P90X3 Review + Results (with Before & After Photos!)
Tony Horton has brought us Power 90, P90X, and P90X2. Now he is back with a new program to get your ripped in 90 days, for just 30 minutes each day with the new P90X3 workout from Beachbody. Read on for my honest P90X3 review plus real results with before and after photos! (Post updated July 2020)
P90X3 combines a highly structured, plateau-busting schedule with an unprecedented variety of moves that keep every muscle challenged with Tony’s “muscle confusion” plan.
Right now you can get the entire P90X3 home workout program on Beachbody On Demand – stream the workouts (plus over 700 other workouts).
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P90X3 – The Details
The program brings you 19 new challenging workouts to help you burn fat and build muscle. The workouts are 30 minutes each, with one workout completed 7 days a week for 90 days (with one day each week for rest or stretching).
It also includes the targeted nutrition plan to bring you maximum results.
Who it’s for
P90X3 is for anyone! Every P90X3 workout includes modifications to accommodate all fitness levels, from beginner to advanced.
You do need a few things to get started with P90X3:
- weights (I used 5, 8, 10, and 15 pound dumbbells)
- resistance band with handles (light to medium resistance)
These adjustable dumbbells are great if you don’t want to buy a pair of each size.
Other equipment that is recommended but not required:
- Beachbody’s Performance Line (especially Energize – my favorite!)
- (and my personal recommendation) a foam roller to help with self-myofascial release
What’s included with the program
You get 19 different workouts – that are only 30 minutes each. (Yes, even the yoga is just 30 minutes!)
Check out a sneak peek of the workouts here:
You also get:
- • Quick Start Guide (Digital)
- • Elite Workout Calendar (Digital)
- • Base Workout Calendar (Digital)
- • Fitness Guide (Digital)
- • Worksheet (Digital)
- • Beachbody Guide to Nutrition (Print & Digital)
While I didn’t love the nutrition guide that came with P90X3, I do love the portion control nutrition plan that uses the 21 Day Fix colored containers. You can absolutely use them to help plan your meals during P90X3!
(More about what I liked and didn’t like in my full P90X3 review at the bottom.)
Check out my own meal plans that I use for amazing results!
The P90X3 Schedule of Workouts
P90X3 comes with four calendar options:
There is also an “Elite” block for advanced training that emphasizes speed and power over muscle growth.
When I completed P90X3 the first time, I only purchased the base kit and did not have access to some of the bonus workouts. I did eventually try them and they are pretty great.
You’ll get results with any calendar you choose, but I do recommend trying some of the optional workouts for variety and an additional challenge.
Get a copy of the P90X3 Schedule HERE.
A closer look at the P90X3 workout list
I have written my own recommendations and reviews of most of the workouts in P90X3. Listed below are each of the workouts included in the program with links to my posts (including pics and videos!).
|Total Synergistics (30 Min)||A full-body resistance workout that triggers fast, powerful changes to the body’s composition.|
|The Challenge (30 Min)||Strengthens the entire upper body by stacking push-ups and pull-ups.|
|Incinerator (30 Min)||A full burnout session that pushes the limits.|
|Eccentric Upper (30 Min)||Time under tension creates lean-muscle growth fast with this workout.|
|Eccentric Lower (30 Min)||Carve a ripped lower body-faster by slowing down the eccentric (or negative) half of each movement.|
|The Warrior (30 Min)||An anytime, anywhere workout that’s one-size-fits all.|
|Agility X (30 Min)||This fusion of aerobic and anaerobic energy improves precision, flexibility, balance, and strength.|
|Triometrics (30 Min)||Increase speed and power in a fraction of the time with this explosive next-generation plyo workout.|
|Decelerator (30 Min)||Build the ability to go up strong and come down safe with multi-angle deceleration training.|
|CVX (30 Min)||Resistance is combined with intervals to give the full-body burn and power up the core.|
|MMX (30 Min)||Burn fat by taxing your strength, endurance, and flexibility with this martial arts-based cardio workout.|
|Accelerator (30 Min)||Increase cardiovascular and muscular efficiency resulting in more fat burning.|
|X3 Yoga (30 Min)||A flow-style practice that improves musculoskeletal flexibility, balance, stamina, and core strength.|
|Pilates X (30 Min)||Power the core, gain muscle elasticity, and stabilize joints, as pilates fundamentals meet modern science.|
|Isometrix (30 Min)||Isometric contraction combined with instability-this workout gives an unshakable platform to work from.|
|Dynamix (30 Min)||Increase the range of motion, flexibility, and stabilization to help maximize results from every routine.|
|Complex Upper (30 Min)||Explosive training for absolute upper-body strength and power.|
|Complex Lower (30 Min)||Elite moves that results in a leaner, stronger, and faster lower body.|
|X3 Ab Ripper (15 Min)||An ab blast workout to strengthen the core.|
My P90X3 Review
What I liked
I love that the workouts are only 30 minutes. And yes, you really DO get a good workout in just 30 minutes. For the most part, those 30 minutes seem to go by pretty quickly!
The Warrior was definitely a challenge that I grew to love. The Super Burpee was a move I hated but enjoyed!
I didn’t think I’d enjoy CVX but it became one of my favorites! I love anything with weights.
Same with The Challenge, which should be renamed “Pullups and Pushups for 30 minutes straight.” I was able to modify to fit where I was, and it felt great to see my progress each time!
What I didn’t like
X3 Yoga wasn’t my favorite, but I’m just glad it wasn’t 90 minutes of yoga like with P90X.
I also didn’t love Agility X. It felt awkward. But I know both of those workouts were good for me anyway.
Also, I hate to say it, but Tony just isn’t my favorite trainer. Some of his jokes are funny but most of the time he makes me cringe.
At least he isn’t super sexist like Sagi in Body Beast. I mostly ignore him and focus on mastering my workouts (while occasionally yelling “shut up Tony” at my TV).
FYI: You can drown out Tony by listening to this P90X3 Playlist on Spotify!
As I mentioned, I didn’t love the P90X3 nutrition guide. I didn’t really follow it, not strictly anyway, but I did eat clean most of the time and I drank Shakeology every day.
For anyone starting P90X3 now, I would recommend either using Ultimate Portion Fix (with those cute colored containers) or the 2B Mindset Kit.
Some people wonder if you really have to include Shakeology with the meal plan. While it is possible to get serious results without drinking Shakeology daily, I still absolutely recommend it! It’s how I made sure I got all of my nutrition, plus an easy way to get in extra protein.
How P90X3 compares to other programs
How is P90X3 different from P90X? The workouts are shorter and more appropriate for participants at any level, from beginner to advanced. P90X can be intimidating for beginners. P90X3 also has a modifier.
How is P90X3 different from INSANITY? Other than having different trainers, P90X3 uses weights where INSANITY is all bodyweight exercises.
My tips and advice on completing P90X3
- Meal plan in advance – make a few simple plans and eat the same things each week for all 90 days to keep it simple if you have to
- Meal prep in advance – don’t let yourself run out of food and get hungry
- Use the heaviest weights you can use without losing good form. If you finish a set and you aren’t struggling, up the weights or intensity next time.
- Stretch stretch stretch. Stretch and foam roll more than Tony does at the end of each workout.
- Modify the moves if they are too advanced. Keep moving, even if you have to lower the intensity.
P90X3 Results – Before & After Photos
Unfortunately, I didn’t take before and after photos when I did P90X3! I know, I know. Total fail.
But I have done the workouts plenty of times since then, and I do have some photos to share.
Here are some other amazing before and after photos from REAL people who got REAL results!
Are you Ready to Get shredded?
If you want to try P90X3 for yourself, you can get started today by signing up for Beachbody On Demand. You get this program plus all the others (over 700 workouts)!
I also recommend becoming a Beachbody Coach so you can get a discount on your monthly Shakeology. Send me a message or email me at amandaseghetti at gmail and I can tell you more about it!
Make sure you check out my meal plans and recipes to help you get a jump start on your nutrition!