Day 53: X Stretch
Again, “why do we stretch”? “Pain goes away” -- during the most painful stretch of the day. Ow. Still, there’s no doubt that this is the least strenuous of all the workouts. It’s the only one that doesn’t require me to hop in the shower immediately afterwards. I like this workout, but I continue to wish that my hamstrings weren’t soooooo tight.
Day 54: Core Synergistics
A friend of mine complains about “Legs & Back” because he “goes cardio” early in the workout, and never drops out of it. I didn’t totally understand him on that until doing Core Synergistics this week. This particular time, one of the early exercises really caused my heart rate to increase. I was breathing like a steam engine by the end of it. And I never really came down from that until the workout was over. Now there are some cardio exercises as part of this workout, but most of it is more ab focused, or focused on strengthening the core. It’s hard to focus on your lifts when you’re…breathing…like…this…and…your…heart…is…pounding. I probably should have taken a longer break at some point and let my heart rate drop some. Too stubborn to do that, I guess.
Day 55: Yoga X
For the first time ever, my Twisting Triangle Pose was actually recognizable. Now, I still don’t look like the peeps in the video, but at least I don’t look like a crippled hunchback on his deathbed. Half Moon and Twisting Half Moon continue to be disasters. Oddly, I had more trouble with Royal Dancer than I’ve ever had before, also, even though I didn’t really have any trouble with the other balance poses. More and more I wish I’d been doing more yoga and stretching over the last 20 years. It’s not too late for me to increase strength, lose weight, and get my heart pumping better, but I fear that I’ll never make significant gains here. Only thing to do is to just keep on keepin’ on though. See what happens.
Day 56: X Stretch
Because I’m a masochist, I pushed myself harder on Bow today. I think it was so I wouldn’t have to hear Tony telling me that the pain goes away during stretching. Why couldn’t I hear him? All I could hear was “unnnnnnngggggghhhhhhhh!” Seriously, Bow is probably the only truly painful exercise in X Stretch. Yes, I still hate the hamstring exercises, but Bow is ten times worse.
Today ends Phase II. 8 weeks down. 5 to go. It’s time for the stretch run now.