PT: P90X - The Extremely Effective "Poor Man's Personal Trainer"
The Trainer sends:
CA - I've noted many times on your blog an insistence for those who hope to survive the 'first big die off' to get their bodies in better shape. I also understand that many people don't have a lot of money to hire personal trainers or have the scheduled time available to go to a gym or the discipline to figure out a good routine and stick to it.
I'm one of those. I have to have some sort of accountability, because basically, it's my nature to be drawn to high calorie satisfaction in food and drink with no thought of what I must do to counter-act their effects on my personal physical abilities. That's a nice way of saying I'm basically a lazy, fat-man wannabe.
However, there is hope: P90X (Disclaimer: I have no interest in this program financially or professionally. I only reap the benefits (and in the process, muscle pain) of following it.
This program, led by exercise guru Tony Horton from www.beachbody.com and made popular by endless infomercials at wierd times of the day and night actually does work!
Now in my opinion, anyone reading this blog regularly should, in fact, be at least doing 'push aways' (from the table - which is the hardest exercise to master) first, and then getting with their doctor to make sure they don't fall over dead from session one.
Make no mistake, this is not easy, but if you follow it, you will see results. Improvement in stamina, strength and musculature. Additionally, if you follow even some of the diet suggestions, you will lose more fat than you might have thought.
Horton has a tagline: "Do your best, forget the rest!" He's serious. There is no guilt built in when you find you can't keep up with the 'class' at first. Even after the first 45 days. As long as you keep doing your best, you're getting in much better shape.
Trust me on this.
The whole thing costs about $140 (which includes shipping). That's not too bad at all. Just a bit more than the current price of a battle pack of Hirtenberger (when you can find it). All you need are dumbells, a pull up (or in my case, I use a lat pull down) bar and a space big enough to do the exercises. An 8X8 clear space is good enough. Most of the dumbells I have I bought at garage sales. Lots of lazy people out there willing to get rid of their weights for cheap.
The reason I'm so up on this is I've had to face the fact that I'm not 25, hell I'm not even 45 anymore. But I will tell you this: Back when I was 25 and hard core (our outfit did 5 miles every day along with an hour of PT), this program would have taken us easily to the next level. It wouldn't have taken nearly so long as it has these days to get back to the kind of shape you need to be in at any age to even consider carrying a rifle, but, since doing this routinely (sometimes taking breaks due to work or just because), I can carry more weight, I don't get tired in the field as easily, and I have hope that I might just have what it takes should things go South. Right now, today, as I type this, I just finished with the shoulders and arms routine. I'm lifting more and doing more reps more easily than I was even two sessions ago. It is the real deal in terms of getting you in shape.
Now personally, I really don't care if you decide to get this program or some other program or hire a personal trainer. Whatever works for you; whatever you can afford; whatever motivates you is fine by me.
All I care about is that you understand that your fitness level is tied directly and in proportion to your chances of survival. And if that's not enough, extrapolate that to your loved ones. The longer you can operate, the better their chances are.
So.....your call. If you can't hack it physically, all the wonderful, technological, state-of-the-art battle rifles, pistols, and night vision won't do you any good, because you'll either be dead from a heart attack as your adrenaline pushes through the roof and overloads your heart or you'll be dead because you just decided to sit and wait for the zombies on your couch. Either way you'll be dead.
Personally, if I have to die, I'd prefer to die taking to the bastards who are trying to kill me.
But that's me.
posted by Concerned American | 8:03 AM