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Bridal Fitness on Paper - Kenpo X Monday, February 6, 2012 ~ 8:40 a.m.

Kickboxing Good morning! I hope you all had a good weekend! We had a crazy snow storm here in Denver over the weekend, and we ended up getting nearly two feet of snow. This obviously put a damper on a few of our plans, since we couldn't really go anywhere (my husband even had a "Snow Day" on Friday and couldn't go into work!), but it was also kind of fun! I've been around the snow and the cold before, of course, but never a storm of that magnitude, so it was a new experience for me. My husband and I even got stuck in the snow! We met a couple of people for lunch, parked our car in a metered spot, and when we got back a couple of hours later, our front tires were buried in the snow! This honestly wouldn't have been that big of a big deal, except for the fact that neither of our cars have four wheel drive and we weren't all that prepared for the snow at that point. The tires on my husband's SUV just spun and spun in the snow! Dale got out of the car and tried pushing us out, but we didn't have much luck until two good samaritans stopped by and helped us push. Ohhhh, it was an eventful "Welcome to Denver!" that's for sure :) It's supposed to start snowing again tonight and into tomorrow morning! But like I've told a few people who have asked how I'm adjusting to the colder weather, all of it still feels really new and different for me, so I'm still enjoying it. I would tell you to ask me again in a couple of months if I still feel the same way, but then it will be Spring! A new season! Us Californians definitely don't get four seasons, and it'll be cool to actually experience them here :)

Ugh, so I don't know about you guys, but I ate and drank SOOOO much yesterday. It's gross. Really. I am definitely feeling the effects of my poor choices today, and I know that I need to get back on track today with my diet and exercise...and chug water, lots and lots of water. I need to do a run today, since I only had the chance to use the treadmill once last week, but I thought I'd share another more unique cardiovascular workout that is part of the original P90X home DVD workout program with you guys today - Kenpo X. Ever wanted to try kickboxing, but are too embaressed to go to a fitness class and do it in front of lots of other people? Then this workout would be perfect for you!

Bridal Fitness Review - P90X Kenpo X Cardio Routine

Overall: Three and a half diamond ring rating for bridal bootcamp exercise reviews
3.5 out of 5 diamonds
The P90X Kenpo Cardio routine is fun and challenging kickboxing workout; however, it's not quite as challenging as some of the other cardio routines in the P90X program, in my opinion.

"If there is a routine that is fun, fun, fun, it is Kenpo X!" says Tony, the P90X host, at the beginning of this workout video. Kenpo Cardio is focused on getting your heartrate up and burning calories focusing on mostly familiar kickboxing moves. You aren't jumping or moving around quite as much as some of the other cardio routines require, but you are doing a lot of punching, blocking and kicking. The workout is about 58 minutes long, with different 5 rounds, with 1-2 minute breaks in between. I like that you don't repeat anything more than once, as you often do in the P90X workouts. You get 4 breaks, which you can either use to catch your breath and drink some water, or you can choose to follow along with the host, Tony, who spends the time jogging and doing jumping jacks to keep your heartrate up in between rounds.

Cost & Equipment Four diamond ring rating for bridal bootcamp exercise reviews
4 out of 5 diamonds
As an entire fitness package, P90X will cost you about $140 (although if you're going to buy it, you might want to go ahead and upgrade to the P90X2 for the same price - I'm getting mine soon!).

Priced at $140 for the entire P90X program (3 payments of $39.95 + $19.95 shipping), this definitely requires more of an initial investment than a gym membership or fitness class, but it more than pays for itself in the long run, with no added expenses or regular fees charged after the initial purchase. In my opinion, it's well worth it if you're serious about getting in shape! Like most of the P90X cardio routines, there really isn't any equipment required to complete Kenpo X. You only lay on the ground once to stretch in the beginning, so you could have a mat available for that, but you won't even use that once you get past the warm up. They recommend wearing comfortable, loose clothing for this routine, in particular, because you're doing a lot of kicking. Tennis shoes are also highly recommended for this routine, in particular. I actually do a lot of the P90X workouts barefoot, but this one needs shoes with all of the pivots you're doing throughout the cardio routine.

Time Commitment: Two and a half diamond ring rating for bridal bootcamp exercise reviews
2.5 out of 5 diamonds
P90X Kenpo X is a bit of a longer cardio workout, clocking in at just under an hour long, with a few short breaks in between rounds.

The time needed to complete the P90X program is definitely hefty and requires high level of commitment, with intense workouts 6 times per week for 45 minutes to an hour each day. This particular cardio routine is actually one of the longer cardio workouts offered in the P90X program, clocking in at just under one full hour. There's slightly more time given to stretching in comparison to many of the other routines. There's actually not a traditional warmup (jogging, jumping jacks, etc.), but more yoga poses and stretching to start you off on your Kenpo journey. After a little over ten minutes, you'll get started with some punches, with about 30 reps on each side. This first portion of the workout is actually the most challenging for me with all of the punching. You'll quickly move through several combinations of jabs and uppercuts, then will get your first one minute break after about ten more minutes. The second portion of Kenpo X requires slightly more movement from the lower body with a combination of punches, knees, kicks, steps and small lunges. You'll get another one and a half break after ten minutes, and then the next portion of the workout is very kick focused. Another break comes after about 7-8 minutes, and then comes my favorite round - blocks! You'll do a lot of blocking with your arms while standing in a squat they call, "Horse stance," and you are sure to feel the fat burning off of your arms while completing all of the reps required! Oh, and you're not done yet! You'll get one more break before the final round with a little bit of everything - punching, blocking and kicking - and then four minute cool down, as usual.

Level of Difficulty: Three and a half diamond ring rating for bridal bootcamp exercise reviews
3.5 out of 5 diamonds
Like the rest of the P90X program, Kenpo X is very challenging; however, I found that I got used to it (and it became almost too easy) a lot faster than I did many of the other P90X workouts.

When I first started doing Kenpo X, I found it to be challenging. Not quite as challenging as some of the other cardio routines (I think Plyometrics and Core Synergistics are both harder), but still a solid cardio workout. However, this routine, in particular, doesn't offer many modifications to the moves for those who want to make it harder (or even easier). After I completed Kenpo X a handful of times, the level of difficulty began to ease up dramatically, and I even got a bit bored with the moves all together for some reason.

One of the biggest challenges you'll face intially when doing the P90X Kenpo X routine is figuring out all of the moves. I remember being overwhelmed the first time that I tried it, because they tend to move fast and don't spend that much time explaining the different punching and kicking combinations. After completing the workout a couple of times though, I had it down pat! I highly recommend doing the Cardio X routine before this one, because they have a whole "Kenpo" round as part of that cardio workout, which eases you into it a bit better than this one does.

I have to say, the amount of punching in this workout is KILLER. I love it and hate it, because my arms burn like crazy after doing this routine for 5 minutes, but for the same reason, I think this is a great routine for us girls who want to slim down in the arms more than bulk up. Ha, to get through it, I try to tell myself that the burning is just the fat melting off of my upper arms! It also helps to know that while there is punching throughout the workout, the first round of Kenpo is really arm focused. Once you get through the first ten minutes of the video, the worst part really is over. The kicks and blocking can get tough, but for me, it's not nearly as bad as all of the punching!

Effectiveness: Three and a half diamond ring rating for bridal bootcamp exercise reviews
3.5 out of 5 diamonds

You'll definitely be out of breath and feeling the burn during Kenpo X, but my slightly lower rating is because I do think the routine, in particular, loses a lot of its effectiveness over time.

As I mentioned previously, this workout does get easier once you've completed it a handful of times, and it begins to feel repetitive after a while. More than all of the other cardio routines in the P90X program ever do, for some reason. One way to try to keep the workout challenging over time is to make use of your breaks. When you first start doing Kenpo X, you'll need your breaks to actually catch your breath and to let your heartrate fall back down a bit. But once you've completed the Kenpo routine more than a few times, you'll want to keep up with Tony and the other workout participants instead, who are always jogging and jumping to keep their heartrates up during their "breaks."

With that being said though, to really get results from the Kenpo X workout, it's extremely important to do the moves correctly. A punch can be a relatively easy move, or you can make it a hard one, depending on your form. The host, Tony, tries to encourage you to move your entire body with each move, whether you're mainly using your arms to punch, or your legs to kick. When you punch, you should be moving your entire body and really putting some weight behind it. No woosie girl punches! Make sure that you pay attention to the way the other workout participants move their feet with each exercise, as well. You should be pivoting and shifting your weight a lot when you're punching, and using your core to lean in the opposite direction of your kicks. Basically though, like everything else in fitness, the amount of effort that you put in really dictates how effective this workout is for you.

Enjoyability: Four diamond rings rating for bridal bootcamp exercise reviews
4 out of 5 diamonds
Kenpo X can be a fun, interesting routine to throw into your fitness plan; especially if you're used to jogging mile after mile on the boring treadmill everyday.

In order to complete all of the moves required in this cardio routine, you'll use your brain a lot more than usual, which definitely keeps things interesting (at least at first). That, and the fact that you don't have to repeat any exercises helps you from getting bored. Tony will also throw in the occasional challenge during the last ten reps of an exercise, encouraging you to "Make some noise" and speed up your repetitions a bit.

Kenpo X is a unique workout that I think a lot of people will have fun and enjoy doing. Kickboxing is a great way to burn calories, tone your muscles and work out your aggression! I enjoy the variety of moves in the workout, but the one thing that I probably dread most before having to do Kenpo X is the first round of punches. Once I'm through that, I'm happy. You do a TON of reps - 30 on each arm, PER exercise - and the burning you'll get in your arms can be miserable. However, as I'm sure you know, the burn is good! It means you're getting a good workout and that your body is changing, so I can't complain about that part too much =P

If you're curious about a specific workout and you'd like for me to review it, please do leave a comment below or feel free to send me an email at Sarah - at - apaperproposal - dot - com.

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