Posted by Coach Todd
on Dec 23, 2013 in Reviews
P90X3 vs Focus T25 is the battle of the ages when it comes to the new era of short duration/high intensity workouts! I am already getting questions from team members asking
“Which is better, P90X3 or T25?”
“Should I do T25 or P90X3?”
“Which one is going to give me better results?”
“I already have Focus T25, should I get P90X3?”
All of these are valid questions and ones that I want to address individually…later. First off I just want to do a side by side comparison of the facts when it comes to P90X3 vs Focus T25. So take a gander at the chart below to see how the two workout programs stack up against one another.
P90X3 Overview – P90X3 vs Focus T25
This is probably the best “P90X3 overview” statement from the man Tony Horton himself:
“Study after study shows that the most dramatic body transformations happen in the first 30 minutes of exercise. My goal was to find a way to use that window of opportunity to help people get ripped – P90X rippded – in just half an hour a day.
So here’s what we did. We took everthing we’d already proven with the Muscle Confusion of P90X, added in the Muscle Integration of X2, and tailored new routines to take advantage of this science of shorter workouts.
MUSCLE ACCELERATION IS BORN
P90X3 comvines a highly structured, plateau-busting schedule with an unprecendented variety of moves that keep every muscle challenged ever day for 30 minutes of full-throttle intensity that leaves any other workout in the dust.”
So basically you are getting all of the benefits that P90X and P90X2 offered…even if you havent done them – and you get it packaged in a workouts that only takes 30 minutes per day…Whats even better is that this program caters to the seasoned athlete AND the beginner!
The full P90X3 workout schedule is 90 days long (3 blocks of 30 days) and includes recovery weeks. You will be pressing play 6 days per week and taking 1 day for rest. Each workout only lasts 30 minutes with the addition of a 3-4 minute cool down. Be sure to check out your different P90X3 package options as each one comes with different bonuses, supplements, and equipment.
The P90X3 nutrition plan is where this program REALLY shines in my opinion. Ya the 30 minute workouts are amazing…but nutrition is where 80% of your results come from – so I am always looking to see how Beachbody can SIMPLIFY and IMPROVE your chances of succeeding with nutrition…and they have done just that.
Aside from being incredibly simple, the P90X3 nutrition plan is one of the most comprehensive plans I have seen that can be catered to your specific goals; whether that be fat loss or gaining mass. Be sure to check out the full details on the P90X nutrition plan!
One thing you might run into while doing P90X3 is that the workouts will get easier as your stamina and strength increases. You are going to really have to push yourself to increase the level of difficulty if you are finding some of the moves becoming easier. That mean adding more reps, adding more weight, doing it faster…you get the idea. You HAVE TO CHALLENGE YOURSELF…you are fighting against yourself in this and the winner will be either the old you, or the new you.
Focus T25 Overview – P90X3 vs Focus T25
In similar fashion, I think Shaun T gives the best “Focus T25 overview”…Here is what he has to say about his workout:
“When you’re doing Focus T25, every second counts. You’ll focus on one muscle group at a time, sequencing from move to move without any rest. Start with your glutes. Just when you can’t do another rep, you move on to your core. When those muscles are toast, it’s time for biceps. Then quads, lower abs, back, obliques, triceps…”
This is literally exactly what you will experience with Focus T25…Its non-stop for 25 minutes straight and you BLAST a muscle group and then right when you are about to fail, he switches it up on you to another muscle group.
The full Focus T25 workout schedule lasts 70 days (2 phases, “alpha” and “beta” are both 5 weeks). You will be pressing play 5 days a week and doing 2 workouts on your last day of the week. Saturday or “STATurdays” are reserved to makeup any missed workouts and take your STATS (measurements). Each workout lasts for just 25 minutes with a 3-4 minute cool down at the end. You can also choose from various Focus T25 packages.
The Focus T25 nutrition plan is incredibly simple. You just take a 4-step calorie quiz and then determine your calorie intake (an option of 1200 calories per day or 1600 calories per day) based on your quiz score. Also included in the T25 nutrition guide is a 5 day fast track plan that puts you on a regimented meal plan thats at a very big calorie defecit and you will be eating 1100 calories for those 5 days. I had a team member lose 11.4lbs by the end of that 5 day fast track in our first T25 challenge group!
Focus T25 is no joke! I can tell you right now that you are going to have a very hard time keeping up with the people in the video. But just like with X3, you can modify. T25 actually has one person showing the modified version of the move for every single move. Eventually, as you get better, you can step it up to the standard moves and then focus on kicking Shaun T’s butt in the workout. This program is perfect for the athlete or the beginner.
P90X3 vs T25 FAQ’s
Q: Which is better, P90X3 or T25?
A: In my opinion, P90X3 is the better choice for overall functional fitness. I think it addresses a wider range of capabilities that are necessary for “complete” fitness. You have intense resistance training that promotes hypertrophy (muscle growth), it targets flexibility with yoga and pilates, you have intense cardio sessions that bring a variety of cardio styles – including an MMA style workout. Overall the variety of X3 workouts is what sets it apart from T25 in my opinion. Not to say you cant get phenomenal results with T25 though!
Q: Should I do T25 or P90X3?
A: That’s totally a preference thing…Both programs are going to get you crazy results if you follow the workouts and the nutrition plans. If you like the intensity of a hardcore cardio workout where you can barely lift yourself off the ground when you are done…T25 for sure! If you want some more variety of workouts with more muscle building capability…X3 is the way to go. Both workouts are a solid choice though.
Q: Which one is going to give me better results?
A: This is a tricky one…Your results depend on YOU. If you half ass your workouts then your results are going to reflect that effort with both programs. The same goes for the nutrition plans…you cant do the workouts and ignore the nutrition plan. Thats where 80% of your results come from! I think both programs can help you achieve the body you want, but its more of a matter of WHAT you want to do with those results. In my opinion, P90X3 offers a more functional fitness result while T25 will allow you to knock the pants off anyone who tries to outlast you on the field or court.
Q: I already have Focus T25, should I get P90X3?
A: Again, this one is up to you. One question I would ask you is, “have you given T25 a try for the FULL duration of the program, and did you follow the nutrition plan?” So many people think that a new program is what they need to get results when in reality its a matter of COMMITTING to the original plan! I say give everything you got with T25 for a full round, then switch it up to P90X3. Unless you hate T25 that is…then I would say go for X3 to stay motivated.
I hope this comparison of P90X3 and T25 helped you out with your decision. Just know that whatever choice you make…give it your all! Its worth it. By the end of either of these programs, you will be a completely new person!
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