I have done it, I have completed 90 days of the P90X3 Challenge. It has been an amazing journey these past 90 days. To back track just a tad. I completed the Insanity Challenge last year and was at my lowest weight and body fat percentage I probably have ever been since getting into fitness. The problem that I ran into was that I was so anal with the nutrition and not having a single cheat meal that by the time the Insanity challenge ended everything I was craving came to the surface and I indulged and began to go into a downward spiral with bad nutrition. 6 months later I had gained 30 pounds and was back over 200 pounds where I swore I would never go back to.
I knew I had to do something to get out of my downward spiral and even with some of the new Beachbody workouts being released they just weren’t what I was interested in. And then the announcement for P90X3 came out. Still, I had no interest, at least until I got to watch the P90X3 promo video. It was a short 1-2 minute video that basically said P90X3 would come with 16 workouts and all only 30 minutes. I was blown away and knew this was the variety and short workouts I needed to get out of my funk. I was excited to say the least. So I made the decision to go for it starting this year on January 6th with the P90X3 Challenge. Below you’ll find my personal P90X3 challenge results and review.
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P90X3 Challenge Month 1 Workouts
- Total Synergistics
- Agility X
- X3 Yoga
- The Challenge
- The Warrior
- Pilates X
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New P90X3 Challenge Month 2 Workouts
- Eccentric Upper
- Eccentric Lower
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New P90X3 Challenge Month 3 Workouts
This was one of those programs I really loved. The really big component for me was the amount of time working out. Prior to P90X3 I was in a big funk and just didn’t have the drive in myself to workout for an hour a day. P90X3 really filled the void with its 30 minute workouts. On top of that the workouts were intense so I didn’t feel I was sacrificing time for a pointless workout. In fact I was burning more than 400-500 calories most days on these short workouts so don’t get caught up in the hype that you need to workout for an hour to get a good workout. The other really big winner for me was the variety in the program. I have done Asylum and Insanity and a few others but what really annoys me is having to do the same workout in the same week. This is one thing you’ll never have to worry about in the P90X3 schedule. The base program comes with 16 workouts and we workout 6-7 days per week and each day is a different workout. NO REPEAT workouts is a big one in my book. It kept things fresh and the workouts never got old and by the time they seemed to start getting old it was time to switch them out anyways. As Tony says “variety is the spice of life”.
There were a few things I didn’t like in this challenge. One thing that really got to me, especially in the 2nd block was the scheduling of the workouts. Now I realize that they took a deep scientific look into how they wanted to lay out the schedule to best benefit everyone but for me, I found it to be a little difficult. One thing I’m referring to is the Triometrics workout. This is a “cardio” workout but honestly I consider it a “leg” workout. I’m not going into too much detail here but it usually took my legs a few days to recover from triometrics, but in that time we have the actual “leg” workout scheduled. Which, for me, made it difficult to perform at a peak level. I felt like the workouts could have been scheduled differently but maybe I’m alone on that. If you want to see what I’m referring to click here. The only other con I can come up with was the pacing. I know what you’re thinking, duh Rob, they have to get a whole workout done in 30 minutes. I know, and the pacing wasn’t too bad but for those of you (like me) who use select tech style dumbbells have your remote handy so you can pause the workout to switch the weights. Again, not a big deal, but it was something I noticed and I doubt they could have done it differently to get as much in a 30 minute workout.
P90X3 Progress Not Perfection
Like I said I was in a real funk coming into this P90X3 challenge and had let myself go to over 200 pounds. My main focus was on dropping weight and body fat for this round. I did not expect to have perfect nutrition nor did I expect to finish and be ripped with a six-pack. I just wanted to make progress and get back on the horse. I feel as if I did just that for these 90 days. I dropped my body fat and weight. Could I have done better? Maybe, but only with the nutrition side of the equation. I brought it everyday in my workouts pushing myself out of my comfort zone every single day. This just goes to show you how important nutrition is when you are working out. I lost more than 20 pounds in 90 days and I feel like that is a great first step in the right direction. Obviously I have a shit-ton of work to do but I’m focusing on progress, not perfection.
Just to go over my nutrition in the P90X3 challenge briefly. For the first 2 months I used the portion approach focusing on trying to get protein with every meal I had. Starting day 57 I decided to track my nutrition through My fitness pal while trying to hit the suggested macro for P90X3 at 30-40-30 (proteins, carbs, fats). I followed this macro for a few weeks before landing on a macro goal of 40-40-20. I just felt like I was taking in too much fat and wanted to up the proteins while dropping the fat.
Supplements Used With P90X3
I don’t feel like I take a lot of supplements but after writing them down I see I take more than I thought. Sometimes to reach my nutrition goals it just makes it easier to use supplements. The main stay in my nutrition is of course Shakeology. I can tell you I can NOT go a day without my Shakeology. Even if I ate crap all day I still get my daily dose of dense nutrition from Shakeology. With P90X3 I had a high protein goal so it was almost imperative that I added whey protein. It was just too hard to get all the protein I needed from food. At the completion of the P90X3 Challenge I was consuming 2,000 calories and that felt like I was stuffing myself so whey really helped reach my protein level goals. Another supplement I took daily was a protein bar. I switched between the Pure Protein and Quest brand from day-to-day. I used it as a snack during the day and it’s always easy to grab on the go. Lastly I used both a pre and post workout supplement for the intense days of P90X3.For my pre-workout I started out with the Energy and Endurance formula but about half way through I ran out and tried the C4 by Cellucor. I liked the taste of C4 and the way it made me fill so I have continued with it. For my post workout supplements I usually took 1 scoop of the Results and recovery Formula. I’m not saying that supplements will get you better results but they will make it much easier to it your nutrition goals. You’ll just have to decide what works best for you. So to recap:
- Whey Protein
- Protein Bar
My 90 Day P90X3 Results
I realize this is a rather lengthy post and I know most will just skip down to this section and that’s ok. Did I have amazing results? I don’t think so, but I made a lot of head way to getting back into shape. I honestly didn’t expect to lose over 20 pounds in 3 months time. So I’m extremely proud of that, but at the same time I have a long way to go. I try to focus on how far I’ve come versus how far I have but it’s hard not to notice. I wouldn’t have done anything different in this round, my nutrition wasn’t perfect but it was what I could maintain for the long haul not just for the P90X3 Challenge. That was a big thing for me. I wanted to do something I could continue and not totally crash and pig out once I finished the program destroying all my hard work.
Below you’ll also find my wife’s 90 day P90X3 Results. She really gave it her all. As a woman with a full-time career and 2 kids (3 of you count me) and some days not making it home from work until after 9:00 pm she still pushed play, how about that for dedication. I can’t even say how proud I am of her. Hard work and dedication pay off!
So whats’ next for me. I’ll be starting with Body Beast next as I really enjoy strength training workouts. And rather than the Body Beast cardio workouts I’ll probably use some Focus T25 and P90X3 workouts to keep things fresh. Whatever I do I want to just keep moving forward. I do not want to fall back to the person I was 3 months ago.
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