Let me start this off saying p90x3 is not a beginner workout. If you are just starting out I would invite you to read my reviews on Hip Hop Abs, 21 Day Fix, and Focus T25 all are much better workouts for beginners. That’s not to say it might not be right for you make you own decision after reading my p90x3 review.
Make Sure You Are Ready
I reached my impossible goal of completed Insanity I had to create a new goal and that goal was the orginal p90x. Like Insanity I wasn’t just going to jump in and do it, I had to do some prep work. That is where p90x3 came in, the good news is that 21 Day Fix turned into a great prep series for p90x3 especially if you have never done Pilates or Yoga I strongly recommend you do it first just to learn the modifications, because the modification in p90x3 can be pretty difficult.
Trainer: Tony Horton
Number of Workouts:
Time: 30 minutes plus 2 to 5 minutes for cool down.
Needed: Yoga Mat, Dumbbells (various sizes) or resistance bands, pull-up bar or resistance bands.
There are four different calendars you can follow.
Classic – When I see “classic” on any calendaring system I think, the way it is supposed to be done. The classic or standard calendar s how the workouts were really designed to be done for the average person and considering that my first goal I always start there. This routine balances out strength and cardio so you can replace the fat you lose in cardio with muscle you gain in strength and never see a difference a on the scale. Good news you will see it in the mirror!
Lean – this is not to be confused with rapid fatloss. This is really for people that are almost where they want to be and just want to lose a little weight and tone their body. My body is not even close tho that level so pass.
Mass – After doing completeing the classic schedule I can definetly see someone putting on some decent mass and really strenghting the arms and legs using the calendar. Maybe someday in te future I’ll even try it, right now I need the mix.
Doubles – This is pretty obvious for most people and if you are reading a review for p90x on my page this is most likely not you. Hey, it’s not for me either I’m just saying you need to be at a very high fitness level. If this is you, congratulations you friend are a bad ass.
Now on to the show, the workouts!
The cold start workout is around 12 minutes and it’s pretty good. When I was just crazy sore I would do it before the regularly scheduled workout and was able to stretch out my muscles and put me in a position where I felt I could complete the workout. This is on every DVD so no worries on switching out discs.
You’ll be doing this workout every Sunday for the next three months so you might as well go in with an open mind and force yourself to love it. I’ll admit like every stretch viseo in every workout series I have done I did not love love this workout… at least at first by the end of the few weeks I was looking forward to it because I just felt so much better afterwards. This workout is your friend, and you will see increase
Total Synergistics is a total body workout.You will be doing a mix of push-ups, pull-ups, squats, lunges. It’s not about speed and cardio it’s about form and function. It’s abbout going slow and doing it right, but don’t worry you will sweat your ass off. You will need weights and you’re going to be mixing alot of yoga inbetween so your body feels like it never knows what the hell you are going to do next. Take a deep breathe and do your best, good luck!
For this you need to put tape down. The instructions are in the “How to Accelerate” DVD or basically cut 2 four foot long peices of tape put one down, take three or four steps (heal-toe-heal-toe) put the other one down parallel. Now mark X’s at the top and bottom and middle of each tape. DONE! This was pretty good cardio workout different than anything I have done. The thing that I like / hate the most is how he does lunges, the tape with the X’s really keep you honest and my quads continue to really benefit from these beachbody workouts.
This Yoga workout is not for beginners and people really shitty yoga, but I did the best I could and got a littler better. Sometimes you just have to forgive yourself for not being able to do the things you wish you could. You have to remember you can only get better through practice. My favorite time doing this was when i went to Austin, Texas and my hotel room was overlooking a like. I switched to DVD to music and cues and opened up the window and it was just aweosme and relaxing. I can see why doing yoga outside could be a zen like experience and maybe someday ‘ll give it a shot. i diffently recommend trying the 21 Day Fix Yoga first if you have never done Yoga and also you may need Yoga blocks, they really help!
disclaimer: i cannot do very many pull-ups in my test I was able to do 2. I’m not knocking it, in fact I am really, really proud. i can do two pull-ups that’s two more that I have ever been able to do. I am telling you this because this workout is all about two things, Push-ups and Pull-ups. In my basement I have a total gym and so I use this for all my pull-ups and not the resistance bands, because I hate resistance bands.
What a hellacious workout! Tony tells you to pick your number very carefully at the beginning of this workout and trust me be careful, use your head and not your ego. Don’t be like I’m going to use my max pushup from the test (mine was 25). You do this and you are pretty much guaranteed to hurt yourself and very possibly have to take a break to heal so be smart and maybe choose half. I tried 15 and then backed down to 12.
I became a really big fan of the Pilates workout in 21 Day Fix but I just couldn’t get into this one. Maybe it just wasn’t in the calendar enough for me to really understand it or maybe it was just to advanced for my current fitness level. I need my best and I know it was good because my abs and core definitely felt it. One of these days I’ll come back to this series and I will be stronger and can hopefully give it a better shot.
I enjoyed this workout it was a challenge, it’s cardio with weights and what’s not to love about that. I used a mix of 12 lbs dumbells and a 10 pound Kettlebell and I got a great sweat and saw some pretty amazing improvement from where was on the first day to the last time I completed this one. I never felt bored with it and the thirty minutes flew by.
The routine is fairly simple to follow and allows some your muscles to recover it goes upper, cardio, core, lower body and repeat. You will get a great workout and sweat profusely which always feels great because it lets you know you are working. Apparently this was designed from all the stops Tony does on military bases so you feel like an even bigger bad ass after you complete it. Some of the moves were pretty damn hard to do and the modifications or kinda of a joke fore beginners, but as i said earlier this is not a beginner workout series no matter what others tell you, but that doesn’t mean you can’t complete the p90x3. It just means you have to do the best YOU can do. As long as you are giving it 100% of you, the you will ee results and you are still freaking awesome!
Eccentric Upper (Month 2)
You start doing this on in month two and it replaces “The Challenge” as your main upperbody workout. I used a mix of weights, from 25, 18, 12, and even 5. I always felt supper pumped after this workout and I really like the format. body weight, body weight, dumbbells, dumbbells. Just like the challenge sometimes after this one moving the mouse around all day felt like a chore because I was burnt out. However, I have learned that I really like that feeling. It feels like accomplishment!
Trometrics (Month 2)
You start doing this on in month two. Triometrics is all about control. Controling that downward movement and balance. I love the modifications in this workout as there are some I just didint have the balance to do at first but because i was able to start at my level eventually I was able to perform all the moves by the end of the 90 days. I also really like the format of each move easist for 20 seconds, medium for 20 seconds and finally difficult for 20 seconds if you can’t move up a level just stay where you are until you finish the full minute. This is what builds up your strength and endurance. I also need to mention that this workout is a quad burner! Woah!
Eccentric Lower (Month 2)
You start doing this on in month two and man I can understand why! I am devotee of Shaun T so i am use to strenuous leg workouts and this one adds some new stuff. It created some new muscles and worked on improving my balance and overall strength. When I started a year and half ago I had to do air squats in front of a couch because I would constantly fall over. Now I am doing all kinds of random squats with with weights while on my tip toes. Got to love beachbody! My legs are by far the sexist part of my body now I just have to keep working on melting the fat on my torso. It’s a process and a journey just have to keep pushing!
Incinerator (Month 2)
How can you not love the Incinerator workout? It is all about pushing yourself to muscle failure and there is something inherently satisfying about giving it your all and pushing past your old goal so be sure to at least write these reps down. You will see improvement even if it’s just a few reps but hey in just a few weeks that’s pretty amazing. This one is all about your will though make it as easy or as hard as you want to, but you are only cheatingy ourself if you cut yourself to much slack.
MMX (Month 2)
You start doing this on in month two and I loved it. It is what it sounds like a MMA style workout. There is boxing, kicking and feeling like a bad ass and I knew from the first few minutes I was going to love this workout. It took me awhile to learn the moves, but each time I got better and better. What’s awesome is when you love a workout you look forward to it and so it’s really easy to get up and go do it with a positive attitude and you rise to the challenge and sweat your ass off. By the end of the series this became one of my all time favorite Beach Body workouts.
Decelerator (Month 3)
You start doing this in the final month and there is a reason, some of the moves are freaking insane. Decelerator is a total body workout it goes arms, legs, arms, legs, etc. for thirty minutes. Some of the moves you will now how to do while some are special for this workout and are extremely tough. Maybe one magical day after years of working I will be able to do a crane cracker push-up, but honestly I don’t see it ever happening. No worries there is a modification and it is plenty hard enough. Like most workouts don’t get to badly discouraged at first, you do this one four time every Monday in that third month and you will get better each time. Remember it’s all about you and what you can do and as long as you are seeing improvement the forget the rest.