Baby Weight

Sometimes it feels like I am constantly working out even when I do finish my 30 minutes. Want to know how? Well, I’ve got an extra 22 pound toddler to lug around daily. From picking her up, setting her down (squats), running to grab her before she gets into something she’s not suppose to (quick reflexes and cardio). A few weeks ago, my husband decided to go out in the backyard and do some lunges. He decided to use our daughter for the extra weight.
There will be days when I don’t want to workout and follow along on the tv, so instead of totally slacking, at least I have my 19 month old to use…no excuses right?
So in addition to my usual P90X routine, I have been adding a few extra exercises. These have taken months to evolve, and are still constantly changing. Great care should be taken not to jump into these workouts without proper preperation. The exercises I am talking about are as follows:
-The scramble-jump up from a sitting position, dodge around blocks, over toys and catch the toddler before she empties a kitchen cupboard.
-The squirm weight-carrying a squirming, usually screaming toddler to a bath, bedtime or other undesirable activity. Think “shake weight” results without looking like you are doing unmentionable things! Be sure to engage your core and feel the burn in biceps, core and ear drums!
-Lunges-a baby adds a perfect amount of resistance for lunges when picking her up off the floor. Bend those knees and use those gluteus! Seriously, a baby on my back is a great way to add some resistance to lunges and I throw a few sets into walks with the baby in the backpack. The funny looks from other dog walkers are just a plus….

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P90X3 Review

It has been 9 months since I’ve done any intense workouts and now it’s time to get back to it and start P90X3! I’ve been wanting to do this workout ever since it was released in December. Through some subtle and not so subtle hints, my wonderful husband got it for my Christmas present.
I have said it before, but the most exciting aspect for a new mother (besides the fact that it is fun) is that it only takes 30 minutes. I don’t know of a better way to get a full body beat down and be back to changing diapers in the time I used to take to warm up. The workouts may be quick, but afterwards I attack the poop blowouts and projectile puking with renewed vigor.
Enough with the background, here comes my review from the first full month of regular use: the first workout is called Total Synergistics (works all body parts), and afterwards I felt fantastic all over (the next day was a different story, can you say sore without laughing?)! Some of the moves were a little difficult, like push-ups, not because they are complex, but because my upper body strength has dropped to the point where I feel like Sheldon from the Big Bang Theory trying to do pushups. Not to worry, soon I will be back to the toned, rock crushing, one-armed push-up doing workout monster I was before this baby nonsense.
The nice part is that for those Sheldon moments, I was able to modify and keep up with the others in the workout and pause when I needed.
I have noticed about other workouts in X3, is that there are hardly any breaks, except usually one 30 second rest or a minute and then it’s go time again. This is nice because there isn’t any time to be bored (or realize how winded I am). Most of the exercises are either a minute long, or doing a set number of reps so it is easy to keep up with the video.
Personally, I have a hard time following schedules, but after completing several sessions with P90X, I have found following the scheudle that is included really helps get the best results. After day one I was starting to feel sore and can fully sympathize with anybody who is starting a new workout regime in the new year. The nice part is, after a few days the soreness has mostly gone away and I can attack each workout with full intensity, which is key to getting maximum benefit for the time spent.
So if you haven’t figured it out already, I highly suggest this workout for anybody, not just people with a time constraint. Remember, Christmas and the New Year snuck up like nobody’s business, and beach season is slyly peeking around the corner waiting for us to turn our backs for one second.

5 things I am LOVING about P90X3
1) Workouts are short and to the point. No need for long hour long sessions of cardio/weights
2) Tons of new moves
3) Yoga is shorter (this way i actually do the whole workout)
4) There is a Pilates workout now!
5) There’s a separate warm up DVD that’s included on the main menu of each workout

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Until next time…Ryann