Monday, August 25, 2014

My P90X3 Summer

Hello friends!  I know- it's been awhile.  I think I can officially say that the blog fell off my radar for a little while.  But, I'm back and we've got some catching up to do.  I think I'll spend the next couple of posts letting you know what's been going on around here.

First, I'm officially a P90X3 finisher!  I did 90 days with Tony Horton and lived to tell the tale.

Before I give you my review, I should tell you that I'm not a Beachbody coach and I don't intend to become one any time soon.  I feel like that's important to note because sometimes it's hard to find reviews of Beachbody products from someone who isn't trying to sell you anything.

So, I spent this summer following the Classic plan.
(there are several plans you can choose from depending on your goals)

I wasn't sure what to expect from the workout series, but I really like it!

The Program

I appreciate the fact that each workout is 30 minutes long.  The 30 minutes includes the warm-up and the actual workout.  There is also a cool down on each video which is in addition to the 30 minutes- but most are only about 2 minutes long.

Each DVD included a "Cold Start" workout.  This is sort of an extended warm-up.  Tony recommends that you use the "Cold Start" if you're doing the DVD immediately upon waking up or if it's February 
and you live in Minnesota.

I actually never did the "Cold Start" so I can't tell you anything about it. Sorry friends.

My Favorites & Not-So Favorites

While I liked all of the workouts, I did have a couple of favorites.  

I really love "The Challenge".  It's a push-pull routine.  All you really do is push-ups & pull-ups of various styles.  Since my upper body is typically my weak spot, this was a real challenge for me.  But, I really enjoyed it!

I also love the Pilates DVD.  I was a Pilates junkie years ago, but I wandered away from it when I fell in love with yoga.  This DVD reminded me why I liked it in the first place.

The "Dynamix" DVD is one that I really think every runner should own. 
(note to Tony Horton: sell it separately.  The runner people need it)
These mobility exercises feel amazing the day after a long run.  I really think they're better for recovery than complete rest - at least for me.

The DVD I dreaded most was MMX.  It's just really stinking hard.  It's the only one that made me actually stop & stare at the screen saying, "What now??".  I never grew to love it, but I did it.  
Someday maybe I'll be hard-core enough for MMX.

My Results

No- I'm not going to show you dramatic before & after pics.  
This really isn't that sort of blog.

The scale really didn't move.  But, I feel stronger & firmer than when I started.

The other day I went for a morning run and when I came back I decided to jump into the pool. (this is my favorite way to end a run in the summer-time)  I took off my running shoes & my shirt.  I was prepared to jump in wearing my running shorts & sports bra when Mandy came outside.
She said, "It looks like your P90X is working.  
There's not as much fat hanging over your waistband as there used to be."  

ha! I'll take that as a compliment and call it a success!

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