Revising the cardio strategy

Call it A.D.D. but I love tweaking and re-shaping my training schedule.

I want efficient.

I want effective.

I want adaptable and flexible.

And I think I’ve managed to come up with an unbeatable system for my goals (lose body fat, retain muscle mass).

But before I get into that, there’s another variable I need to bring to light, a weakness of mine, and something I hoped wouldn’t rear its ugly head, but there’s simply no getting around it.

Exercise Induced Asthma

This video sums it up pretty well:

Long story short, if I am outside when it’s below 55 degrees (pretty much spot-on), and exert myself to the point of heavy breathing, I find myself wheezing, coughing, and I can’t get any oxygen. The simple solution would be to get an albuterol inhaler, but like a lot of people, I am without health insurance, and cannot afford to pay for a doctor visit and prescription out of pocket.

Lucky me.

This basically means that I can’t enjoy things like snowshoeing, fatbiking, or simply going out for a ride if the temperature dips below 55. I have all of the necessary clothing, but it’s not that I get cold, it’s that I can’t fucking breathe. Downhill skiing and snowboarding is about as much as I can do before the wheezing kicks in. I don’t visit our local “resort” very often, so from mid-October until late April, I’m more or less stuck inside.

If that’s the case, so be it. Because I’m back to sipping the P90X Kool-Aid.

And it’s fucking delicious.

The best part about the videos, is that once you have them, you can do what you want with them. There’s no substitute for lifting weights, but cardio is so adaptable. I’m not bothering with the discs for specific body parts, as they’re more or less body-weight strength training. I have the gym for strength training.

I’m using them SOLELY for cardio, stretching, and flexibility. They work incredibly well for these purposes, I should add.

I love going back and looking at what “worked” for me in the past. In 2011, I did about three weeks of P90X before DH season kicked in. I lost a decent amount of fat, even with how poorly I was eating, but more importantly, the Yoga, stretching, and balance techniques of the program made me a MUCH better rider that season. I could comfortably throw moto-whips over 40-foot jumps that year, and I don’t know if I’ve ever felt as comfortable on a bike as I was that season. This time around, that’s just going to be a bonus, as I’m more concerned with the fat-shedding aspect of P90X.

I’m really only using a few of the more cardio-focused discs, but thanks to being able to interpret this program as I please, there’s no reason I have to stick to this.




Cardio X, fasted as fuck.


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