I’M A DAD AND I STARTED P90X3 AGAIN

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about how excited I was to finally get a chance to get outside and run again. I had that opportunity for three days in a row and it was extra enjoyable because I got to take my son with me in the running stroller. It was working out perfectly but then the weather changed. Since that time we have been hit with three snow storms, another major noreaster, which caused a lot of local flooding, gale force winds at least twice a week and temperatures that have been colder than normal. I think you can imagine, running in those conditions is not really smart, or possible with a stroller, and not very healthy for a 9-month-old, so I haven’t been outside running since those three days.

I was tired of not doing anything though and I got inspiration from my wife. She has been doing 21 Day Fix when she has had the chance. It looks like a decent workout somedays and it only takes a half hour but seeing her do that reminded me that we also owned P90x3 which is the newest version of the famous P90x program. It also showed me that, while I would probably have to miss a few reps in some sets to chase the rugrat around, my son would be able to entertain himself enough to let me exercise for a half hour.

When my wife started doing her exercises I would take my son into another room so he wouldn’t be watching the tv. But slowly we started coming closer and closer to the living room so he could watch mommy exercise but we could still play together. Eventually, we started to stay in the same room while she worked out. My son and I would play on the floor, or I would let him play with his toys and just stand by to intervene if necessary. He only looked at the screen occasionally and was able to either entertain himself or find humor in watching mommy jumping around in silly ways.

After seeing that I just decided to give it a shot. Last Wednesday, I put on the first workout on the schedule and let him crawl around the living room while I worked out. It was great. Things went really well. He smiled and laughed when I grunted and groaned (mostly dramatized to make him laugh, mostly…) and crawled around and played with his toys. I only had to chase him occasionally.

I’m now on Day 10 out of 90 of the workout program. I worked out for 8 days in a row, interrupted only one day because he was a little extra clingy and we had company during the day that through of his and then my routine a bit. Fortunately, with the workouts only being 30 minutes long and the next workout in the progression being yoga doing two workouts in one day worked out perfectly today.

I’m amazed that I am already 1/9 of the way through the program and it feels great. It was really easy to get into the habit and I love that it is something that isn’t a huge time commitment because that has been part of the problem I have had with getting a good workout in since my son was born. I love that he is old enough now that he can entertain himself so I won’t feel guilty having the TV on for a little while. I had done the P90x program several years ago but had recently fallen into a trend of just running and sometimes doing yoga.

Since my son was born I  have only run a little bit in the summer and fall and I have been more sedentary than I have ever been over the last several months. As someone who has been active all my life, I have been feeling the effects.

I have always considered doing P90x3 as a compliment to a running program. Now that I have started the workout program first this time, I think I might actually do it this time and it will be beneficial to me as a runner. Running is great, but there are several muscles that are neglected if you only run. The variety of workouts and muscle groups hit by doing P90x3 should increase my overall strength, endurance, and speed. Here is hoping anyway.

ABOUT P90X3

You have probably heard about the program by now, but if you haven’t P90x3 is a condensed version of P90x. All the workouts in version 3 take just a half hour while in the original they took at least forty-five minutes and sometimes up to an hour and a half to complete. P90x3 is perfect for people with busy lives.

The program consists of 16 different workout routines broken into three blocks. The first two blocks last four weeks and the final block is five. During the first two blocks you have three building weeks and then a recovery week. In the third block you have four building weeks and then a final recovery week.

The routines in the first block are Total Synergistics, Agility X, X3 Yoga, The Challenge, CVX, Warrior and Dynamix with Isometrix, Dynamix, Accelerator, Pilates X, CVX, X3 Yoga and Dynamix making up the recovery week.

The second block includes Eccentric Upper, Triometrics, X3 Yoga, Eccentric Lower, Incinerator, MMX, and Dynamix with the same recovery week as block 1.

The third block consists of Decelerator, Agility X, X3 Yoga, Triometrics, Total Synergystics and Dynamix for weeks 9 and 11 while weeks 10 and 12 consist of Decelerator, MMX, Eccentric Upper, Triometrics, Pilates X, Eccentric Lower, and Dynamix. The last six workouts of the program are Isometrics, Accelerator, Pilates X, X3 Yoga and then two days of Dynamix.

For more information on the what the routines actually consist of check out Laurie Yogi. She has reviewed each of the videos with a breakdown of the moves and pros and cons. You can also do a Google search: “P90x3 (name of video) moves” to find out what you might be doing for each workout.

This workout is well worth your time and like Tony says: compare the cost of the video to the cost of a gym membership.

ABOUT P90X3

You have probably heard about the program by now, but if you haven’t P90x3 is a condensed version of P90x. All the workouts in version 3 take just a half hour while in the original they took at least forty-five minutes and sometimes up to an hour and a half to complete. P90x3 is perfect for people with busy lives.

The program consists of 16 different workout routines broken into three blocks. The first two blocks last four weeks and the final block is five. During the first two blocks you have three building weeks and then a recovery week. In the third block you have four building weeks and then a final recovery week.

The routines in the first block are Total Synergistics, Agility X, X3 Yoga, The Challenge, CVX, Warrior and Dynamix with Isometrix, Dynamix, Accelerator, Pilates X, CVX, X3 Yoga and Dynamix making up the recovery week.

The second block includes Eccentric Upper, Triometrics, X3 Yoga, Eccentric Lower, Incinerator, MMX, and Dynamix with the same recovery week as block 1.

The third block consists of Decelerator, Agility X, X3 Yoga, Triometrics, Total Synergystics and Dynamix for weeks 9 and 11 while weeks 10 and 12 consist of Decelerator, MMX, Eccentric Upper, Triometrics, Pilates X, Eccentric Lower, and Dynamix. The last six workouts of the program are Isometrics, Accelerator, Pilates X, X3 Yoga and then two days of Dynamix.

For more information on the what the routines actually consist of check out Laurie Yogi. She has reviewed each of the videos with a breakdown of the moves and pros and cons. You can also do a Google search: “P90x3 (name of video) moves” to find out what you might be doing for each workout.

This workout is well worth your time and like Tony says: compare the cost of the video to the cost of a gym membership.

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