Yay! Finally a faster-paced workout was on the P90X3 agenda for the week – Accelerator! I’m not going to lie, after doing Isometrix and Dynamix, I was starting to get a bit antsy! Nothing feels better to me than after I’ve pushed my body to its max and Accelerator took me back to that place.
Accelerator engages both aerobic and anaerobic pathways and has you moving at two different speeds through many of the exercises. You basically alternate between a cardio exercise (jacks, hops, jumps, etc.) and a plank-like exercise (balance burpees, plank walkers, mountain climbers, etc.) throughout the workout. For each exercise, Tony changes it up by calling out different speeds, cues (i.e. left leg lift, right leg lift; double jump, etc.), or directions (forward, left, right, backward, etc.). One thing that I’m noticing throughout my P90X3 experience is simply how much more engaged and “in” the workout I am when it comes with directions/cues such as in this video. My mind is active as well as my body, which not only makes it more fun, but also allows the time to fly by at a faster pace (ugh…the hellish boredom that accompanies a treadmill…).
Overall, I really liked this video. It brought on a good sweat, worked my body hard, and was just fun to do. Again, I still don’t find it as difficult as Focus T25, but it still has a nice intensity and is an excellent workout (I think the fact that you get some slight breaks between exercises is a major factor in the difference I feel when I do T25, which has no breaks whatsoever). Being my first time through the video, I can definitely see where I need to improve (oh core strength) and love that I have goals in mind for next time. There were some new (to me) moves and fun variations on old ones. This video can pretty much be as hard or as easy as you want it, depending on your intensity. I also like that Tony always has a modifier for those new to the workouts or who need to make modifications for whatever reason. I can definitely see this DVD being one of my favorites in the rotation. Easiest dollar to add to my Workout Tip Jar!
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.