P90X3 Week 5 Review (Results and Update)

We’ve completed week 5 of P90X3’s Classic Schedule and everything seems to be going so fast (and so well!).  I am truly enjoying this program.  It provides a lot of variety, is fun, and the workouts zoom by.  This particular week was particularly interesting, because we got to try several new workouts (MMX, Eccentric Upper, Eccentric Lower, Incinerator, and Triometrics), so we had lots of things to look forward to.  

Overall, I thought the caliber of the workouts took a step up (not that the first 4 weeks weren’t intense, but this just added an extra oomph at the perfect time).  It started and ended with a bang (still reeling over Eccentric Upper’s intensity and the pure joy I got out of MMX) and I’m still feeling as amazing as ever.  My energy is still skyrocketing, I feel more alive, and I’m continuing to see results (in cardio and in strength).

For this week’s weigh-in, I am down 1.6 lbs, bringing me to a total weight loss of 8.6 lbs. Not too shabby for 5 weeks (particularly since it’s not taking into account any muscle that I have gained in the process).

I’m looking forward to the next week to bring it in my workouts, since I now have a better idea of what to expect and what weight selections to use.  I’ll probably reduce the assist on my pull-up bar in order to continue to make it more challenging so that I can hopefully do some pull-ups without it by the end of this journey.

Again, if you want some easy motivation, check out Workout Tip Jar or find an accountability partner or challenge group.

If you’re doing P90X3, how have your results been so far??  Do share below!



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.


8 thoughts on “P90X3 Week 5 Review (Results and Update)

  1. A weight loss of almost 4 kg is really amazing. How seriously are you sticking to the diet and calorie intake?

    I’ve now completed 4,5 weeks and only lost something between 0–1 kg (0-2 lbs). It’s probably partially because I haven’t been sticking to any kind of diet, but I think I’ve been eating at least semi-healthily. No excess sugar, not too much bread or pasta, etc.

    Hmm. Guess I need to start pushing myself more.

    • Hi Ant,

      Thanks for the comment! Because I’m trying to see if I can have a pretty authentic experience with the program, I am sticking pretty close to the eating plan and am eating as clean as I can throughout the process, which I think definitely plays a major role in my weight loss thus far (I’m usually the person who celebrates if I can lose 0.2 lbs a week so losing at a rate of 1.5-2 lbs/week is pretty motivating!). I’ve done programs in the past where I followed the exercise videos, but my eating wasn’t at par (I was eating healthy most of the time, but not always, and it made it really difficult for me to lose much). I’m also on my feet all day because of work (I’m a teacher, so it’s not vigorous, but still keeps me up on my feet). I would recommend taking another look at the nutrition guide and checking to see if your food matches up fairly similar to the recommended calories/quantities. Maybe have a week where you measure your food and try stick as close as you can to the food guide and food recommendations and seeing how that week turns out. Sometimes people also have to play with their calorie intake (i.e. they aren’t eating enough or are eating too much). Try something different each week and see what gets you the results you’d like.

      I was actually thinking of making a post one day that outlines a typical day of eating for me while on this plan as well as some of my favorite recipes.

      On the bright side, though, you’ve still lost something and you’re probably in better physical shape simply from the workouts, so it’s not a lost cause (and it also doesn’t take into account how the muscle growth is changing your body composition). Good job committing to the workouts!

  2. I’m definitely in better shape, faster and more agile on the soccer court, etc. but the lack of weight loss has still been a surprise – I figured that would be pretty much automatic.

    With P90X (the first version of the program), I lost 7-8 pounds really quickly – although I do admit I probably paid more attention to my diet. And P90X is a significantly harder workout, too.

    • Hi Ant,

      It’s great that you’re seeing results in different ways, though! Definitely play around with different things and see if that amps up your weight loss results. I’ve never done the original P90X (or any of the other variations), as I did more Insanity and Turbo Fire things in the past, but I am guessing based off of the difference in length that the original P90X would makes sense to be harder than the 30 minute version. Maybe you need to add in a little extra cardio?

      Good luck on your journey and thanks again for checking out my blog!

  3. I went through the Nutrition Guide again, and, as a test, tracked my calorie intake as accurately as I could for a week. At first I was reluctant to do that since I didn’t like the idea of going into the boring-sounding numbers-crunching. But I figured just a week would already tell me a lot. Turns out my diet wasn’t as healthy as I thought, so I cut down on the bad stuff and am already seeing results. Thanks for the encouragement.

  4. I’ve been reading your blog as I progress through my weeks with P90x3. I just started week 5, have seen ok results so far but I have a few questions you might be able to help me with. I struggle a lot with push-ups (especially in eccentric upper) I went to my knees but then Tony says not to do that in the video. Any tips? Also, do you think it’s worth purchasing the pull-up assist band? I am using a chair right now but feel like I’m short-changing myself. Thanks for your help.

    • Hi Shelly!

      Thanks for checking out my blog.

      I’ll answer your questions the best I can, but bare in mind I’m not an expert and my advice is just based off my own experience. When it comes to any exercise, I think the first and most important thing to focus on is using the correct form (core tight, ears in line with shoulders, hips and torso level, not dipping, etc.). If you don’t have the correct form, then you are more susceptible to injury. When I started P90X3, I also struggled with doing push-ups, so I can definitely relate! What I chose to do was do as many as I could on my toes using correct form. As soon as my form was compromised, I modified (whether that was not going as deep in the push-up or dropping to my knees). Ultimately, it’s about building up your strength. Every time I did the video, my goal was to do more on my toes using proper form and gradually reducing the number I had to do on my knees. It’s gotten to the point now where I rarely if ever have to drop to my knees, because I’ve built up enough strength to do so. I also thought a lot about keeping my core tight and that seemed to help a lot. Again, not perfect advice, but it’s what I chose to do so that I could be more successful. I hope that helps!

      As for your second question, I cannot recommend enough getting the pull-up assist band. It has truly helped me sooooo much in building my strength and actually getting better at doing the pull-ups. I don’t think I’d be where I’m at now with pull-ups if I didn’t have the assist. It’s actually fairly inexpensive, too, so, in my mind, it’s definitely worth the cost. My most significant gains have definitely been in pull-ups/chin-ups and I know I wouldn’t have had as much success if I didn’t use it. The one beachbody sells (here) is super easy to use and allows for lots of range (i.e. when I first started, I had it giving me a TON of support and as I got stronger, I’ve decreased the amount of support it provides). So, yes, I’d recommend purchasing it. 🙂

      Thanks for the questions! I hope I’ve helped shed some light on them for you! If you have any questions, please feel free to ask away. Good luck and have fun finishing up the rest of your P90X3 journey!

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