OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI initiated this blog on January 20th, 2011 as a vehicle to compel myself to:

  • Learn how to establish and maintain a blog
  • Chronicle my experience with P90X

My motivation was simple. Like many others my age, I found myself getting a little “loose in the cage” and fitness–or the lack of it–was beginning to compromise my ability to enjoy some of my favorite pursuits, such as backpacking and tennis. Even though I was relatively thin, I needed to lose some weight, increase my metabolism and add some lean muscle mass. Some spark in the back of my head inspired me to give P90X a try.

I felt this blog would help me stay on course with the demands of the 90 day program.  It’s also an outlet for my admittedly lame sense of humor. And I suppose I also felt that chronicling my experience with this journey might prove beneficial to others who are similarly situated.

On April 22, 2011, I completed my first round of P90X. I immediately had the opportunity to realize its benefits while traveling to Alaska on a business trip. On the long plane ride home, I wrote my detailed review of the P90X program. I was so impressed with the results of P90X that I soon after began a second Hybrid round, this time incorporating Insanity to replace the cardio routines of P90X. I’ve continued on to complete a Round 3 and Round 4 P90X/Insanity Hybrid, a Round 5 and Round 6 P90X-2 effort, a Round 7 P90X/X2 Hybrid and a much needed Round 8 Recovery with Tai Cheng.

And so the journey continues. Over time, the subject matter has expanded somewhat beyond fitness and delved into matters of politics, philosophy, travel exploits and various geeky things.

Thanks for stopping by.


14 Responses to About

  1. Not sure if you check this since the last message was Jan 2012, but you have a pdf of the Skogg System calendar as one of your files. I love the program but I’m wondering if you know what to do on days marked TEST? Thanks to your footnote, I know what my options are for the stretching days and I appreciate that!

    • As I recall, it’s a periodic test of time & weight to see if you are ready to advance from Level 1 to 2 to 3 to 4. I recommend just advancing to the next level as the calendar progresses and notch the weight down if you get tired. Good luck!

  2. ant says:


    as a “veteran”, what you do you think of the new P90X v3?


    • Hi Antti. Well, to be honest, I haven’t really given it much thought. The claim appears to be that you can get the same results as P90X with half the time investment. I suppose it’s possible, if the intensity is increased. I was very skeptical about P90X2 at first, especially because it required investing in all this additional equipment that Beachbody just happened to sell. But, in the end, I became a fan of X2 as a more sustainable approach to fitness. P90X is a good jump-start to get re-engaged, but repeated rounds of P90X break you down without sufficient recovery time (especially true as we age). So, once you’re in decent shape, the regimen needs to shift toward a sustainable approach with a longer term outlook. That said, I’ll probably wind up getting X3 at some point because it looks like it might be kinda fun to do something different and a 30 minute daily investment would go well with Tai Cheng. I also have a soft spot for Tony Horton’s lame humor.

  3. dan says:

    Hello Albert thanks alot for all the hard work you have put into this, its been very interesting as im just about to set out on my own p90x journey, im currently looking at the chin up bars and that is actually how i found your site. I have doorframe which are 16.5cm deep excluding the door trim on either side, do you think i should be looking at a modification like you had to do ?

    thanks for your time !

    • Dan,
      Thanks for stopping by. I just measured my door frame and it is also exactly 16.5 cm deep, excluding the frame on either side. So, I would definitely recommend the modification I employed. And good luck on your P90X journey. It’s tough. But if you stick with it, you won’t regret it.

      • dan says:

        thanks alot for the speedy reply albert, much appreciated! i shall get down the hardware store and buy the bits tomorrow, it seems we have more than just a door frame width in common, im also part of the “club zero” pullup gang lol, im pleased to have seen your impressive gains on the backend of the programme and i shall definately stick with it!

        all the best with your current round!

  4. getfit2ripped says:

    Hey Albert,
    The information on your blog is truly extensive! I’m impressed of the data and blogs you charted through your various fitness journeys! I’m also impressed with your seo savviness; I could definitely learn from you.

    Have you ever thought about becoming a Team Beachbody Coach? I’m a Team Beachbody Coach and I would be honored to have you on my team. Your insight could easily help a lot of people reach their health and fitness goals.

    If interested, you can contact me at my site or email:
    [edit: AB deleted link. No offense.]

    Hope all is well,
    Coach Chris

    • Chris, thanks for the kind words and the offer to join your team. While I’m a big fan of Beachbody and its products, I prefer to remain an independent and hopefully unbiased voice chronicling my experiences with things that capture my interest. Best to you on your journey.

  5. Tim says:

    Just finishing up week 7 of my first round of p90x. I’d truly like to get into a longterm fitness trend so noticing that you’re on round 4 of a strenuous program is some proper motivation! I look forward to reading what your experience has been. Also looking forward to starting up some Insanity in round two (Ok yes, thinking ahead when I haven’t even started phase 3 but you know…good to have goals).

    • Tim, enjoy your well-earned recovery week. That you made it through week 7 should give you confidence that you will finish strong in the final phase of your initial round. Insanity has worked well for me. I don’t know how old you are, but I recommend you purchase a heart rate monitor before starting Insanity. It helped me to realize that when I reach failure, it’s because my heart rate is 165+ bpm, not because I’m not trying. Keep at it!

  6. Corbin says:

    Just started my p90x/Insanity Hybrid program, and I appreciate the effort you put in recording your entire journey. Good to see how the workouts affect the body.

    Also, I must admit I am a BIG fan of your vacation tastes! Been to Estes Park every year since I was 2 months old!

    Thanks again!

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