Wednesday, November 9, 2011

P90X Shoulders & Arms Review

Today's Review: P90X: Shoulders & Arms
Tony Horton, 2004 **** (4 of 5 stars)

This is a 60 min strength only workout led by Tony in a kinda dark gym set w/ 3 background exercisers. You will need a chair (or hi step), and dumbbells or tubing for this workout. Tony offers variations and modifications for many of the exercises. There is a timer on the screen for the workout duration and exercise duration.

The workout is structured into five rounds of three exercises and a rest. You perform each round twice. Each round has one shoulder exercise, one bicep, and one tricep, followed by a 35 second rest- where you can jog, stretch, etc. Tony encourages everyone to write down how many reps and their poundage for each exercise. You decide how many reps you want to do (8-10, 12-15, etc) and then complete them in the time given.

Exercises include: a warmup and long stretch, alternating shoulder press, in & out bi curls, tricep kickback, deep swimmers press, concentration curl, chair dips, upright row, static arm curl, tri kickbacks w/ a twist, seated delt fly, crouching cohen curl, lying tricep extension, straight arm shoulder raise, gongdon curl, & 1 arm side tricep pushups. A warmup (including a long stretch) and a cooldown/ stretch are included.

I rate this an advanced strength workout. If you use heavy poundage you will thoroughly work the targeted muscles. I like using the 30 second rests to jog or hi knee run to get the heart rate up a bit. The pace is pretty good- not rushed at all. Tony is very chatty but I did not find him annoying. He does a good job of providing unique twists on tried & true exercises and offering plenty of modifications & tips.

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