With the completion of the Dynamix routine last week, I successfully closed out this latest 90 day workout chapter of my life.
With vacations and business travel breaks, it took me 105 days to complete the P90X3 program.
More importantly, I completed P90X3 without any injury. I think this is a testament to the overall quality of the routines, and the “whole body” approach to fitness they employ.
I found each and every aspect of the program to be beneficial. My only real quibble was that Yoga, at 30 minutes, was too short. Yet, I’ll admit, there were busy days where I appreciated the brevity of the routine.
I don’t feel compelled to recount each exercise routine. There’s plenty of that already out there. But I will say this. Having completed multiple rounds of P90X, P90X2, Insanity and associated hybrids, I’ve certainly improved my fitness. However, from time to time the relentless demands and duration of these programs contributed to various overuse injuries that temporally set me back.
Now, with P90X3, I feel I’ve hit the sweet spot. For where I am right now, I have proven it to be an excellent maintenance program. It has enough cardio that I can play tennis without losing my wind. It has enough weights and pull ups to remind my muscles that they are still needed. It has enough core, stability and agility work to benefit backpacking, hiking, tennis and other recreational pursuits. And it balances everything with ample opportunities to increase flexibility with yoga, pilates, dynamix and so forth.
We just got back from a week long vacation in Utah, backpacking and hiking in some of the most beautiful scenery to be found anywhere in the world. It’s such a pleasure to be able to do this without the need for painkillers and anti-inflammatory drugs. To have the confidence of each step, the ability to stand in tree pose with a 50 pound backpack on. It’s a joy to improve at the things I love.
As for weight, I started and ended the program at exactly 155 pounds. This is good. I was concerned I would gain weight, working out only 30 minutes each day, instead of 60 minutes. That turned out not to be the case, and those shorter routines left more gas in my tank so I wasn’t exhausted for the remainder of the day. Another welcome change.
So what’s next? When I was about halfway through P90X3, I was considering focusing on weight lifting with Beachbody’s “Body Beast” program. I was thinking I needed more. But as X3 went on, I came to the conclusion that it was just enough. I also, frankly, don’t feel like going through the demands of consuming massive calories to gain mass. So, I’m going to take a break for a couple of weeks, do some Tai Chi, and then start another 90 days of P90X3.