P90X Week 5 Wrapup

Posted on Monday, Apr 4, 2011

I’ve completed five weeks of P90X…which puts me at just under the halfway mark. I would venture to say that this is further than I’ve gotten in the past (technically, I did more than five weeks last time, but I didn’t do it properly, so I don’t count it). This was also the first time I’ve completed the Phase 2 full week (minus a day of yoga, which we’ll talk about later).

Results so far

No pictures this week, but here are the measurements:


Date 3/13/2011 3/20/2011 3/27/201 4/3/2011
Neck 16 16 16 16
Shoulder 18 21.5 18 18.5
Chest 43 41 42 41.5
Waist 42.5 41.5 40.5 41
Abdomen 45 44 43 42
Hips 44.5 43.5 44 43
Thigh 24 24 26 24
Knee 16 14.5 14.5 14.5
Calf 16.35 15.5 15.5 15.25
Ankle 9 9 9 9
Bicep 14.5 13.75 14 14.25
Forearm 10.5 11 11 11.5
Wrist 6.75 7 6.5 7
Waist-Hip Ratio 0.95505618 0.94827586 0.92045455 0.95348837


No weight loss to report – I’ve been wavering with a plus/minus of two pounds since I started (never going over 2 pounds more, or 2 pounds less, than my starting weight). Since the tale of the tape is showing reduction in inches, I’m not too upset about it. Well, a little, but not a lot.

P90X Stats

This was the first week of Phase 2, which changes two of the resistance workouts.

Chest, Shoulders, and Triceps

Definitely a boost in intensity in this workout compared to the previous weeks. Loved not having to do pull-ups, but the pushups are rough in this one (especially the clap pushups). Tricep work is also more intense than in the Shoulders & Arms routine as well. This being the first time I’d done the routine, I held back a little bit, since I didn’t know how to do the pacing. My thought was to bring more intensity in Week 6, which I sort of did (that was this morning, and you can see that in the chart).


Ab Ripper X continued to be an improvement, as I got myself up to 216 total reps.


Nothing super different to report from this week. I pushed a little bit harder, but I still falter trying to make it through all 30 seconds of each exercise. My goal for Week 6 is going to be to focus on duration and not intensity – modify some of the exercises so that I can hang through the full 30 or 60 seconds for all of them.

Back and Biceps

Wow, what a killer of a day! Basically, it’s all pull-ups and curls. Over and over again. I love bicep work, so this was a fun day for me (minus the pull-ups). The killer was at the end, with the strip set of curls. I started with 25 pound dumbbells, and dropped five pounds with each 8 reps. By the time I got to the 10’s, I could barely lift my arms! Felt great though.


Once again, improved reps on Ab Ripper X to a total of 227.

Legs and Back

The ultimate killer workout – since it’s two large muscle areas, I burn crazy calories on this day (always in excess of 1,000 calories). No major milestones this week, with the exception of adding a few reps to a couple exercises. This was the day that I managed to put a dent in our wall from workout out, however.

Boosted up the ARX reps to a total of 241, which I think is pretty impressive.

Kenpo X

As before, my goal during the breaks is to do all of the jumping jacks (20 seconds worth) and the ten “X Time” jumps that Tony does.

I continued to accomplish that this morning, as well as gain a little bit more height in my kicks. One change this week – I didn’t shut the curtains of the patio door, so I had a bit of a reflective surface to see myself in, and I can see that my form is NOT as good as I might have hoped. Gives me something to work on going forward.

Yoga X

Skipped Yoga this week. My plan is to swap Yoga (Thursday) with the rest day (Sunday) since it’s such a long workout. However, I wasn’t able to do Yoga yesterday since Saturday ended up being a long night, since the boys were up sick for most of it. No excuses this week, though!

The week ahead

Plan for Week 6 is more of the same. I am going to try to focus a bit more on my diet – one goal is to limit myself to one major carb a day, and boost protein a bit more. And also to be more conscious of eating “junk”. Other than that, I’m going to just KPP (Keep Pushing Play) and hammer through Week 6 of P90X!

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