Wednesday, February 4, 2009

P90X Round 2 Day 17: Arms, Shoulder, and Ab Ripper X

"Tip of the Day: Do not smash your face!"
-Tony Horton

Today was Arms, Shoulders, and ARX. This is quickly becoming one of my favorite workouts now that I am using dumbbells instead of resistance bands. The bonus round is just ridiculous and my shoulder and triceps are just on fire. Excellent workout! Also, I have now been using Cell Mass and Nitrix for a few days now and I believe today I finally felt their impact. I increased every rep today and even upped my weight on a few of the exercises. I was pumped when I began my workout my energy level did not decrease at all. My veins in my arms were bursting out like I haven't seen since my weightlifting and football playing days. I am excited to continue this new supplement stack and am really hopeful after today's workout that it is going to be successful!

Anyways, you are probably wondering what the question mark picture is all about? Well, when I started this blog a little over 7 months ago I figured that a few of my family and friends would be to only ones to read it and sparingly at that! Basically, I assumed it would be more like a diary as opposed to a blog and I would be the only person who would actually benefit from my own postings. I was completely wrong. I failed to realize the massive amount of people who were doing or considering doing P90X and how many of them would actually take to the Internet to research P90X. I should have realized this since the, "Get Ripped in 90 Days" infomercials runs like 24 hours a day!!! Literally thousands of people have visited this blog and many have emailed me all types of questions about a plethora of different P90X related subjects. So, now I realize that I am no longer just doing this blog for myself and that my opinion is helping people to decide whether or not to make a major change in there lives. I enjoy doing this and am more than happy to to answer all the questions that are coming in!

However, one question I receive time and time again is: I have a(n) --fill in the blank-- injury can I still do P90X?

First off, I am not a Doctor ... But I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night! ... Sorry that was dumb but it made me laugh!

In all seriousness, I have a tough time answering this question because everyone is different and pain thresholds are different. A number of factors go into answering this question and the last thing I want to do is offer up my advice and someone takes it and then gets hurt. That would not be cool. So, what I am going to do is list all the injuries I have had, and they are many, and then you can look at that list and hopefully this will help you answer the question of P90X and injuries. And I can then just post this link when someone send me an email with this question again :-)

My Injuries:

  • Broken right arm - 2 times
  • Broken right wrist
  • Broken left arm
  • Broken right hand
  • Broken ribs - left side
  • Separated right shoulder
  • All 3 ligaments in right shoulder torn
  • Broken right clavicle - 2 times
  • Broken left clavicle
  • Broken left foot
  • All 8 fingers have been broken (not thumbs though!)
  • 3 concussions and 10 stitches on chin!!!
  • Torn left groin muscle
  • Torn right hamstring
  • Numerous ankle sprains, shin splints, and other muscles strains and pulls (including a shoulder pull during my last round of X)

So, as you can see, I am pretty much a walking, talking, typing accident waiting to happen. I am 33 years old and I am already starting to have some symptoms of arthritis, especially in my hands and right shoulder. The good news is that since I decided to change my life and eating habits by doing P90X these symptoms have significantly subsided.

The point of this whole post is that despite numerous injuries and pains I was/am still able to get results by doing P90X. I am sure some of you have had far worse injuries than I have had and you are getting results also. Please post them in the comments because you might be able to help those whose who might be on the fence about starting P90X.

The bottom line is that no matter what your injury may be you really should consult your doctor. P90X is a difficult program and it does require a certain level of physical ability but the beauty of the P90X program is that you can modify the majority of the exercises to fit your abilities. I hope this post helps answers some of the questions many of you seems to have about injuries and P90X, but if it does not then go ahead and send me an email!

Thanks for Reading



  1. Excellent post dude! I have been "lurking" for a few months and this post struck a cord with me. I have had surgery on both of my knees - MCL on left and ACL/MCL on right - and I am on my 3rd cycle of p90x. I have to modify some of the squat moves and have bad days here and there but am able to do everything. Keep up the awesome blog and keep on pushing play brother.


  2. j great post. Are you sure your last name isn't Kineval???? HOW have you broken/injured all of those different body parts???


  3. You might as well have thrown yourself off a cliff with all those injuries! YIKES!

    Shoulders and Arms is a killer! I love that workout. Just wait until your 2nd or 3rd week. I could hardly lift my arms after those workouts.

    Keep going! I like your quote at the top! There's another quote I heard the other day..."Smack Me! Smack Me!" Tony's good for some quotes, thats for sure!

    Keep bringin' it with the free weights!


  4. LOL ... I had some rough years when I was a teenager and into college with injuries. Most of the breaks happened playing football or basketball. The shoulder seperation, broken clavicle and 3 torn ligaments all were from the same incident (astroturf ..yuk). And the right arm and right wrist were from the same stupid thing too (landing on thm during a basketball game!). The major shoulder injury was a tough time and probably the main reason I became out of shape for the next decade or so. But the important thing is that if my banged up self can do this program than most others can also.

  5. .... funny thing is if you look at my right shoulder in any of my pictures you can see the collar bone still sticks out more than it should.

  6. For some reason, I don't remember you breaking your left foot...wasn't that me when I was 4...maybe you are just remembering trying to catch me when I was hanging from the Monkey bars at Zach Connell.

    Liz Irvin Wildes

  7. When I wrecked the ATV ... it landed on my foot when I jumped off.

    I remember when that happened you wouldn't let me catch you. I felt awful.

  8. Jeff! I can say I have had some close calls with ATVs also, actually flipped mine over and it almost landed on me. But I am glad you are fine. I know that it takes time to get back up to speed after an injury as I just got over one myself and am now starting the p90x plus.