So my initial journey through P90X3 has come to a conclusion. The past three months or so have flown by and I’m glad I somewhat stuck with the plan. Like most of the Beachbody routines I’ve tried (P90X and Insanity), my will to push play wavered towards the end of the program. But unlike the others, I can see myself going back to P90X3 soon to try some of the other schedules such as “Mass” to see what gains it can provide.
My main complaint about P90X3 is the lack of a dedicated ab routine in the base product. If you splurged for the Deluxe or Ultimate kits, they came with three additional workouts and one of which is X3 Ab Ripper. Even though most of the routines involve engaging the core, it wasn’t the same as devoting a 15 minute segment to just working this area. Towards the end, I resorted to replacing Dynamix with Ab Ripper X from P90X which helped alleviate this complaint. Not getting the more expensive versions also meant I missed out on Complex Upper, which is described as “A 30-minute workout featuring explosive training for absolute upper-body strength and power”, which is right up my alley for my fitness goals. So that was a bummer.
Besides that minor complaint, my overall experience with P90X3 has been quite positive. First, the main hook of the program promising 30 minute workouts was the primary reason for trying it out. Most of the general population probably has the same mindset as me when it comes to working out in that 45 minutes to an hour just isn’t feasible on a daily basis. On days where I didn’t quite have the willpower to push play, the fact that it was only going to be 30 minutes got me over that hump. Everything is relative and if I can waste 30 minutes watching a dumb TV show, then I certainly have time to get up and move.
Another big plus is that I achieved gradual measurable results as I progressed through the program. Strength, flexibility, and my weight all went up, the last of which was my primary goal. I didn’t follow the included nutrition plan but I made a conscious effort to intake more calories since I was expending more energy. As has been well documented, my flexibility wasn’t winning me any awards so being able to finally touch my toes when I bend down has been a huge win. As for strength, I’m now back to where I was when I completed P90X, but in half the time! I still have a ways to go in all three of these departments so this is just the beginning of my journey.
The positives for this program far outweigh the minor quibbles I have and I wholeheartedly recommend P90X3 to fitness novices and veterans alike. Tony Horton does a good job of keeping you engaged in the workouts while also pushing you like never before in only 30 minutes a day. I hope to start a new round and follow the “Mass” schedule soon so look for recaps of that journey in the near future. Until then, decide, commit, succeed!