If any of you have been following any of my past posts you will see that I’m a pretty active person. I do a lot of different sports and activities to keep me busy. I play on a men’s softball league one night a week with my brother and a few friends. It’s a lot of fun and it gives us a chance to get out there and compete. As any guy knows that is out of college your options on playing competitive sports is kind of limited. Your options for the most part are all individual sports where you can enter into tournaments. Softball is one of the only sports old dudes can do without occupying a lot of free time.
Growing up I played baseball through high school and played intramural softball in college for the fraternity I was in. I never was a strong hitter mainly because I could never get into shape. I would say that my best hits were lasers up the middle or over the infielders head. I did by no means have even warning track power. If I got a hold of one it was going to land in the left fielders glove with him not even having to move. Yup, I was that weak.
Over the past 6 months with me doing the P90X workout I have really started to put on some muscle. I have been in shape for the most part from doing a lot of running but my strength was not there. What woke me up about the P90X routine was that it worked on muscles that I had never done before. I had always done chest and arm workouts like any guy would do, its an ego thing. It didn’t help because I still had small arms. Anyways, with P90X I was working on muscles like my back and shoulders and legs. These muscles I have neglected over the years and did not realize that a lot of your strength comes from those muscles. It’s not about your chest or biceps its about the muscles that connect to every thing else.
With all of this working out I have been doing with P90X I have developed some great back and shoulder muscles. I noticed it for the first time last night at my softball game. We had already played about 10 games this season when I was told that the bat I was using was basically dead and had no pop left in it. So I grabbed a newer softball bat and with my first swing I hit a line drive off the fence. It went foul which sucks. Missed the foul pole by two feet. My teammates were stunned with the new power. Some said it was the bat, but it wasn’t. It was from all of the P90X workouts I have been doing. I know it didn’t go fair but it still went 300 feet in the air. I know because it just missed the sign that says 300 feet. Funny thing is that I did the same thing two more times last night trying to hit one out. I officially now have warning track power. This is quite an improvement and if this was a commercial promoting the newest golf driver to come out saying it put 40 yards on my drive then P90X is what helped me do it.
To anybody who plays softball and wants to take their game to the next level I would highly recommend picking up the P90X DVD. Its only about an hour of working out and it will help you get into serious shape so you can continue to play softball for a long time and at a competitive level. When you look over your P90X results at the end of 90 days you will be happy that you gave yourself a chance to get in awesome shape. You will notice that your swing is faster and your speed around the base paths is much faster. I can’t say enough what P90X has done for my softball swing and my fitness in general.