I personally just began the 3rd block of the P90X3 challenge. And with completing the P90X3 2nd block I wanted to do a review of the second month as I did for the first month. If you missed my month 1 review you can read of the P90X3 1st block here.
I’m extremely excited for this program and what it has done for me and as of today I’m only on day 58. As you may know P90X3 is broken down into 3 blocks (phases). The second block introduces 5 new workouts that we haven’t even seen yet. And on top of that we now begin to incorporate a lot more strength training. The 5 new workouts we see in this block are eccentric upper, eccentric lower, triometrics, incinerator and MMX.
If you take a look at the P90X3 classic schedule you’ll see how the new workouts are structured in the P90X3 2nd Block.
Let’s Take A Closer Look At The P90X3 2nd Block Workouts:
Eccentric Upper – This is a great upper body workout. The slow motion moves really makes it an intense workout. What we do is focus on a 3 -1 count. 3 counts on the negative of the move and 1 count positive. On the 1 count Tony wants us to “explode”. You can expect a lot of pull ups and push ups (in slow motion), but Tony doesn’t just focus on those moves. We also do compound moves that focus on the shoulders, triceps and biceps. Tony breezes through this routine and since I have the select tech dumbbells so I had to pause the workout to make the switch to different weights. I was finishing this workout at about the 42 minute mark (4 minute cool down included) and had high calorie burns.
Triometrics – With the word “metrics” I assume this is the newer version of Plyometrcis from the original P90X. However in my opinion its more of a leg workout. Not that plyometrics wasn’t but triometrics really put me through the paces and killed my legs (in the good way) every time I did it. You can expect to do explosive and balance moves and a lot of lunges and squats mostly using gravity. This routine got my heart rate up quick and would keep it there throughout the workout.
Eccentric Lower – Much like Eccentric Upper but this time we’re working on the legs. Once again we put more focus on the negative portion of the move. So in a squat we’d squat slowly and raise up quickly. I really enjoyed this workout and always got a good “pump”. Again the pacing on this workout is very fast and I had to use the pause button to have time to switch up my weights. This was another big calorie burning workout for me.
Incinerator – This is a total body workout (from hell)! Tony has us really hammer each muscle group to failure (supersets). If you do this workout correctly and fail you are going to feel like you incinerated your muscles. See what I did there? This was another big calorie burn for me.
MMX – MMX is the Kenpo X of P90X3 but WAY BETTER and more intense. This is another workout that has fast pacing and there isn’t many cues to help you out but if you’ve done Kenpo X you’ll know the basics. There were only a few moves that took me until the second time through to get. Tony increases the intensity by adding a bunch of sprawls so be ready to hit the deck.
My P90X3 2nd Block Thoughts
There was a lot I enjoyed about the P90X3 2nd block and there was only few things I thought could be done differently. I liked the fact that we started to incorporate a lot more strength training into the program. The reason I started this workout was to get leaner and stronger. In the first phase we focus primarily on adaptation, and now in the second month we are into resistance training so I was ready to kick this phase off. In the original P90X we would do strength training every other day with cardio or yoga in between. This was a very nice set up and it seemed to work well, at least it did for me. In P90X3 month 2 we have 3 strength training workouts BUT technically a 4th could be considered as a strength workout. Triometrics is the workout that is considered cardio but really could be a strength training leg routine. That workout crushed my legs each week with a ton of lunges and squats. Thank goodness we had yoga in between because the following day is “leg day”. Not to mention it’s then followed up by Incinerator, a full body workout. So if there was anything I could do about the P90X3 2nd block it would be a slight schedule change.
Here is the CURRENT P90X3 Block 2 strength training schedule:
Monday: Upper Body (eccentric upper)
Tuesday: Legs (triometrics)
Wednesday:Yoga (x3 yoga)
Thursday: Legs (eccentric lower)
Friday:Whole Body (incinerator)
Saturday: Cardio (mmx)
If you do these workouts correctly and really go for it, be prepared to be sore, especially in the legs. Be the time the 3rd week in the 2nd month got here I was having a really hard time working out due to leg soreness. Now, maybe that was my own fault as I was pushing myself out of my comfort zone and increasing reps and weights each workout. Personally I would have preferred to have swapped Agility X from block 1 and Triometrics with each other in there blocks. I’m no expert but I assume they have their reasons for the way the schedule is structured. I can’t complain, my results thus far speak for themselves, but for argument sake this is probably what I would have preferred.
Here is the P90X3 Block 2 Strength training schedule I’d prefer:
Monday: Upper Body (eccentric upper)
Tuesday: Cardio (agility X)
Wednesday:Whole Body (incinerator)
Thursday: Yoga (x3 yoga)
Friday: Legs (eccentric lower)
Saturday: Cardio (mmx)
P90X3 Month 2 Results
I have been really focused here in this P90X3 challenge and to be honest my biggest goal in this round is to lose weight. After 2 months of P90X3 I’m down from 203 to 185 pounds with 5 weeks to go. I have been going at a high intensity during my workouts and try to stick to the 80/20 nutrition rule for the most part. I eat pretty clean all week, the weekends is where I struggle the most. I do make the best out of my decisions and don’t dwell on the bad ones too long. It’s about a lifestyle change not a 90 day change. Dropping 18 pounds is huge surprise for me, my weight loss goal for the entire 90 days was to get back into the 180’s (13 pounds). Having surpassed that by more than 5 pounds and stilling having 5 weeks left is astonishing to me.
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P90X3 Block 2 Conclusion
The second block of the P90X3 Challenge was a great one. I spent most of the time sore from the workouts (in the good way). The pacing is fast but you get use to it and the workouts only being 30 minutes is the best part. Get in, get out, get on with the day. I continue to push myself out of the comfort zone and look to big things to come from this program. Feel free to follow my P90X3 Journey here. Having troubles or success with your own P90X3 experience? Drop a comment and let me know how things are going for you.
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