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P90X graduate

I’m happy to announce I’m a P90X graduate! This was my last day and the results are better than I hoped! I started 3 times so far, but the computer broke down twice so I had to stop. This time my laptop survived and I was able to finish it…and now I’m a size 8!

Let me tell you about the program. It has 11 workouts that combine cardio, martial arts, core, strength and flexibility. The workouts alternate to create the “muscle confusion”, as Tony Horton says, to prevent hitting a plateau in your training. The plan integrates 6 workouts per week and the 7th one, stretch, it’s optional. Even if I skipped yoga and stretch or some workouts because I was too tired or busy, the results are very good.

I was slim when I started (size 10), so there isn’t a huge change in that prospective. Nevertheless I lost 4.5 pounds (2 kg) and my body fat is way lower: from 31.65% to 25.93%! I’m very happy with this result and I’ll continue working so I can lower my body fat even more. I lost 3 inches (7,5 cm) from the waist and 1.5 inches (4 cm) from the hips. I lost 9 pounds (4 kg) of fat and gained 4.5 pounds (2 kg) of muscles.

In January I was able to do 28 regular pushups and now I can do 100 pushups per workout, and I can do many more with my knees down. My strength is much higher, for example I can easily lift a big branch for Festus or his bag of food of 15 kg.

Hubby took some pictures of me doing different exercises. One-arm balance push up from the chest, shoulders & triceps workout. On the last workout I did 13 push ups.p90x_01

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Stack foot push up from the core synergistics workout. On the last workout I did 8.
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Side kick from the kenpo workout, 60 kicks every time.
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During the program I eat 2000-2200 calories/day, with a few exceptions (from 1700 to 2600). I tried to keep my protein intake around 1.2g/kg and after the strength workouts I had a whey protein shake. As usual, 50% of the calories were carbs and the rest proteins and fats.

On Wednesday, hubby and I will start all over again. We will run twice a week, so the program will be a little different.

Bring it!

Update: We started on the 11th April, a week later than planned.

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