P90X3 Eccentric Upper Review

Um…Wow. That pretty much sums up today’s P90X3 workout which was Eccentric Upper. It was basically The Challenge on crack. The first workout in Block 2 of the Classic Calendar is no joke.

For each exercise, your focus is on the eccentric (uh, hence the title), which is when the muscle lengthens. You do the concentric move (when the muscle shortens) for one count and the eccentric move for three counts.  Sounds easy enough, but man is it painful (in a good way). According to the fitness guide, “Time under tension is the key to creating the greatest hormonal releases to induce hypertrophy, or muscle growth.”

As the title implies, the focus of this DVD is on the upper body – it’s chalk full of pull ups, push-ups, and other arm exercises (i.e. curls, tricep exercises, presses, rows, flies, etc.), and it’s deadly. For the majority of the exercises you do 10 reps each and, let me tell you, the three count by the tenth rep is killer. It ends with a burnout of pull-ups and military push-ups. My arms were jello by the end of this workout (well, more like by halfway through this workout). I had a shower afterwards and my arms were so exhausted that it was a struggle to wash my hair!

Yet, it felt so good to work this hard.  By now, you know that I prefer faster-paced cardio workouts, but this absolutely won me over.  I loved the difficulty level, the variation in moves, and the intensity of this workout. I love that pull-ups are getting easier and that I’m just stronger overall. I cannot wait until I see how well I do in a few weeks on this DVD.

A tip before doing this video would probably be to quickly preview the exercises before starting – I had to pause a couple of times to see what exactly certain moves entailed before beginning, so it may be handy to do a quick preview before starting so that you don’t have to pause and rewind.

Because my husband is still nursing his recent shoulder injury, he was mainly around for moral support. For exercises that he could use one arm, he opted in, but for most of the time, he was watching and encouraging me on.  Needless to say, I think he was a bit jealous that I got to do this workout and he didn’t!

This DVD definitely raised the bar for Block 2 and I cannot wait to see what the rest of the week has in store. That was one well earned dollar that I got to put in 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.


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