So, as Hubs and I have increased our stamina and fitness, we decided to up the intensity of our workouts. Hubs did P90X a few years ago and was some kinda buff. Then he got the flu, took a week off and that was all she wrote. He held on to the DVDs though, so when discussing our exercises he suggested we start using the Ab Ripper X workout every other day to help prepare ourselves for when we jump into the full P90X workout schedule. Of course I thought it was a brilliant idea. We could continue to improve our fitness and throw in some intense ab workouts to better prepare for the next step. I have been feeling super enthusiastic about my workouts, and I know I have gained stamina, strength and endurance. Surely I was ready for a 15-minute ab workout. Should be no problem, right?
Wrong. So, so wrong.
The P90X guy, Tony Horton, is super fit. Like Chuck Norris before his Walker, Texas Ranger days. Like Arnold Schwarzenegger in The Terminator. Like Sly Stallone in Rocky. You know, FIT. He's also really enthusiastic. He talks a lot. Like, a whole lot. Although his words are that of encouragement, you can't help but get pissed when you're sweating like a pig, out of breath trying to do the 117th variation of a sit up and this guy is Chatty Kathy-ing it up about spandex or feeling good or something (I'm not entirely sure, I wasn't listening. I was trying not to think about the remaining seven minutes in the workout).
I won't lie, I feel like a beast after completing the workout. But it HURTS. LIKE. HELL. My abs were so sore the next day that I could have cried. I did it again on the second assigned night and it was just as torturous as the first time. My abs weren't quite as angry at me the day after that, though, so I'm hopeful that after I fight through it tonight my abs will have adjusted and be able to forgive me.
All in the name of being fit and sexy.