Back for round 2 of the Core Cardio and Balance DVD.
Warm-Up: I must say that I don’t really like the warm-up section of this DVD. I just don’t get a good enough sweat going and then the stretches that follow are a more painful than usual. Who would ever have thought that 6 minutes of cardio would not be enough to get a good sweat going? I remember when I started P90X the day after Thanksgiving 2009, I would sweat just taking the DVD out of the case and walking it over the player. Lifting the remote to start it would cause burning in the biceps. The 3 or 4 minute Tony Horton warm-up would have me gassed. I have come a long way baby!!!
The stretch section of the DVD is not to bad, I am not a real flexible guy, so the stretching has been very helpful, but I still don’t like it. So the shorter the stretch section, the happier I am.
I do like the workout section of this DVD. The 1 minute per excercise can get a bit boring though. I think I prefer the shorter length and more repetitions of the earlier workouts. Also, I originally thought that they were less than a minute due to Shaun T getting all Tony Horton on us and spending 10 seconds or so talking about the next excercise. But a closer look at the clock shows that they add those seconds on prior to starting and you really are doing the work for a minute each time. Really the only benefit is the extra rest between each excercise that you do not get in the regular workouts.
Hip Flexor Burners: I almost made it all the way through this living hell without putting my foot down to rest. I got through the first minute and 15 seconds before I had to put my foot down due to my leg being on fire. On the other leg I made it just a littler further, but the kick/extending of the leg is hard for me. My hamstrings and calfs are very tight and I am not flexible enough to really kick it out there.
Shoulder Burners: I was determined to make it further into this than the previous day, and I actually did. I powered through the “flap your wings like a dodo bird” section with no real shoulder burn starting. On to the clap the cymbals like a wind up monkey section. I made it through but the burning was starting to set in. Next was the arms above the head section. The burning was now up to open flame level and growing. I barely made it through. Next was circles backwards, all I could see in my mind was that douchebag Tony Horton backing out of trouble. That was it, I had to stop and take a rest, not only for my shoulders, but also to clear the image of Tony out of my skull. After a 5 second rest I jumped back in. Only to quit again once the forward circles started. Another 5 second rest and I was good til the end.
I was so pissed about the burning in the shoulders that I simply flipped the TV the bird and hit the power button to OFF.