Just when you thought world renowned fitness trainer Tony Horton couldn’t create a more extreme program, he does it again. P90X3 is not only intense, but also addresses one of the most common reasons for fitness failure, which is lack of time. I know this is one of my most common excuses. There simply does not seem to be enough time in the day to get things done, let alone fit in an hour long fitness routine.
While time is a factor, Tony also understands the importance of a quality fitness program. Therefore, he designed a workout program designed to fit in an hour’s worth of intense exercises into half an hour per day without sacrificing the effectiveness of each workout. In this P90X3 review, learn the concept and basics behind this revolutionary system.
Tony combines the original concept behind P90X of muscle confusion with the breakthrough muscle acceleration concept to create a challenging muscle building fitness program. The intense moves are designed to provide the same results in thirty minutes as they would in an hour.
To build lean muscle, Tony uses eccentric motion that lengthens your muscle. Although the workouts are fast paced, he does slow down the tempo of the motion resulting in more muscle being activated which improves growth potential.
To ensure this program was in fact as effective as a longer workout, Tony put a group of people through the program and kept track of their results. He was actually surprised to learn that the entire group had a fat loss of 34%. Even more surprising was the fact that this is consistent with the results of an hour long program.
While the obvious difference is the fact that you will be working harder with shorter workouts, there are a few differences worth mentioning between this version and the first two. In the first two versions, the moves are still difficult but are performed at a much slower pace.
The moves in this version are MMA inspired. You will find all new agility moves, as well as a new Pilates based workout. The cardiovascular routines are performed with weights. You are given the opportunity to choose a schedule based on your individual fitness goals.
This extreme exercise system is a 90-day program designed to be completed in three blocks. Blocks one and two are 4 weeks long and the third block is a 5-week period. There is an extra block called the Elite Block for those who wish to go past the 90-day schedule. The Elite Block can only be done with the Deluxe or Ultimate kits as the 3 additional workouts are required for this block.
Something that I really like about this program is the fact that you have schedule options based on your personal fitness goals. There are four calendar schedule options. These are broken down into the following options:
- Classic – Combines strength, cardio, and conditioning exercises for a whole body workout.
- Lean – Focuses on fat burning through cardiovascular exercises.
- Doubles – Doubles up the workouts turning 30 minutes a day into an hour.
- Mass – Increases muscle mass and weight through strength training exercises.
This is not a “one size fits all” experience, which makes this workout system so effective. Which option is best for you? It basically depends on your end goal. I know for me that the Doubles option is not anything I desire considering the main reason I would probably purchase this exercise program is because of the shorter workouts. I probably would not start off with the Mass option since I am trying to lose and not gain the weight.
I think my first choice would be the Lean option, as I need to burn fat so I can lose weight. The best thing about these options is the fact that I can switch from one option to another as my personal fitness goals change.
For example, once I reach my fat burning and weight loss goals, I will likely want to increase lean muscle mass. At this point in time, gaining weight will likely not be as big of a deal to me as it is right now. I may even decide that the Doubles option is more appealing as I build up my strength and intensity level. These options make this home exercise system extremely effective for people of all fitness levels at any given point in time.
The P90X3 Workouts
All workouts are 30 minutes long except for the Ab Ripper X3, which is only 15 minutes long. They all have a 2 to 3 minute warm-up and cool-down. They are divided into four categories, which include: Resistance, Power, Cardio, and Core/Flexibility/Balance.
- Total Synergistics
- The Challenge
- The Warrior
- Eccentric Upper
- Eccentric Lower
Core, Flexibility & Balance
- X3 Yoga
- Pilates X
All of these workouts will push you past your limits creating fast and extreme results!
I am impressed with the modifications for most of the moves allowing you to go at your own pace. Don’t get me wrong. You will still be moving at a fast pace; however, you will be able to gradually improve your moves making each exercise much more effective for you personally.
It is important to understand that P90X3 is an advanced fitness program. While there are many modifications and different scheduling options, the exercises found on this program are intense. While the other exercise systems in this series are not required, it may be beneficial to you to start off with them to build up your strength.
While this does make sense, I personally would rather purchase the P90X3 because it is the newest and has the shorter workouts and just work my way up to where I can actually perform the exercises. Therefore, I would expect to have to repeat the 90-day process a number of times before I actually saw extreme results. This is just my opinion. If you have the money and want to try the other workouts in the P90X series, then that is also an excellent route to take for those of you not quite ready for the extreme intensity of this new version.
The P90X3 nutrition system provides your body with the nutrition it needs to help you reach your personal fitness and health goals. While its success is based on a measurement and tracking system, the plan does all the work for you. All you have to do is answer a few simple questions designed to guide you through to ensure the best plan is chosen for you.
The nutrition plan is divided into 3 simple steps. These include:
- Step 1 – Nutrition Quiz
- Step 2 – Calorie Plan
- Step 3 – Tracking
The Nutrition Quiz will ask you basic questions, such as your gender, weight, activity level, and whether you want to lose, maintain, or gain weight. Each answer is assigned a specific score. After you calculate your score, you will move onto Step 2.
I was actually surprised at how easy it was to select a calorie plan. It is based on your score in Step 1. It is as simple as that! There are six plans:
- Plan A – 1,500 Calories
- Plan B – 1,800 Calories
- Plan C – 2,100 Calories
- Plan D – 2,400 Calories
- Plan E – 2,700 Calories
- Plan F – 3,000 Calories
The P90X3 diet plan does differ from the original P90X plan. With the original P90X plan, your diet consisted of a 50/30/20 plan consisting of 50% proteins, 30% carbs, and 20% fats. The P90X3 plan consists of a 30/40/30 plan consisting of 30% proteins, 40% carbs, and 30% fats. You will be consuming healthy, whole, fresh foods and supplements. Shakeology, by the Beachbody team, is a highly recommended supplement.
I know that tracking your progress is an annoying process. However, I truly believe that keeping track of the foods you put into your body is extremely effective at helping to keep you motivated. Motivation is a key factor when it comes to reaching your diet goals. The plan makes it extremely simple to keep track ensuring you are eating the right foods based on the 30/40/30 ratio. All you have to do is check off what you have eaten.
Good Video About P90x3
Challenge Pack Contents
Base Kit – $119.85
- 16 Workouts
- Nutrition Guide
- Fitness Guide
Deluxe Kit – $239.70
Includes everything in the Base Kit plus…
- 3 Additional Workouts
- E&E Energy and Endurance
- 3 Pro-Grade Resistance Bands
Ultimate Kit – $329.55
Includes everything in the Deluxe Kit plus…
- Premium Beachbody Jump Mat
- P90X Results and Recovery Formula
- P90X Chin-Up Bar
- P90X Chin-Up Max
- Dumbbells or Resistance Bands
- Pull Up Tower or Resistance Band Door Attachment
- Yoga Mat
- P90X Chin-Up Max
- P90X App
Before / After Pictures
Here are a few pictures of real people working real hard of p90x3 day 1 and then p90x3 day 90.
I am definitely impressed with this workout system. While the workouts are only 30 minutes long, you will actually be getting the benefits of an hour long routine. More fitness trainers are realizing that shorter, more intense workouts are in demand, and they are also discovering these shorter routines are just as effective.
IPhone and Android users can download a video app that works in conjunction with the workouts. There are interactive features that will help you stay motivated and keep you accountable. It can be used for all P90X versions. If you are ready for a total body transformation and are willing to work extremely hard for 30 minutes a day, then P90X3 is definitely worth trying.