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Forty Frickin’ Five!

Another birthday, so it’s time for another “flash my torso” post:

P90X Insanity Results for 45 year old body

I’m over two years past finishing my first round of P90X, and I’ve since done several more rounds of it, plus two rounds of Insanity, and (recently) one round of Jillian Michaels Body Revolution. I’ve also started running 2-3 times a week, (usually in place of a P90X cardio routine).

I once complained, “Where’s My Six-Pack!?” Well, it took a while, but I found it. It’s still not as visually obvious as I want it, but beneath that thin layer of the last couple of percentages of body fat, my abs are solid and tight.

I’m not posting a pic of my body to show off or brag, (though I am proud of my accomplishment). I’m showing this to say, if I can do it, anyone can do it, including you. I’m not selling or advertising (or getting any pay of any kind from) the DVD programs I’ve mentioned here. I’m just blogging about what I’ve done, and how I’ve done it.

I’m 45 years old, with a wife, two young sons, a full-time job, and this blogging part-time job/hobby. It’s damn, damn hard to work a middle-aged body to this extreme. And as hard as the physical working out is, the hardest part for me is maintaining a proper diet. God, the crap I eat sometimes kills me while I’m trying to carefully track and control calories, fats, carbs, and proteins.

But the effort is so totally worth it. I couldn’t imagine three years ago just how amazing it feels to be in this good a shape, especially at this age. I was thin/skinny in my 20s, but not really fit, so I can honestly say I’m in better shape, now, at going on half a century old than I was then.

So, there. This concludes my annual “look at my body” post. Next time I’ll go back to my usual telling how my kids are driving me insane.


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14 Responses to Forty Frickin’ Five!

  1. Lorin says:

    I bet your wife is happy you did this. I tried to get my husband to do p90x but he tried and gave up. I keep telling him it is healthy and sexy. I am going to try doing it soon.

  2. Roberto says:

    Do you work out at a gymnasium? Is this a personal trainer?

  3. Howard Markus says:

    So those DVDs really work? What did you look like before you started?

    • Bullgrit says:

      My before pic is in the link above, “finished my first round of P90X”. I’m kind of embarrassed now to look at that before pic. Even the after [the first round] pic isn’t as good as I thought it was at the time.

  4. TrainerRay says:

    You have some good results there. Congratulations. Have you tried P90X2? Switching up can help keep you from hitting a plateau.

  5. Mary Contrary says:

    My husbands 45th birthday is coming soon [8-14] and I found this page when looking for gift ideas. If he would get in that good a shape I know exactly what I would give him. It would be a present for me too.

  6. K says:

    Your wife is a lucky, lucky woman!!!

  7. AlecN says:

    The informecials I have seen for P90x show the people getting big with muscles. You look like you just lost weight. That is not a bad thing and you look like you are in great physical fitness but did you lift weights? Why didnt you get big like the commercials?

    • Bullgrit says:

      I did lift weights, but I intentionally didn’t want to bulk up. To build big muscles, you have to lift bigger weights and eat more calories. I used moderately heavy weights (12-15 reps) and kept my calories low, so I’d get lean instead of big.

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