First up was Workout B from Craig Ballantyne's 2K3 version of Turbulence Training, which starts with the same warm-up sequence as Workout A: two circuits of Reverse Lunges, Close-Grip Push-Ups, and Stick-Ups. But unlike Monday's Workout A, which emphasized upper body resistance moves, Workout B targeted the legs and core with the following moves:
- Dumbbell Forward Lunges (8 reps per side): I hadn't done these since I used to hit the gym on a daily basis. In other words, it's been a loooooong time. Thankfully, my body still remembers how to pull off this exercise without toppling over.
- Side Planks (30 seconds per side): Not to be an asshole or anything, but this was way too easy. If you're a veteran of Ab Ripper X, you'll need to modify this by going for 90 seconds per side or doing a leg raise or something.
- Dumbbell Romanian Deadlifts (8 reps): Much easier than the first time around.
- Stability Ball Jackknifes (15 reps): Start in a low plank position, but with your forearms resting on a weight bench and your shins on a stability ball. Contracting your abs and maintaining a straight back, use your feet to slowly roll the ball towards the bench while tucking your knees in to your chest. Pause, and then reverse the motion. That's one rep.
- Dumbbell Step-Ups (8 reps per side): Stand facing a bench with a pair of dumbbells in your hands. Place one foot on the bench and the other on the floor. Push up with your raised leg and lift yourself so that you're standing on the bench. Slowly reverse the motion. Do this eight times, and then switch legs.
- Stability Ball Leg Curls (15 reps): Lie on your back. Put the soles of your feet on top of a stability ball, keeping your body and legs in a straight line. Contract your glutes, push down on the ball with your feet and bring your knees and hips up. Pause, and then slowly reverse the motion. That's one rep.
Next up: Kettlebell Get-Ups. I only managed to crank out six awkward-looking get-ups in five minutes. As soon as I can free up some time, I need to schedule a consultation with Mark or Tracy Reifkind or Jordan Vezina. I really have no excuse not to get some personal kettlebell training, seeing as I'm lucky enough to live almost within spitting distance of the studio where these world-class instructors train.
To finish things off, I popped in the P90X+ Abs / Core Plus DVD. I had fun with the hanging core moves, but in my opinion, many of the exercises in this video aren't as challenging as they first appear. In the end, I think Ab Ripper X offers a better core workout, though I do enjoy the variety of moves in Abs / Core Plus. (You'll see what I mean when I get around to describing them, but I'm too damn tired tonight to go into details.)
All in all, a decent workout.