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PRELIMINARY REVIEW OF P90X3


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As some of you know (in other words, friends, family and the 5 people who read this blog tongue ), I did P90X in 2009 and had great results….and also got pretty injured after the second round through the program. You can read more about that sob story HERE. This time, I’m back doing P90X3  – with some modifications and a lot more knowledge on how to protect myself from injury, thanks in part to my chiropractor/muscle pain guru (more about him and his back pain program in an upcoming post) – and definitely back to loving all that is Tony Horton.

For those of you who have never heard of P90X or the new P90X3 (this is for a friend of mine; let’s not embarrass her and just post her initials. In bold: K.G.), here is the official trailer:

The hubby and I started the program a week ago and we thought 30 minutes a day HAD to be easier than the one-hour-plus daily workouts of the original.  Said hubby actually never finished P90X because it simply took too much of his time, so this seemed like a good option.  What we both discovered though, is that less time does not mean less intense.   So today, on my 9th day since starting the program, I give you my preliminary review of P90X3 with a list of pros and cons:

PROS:

  • Shorter workouts: Seriously, who doesn’t have 30 minutes a day to workout?
  • Modifications: Anyone can do these workouts; with all the modifications that are provided you can work at your own pace up to the maximum intensity.
  • Minimal equipment required: A few dumbbells, a Chin-Up/Pull-Up Bar or Resistance Bands, good crosstrainer shoes, a plyo and/or Yoga Mat and some tape for Agility X.  Note: many of these items are available directly from Beachbody – simply click the picture at the top of this post.
  • No more 90 minute Yoga X torture, P90X3 Yoga is actually enjoyable:  Coming from someone who is bored to tears by Yoga – sorry, yoga-lovers!
  • Tony and his corny sense of humor:  This may be a PRO or a CON, depending whether or not you like Tony Horton, but I do, and his silliness makes me laugh and keeps me working hard.
  • Easier nutrition guide and program: As a Nutritionist, I have to say I am very impressed with the time and effort that was put in to this program; it is similar to the way I teach my clients to eat and it is laid out in a simple, easy to understand format.  I’m happy to see,  unlike other so-called Nutrition programs, that absolutely NO artificial crap is allowed!

CONS:

  • Too many pushups for my liking:  Yes, pushups are a terrific overall body exercise.  However, for people with rounded shoulders/bad posture (ahem, that would me moi), pushups simply make this problem worse.   It shortens the muscles of the pec wall, thereby further rounding the shoulders, unless a LOT of stretching to counteract this issue is done on a daily basis.  I’ve personally had to swap out a lot of the pushups for my own upper body strengthening moves using the TRX or free weights.  For most people, however, this shouldn’t be an issue.  If you are 5’10”  with a giraffe-like neck like I am, then I feel your pain.  Literally.
  • Not enough stretching at the end of the workouts: You definitely need more recovery time to prevent injury and I find myself stretching for a good 10-15 minutes more after the workouts are done.
  • 2 minute warning at the start of EACH workout DVD:  This may not seem like a big deal, but when you can’t click on the menu button or fast forward the warning EVERY single day, it gets kind of annoying.  I mean, we get it, this program is not for people who just got off their couch yesterday and it may kill you and beachbody is not responsible, bla bla bla.  But every workout?

OVERALL:

Although I have had to modify some of the exercises in the program to make it safer for my personal neck/upper back issues, I still highly recommend this program…..so far.  Whether or not I continue to feel that way in the upcoming weeks remains to be seen, but I am pretty dedicated, as is my brother and sister-in-law who started the program the same time we did.  It’s nice to have a What’sApp group text going where we all bitch and complain about how hard a workout is or how much we crave a pizza.   As I write this, my forearms hurt, my lats hurt, my glutes hurt….but all in a good way, thank G-d.

I’ve also become a Beachbody Coach to help others who are doing any of the Beachbody fitness programs. Of course, I’m still available as a Personal Trainer if these type of home workouts are not your thing!

By the way, there is a P90X2 (in case you were wondering), but since I haven’t done it, I figured for the purpose of this blog post we can just pretend it doesn’t exist. winking

Wishing everyone a happy, Healthy and Fit New Year! happy

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MY PERSONAL REVIEW OF P90X

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock, if you’re any sort of fitness enthusiast, you have definitely heard of (or tried) P90X: Tony Horton’s 90-Day Extreme Home Fitness Workout DVD Program. But for those of you who haven’t, its a super-intense home exercise program created by fitness guru Tony Horton. It consists of 12 intense workout DVDs and includes the use of heavy free weights (you have the option of using light weights or resistance bands), and incorporates a tremendous amount of pushups and pullups, plyometrics, and some yoga. The DVDs are designed to be done in a specific routine that you follow 6-7 days/week approx an hour and 20 min a day for 90 days. The program also includes a Nutritional guideline and supplement recommendations to enhance your workout.

I did P90x about a year ago and loved it. I followed the program to the letter of the law: the workouts, the nutrition program, and the supplements. I loved the program (and the results) so much in fact that I did P90x-plus almost immediately after, which is another 5 DVDs and 90 days of more torture. I enjoyed that too, although not as much as the regular P90x, since the workouts were shorter and not as fun or intense. I decided to do a 3rd round (did I mention I am a little crazy?) by combining the 2 programs and rotating all the DVDs. I stopped doing the program halfway through the 3rd round when I realized I was doing more harm to my body than good. You see along the way, most people who do this program will experience pain, some of it pretty significant. And at some point, the line between muscle soreness and muscle and joint pain becomes a little blurred.

So why didn’t I just stop after the first round? Hindsight, as they say, is 20/20. In my defense, aside from the aforementioned fact that I’m a little crazy, the only way I can explain it is that Tony is addictive. I mean, as a personal trainer I always exercised about 4-5 days a week, an hour each day. But training yourself, as most people can attest to, is or becomes boring, no matter how great your exercise routine is. Tony makes you feel like he’s there in the room with you along with his friends. He cracks corny jokes and motivates you, plus he kicks it up a notch in a way I would never have done on my own. What can I say?………He had me at “Bring It!” and I was hooked. Most people who have done this program will agree that it’s highly addictive, and unfortunately, addiction of any kind is not a good thing!

So, as much as I love high-intesity exercise, and P90X in particular, I’d like to caution those of you out there thinking of doing this program, especially you women who may not be used to doing pushups and pullups. Do it with proper form, first and foremost. Do it ONCE and take a break before going for round 2. Don’t push yourself past the point of failure even if you feel strong, because it is guaranteed to get you injured. Tony does a lot of innovative twisting moves that put a lot of strain on the back and neck, especially in P90X+. Take it from me, I was in the best shape of my life and after P90X I had 2 herniated discs in my neck along with significant back pain. I had to take a break from any kind of weight training for quite some time, and get numerous chiropractic, active release technique, and massage treatments for my neck and back. Now I’m not saying the P90X program is to blame:  In my particular case, my form was never the greatest on those last few reps – it’s nearly impossible when youre pushing yourself past the point of muscle failure to maintain perfect form. Being 5’10”, I also don’t have the best posture which puts a lot of force and pressure on all the vertebrae of the spine, especially the neck, while doing these types of exercises.   Thank G-d, I’m okay today and back to doing strenuous forms of exercise, although I shy away from too many pushups or pullups because they tend to cause me aggravation.

Would I do P90X again? I still do some of the workouts, such as “Shoulders and Arms”, “Legs and Back,” and “Kempo Cardio Plus” in rotation with my regular routine. Would I recommend it? Yes, if you’re fit and you lift just enough weight or do enough reps to maintain proper form.  Daily stretching, proper supplementation and adequate rest are also extremely important when doing the program.

P.S. I’d love to hear your feedback on P90X if you have done (or attempted to do) the program. happy

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