P90X3 Week 6 Review (Results and Update)

Yet another week has literally flown by in the world of P90X3.  We’ve wrapped up week 6 and I’m still enjoying the benefits to my new lifestyle and workout program.  My energy, strength, agility, confidence, and contentedness are all skyrocketing. Simply put – I feel amazing. Aside from the usual, I’m also noticing some other changes – my skin looks more vibrant and healthier, my immune system seems stronger (last year I got the flu twice – once in January and once in February), and my body seems more compact (as in less flabby). 😉  Past workouts that seemed difficult are getting easier and my reps and weight amounts have all been increasing.  Again, I was able to decrease the amount of support in my pull-up assist and I was still able to do more reps with less support!  Jackpot!  I think my pull-ups/chin-ups are the most exciting part of this adventure.  I’m slowly inching my way to being able to do unsupported pull-ups.  When (I almost wrote if…but realized it’s not an if, because I am determined to do it) I am able to do one without the assist, I will post a video. For you fitness buffs who can easily squeeze out unassisted pull-ups, it may look pathetic, but for those of us who never thought we’d be able to do one, it will be quite the accomplishment (well, at least in my eyes!).

Today’s weigh in, itself, is quite exciting for me as I’ve officially reached the 10 lb weight loss mark!!! I cannot remember the last time I was able to drop 10 lbs (and definitely not in 6 weeks!).  That’s another 1.4 lbs drop from last week. I cannot stress enough how proud I am of my work and how grateful I am to have found this program, the accountability I get from my challenge groups and husband, and the motivation I have from using Workout Tip Jar. With these tools, I am able to stay focused on my healthy eating and my exercising.  At this point, after 6 weeks, it’s almost become second-nature.  Eating healthy isn’t difficult and I’m enjoying all the foods I put in my body. In fact, I don’t even miss the junk I used to eat. To be blunt, feeling this incredible is way better than how junk food ever tasted.  My journey itself is not over.  I still have another 30 lbs that I’d like to lose (although that number may change depending on how my body composition itself changes). Yet, I know I can do it this time, and you can do whatever you set your mind to, too.  

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.

 

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.

 

P90X3 Fit Test Update (Month 1 Results)

So my husband’s shoulder is feeling better, so we decided it was time to do the P90X3 fit test over again (technically after 5 weeks).  I wasn’t sure what to expect after 5 weeks, but was happy to see that we did in fact improve in all areas! Below you can see how we improved.  

Pull-Ups

I did 3 more pull-ups than I did in my original fit test and with less assistance (I decreased the pull-up assist support by 4 inches).  Not too shabby.

My husband didn’t see any improvement in this area, but again, his shoulder has been recently injured and we didn’t want him to push it and get re-injured.

 

Vertical Leap

In the vertical leap, I improved by 1 1/4 inches, and my husband improved by 1 inch.

 

Push-Ups

I did 10 more push-ups and my husband did 7 more (again, we were cautious with his shouder).

 

Toe Touch/Flexibility Test

I increased by toe touch by 1 1/4 inches, while my husband increased by 2 inches.

 

Wall Squats

I lasted an additional 17 seconds, while my husband lasted an extra 7 seconds.

 

Bicep Curls

I did an extra 2 curls (although I think my original weight selection was badly judged) and my husband increased his by 1 (again I think we misjudged the weight choice).

 

In and Outs

I did an extra 10 reps, while my husband did an extra 17 reps.

 

Heart Rate Maximizer

We both improved in this area, although it’s a bit hard to explain how.  Both of our initial heart rates were not as high and they decreased much more rapidly over the span of time.

 

Definitely looking forward to our Day 9o results! What have your results been like? Comment 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.

 

P90X3 MMX Review

Fun – that was what today’s P90X3 workout, MMX, was. It was a heart-pumping, adrenaline-rushing feast of jabs, kicks, crosses, hooks, sprawls, knees, and elbows. As you could probably tell from the title, MMX is a mixed martial arts type workout (as Tony calls it, Mixed Martial Arts to the eXtreme).

A tip for those of you who haven’t yet done or experienced the wonders of MMX, preview the workout first.  Being someone who loves punching/kicking videos (started with Tae Bo in my teens and graduated to Turbo Jam, TurboFire, and Les Mills Combat in adulthood), even I had to pause at times, watch what the combo looked like and then rewind to start at the beginning so that I could get the max out of this workout. The nice thing is that it tells you the combo before you begin each exercise, but it’s sometimes a bit vague or confusing, so I had to watch them first and then go back and restart.  Next time, I’ll be able to do the workout straight through as I’ll remember the moves.  If I had previewed it, I probably wouldn’t have had to pause as much.

Despite having to pause at times, I was dripping with sweat by the end of the workout.  In retrospect, I probably shouldn’t have laid down on my carpet afterwards, as I’m sure it won’t be smelling like roses anymore…  The workout itself was filled with lots of variety (different combos, different moves, etc.), which kept it fun and interesting. In addition, each combo only lasted about 30 seconds on each side, so we were changing things up constantly, which kept me interested and having fun throughout. One of the drawbacks, at times, of TurboFire and Les Mills Combat is that they sometimes repeat the combo for too long, which can get a bit boring at times. Don’t get me wrong, I love those workouts and plan to go back and do them again, but in comparison, they aren’t always as riveting as this particular video.  In this way, it kind of reminded me of T25 – ever changing, fast paced, and working your butt off.

One of the things that made this workout so intense were the sprawls (think: burpees) added throughout. Not only are they integrated into combos, but they are packed in the last minute burnout where you do jabs/sprawls on Tony’s cues.  It definitely squeaks out your last ounce of energy at the end.

All in all, an awesome and exhilarating workout.  I couldn’t have asked for a better way to end the first week of Block 2.  Another well-earned tip goes into my Workout Tip Jar

So, have you ever done any other mixed martial arts type videos and how do you think they compare to MMX?  Comment 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.

 

P90X3 Incinerator Review

Today’s P90X3 workout was Incinerator – and just like it sounds, it was a killer! The whole focus of this DVD is to burn you out and that’s what it does.  The goal for this workout is failure – which, in this case, means success. To fail, you need to push yourself to your limits until you have nothing left to give.

Throughout the DVD, you do back-to-back exercises that target a specific muscle group (i.e. lats, triceps, biceps, etc.). The first exercise targets muscle growth, while the second is meant to push you to your limit in order to fail. For example, the first exercise you do is the renegade row, followed by pull-ups.  For the exercises, you either have to do 10 reps (i.e. rows, flies, monkey pumps) or the max number of reps in a certain time frame such as 30 seconds (i.e. push-ups, pull-ups, flippers).  With many of the exercises you need dumbbells or resistance bands. A minor pet peeve I have of P90X3 videos is that Tony doesn’t often recommend or ask his cast what they are using (I find this helps me to judge what to use). He did, however, ask his cast a few times throughout this video and would occasionally caution you to choose a lower weight (i.e. for the monkey pump, he mentions that he had to work up to 15 lbs, so I knew to go light here), which was helpful.  Nevertheless, because we record our weights/reps on the recording sheet, I can better judge what I need to choose for next time.

Overall, I really enjoyed this workout. I didn’t find it as crazy intense as Eccentric Upper, but it was still deadly. I think next time I’ll find the workout even harder and more challenging, because I’ll be choosing my weights with better accuracy and will know what each exercise entails (sometimes, I had to stop to watch what the exercise was, rewind, and then do it).  I can definitely see that I’m getting stronger and just more fit, which is super exciting. I decided to lower the support of the pull-up assist to make pull-ups and chin-ups more challenging. At the start, I never would have been able to do pull-ups with this reduced amount of support, which is a major indicator of how far I’ve come.  I can also do way more push-ups on my toes than ever before, and I rarely have to drop down to my knees, which is a bit shocking (for me).  I still haven’t conquered the pesky military push-ups, but they will come (oh, my poor, wimpy triceps).  I’m always jealous when I watch my husband do them, because he has perfect form and makes them look so easy.

As a side note, the cast in this video were ridiculously ripped. Just simply…wow.

Another tip for my Workout Tip Jar. Excited to try tomorrow’s new video – MMX!

 

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 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.

 

P90X3 Triometrics Review

After yesterday’s killer P90X3 workout, I wasn’t sure what to expect with today’s Triometrics DVD. Was I in for more pain?  Turns out yes, but in a good way.

My body was definitely feeling the soreness from yesterday’s upper body thrashing (and yet I still dream of pull-ups…it’s a sickness), so I was a little nervous about today. In Triometrics, you do a variety of 1 minute exercises but all at three different levels of intensity (20 seconds normal, 20 seconds harder, 20 seconds hardest). Tony adjusts the exercises in different ways (i.e. sometimes you go deeper, other times you jump higher, etc.).  It’s really dependent upon the particular exercise and the effect he’s aiming for.  The exercises themselves are varied from squats, to skaters, to frog jumps, to lunges, and so forth).  The workout itself requires no equipment aside from water and good workout shoes (not running shoes as Tony always points out), which makes it nice.

Overall, I thought the workout was well-rounded and pretty fun. I liked that every 20 seconds something would change (yes, I get easily bored by working out; hence, my not being a huge fan of running!).   You could also definitely feel each exercise and appreciate the different intensities that Tony brought (and the burn…oh…the burn…). When I was finished, I had a good sweat (not the dripping in my pool of sweat like with T25 though) and knew I’d worked my body hard.  If I pushed myself harder, I probably would have had an even better workout (I think I wussed out a bit…). Sometimes Tony was a bit unclear as to what the next move entailed, so I would have to slow down to see what they were doing before making my adjustment. Next time when I know exactly what each exercise entails, I think I’ll be able to push myself harder. All in all, it was an excellent workout and I look forward to doing it again. Another tip for 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 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.

 

P90X3 Week 4 Review (Results and Update)

Holy Snapplesauce, month 1 of P90X3 is officially over – how is that even possible??? I seriously have no idea where the time went!  I can honestly say that it’s been an incredible month.  My eating has been on key and I’ve stuck with the Classic Workout Calendar, trying to make this experience as authentic as possible.

Last week I mentioned that I was feeling under the weather, but my body has bounced back (faster than usual) and I’ve been back to normal health for the past few days, which has been nice.  Because it’s the end of the first “Block”, I decided that it would be a good time to take my measurements to see where exactly the weight has gone. Below, you’ll find my progress as of today. My scale didn’t budge much this week (so annoying), but being female and knowing there are a lot of factors that can impact the scale, I’m not too concerned (particularly because I find measurements/how I feel/how my clothes fit to be a more accurate representation of my fitness level).  So this week I only lost 0.2 lbs (and yes, there were  a few choice words in my mind when the scale only  dropped that!).  Nevertheless, I plan on continuing to eat healthy and keep up with the schedule. If I continue to plateau or stop seeing results, I’ll change up my eating a bit to see if I can kick start my weight loss again. By the way, I am fairly short (5’1″), so any weight loss or weight gain shows up fairly noticeably on my shorter frame.

So here goes nothing….

P90X3 Month 1 Results 

 Weight Loss – 7 lbs

Inches Lost:

Chest – 1 inch

Ribs – 1/2 inch

Natural Waist – 1 3/4 inches

Stomach (Belly Button) – 1 inch

Hips – 1 1/2 inches

Abductors – 1 inch

Arms – No change

Thighs – 1 inch (per thigh)

Total Inches Lost: 7 and 3/4 inches!

Fit Test Update: My husband and I were planning on doing the fitness test again at the end of Month 1, but he recently injured his right shoulder, so we’re going to wait until it’s better before attempting it. According to the guide itself, you’re supposed to do the fit test at the end of the 90 days, but we thought it would be interesting to see how much we’ve improved each month.  When we finally do it (hopefully soon), I’ll post an update on my fit test progress.

Needless to say, I’m pretty ecstatic with my results. I’m sure other people can potentially get way better results, but for me, that’s a freaking miracle.  Last time I stuck with a program and ate healthy, I only lost 4 inches in one month, so this is a significant improvement for me. My biggest problem area, as is common for many females, is my hips, so I was super excited that the greatest drop was in that area. I foresee not as many changes in my upper body in the future (natural waist, ribs, etc.), as I don’t have a lot to lose in that particular area, but I’m sure I will continue to see more progress as the time goes on.

These results definitely added fuel to my fire and I’m already excited to see my Month 2 results!  Now that I’m over whatever sick bug I caught, I’m back to feeling energized and amazing.  If you’re humming and hawing over whether or not to try this workout, I’d highly recommend it.  But, of course, we all know that food is a huge factor in anyone’s progress, so you absolutely need to think about your nutrition, not just your workout (I know my results wouldn’t have been nearly as good if I hadn’t been eating healthy as well).

Again, if you want some easy motivation, check out Workout Tip Jar and find an accountability partner or challenge group.  Remember this is a lifestyle change, not a quick diet. Happy fitness, everyone!

 

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 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.