Power 90 was the beginning of an evolution in fitness. The concept of working out at home and putting yourself through a bootcamp with Tony Horton as your trainer was born. But Tony and Carl Daikeler, felt that Power 90 wasn’t enough for everyone so the idea of Power 90 Extreme was born and the whole family of P90X workouts. The evolution continues with P90X3 and Steve Edwards has a good article in the Team Beachbody Newsletter this week that explains it.
How You Can Use P90X3® to Reach a Variety of Fitness Goals – by Steve Edwards
Whatever your goals, there’s a good chance that P90X3 is the right solution. More than just a weight-loss or fitness program, it’s a training system that can help you reach your dreams, no matter what they are. Like its iconic predecessors’ P90X® and P90X2®, it’s a blend of training styles that fit together like pieces of a puzzle, allowing vast versatility. What makes it different is that it gets you there in half the time.
Starting with this article, we’ll take a look at how you can use P90X3 to reach your specific fitness goals, whether that’s getting ripped, lean, big, small, improve in a sport, activity, or just get better at life.
P90X3 is 4 Programs in One
Classic, Lean, and Doubles will be familiar to those who’ve done P90X. They are the workout rotations that came with the original, each targeting different goals. A mass rotation was added later, due to popular demand, and this has been built into P90X3.
While each provides quick results, they target different physiological niches. Classic is a balance of strength and cardio work. Lean is more cardio-focused, while Mass, as you might guess, is the opposite. Doubles is a next-level rotation for those with a higher fitness level who want to put in more time and want their results as quickly as possible.
These four options cover the majority of our customers’ goals, but we didn’t stop there. Unlike P90X, which was designed to be done after Power 90 or an equivalent program, we wanted X3 to be available to anyone. So we added yet another element or, as the saying goes, “But wait, there’s more!”
Modifications for Everyone
Every move in P90X3 has a modified version that’s not only easier, but is also more suited to those with physical limitations. As in the original, these mods are specifically designed so that you can ease into the program at your own pace, only P90X3’s modifications are especially introductory. This ramp-you-up approach also provides entry and exit points if you’ve taken breaks and/or had an injury, so you can continually advance no matter how fit, unfit, or limited you are.
P90X3 Fits Your Agenda
Whatever your hobbies, X3 can be molded to fit them. Whether you like to golf, fly fish, dance, or do Ironman triathlons, there’s a way to seamlessly insert P90X3 into your activity-specific training and/or playing schedule, allowing you to continue to engage in outside activities while you’re improving your fitness base. Because the program is segmented to target different systems in your body separately (Muscle Confusion™), it’s more easily plugged into a variety of schedules and agendas.
Plus, an “Intuitive” Nutrition Plan
The P90X3 nutrition plan teaches you how to eat, based on your performance, and is just as versatile as the workouts. This is different from the more structured plans of X and X2 and you can easily adapt it based on your fitness backgrounds and nutritional needs. The result is the guide trains you in “intuitive eating.” Essentially, it simplifies everything you thought was complicated about dieting and allows you to simply eat, listen to your body, and adjust based on performance.
How Does P90X3 Work in Half the Time?
There were two big developments that allowed this to happen. First, a lot of people did both P90X and P90X2 and have been providing us with years of feedback. That alone would allow us to build a better mousetrap, but we’ve got new science, too.
Second, over the past few years, a lot of studies began to emerge that showed the power of the first 30 minutes of exercise. While it doesn’t discount the benefits of training longer for some people, it does shed light on how to build a program for time-crunched individuals who don’t necessarily need pro-athlete performance from their bodies. Here’s an excerpt from an article I wrote on the effects of shorter bouts of exercise.
“Your body has an emergency response to exercise. When you begin, no matter what you’re doing, you burn glycogen for fuel. Once your body figures out that you aren’t in an emergency, it begins to conserve by shifting to body tissue, primarily fat stores, for energy. It was once assumed that training during this “fat burning” period was optimal for weight loss. Now we know it’s the opposite. If you take advantage of the glycogen window by training hard (and smart so you don’t get hurt) you can alter your body’s metabolism—the key to changing your body composition—quickly and efficiently.”
Beyond just that, P90X3 has retained the muscle confusion and integration training aspects of P90X and P90X2. All the fancy training jargon, like the specificity of adaptation, super-compensation, progressive overload and post-activation potentiation are still hard at work. Only refined.
The bottom line is that if you’re serious about training, P90X3 should be a component in your fitness arsenal no matter what your end goals are. Next in this series we’ll take a look at the basics of how to use X3’s Muscle Acceleration system to do your specific bidding, starting with weight loss.