P90X3 – Get It Done In Half The Time

P90X3 – Get It Done In Half the Time

Each of these programs is one I have personal experience with (as in, I’ve actually done the program, start to finish myself).

In my reviews I will tell you what I like about each, as well as what I didn’t like or struggled with. I will also give you my assessment of who each one might be a good fit for.

P90X3 came out while I was in the middle of X2. I actually ordered the program and had it sitting on the shelf for about 60 days while I honored my commitment to finish the other program, and it drove me crazy.

Where X2 is all about esoteric aspects of fitness that, while super valuable and beneficial, don’t really rock anyone’s world thinking about them, P90X3 cuts right to the chase and picks up the ball right where P90X left it.

The Good:

P90X3 shakes up the formula right away. Gone are the long workouts of P90X and P90X2, replaced with 30 minute routines (the world of P90X veterans heaved a huge sigh of relief to see X3’s yoga routine come in at 1/3 the length of the original P90X Yoga). What’s crazy good about P90X3 is that Tony somehow found a way to incorporate most of the balance and mobility work from X2 into a much more compact package.

Some of the routines in X3 are just plain brilliant. X3 Yoga is not only shorter, but it’s so balanced and flows so well that all the hesitancy folks felt with Tony’s other yoga workouts just disappear. The MMX routine is so much fun that I’ve actually unpacked it to do it as an add-on to other programs and even just for entertainment.

X3 also includes enough modifications that you don’t have to be Tony Horton fit in order to get through 90 days without beating yourself up.

The Bad:

The shorter workouts sacrifice some of the volume in the training in P90X and P90X2, which can make it more challenging to get the kinds of results that were possible with the earlier programs. The trick is to increase intensity by lifting heavier and going harder on each move. That’s not a bad thing, but without a coach to guide you, you probably won’t figure this out on your own.

Space creep has happened again as well too. To get the most out of this program you’ll need room to move. If you’ve got very limited workout space you’ll find this challenging.

What Do You Need:

You’ll need a range of dumbbells that will allow you to progressively lift more (or adjustable weights), a pull-up bar (or resistance band and somewhere safe to secure it to) and a roll of masking tape to use to plot out targets on the floor (this is actually pretty cool) and enough space to move around.

What’s the Best Way to Get It?

X3 is another program that’s part of the Beachbody On Demand package. If you’ve got a streaming device (Apple TV, Roku, Fire TV, Chromecast) or want to use your computer or tablet to access your workouts this is the way to go. Plus you get access to a bunch of other programs in the catalog all for less than the DVD set for one program will cost you.

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