Here we go! Day 18 and The Challenge is back, or rather chest and back. I have been looking forward to this workout since last week. I really wanted to push myself on this last week of the first block in the P90X3 Challenge. I know workout intensity is one of the biggest keys to success aside from nutrition and after the first 2 weeks of learning the moves I felt that I’m ready to “go for broke”.
Day 18 The Challenge
During week 1 and my first go around with The Challenge I was little timid with my numbers. I wanted to make sure I didn’t burn out before the end of the workout. The numbers I started with were 12-12 (pull ups/push ups). In the second week I wanted to add more reps so I increased my numbers to 12-14 and on a couple of push up moves I even went beyond that to about 15 or 16. After the second go around with The Challenge and after increasing my numbers I noticed that I really didn’t “feel it” like I wanted to. I knew I had more to give in that workout. I decided on the 3rd week (today) I wasn’t just going to add a couple of reps, I was going to add 6 more reps to each push up move. Well I think that was the trick. I could barely get through the last reps having to hold plank and break before I could finish out the 12-20 I wanted. But damn it I did it! I even added a round in the burnout portion of the workout. So I can say I really “Brought it” today. If you are wondering why I didn’t increase the reps on the pull ups, well I increased the distance from the door with the bands, which made it even harder to get those 12 reps in. I have to say that this workout showed me that I am holding back and need to go for it more often in the strength training workouts.
Day 18 The Challenge Nutrition
My nutrition was basic again today. I had eggs for lunch and breakfast since I had run out of my pre made meals already. Next week I’ll make sure to create enough to complete the week. At dinner I cooked the mustard chicken recipe from last week. Still going strong, bring on Friday!
Breakfast – egg whites, topped with goat cheese, slice of whole wheat toast topped with strawberry preserves
Post Workout – Chocolate Shakeology, add whey protein and PB2
Lunch – Egg white omelet with spinach, red potatoes
Snack – Pure Protein Bar, .5 oz almonds
Dinner – Mustard chicken nuggets, green beans, quinoa
Snack – cottage cheese with strawberry preserves
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