P90X3 Results!

When I make a change in my life, I tend to do the most dramatic version of that change.

I’m not just going to have a baby, I’m going to get engaged, get married, and have a baby in a 6 month time period.
I’m not going to watch just one episode of Food Network Star, I’m going to watch the entire series in 3 days.
I’m not going to have just one kid, I’m going to have 2 under two.
I’m not just going to eat some chocolate, I’m going to eat an entire king size chocolate bar in 42 seconds.
I’m not just going to workout, I’m going to do P90X3.
And let me tell you, it was awesome.
I started back in April. April 26, with a promise from Big S that he was going to do it with me.
Day 1!
Literally the next day he gave up (Ahem, sound familiar? Like maybe the exact same thing he did when I did Insanity? It’s cool. I’m not bitter.)
Start picture:
So P90x3, lets talk about the basics.
It’s a 30 minute workout program, with Tony Horton as the trainer. 
I loved his quirkiness. His workout style is much different from Shaun T and Insanity, it’s more entertaining than the motivating “DIG DEEPER” that Shaun T would always scream. But I liked it. By the end I would anticipate all his weird little things he’d say to the cast and that actually motivated me go get farther in the workout.
The workout has 16 different routines: Total Synergistics, The Challenge, Incinerator, The Warrior, Eccentric Upper, Eccentric Lower, Agility X, Triometrics, Decelerator, CVX, MMX, Accelerator, X Yoga, X3 Pilates, Isometrix, Dynamix.
The workouts change daily based on the schedule you chose.
There are 4 different schedules for the workouts, classic, lean, mass and doubles. I did lean. I’m going to do another round starting Monday, starting with classic this time.
The workouts are set up well, 3-4 minute warm up (included in the 30 minutes) and then 26-27 minutes of intense workout with a little chit chat and explanation of the moves. Some moves, like in MMX, are confusing the first go round, so I paused and had to rewind that first week of a new workout. After the 30 minutes is up, there is a 2-3 minute cool down. So yes, it’s TECHNICALLY 33 minutes, and not 30 minutes if you count the cool down.
It’s a 6-7 day a week program, with the 7th day being optional. I never did the Sunday workout. I would usually run 3-4 miles or do squats or arm work or just be lazy. 
You DO need some equipment for P90, you need dumbbells (I have 5s and 8s) or resistance bands (I always used dumbbells) and a chin up bar (I found one on Amazon for $30). There’s some way to modify and not need a chin up bar, but I didn’t research too much into that.
There is a meal plan and nutrition guide that came with the DVDs, but I didn’t use it, because I like food too much.
Working out with the babies was, at times, challenging, to say the least. But I’m slowly trying to teach myself to take care of my body in the healthiest way possible. Plus, working out gives me sanity to clean up the mess they produce in my 30 minutes.
My goals for p90x3 were mostly to just finish it. (Check!)
I wanted to tone up. (Check!)
I wanted to learn to do push ups not on my knees. (Check!)
I wanted to teach Little S and Rae good habits. (“Mommy, you’re so big and strong and healthy!” Check!)
I wanted to increase my strength and endurance. (Check!)
I accomplished every single one of those things.
First off, measurements.
I shed a total of 12 inches from all over my body.
5 inches total from my thighs,
2 from my waist, 
2 from my hips, 
and an inch and a half from each arm (most happy with my arm progress!).
The workout was broken down into 3 phases. Each phase being 4 weeks long.
Now, you know how much I love before and afters.
So here’s the before again:
Here’s after phase one:
After phase two:
And done!

I lost 13 pounds in the 90 days.
I definitely increased my fitness level. I can do push ups now. My balance is improved. I can keep under a 9 minute mile pace for 3+ miles (I was at 9.30 before p90x3, so I shaved off 30-45 seconds off each mile). I overall feel better and more confident. 
I changed my eating habits the last month or so, after getting home from the hospital and eating so much garbage from the stress of that.
Okay, one more time, side by side!

{If you are interested in p90x3, I will be doing it again next week and would love to have some people on the same schedule as me to keep each other motivated!}

14,389 Responses to “P90X3 Results!”

  1. Devon Whitney | July 30, 2014 at 3:43 am #

    Hi there- I finished X3 Lean last week and I started Classic on Monday (I live in China where it’s actually Wednesday now). Looks like we might actually be close to the same schedule! I lost 40lbs BUT I also was on a very restricted no sugar, no carb diet, which based on your before pictures, you didn’t need to do. Anyway, I enjoyed your post and thought I would go ahead and tell you that we are on the same schedule and if you ever need any motivation, I am here for you!

  2. Melissa | July 30, 2014 at 11:33 am #

    40 pounds! That is incredible! Congrats!
    Thank you! I’m excited to see if my new healthier eating and the classic schedule gives me more muscle definition. 🙂