Posts tagged ‘Physical exercise’

March 23, 2011

House GOP Takes Up P90X

by Vince Giordano

Paul Ryan and other House of Representatives are bringing it:

To achieve that second set of goals, a group gathers most days around two televisions in the House gym to follow a series of DVD workout routines known to late-night infomercial fans as P90X, the “most extreme home fitness training program.”

As have thousands of insomniac former couch potatoes, Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy and a crew of young Republicans have taken to the P90X workout routines with an ideological intensity. For the lawmakers, it’s a get-tough fitness dogma that mirrors their promises to pump up job growth and chisel away flabby federal programs.

They may think like Gingrich and Reagan, but “we want to look like Tony,” says P90X devotee Rep. Jeff Flake (R., Ariz.).

As for House Speaker John Boehner:

Mr. Boehner, a smoker and neat freak, vacuums, takes early-morning walks and rides his bicycle around monuments.

March 4, 2011

H.I.I.T. – “Go Hard”

by Vince Giordano

I shot over and joined in on my Gold’s Gym H.I.I.T. (high intensity interval training) class. I knew that H.I.I.T. was similar to Plyometrics so I thought I’d give it a whirl. Now that I look back, I believe this class gave me a whirl. Here was the workout.
Note(s): today was the 46th birthday of a lady in our class. To wish her a happy birthday, our whole workout revolved around sets of 46 reps, 46 seconds, or in times divisible by 46. What a joy! Also, at the end of sets 1 & 2, we all did jumping jacks until the last person finished their set and then we did a set of jumping backs all together for 30 seconds.

Stretch, ride on stationary bike for 5~ minutes then 2-3 minutes standing up ride on the bike.

Set #1
46 air squats
46 step lunges (23 each leg)
46 push ups
46 step lunges
46 push ups
46 air squats

Set #2
46 dips
46 box jumps
46 burpees

At this point, any water I have sipped on feels as if it is about to come up and out of me. I haven’t felt like this since my novice swim team days.

Set #3
Mountain climbers
-We did two sets of these. The first set was for 46 seconds and the second for 1:32. The kicker was that instead of doing them normally we placed hand towels under our feet. We did this on a wood finished floor so we were sliding and getting no breaks. We modified by going down from our hands to our forearms.

Set #4
A variation of push ups that I don’t have a name for.
We would start standing up straight, bend over to place our hands on the floor, let our hands walk down to get us into the plank position (keeping our feet planted in the original position) then doing a push up. Finally, push yourself all the way back up. I emphasized keeping my legs straight and not bending my knees and this felt like a frontal deltoid attack.
We did this for three sets: 46 seconds, 1:32, and  2:30.

Set #5
Dreya rolls“.
If you have flexible hip flexors or have gymnastics experience, lucky you. You can probably do this without using your hands.

Set #6
Lie and Stand dumbbell exercise (I know there is a proper name for this but I can’t recall it.
It goes like this. You lie down with one arm in the air with a dumbbell in hand. The leg on the same side of the arm in the air is bent. The other leg is flat. Your goal is to keep your eyes on the DB at all times. You slowly stand up, working one leg up, using the other arm for support, and stand up fully, eyes on the DB. Then you work your way back down to the start position with eyes still on the DB. Do 15-20 or so reps per arm.


February 11, 2011

Men’s Health on P90X

by Vince Giordano

A nice, short run down on the front man of p90x:

Beyond the compelling marketing, there are two reasons why P90X is so popular. First, Horton is the perfect front man. At 5´10* and 180 pounds with 9 percent body fat, he is genuinely ripped. He says he can consecutively do 110 pushups, 80 dips, 35 pullups, and eight 260-pound lat pulls. Plus, he can hold a handstand for a minute and even do a backflip off a wall. To prove it, he often drops to the floor and pumps out a few reps of whatever exercise he’s talking about. His motto, which he wears on the back of his shirt, is “Bring It!” Along with the brawn, he has a full head of hair and—even under the harsh QVC makeup lights—no telltale signs of any nips or tucks. And, to the delight of the housedress set, he’s not married.

But second, and most important, P90X—unlike the garbage heap of other “miracle” infomercial products—can deliver results. That’s because it’s built on such proven fitness principles as consistency, intensity, and variety, and you don’t need special gadgets—just a pullup bar and dumbbells (or resistance bands). Simply pop a disc into your DVD player, move the couch out of the way, and follow along with Tony and his gang. In fact, Horton’s critics claim there’s nothing new in his workouts; if you do anything 6 days a week for 90 days, you’ll lose weight and build muscle at any age.

Horton says with a shrug, “You can’t reinvent the pushup. Plyometrics has been around forever, yoga has been around for even longer, and Kenpo karate is nothing I invented…but the sequence, the pace, and the variety of my workouts is something that never existed before. P90X is hard. But do your best and forget the rest. If you’re in trouble, hit the pause button. If you can’t do this move, here are two ways to modify it. I just want you to show up, man. That’s all I want you to do.”

Its working for me. I have just about a week left in my cycle. Tony truly is a machine. I may start posting some quotes from him.

(Pictured above: a car spotted in Las Vegas – found on P90X’s Facebook page.)