Tuesday, January 4, 2011

P90X : Pre-tests suck!

the journey has begun! i used the exclamation point as an attempt to appear enthusiastic about this endeavor, let's hope it works. to start you should know that i have always viewed exercise as a task that was better suited for other people. when i see someone jogging on the side of the road, i feel a bit envious but mostly just thankful that it's not me. over the years no matter what i tried, i could not find an activity that i found enticing enough to do on a day-to-day basis. so now i am motivated by curiosity. i am done being afraid that there will be no results for my hard work. i am done looking at the scale everyday in search of some number to make me happy. the only number that matters is 90. i will no longer fear what i don't know about exercise. i will exercise daily for 90 days and when i am done we will find out if curiosity killed the cat.


now P90X doesn't let just anyone play. in order to even do the 90 workouts in 90 days i had to first pass the FIT test. i probably could have done the fit test everyday for two weeks and gotten a decent workout. while there were many steps in the fit test, the only ones worthy of discussion are the wall sits and jumping jacks. wall sits. you know, when you have to sit against a wall with your legs at a 90 degree angel without moving. now some may be surprised to know that i played basketball in high school. well play is a loose term. i didn't play much and why i went to practice over and over is beyond my understanding. when i heard we had to do wall sits, all i could think of was the torture of high school basketball practice.  P90X expects participants to be able to do a wall sit for 1 minute. i failed. i failed 3 times before finally i was able to do the wall sit correctly for the whole time.
the final task of the fit test was the jumping jacks. the task was to do jumping jacks for 2 minutes, at a regular pace for the first 1:30 and as fast as possible for the last 30 seconds. jumping jacks? of course i can do jumping jacks. okay maybe not. when i tried out to be a cheer leader my senior year in high school, i nearly didn't make it because i scored so low on jumping. i don't seem to have improved in the last decade. if only i had video of us doing the jumping jacks, we could win America's Funniest Videos and i could pay off my student loans. oh such wishful thinking. well with the fit test completed its time to take this challenge one day at a time. hold on to your hats. here we go.

1 comment:

  1. I love everything about this! I just read this to my mom over the phone, who proceeded to try the minute wall sit while we talked. At about 45 seconds she started asking if it was time, then started something that sounded like lamoze. You are my hero. :)