Thursday, August 13, 2009

P90X Day 5: Legs & Back + Ab Ripper X

Today's program is Legs & Back. "Back," apparently, means pull-ups. Lots and lots of pull-ups. More pull-ups than I've ever attempted in any other single hour of my life. At the end of the session, Tony grins and says: "And for some of you, you just did over 120 pull-ups!"

Not me. Not even close. I managed only about 75, half of which were done with a leg supported on a stool.

Is it possible to feel strong and weak at the same time? Because I do.

The majority of the session focused on lower body strength, and some of the leg exercises were killer -- especially the wall squats. By the end, even the calf raises (which I initially thought looked cheesy) were killer.

Here's what I got to do today:
  • Balance Lunges
  • Calf-Raise Squats
  • Reverse Grip Chin-Ups
  • Super Skaters
  • Wall Squats
  • Wide Front Pull-Ups
  • Step Back Lunges
  • Alternating Side Lunges
  • Closed Grip Overhand Pull-Ups
  • Single-Leg Wall Squats
  • Deadlift Squats
  • Switch Grip Pull-Ups
  • Ballistic Stretches
  • Three-Way Lunges with Two-Kick Option
  • Sneaky Lunges
  • Reverse Grip Chin-Ups (again)
  • Chair Salutations
  • Toe-Roll Iso Lunges
  • Wide Front Pull-Ups (again)
  • Groucho Walks
  • Calf Raises
  • Closed Grip Overhand Pull-Ups (again)
  • 80/20 Siebers-Speed Squats
  • Switch Grip Pull-Ups (again)

And don't forget another round of Ab Ripper X. Fuuuuuck.

On another note: Tony ought to spend less time sexually harassing Dreya Weber, the blonde fitness model/trainer in the video. I haven't watched many workout videos before, but I'm pretty sure it's not typical for the lead male trainer to give a sweaty hug to one of his female models after the workout is over. Or to watch her take off a sweatshirt and remark: "Uh-oh! The top is coming off!"

Tony offers a "Tip of the Day" in each of his videos, so in the spirit of P90X, here's mine: If your name is Dreya Weber, you should consider contacting Beachbody's Human Resources department.