P90X3 Pilates X Review

Today’s P90X3 workout was Pilates X.  Pilates isn’t exactly new to me (I had a set of Pilates DVDs years ago when I was in high school), but it’s been a looooong time since I’ve delved into its world, so this video took me back in time a little bit. If you google Pilates, you’ll find a great deal of information on it and its origin, but to put it simply (and probably brutalizing it), it focuses greatly on your core and the importance of breathing.

Pilates X, like the other DVDs, offered an excellent workout, particularly for its focus – the core. Again, this is not a video that will leave you laying in a puddle of your own sweat, but it serves its purpose – which is to build your core strength and focus on your breathing/technique/form/balance. The workout offered a variety of difficulty levels – some exercises were extremely challenging (Alphabet soup, sphinx flag, etc.), while others were a lot more simple (i.e. swimmer, hip circles, floating cobras, etc.). As with all the DVDs, there is a modifier to help those who need to make adjustments for whatever reason.

Overall, I was satisfied with this workout. Not my favorite style of exercise, but good for what it’s meant to be. It’s important that I get used to more variety in my exercise choices as it’s easy to do the same thing over and over again and, on the bright side, it adds yet another tip 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.


2 thoughts on “P90X3 Pilates X Review

  1. Can I add a twice weekly self defense practice of 30 minutes each while on the X3 program?
    I am actually following the mass schedule and want to try and maintain my skill while doing the X3 workouts.
    I guess it wouldn’t be anymore taxing than doing the doubles workouts.

    • Hi John, I would think it should be fine, although I always recommend checking with your doctor first. Personally, I’ll throw in extra workouts here and there depending on my mood (i.e. T25, hiking, etc.) and haven’t had a problem at all. Also take into consideration your nutrition to make sure you’re getting enough calories since you’ll be burning more with the extra self-defense practices and making sure your muscles have their appropriate resting times (i.e. if you’ve just maxed out your arms in P90X3, they need time to rest the next day, so you may have to think about how your P90X3 schedule meshes with your classes i.e. maybe having to adjust them to make sure your’re not overtaxing a particular muscle group back to back). Basically, listen to your body. Good luck!

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