P90X3 X3 Ab Ripper Review

This is kind of an addendum to my last post as I did it on the same day as I did Complex Upper (it’s on the schedule with it).  This P90X3 workout – X3 Ab Ripper – is shorter than the rest, rounding out at 15 minutes.  I was already pretty spent from Complex Upper, so I was a bit unsure of what to expect (particularly when Tony explains that it’s 8 of the hardest ab exercises put on DVD…*gulp*).

I almost felt like Tony was messing with my head. First he warns you of the extreme ab punishment you’re about to endure, then he throws Tin Man Windmills at you, which to be frank, were pretty easy. I should have known it would end there.  After your leisurely introduction, he then throws some really killer ab exercises at you, including Dolphin Hops (these start off not too bad but by the 15th rep, my abs and shoulders were dying), C-Y Reaches (again, not tooooo bad), sphinx crunch holds (the sphinx always gets me…), 5-Way Abrinomes (I actually love these, but my husband begs to differ), hip drop twists (challenging, but really fun), bridge burners (ouch), and speed bikes to burn you out (oi vay!).

Overall, I really enjoyed this short ab attack. It had a good variety of different exercises that worked different parts of your core, so it kept it interesting and thorough.  It seems like it would be an easy DVD to add to other workouts when you’re looking for a little extra in the ab department.  Thumbs up from me.

 

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.

 

P90X3 Complex Upper Review

Yay!  Finally we have a new P90X3 workout – Complex Upper.  Technically, I could have done this workout during the third block of the Classic Schedule, but I chose to save it for the Elite Block.

According to the guide, Complex Upper is “designed around the science of Post-Activation Potentiation, which requires a weighted resistance exercise followed by an explosive movement. Studies as far back as the ’60s confirm that a heavy contraction exercise done prior to an explosive movement enables activation of high-threshold muscle cell motor units (how we define muscular efficiency), which translates into absolute strength or power” (pg. 17). The workout is pretty much exactly that – moves that alternate from heavy contraction to explosive movement.

Complex Upper reminded me a bit of the Challenge – but more so if the Challenge was on overdrive.  The layout of the exercise is very simple, you do 5 exercises and then you repeat them 3 more times and round it off with a burnout.

The exercises you do are as follows:

1 – Slow Mo Chin-Ups – 12 reps

2 – X Plyo Push-Ups – 8 reps

3 – Lunge Thrust Presses (harder than it looks!) – 12 reps

4 – W Pull-Ups – 12 reps

5 – Push-Up Bird Dog Crunches (challenging but actually kind of fun in a “feel the burn” kind of way) – 12 reps

The first round the progression doesn’t seem tooooo bad.  I felt the burn but kept up pretty well with the cast.  However, as you repeat the progression, it definitely challenges you (both mentally and physically). I really liked this workout. It was pretty fun, fast-paced, and challenging, plus I have plenty of room to improve (which is a good thing!).  There’s something super rewarding about seeing yourself progress and get stronger (which is why it’s important to record your reps/weights/comments, etc.).  Plus, another tip gets to go into 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.

 

P90X3 Final Results (Review and Update)

Well, my 90 days of P90X3 are officially over. The last three months seriously flew by and I am so proud of myself for sticking with the program for so long.  My results are good (not jaw dropping, but incredible for me!).  They are actually much better than I expected (c’mon 30 minutes a day!).  Not only have I lost weight and inches, but I’ve gotten so much more energy and well-being from this program. I feel amazing, strong, happy, and healthy. My journey is not over – I still have plenty more weight to lose and more muscle to build, but I’m on the right path.

But, I know why you’re really reading this and it’s not to see how enlightened I am about my new-found health – it’s to see what my results actually were and if the program is worth the moola, time, and energy! So here we go…

P90X3 Classic Schedule Final Results

Total Weight Loss – 17 lbs (which is an additional 3.8 lbs since Month 2 – this was a bit discouraging at first, as 4 lbs doesn’t seem like a lot, but clearly more was happening in my body as you’ll see with the measurements below…)

Total Inches Lost:

 

Block 1 Change

Block 2 Change

Block 3 Change

Day 90 Total Results

Chest

– 1 inch

– ¼ inch

– ½ inch

– 1 ¾ inches

Ribs

– ½ inch

0

– 1 inch

– 1 ½ inches

Natural Waist

– 1 ¾ inches

– 1 inch

– ½ inch

– 3 ¼ inches

Belly Button

– 1 inch

– 1 inch

– ½ inch

– 2 ½ inches

Hips

– 1 ½ inches

– 1 inch

– 1 ½ inches

– 4 inches

Abductors

– 1 inch

– 1 inch

– 1 inch

– 3 inches

Arms

0

0

– ¼ inch

– ¼ inch

Thighs

– 1 inch/thigh

– ¾ inch/thigh

– ½ inch/thigh

– 2 ¼ inches

Total Change

– 7 ¾ inches

– 5 inches

– 5 ¾ inches

– 18 ½ inches

That’s right, despite only losing 3.8 lbs in month 3, I still lost 5 3/4 inches with a total inch loss of 18 1/2 inches.

On to the before/after pics.  Now this part was probably the most difficult for me.  I still have more progress to make and I’m a pretty private person (I don’t exactly want my picture sprawled everywhere).  I decided to make a compromise…to post pictures of just my body so I retain some privacy but also display the see-for-yourself results of the program. So here they are:

p90x3results

Fit Test Results

At this point, you’re probably tired of reading, so I’ll be brief.  Essentially, I improved on every area of the fit test.  You can see my results below:

Task

Improvement

Pull-Ups

* improved by doing an additional 5 more pull-ups with much less support

Vertical Jump

* jumped 1 inch higher

Push-Ups

* can do 25 more push ups on my toes than initially

Flexibility

* can stretch 3 ¾ inches farther

Wall Squat

* doubled my wall squat time (lasted 1 minute 38 seconds longer)

Bicep Curls

* did 5 more reps

In and Outs

* did 20 more in and outs

Jumping Jacks

* heart rate recovered much more quickly

 

Final Thoughts

Overall, I was super impressed with this program and my results.  Yes, I don’t go from where I was to being super ripped, but I have definitely shown major improvements in all areas. I lost a much needed chunk of weight, dropped inches, and gained incredible energy and a higher overall level of fitness.

Of course, buying this program isn’t going to guarantee you results – you have to put in the time and energy. You need to follow the exercise schedule and, more importantly, the food guide. If I was eating poorly, I never would have attained the results I did.  Beachbody pretty much hands you a recipe for success, but you are the one that needs to f0llow through in order to be successful. To do this, you need to follow the guide and use whatever tools you can to help you succeed, whether it’s downloading Workout Tip Jar or finding an accountability partner or challenge group.  I believe that you can succeed. If I can (who has pretty much struggled with her weight since Grade 1), then you can, too. 🙂

What’s Next?

Now that I’ve officially completed the P90X3 Classic Schedule, what’s next on the agenda for me?  Well..I’m not stopping there!  I’m going to continue on and complete the additional P90X3 Elite Block (4 extra weeks which incorporates three new workout videos).  I’m pretty excited to try the new DVDs and to see what 4 extra weeks can bring me results-wise.  I’m noticing that the elite block is pretty strength-based, so I may incorporate some extra cardio along the way (maybe throw in some running or Insanity videos).

Have any of you finished P90X3?  I’d love to hear your results!  Please 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.