I think I’m going to have to have a few words with Tony Horton from the p90x workout about what “resting” really means. Merriam-Webster’s dictionary defines it as:
to cease from action or motion : refrain from labor or exertion
And I think most of us can agree. So – on top of doing the p90x workouts, I’ve also tried to do extra cardio so that I can log some miles (because I have convinced myself that I will be a serious runner). While I’ve tried to compensate for my extra workouts with more food, you can imagine that I’m a wee bit tired.
So – when Jeremy informed me that Week 4 = rest, I was STOKED.
Day 1 of rest week – yoga. Yoga is surprisingly NOT restful in this program but I got the gist of it. Stretching. Calming. Blah.
I thought maybe that it was just winding me down for a very restful week.
Day 2? Core Synergistics. I assumed it was a lot of core strengthening exercises. I was prepared for easy, relaxation, yoga abs… not PRISON CELL PUSH-UPS. Who names an exercise prison cell push-ups? In case you’re wondering what a prison cell push-up entails, here is a very detailed paint drawing.
Step 1: Standard push-up
Step 2: In the up position of the standard push-up, bring your left knee into your chest
Step 3: Back down into the standard push-up
Step 4: IN the up position of the standard push-up, bring your right knee into your chest
Step 5: Somehow muster the strength to jump up onto your feet and reach for the ceiling.
All of this is supposed to be done VERY quickly.
Here is my pictorial explanation of how MY attempt of the prison cell push-up went down:
The blue pool is my SWEAT. I did 2 rounds and thought I was going to die… so I just layed on the ground wishing for the sweet relief of death in a pool of my own sweat.
Jeremy told me that he thought I’d really enjoy this workout. As I layed on the ground, wishing for death, I thought of how I’d punch Jeremy in the nuts before I died.
Today’s workout is Kenpo X (kickboxing) and this actually isn’t so bad. Maybe NOW my rest week is winding down? Who knows… Tony Horton might throw in a “prison cell shiv to the eye” move in some other workout yet to come. Block with your left, stab with your right… now twist… now twist… stab that prisoner!