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P90X3 Workout Review – Do the 30 Minute Workouts Compare?

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P90X3 is our favorite Tony Horton workout! We bought the original P90X because of the infomercial back in 2007. We loved that the workouts, nutrition plan and support were all laid out for you. However, the workouts were so long. Also the yoga workout was over 90 minutes!

The new workout program combines muscle confusion and muscle integration to give you max results in just 30 minutes a day. It’s broken down into 3 phases like the original.

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P90X3 Review - How We Liked the 30 Minute P90X3 Workouts

P90X3 Review and Results

Pros:

  • The workouts are TOUGH. Don’t underestimate 30 minutes.
  • It’s the total approach to fitness: strength, cardio, balance, and core.
  • CVX P90X3 is an amazing total body workout you’ll use forever.
  • Tony’s best Yoga workout is this one!
  • He’s motivating and funny throughout the workout.
  • He teaches and focuses on proper form.
  • Every day is ab day because of the crazy focus on the core work!

Cons:

  • His jokes can get old.
  • I struggle with 1 pull up, and the workout is very pull-up heavy.
  • No example of the move before he expects you to do it.
  • There is a modifier, but the modifications are sometimes a just a joke.

I love this workout; however, I would not recommend it to someone with no prior experience working out at home.  I was fine because I knew how to make modifications on my own from my previous workout experience.

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What Makes P90X3 Special?

Everyone can find room for 30 minutes a day.

It comes with a killer nutrition guide.

You can choose to measure everything out or use the portion control option. It is very flexible in not dictating what to eat but rather educating you on what you need with each meal. It also gives you the flexibility to choose from a food list including proteins, carbs, and healthy fats.

The variety is awesome.

Tony Horton includes strength training, agility, mixed martial arts, Pilates, yoga, and plyometrics during the program so you’re never bored!

Max Results in 30 Minutes.

The variety in the workouts help to confuse your muscles. This is the same technique used in the original program which led to amazing results in just 90 days. Since P90X, there have been major advances in the industry.

Who are the P90X3 workouts for?

You can customize the program to fit your needs whether you’re a beginner or an advanced exerciser. I found I was better at some workouts than others, and this program helped me improve on my weak areas.

If you’re a beginner, there are modifications, and you can also slow down the speed of moves.

If you’re an advanced exerciser, you will continue to be challenged across the board because of the variety and advanced modifications shown as well.

You also don’t have to do P90X or P90X2 before trying this program.

Furthermore, I personally would recommend this program over those 2 any day of the week. The 30 minute workouts are easier for busy people plus P90X2 was just ridiculously hard.

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What’s Included with P90X3?

The program includes 16 30 minute workouts, a full nutrition plan, and 4 workout calendars to help you hit your specific goals.

6 Resistance Workouts

  1. Total Synergistics – You’ll do total body resistance and balance moves during this workout.
  2. The Challenge – Not a favorite, but it’s a great chest and back routine. You’ll do push ups and pulls ups the whole 30 minutes!
  3. Incinerator – This is one of my favorites. It’s a total body workout and challenges you until failure. It includes pull ups, push ups, rows and curls during the workout.
  4. Eccentric Upper – During this workout, you focus on time under tension training to grow lean muscle.
  5. Eccentric Lower – It also focused on time under tension but incorporates lower body moves.
  6. The Warrior – This is similar to 22 Minute Hard Corps and has been done on military bases around the world. It’s a body resistance, cardio and total body workout.When you need a one-size-fits-all workout that can be done anytime, anywhere, this is your drill.

3 Power Workouts

  1. Agility X – Consider this one of the hardest cardio workouts within the whole program.

  2. Triometrics – This is an insane plyo workout on steroids. You’ll feel your leg muscles after this workout.

  3. Decelerator – This workout includes explosive movements followed by quick stops.

3 Cardio Workouts

  1. CVX Review – P90X3 CVX is a true total body workout using a light-weight during cardio rounds.

  2. MMX – One of my favorites and such a tough workout. You’ll improve your strength, endurance, and flexibility!

  3. Accelerator – You’ll do a move at two different speeds to challenge your cardio and muscle strength.

4 Core, Flexibility and Balance Workouts

  1. X3 Yoga – A no nonsense workout to improve flexibility, balance and core strength.
  2. Pilates X – You’ll focus on your posture and also your core to stabilize your joins and improve muscle elasticity.
  3. Isometrix – This is the best of yoga to me. You’ll hold poses for 45 seconds for strength and balance.
  4. Dynamix – Stabilization, flexibility and strength are all required in this workout.

PLUS the X3 Ab Ripper and On One Leg bonuses to mix into your workout days.

Cool Bonus: Cold Start Option

The Cold Start is great if you’re working out first thing in the morning. It’s a 12 minute warm up that incorporates stretching, light cardio and yoga to wake up the body before starting your intense workout.

You’ll also receive a complete fitness guide outlining each workout, nutrition guide, workout schedules, resistance band, and “How to Accelerate” DVD. Plus online support and a 90 day money-back guarantee.

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What equipment is required for P90X3?

It does require equipment and room. You’ll need free weights, a yoga mat, and a pull up bar or band. I personally also used a pull-up assist because of the amount of pull-ups and chin-ups you do. I used 5-20 lbs.

How much does P90X3 Cost?

I would recommend the challenge pack because it includes plenty of variety in the workouts. Plus you can stream 1000s of other workouts and download custom meal plans for the first 30 days.

P90X3 Before and After

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If you’re doing the P90X3 program, what is your P90X3 Review?

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16 Comments

  1. Love the review. I have never done the program but as a personal trainer I hear people talk about it A LOT. I could totally anticipate the modification issue as others have reported it being too hard for the level they are at. Thanks for sharing!

  2. I see the infomercials and the results look fantastic, I just know for now, this is not the program for me. I’m a beginner, wildly out of shape and over weight. Plus add several immune issues. I do hope that one day I can do a program like this.
    Great honest review, thank you.
    SGBC
    Dawn

    1. Hi Dawn,

      You have a great sense of where to start! :) I tried P90X right off the bat, and pfftttt lol! That didn’t last long! lol! If you need any help finding a good beginners workout that also keeps your health issues in mind, just let me know. We’d be happy to help you choose a good one ;)

    2. I’m a beginner, slightly overweight and have started the P90x3. The 1st couple of cardio workouts I couldn’t do and had to constantly stop because I was out of breath. I think the 1st week I usually only did the warm up and 12 minutes of the video. There were a lot of things I couldn’t do. In my 2nd week I am able to complete each video some with modifications. The challenge is very hard and I set a realistic goal. I hope my numbers increase as the weeks go by. I’m at 2 pull ups/10 push-ups. I’m a former Marine so challenges are not foreign to me. I do use a pull-up assist device. Otherwise I’d be at zero. I was sore after my 1st agility and now after this last challenge. I see it as no pain no gain….. Old habits. I have learned that if I do the yoga stretching it eases the discomfort. I’m looking forward to the next week and seeing progress!

      1. Congratulations on getting through 2 weeks of P90X3!! It is a tough workout, and I have no doubt you will get better as you go through it. I know I did. Agility used to kill me and have me pausing the DVD a lot, but every time I did it I get better. Have you seen Tony’s new workout? I think you might like it after P90X3 because it is focused on military-style workout and features all veterans. Plus it’s 22 minutes and comes out in March (perfect timing!).

        Are you following P90X3’s meal plan? Are you in an accountability group to keep you pushing?

        Thanks for your service as well!

        1. I’m not on the diet plan. I do advocare and am on year 3 of it. It has helped me a lot. I set my alarm every day for workouts at 4 pm. With my husband. I’m so grateful for him. He pushes me through.

  3. I have really been looking for something I can do while my daughter is napping. This would be perfect! Thanks for sharing!

    1. You may love this or the 21 Day Fix :) Both are perfect for nap time since they are 30 minutes :) Do you have any goals you’re working towards?

  4. Interesting. I’ve only heard great things about P90 and P90X. I didn’t even know they have a third one out. I like my workouts to be challenging. Why put in the time if you’re not getting any benefits, right? This sounds like it would kick my butt! I love Beachbody. My favorite workout is Turbo Fire. It is intense, but I love it. Thanks for the review.

    1. I love TurboFire too!!! :) I totally agree — I like a short, intense workout! The 3rd P90X is only 30 minutes too so I can’t wait to try it after this round of the 21 Day Fix (also 30 minutes….I guess you can sense a theme? lol!)

  5. Thank you for this review! I have wanted to buy the program but hated P90X so I was scared to make the commitment. Looks like I’ll be trying it now!

  6. Wait till you get to week 4. I’m only on day 1, but the isometrics was KILLER. You will really get your “Balance On.” I completed P90X last Summer, and it was so hard to keep up with! These workouts are varied, short, and intense. LOVE IT!

  7. I started this program last week, into the second week now. I was originally doing the p90x program but was finding it hard to put aside an hour or more a day for the workouts. These 30 min workouts are perfect. It’s a get in and get it down approach compared to the original where I felt it was to many breaks… Found myself skipping them to speed up the workouts. So far I give the p90x3 program a huge thumbs up. Fits my lifestyle perfectly.

  8. I see you have lots of hybrid workout schedule for p90x but do you have any for p90x3? I’m specifically searching for one that is BBL/p90x3. Thanks!

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