I had done P90X and P90X2 before, so I had some idea what to expect. They are very intense DVD workouts, based on the idea of ‘muscle confusion’. They got very popular a few years ago when a few celebrities started to attribute their body transformations to the P90X programs. In a nutshell, the workouts combine cardio, resistance and core work, in 6 workouts a week. They vary movements and type of work tremendously, thereby not allowing the muscles to adapt to any given movement of type resistance (this muscle confusion).
The P90X 1 and 2 programs had 45-60 minute workouts, while P90X3 limits each workout to 30 minutes using the trendy HIIT – High Intensity Interval Training – approach. I have been wanting to start a new program for a while (I have been doing mostly rock climbing over the past 8 months and am not feeling in as good a shape as I would like. So Christmas Day started P90X3.
On Dec 25th, I did Phase 1, workout #1 – Total Synergistics. It was a great workout, although not quite as tough as I expected. It is a full body workout, with each exercise engaging the core and at least one other body part. For example, a couple of the exercises involved pull ups with core/leg rotations. A couple others were push ups in positions that demands core explosion (crawly ploy push ups), still others engaged your legs through squats or lunges with movements that pulled in your core.
Overall, great workout but I did not feel as strong as I should have and felt a little sloppy on many of the moves. That will change as time goes on. Also, on all of the pull up moves, I could not keep doing pulls ups for the whole time — this will hopefully improve but pull ups will never be my wheelhouse as Tony would say.
On Dec 26 (today) I did workout #2 Agility X. This was an awesome cardio/plyo workout with lots of jumping with a precision/control element. This was amazing for keeping heart rate high and muscles fully engaged to land the moves exactly. I won’t go through exercise by exercise, but I honestly felt this is one of the best 30 minute workouts I have ever done. Love it.
So two days into the new program, 2 workouts done. So far I am really impressed with P90X3.