This past Sunday, I did P90X Yoga (or Yoga X, for those who are familiar) for the first time in a couple of years. It was really a remarkable experience, and so blog-worthy.
First, a little background. P90X and Tony Horton (shown above in all of his 55-years-old-but-still-has-abs-that-put-most-peoples-to-shame glory) will always have special places in my heart, because P90X is the first Beachbody program I did, and what led me to being a Beachbody coach in the first place. I’ve always been a fan of yoga, but mostly just dabbled in it. I have taken many yoga, Pilates, yogalates classes, and am certified to teach PiYo. I’ve also tried Bikram several times. To me, especially after doing it again, Yoga X is the hardest.
It is a lot of hard poses, with the difficulty varying from strength, balance, endurance, or flexibility. I love that about it - it makes it a challenge overall in so many ways, whereas most workouts challenge one or two of those things at a time.
Additionally, one thing that became very clear to me was that one of the things Tony talks about in the workout is DEFINITELY not my strength. I am sad to admit that it is the mental aspect. Several times during Yoga X, he says to think just about the present moment, not about crap that happened during the day, or what you still need to do, but about that moment - that posture, your form, the stretch, the balance. We, especially Americans, have minds that race all day, and I am no exception. In fact, despite the fact that I have a busy, but generally not stressful life, my mind is racing so much that it keeps me up at night.
So, I definitely found something that I need to work on! I am going to be doing Yoga X more often for that reason!
BUT, in addition to finding things that I need to work on, I also found a lot of areas where I really impressed myself.
Like I said, I hadn’t done this particular workout in a couple of years. Instead, I have been doing other Beachbody programs with different trainers, different foci, different movements.
But I noticed that a lot of the different yoga poses and stretches had IMPROVED since the last time, even though I hadn’t been practicing specifically that pose. I really impressed myself with how my physical fitness had improved from when I was doing Yoga X once a week to now - in visible, measurable ways. Some of the things that I used to be proud of doing I had long surpassed.
THIS is exactly why you can’t use a scale or measuring tape alone to define progress in a fitness or nutrition regimen! There are so many other things that improve right under your nose that you might not even notice for a long time!
It was just an amazing feeling that was hard to put into words!
When I thought more about it, and about the journey I have been on fitness-wise, and where it has taken me friendship-wise and life-wise, I can’t even begin to describe the impact that Beachbody has had on my life, and it’s still just the beginning.
This coming Sunday is my two-year birthday as a Beachbody coach, and I can’t wait to celebrate… Even moreso, I can’t wait to celebrate year three and see how much I’ve grown in the next year!
Ok, enough of my mushy P90X and Beachbody love thoughts… For now.