It’s time for my P90X3 Block 2 Review! We finished block one and we’ve now completed the next round of new workouts in block two. This seemed like a good time to share my thoughts on the individual workouts and how I’m liking the program, overall.
If you didn’t read my P90X3 First Week Review, you will probably want to read that before continuing on so you have a better understanding of my overall opinions!
In my initial review, I shared my thoughts about the first seven workouts (week one) in the Classic Program. We repeated those same seven workouts two more times before moving on to the ‘transition week,’ which consisted of three new workouts and four that we had already been doing. After finishing that week, we then moved on to block two of the program, which has five more new workouts to add into the mix. This means that we have now completed 15 of the 16 workouts in the P90X3 base kit program at least one time.
So, what are my overall thoughts? As much as I would love to say I’m enjoying every minute of every workout, if I’m going to write an *honest* review, then I have to say that I’m not having as much fun as I was hoping. Bummer. 🙁 I’ve been trying to figure out why I’m not enjoying this new program as much…and I think I figured it out. I prefer old-school, traditional workouts. I had the wrong expectations going into this. I was expecting more weight lifting and traditional movements. Instead, I feel like this program is made up of all the new (popularity-wise) trendy stuff: lots of yoga (yawn…), martial arts (not for me…more on that later), planks (hurts my arms/wrists), and more moves than I can count that my inflexible (and somewhat uncoordinated) body cannot physically do. These workouts are proving that I am the stereotypical runner! (I suppose I like running because I’ve never been flexible or super skilled when it comes to coordination and balance for other sports!) 🙂
Transition week was very slow for me. I didn’t feel like I was getting exhausted or even worn out from any of the workouts during this period. There are too many ‘body weight’ and stretching moves in these for my liking. I struggle to get into most of the positions. So, of course, if I can’t even DO the moves, I’m going to get frustrated. And even though I don’t track my calorie burn, I know none of the workouts gave me a high number. I’m not saying these workouts aren’t beneficial…but they weren’t providing me the ‘workout’ that I look forward to every morning.
I do like all of the squats and lunges in many of the workouts. I feel like if I was able to be outside running these days, these moves would really benefit me. However, the weather just sucks this winter and I haven’t been running in months. 🙁 I know there are ways that I ‘could’ run if I really wanted to, but I prefer to workout and shower before my kids wake up. It’s WAY more convenient to use the elliptical at 6 am than it is to risk injury (and my life) by going out in the pre-dawn, super icy/snowy/freezing conditions that we’ve had EVERY SINGLE DAY since early January. So, until the snow and ice melts, I’m stuck on the elliptical.
When we ordered P90X3, I expected lots of moves using free weights. I was not expecting the majority of the workouts to be geared towards ‘improve your flexibility and core strength.’ Do I think those things are great? Probably…but they’re not for me. ha! My ideal workout would be 30 minutes of pure weight lifting (rotating focus on different muscle groups throughout the week), followed by some serious cardio (preferably running 4-5 times a week, with other cross training mixed in on the others). Maybe I just need to make my own workout videos?!?! 🙂
I know I’m also not feeling motivated because I’m constantly wearing 3 layers of clothing…24 hours a day! It’s hard for me to focus on getting toned abs when I’m cold all the time and wearing layer upon layer…upon layer!! I know I always get a motivation boost when Spring comes and I can start being more active again (both with running and just going outside with the kids).
Anyway, I’ll give you a quick summary of my thoughts for each workout:
Transition Week (the new workouts):
Isometrix – Planks, yoga moves, and side arm balances…most of them are done on just one leg and/or one arm. A workout full of these types of moves is never going to impress this girl. It’s just not for me. Plus, it’s really hard to find balance when you’re watching a constantly-changing computer (or TV) screen!! I often have to look away to find a spot on the wall just so I can keep from falling over…again…
Accelorator – TONS of planks…that’s it. Well, maybe there were some squats and hops, but the cumulative effect of all these planks is that my hands and wrists hurt more than anything else by the end of the workout. 🙁 In fact, it was too much for me sometimes and I found myself just kneeling and watching several of the moves. That obviously shouldn’t be happening in a 30 minute workout…
Pilates X – I didn’t feel like this one gave me a full workout. There were some good moves and, if I remember correctly, I could actually DO most of them…but there’s just not a lot to it. Basically a lot of stretching moves and ‘fancy breathing’–which I feel silly doing.
Eccentric Upper – Finally! There are free weights in this one…and lots of them! Curls, kickbacks, flys, swmmer’s press, and more. Of course, what P90X arm workout would be complete without its fair share of push-ups and pull-ups, too. I still need to use a chair for my pull-ups, but I’m getting better with the push-ups. I now typically do half of my push-ups “regularly” and the other half I do on my knees.
Triometrics – This was a good one, too! It’s plyometrics with a focus on ‘explosive’ moves like jumping. Plus, each move is broken into three levels. For example, for the ‘calf raise squats,’ the first level is to raise up on your calves and then simply reach down towards the floor. The second level is touching the floor and the third level is putting your fists on the floor. It’s basically increasing the intensity in each level (while gradually working into it). There are lots of squats, jumps, and lunges in this workout. It’s great. 🙂
X3 Yoga – Reviewed in my first post. I still don’t like yoga…don’t think I ever will. Sorry yoga lovers!
Eccentric Lower – I also really liked this workout. It’s a lower body workout with added weights. Squats, lunges, kicks, calf raises. Good stuff…and great for a runner!
Incinerator – There were more weights in this workout, which is always a good thing in my mind. Quite a few push-ups and pull-ups as well. Still a few moves that started in plank position, but not so many that I couldn’t handle them.
MMX – This is a mixed martial arts workout. And we sucked at it. ha! I joked with my husband that it would be so pathetic to watch ourselves do this workout on video. Neither one of us could get that extra ‘umpf’ that you need to get the maximum cardio effect from this workout. If you like martial arts, you would love this workout. If you’re like us, you could never do it again and be just as happy! (If not happier!) However, for the sake of the sticking with the program, we’ll be doing it at least a couple more times before this is all over.
Rest or Dynamix – Reviewed in my first post. The first couple times I did the dynamix workout, I wasn’t crazy about it…but, I can honestly say, I’m coming around on this one…and am even starting to enjoy it a little bit! It’s an ‘easy’ workout, but there are a lot of moves that I can really ‘feel the burn’ and I do think it helps to increase my range of motion. It’s nice to do this on a ‘rest’ day. And there are some good lunge moves… I do like a good lunge. 🙂
Overall, I still think this is an excellent workout program, but it’s not for everyone. If you prefer traditional moves, this may not be right for you. If you like yoga, planks, and martial arts-like moves, then you will LOVE P90X3. I think if you want to see serious results from it (weight loss, more definition), then this is what you’ll need to do… Double up on the workouts on the days that you can allow for the extra time. (There is even a ‘doubles’ program planned out for you in the book.) And also be disciplined when it comes to eating ‘clean’ and watching your food intake. Of course, this is true for any workout program, but since the intensity isn’t high enough for every single workout, you’ll need to really focus on your food, too. I believe this program can help you achieve your goals, but it needs to be part of an overall plan: P90X3, extra cardio/training, and smart eating. You’re not going to see awesome results with JUST this program alone (at least in my opinion, anyway).
I’m not posting any progress pictures because I honestly haven’t seen any changes. I still hope to see results by the end of the 90 days, but until I can get outside and run again, I don’t think I’m going to see the results that I’m looking for. I enjoy eating too much…and testing out new recipes for this blog! 🙂
I will post again when the full 90 days are up and share my ‘after’ pictures at that time. I also plan to include a list of the new P90X3 workouts that we’ll incorporate into our next workout program. Like I said in my first week review, when we’re done with this program, we plan to combine our favorite workouts from the two programs and eliminate the ones we don’t like. I’ll share which ones make the final cut when this is all done!
Update: My P90X3 Final Review is now on the blog!
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