P90X Day 36 Completed: Chest, Shoulders & Triceps, Ab Ripper X

P90X Chest, Shoulders & Triceps Weighted Circles

P90X Chest, Shoulders & Triceps Weighted Circles

I just completed day 36 of my P90X workout! Today was Chest, Shoulders & Triceps, and Ab Ripper X. I was actually pretty disappointed on how I did with Chest, Shoulders, & Triceps today. For the most part I did the same number of reps as I did last week, but I was able to increase the weight and add a few reps here and there (mainly in the beginning of the workout). I feel like I should have been able to push out more reps during more of the exercises. About a quarter of the way through the workout, I just totally crashed and I had no energy whatsoever. I also developed a really bad headache.

After thinking through what I had to eat today, it’s pretty clear that I just didn’t have enough food to get me through my P90X workout. Here is what I had prior to the workout (I had my Coast Guard drills Saturday and today):

Breakfast: Very small amount of eggs, and 1 piece of bacon. During breakfast at the Coast Guard Station they served eggs, hash browns, and bacon. The bacon was absolutely horrible…it was literally dripping in grease and some of the bacon didn’t even look like it was cooked fully. I ate one piece though because I wanted to eat a little more than just eggs.

Mid-Morning: Nothing! Didn’t have time to eat a snack.

Lunch: I ate lunch at my house once I got back from my Coast Guard drills. I ate around 1PM and I had a turkey sandwich with a slice of low fat cheddar cheese and I had a protein shake.

Mid-Afternoon: Nothing!

I did my workout about mid-afternoon. Prior to the workout I probably only had around 600 calories or so, which is way less then what I usually have. Generally, I have had about 1,350 calories after my mid-afternoon snack. Having a really bad breakfast and having no mid-morning or mid-afternoon snack really screwed me over. It was my fault though because I should have just had more calories in the afternoon to make up for the lack of calories earlier. I guess it is a lesson learned to make sure to have enough calories prior to doing P90X!

About half way through Chest, Shoulders & Triceps I figured that I needed something to help keep me going. I paused the workout, and I made a glass of the P90X Recovery drink. I resumed the workout and I stopped every now and then to take a sip of the Recovery drink. That really seemed to help me get through the rest of the workout. After I finished the workout, I decided I would eat dinner and then do Ab Ripper X so I can at least finish strong. That turned out to be a great decision!

Ab Ripper X went 100% better than Chest, Shoulders & Triceps! I was finally able to make it through Ab Ripper X without pausing the P90X DVD! Since my main P90X workout didn’t go so well, I was determined to push as hard as I could during Ab Ripper X. I also did the difficult versions for most of the exercises. During the Leg Climb, I made it to about the 4th rep on each side just touching my shins (I can’t keep my leg straight and touch my toes during this exercise). Also, I almost paused the P90X DVD after the Oblique V-up, but I pushed through and went straight to the Leg Climbs. The Oblique V-up is a very fast paced exercise, and it always gets me out of breath. Even though Chest, Shoulders & Triceps didn’t go so well, I’m really pumped that Ab Ripper X went great!

Nutrition for the rest of the day-

Dinner: Omelette with Egg Beater eggs, shredded cheese, turkey, and diced tomatoes (I just wanted some high quality protein!!). I also had a protein shake.

After-Dinner: Protein shake.

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