It’s time to check out the latest installment of P90x!
Tony Horton is back and ready to kick your booty into shape. I was excited to give this routine a try. As you know I was a HUGE fan of P90x. That was, until I discovered HIIT workouts, that were 12 to 20 minutes long and super-intense. When I tried to go back to P90X, I found the workouts too long and I struggled staying motivated and consistent. Still, I pushed through, did about 60% of the workouts. That, ah, just doesn’t cut it.
I went back to the HIIT workouts, but designing my own, I wasn’t positive I was hitting all the points I needed to for a complete full body workout and transformation. Hey, I’m not a professional…and I should not “try this at home” I did anyways. With the help of http://www.dailyhiit.com/, I was able to mix it up enough to stay interested. But, again, I missed the complete coverage I knew I was getting from the P90X routines.
Golly, if only there was a P90X workout that was shorter, but just as challenging…
My P90X3 Review
Enter P90x3. There are some incredible advantages (and very few disadvantages) to the latest P90X workout plan. Here are some I think you’ll love.
30 Minute Workouts
This is truly the BIGGEST improvement when it comes to this series. They’ve cut the long workouts down to a highly manageable time frame. Seriously, knowing you only have to work out for 30 minutes is a very strong motivator.
Wider Variety of DVDs
Not that the old workouts got boring, but having such a huge selection of workout routines to do makes it that much easier to get excited about the plan. It will certainly keep you interested over the long haul.
As Difficult As You Want It To Be
I always felt like the older P90X plans had you pushing really hard, almost to the point of dreading the upcoming workout sometimes. Now, I found when I just couldn’t continue, I could stop, catch my breath, then jump right back in. In other words, I didn’t fee like I was dropping the ball and missing out. I could come back in and really nail the last 5 seconds.
There’s more positives, but these are the 3 that really stood out for me.
Now, let’s take a look at the schedule. Or, should I say SCHEDULES!!!
There’s more choices when it comes to your fitness goals, too. There are 4 ways to transform: Lean, Mass, Classic, & Doubles. Here are the pdf’s for you to peruse (ahem, download!):
I am currently in the midst of this calendar. Okay, I JUST started day 1 today, which is why I’m motivated to write this review. “But how can he review it if he’s just starting?” you may ask. Because two weeks ago I wrapped up the plan below!
I was incredibly sore and beat up from my previous workout routine, so I wanted to not over do it on my resistance training. I wanted to get more cut. BURN THAT FAT! So I did the above Lean calendar. I can tell you, I lost about 10 lbs. mostly fat! My abs are starting to show! I attribute a HUGE part of that to the way I was eating (Half Meal Habit Phase II, of course! Coming to you soon!), but this plan certainly gets you burning off the extra calories and goo on your body.
I don’t really have an interest in doing the above Mass calendar. If you’ve done it, please leave a comment below and let me know what you think about it!
If you’re an advanced athlete like me–KIDDING! This one is 30 minutes in the morning and 30 minutes at night–eventually. As you can see, it’s only twice a week for the first block, then elevates from there. While doing the lean plan, I found myself doing some doubles a couple of times, but not THIS intensely.
As you can see…WOW. Great variety, full body workouts, all in 30 minutes, plus 2 or 3 minutes for cool down/stretch.
The diet is, again, not the best. It’s trying to get you to “eat clean” and “diet” but if you know the Half Meal Habit, you know how I feel about these “diets.” I didn’t try their eating plan, so I can’t review it, but if you’re doing P90X3 AND following the Half Meal Habit, you will see AMAZING results in those 90 days.
Of course, THIS is what it’s all about. Almost all the videos start your 30 minutes with a 2 to 4 minute warm up. Then you get into the workout proper. I highly recommend quickly scanning through the videos before trying them, so you have an idea of what’s coming up. A few times, I found myself having to watch first, stop the video, rewind, then do the move. This extended my workout by 5 to 10 minutes, depending.
The Bottom Line: This is not going to be like all those other P90X3 Reviews out there. I’m not going to review each video. I don’t want you sitting hear reading about the videos. I want you to GET UP and DO the videos!
The videos are GREAT. They are short, but intense. They are NOT as hardcore as the original P90X–but they can be if you really push hard. As with anything in life, you get what you give.
And they are only 30 minutes. There’s no excuse. Just start.
The Real Skinny On Getting Skinny
If you truly want success with your weight loss and body transformation, you already know the keys:
1. Be Consistent. It’s better to do these 30 minute workouts every day than to do an hour, twice a week. If you miss a day, whatever. Jump right back in the next day with THAT DAY’S WORKOUT. Don’t try to catch up. You’ll get frustrated and quit.
2. Follow the Half Meal Habit. Eating less is crucial if you want to succeed. You do this with the Half Meal Habit. I’m currently testing HMH Phase II and I can tell you, it’s the next level! If you’re in the “Habit” already, it’s going to be your next step when it comes to your eating plan.
3. Sleep and Drink! Hydration is one of the rules in the HMH, but it is critical to your success. Sleeping is the other key. Get those 8 hours of recovery. Give your body the chance to heal and rejuvenate.
As for P90X3, it is my new FAVORITE workout of all time. I still love RushFit, too. I’m not a Beachbody Coach so I don’t get money for promoting it, so I can tell you, if you get the program and do it, you’ll love it.
You can also get the book at Amazon by clicking on the picture on the left. I don’t have any way to deliver the bonus videos to you via Amazon, so they are not included in the Amazon purchase.