P90X3 Review & Unboxing
P90X3 is HERE! My copy arrived yesterday and, being such a Christmas cheater, Monica demanded that we open it. And, of course, before I head off to Tahoe to hit Squaw Valley for a few days, we had to have you join us during our official P90X3 unboxing and review (of Days 1 through 5).
P90X3 Unboxing and Day 1 Review—Total Synergistics
So, first let’s talk about what the P90X3 Box contains. There is the Fitness Guide, which is actually connected to the Nutrition Guide—these two booklets are everything you need to achieve your P90X3 goals.
The Nutrition Guide is full of very tasty and easy-to-prepare recipes. If you’re at all worried about not finding your favorite meal in there, we promise we’ll share our ideas and meals with you as we do the program. In the past, we’ve done breakdowns of the P90X and P90X2 nutrition plans. We promise to do for P90X3 as well.
You’ll also find the P90X3 calendar in the box, which we suggest you laminate since it’s an important piece of paper. The calendar will let you know what to expect and how to prepare yourself for the upcoming workouts. It’s an awesome way to stay on track.
An important tip—take your Before & After pictures! The main reason we want to emphasize the importance of this is because, in the P90X workout series, people tend to burn fat and gain muscle at the same rate so the scale won’t be a reliable tool to gauge your progress. In fact, your weight may not change at all—however, the changes will be visible in the pictures. The pics will also help us help you. And, there is another reason for them—you can win a t-shirt at the least or cash at most by signing up for the Beachbody Challenge.
For all of you out there who are constantly on the go, you can make use of the new apps and simply do your workouts wherever you happen to be—the gym, a hotel room, etc. (UPDATE: Beachbody on Demand makes this even easier!)
Last, but not least, is the challenge group. We want you to become a participant in our online challenge group where you’ll find a great amount of support and encouragement. Everyone leans on each other and shares their experience with P90X3 here. The reality is, not everyone outside your P90X3 group will be supportive of your goals, so it’s crucial to have a place that you can come to where people can relate and you can get help and motivation.
P90X3 Total Synergistics is a super fun workout, but, definitely a little tricky. It reminded me of P90X2. Here’s a little video I shot that shows me doing the workout at the end:
P90X3 Day 2 Review—Agility X
I wanted to share my thoughts with you on the P90X3 agility exercise. It’s a pretty straightforward exercise—just plyometrics combined with some push ups. No tricks involved.
There is also one question I’d like to address today—what kind of shoes one should wear for P90X3 (or Insanity)? Having good quality shoes for these kinds of exercises is super important. The best advice I can give you is go to a good retail store—like Road Runner or Foot Locker—and let them know what you’re doing. Make sure they know you need shoes that are made to go side-to-side, as opposed to just forward running motion. You also need some good cushion to protect your feet from all the jumping up and down. I love Brookes running shoes, but they were not designed for P90X workouts.
Here’s my video on Agility X and good shoes:
P90X3 Day 3 Review—Yoga and My Why
One question that I recently got asked was, “Why do I do P90X3 when you are already in great shape?.”
I have a simple answer to this question. First of all, this is my job—I am a Beachbody coach. As most of you know, I used to be a lawyer at one of the biggest law firms in the world, but I was very unhappy. Today, I feel blessed to have this amazing career that allows me to pay the bills AND have a lot of fun.
Second, I am an athletic person. I do triathlon, I surf, I bike—I love doing sports. It’s just who I am.
And, speaking of sports, believe it or not yoga is a part of the P90X workout. I used to do yoga on a regular basis and it really helped me with flexibility. I haven’t been doing it as often as I used to, but I really do like doing yoga.
Day 3 of P90X3 includes a 30-minute yoga session, which is much shorter than the hour+ in P90X2. So, I am happy that yoga is back in my life. Here’s a video on yoga and my why:
P90X3 Day 4 Review—The Challenge
Day 4 of P90X3 includes “The Challenge.” For all of you wondering what The Challenge entails, it basically focuses on chest and back without any additional tricks. It’s a pretty simple and straight-forward, but difficult, exercise. Lots of pull-ups and push-ups are included too, which makes it a classic P90X routine.
I want to take a second and mention the workout equipment that I use doing these workouts.
The first one that I am a huge fan of is the Power Stands. It’s designed to take all the pressure off of your wrist making it the perfect tool for doing pull-ups. I have been using this since 2004, when P90X first came out, and it’s still a favorite.
The Black Band is another tool that wraps around your door hinge. There is also a green band, but I recommend you get the black one, because I think it’s a lot better.
Toward the end of The Challenge, you can really feel the burn. The last two minutes includes a combo of pull-ups and push-ups, which is guaranteed to give you some great results in the long run.
Overall, Day 4 is definitely a challenge, but a good one. Here’s my video on Day 4:
P90X3 Review of Day 5 (CVX)
As most of you know, having a healthy meal plan, and following the rules of the nutrition guide, is crucial to your P90X3 journey.
Skim reading the nutrition guide, and picking out the P90X-approved foods that you like, will make your journey even more fun. So, jot them down and add them to your grocery shopping list.
Now, let’s get to the really important part—P90X3! Today’s workout is super awesome. It involves some good old fashioned pull-ups and push-ups, as well as chest and back workouts. As you can see in this vido, there’s nothing tricky about it, but I have to admit IT IS HARD! You won’t be disappointed. Check it out:
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