Round 4 Hybrid, Day 4: Yoga X


It’s not a cult or a religion. ~ Tony Horton

Or, is it?

There are some undeniable similarities between P90X and a religious cult:

1) There is lots and lots of repetition. Every exercise is done twice in a routine. Every routine is performed multiple times per 90 day round.

2) You are broken down to open you to overt and subtle suggestions. Each routine taxes you physically, so at the end you are exhausted. Weakened, your defences down, you are then subjected to sales pitches for Shakeology and Results & Recovery formulas.  Even during the routines there are subtle, subliminal, suggestions to purchase annuity generating products (see actual still picture from a P90X routine, above). You probably never noticed it, but your subconscious did. Creepy, no?

3) You are compelled to pay the cult. You are required to tithe a significant amount of your post tax net income to purchase additional Beachbody workout regimens, supplements and exercise equipment.

4) The P90X Disciples are everywhere, harassing you. You can see it in their eyes, they’ve drunk the Kool-Aid. Complete, unquestioning converts to the cause. And they use every means to get the word out to convert you. Nowhere is safe. They blog about it, tweet it, post it on Facebook, incessantly. At dinner parties, around the dessert table they drone on and on about nutrition, carb, fat, protein ratios, whole grains. Hint: never ask a P90X adherent “how are you?” You’re doomed. And will be unable to break away from the unending answer to your insincere question. Avoid these people at all cost, just look away.

On to yesterday’s Yoga.

My oh my, how the body adapts to doing nothing. In my final yoga session of my last round, I was really getting bored with how easy Yoga was. I burned 377 calories in 90 minutes with an average heart rate of 88 bpm. Probably the amount I burn just walking around the house. Yesterday, I was back in reality land. Yoga was hard again. 560 calories burned and an average heart rate of 101–a 15% increase. It was difficult to hold my arms out in Warrior 2. The push ups (I did do them) required effort. Maybe I should have started this round a week earlier. For something to go from being easy to very difficult in such a short time is just amazing to me.

Am I droning on about this? Well you can only blame yourself: you surfed to this blog with your own free will.

Heart Results:
Total Time:  92 minutes
Calories:  560 (or 6.1/minute)
Avg Heart Rate: 101
Max Heart Rate:  147!
Time in fat burning zone: 1 minute
Time in fitness zone: 25 minutes

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