Today I wanted to share about a fitness program I just recently finished. I actually took a break from running for 90 days while I worked on a popular fitness program called P90X. I heard a lot of people talking about it and I decided to jump on the proverbial band wagon and give it a try.
By the way, in case you are wondering, no that is not me in the photo!
So, you may wonder why am I talking about p90x on this running site anyway? Well first, I wanted to share that I did this program, I enjoyed it, and experienced some good benefits from it. If you are looking for a program to improve your all-around fitness, you may want to look at this program. And, if you are looking to improve your running fitness, you may want to try this program in whole or in part as well. I also wanted to share that now that I am done with p90x, I am ready to get back to running, and spend more time with you here at this blog.
If you have not heard of p90x, it is an ‘extreme’ home fitness program that includes weight training, cardiovascular training, and stretching. It is really for people in decent shape, though anyone could do it if they really set their mind to it. I benefited quite a bit from the program, and can definitely tell a difference in my fitness. Though, I did not follow the diet portion of the program very closely. In fact, I did not have the book on the diet. I did try to make some marginal improvements in my diet though. I really liked getting some muscle training from the program, as well as the stretch training. Actually, they call the stretch training Yoga-X. Personally, I did not follow the spiritual part of this at the end, because it is kind of silly IMO. If you have followed me at all, you know that my Faith runs perpendicular to the spiritual principals in yoga. The p90x program also included plyometric (or jump training) training, kickboxing, and abdominal work. All of these workouts have certain fitness benefits, some of which may actually help you run better. Personally, I do hope that I will continue some of the parts of the p90x program to help me with my flexibility, strength, and abs. These are all important fitness components for runners.
So, maybe you could benefit from the p90x program as a whole or perhaps you just want to use some of the individual workouts to improve strength and flexibility, which will help you as a runner.