Plyo X Workout Review

Alright kiddos, how is everyone doing today? Can you believe it’s almost 2014? WHAT? It blows my mind. I don’t really feel ready?

But I can’t complain- I have a lot, a lot to look forward to this upcoming year!

For one, we find out in about 5 days if our Doritos Superbowl Commercial made the top 5. (Remember about a month ago when I told you guys we made top 24?)

Then of course, there’s the wedding! It’s exactly 5 months from today! πŸ™‚

And we can’t forget all of the fun bridal showers, couples showers and bachelorette parties that will be coming my way in the next few months. I can’t wait!

I also have some exciting developments to reveal a little later on as to where my life might be heading in the next year as well…

2014 is going to be an awesome, awesome year. πŸ™‚

I’m not 100% sure what our plans are for tonight, but I do know I’ll be doing something with my sweetheart and maybe something with some of our friends that are in town for the holiday.

We’ll see- either way, it’s always a great time when Shane and I are together. πŸ™‚

Do any of you guys have something exciting planned for tonight?

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So in the spirit of the new year, and health and fitness and all those great “resolutiony” things, I thought I’d leave you this afternoon with my very first workout review!

Woop!

P90x Workout Review

Plyo X

If any of you out there have ever attempted any of the P90x workouts, chances are your go to was never Plyo. Why? Probably because it has a pretty nasty reputation.

Yeesh.

You’ve probably heard something about it at one point or another, if you’re into fitness of any kind, at least once.

I won’t lie- it is rough. Especially if you aren’t used to this particular type of training.

Plyo, after all, is essentially just jump training. Through the 60 minute workout, you’ll do all different types of jumps, spins, hops and leap- really any drill that has to do with power, speed and height, you’ll likely do it at least once.

A large quantity of the moves in this DVD are squat jump variations, which I LOVE. I really, really love squat jumps. I put them in all of my mini circuits because they A) work the largest muscle group in the body and therefor give you the most calorie burn for your buck, and B) they get your heart rate up really quickly, boosting your metabolism.

These 2 things are both very good things, making the squat jump King of all cardio/strength combo moves, in my opinion. πŸ™‚

I also happen to really love training my legs. They’re by far my favorite body part to work.

Long story short, if you’re like me, you’ll probably really enjoy Plyo X- even if it does sort of suck, which…it sort of does. But it is really rewarding once you get through it! And it leaves you a sweaty mess, as evidenced by this lovely post-workout selfie I took after Shane and I did it last week:

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(Duck face..I’m sorry, guys.)

Even if you hate training legs, if you know anyone that has access to the P90x program, I recommend that you give this workout a whirl at least once. You might love it as much as I do!

Even if you don’t- you get to see you made it through “the mother of all P90x workouts”- and that’s a pretty cool thing. πŸ˜‰

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A Little Goal Re-Evaluating

Well hello- thank goodness it’s Friday, right?!

I don’t know about you guys but this week has been busy, busy…and next week will be too. I have no idea when I’m going to get all my shopping done! I did some online (I bet you could have guessed that) but still have lots to do.

I can’t wait for Christmas (can you believe it’s only a week and a half away?) but man the season has just flown.

Anyway, I hope you all had a fantastic Friday! I know I did. I got the day started right with a delicious breakfast a la my desk.

PB and banana on a whole wheat bagel thin + a whole whopping lot of coffee. Delicious.

Work went by super quick today, possibly because it was such a busy day. We have a lot to get done between now and next Friday and I’ll tell ya what- I was feelin’ that today.

After work, I went straight to the gym. Today, I worked my shoulders and my calves (back on schedule!) and of course, couldn’t leave without giving a little love to the stair master!

Is it obvious how much I’m loving that machine? πŸ˜‰

I felt sort of nerdy, because I decided to use my own 50 minute workout today…but I couldn’t remember it. Definitely had to look it up on my own phone.

Yep. That’d be a screen shot. (Totally jazzed about seeing my domain name on there though. That never gets old.)

After workout, it was time for dinner. No one over here was feeling like making anything, so we opted for carry out from our favorite local place- Cafe Maurice.

 

What you see there is a chicken kebab platter with hummus and a Greek side salad. Holy yum. They easily have the best hummus around. (For you Bella Luna fans out there…you know it’s true.)

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Okay guys- it’s time for another moment of truth. I really want to strive to keep it real around here, so if I feel like I’m struggling with something-chances are you’re going to read about it on here. So here it is- let’s talk about thatΒ Holiday Health ChallengeΒ from a couple weeks ago.

As you might recall, I listed the parameters as being health and fitness related.

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Just a refresher.

Now, you might also recall what I listed as being my own personal goals:

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In the interest of keepin’ it real, I think it’s time to reevaluate some of these.

I’ve quickly come to realize that for me, some of these goals are simply not feasible. I totally warned against this in that post, and found myself falling victim to it anyway. Oooof.

As far as eating clean- that one is pretty doable. Trying a new recipe every week, however…not so much. I’ve discovered that the sound of cooking is generally either a) not appealing to me or b) I’m too busy/have too weird of a schedule to pull it off if I’m not anticipating it.

Now, I realize this isn’t going to fly here in about 5 months (whaaaaaat?) when I become a Mrs. πŸ™‚ So I’ve decided to keep this goal, but to be more specific.

  • I will attempt to try a new recipe once a week, on Sunday nights.

As far as fitness goals, I’m pretty happy with how I’ve done adding 5 extra minutes on every week. I’m also feeling good about making fitness a true priority (not in my list, but was sort of an “add on”).

What I haven’t done a good job of doing is yoga on rest days and visiting new classes. The former has been a problem because I get to my rest days and I’m just beat. And yoga ain’t no joke- have any of you ever tried the P90X yoga? It’s a beast. (That being said- I’ll start trying harder to fit it in.)

With the latter, I’ve had some issues because the gym I currently belong to simply doesn’t offer many classes that I have access to due to my schedule. They have a boot camp I can make, a yoga I might be able to make and a spinning class on Saturdays. Now, I might still try and build these into my schedule for the last little bit of the challenge.

But what I was considering instead was incorporating one new/different fitness DVD a week. That way, I can add a little spice and variety to my regular workouts while also getting some good feedback for you guys on the workout review page.

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Alright kiddos, I’m glad that’s all out in the open. I’m happy with my re-evaluation and I hope this post can inspire some of you to maybe re-evaluate and modify your own goals rather than just throwing in the towel all together!

 

 

Speaking of throwing in the towel… it’s time for this gal to hit the shower and get cleaned up for her hot “let’s stay in and watch a movie” date with her very sweet man.

Have a great Friday night guys!