P90X vs P90X3 – Which One Is Right For You

P90X Workouts Review

The P90X program is different than any other more conventional exercise routine in that it uses the most basic workout tools yet gets the most results from the abilities of the human body.

You won’t need all the equipment and machines utilized in most gym programs, because everything you need is already in your own body.

Another difference in P90X is that you will have to be totally committed to putting in the time necessary to become ripped in just 90 days. If you have the ability to carve out one hour per day for six days each week in order to have your body transformed, you could be an excellent candidate for P90X.

Why does P90X work anyway? What makes P90X work more effectively than other routines? The first component that makes it work is, of course, nutrition. The P90X system is not wholly dependent on the exercises themselves (which are excellent). Weight loss and carving a beast of a body is really 80% diet.

If you want chiseled abs, you need to give the body the nutrition that it needs to carve those muscles to perfection. Next, of course, we can talk about the exercise routines themselves. When you go through a P90X workout, volume and intensity are both jam-packed into one grueling routine.

With P90X, in addition to building muscle, you get the added benefit of increased endurance and stamina. All three of these areas are vitally important in order for you to achieve your goal of transforming your body in just 90 days.

Just 90 days is the goal – and if you follow the nutrition template and the workout routines unfailingly within the appointed stretch of time, you are going to see long-lived outcomes, and you will probably never want to touch junk food or be a couch potato ever again.

One of the highlights of the P90X approach is Muscle Confusion. What is Muscle Confusion? M.C. is an expression that was coined by Tony Horton to describe a physiological state wherein the body is unable to fully adjust to exercises. The result is plateau busting.

You see, when the body becomes fully adapted to exercises, weight loss begins to slow down, and finally stops altogether. Plateaus can keep going for months if you don’t do anything to rectify it. With the P90X format, plateaus are practically impossible, because there is always something fresh to work on. And, when you are done with the basic set of workout routines, Tony Horton provides extra workout routines on his worksheet website. Of course, these workout routines wouldn’t make sense until you have the full DVD set, which explains how the movements should be done, and more.

The worksheets are just a supplement to the master product, which is really Tony Horton’s DVDs. It’s a worthy investment, considering how so many people have already shown a massive improvement over a very short period of time with their own attempts to become chiseled and fit.

And the most amazing thing about all of this is that if you stay to the progressive workout pattern espoused by Tony Horton, you will continue to become stronger and more fit, and plateaus will never take place, as long as you keep challenging yourself with better workouts in the future.

Pros:

  • Pretty much everything I have listed about the program can be looked at as a positive.
  • 30 minute workouts
  • Supplemental information to keep you motivated and pushing on
  • Ability to modify the program to 60 minutes per day and 120 days.
  • Workout in the comfort of your own home
  • Have a set workout plan if/when you travel or can’t workout at home

The basic breakdown of the program is that if you stick to it you will see results. Just like I did and lost 65 pounds doing the same exercises. I didn’t lose all of it in 90 days but you will get results quickly if you work hard.

Cons:

For some it will probably be the cost. It may be difficult for someone to shell out $200-$300 for a fitness program. But you will actually own this program and can refer to it whenever you want forever.

When you compare the cost of P90X3 versus a gym membership, or even a personal trainer (because that’s exactly what you are getting with the P90X3 program), then P90X3 wins because you have the product forever and it won’t cost you another penny to stay in shape.

P90X3 Reviews

I am going to be breaking down what the P90X3 program is all about and what is included. After reading this review you will have all the information you need to make an informed decision about if the workout program is for you.

Here is a picture of me in my den doing the original P90X program. I lost 65 lbs doing the exercises and following the meal principles of P90X. So I know first hand that this stuff works.

I’m not the normal case you see on TV with the ripped abs and chiseled biceps. I had ALOT more weight to lose than the people you see in the commercials. But that didn’t stop me. I was determined to lose weight and the P90x program helped me do that.

And because I had so much success with the original 90X program I am super excited to do the new Tony Horton program to lose this last 20 lbs.

P90X3

So let’s jump right into what the P90X3 program consists of.

The first thing that jumps out about the program and what separates it from the other 2 versions is it is only 30 minutes a day. The original P90X and P90X2 had 1 hour a day workouts. For some people that was just too much. So Tony Horton, the creator of P90X3, listened to the public and created a 30 minute a day workout program.

Do I Need Equipment?

Pretty much the equipment you need is what comes in the Ultimate Kit. But if you already have some or all of those pieces of equipment in your house you won’t need to purchase them.

You can simply get the Base Kit or the Deluxe Kit. Tony Horton also says you should get a good pair of cross trainer shoes. Not regular running shoes. But true cross trainers so you can get the full range of motion when doing your exercises.

What Are The Workouts Like?

Each workout is exactly 30 minutes with the exception of AB Ripper X3 which is 15 minutes long. The 30 minute workout includes the warm-up which last a couple of minutes. Then it’s right to work. This workout is marketed as “Fitness Accelerated” and that it is. You are going from move to move at a rapid but controllable pace. It’s not insanity crazy. Just fast paced.

If you find the warm up in the workout is not enough there is a cold start DVD that gives you a longer warm-up time if you need that before you get going in the workout. There is also a 3-6 minute cooldown period after your 30 minute workout.

Pros:

  • Pretty much everything I have listed about the program can be looked at as a positive.
  • 30 minute workouts
  • Supplemental information to keep you motivated and pushing on
  • Ability to modify the program to 60 minutes per day and 120 days.
  • Workout in the comfort of your own home
  • Have a set workout plan if/when you travel or can’t work out at home

The basic breakdown of the program is that if you stick to it you will see results. Just like I did and lost 65 pounds doing the same exercises. I didn’t lose all of it in 90 days but you will get results quickly if you work hard.

Cons:

For some, it will probably be the cost. It may be difficult for someone to shell out $200-$300 for a fitness program. But you will actually own this program and can refer to it whenever you want forever.

When you compare the cost of P90X3 versus a gym membership, or even a personal trainer (because that’s exactly what you are getting with the P90X3 program), then P90X3 wins because you have the product forever and it won’t cost you another penny to stay in shape.

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