With the release of P90X3, people are no doubt going to be wanting to know about P90X vs P90X3 and what the differences are, which is better, which one should I do, is the meal plan the same…lots of stuff to cover over the next few months!
So first, lets just cover what exactly P90X is super quick and then we can take a look at X3 and see what that involves!
P90X vs P90X3 – A Glance at P90X
P90X is probably the most well rounded fitness program on the planet. Dont let that fool you though…There is a reason that so many people have gotten crazy results with P90X…cuz the workouts are CRAZY!
You are going to see incredible resistance training workouts, top shelf cardio, and you even will see Yoga…Yes yoga…And its not that weird spiritual stuff. Its sweat your butt of Yoga-X!
There are actually three different workout plans that you can follow, which include: Classic, Lean, and Doubles. Classic incorporates all aspects of your fitness with a large focus on resistance training using your own body weight. So you will see a lot of pushups and pullups and different variations of those moves. But you will also experience intense resistance moves for your upper body that incorporate the use of bands or dumbbells. The Lean routine focuses slightly more on those who have a goal of losing a lot of fat quickly, but I still suggest people stick with classic and you can learn why in my article on P90X Classic Or Lean. Double is simply the Classic schedule with an added cardio workout 3 days per week.
If you are looking for a time friendly workout, P90X really isnt going to be your cup of tea. Most P90X workouts last about 60 minutes and 3 days per week you add a 16 minute ab workout to those routines for about an 75 minute average workout time. And Yoga-X is 90 minutes!
Some of the equipment required for the program can be expensive or hard to use if you travel quite a bit, but I have found very affordable alternatives at Walmart, Target, or online at Amazon.com.
One thing you might run into though as you progress through P90X is that you will notice your stamina and endurance will increase quickly and some of the cardio workouts might not be as tough as they used to be. At this point I would recommend something like a weighted vest to increase the intensity or maybe even substituting some Insanity on your cardio days.
…Now lets take a look at P90X3!
P90X vs P90X3 – A Glance at P90X3
P90x3 is NOT P90X and its NOT P90X2…The reason P90X has been such a success is because its doable even though its hard. Anyone can jump in and modify the exercises to fit their own ability. You have the success of muscle confusion, the support of the P90X nutrition plan and of course, your team beachbody coach (ME!) CLICK HERE <– if I’m not your free coach yet!
Then you take a look at P90X2 which is sort of a graduate program for people who have completed P90X. You will NOT be able to complete P90X2 effectively if you are not in okay physical shape…the moves are just too demanding. While P90X2 does offer some of the most dramatic results, they are built upon the foundation that P90X lays. And a lot of people saw all the medicine balls, stability balls, crazy upside down pull-ups and just said…no thanks!
Does that mean I cant do P90X3 though???
The short answer to “What is P90X3″, is that P90X3 is about getting the most done in the least amount of time! Each workout only lasts 30 minutes from buzzer to buzzer. Whats really neat is that recent research is showing that a bulk of your results that you get, regardless of how long you workout…is in the first 30 minutes! On top of the new time-frame of these workouts in comparison to P90X or P90X2, you are going to see some NEW style of workouts like:
MMX (MMA style workout)
Basically what P90X3 has done is taken what we know to work well from P90X, P90X2, and added some new things to that to keep it fresh and motivating. But each workout can be modified as well! You cant touch your toes in yoga…touch your shins. You cant do full, unassisted pull-ups…grab a chair. You can do standard push-ups…drop to your knees. P90X3 is still about finding what works best for you…just in less time!
So is P90X or P90X3 Better?
Its not about which program is better…both programs are founded upon the same foundation: Find what works for you and just press play! Both still involve muscle confusion. Both P90X and P90X3 have a variety of workouts that keep the program fresh and motivating. Both programs show you how to modify according to your current ability.
…But which will get me better results…30 minutes of P90X3 or 60 minutes of P90X?
As I mentioned above – resent research is showing that a bulk of your results come from your first 30 minutes of exercise and anything in addition to that is bonus. “Bonus” meaning that you will increase your results. Its a simple matter of math at this point. You are either burning calories for 30 minutes or burning calories for 60 minutes. You are either getting an amazing resistance workout, or you are getting an elite resistance workout that completely exhausts your muscles for maximum results.
Can you get AMAZING results in just 30 minutes per day with P90X3? Absolutely! You saw the video above!
Can you get even BETTER results in 60+ minutes per day with P90X? Absolutely!
What it comes down to is what works for you! Its not about P90X vs P90X3…its about YOU and YOUR goal and YOUR schedule and YOUR commitment!
Most of your results come from nutrition anyway! which is why you need to go through my free 5-day bootcamp before you even think about comparing “P90X vs P90X3”, lol. When youget the first of five videos, you will begin to see how to prevent failure and I will show you my step-by-step process for setting up a nutrition plan to get INSANE results!
Excellent article. I agree with you. The best workout program out there is the one that you will do consistently. Whatever program gets you exercise most days of the week is the one you should do. I like your explanation that simple mathematics come in to play here. If you are able to work out for 60 minutes then P90X will be a better program. You will see better results. If you don't have the time to do P90X for 60 minutes a day than 30 minutes is better than nothing.
I recently received a fit bit for Christmas. Since right now my goal is weight loss, I'm considering doing P90X3then going out and walking for 30 to 45 minutes after my workout.
Great article as usual Coach Todd. I have P90X3 and have gotten great results by doing two workouts back-to-back. That way I'm still getting 60 minutes of Tony action but with fewer breaks and less talking. The variety of mixing workouts takes Muscle Confusion to its logical conclusion. I'll frequently put in a T25 workout instead just to mix it up.
By mixing and matching P90X3, T25, Asylum V1 Abs, and even 21-Day Fix (before my workout buddy moved away and took it with him :( ), I can put together a huge variety of 60 minute workouts, or stick to a single 30 if I am pressed for time.