I have to admit that I’m pretty fired up about this program and now that I’ve completed the first month (block 1) I wanted to share my experience thus far. If you are not familiar with P90X3, it’s the brand new workout created by Tony Horton. It involves working out for 90 days at only 30 minutes per day (6 days per week). This was something that really drew me to this program. Doing workouts that lasted 60 minutes or more were getting old and redundant.
I was in a real funk before starting this program. I feel the 30 minutes workouts are just what I needed to drop the funk and get back to work. Another thing that drew me to this workout was the diversity in the program. Not only are the workouts only 30 minutes but there are 16 of them! If you have followed me doing another program before you know I have a real problem repeating the same workout within the same week. It just takes the motivation right out of me. In P90X3 we don’t double up workouts, in fact we do 6 different workouts in the week before moving on to the next week.
P90X3 is broken down in 3 blocks (phases) much like P90X and P90X2. I’m currently following the “classic” schedule as I feel it’s the best of all worlds including strength, core, stretch, yoga and cardio workouts. See the Classic Schedule for month 1 below.
The first block of P90X3 involves 3 weeks of working out then 1 week of transition workouts preparing you for month 2 (2nd block).
P90X3 Block 1 Workouts:
Total Synergistics – This workout is very similar to that of Core Synergistics in P90X2. It’s a total body workout using weights on occasional moves that involve using multiple muscles at the same time. This includes balance and core moves to build on your stability. You’ll notice a lot of moves on one leg making you engage your core to keep your balance.
Agility X – This is a cardio killer workout. I makes me think of Speed & Agility from Asylum. Instead of using an agility ladder we are using tape on the floor where we mark “x” on them for targets. Expect to really get your heart rate up in this routine. And don’t wear running shoes, a lot of lateral movements are involved in this workout.
X3 Yoga – I have never been a fan of yoga, but I have to admit this routine has brought me back. I have really enjoyed this routine in the middle of the week. I even have been looking forward to it. They go through the movements pretty quick but the are all doable to a beginner with the exception of maybe 2. Personally I only skipped one move, but I’m working on it. Something else I notice with this workout is that it goes by very fast. If you’re like me and use to sub out yoga for something different in previous versions of P90X, you won’t need to in this program.
The Challenge – Good ol’ chest and back. The push and pull workout like in the original P90X. We start by setting a goal number for both push ups and pull ups. I started at 12-12 to be safe. My 3rd time I was hitting 20-12 (extended the distance on the bands for pull ups). This is another fast paced workout so be ready for short transitions between moves. It works well and is over quickly but you’ll definitely feel this one.
CVX – This is my favorite workout in the first block of P90X3. It’s no easy workout either, probably one of the most difficult. It’s cardio with weight! Simply do this workout with a med ball, dumbbell or something in your hand. One of the cast members uses a basketball. Just something to add weight will work. I started with a 5lb dumbbell my first 2 times and now complete the entire workout with an 8 lb med ball and I’m proud of that. I burn more than 500 calories in 30 minutes on this one. What does CVX stand for? Not really sure but my best guess is “Cardio Vascular Xtreme”.
The Warrior – This is a gravity workout and you know what that means. Jumping, lunging and push ups. This is the workout Tony uses when he visits military bases. I guess the best way to describe this routine would be to call it a “total body circuit”. Oh and no weights needed, you’ll be using gravity for this one. We do rounds of : upper, lower, cardio then core and repeat. This is probably my 2nd favorite workout in the first block.
Dynamix – This is the day 7 option if you prefer not to take the rest day. I took it as a rest day but found myself tackling this workout in the transition week. It’s basically a flexibility/mobility workout. And for fun Tony throws in some lunges to get our heart rates up.
P90X3 Tranistion Workouts:
Isometrix – I found this workout to be the balance portion of Yoga. We work on a lot of isometrix moves, hence the name. We do a lot of balance work from plank to one leg and repeat. As the workout moves on the moves get more difficult. It’s a great core workout. Don’t expect a big calorie burn but be ready to sweat without moving.
Dynamix – See Above
Accelerator – Our first cardio workout of the transition week. After 2 days of low-key workouts I was ready for some action, and boy did I get it. This is an interval workout where we take moves at a slower pace and increase the speed on Tony’s cue. You’ll get what you put into this workout. A lot of plank movements and jumping involved with this one. Again be sure to have good shoes with all the lateral movement.
Pilates X – Oh boy, Pilates. I have never experienced Pilates and I didn’t know what to expect. This is a great core routine but personally I didn’t enjoy it at all. I stopped the dvd with 8 minutes left and went to X3 Ab Ripper. Just my personal experience, but I couldn’t get into this workout.
CVX – See Above
X3 Yoga – See Above
P90X3 Challenge Month 1 Results
After really falling off the wagon over the last few months I’m so glad I started the P90X3 challenge. It’s been a fun ride and we are only in the first block of the program. I’m really embarrassed I let myself go as far as I did before doing something about it. I started the P90X3 Challenge at a despicable 203 pounds. After 28 days I’m at 194. That’s 9 pounds in one month, I can’t tell you how excited I am for that, it’s a testament to this program and that 30 minute workouts DO WORK. I’m looking forward to the 2nd block in the program where we start to get a little more involved in the strength training side of the program. I am no longer adapting to the program, it’s time to really push it.
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