Round 5, P90X-2, Days 46 & 47: X2 Shoulders + Arms / Ab Ripper & Yoga

Hippocampus courtesy of Wikipedia

Now that I’ve completed my third iteration of X2 Shoulders + Arms, and my heart rate is low enough that I can actually hear what’s being said, I’m able to delve into the esoterica of the P90X2 series.

For instance, did you know that Jason, the poor guy who is ribbed by Tony Horton throughout the workout and forced to come up with songs and ditties on the fly, is none other than Jason Scheff, the bass player for Chicago? I found this out how? Because I googled him. Why? Well, because I was googling the Shoulders + Arms routine as per Mr. Horton’s instructions.

You see, during the warm-up phase of the workout, while lifting the stability ball repeatedly over my head, I hear Tony Horton say something to the effect of: my hippocampus is on fire. We’re then instructed to google it if we don’t understand what he’s talking about. I expect most people don’t even know he’s saying this, let alone care. But I feel it’s my job to keep the uncaring public informed. If you do care, then good for you. Either way, read on.

It’s almost as if Tony Horton is injecting subliminal messages into the routines. I’m not talking about the blatant boy I sure could go for a nice cool frothy recovery drink right about now. That’s just over the top stuff. It’s these semi-audible intonations about googling fire-related hippocampus stuff.

It kind of takes you back to the days of looking for clues that Paul is dead. Or playing Revolution 9 backwards on the turntable. You younger folk may want to click on the link to see what I’m talking about. A turntable is what your parents used back in the day to play their iTunes.

But I digress yet again.

So there I am googling about and lo an behold I come upon this original Tony Horton blog post about the hippocampus and exercise. Click on the link to learn more. If you don’t care, then why are you even here? This blog is only for caring individuals.

Heart Results (X2 Shoulders+ Arms / ARX):
Total Time:  68 minutes
Calories:  502 (or 7.4/minute)
Avg Heart Rate: 109
Max Heart Rate:  157
Time in fat burning zone: 41 minutes
Time in fitness zone: 26 minutes

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