Week 4 was our first recovery week, and it was definitely welcome.
Our recovery week schedule was as follows:
Day 1: Yoga X
Day 2: Core Synergistics
Day 3: Kenpo X
Day 4: X Stretch
Day 5: Core Synergistics
Day 6: Yoga X
Day 7: Rest of X Stretch
To be completely honest, the first thing that I noticed when I looked at the recovery week’s schedule was that there was no Ab Ripper X. I may or may not have danced a little jig of happiness.
The basic difference between "normal" weeks and recovery weeks is that there is no strength training. I believe this is where the muscle confusion behind P90X comes into play. If you’re doing the Classic version of P90X (as opposed to Doubles or Lean), the recovery week is where you first try your hand at Core Synergistics.
I LOVED Core Synergistics! I loved the variety of exercises in it and I loved that it was fun and challenging, and of course, new. I was also excited that I had the chance to do it twice in the same week, so I could see improvements and challenge myself even further the second go around.
Kenpo X was also a particularly awesome workout for me this past week. I wrote about it briefly here, but basically I discovered that by doing the moves in front of the mirror enabled me to do everything more efficiently, and thus get a greater workout.
Confession time: I did not do Yoga X on day 6. I simply did not have time, as we were traveling to Orlando that day and had a very full day of non-stop fun. But, I’m ok with it. We still had a pretty active weekend, and I think if anything the extra day of rest from structured exercise has enabled me to come to this week (week 5, the start of phase 2) with a renewed source of energy and enthusiasm.
I’m still so excited about P90X! With the way the workouts are always changing up, it really is hard to get burned out on them, even though they are technically just DVD workouts. They’re really so much more though, because they challenge you and make you think so much more than any normal workout DVD I’ve ever done. It’s not just "mimic me" workouts, but you use your brain and take notes, pushing yourself and challenging yourself to improve in the only way YOU can.
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