Friday, August 14, 2009

P90X Day 6: Kenpo X

I got through Kenpo X this morning, but feel vaguely unsatisfied. It's not that the hour of punching and kicking wasn't a vigorous one, or that I didn't break a sweat (because I always do). It's that I don't feel Kenpo X is all that different from any other cardio/kickboxing/Billy Blanks-esque home video workout, except for the energetic-but-smug (energetically smug?) presence of Tony Horton. The fact that my legs were achingly sore from the previous day's Legs & Back session made Kenpo X feel slightly more "EXTREME," but otherwise, this workout was just okay. I'm not going to bother listing the different Kenpo X moves here; there was nothing particularly innovative or surprising on the list of jabs and kicks and blocks, so use your imagination -- you're not likely to be far off the mark.

On the plus side, unless my eyes deceive me, my body's already starting to show some improvement. It's only been a week, and I can already see some definition (albeit slight) returning. It's impossible to have built any new muscle this soon after starting P90X, so I'm sure the P90X Phase 1 "Fat Shredder" super-low-carb diet is behind this.

Tomorrow is an optional workout: X Stretch (or is it Stretch X?). (As an aside, shouldn't they just call it "Stretch"? As with Yoga X, how "EXTREME" could stretching possibly be?) I might skip it in favor of a half-hour on the elliptical followed by 15 minutes of Ab Ripper X. We'll see -- it's my only rest day before Week 2 of P90X begins, so it's also possible that I'll just sleep in for the first time in a week. Waking up at 5:30 a.m. to work out is decidedly un-fun, especially for someone who's used to being a night owl.