As I said in my update, I decided to move up to level 3/4 as of March 1st, which gave me 60 days on the beginning level 1/2.
Boy am I glad I waited that long. (Some people start on level 3/4 as early as 30 days into the 90 day program.)
First up, the strength/scupt portion. Most of the same weight lifting moves I’ve been doing are included in this level; however, there’s an additional fourth round at the end with all new exercises. There are two main differences:
- Max sets.
The first obvious difference is the increased speed. I mean, I was seriously pumping hard to keep up. I’m glad I had 60 days of concentrating on form before! The other huge difference are the “max out” sessions. Instead of sticking to 8-15 reps, you’re supposed to burn through as many as possible.
Believe it or not, I managed 20 (!!) pushups and 25 squats…AFTER doing all the other sets. I was so stunned that I was able to do that much!
Today I tried the sweat/cardio portion. Again, with the speed – it was insane. Thankfully all the exercises were the same. The power yoga warm up wasn’t any longer than usual (thank God!) but the rest of the mini sessions went from 2 to 3 rounds. Man, the sweat was just pouring off me, but I made it all the way to the Taebo kicks and punches. There, again, the speed was… Whew. I had the form down after 60 days, or I never would have been able to keep up.
Here’s another reason I love Power 90. I would NEVER push myself that hard alone. I need someone to make me go harder and faster, and Tony does it without screaming or that annoying jock attitude that some “famous” celebrity trainers have.
I will admit to saying, “Tony you SUCK” when I realized that while there were only two sets of kicks…there were THREE sets of punches. I’d pushed hard through the second, thinking maybe a new phase would follow (I could see one more bar of exercises – I just didn’t know what it was), only to find out that “last” set wasn’t really the last at all.
I’m sore again and my thighs were tired enough I didn’t try to add any additional walking today. I might not be able to for awhile until my body adjusts. For Activity Points (AP) on Weight Watchers, I was counting level 1/2 as “moderate” intensity – but I counted 30 mins of “high” intensity for 3/4 and the rest as stretching. By how tired I am and how drenched my shirt was, I think I earned those higher APs!
Two months ago, I would have probably had a heart attack.
Now, I made it all the way through without having to pause for breath or stop altogether. I’m still stunned that I did it. Amazing! I really think I’m going to be able to work up to P90X this year!