P90X3 Eccentric Lower Review

Today’s P90X3 workout was Eccentric Lower. I was a bit nervous, as Eccentric Upper destroyed me, but this workout wasn’t as intense. Not to say it wasn’t a good workout; it definitely was, just not in the “I can’t believe I just survived that” way.

Again with each exercise, your focus is on the eccentric (uh, hence the title), which is when the muscle lengthens. You do the eccentric move for three counts, and the concentric move (when the muscle shortens) for one count.

As the title implies, the focus of this DVD is on the lower body and is filled with squats, lunges, and kicks. As with the Upper video, for the majority of the exercises you do 10 reps each and are happy when you reach 10. For most of the exercises you use some sort of weight (but also have the option of bands or nothing) and Tony occasionally mentions when to choose something light. For a few of the exercises, you also need a chair. As always, there is a modifier, which is nice for those of use who need to modify. There were also several exercises requiring balance, which I really enjoyed (I don’t know why…maybe because it adds something else to focus on?).

Overall, I thought it was a solid lower body workout. I was expecting something a lot worse and had nightmares of millions of lunges as reminiscent of some Insanity/Asylum videos, but it wasn’t as painful as I was expecting. Rather than focusing on quantity, the focus was on the concentric/eccentric combo. Another tip for my Workout Tip Jar, and now I’m looking forward to tomorrow’s adventure.  Two more new videos this week – wahoo!

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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