i've had this post bouncing around in my drafts folder for a few weeks now, so i guess i should probably take the time to finish it up so i can actually share it with the world. and then i promise i wont mention p90x anymore. probably.
so now that p90x is officially over and done with, now what? how can i ensure that i dont gain back all the pounds and inches i lost during that 90+ day workout extravaganza now that i'm back to occasionally snacking on chocolate and chips? i put in the work and have seen the results, so now to make sure that all the blood sweat and tears were not in vain, its time for a maintenance plan.
but before i get into the details of my workout plan as i move forward, lets take a quick look at what got me here. this what a typical week looked like while i was doing p90x:
Monday: Legs and Back with Ab Ripper X (1:16)
Tuesday: Jazzercise and Kenpo X (2:00)
Wednesday: off day.
Thursday: Jazzercise and Chest and Back or Chest, Shoulders, and Triceps with Ab Ripper X (2:16)
Friday: Plyo X (1:00)
Saturday: Shoulders and Arms or Back and Biceps with Ab Ripper X (1:16)
Sunday: Yoga X (1:30)
total time per week (max): 9 hours, 18 min.
that was a lot of working out. tuesdays and thursdays were especially rough, what with keeping up my typical jazzercise schedule and then adding another intense workout right afterwards. so with that in mind, i knew i had to cut back a little (a lot!) if i wanted to make this into a sustainable long-term workout system.
fingers crossed, this is what i plan on doing post-p90x:
Monday: Shoulders and Arms with Ab Ripper X (1:16)
Tuesday: Jazzercise. (1:00)
Wednesday: off day.
Thursday: Jazzercise. (1:00)
Friday: Legs and Back with Ab Ripper X (1:16)
Saturday: Cardio X (0:45)
Sunday: Yoga X (1:30) or X Stretch (1:00)
total time per week (max): 6 hours, 47 minutes
its really pretty similar to the p90x schedule, just with more flexibility. and less extra workouts on tuesdays and thursdays. fridays and saturdays are pretty fluid - if we have a date night or a ladies night planned for one or the other, then cardio will get cut and i will do fridays workout on whichever day i have the time.
on Mondays and Fridays (weight-lifting days) i reserve the right to switch out the workouts for any of the other ones. these are the substitute workout candidates, in decreasing order of likeliness of being subbed in:
Chest and Back (Fridays)
Chest, Shoulders, and Triceps (Mondays)
Back and Biceps (never)(ugh, katie just stop talking!)
i doubt that i would ever switch out both Monday and Friday at the same time, because that would result in WAY too many pushups in one week, and i'm just not ok with that.
Mark has also adopted his own post-p90x workout plan. it involves lots of heavy weights, blasting Metallica, and doing pullups with extra weights strapped around his waist. because he is crazy. there are some days that we get to work out at the same time, so on those days i also work out with blasting Metallica. its kind of new, and kind of fun. i dont think i'm supposed to describe Metallica as 'kind of fun' but there it is.
its been a few weeks since i officially implemented this plan, and i think its going pretty well so far. i like having a plan, but i also like knowing that i can change it whenever and however i need to so that it fits within my schedule on any given week. and that's really all i have to say about that.
if you made it this far through all that boring detailed workout regimen talk, congrats! thanks for reading! here, have a picture of a baby squirrel as a reward! Happy Friday!