P90X3 The Challenge Review

Today’s P90X3 workout was called “The Challenge,” which pretty much sums up the workout, because it was just that – a challenge. My husband and I had peeked ahead at the workout recording sheet, so we already knew what we were in for – a whole schwack of pull-ups and push-ups.  A part of me was hesitant, but another part was super excited for the workout. I’m really looking forward to the time when I can finally do a pull-up without the pull-up assist, so the more pull-ups I do, the stronger I’ll get and the less I’ll be dependent upon this little gadget.  Trust me, when I can finally do one independently, you’ll all know!

When you start the DVD, Tony asks you to pick a number, which is the number that you’re going to try and meet for each and every exercise every time you do it.  You need to choose a number for pull-ups and another number for push-ups.  You then record your number down.  When choosing your number, it’s easy to overshoot on the repetitions you think you can do. You have to remember that you have to do the same amount of reps at the end of the workout after you’ve already destroyed and exhausted your muscles. I opted on the side of caution. I figured I’d rather choose a lower number that I can (hopefully) achieve my first time and then go up from there the next time we do the workout. For push-ups, I decided to choose a number that I wanted to do on my toes and then another number for modified push-ups (hey, I know my abilities!).  One thing I liked about picking a number is that Tony asks his cast members their numbers, so you have something to go off of (although they are in amazing shape, so if you’re like me, then your number is not likely near theirs…).

We start with a basic warm up of stretches to get our muscles ready for the destruction that is about to happen. Then, we jump right in with a set of pull-ups, followed by push-ups, which you then repeat a second time. You’re trying to challenge yourself to meet your number every single time, so it’s kind of fun to have a competition with yourself.  Next are chin-ups and military push-ups (repeat again), then close grip pull-ups and wide push-ups (repeat), and finally vaulting pull-ups and staggered push-ups (repeat). Ahh…and you think you’re done, you’ve officially eked out every ounce of energy you have on each of these lovely exercises, but, alas, you’re…not…done. There’s a burnout of course…because, you know, you haven’t worked out hard enough yet.  The burnout consists of doing one pull-up followed by 3 push-ups and repeating this sequence for the allotted amount of time (a couple of minutes, can’t remember the exact time given). Then…you smile in delirium, because you are now, in fact, done. Wahoo!

This was a crazy workout, but in an awesome way. It was intense, challenging, competitive, and fun. Not going to lie, I’m looking forward to destroying my initial numbers by the end of these 90 days… 😉


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.


5 thoughts on “P90X3 The Challenge Review

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  4. Hi,
    I found your blog while browsing online. I have just started the P90X3 program and today I will be doing “The Challenge” (day 4)

    After reading your review I feel more excited about it and I can’t wait to start, (but I must wait a couple more hours). I was just curious about your progress, since you wrote this down back on the 4th of January of this year, what were your results at the end of the program?

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