P90X3 Block Two: Sore All Over
I really thought my upper body couldn't be more sore after block one, I was so very very wrong. With block two, you are basically alternating between arm and leg days.
I traveled a bunch during this block, so I had to improvise a few workouts still focusing on whatever that days body part was. Regardless, I loved not having to do CVX for three weeks! The joy of replacing that with MMX!
Day 1: Eccentric Upper -- going slow is really hard, but that is what this required here. You are doing each movement, whether that be a pull up, push up, bicep curl, etc., for three counts eccentric and one count concentric. What does that mean, you ask? Let's take the bicep curl as an example. The action of lowering the dumbbell back down from the lift is the eccentric part...but the catch is that you have to do it slowly. The weight movements weren't the challenging bits, it was the pull ups and chin ups.
Day 2: Triometrics -- "like plyometrics" but with a little less jumping (and I mean a little). There are three levels to each move, which you transition to every 20 seconds...making the total move 60 seconds long. This is your first lower body workout of the week, as such there are lots of squats and lunges.
Day 3: Yoga -- as with block one, I substituted P90X3 Yoga with my other yoga DVDs. I did a Tara Stiles flow that I hadn't done in forever plus 21DFX. I really do love a good yoga day.
Day 4: Eccentric Lower -- did you really think you weren't going to have one of these? I used heavier weights for this 15-20lbs depending on what move we were doing. The weighted pistol is a true test of your fitness level and if you start to feel bad about yourself know that this is one that is very hard for even the fittest people to do.
Day 5: Incinerator -- Don't worry you still have another upper body workout to complete for the week. This one is a push to fail workout, so you have to choose your weight appropriately. The idea is that one move is for 10 reps, followed up 30 seconds of effort until failure. The "monkey pump" seems so easy, and when Tony says he has worked up to 15lbs and I could only do 5lbs there is a real reason for it.
Day 6: MMX (!!!!!!!!) -- Let me preface by saying that I love any form of boxing workouts. I always have, I miss my kickboxing classes I used to go to in NYC and the straight up boxing workouts that my trainer LAQ used to pull out for me. So getting to this workout was always an exciting day for me. It is just such a good way to get the aggression out.
Day 7: Dynamix -- same as the previous block and I again mostly used this as a rest day
I haven't taken measurements at all, and I continued to do abs three days a week. I honestly don't know if I have seen any progress, but I might take a few before/after pictures after this transition week is up.