Sure, I thought it would be fun to run a 5K this weekend (adios humidity, hello September PR-potential!). Of course I thought it’d be pretty cool to meet Tony Horton – the P90X brain. I didn’t hesitate to jump on a chance to join a “Tweet-Up”…
But no, sir, I am no P90X enthusiast. Confession: I do not bootcamp much these days. I’m not a fan of burpees. My sister has made me do your “Yoga X”and it almost killed me. She can do a pull-up thanks to your workouts, and I can run a 3:34 marathon. Different strengths…right?
Well, Tony, when you said “Yoga is the foundation of youth. I wouldn’t be where I am without Yoga,” tonight, and that “it forces you to work on your weaknesses”? Well, then I knew we were on the same page. And I knew that your workout might totally demoralize me, but that’s 100% okay.
I definitely have some weaknesses, and there’s only one way to make them strengths. Work it out…
A few of us had the huge privilege of some one-on-one time (#NPCTweetUpTony) with Tony before the Beat the Deadline 5K workout at the National Press Club tonight. We literally sat around the table with him, exchanging stories, picking his brain, laughing loudly and writing notes furiously. So much to remember! Great quotes! Freaking. Great. Stories.
Quite the character, this fitness guru!
Then we all headed down to the Ballroom for a “Tony Horton Workout”. He warned us it would be about an hour, which really meant closer to 90 minutes, and actually (luckily) flew by.
Thanks for the photo, Erika!
After our warm-up & stretch, it was right into the sweat-sesh! Push-ups, planks, down-dog crunches, MMA/boxing-inspired burpees, side-plank crunches, jump-spins, warrior lunges, banana-crunches-to-boat-pose, more burpees, more push-ups, more planks….
This guy can MOVE, but his teaching style seems more yoga-inspired. He offers modifications, encourages you in a great way but also reminds you to do what works for you. Know where you are, and know your limit – then know exactly how far you can push it, and attack your weaknesses.
I would workout with him again any time, any day. His motivation is you – he wants you to succeed, to gain strength, to really LOVE physical fitness and to have a blast. His energy is nonstop! As a mostly-runner, this workout shows me a completely different level of exhaustion. But if it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you.
“The first two letters of NOTHING are “No”. If you say “no” to experiences, you get nothing. If you go for it, you have a story!”
My not-quite-as-weak (now) muscles might still be screaming at me by the time we toe the starting line on Saturday, but it’s worth the burn. Challenge, accepted!
Who else is running / racing / challenging a weakness this weekend? Anyone joining us at the NPC Beat the Deadline 5K?