Category: P90X3

Five Favorite Home Indoor Workouts

TITLE (3)Happy Friday!! I am linking up with Eat Pray Run DCYou Signed Up for What?! and Mar on the Run for the Friday Five Linkup. Every Friday they have a linkup for bloggers to link up a post about five things or write on their own theme. This week’s theme is “Favorite Indoor Workouts”.

I have to say I’ve had a lot of experience working out indoors especially at home. I like the convenience of working out at home. You don’t have to drive anywhere, don’t have to wait to use equipment, or wait for a class. Working out at home is especially convenient for me because I have two kiddos. I can’t just go out for a run since there’s no one to watch them, but I can get in my workout indoors.

Here are my five favorite indoor workouts/programs right now:

1. Insanity Max:30. I’m currently doing this workout program and it’s insane but gives such a great workout. I love how they’ve incorporated Tabata style workouts into the program, which is when you do a move for 20 seconds and then rest/jog in place for 10 seconds. Here’s a video with some moves from Tabata Strength. 

Also, here’s a recent instagram post of my little guy working out with me for a little bit doing Max:30 Sweat Intervals. Love it when he joins in! 🙂

 

2. PiYo. PiYo is a great program that works great while running. It’s low impact but still high in intensity. It has pilates and yoga inspired moves. I think my favorite workout from PiYo is PiYo Sweat. Here’s a video with some of the moves:

3. Focus T25. Here’s another Shaun T program. I like how these workouts were only 25 minutes long. This is the program that got me more into Beachbody. I had done the original Insanity a while back but I loved how this one was much shorter in length. I love the Speed workouts. These ones are fast paced and always had me dripping sweat at the end. Here’s videos of Speed 2.0 and Speed 3.0.

4. P90X3. This was my first time doing a P90X program. I had heard about P90X but saw how long the workouts were and that put me off. But when I heard there was a 30 minute P90, I thought I’d try it out and I’d say it’s a great program. It was 90 days and I liked the variety of workouts. I could not do pull ups for the life of me or do the crow pose. By the end I was doing real unassisted pull-ups and nailed the crow pose. Here’s a video of some of the moves from P90X3 Accelerator. This ones a great total body workout with lots of leg and plank work.

5. Insanity the Asylum. This is a tough program but I liked how this was only a month long. I liked how it incorporated the Agility ladder. I think my favorite workout from this program was Speed & Agility. Here’s some moves from that workout.

As you can see, I’m showing my love for Beachbody programs. These workouts have really kept me in shape. What are your favorite indoor workouts or programs?

Have a great weekend! Be sure to check out the other great blogs!

 

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Wrap Up – A Look Back at 2014

I’m linking up with Tuesdays on the Run – MCM Mama Runs, My No-Guilt Life, and Run the Great Wide Somewhere. This week’s topic is a “Wrap Up – A Look Back at 2014”. 2014 has been a great year for me fitness wise. I feel like I’m in the best shape I’ve ever been. I’m running faster, long distance wise, than ever before. Along with running training plans, I believe Beachbody programs played a big role in getting me to where I am today.2014

In January, I started P90X3 and finished in April. I couldn’t do pull-ups at all and when I finished I could do six of them. I was in tip top shape. p90x3

My first race in 2014 was in March, the Hot Chocolate 5k in Seattle. I didn’t run much beforehand and I think I did well for not training for it. I haven’t ran many 5k’s but I got my best 5k time so far.

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Towards the end of doing P90X3, I was also training for the Portland Rock’n’Roll Half Marathon. This is my yearly half marathon race. I’ve been running it since the inaugural one in 2012. I focused more on running after finishing P90X3 and trained using Hal Higdon’s Half Marathon training plan with Beachbody programs snuck in if I couldn’t go for a run due to the kids. I had a great race and I was so happy to PR.20140518-204645-74805263.jpgMy next race was the Seattle Rock’n’Roll Half Marathon. This was a fun one because my sister who lives in New Jersey came and ran it too. It was a good run and I loved the scenic route. There was a nice part where you could really see Mt. Rainier. We ran by Lake Washington and on the Alaskan Viaduct passing the Great Wheel.seattlernrIn July, I decided to do PiYo and it was a nice change for me. The pilates and yoga inspired moves went well with running.piyoMy next race in August, was my first ever trail race, the XTERRA Trail Run Hagg Lake 5k. It was tough and I remember it being hot out. I was happy that I got 2nd place in my division and fourth overall female. It was a nice small race and my time was 26:29.IMG_7322In September, I had my final half marathon race of the year, the Oregon Half Marathon. This was a good course. We ran through farmland as well as through the Gallon House Bridge, the oldest covered bridge in Oregon. I was so happy to PR on my half time again!
IMG_8216My last race was in October, the Halloweenathon 10k. This was my first actual 10k race, so it was an automatic PR. The race took place at a golf course and I managed to get third out of all the females for the 10k. It was as fun one, despite the muddy course.IMG_9395With no races for the rest of the year, I decided to try out Insanity the Asylum in November. This was a tough one month program, but I’m happy to have completed it.
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I also started my first ever run streak on Thanksgiving, the #RWRunStreak. It’s been fun and there’s just three days left.

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This year has been awesome! I finished three Beachbody programs and ran six actual races, the most races I’ve ever ran in a year. I would say I’m in the best shape ever with my last two races being PR’s, especially my half marathon time. I’m hoping 2015 will be another awesome year. Well, that’s my wrap up of the year.

How did your year go?

Last Week’s Workouts Recap (11/3-11/9)

I had a decent week of workouts. I somewhat followed Hal Higdon’s Novice 2 Marathon Training Plan.

Monday was a scheduled rest day but I decided to do P90X3’s Dynamix which is a great dynamic stretching workout.

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Tuesday was a three mile run.

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Wednesday was a scheduled five mile run which I pushed until Thursday since that’s when my little guy has preschool. I decided to do Focus T25’s Speed 2.0 workout instead of the three mile run. My little guy joined me. 🙂IMG_9745.JPG

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Friday was rest day.

Saturday was another rest day since my Parent’s were in town, so I wasn’t able to get any cross training in.

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I’ve decided to switch things up a bit. Earlier I was thinking I could follow Hal Higdon’s Marathon training plan just for fun to see if I could really run further since the longest distance I’ve ran is a half marathon. But now I’m thinking I should take a little break from running. I think I’m going to attempt Insanity – the Asylum workouts and maybe incorporate a run here and there. I want to increase my fitness level. This 30-day program includes drills to maximize speed, coordination, agility, and power. I’ve done the regular Insanity program, a while back and liked it! Asylum is supposed to be much harder, so wish me luck. If it’s too much, my backup will be to do Insanity again or some sort of hybrid until Shaun T’s newest program Insanity: Max 30 comes out in December.

How’d your week go? Do you like to incorporate other workout progams while running?

 

I’m linking up with this week’s Workout Wednesday (WOW) Link Up!

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Re-cap of this week’s workouts

I’m training for another half marathon in June, the Seattle Rock’n’Roll Half Marathon. It’s cool because I’ll be getting another medal once I finish the Seattle Half, the Pacific Peaks Medal. It should be cool to add to my collection! 🙂 So I’m still not following a particular workout program except the running one, Hal Higdon’s intermediate half marathon schedule. I’m having fun incorporating different Beachbody programs along with running.

Well, after my long run last Sunday, I decided to workout with my husband and did P90X3’s Decelerator Workout. I was a little concerned with my knee after my run on Sunday, but it felt fine when I was working out. I think it was just the new band I got. My knee has felt fine ever since I’ve stopped using it. But Decelerator is a great total body workout. I didn’t do all of the pull-ups  and chin ups since we only have one pull-up bar but still got a great workout. There was some squats, push-ups, lunges and of course other moves.

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On Tuesday, I ran five miles. I’m taking it easy on the runs now, unless it specifies in the schedule to run differently since I read about the Jack Daniels training paces. You can read my previous blog post about it here.

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On Wednesday, the plan said to do 9 x 400 at 5k pace. I don’t have a track nearby so I did my laps at the nearby soccer fields. I felt like I got a good workout. I did a lap and then walked a little in between laps.

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On Thursday, Hal Higdon’s schedule was to do 3 miles plus strength. I did Focus T25’s Beta Rip’t Circuit and was planning to do 3 miles but didn’t get to it since my husband came home late. It’s hard to run during the day since there’s no one to watch the kids. But Beta Rip’t Circuit is a good strength workout, since weights are used.

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Today, I decided to do Focus T25’s Dynamic Core workout. It’s a great workout and still tough for me at parts. My core still needs work.

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Then this evening I made up the run I missed yesterday.

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Tomorrow is a rest day and Sunday is supposed to be a race day, so I’ll be attempting race pace on Sunday.

Did you get your workouts in this week?

 

Today’s workout – P90X3 Triometrics

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I decided to do P90X3’s Triometrics today. My legs got a killer workout! I’m hoping this will help my legs for the half marathon I’m running soon. There were a lot of squats in this one!

Each move is done for about a minute and is split into different intensities. It gets harder each time so you can stay with the first or second move as the intensity increases if it gets too hard.

Here’s the list of moves:

  1. Calf raise Squats
  2. Duper Skater
  3. Frog Jumps
  4. Warrior 3 Squats
  5. Speed Skater
  6. Superman Lunge
  7. Sumo Kick
  8. Run Stance squats
  9. Iso Squat
  10. Slater Squat
  11. Duper 2
  12. Jack Squats
  13. Hell’s Chair
  14. Kablam
  15. Burnout

Also, I did a video on Day 30, which you can check out, to get an idea of the moves.

My P90X3 Results

Here are my P90X3 results. I did not expect to lose much weight since I had just done Focus T25 but I lost 4.8 lbs! On day one, I was 123 lbs and today I weighed in at 118.2 lbs! I’m amazed because before my fitness journey, I never thought I’d get back to 120 lbs let alone down to 118.2 lbs. According to the measurements, I’ve lost 5″ off my waist and 2.5″ off my hips! I’m flabbergasted lol. I’m not sure how accurate that is but my jeans are much looser. I had the same person who took my before measurements do my after measurements, in any rate I lost inches. I’m happy! 

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Also, I’m so much stronger than I was before!! I remember barely being able to do a pull-up and now I can do six regular pull-ups with no assist band or anything!! I can hold the yoga crow pose which I could not do in the beginning. I’ve improved so much and feel great! Also, it’s improved my running. I’m running a lot faster than before and I’ve just been running on Sundays! I love the variety of workouts in P90X3 and would highly recommend it to all!!
Before I did Focus T25 I weighed about 135 lbs, now I’m at 118.2 lbs! 16.8 lbs lost…I’m happy with that!! 🙂