That said, Colin and I aren't just sitting around twiddling our thumbs every night. Colin decided that he would start using hand weights - I'll follow, but need to buy some 3lb "baby" weights. I thought that I could do okay with the 5lb, but failed miserably. I shouldn't fear dropping one on my head! In addition to that, I have
They actually mean crunches and admit that the image doesn't represent what you are supposed to do.
These programs are exactly what they say. They train you to be able to do the set number of exercises in one go. It sounds kind of daunting, but it takes 6 weeks to build up the strength to do it.
The training is set up so that you start with an initial test and then pick which of 3 levels you should be training at. I've chosen to start in the middle with all 3 (so has Colin, except he isn't doing squats because they're hard on his knee). After 2 weeks I do another test and see if I need to move up, down or stay where I am. I only have to do this 3 times a week so it doesn't take up too much time. You wouldn't think that 4 sets plus a set to max out would be hard, but I was done at the end of last night, especially with the push ups.
The whole reason I am making Colin do this with me is that I need the accountability! It's way harder to skip your workout when someone else is ready to do it with you. Hopefully in 6 weeks I can tell you that I've completed the program and that it's actually done something for me. There will be before and after pictures à la P90X, but I'm way too self-conscious to post the "befores" prior to having something to compare them to.