P90X3 Final Review

It’s time for my P90X3 final review! If this is your first time reading one of these reviews, you should probably read these first: P90X3 First Week Review and P90X3 Block 2 Review.


In the first two reviews, I shared my opinion on 15 of the 16 workouts in the base kit. My last workout review:

Decelerator: This workout focuses on explosive power and launching moves. Moves like bounding jumps, squats, “elevator” squats, push-ups, pull-ups, pop hops, plyo (read: jumping) push-ups (that were too hard for me, but I could modify), and a squat-lunge-spin combo that I liked. I like this workout and plan to keep doing it, even though there are some moves I’m not crazy about. There are several excellent leg-strengthening moves that will be great for my running!

You may have already guessed what my final opinion will be if you’ve read my first two reviews. Overall, this program was not for me. I’m hesitant to say I didn’t like it…but…it didn’t inspire me. My husband and I did these workouts together every morning…and we just could not get into them. There were too many “body strength” moves and not enough free weights. We love lifting weights! Plus, we weren’t even physically capable of doing many of the moves. Seriously, I just could NOT move my body into some of these positions!! Now, before this comes off as being too negative, the program does have its merits and there were some workouts that I really enjoyed and will continue doing! But, unfortunately, the majority of the 16 workouts in the base kit didn’t do anything for us. Very few of the workouts seemed like they were high calorie burners. Now, that alone doesn’t deter us. We weren’t doing these workouts for cardio purposes. I get my cardio in with running and the elliptical. However, if they aren’t burning calories OR building a ton of muscle, then I’m not really sure what they’re doing…

These workouts seem to be all about improving mobility, balance, flexibility, and core strength. Are these things important? Absolutely. Are they what I was looking for in a workout program? No. That’s where the problem was… These are great workouts for some people, but they weren’t for us. Of course, maybe if we could have physically completed all of the moves, we would have seen better results. So, did we see any results after 90 days on the program? Check out my before and after pictures…




Did you see any difference? I sure didn’t! 😉 I think it’s safe to say there was no muscle built or fat lost…but…at least I didn’t seem to go in the opposite direction! And I swear to you these pictures were taken 3 months apart (because I know they don’t look like it). 🙂

In my first review, I shared ‘before’ pictures of my husband, but he’s in the same position as I am…no visible changes. He feels like he lost muscle and also can’t wait to start lifting weights again soon.

Overall, these workouts aren’t for me. However, I know that some people really, really love P90X3! Honestly! I’ve come across several people that tell me how awesome the program is…and I believe them. I truly think some people will love this. People that love yoga and planks and martial arts? They will probably really enjoy this. Like I said in my previous review though, I’m into old school workouts. I want to lift weights, do regular stretches and run…that’s about it. 😉

I told you we would continue to use some of these workouts in our everyday routine going forward. Here are the workouts we liked and will keep in the lineup:

  • Incinerator – Upper body with weights, push-ups, and pull-ups
  • Triometrics – Legs, plyometrics (my favorite workout)
  • Dynamix – Stretching and increasing range of motion, plus lots of lunges!
  • CVX – Weighted cardio
  • Decelerator – Lots of squats, lunges, hops…as well as a variety of pull-ups and push-ups

I’m also REALLY looking forward to running more. This past winter was just not normal and even though I had planned to run through the entire season (cold weather and all), I didn’t actually think the roads would be covered with pure ice for 2 months straight! So…to be safe and stay alive, I didn’t run much at all. I’ve finally started to get back into it again and I realized how much I missed it. I love the challenge of running: going faster every mile, bringing my average pace down run after run, and increasing my weekly mileage! I’m definitely planning to run the Fort-4-Fitness half marathon again this fall, but I kind of want to sign up for another one this summer. We shall see!

So, what’s next? I need to take the time to sit down and figure that out! I want to come up with a workout calender that includes the five P90X3 workouts above, plus our five favorite workouts from the original P90X program. The original also has an awesome ab ripper workout that we hope to incorporate back in a couple times each week. I also want to plan out my mileage and running/cross-training days. I will share my workout calendar once I get it written out. And I’m hoping that when we start working out the way we like to workout, we’ll see some awesome results! I’m still wanting those awesome abs for bathing suit season. 😉

Thanks for reading my P90X3 Final Review! I hope you enjoyed all three posts and found them helpful (especially if you were trying to decide whether or not this program is for you).

Now I’m off to fill out the form for my free P90X3 t-shirt!! 🙂

And I have something new to share with you! I’m now a Team Beachbody Coach because I love the workout programs THAT much!! 🙂 If you want support and accountability from ME, I would love to help you meet your fitness goals! Email me at realfitrealfoodmom@yahoo.com if you want more information. I’d be glad to help you find the right program for YOU and your lifestyle. As a bonus, I hold regular ‘challenge groups’ on Facebook where I share meal ideas, tips, accountability, motivation, and more. I’d love for you to join me. Email me to find out when my next group starts! (I’m LOVING the 21 Day Fix Extreme workouts at the moment!)

If you want to browse all the Beachbody programs available, you can do that here.

Update: I’ve posted my new 3 week P90X & P90X3 Combination Workout Schedule that you can check out, if you’d like.

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LeAnn Nome

Hi there! Here's a little info about me: I've been married to my husband for over 10 years and I'm a stay-at-home mom to our three young kids (a six year old daughter and four year old twin boys). As you might imagine, they keep me quite busy! In early 2013, we decided that we wanted to be a healthier family. To do this, we cut out all processed foods from our home and we now eat only REAL, whole foods. (When we're on vacation or at someone's house, we're not quite as strict.) We also try to exercise every day. Our goal is to raise healthy, happy kids...while maintaining our own health and happiness along the way! I hope you will follow along with us in our journey.

7 thoughts on “P90X3 Final Review

  1. Hey LeAnn! Enjoy your P90x shirt! I did the first version a few years ago and still go back to some of the workouts when I don’t want to have to think about what I am going to do. I think I like the chest/back/legs ones. And the AbRipperX is good too. I liked Insanity better though. Although you might not since it is all body weight and no free weights at all. I got stronger though.

    And I can notice a difference in the pictures…you are tan in the before pic 🙂 I am looking pretty darn white after this last winter, haha!

    1. Hi Christine! We LOVE ab ripper–such a great workout in a short amount of time! It gets us great results when we do it regularly. We tried Insanity and I didn’t like it at ALL!! Seriously, if I would have kept it up, I would have gotten injured. I could just tell–it was too hard on my toes and my wrists. And…ha…that’s funny you think I’m “tan” in my before pictures. I don’t think that word is used to describe me all that often! 😉

  2. Have you tried BodyBeast? It’s also from Beachbody and it focuses on lifting heavy weights :-). I just started P90X3 and am hoping to increase my strength, endurance, and flexibilty. I ordered BodyBeast and am just waiting to finish P90X3 to start it. I love lifting heavy weights, so I’m excited to try it.

    1. Hi Kimber! I haven’t tried BodyBeast, but I’m thinking I should. Several people have recommended it and said I would really like it because it’s all weight lifting! I think that’s what my husband and I will look into next. After I finish all my half marathon training, I think I am totally up for trying that program this winter! Thanks!

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