Monday, February 09, 2009

P90x Reviews - X Stretch

It is time to do a review on the P90x X Stretch workout. Now technically this is not really a workout, you probably will not even break a sweat with this workout, but it is still very crucial to the P90x workout program. Stretching is very important to keep you loose and flexible, stretching will also help you prevent injury. This is not made to be a normal P90x workout, for the most part you will only be doing this workout during the recovery weeks, but you do have the option of doing the X stretch on Sundays or what day your rest days fall on. You probably are thinking, "What is the difference between Yoga and X stretch?" Well there is a huge difference! Yoga WILL make you sweat, you will find yourself in very difficult positions and balancing poses. What P90x X Stretch does is even though it does have some Yoga stretches in it, X Stretch does not nearly put you through the strain that Yoga puts you through. Where in Yoga you do stretches that you have never seen before, X Stretch has more stretches in it that you will be more familiar with. P90x X Stretch will challenge you, but that is because holding onto stretches can be discomforting at points. The P90x X stretch routine is around 57 minutes long and you will be stretching the whole time.

I really enjoyed the X Stretch workout, it does exactly what it is intended to do. It is made to me a nice workout that you can do while your body is recovering. With all the workouts that are focused on building your muscles, it is important to have a stretch workout like this one to help your muscles to not tighten up and remain flexible through the process. There are a couple of key areas that you will be focusing on. The main area for me are my hamstrings. I love and hate the hamstring section in this routine, because my hamstrings are always so tight, but I love the feeling that I get after I stretch them out. With the hamstrings you start off on the ground by focusing on one leg at a time, after doing each leg, you do both legs at the same time. Then after that you stand up and continue to do more Hamstring exercises. Tony Horton really does like to focus a lot on the Hamstrings because it tends to be one of the most tightest parts of the body.

Probably my favorite Stretch routine is the roller, You start off on the ground and you wrap your arms around your knees, and then you just roll on your spine. Roll all the way to the bottom of your spine to your shoulders, it really does feel good. As Tony says, "It is like a massage for your spine." The one I struggle with the most is probably the Plough, it is an advance stretch, and it is also in the Yoga routine. You pretty much have your legs straight up in the air like you are doing a head stand but you are on your shoulders. You stick your legs straight up until Tony tells you to start lowering them back over your head, until your toes hit the floor or if you are like me, as far as you can go. You then bend your knees down by your head. It really is extremely hard to explain, you are just going to have to do it, to understand what I am talking about.

Out of all the P90x exercise videos this one is the most relaxing workout.

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