Why hello there, didn't see you.
This...well, this is going to be a long ass post. There won't be a tl;dr, so if you don't want to read about me getting fit, then piss off
I'm going to be brutally honest with myself during this log. That's why I'm making it. If I can tell people what I used to be able to do, then shame myself by sharing how badly I do now...that will motivate me to correct it.
A little back story:
I spent my entire life practicing and studying Martial Arts. Taekwondo from age 5 till 13, then Hapkido and the ideas behind Jeetkunedo from 13-15, then back to Taekwondo and various other stuff (right about the time MMA was getting some mainstream attention) till age 18.
I was good at TKD. Like, Regional Qualifiers for the Olympics good. Multiple State and National Championships and instructing at various schools good.
I was 6'1", roughly 170-180lbs.
Right before I turned 19 I joined the Army. Spent from summer 2005 to the summer of 2009 in the Army. 15 months of that in the desert. Well, it's surprisingly easy to get in AMAZING shape over there (y'know...with 'less than legal' supplements and constantly doing stuff like running and carrying heavy ....).
I came back from Iraq at 6'4", 215lbs and roughly 7% body fat. I was a ....ing badass.
I got out of the Army because of a knee injury, and have spent the time till now doing a lot of nothing. I've had jobs cutting trees, worked at Guitar Center, did live sound, bounced at clubs, worked on power lines, and random odds and ends. I did do most of a semester of college, and lifted weights once a day for that time.
Here I am now:
6'4" (doubt that'll change much anymore
I fluctuate between 210-220lbs almost weekly.
I'm afraid to measure my body fat...it's up there. I've got a little bit of a gut, and my arms and chest have lost a lot of mass since 2008/9.
I eat fairly healthy. As healthy as I can (gf, two kids, and going to school full time starting tomorrow). I drink Dr. Pepper and Mt Dew, but I'm cutting back a LOT. Down to just a few cans a day (4-5 max..usually less).
I drink a lot of water. A metric ....ton, to be honest. I love water.
I smoke a pack a day, and am slowly cutting back. I know from experience that once I get into a regular workout routine, my smoking will drop to half a pack or less a day.
I quit drinking a week ago. I won't touch another drop of alcohol till after I graduate school (9 months), if ever.
My goal? No idea. I don't want to drop below 200lbs. I feel stable at this weight. I want to get closer to where I was at my peak (mid 2008). Whatever gains I get, I get. I'll be constantly supplementing the P90X program with my own workouts when I get a chance: light jogs and hill climbs if my knee allows, weights, bag work, martial arts (mainly stuff based on Krav Maga and what I learned in the Army), etc.
Now that that's out of the way:
Today I started P90X. I spent the last week turning the garage into my personal gym, and since the girlfriend already had the P90X set, I figured that was better than me dicking around trying to get back into shape.
Day 1 is supposed to be Chest & Back, and the Ab Ripper X routine. I grabbed a towel and a bottle of water, trotted into the garage/gym and fired up the DVD.
10 minutes in my arms were shaking. The Chest & Back program is nothing but pushups and pullups, with some weights thrown in just to make you cry.
To be honest, if I would have tried this at my peak (middle of 2008), I would have smoked this ..... Only issues I would have had would have been with pullups, since I've never excelled at them.
Today? Christ, I thought I was going to die. I struggled after 10 pushups. I only did 1 proper pullup in the first set, and had a hell of a time with the rest of the sets. The weights weren't really a problem. I hit my intended reps, with plenty of shaking and burning for the last couple reps.
I stopped the DVD with 10-12 minutes left, because I just couldn't physically do anymore pushups. The pullup stand that I bought isn't going to work either, since it only has grips for wide, palms away from you pullups...and the P90X disk has 5 different grips. So, off to the store to find a bar and some clamps to modify it
Overall, I'm excited. My arms and upper back hurt, and I promise it's going to be hell in the morning, but that's part of the process.
I was also supposed to do the Ab Ripper X, but I skipped that. I did that a few days ago as a trial thing, and it ....ing killed me. I just didn't have it in me today...plus you do the Ab program 3 times a week...I'll make it up. I'm only allowing myself a handful of skips during the entire 90 days...and it sucks I already used one.
If I'm happy with the results of my little 90 day experiment, then I'm moving on to Cross fit. If I feel I need more, I'll dissect the P90X disks, and put together my own 30-45 day program that'll hit my problem areas (going to be upper body...I know), then on to Cross fit.
I'll post the 'Before' picture later, when the GF gets home and can take it for me.
Thoughts? Comments? I don't want clichéd words of encouragement, but if you've got something clever, or actually motivating, feel free to share. I'm pretty tempted to do a video of my suck-ass-ness at doing pullups...it's a sight to see, I swear