awaken long-dormant neuromuscular connections that will have you moving in ways you may not have done since you were a kid. There is a catch, though: You’re going to have to work for it.

How is ASYLUM different from INSANITY®?

INSANITY®Shaun says in one of the workouts, “It’s not INSANITY.” What he means is that it’s harder than INSANITY. Since most of you are aware that INSANITY is very difficult, this may be a daunting statement.

But that should not deter you. Beachbody® offers several training programs that will get you ready. You don’t necessarily even have to do INSANITY first. P90X®, TurboFire®, and even RevAbs® will prepare you adequately. Trying THE ASYLUM off the couch is not recommended. You likely wouldn’t make it through the warm-up.

However, if you find yourself in this situation, don’t fret. Here’s a 4-week ASYLUM prep schedule that’ll get you where you need to be.

Because the workouts in THE ASYLUM series are more targeted, the load is more spread out. This allows you more recovery time between similar workouts. Yes, there will be moments in each workout where you can’t imagine finishing, but the cumulative effect is easier on your body and you’ll recover faster than you think. Also, since most of the individual workouts are under 45 minutes, and both volumes of THE ASYLUM are only one-month training phases, there’s always a light at the end of the tunnel to keep you going.

What is the difference between ASYLUM Volume 1 and Volume 2?

Volume 1

INSANITY: THE ASYLUM®Start here first. Volume 1 has 6 workouts, each of which train the body in a different way: Speed & Agility, Strength, Vertical Plyo, Back to Core, Relief, and Game Day. There’s also a bonus 10-minute workout called Overtime that’s used to add a brutally hard finish to any workout.

The workouts are aptly titled; they tell you how they’re going to exhaust you. Game Day is the culmination of your training and mimics playing a bunch of sports in one day, all condensed into an hour. For those of you who want more details, click on the links below to read my analysis of each individual workout.

Strength: http://steve-edwards.blogspot.com/2011/04/asylum-strength.html

Vertical: http://steve-edwards.blogspot.com/2011/04/asylum-vertical-plyo-this-is-not.html

Back to Core: http://steve-edwards.blogspot.com/2011/03/back-to-core-in-asylum.html

Relief: http://steve-edwards.blogspot.com/2011/04/sweet-relief.html

Overtime: http://steve-edwards.blogspot.com/2011/04/its-not-whether-you-win-or-lose.html

Speed & Agility: http://steve-edwards.blogspot.com/2011/04/speed-agility-sandbagging.html

Game Day: http://steve-edwards.blogspot.com/2011/04/game-day.html

Volume 2

INSANITY: THE ASYLUM® VOLUME 2Nailed Volume 1? Welcome to Volume 2! Part deux follows the same pattern, but ramps things up a notch. The workouts are a little longer and a little harder for the most part, but follow the same pattern. Reviews of the individual workouts will be appearing on my blog, The Straight Dope, shortly.

What’s so special about THE ASYLUM?

There are two aspects of THE ASYLUM that make it unique. First and foremost, it’s fun. Any egghead can design a technically-advanced training system, but it takes a great trainer to make it entertaining. More than anything, ASYLUM workouts are a blast. Shaun T takes you through myriad movements in each workout that mimic playing sports. If you were ever an athlete, a lot of this training will seem familiar. But, unlike your old coach, he’s combined these sports with movements based on the latest research in applied science. The results are workouts that are both scientifically sound and fun.

But don’t equate “fun” with “easy.” Workouts in THE ASYLUM will be a challenge, no matter who you are. Even Shaun himself struggles throughout the program. Elite fitness always must be earned.

So it’s fun. But does it work?

Absolutely. The second key aspect to ASYLUM is the science. The programs are based on something we call the Athletic Matrix. Essentially, it’s a system utilizing a wide spectrum of sports-specific training techniques that are modified to offer fitness and performance benefits beyond those sports.

We coined the term because our harder programs are based on the same kind of structure used to train professional athletes. It can cover a range of techniques. For example, P90X is like training for a sport in that you isolate various functions (flexibility, individual muscle groups, cardiovascular conditioning, etc.) and focus on them separately using the different workouts. On the other hand, INSANITY is like playing the sport because you train everything at once.

The P90X2®/ASYLUM analogy is similar, but slightly more targeted. P90X2 is like off-season training. It’s what you do when you have time to systematically break down your body and build it back up to be better than it was. THE ASYLUM, with its frenetic time-efficient structure, is more like football’s tradition of Hell Week—what you do to get ready when the season is about to start.

P90X®With P90X and P90X2, you work across 90 days—a lengthy periodization structure where you work on specific elements of fitness, switching from one to another. In THE ASYLUM, we distill 90 days of training into a single month. This means you’re training all of the physiological needs of an athlete at once. There are always some sacrifices when you do this. THE ASYLUM is less versatile than P90X2 and doesn’t go as deep at training certain areas, but it does whip you into condition quicker.

Both variations are ideal for athletic training, but the Athletic Matrix provides benefits far beyond the playing field. You’re building muscle, teaching the muscle how to move in all directions, and improving your cardiovascular system, flexibility, and power. You’ll be stronger, run faster, jump higher, be more flexible, and basically move like you did when you were younger. This works to your advantage whether you’re throwing a 45-yard pass, dancing at your 45th birthday party, or chasing four 5-year-olds around the room.

It’s game night at THE ASYLUM. You ready to play?”

To learn more about Insanity, Insanity: The Asylum and Insanity: The Asylum Volume 2, just go to our store and scroll down to “Specials This Week” (all three workouts currently have great special offers when you purchase from us)!

The P90X Hybrid With Running Mileage!

Hybrid cars are renowned for their great gas mileage.  Edmunds.com lists them so that we can make educated decisions before purchasing one.  Gas mileage is what we look for before buying any car.

In a hybrid workout program, gas mileage doesn’t factor in, but in my case, “mileage” does.  By creating and modifying workouts each week, I have finally created a P90X/running hybrid program that gives me the best mileage, while at the same time getting great results with P90X.

The 30/30 Plan

Next week, I am inviting all of my Team Beachbody members (and anyone else) to join me in the Team Beachbody SuperGym and be my virtual training partner.  Below is my schedule for the week and it is a combination of what has worked so far, along with some modifications that maximize my strength, endurance, energy and time to work.  Let’s face it, I am a full time Team Beachbody coach and I am a product of the products but I do have to spend time sharing my message of hope that so many people need these days.  The Plan is as follows (remember, I am doing a condensed version of the P90X workouts based on reps and fast forwarding to the next exercise) with all times listed in Mountain Time:

Monday – P90X Chest, Shoulders & Triceps at 5:00 am followed by a 30:00 run at 5:30 am

Tuesday – 30:00 run at 5:30 am

Wednesday – P90X Shoulders & Arms at 5:00 am followed by a 30:00 run at 5:30 am

Thursday – 30:00 run at 5:30 am

Friday – P90X Chest & Back at 5:00 am followed by a 30:00 run at 5:30 am

Saturday – family day and recovery day

Sunday – 1:20:00 run at 5:45 am

This schedule gives me good upper body strength and roughly 25 miles a week running.  I will maintain this schedule for fall and winter, only varying the length of my run on Sunday and the P90X workouts that I am doing.

So what do I look like now?  Below is a before picture from 12/13/11 and the other picture is from 9/7/12.  I started the P90X/running hybrid on July 30th, 2012 and prior to that was doing some Chalean Extreme and walking.  The bulk of my results have come in the last 6 weeks and the plan outlined above will keep me looking this way for the rest of the year and into 2013!

Rich Dafter Before Picture Richard Dafter After Picture

It’s In Writing: My P90X Running Hybrid Plan for Next Week!

Okay, everyone, here is my P90X running hybrid plan for the week ahead – August 20th – 26th.  Today’s long run was good and I want both enough P90X workouts and enough running workouts for the week, so I changed things up some.  Please know that I am only doing 40:00 of the P90X workouts and the way that I do that is to do reps and then press “Next” on the DVD remote.  I am also doing easy 20:00 runs a few hours later to get in some more mileage.

Monday:  P90X Core Synergistics – 5:00 am
Running – 20:00 – 8:00 am

Tuesday:  Running – 40:00 – 8:00 am

Wednesday:  P90X Chest, Shoulders & Triceps – 5:00 am
Running – 20:00 – 8:00 am

Thursday:  Running – 40:00 – 8:00 am

Friday:  P90X Shoulders & Arms – 5:00 am
Running – 20:00 – 8:00 am

Saturday:  Recovery day

Sunday:  Running – 60:00 – 6:00 am

Join me if you can in the Team Beachbody SuperGym.  I’ll leave the door open for you!

Saucy Sun Salutations: Why Yoga Is a Natural Aphrodisiac

By Sarah Stevenson – From the Team Beachbody Newsletter

Rumor has it that Yoga X may not be your favorite part of P90X®. I get it. You’re bored, you’re not breaking down your muscle, you’re not pouring out buckets of sweat like you do with Plyo X, but before you discount the benefits of bending up like a pretzel, consider this: Unlike other workouts, yoga can actually spice up your sex life.

 

Man and Woman

I thought that might get your attention. Our sensual, sexual side is a natural primordial part of who we are. The problem is, it’s often being covered up by a clouded mind fueled by the chaos that exists in the lives we lead. Yoga is freeing for your body, mind, and soul. In fact, yogis happen to be some of the most tuned in and turned on people in town. So if you’re looking to perk up that libido, then sit back and read up.

Women can benefit from yoga because it helps clear your mind and calm your nerves, so that you can make conscious clear decisions about who you want to connect with and, in turn, be calm and connected enough to actually have an authentic orgasm . . . No more faking it, ladies.

Men can benefit from yoga because it instigates a certain awareness that will heighten your connection to the sexual beast within you, and coming from that place makes it a whole lot easier to keep it up for prolonged periods of time. It also allows you to have a more authentic connection to the woman you are frolicking with, which may not sound all that interesting to you—until you discover the sexual beast within her that a little authenticity can release.

Just breathe.

BreathePranayama is a Sanskrit word used to describe yoga breathing. Prana means “life force” and yamameans “control” or “discipline.” In yoga, controlled deep breathing practices are used and channeled to certain areas of the body to ignite an internal awareness that will rock your world. The Ujjayi breath is a common breath used throughout the seated meditation as well as the active movement practice of yoga. Ujjayi is Sanskrit for “victory.” It lives up to its name by allowing you to become victorious over your mind. It is characterized by a deep inhale through the nose, in which the belly expands outward, and deep exhales through the nose, in which the belly sinks inward. An “ocean sound” is created by narrowing the throat passage, which allows the breath to brush against the back of the throat. Ujjayi is a balancing and calming breath, which increases oxygenation, promotes clarity of thought, and builds internal body heat.

When you’re afraid or stressed out, you tend to hold your breath or take very shallow, quick breaths that put your entire system on a state of heightened paranoid awareness. It’s impossible to connect with the world around you—especially in the bedroom—if you are unable to relax and let go. The Ujjayi breath paired with a few other points we’ll discuss shortly will allow you to relax and sink deep into a sexier, more sensual state.

Clear out the mind.

Woman Clearing Her MindWe all have those inhibitions that keep us from scoring with our dream girl or boy. What’s the first thing we do when we lock eyes with a hottie across the room at our local watering hole? BARTENDER! That’s right, nothing like a little liquid courage to seal the deal. But is it worth it? You’ve shut your sympathetic system down, but you’ve also shut down your ability to judge properly. This means you have about a 87 percent chance that the person you wake up to in the morning will also scare the heck out of you. And even if your catch still looks like a babe in the morning light, there still might be a beast lurking within—but you wouldn’t have discovered that because you were drunk.

Yoga, on the other hand, calms the “fight or flight” part of the sympathetic system but heightens your connection to your body, your partner, and the world around you. It activates the parasympathetic nervous system that instigates relaxation and letting go, but also allows you to be more aware of yourself and your environment. So it helps you to drop into the most sensual you without compromising your ability to judge properly.

Move that body.

Woman StretchingThe yoga asanas, or poses, create some of the most sensual, sexy positions a body can twist and turn into. Sometimes, asanas are held for several minutes, which helps strengthen and build muscles. You may not increase muscle mass holding these poses, but it will train your body to hold certain, ahem, positions, for as long a time as it takes.

While you won’t bulk up, with consistent practice you will sculpt a beautiful physique that highlights muscle structure. A fit body is a sexy body; when you look good in (or out of) your clothes, you feel sexier and more sensual. Some asanas stretch your muscles out to help increase flexibility and mobility. Stretching helps your body feel open and free. Being more flexible is also incredibly helpful in the bedroom, as you can imagine. When you pair the Ujjayi breath with the asanas, you ensure that your mind will stay calm, so that you are able to sustain endurance to get through an hour and half of class—or whatever else you want to do for that period of time.

Chill out.

Resting poses play an important role in any good yoga class. They’re placed strategically between asanas in order to allow you to check in with your body and mind. Lying in a child’s pose often gives me chills because I can feel my blood flowing freely, my energy swimming around under my skin, and my heart pulsating. It’s a combination that heats me up every time, reminding me what a sexual being I am. Yoga classes end with shavasana, or corpse pose—but you feel anything but dead while gently spread across your mat. When you take the time to just lie there, it’s an opportunity to inventory all that’s taken in by your senses once the mind is calm, the body is activated, and your inner awareness is heightened.

If you’re able to lay it out on the mat several times a week, you will be a lot more likely to lay it out on the sheets. Yoga clears you out, heats you up, builds you up, and turns you on. So no more calling yoga “Stretch and Sleep Class.” It’s high time you ditch the synthetic aphrodisiacs and tap into all the goodies you have inside you.

Resources

  • Bald, D. H., The human amygdala and the emotional evaluation of sensory stimuli. Brain Research Reviews, Volume 41, Issue 1, January 2003, Pages 88-123
  • Conley, T. D.; Moors, A. C.; Matsick, J. L.; Ziegler, A.; Valentine, B. A. (2011). “Women, Men, and the Bedroom: Methodological and Conceptual Insights That Narrow, Reframe, and Eliminate Gender Differences in Sexuality”. Current Directions in Psychological Science 20 (5): 296
  • Scientific American Mind. Your Sexual Brain, How It Rules Your Life: The Orgasmic Brain, Martin Portner. http://www.scientificamerican.com

The Test Group

Steve EdwardsI found a great post by Steve Edwards that I wanted to share but before I do that, I wanted to give you an update on my Tony Horton Challenge.  I am on Day Four (Day Five if you count doing Ab Ripper X on my iPhone on Sunday) and just cruising along.  Chest & Back, of course, was the first workout, then I ran for almost 40:00 on Tuesday, did Plyometrics X on Wednesday (which I LOVE) and then ran for almost 40:00 again today.

So what is the post that I want to share?  It is called, “The Test Group” and I will paste an excerpt below.  I feel like I am in a test group for 61 year olds making a comeback in life, so stay tuned and see what happens!

From Steve Edwards, “Doing these P90X videos again has reminded me of our test group. No matter how fit you are, P90x will find your weakness and exploit it. We auditioned pretty much every hot shot fitness person and trainer in LA and ended up casting either Tony’s friends (who train with him regularly) or members of our test group who up until that time had little fitness training. It was a great testament to how the X works. Tony and I were talking about this as one “famous” trainer to another and I was getting out performed by some regular Joe whose only advantage was that they’d just finished three months of the program they were auditioning for.  “It takes you out of your wheelhouse and exploits your weaknesses, no matter who you are,’ he said.

I should add that I auditioned too and was one of the latter, which I only did because Tony asked me to. But when my time came around I was in the midst of week 2 and so sore that I could barely wash my hair, much less ace a P90X fit test. I was in such a state of breakdown that I had no clue how long it would last. I was fit; having just finished a full bike racing/multi-sport season. But fit meant nothing. I was out of my wheelhouse and so sore that I could barely walk. ‘You gonna be ready in a few weeks?’ Tony asked. ‘I have no idea,’ was my reply. ‘We should just cast test group people.’

I did get better. A couple of months later I did one of my hardest birthday challenges that combined my usual endurance activity with heaps of pull-ups, push-ups, and other assorted anaerobic stuff. The X was perfect training for it.”

To read the rest of  “The Test Group”, please click here….