I completed my thirteenth day of P90X. I did the Kenpo X workout which is one of the cardio routines. Kenpo is a Japanese martial arts form with its origins from China. Today it has a stong influence in Hawaii. There are many variations to this martial arts style. Some of the most popular Kenpo systems are Ed Parker’s American Kenpo Karate, Shaolin Kenpo, Chinese Kara-Ho Kempo and Kosho-ryu.
This workout focused on a series of punches and kicks to elevate the heart rate. I’ve taken martial arts before so I didn’t find this workout to be that difficult. The only difficulties I had was with my coordination. I didn’t realize how uncoordinated some of my moves were. As time goes on my coordination will improve. I found it to be a good cardio workout and having my heart rate monitor helped me to maintain the proper heart rate so I was constantly in the fat burning zone.
There are several types of heart rate monitors. I prefer the wrist monitor. You can get them with different features. I was able to find one that also kept track of my pace and the steps I took so that I could also use it when I go for walks or runs. The price ranges from $35 to over $100 depending on features and brand.
Tomorrow is my rest day and I am going to relax so I can start week 3 of the program. I know its going to be hard to stay on the eating plan with Christmas coming but I will do my best not to eat too much cake, Christmas cookies with the little sprinkles, or alcoholic beverages. I’m only human.