Yoga – P90X and P90X2
I’ll admit it. I wan’t a huge Yoga fan, especially in the beginning. My idea of yoga was a bunch of women sitting around, stretching, getting into weird poses that made them look like pretzels and then those crazy OHM things at the end. I also associated it with Eastern Mysticism and Yogis and just a very strange religion. Why would a God-fearing, red-blooded, football/baseball loving American Man want to do Yoga? It just made no sense to me when there were weights to lift, pullups and pushups to do and just general jumping around and getting your heart rate up. Yoga made no sense to me.
Then, on May 10, 2007 (it was a Thursday and Day 4 of my first round of P90X), I was looking forward to YogaX because I was sore from doing the first 3 days of P90X and I was really looking to getting on the floor with the women and taking it easy and stretching. It would be a nice relaxing day. BOY was I mistaken.
The first 5 or so minutes of P90X Yoga is nice. Standing, stretching, bending at the waist, but then the fun starts. For the next 40 or so minutes, it’s feet back, pushup upward dog, pushup downward dog, swing your leg up and then between your hands and then hold a pose, etc. Every time I have sweat “skeeting” off of me. I HATED Thursdays for 90 days. And then, during the “Recovery Weeks” of P90X, which there are 3 of in the 13 week period, you do it twice, so, you do a total of 16 Yoga Days during the 90 Day Period.
Here is the funny thing though. At the end of the 90 Days, much to my surprise, I actually began to love Yoga. Yoga was indeed the one program where I improved the most. Sure I could do more pushups and more situps and my cardiovascular endurance improved like crazy. But to see my balance and coordination improve, and the fact that by the end I was doing all of the pushups with good form and holding the poses the entire time was nothing short of amazing and incredible. I remember the first morning when I was able to go into plow and shoulder stand and then drop my feet over my head and touch my toes on the ground behind me I was like…is that REALLY the floor I’m touching back there? It really opens you up and makes you more flexible. Tony even calls Yoga the “Fountain of Youth”.
Yoga – P90X and P90X2 – Live
My wife and I had the opportunity to go to Hawaii with Tony a little while back. Before we went to Hawaii, we had the opportunity to workout with Tony in California. Doing Yoga with Tony live is a new experience. You don’t know what’s coming next so your mind begins to play tricks on you. I was ready for it and in great shape but not knowing how long he is going to make you hold a pose is tricky to overcome. I had gotten used to the DVDs and knew how many breaths I was going to take and based on what he was saying, I could gauge how much longer we had to go.
I’ll never forget in Hawaii, we went into Bridge/Wheel and I couldn’t believe how easy it was for me to get up in that pose and I was holding it and thinking….wow, I’ve arrived. This is AMAZING!! I really loved Yoga. Weird, I know.
The one downfall to P90X Yoga is the time. It’s 93 minutes with basically the first half of it being Power Yoga and the last half being stretching and ab work. It’s a mental thing to be able to get through the entire program but every time I do, it’s so worth it. Tony realized he needed to do a different program so, during the One on One series, he did one called “Fountain of Youth Yoga” and kept the time down to an hour.
Yoga – P90X and P90X2 – X2
I was excited when I first got my P90X2 program because I saw there was a new Yoga program in it. I was also excited to see it was just a tad over an hour and not an hour and a half. I knew there would be new poses and new moves and I wasn’t disappointed. Tony took the best of P90X Yoga and used it to make a new X2 Yoga program. The way he strings the moves together is amazing. It looks and seems like it would be very easy, but when I started doing it, I found out my body had to get used to a brand new program all over again.
The bottom line is, I love Yoga. It hurts and I don’t think it will ever be easy for me to get through an entire workout with perfect form, but, it is something that I love the challenge doing. I have never taken a live Yoga class other than the ones done by Tony but, I plan to soon. I want to go do some Hot Yoga, Bikram, which is done is a room between 90 and 105 degrees with 40 to 60% humidity. I hear it’s amazing.
I also have gotten over my feelings of it being a mystical religion workout. I tell people, I pray all the time during Yoga…mostly that it hurries up and gets over quickly. Even the Ohms at the end of the workout are fun and relaxing and makes me feel good all over from the vibrations of my voice.
My recommendation is to just do it. Don’t think it’s some sissy little workout for women. Give P90X or P90X2 Yoga a shot. You’ll hate it….but you’ll love it!!
PS – I coach Middle School and JV Football and some days, especially early morning workouts, we do 15 to 20 minutes of Yoga. Yes,…they HATE Yoga days but now, it has opened up their minds that there really is another world out there.
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