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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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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