Thursday, December 19, 2013

Review: P90X3 Initial Impressions

Tuesday, Seth and I arrived home from work to see a package in the mail room. We opened it to find our newest workout program, P90X3.

In the style of Focus T25, the goal of P90X3 is to get an awesome workout in a limited amount of time -- in this case in 30 minutes. The P90X3 workouts, lead by Tony Horton, are done in the style of the traditional P90X program, prioritizing strength training. This is in contract with T25, which, like Shaun T's other workouts is more cardio based. I consider T25 a modified Insanity workout. P90X3 is a shorter P90X. 

The P90X3 program comes with a lot of materials. P90X is Beachbody's most famous program (probably followed by Insanity), and it shows. They gave a lot of attention to the presentation and extras that came with P90X3. 

The box contained:

1. 16 P90X3 workouts

2. A bonus P90X On One Leg workout
3. The P90X3 nutrition and fitness guide
4. Workout calendar with multiple workout schedules: Classic, Lean, Mass, and Doubles

5. Stickers for your laptop, tablet, and cell

6. A hat (as a bonus for ordering early)

I flipped through the workout booklet first and found it contained the following workouts (Note: Descriptions taken from Beachbody.)

Resistance Workouts
1. Total Synergistics: A full-body resistance workout that triggers fast, powerful changes to your body's composition.
2. The Challenge: Strengthen your entire upper body by stacking push-ups and pull-ups in ways you've probably never seen.
3. Incinerator: Bring It 'til there's nothing left to bring. A full burnout session that pushes you past your limits.
4. The Warrior: When you need a one-size-fits-all workout that can be done anytime, anywhere, this is your drill.
5. Eccentric Upper: Time under tension is the key to creating lean-muscle growth fast. This upper-body blast will have you begging for mercy.
6. Eccentric Lower: You'll be slowing down the eccentric (or negative) half of each movement to carve a ripped lower body—faster.

Power Workouts
7. Agility X: This fusion of aerobic and anaerobic energy improves your precision, flexibility, balance, and strength.
8. Triometrics: Increase your speed and power in a fraction of the time with this explosive next-generation plyo workout.
9. Decelerator: Balance your ability to go up strong and come down safe with multi-angle deceleration training.

Cardio Workouts
10. CVX: Now resistance is combined with intervals to give you that full-body burn and power up your core.
11. MMX: Burn fat by taxing your strength, endurance, and flexibility with this martial arts–based cardio workout.
12. Accelerator: Increase your cardiovascular and muscular efficiency, resulting in more bang for your fat-burning buck.

Core, Flexibility & Balance Workouts
13. X3 Yoga: A flow-style practice that improves your musculoskeletal flexibility, balance, stamina, and core strength.
14. Pilates X: Power your core, gain muscle elasticity, and stabilize your joints, as Pilates fundamentals meet modern science.
15. Isometrix: Isometric contraction combined with instability—this workout gives you an unshakable platform to work from.
16. Dynamix: Increase your range of motion, flexibility, and stabilization to help maximize the results you get from every routine. 

There was also an extra DVD called, "How to Accelerate," designed to introduce you to the program. 

Seth and I decided to watch the "How to Accelerate" DVD to introduce us to the program. I've had other programs that came with welcome videos, for example TurboFire, but I never tend to watch them. In this regard, Seth was being a good example to me. 

The "How to Accelerate" video was actually somewhat helpful. Tony Horton (who I find to be cheesy and kind of annoying, but who I know other like), appeared on the screen and began to guide us through the next 90 days. Like all P90X programs, the schedule would be approximately three months and three phases. We could choose from a few different calendar options. Tony recommended starting with the Classic calendar, which is what Seth and I intend to do. 

There were a few small previews of the 16 workouts. Tony briefly mentioned that their would be a modifier for the program, though the modifications seemed to be a bit less than what we saw in T25. 

Tony reviewed the equipment needed for the program. As with anything, this can be as complicated as you want to make it. In general though, you'll need the same equipment as what the original P90X requires:

1. Weights or resistance bands
2. A pull-up bar or door attachment with resistance bands

A mat is highly recommended for yoga and as a soft surface for high impact activity. Tony also mentioned that you could use yoga blocks, a pull-up assistant tool, and push-up stands. There was then some discussion about shoes, which I ignored because I like to exercise barefoot at home. 

Tony then went on to review the nutrition and fitness guide, highlighting the importance of healthy eating and tracking your results. He also tried to sell us a bunch of Beachbody supplements. 

The "How to Accelerate" DVDs main purpose is to introduce and excite. I think it did a pretty good job. Seth and I are planning to start the program the week of December 29. I want to be mostly finished with my running streak and with holiday travel before committing to a six to seven day a week workout calendar. 

I'm looking forward to getting starting. My plan is to have P90X3 be a program that I do in addition to the workouts I do during the lunch-hour at work. Seth is planning to have the 30 minute workouts be his main workout of the day. 

More to come when we start working out with Tony Horton later this month!

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