Adam and I did the original P90X during the fall of 2009. I thought he was a guy I might want to spend more time with, but since he lived in Philadelphia and I lived in DC, I challenged him to complete the P90X program with me via phone call check ups. He’d been thinking about it for a while, since our friends and colleagues, Robert White and Nick Williams had been doing the program, but I was still surprised when he agreed to “Bring It.” This meant I had to keep my word.
Each day before we did our program (usually around 6am before work or 5:30pm when we got home), we would call each other to pump each other up and to “press play” at the same time. For the first time in my life, I looked forward to workouts…and calls from Adam. After we completed the day’s workout, we called each other in celebration, discussing our difficulties and our achievements.
One afternoon that summer, I got a text from Adam saying “Start without me, I’m stuck in traffic.” This was not unusual, as his commute in Philadelphia was almost as bad as mine from Arlington, VA to Sidwell Friends School, where I worked. I started Kenpo. When I finished, the doorbell rang. I stood sweaty and gross from the workout while Adam was there holding a bouquet of flowers! He’d driven the three hours in rush hour traffic, completed 3 P90X workouts in one day to come visit and not miss any, and waited for me to complete Kenpo to surprise me!
Needless to say, we completed the program together that fall, as a couple.
We’ve since moved to North Carolina together, started graduate school, and filled up a small apartment. This Christmas, Adam received P90X2, and the journey has begun again. While we have kept dancing and Adam has been exercising more frequently than I, we are not in the shape we used to be. This blog will try to manage our reflections of the process in comparison to our experience with the original.
We hope you’ll join us on the journey!