P90X3 CVX Review

CVX, today’s P90X3 workout was amazeballs. It’s a cardio workout that uses intervals and resistance to provide you with an exhilarating, fun, and fast butt whooping.  Tony admits at the beginning of the workout that he doesn’t like doing cardio, which is why he created this interval, resistance-based cardio workout. You need a weight to complete almost all of the exercises, and he goes over what weights/equipment his cast is going to use (which made it nice, as my husband and I could easily base our own weight from theirs). His modifier was just going to use a basketball, the male cast member was going to use a 10 lb weight, the female cast member a 5 lb weight and Tony himself was either not going to use a weight at all or use a 12 lb weight. I opted to stick with a 5 lb weight for my first time and my husband chose a 10 lb weight.

Basically, the workout consisted of 4 sets of exercises that you repeat at an accelerated/more intense rate for a second round, in which each set consisted of three different exercises.

The first set of exercises included press jacks, atlas twists, and march and reaches. The second set consisted of travelling tire twists, frog squat reaches, and arc press lunges. The third set consisted of hop overs, balance pulls, and twist and pivots. The final set consisted of side reach jumps, crescent chairs, and globe squatters.

During the second round of each set, the intensity was amped up in different ways (i.e. sometimes you had to go faster, go deeper, listen to Tony’s speed cues, etc.). The final set included a burnout instead of a second amped up round, which basically consisted of doing each of the exercises with intensity back to back with minimal breaks.

Overall, I thought the workout was fun. I’ve done a lot of different cardio videos, but this one kept me interested and challenged. You get some breaks between sets, which was a nice change from the non-stop brutality of T25, but not long enough to make you feel like you were taking it easy. I enjoyed the fact that we did the sets first so that we could go all out during the second, more intense round. In this way, it reminded me a bit of TurboFire’s HIIT workouts, where Chalene teaches you the drill, which you then repeat 2-3 times at max intensity.  I also liked that you had a weight for resistance which also kept me more engaged and focused on what I was doing (no flailing arms permitted).

By the end, I was definitely thankful the workout was over and felt that I got my butt handed to me on a silver platter. It wasn’t necessarily the most intense workout I’ve ever done, but it was a solid, hardcore workout that will keep your interest piqued and your heart rate flying. I still I think I prefer Agility X over CVX, but it provides a nice balance to the workout week. As week one inches towards its end, I’m feeling pretty good about my purchase thus far. The workouts have been fun, intense, and varied, and I can definitely see myself sticking with this workout for the full 90 days, which is one of the hardest parts of any workout (sticking with it!).

 

Please remember that I am not a doctor or a nutritionist or fitness expert.   All information I discuss on my blog is intended for inspiration and educational purposes and is not intended as a medical diagnosis or treatment. Before making any changes to your own health and fitness, I highly recommend speaking with your doctor.

 

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