P90X3 – The Complete Review: Part 3 of 3


This is it!  The final segment of the world’s most popular no nonsense P90X3 review!  Thus far we’ve covered a ton of workouts plus the Nutrition Guide but now the end is in sight.  So let’s get down to business and see what the last six workouts have in store.



This is the hardest part of yoga: balance postures.  This is where true core/balance will be developed.  Isometrix will also expose your weaknesses because while anyone can lift a dumb-bell, it takes work to get exceptional balance.

Like I said, Isometrix is similar to yoga, minus all the vinyasas and salutations.  Each position lasts for 45 seconds and you’ll have to work hard for all of it.  Sadly, one of the hardest moves was Inner Balance: merely going one one leg while having the eyes closed.  For the life of me I could not stay still without resetting myself like a drunk driver trying to walk the line.  I eagerly await to see if I can make any progress in this area.


Tony says that coming down is where injury happens and as someone who has personally jumped out of a two story barn loft, I can totally back that up.  Decelerator is all about getting your body stronger for those landings.  The format for this thirty minutes is 16 moves with no repeats.

I highly…no…I freaking beg you to start with some form of pull-up assist.  If you somehow can do an uninterrupted set of Elevator Pull-Ups with no actual problems whatsoever then remind me never to piss you off.  Regular use of the Decelerator workout will have no choice but to make your pull/push up life easier in the long run.  Given the format of the moves involved, this would best be described as  Chest, Back and Legs.


Accelerator has a lot to do with cardio intervals: same move at two different speeds.  Each move is 60 seconds with only a short break in between.

This is one of my preferred cardio routines from Tony, my primary one being Med Ball Core Cardio from his One on One series.  Come to think of it, a medicine ball here would have really intensified the workout, so if you have the endurance give it a try.

I’m trying to articulate the difference between Tony and Shaun T when it comes to cardio.  With Shaun you have strong music presence, the flow never stops and there’s often high energy with a sense of urgency in the time given.  With Tony you’re more aware of what you’re doing and the flow has breaks.  Whichever you prefer is all based on personal taste.  Mrs. Parrot prefers Tony for cardio due to the more casual atmosphere and more options to modify whereas I prefer Shaun for the no-nonsense and rhythm.

Anyway, Accelerator is an exponential improvement over Cardio X ( not much isn’t ).  Just watch the last move, “Donkey Kick”.  It’s either easy, or you will misjudge the kick and perform an unintended backflip.



As luck would have it I saved the office party photos that had a co-worker in an incriminating “position”.  He has thus allowed me to borrow his expansion pack DVD’s and brand new chainsaw with no questions asked.  Yes, P90X3 has 3 extra workouts not included in the Basic package.

Complex Lower is actually rather simple in execution.  It is 5 moves in a style very reminiscent of P90X2 Post Activation Potentiation.   It starts with a weighted move, explosive weight action, plyo, weighted combo, and finally an isometric posture.  This sequence in turn is done 4x.

The workout has an entirely different plan of attack than Eccentric Lower which focuses on negatives.  This goes right for the deep tissue muscle and will probably be better for endurance.  All in all, a great way to mix it up on days where legs are on the schedule.


Like Complex LowerUpper is a sequence 4 exercises done in sequence and then repeated 3x.

I already made a comment about the toughness of Jessica in Part 2 of this review, so I best not push my luck returning to that well for the sake of comedy lest Xena Warrior Princess  grind my manhood like old Silly Putty.  So instead I’ll just say Shawn is a man who is very comfortable with his choice in socks.


Complex Upper is a 5 move sequence done 3x with a final balls-to-the-wall bonus round at the end.  There is less PAP here and more fast move/slow move in the form of pull-ups and push-ups.  If I had a complaint here, it would be the Lunge Thrust Press which is a plyo shoulder press.  It feels very out of place having a leg jump in a workout meant for upper body.  That having been said, you can always improvise and make it a straight up shoulder press.

I have to speak once more of the music.  The music in Complex Upper makes it feel like you’re ripping heads off Road Warriors while riding on the back of a Dinobot.  The whole thing combined with the actual intensity of the workout makes for a sensational 30 minutes so once again, hats off to the music crew.


Fifteen minutes of abdominal torture.  This is pure heck on the midsection so take everything you knew about former Ab-Rippers and forget it.  After this, the next AB Ripper is probably going to involve a Kung Fu master dropping coconuts on your midsection from a tree.


X3 Ab Ripper might only be 8 moves but that just means you get less of a break.  So while the classic P90X Ab Ripper might have more moves it also pauses more to get your bearings.  The postures are also more intense because although they seem somewhat easy at first, the burn comes fast and it increases exponentially due to isometrics and duration!  That means moves like Bridge Burners make good old Mason Twist look like a tummy tickle.  Just remember, form is king here.

Compared to other ab workouts such as Asylum, T25 or Insanity, X3 holds it’s own pretty good.  It really just comes down to a matter of taste on how you want to get the job done that day.


p90x_ratingYou want it?  P90X3 has it all.  It’s really hard sometimes to fully explain just how ahead of the pack Beachbody can sometimes be when they truly put their minds to the task.  Especially when it involves their current duo of golden boys, Shaun T and for P90X3, Tony Horton.

As with many of their top sellers, Beachbody really puts their heart and soul into making a great product, not just a quick and forgettable one.  For example, when a lot of posers do music, it is a sad afterthought developed by kids with Garageband.  In P90X3 is is made after the workout and synced with the action so well it just blends naturally.  The sets and lighting are also painstakingly designed to make the experience easy on the eyes.  And of course, the cast are highly competent individuals who have actually done the workouts before and are not lost celebrities just brought in for name brand recognition.  Cough…TAPOUT XT…cough…

After Focus T25, I really understood just how awesome it is to be able to get half hour workouts into a schedule because you can’t always get an hour.  X3 fits that need about as perfectly as one could ask.  Combine this with Focus T25 and my friend, you will have a quality daily routine that makes little to no compromises.

But the big question remains…is the DELUXE PACKAGE worth the extra cost?  For 3 extra workouts and a couple of resistance bands, I have a hard time justifying an almost doubling in price.  And while I do like the bonus workouts, I honestly feel my fitness life will certainly not suffer without them.  Also. to buy them after the fact is a sphincter tightening three payments of $30.  For me and my budget, I would pass.

The final score for P90X3 is a solid 5 Feathers out of 5.  It’s hard to go wrong with the entire P90X series based on the care taken with every detail of the production.  P90X2 at this stage remains my favorite ( 6 Feathers! ) due to the cutting edge ideas behind it but make no mistake, you will be a very satisfied customer with X3.

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About Author

John Paul Parrot ( aka. The Dysfunctional Parrot ) is a disgruntled Systems Analyst who wanders the Canadian wastelands saving small villages with the power of Kung Fu.  His chair is also a little too close to the twenty year old microwave.  As you can well imagine, this has had certain side effects.

  • Mr.doucheBag

    Hey you are hilarious. I have BB, p90x3 and T25. I am quite unfit and lack muscle man for a 30 year old dude. Do you recommend doing one program like p90x Mass schedule or a combination of all three to get the best result .i.e. get mass with an all around fitness?

    • Well Mr…uh…Douchebag?…depending on your level of unfitness I would probably start with T25 to get your heart up to speed. I would then move to P90X3 but swap out the cardio days for T25, and then graduate to the occasional Body Beast. I like Body Beast, but it is not a “total” fitness concept. It is best mixed with other programs.

      Have fun with your training Douchebag!! ( the one and only time I can call someone that and NOT have it be insulting! )

    • babycow

      Hi, loved your review! I would also add to mr douchebag that these programs are put together in a specific order and combination that has been worked out by fitness experts to ensure you are working different body parts on different days, getting enough rest between working the same body part, getting the right amount of muscle confusion, etc etc. So, while any workout is better than none, trying to put together a hodge podge from the various programs you have probably won’t offer the same results as doing a complete program in the order it’s meant to be done.

  • Mr.doucheBag

    Hey you are hilarious. I have BB, p90x3 and T25. I am quite unfit and lack muscle man for a 30 year old dude. Do you recommend doing one program like p90x Mass schedule or a combination of all three to get the best result .i.e. get mass with an all around fitness?

  • Guest

    Thank you for your honest and hilarious reviews they are great reads! I have been following your reviews since P90X2 and they are informative and I agree with everything you say.
    Thanks again!

  • McSugarBombs

    Does the X3 Ab Ripper has its own schedule on P90X3? I mean on P90X it was done every other day, so is it the same for P90X3? And what about those who can only afford the Basic package? Are they left out without the X3 Ab Ripper?

    Sorry I just really need to know as you see I have been a P90X grad and I feel incomplete without any Ab Ripper Exercise for the P90X3 and I know most of the P90X grad would agree to that as Ab Ripper X is one of the most viewed workouts in the P90X series since it is done every other day.

    So what’s your take?

    • Regarding AB Ripper X3…unless you’re doing doubles it is oddly enough not in the Classic or Lean schedule. And yes, it is only available as part of the Deluxe and Ultimate kits unless you decide to shell out nearly $90 for three workouts…which in my opinion is lunacy. The new X3 Abs is good, but it’s just another ab routine among many to choose from. For the insane price of the extra disks, shell out a few extra bucks and get Focus T25…much better use of money!

      • McSugarBombs

        Yeah what a bummer. I really feel incomplete without AB Exercises. I have done P90X, P90X+ and even Power 90 and they all incorporate AB Exercises.. Seems like Beachbody is cashing in on customers to pay extra just for the AB Exercises.

        • Doug

          I have P90X, P90XPLUS, P90X3 (with the 3 extra workouts) & the Ten Minute Trainer. I try to do abs 4-5 days a week. I find that rotating them works out very well. I must say that the most intense might well be the 10 minute trainer AB, or, it is right up there with the X3.

          • McSugarBombs

            Nice you just gave me a nice idea to mix things up. Variety is the key!

    • Collons

      If you don’t know the ’10 Minute Trainer’ Ab workout you can find it on Youtube (I first saw it posted on the official P90X3 Facebook page so it must be a legal upload). I started doing it instead of X3 Ab Ripper and it’s really intense.

      • McSugarBombs

        But would you really recommend that over X3 ab ripper?

        • Collons

          In my post I meant to say that I started doing it instead of X2 ab ripper. For me it’s better than both 1 and 2 because it’s fast moves like X1 but with more variety: dynamic sphinx plank / mountain climber / crunch types moves, for example. I thought X2 wasn’t challenging enough and from what I’ve heard of the X3 version is that it’s hard, but very isometric (like X2). I used to like the P90X+ Ab workout also but it didn’t take long to be able to do it pretty easily.

          If I had to choose one from all of them I’d stay with the 10 minute version and I reckon it would be a very suitable routine to slip into the X3 routines, as it’s short! I’ve done it loads of time but it’s still really pushes me at the end. It may be a question of taste but I prefer the fast moves to the isometric “hold and turn” type of ab exercise.

    • moonstar

      It is not necessary to be honest he includes core working exercises and it is not on the plan at all. The workouts will be enough. Im guessing it’s helpful for the last week if one decides to give a good extra push.

  • Vivek

    Awesome Review! I also feel the 3 workouts for $90 isn’t really worth it. I’ve been doing ARX / Ab Intvls etc for abs. Missed the abs too much.

  • Enrique

    Admittedly, I am new to the P90x game. I have worked out with weights and cardio for much of my life. I am pretty strong and am in reasonable shape from a cardiovascular perspective but my question(s) are as follows: 1) Do you recommend a particular pull-up bar? && 2) I do not own any dumb-bells and have no idea what to purchase (with regard to poundage and P90x or P90x3 for that matter. One of the prevailing reasons I don’t own any is because I use so many different weights depending on body part, e.g. 20lb for shoulders, or 45 for bicep, or 85 for chest, etc. I am just wondering what I would need to purchase in order to successfully complete the program. What would you tell me or someone similar to get? My thanks in advance.

    • 1) Pullup bars: Either get a dedicated pull-up bar station or one that extends outside the doorframe ( like the P90X pull up bar or similar ). Do NOT use the cheap ones that are just a straight bar across the door frame as those are useless. I make mention and demonstrate this in a video I made called ROAD to P90X2:


      2) As for dumb-bells, I get by with a 10-35 lbs set no problem, only rarely going after 40 and up.

  • elctronyc

    Thanks for the review. I am 6.2 feet and 230lb. I am worried about my belly fat. I have 40 inch of waist :( poor me. In one week im going to start the 90×3 since is perfect for me to do in the morning. I have been doing dumbbell workout (2 days) combine with the insane fast and furious workout (3 days). I love to use dumbbells. Do you think is a good idea to combine the body beast with the 90×3 or Should I stick with the 90X3? I want to loose some fat and get some muscle.

    • I often do what you are describing! Mixing it up is great and I’m sure your modified schedule will help you get the results you want while still being fun!

  • Val

    I am a 41 year old 5’5″ and 224 pounds mother with 6 yr old twins. I don’t have a lot of time so this P903X looks like a good fit for me. I need to get in shape and wanted to ask if starting with this is the way to go. I want the results and willing to work for them. I am getting an elliptical from a friend to start building up my cardio and I want something I can do in a short time frame. Do I have to get a chin-up bar – I don’t have a place for it to go, will the resistance band and weights be enough? Thank you for any help.

    • You have 2 options that I see will fit your needs: P90X3 which is a total body program, or Focus T25 which is a heavier cardio program but a serious use of 25 minutes. My wife loves T25!


      If you want extreme cardio that still occasionally uses weights, T25 is the one you should look at. If you want a more rounded fitness philosophy, P90X3.

  • KB

    I love your reviews! I just started X3 and really appreciate your recommendations for T25 in rotation with this program. You didn’t really say much about the Super Burpees which I am still having nightmares about… *shiver* I guess I’m just a wimp.

  • Ricky

    Definitely a good review in all parts. The is one minor detail I respectfully disagree with but its certainly subective. And thats when u said total synergistics was easier than core syn. I found this entire series is as hard as you want to make it. Now I’m in excellent shape but I found myself almost meeting Pukey the Clown after total syn. But thats just bc i chose weights and tempos that would get me to that point. Like I said, very subjective but i just wanted to share. Great writing as always DP.

  • Garyd_Ireland

    Hi, nice review :)
    I already have the original P90X and I think it’d great, but just really hard to find the time to do it often enough. I like the legs routine and the biceps routine…. In P90X3, is this also good for those wanting to improve on muscle size too or its it more a total body fitness thing and I’d need to keep referring back to some old p90x DVDs as well? Thanks, Gary

  • MR. Beer

    While I love your reviews and honestly agree with just about every review you do, i really cannot stomach P90X3. I’ve had it since it came out and really only lasted a week and half before I got tired of Tony Horton (granted I felt the same way about P90X but lasted a bit longer). I’ve tried almost every beach body system (P90X, P90X, Pump, Combat ,Insanity, T25) and love most of them. Insanity and the Les Mills ones seem top notch, but honestly I just cant get around Tony..maybe I just dont like the guy.

    • I really do understand. Tony is one of those like him or loathe him types. For the most part I dig him but yes…there are days where the antics can try my patience. Admittedly, I find myself often preferring T25 over X3 when it comes to half hour workouts just because Shaun T is more business and I’m not there for the comedy. Depends on my mood that day!

  • I wish I could dunk!

    Awesome review & funny! Love it!

    Mr Parrot, whats your opinion on doing a morning session of T25 and in the evening P90X3 (Mass)?

    i’m 6’0″ and 207lbs. I’d like to lose fat and bulk up.

  • Sean Callahan

    Haha! Loved the reviews man. No love for the socks uh? ;)

    • Dan H

      18/40?? Seriously bro? Simply amazing… don’t know how you did it but I tip my hat! How did you get to be able to do so many pull-ups?

  • Joe

    Great review. I have been doing P90X and P90X2 over the last four years. P90X2 is my favorite program but I wanted some variety in my fitness and some new moves.. This program is fun, fun, fun! And I think it is an excellent maintenance workout for any P90X or X2 grads. But eventually you will need to go back to X or X2 or I fear there will be diminishing returns instead of maintenance. I plan to go back to P90X2 after going through the 90 days of X3 one time and of course doing my before and after photos to get my free t-shirt. I’m thinking a hybrid of all three programs would be fun. Sort of a Tony Horton’s Greatest Hits. I think my recovery week for X2 will include some workouts from X3 such as the Challenge and the Warrior. .

  • Jai Jai

    Love the review … today during my X3 was wondering what happened to our old buddies Jason Scheff and Mason Bendenwald. I like the music in X3 but it’s a little “cute” for me; Jason’s stuff was always more straightforward. Equally in sync with the workouts but a less gimmicky on the breaks etc. And how come there are different directors now … as I was wondering this, Tony introduced Bridge Burners …. “BRIDGE BURNERS … You know who you are! …. And it has ended!”
    Coincidence? What says the Parrot?

  • VLM

    I am currently doing p90x3. 2 questions: 1) would t25 make a better next step or
    P90x; and 2) do you have plans to review UFC Fit?

    • T25 is absolutely a great program and I love how it can compliment X3. I’ve actually had a few requests for UFC Fit so it looks like I’m going to check into that sooner rather than later!

  • Jason Voorhees

    Parrot, I’m an in shape 40 year old dude and have seen your posts and love them. I also saw you doing a PAP lower review where you were doing a step up not on a chair, but a 3 inch box or platform from the floor. I’m totally spent from doing CVX so your review of that workout comes with a huge asterisk because of the intensity you bring to some of the workouts. I haven’t met an X3 workout that was easy in any way…

  • McSugarBombs

    Nice one Jean, now I know why I can’t visit your blog a few hours ago https://www.facebook.com/BeachBodyTony/posts/622336271859?stream_ref=1

    • I’ve been meaning to upgrade my hosting package for a few weeks now but never got around to it! Tony got me moving pretty darn quick though yesterday!!

  • Madalina Kozushka

    Loved your review on P90x3 Mr.JPF. Read around your site, like your thinking and your writing very much! Although…Dysfunctional Parrot…is a little too “much thought/researched” of a title to me. I like the KISS system!
    Anyways, happy to have discovered you, I’m a big fan! You have fans in Saskatchewan I guess!

    • The name “”dysfunctional parrot” was more of a joke name I came up with back in 2008 when this site had little to nothing to do with fitness, but was rather a socio-political satire blog. The name was chosen from a lineolated parakeet that liked to hump slippers. I’ve since abandoned the world commentary flavor as there’s too many sites that do that already without me weighing in with my dumb opinion too.

      A lot changed since then, but the name kind of followed me. I’m stuck with it now, but had I known the road this site would take I no doubt would have come up with something simpler!

      And greetings to Saskatchewan! I’m originally from Manitoba so we’re like kin!

  • Senji


  • Senji

    How to create the perfect Body Beast p90x3 hybrid?

    • Allen

      I’m trying to do exactly that, but it’s tough since BB is so muscle specific, and P90X3 is very synergistic. I think it’s probably better to take the workouts in blocks, instead of combining them.

  • felixladybug

    Hi there! So I’ll be ordering soon, but I don’t have a pull up bar, or anywhere to put one in my apartment. Is there a modifier in place of the pull ups? Thanks!!

    • goughrmak

      You will need somewhere to attach bands, and you can use those for your pullups.

      • felixladybug

        Thanks for your reply! I do have a pair of 15 lb resistance bands from T25, but I have no idea what I would attach them to! Do you mean attach them to something overhead?

  • Wrynsky169

    Hello. Your reviews are absolutely hilarious. I am a teenager, and I am already in ok shape, so I am doing P90X3. My goal is to get a six pack, and I am doing the classic phase. I am getting ok results so far at 30 days, (more defined four pack, slightly bigger biceps, bigger lats from pull-ups, etc.) I started from a slightly defined stomach that had only four abs, but that’s not what I want. How much longer will it take for me to get results like the people in the infomercials? Or is that even possible for a teenager? If it is, is there anything I am doing wrong?
    Thank you,

    • You have to remember something about infomercials…they are generally BS. The people are hand selected special cases to show the absolute pinnacle from people who have often been blessed with simply better genetics.

      Take myself for example. I’ve been doing workout video reviews for at least six years. While I am in better shape than when I started and doing pretty good, I am not going to make the infomercials any time soon.

      My final advice is this…having a teenager body is not the same as having an adult body. You will not get the same defined muscles as an adult who is not held back by hormone changes, growth spurts and well…teenage eating habits! Train, do what you can, but don’t fall into the trap of obsessing about your looks. If you’re not satisfied with yourself without big muscles, you’ll never be satisfied with them.

      • Mflores

        I really liked your blog. After reading this, I love you. LOL

  • Andrew Locke

    I am concerned about the time. Are they claiming that you can get as much of a workout in p90x3 with 30 minutes as p90x 1 and 2? I understand that many people have difficult schedules and 30 minutes is all they can afford, but I have developed the habit of affording myself at least an hour to work out. I wouldn’t want to short change myself just to try the next p90x.

    • The claims are a little cryptic. Think of diminishing returns. The greatest gains they claim in most workouts are in the first 30 minutes and then diminishes afterwards.

      So a full 1 hr workout would absolutely be better for you, and I still recommend it. P90X3 mainly wants to appeal to those on a time crunch and does a fine job of making the most of its time. But still, if you can do a more solid workout like the original P90X I think you’d be better for it.

  • Joe

    I’ve read some other reviews that say you can’t get as good results with X3 compared to p90x. I’ve only started x3 recently (based on reading your review) and from my experience, since I am ratcheting up the intensity, my muscles and body feel great.

    I don’t know if that will translate into “results”, I don’t have much weight to lose, but would like to tone up.

    Since I trust your reviews and opinions, what do you think?

    • “Results” are kind of hard to nail down as it can often be a subjective measurement! Personally I feel P90X will provide more strength while X3 has better flexibility, cardio and core. I was never impressed by the cardio options of P90X but when it came to pull ups, push ups and weights it is still king of the pile.

      Take the strength of P90X, mix in the core of X3 and the cardio of T25 or Asylum and you would have the ultimate program.

      • Hawkman

        Agree, I’ve been trying to add X3 at the end of P90X(I modify a lot, so take that into consideration), since there is a variety of great quasi-cardio workouts in it.

  • Shiner

    Hey there. Great reviews, appreciate your effort (and style, very readable!).
    Just wondering if you’d encountered Athlean-X, and had any views on how it compares to P90X3? I’ve done P90X and am a fan of Tony Horton, but the idea of 30minute exercises is a big draw – and also something that Athlean-X offers.
    Many thanks.

    • I have noticed the Athlean-X system in the past and am giving it serious consideration for a review in the not so distant future. It makes pretty bold claims and even goes after P90X by name. Gutsy move!

      Right now I’m finishing up DDP Yoga and will draw straws for who is next. Maybe I should make a poll! Now I have to see how to do that…

  • Mike

    Great reviews! Good writing. I’ve been toying with purchasing X3, but it appears from the infomercial and some of the video reviews that many of the moves involve some form of jumping or plyo. I’m an “older athlete” and need to be conscious of my knees (various strains and tears over the years). Is that accurate or am I just seeing sort of the highlight reel? Are there modifications that can still give a decent workout in 30 minutes?

    • I would say you’re probably just seeing highlights. I would say X3 is very low impact on the joints overall with maybe the exception of the X3 Plyo workout. But even that is nothing compared to Insanity which I can say from experience, is quite hard on the joints.

      Tony almost always has one person in the cast who performs the moves modified and I would say most are very easy to change to meet your needs. This is a great program all-around and if you really feel like cranking the cardio up, add Focus T25 to the mix.

  • hulk o

    you are going to think i am mad but would it be too much to do a p90x insanity hybrid program and at nights or evening do the p90x3 workout. that would be 2 workouts day.

    • Just be sure to pay good attention to your calorie intake and get good sleep!

  • AB

    liked the review bro!

    well Im 27 , 5 11′ & around 165 lbs. Insanity graduate, Insanity Asylum graduate, & was in great shape after that. haha…. looks like giving a bio :D

    well couldnt continue with the fitness thing since jan & went out of shape, its not that bad though but it is approaching towards looking bad with fat showing its existance. And I do believe diet does play big part, which helped me in my first run. But being an Indian, here in India its not easy with this diet thing with all your favourite food.(I know…. but :D)

    ammm…. what I am asking is this is 30 minutes! so thats like a thumbs up for me as hardly get time before I leave for work. But I am used to doing those one hour workouts with shaun T & when I restarted doing those, since i have changed my job its difficult handle the timings.

    So, does it have same impact as insanity, or just something u can do in 30 mins. I mean it was fun telling my friends that for asylum u need to be insanity graduate first. but here there is no such condition.

    thanks, Abhijit

    • My wife cooks East Indian food and yes, it is hard to walk away from seconds!

      All P90X3 workouts with the exception of X3 Abs are 30 minutes. Comparing it to Insanity is difficult as they are not really the same class of workout. Insanity is power-cardio and X3 is more resistance training. Shaun T has always been better at cardio and Tony has been better at “functional fitness”.

      Another package to look at if time is n issue is Focus T25 with Shaun T. If you take than and combine it with X3 you have a kick-butt system right there!

      • AB


        In fact I have Focus T25, just never got to try it.
        Felt like mild workout (i was still on asylum highness, & ik great shape). But now as it seems I should give it a try.

        Now let me see where I can find a hybrid. Or make my own.

  • Wrynsky169

    Hey DP, I have been wondering if you could review Athlean-X. I am 13 and have already done X3, and got very ripped from it. I am thinking of getting something else, and that brought me to Athlean-X. I am also thinking of getting Asylum 1 & 2 because they are hard programs, and I am in great shape and able to tackle them. But I am wondering if Athlean-X can pack on muscle like a more muscle specific program like Body Beast as it claims to. So can you please do a review of that program? (just letting you know, it isn’t normal workout videos, but an online portal of excercises for the day.
    Thank you,

    • I’ve been looking at Athlean X but am wondering how I would incorporate something like that into my workout schedule. It doesn’t seem to be a set package but rather an ongoing set of videos.

      I’ll ask around with some of my other partners in fitness and see if they have had any experience with Athlean X. In either case I may well consider the program even though a review would only be based on a portion of the existing videos. If I did, a late July review might be the estimated time-frame.

      If you’re looking to just “get big”, Body Beast is still a good bet. Getting big isn’t rocket science as you just need to eat right and lift heavy things a lot. Full-body fitness is more in depth as it requires you to be flexible, fast and still strong.

      • JN55

        Hey DP just like to point out that Athlean-X as well as all other Athlean programs can be downloaded as a PDF and printed out. Not to mention that the online portal is very user friendly and well made. The calendar is one of the best I have ever seen in a workout program. You should really give it a chance and make a review for it. Trust me you’ll be impressed with and the community will benefit too.

  • KyleG

    Hi there DP,

    I’m currently on the second month of insanity and looking to jump into the P90x workouts after I complete Insanity. I intend to eventually do all P90x x2 and x3, my question is which order do you recommend doing them? I know x2 is the graduate program but just curious what order you think I should complete them in,


    • You can go for X2 which would be a natural progression. X3 is not so much a step up as it is just shorter in length although some workouts in X3 are better than the original X by a long shot ( MMA for example ). All in all, X2 is a good next step and I really like the program.

      If you’re feeling spunky, a round of Asylum would be a way to mix things up too.

      • KyleG

        Thanks a lot for the help! Yeah I might go for asylum next actually haha

  • Seth Foster

    Great review. Thanks! I just completed (today!) three cycles of T25 (including Gamma) and am looking for something to keep it fresh. I travel a fair bit for work, so need to have something that can work on the road. T25 with the resistance band really worked for me, even when traveling. I was considering DDP Yoga or P90x3, but am a bit concerned with the need for a chinning bar in x3. Any thoughts or recommendations?

    Thanks again…

  • Eric

    I am starting P90X3 the first week in August. I am finishing the Asylum I & II Hybrid, and am looking forward to doing one of the P90X programs for the first time. I’ve done Insanity, Asylum I & II, and T25 Alpha Beta Gamma. I appreciate your reviews, and have a question. I received a bonus with my X3 order, P90X+, and was wondering if you thought the Upper+ & Core+ could replace at least two of the three P90X3 bonus workouts? I see your review of them (P90X+ DVDs), and thought that might be a thought for these – since I don’t have the original P90X and would like to get some use out of these if possible. Also, it would not hurt to save some cash.

    • The bonus disks with X3 are nice, but hardly necessary. The ab workout in T25 is far better and Upper/Lower Body workouts in Asylum kick the pants off X3.

      P90X+ has a very good core workout which is also better than X3. The Upper Body Plus is good but not quite the same idea as Eccentric Upper. That having been said, I highly doubt you would notice any difference in results.

      And finally, the bonus disks are a little expensive for what you get. Better to shell out a few more bucks and get a full-program than a mere three workouts.

      • Eric

        Thanks. I’ll give it a run and add the X+ and T25 ab’s as needed. Hopefully I’ll enjoy Tony Horton’s humor as much as Shaun T’s intensity. You all keep up the reviews. I’m thinking about the Les Mills Combat/Pump hybrid for the end of year after X3 — after reading your reviews I think the mix will avoid the monotony you described in LM Pump, but I’ll have to think about the music dilemma you described (37 years old, shrug). If you’ve solved or discovered a way around the music conundrum you described in the LM Combat review, in a way that does not hurt the workout rhythm, please share with the rest of us.
        Thanks again.

        • Eric


          I finished X3. I got some extra money and was able to do the Elite Block – was nice. I’m now in week four of Body Beast. For flexibility and agility, I am doing Les MIlls Combat twice a week. I now understand what you mean by the music/singing. The music is eh’ok. However, I caught myself twice today saying, “oh god, PLEASE don’t start singing again.” The trainers are nice, but if they toned down the cheese one degree, that’d be cool. (I’m a swiss or cheddar guy. Whereas Limburger or Fromage le vec du monde or a bit ripe for my taste.) Anyways, as I was saying, “oh god, PL…” for the second time, I remembered DP’s review and started to laugh.
          Thanks for the preparatory warning.

  • Kevin

    DP- I must say, it’s a breath of fresh air to see an actual independent reviewer for these programs. However, it’s a little overwhelming how many options are out there! I was a graduate of both P90x and Insanity about 5 years ago? Sad to say, but I’ve gained quite a few pounds since then. But, now I’m looking to jump back on the band wagon. I did p90x3 this week with a friend and it was not bad. However, I don’t feel nearly as close to the soreness as I did with the other programs the day after. Any thoughts on this? Should I just keep at it, or do you recommend I go back to the other programs or trying a different one? (I love the fact that p90x3 is only 30 mins though). My goal is just to shed a some pounds and gain a little bit of muscle. Thanks!

    • pastone15

      Block 1 of p90x3 really eases you in. I had the same reservations as you, initially. I’m in the middle of Block 2 now, and the soreness is really kicking in. I love it so far, and can see both aesthetic gains, in terms of tighter abs and more defined muscles, as well as tangible strength gains. I really think that Block 1 helps you prepare for the intensity of Block 2. I highly recommend it.

      • Kevin

        Thanks for the reply pastone. I’m definitely enjoying p90x3 more in week 2 now that I have been through all the exercises and improving my form. I will stick with it, at least until block 2. Thanks for the heads up. I’ll let you know my results.

  • Adedotun.

    Hi DP, this is the best review of beachbody products on the net by a mile. I have done insanity(stopped 2nd month week 3 landed awkwardly after a diamond jump) kept my diet on point didn’t lose much weight but lost inches everywhere, I got t25 and X3, really like cardio I wanna add resistance training. I was wandering what your ideal hybrid for t25 and X3 would be for weight loss and muscle building . Which exercises should I swap out keeping focus on resistance? Thanks sir.

  • JJ

    I did P90X. But I can’t work out for 90+ min every day anymore! So I got P90X3. Holy cow it’s so different and I’m confused. It’s not broken down by body parts like P90X was, which is really confusing. Why is it like that? Secondly there’s a separate warm up video. So not all excises include WU before getting into it? I have to play the separate WU video first then play the workout I want to do? Lastly, the nutrition guide is not as strict and very vague. Not sure if I like that. But then again I didn’t really followed P90X nutrition guide word for word (that’d have driven me crazy!). Please get back to me if you can. thank you

    • Patrick Arrington

      I’m in the middle of month 2. I’m one of those people who really do only have 30-35 minutes to do this so I skip the cold start (unfortunately). That being said, if it’s a workout that involves cardio or weight training, Tony spends the first 2-4 minutes of your 30 getting those parts of your body stretched out. If you still feel tight after that time, you should do the cold start, but if you’re like me where 4 minutes is all it takes to loosen up then you should be fine during the workout.

      As for the nutrition guide, I agree it’s very vague, but for a reason. I think it gives the person the freedom to think of the meals they like to eat and modify them to where it fits their personal nutrition plan. For those who may be new to preparing their own food or new to preparing healthier meals (not saying you are), you will have to do a little research and experimentation. I also have Insanity which has more of a cookbook style to it. I’ve heard T25 has a similar nutrition guide.

      As for the broken down by body parts, the only answer I can give to that is that it’s a workout to be done in 30 minutes. If you’re only focusing on a few set of muscles you need to take breaks in order to prevent injury. If you take too many breaks in 30 minutes, that’s not much of a workout. So I figure they have the strategy of working out one set of muscles and then when they are about to reach their limit, then do another workout that does another set (ie. Warrior). Some are not like that (ie. Challenge- sure you alternate between pullups and chinups, but still). I found even the eccentric upper and lower seemed to be able to spread it out pretty well.

  • Bart

    P90x3 is great, but actually i got better results with Athlean X, probably because i stuck to my diet. DP could you please make a review on Athlean X? That’s true it does not have DVD what is a bit of shame but on the other hand it has pretty well illustrated PDF which makes is very mobile:) It is something between P90X3 and body beast. I really recommend this to try and review:) Thanks.

    • Wrynsky169

      Yeah, I’m getting great results with Athlean X. It is on an online calendar, but it is laid out really well, and I have more muscle size! DP, humor us and do a review after P90! You don’t have to review every workout, (no two workouts are the same,) but give us an overview of, say every 2 weeks. Also, do a review of the 6 pack promise Shuffle Ab workout that comes with it! It gives the ab rippers a run for their money!! Also, in my opinion, the trainer Jeff is as good as Tony, but just in a different way. What do you think?

      • I’m thinking an Athlean X review is going to have to be given some serious consideration very soon!

        • SEM

          I would love to see a review of Athlen X. I get his videos weekly and he know his stuff. Hope to see you review it soon

          • Wrynsky169

            I totally agree! Jeff Caveliere is probably the best trainer on youtube, and he’s not like those other idiots on Youtube, *cough cough Mike Chang. He never pushes any magic pills or supplements at all, (with the exception of Athlean RX supplements, but then again, if you’ve seen how Beachbody pushes Shakeology, he does barely anything in comparison.

          • The only way I would review Mike Chang is if someone loaned me his stuff. No way I would put a nickel of my own money in that guys coffer.

            I’m looking at Athlean for a review, but I have to say the idea of putting money down and not getting anything tangible is a bit of a deal killer. No DVD’s…just online videos. I need to think that one over before going ahead.

          • Wrynsky169

            Couldn’t have said it better myself. Mike Chang and his advertisements can fornicate themselves with a cactus. Anyway, on the topic of Athlean X, I understand your plight. Take your time and do it when you are ready. The review will probably be better that way.

  • Shaq

    Hi there, this is the first time in my life I’m actually trying to get in shape, I worked up a schedule using P90X as the base and incorporating P90X3 into it. It would be great if you could share your thoughts on it,

    • I really like what you did there! If you really wanted to amp up your cardio days, consider throwing in a little T25. I’m in the middle of the Insanity: Max 30 review and that is balls-to-the-wall crazy when it comes to cardio, so be warned!

      • Shaq

        Thanks :)
        i did do t25 core cardio and my legs and core were sore for 3 days lol … how do u compare X3 Ab Ripper to Ab Ripper X, should i alternate between the two or just stick with one of them ?

        • I tend to feel that most ab workouts are interchangeable. In fact, I find the more you mix things up the better the results are going to be.

          As an example, I do P90 Abs C, T25 abs, P90x3 abs and Ab ripper X, and Beast Abs. Whichever one I do depends on my mood that day, or whose face I feel like looking at!

          • Shaq

            super, its time to bring it :)
            thanks DP, for your hilarious but truthful reviews and support.

  • Aud

    I have been doing PIYO for about a month now.. I would like to try P90X3. Could I combine the two somehow, in your opinion? Also, does it show how to modify the pull up bar in the videos?

    • Yes, there are pull-up modifications. Usually by using a resistance band and a door attachment. I would also say the two programs could be combined no problem at all. Beachbody is pretty good about that sort of thing.

      • Aud

        Is there a rhyme and reason to how you might incorporate the two?

        • Sad to say, I’m terribly random! Although I generally alternate cardio/weight training days and avoid clobbering the same body part two days in a row.

          I simply must do an article on hybrid options very soon. So many request for it!

  • GlennJ

    Hello DP, great writing and thanks for doing it. My wonderful wife and I just started day 1 this morning. We have been in the researching, planning and purchasing stage for a few weeks, so to today was the day (not sure why I picked the first Monday after the time shift…that made it hard to get up this morning). Anyway, the diet plan is by far the most difficult part to understand for me. I know you need the calories to have good workouts, but darn…too much food! I am about 5′ 9″ and weigh 170. I want to lose just 6-8 pounds a put some muscle where some flab is, simple goal right? I have been a distance runner for years, but I have been getting away from that because the pounding has kind of made it not so much fun on the joints anymore (I’m 53). Anyway, I am still in decent shape with no big gut or anything, just want to tighten up a bit. I am confident I will stay with the workout plan, but not so sure about the diet plan. The worksheet told me to consume 2100 calories a day. I have never really been a big eater (not really a healthy eater before either), but this eating every 2-3 hours it tough. I’m not even hungry yet. My wonderful wife spent several hours planning, cooking, measuring, packaging and such over the weekend. I am not sure we can maintain that amount of time (we both work 10 hour days and have two younger kids). Any thoughts on the diet plan? Any ideas? Thanks!

  • Hawkman

    I think you’re about the only person who likes X2 the best, lol. I haven’t tried it so I can’t say either way yet. As for X3, I feel it has some good things about it, but I’d be surprised if it’s considered great like the original over the course of time. I’m just not sure the average person can get a dream body in 1 hour 5-6 days a week, let alone 30 mins. It’s excellent for filling in when time is short though.

    • The one thing about X3 that drives me nuts is the naming convention.

      For example. “The Challenge”. Why not just say Chest and Back? Or “The Warrior”. What the heck is that? It makes planning your routine in advance needlessly complicated.

      But true, if someone wants more noticeable results, only doing 30 minutes a day might be asking a lot.

      • Hawkman

        Yea, & I think some of the workouts try to compensate for the fact they are brief by overloading in muscle confusion dept. In other words, a workout might not be categorized as just a leg & back workout since there are several exercises involving multiple body parts/muscles. As much as I sound like I’m bashing it tho, overall, I think it’s borderline great.

  • travis

    Hey DP,

    You should really check out AthleanX. His marketing is super annoying on how he compares his program to P90x, trying to catapult off its results, but when it comes to fitness he knows his stuff.
    I usually mix in Jeff’s workouts for a few months then do a Tony or Shaun T for a while.

    Also, since you’re pretty fit, I’d skip to AthleanX 2. The first will seem pretty easy after all the BB programs you’ve done.

  • Gabriel

    Hopefully you still monitor the comments section here. I ordered X3 and it should be arriving tomorrow, but I’ve never tried workout videos before. I try to go mountain biking 2-3 times per week for about an hour through a 6.5 mile loop. My heart rate monitor says I average 170-180 depending on how hard I’m pushing with a max a little over 190 and I try to do a 2 or 3 three hour ride through extremely difficult, rock filled terrain once a month. My question is: Do you expect I will be able to incorporate X3 while still going riding or will I likely have to skip X3 the day of (or after) a ride?

    • X3 would provide you some resistance training and flexibility from yoga. Good core as well. However, it wouldn’t hold a candle to the cardio you are presently doing.

      Depending on the workout, I suppose you could do an X3 and a ride the same day, but be aware of the potential for overtraining. Aside from some upper body attention, it may be redundant to purchase a workout video at all.

      • Gabriel

        Thanks for the reply Mr. Parrot. That’s a good call on watching out for over training, I’ll try to avoid pushing my lower body too hard. I still think the videos will be beneficial for lower body. I can ride just about every day of the week if I wanted to with no problem, but throw in one 5k run and my legs are out of commission for 3-4 days. So the variety will be good I think.

        I mainly bought it for the upper body, core, and balance though; the flexibility you mention will just be an extra perk. A lot of the movements I make when I’m snowboarding will randomly make me feel unbalanced and weak when I’m at weird angle or hit choppy snow and I injured my bicep twice last year while doing indoor rock climbing and I need a safer way to fill in my strength gaps, plus I found out I have lordotic posture last year and it’s been difficult retraining my body to move properly and I like how these videos look like they will help with making the correct movements feel more natural and automatic.

        Thanks for the advice; sounds like these videos will do everything I’m looking for, I’ll just have to be careful with integrating the lower body stuff. Based on what you are saying I will probably stop mountain biking for 2 weeks to see how the videos fit in.

        PS Sorry for the long reply.

  • C.Daoud

    Would you consider p90x3 pretty much one of the end alls and be alls of home exercise programs, since from the review it seems to cover everything? Have you ever tried out JNL Fusion (it lacks a warm-up and cool-down, but the meat of it seems pretty good from this rookie’s standpoint)? Thank you for your time.

    • No. I don’t think I’ve done a single program that is the “end-all”, although the closest I have seen is P90X2.

      X3 is still great, but I find that when I mix things up like adding Max 30 or Body Beast at times it fills some gaps. I’m sure Beachbody takes this into consideration as well!

      Haven’t done JNL, but now that summer is coming to a close I will be getting more reviews done. I would like to get more non-Beachbody programs looked at to even the mix.

  • Olaf Biesot

    We are in the second week of P90X3. I looked forward to Dynamix…but I had Stretch in mind. And it was not near stretch of P90X. I was dissapointed. Seemed for me like a normal work out. Also you’ve mentioned the plow in Yoga X, but far more heavier was the boat to plow exercise that we suffered in Total Synergistics. But let’s be honest: I start to like it more and more. Frustrating is that you first have to know what moves they are making in order to do it correctly in that half hour. Week 2 is already going better than Week 1. So maybe in 14 weeks my opinion has turned around completely. But I miss the quiet Yoga X of 1.5 hour, with that Zen feeling. And Stretch…So I use afer Dynamics the foam roller of X2.

  • I’m curious which you think would be a better option:

    1. P90X, probably subbing in T25 or Max 30 for cardio
    2. P90X3 & T25 (lining up Alpha/Beta/Gamma with Phases 1/2/3 of x3)

    I’m leaning towards the latter, as it lets me break my workout into 2 sessions, but I want to make sure X3 + T25 has the potential for decent strength gain, particularly upper body (Shaun T never lets the lower body down).

    If you reply I guarantee I will swoon, fangirl out, and dedicate my first unassisted pull-up to your guidance.

    For reference I’m 32, female, decent but not stellar shape, no health problems, and have adjustable dumbbells up to 50 lbs so I can go heavy as needed. I’ve done some Body Beast and *loved* it but want more functional/overall fitness and fall into a hole of OCD madness trying to devise hybrids. Definitely doing Hammer & Chisel the instant it is released.

    Thank you for being awesome.

    • I agree with going for the later.

      The strength options in T25 are not super-duper, but they are excellent for toning. X3 is a substantially better in that department. Also the cardio in T25 is miles ahead of X3 so a hybrid of the two should cover all the bases well.

  • Brian Abbondandolo

    Hey Parrot sorry to be annoying very dazed and confused athlete here. Wrapping up p90x3 I’m going to keep it short and sweet what option would you suggest next. Just the number would suffice lol. Want to lose 5-10 more lbs of pure fat and not in a rush as I know it takes time.

    1.Elite block then repeat p90x3
    2.elite block p90x3 t25/max30 hybrid
    3.elite block then p90x2!
    4.elite block p90x
    5.Something from your head

    You’re the best! Thanks

  • Erin

    I’m a runner and my only form of cross-training is swimming. I ran my first marathon in October and realized that if I wanted to continue running long distances I would need some other form of cross-training as well. Would you recommend P90X3? I live in a small apartment 500sqft so there’s not much room for working out and when work is in its busy season i’m traveling almost 3 weekends out of the month. I am looking for a program that will help me with my running and I can continue to do while traveling. I would start the program after New Years and I don’t start traveling for work until mid-march. Also, my 2nd full will be the first weekend in March. Thank You for your help!

    • X3 works well in confined spaces for the most part. It also makes good use of resistance bands which are handy for apartment living and being one the road.

      For marathon training, X3 lacks killer cardio, but if your do your running on those days it would be a great fit. So given what you’ve told me, I would recommend it.

  • John

    Anyway to build more muscle from P90X3?
    Don’t want to do hybrids, just get the most bang for my bang in under 40 minutes.
    The other option would be to cut rest and fast forward on P90X and only do the first rounds making the original a 30-35 minute per workout program, would that work?
    Suggestions and input welcome and appreciated.
    Oh, will you be reviewing Master’s Hammer and Chisel anytime soon?

    • To get the most bang for buck under 40 minutes…I’d opt for X3. It has flexibility, muscle, core, and cardio so it makes a good functional fitness package.

      And yes, I will be reviewing Hammer and Chisel. I imagine I can get that done by the middle of January.

  • Roxanne Fuller

    I have been debating whether to start Hammer and Chisel or P90x3. I’m leaning towards P90x3 because I like the idea of packing a hardcore workout into only 30 minutes. Do you have a preference for one over the other? :)

    • I have just begun doing Hammer and Chisel so will be getting a review up for that in a couple weeks. Thus far it looks pretty good but will have to reserve my opinion until I do a few more. Stay tuned!

  • Harry

    Hi Mr Parrot, thanks for your great reviews! I’m going to finish up T25’s Gamma soon and I’ve been looking for a logical next step. I read your review of Insanity:Max 30, and it makes sense to me that you would generally prescribe it as the next thing for anyone who’s almost done with T25, but, after getting into pretty decent overall shape with T25 I’m really looking for something that can do the job of bulking me up, really gaining mass – not just plain getting in shape. I love Shaun T’s 25-30 minute format and I’d love that for my next program as well. Would you say P90x3 has a higher muscle building focus? Or should I try one of Sagi Kalev’s workouts? What program would you recommend?

    • P90X3 definitely has better muscle focus that T25 but if mass is your goal then Body Beast is probably the best option.

      • Harry

        Thanks! My problem with Body Beast, other than the long time, is that it requires buying a lot of equipment – even the limited version with the ball – which gets really expensive. I have my weights from T25 and a chin up bar, I don’t know how much more than that I can afford on my budget. What would be the next best thing?

        • Next best thing would be X3 as it limits the time to 30 minutes, and doesn’t really use anything different than T25 with the exception of a pull-up bar. Maybe a few extra weights to get but nothing crazy.

          • Harry

            Thanks a lot! That’s what I’ll do then. Does it make sense to start P90X3 from the beginning? Lots of people here are talking about doing P90X3 with T25 or Max30 for cardio, is that better, since I’ve already gone through Alpha and Beta in T25? Or should I start P90X3 from block 2 or 3?

  • Pablo Molina

    Hey Dysfunctional Parrot,

    I’m currently doing T25 and plan to finish all 3 phases. Based on reading up I had originally planned on following it up with X3, Insanity, Asylum 1/2, and finally Max:30. I was wondering what you thought of that sequence? Should I skip X30 or somehow modify the original plan based on your experience? My main goal is mostly leaning out with a decent amount of muscle mass.

    • Looks good! I’m not sure the sequence really matters as much as just getting up and doing the workout. My schedule is a random mess!

      • Pablo Molina

        Thanks, I was just trying to build a progression, so I didn’t really want to feel in really good shape and then feel like I dropped lower with a lower intensity workout. You never get that feeling through all your different ones you’ve done?

        • Some days are easier than others I suppose! After a while I know which one I like and don’t like so I won’t accidentally wind up doing Kenpo X! My schedule is usually 3-4 videos a week from various instructors and 3 days at the gym working on the big equipment with one of my kids.

  • jln04

    So i am debating between P90x3 and Hammer and Chisel. I am a runner so I do about 60-200 minutes of cardio a day. I run 50+ miles a week. Trying to balance out by adding more weight training. I cannot figure out which program would be better for me and I have poured over reviews. Any insight?

    • Seeing as you already have the cardio bases covered, I would go for P90X3. The weight training in Hammer & Chisel is generally total body style workouts. X3 has more isolation. Plus, you don’t have to concern yourself with Tony’s intermediate level of cardio since you are far surpassing that on your own.

      Another option is to go all the way and try Body Beast which has little cardio to speak of at all. Hybrid in your running and you’d be set there too.

  • John

    Thanks for your input and suggestion.
    On P90X3 doing well and enjoying it as I go into day 60.
    I’m thinking of doing one old school weight training workout per week while following the X3 program.
    Think it can be done without overtraining?
    Just 1 all out heavy set of squat, bent row, bench once weekly either on Sunday/rest day or on the yoga day after the yoga(a good warm-up too).
    What do you think?

    • I think you’ll be ok as long as nutrition doesn’t get short changed. I found in some cases that doing what you’re suggesting helps. For example, while it’s nice to do plenty of push ups, it amps things up to get on the bench press. I found my gains improved noticeably when I added some old school iron to the mix.

  • H@rrY

    Thanks for the great reviews Parrot!
    Having finished all three phases of T25 (using 12 pound weights), I’m now considering doing P90X3. Is my one pair of 12 pound weights enough? Or does the program require heavier weights for some exercises and lighter ones for others? I’m looking forward to this program because I feel that after T25 I could stand to gain some more muscle mass. Thanks!

    • X3 requires a little more weight but not too much. If you managed 12 lbs with T25 then you may wish to go up to 20lbs for X3 due to reps being lower. Some exercises will still use the 12lbs weights as well depending on what you’re doing. If getting more muscle is your goal then I think X3 is definitely a step in the right direction.

  • Wayne

    Mr. Parrot,
    I’m training for the golden gloves in the fall and want to follow a program that will enhance my strength, flexibility, but will also allow me to do my 45 minute boxing training M,W,F.
    My two choices are X3 and the original.
    If you were in the same situation, which would you choose and why?
    I am at my ideal weight so the additional program is supplemental to help build physique, strength, flexibility.
    Thank you for taking the time to lend your opinion.

    • Go for the original P90X and be sure to swap out Cardio X or Kenpo X for something with more teeth.

  • Alysa Holber

    Hello, I love reading your fitness reviews! I am doing a cize/p90 hybrid at the moment. Then I am planning on moving into T25 Beta and Gamma. Would it be best to move on to P90X3 afterwards, or do a hybrid of T25/P90X3 followed by a round of Max 30?

    • Either option would be fine. I personally like the variety P90X3 provides so I would lean towards a P90X3/T25 hybrid myself at first. Max 30 can just replace the T25 and the hybrid can keep going.

  • Marc

    Hi Parrot,
    I’m about to start a new program and i would like to know you opinion on this:

    P90X3 + 22 Minutes Hard Corps + 21 Days Fix Extreme

    Is it a good program?

    Thnak you

    • I think those would make an excellent mix. I mix P90X3 with just about everything as it feels to me like a perfect mix for most programs.

  • Maseeh

    Hey I’m a 16 year old teenager should I do P90X3 or not ?

    • That’s difficult to answer as body type varies greatly with age. However, I don’t see why it would be an issue.

  • Btend14

    Just starting t25 gamma. Looking for my next program .what do u recommend ? Thinking of p90x3?
    Dropped 40 pounds so far. Looking to drop another 20-30. Thanks .

    • After X3, I would go for Max 30 if you like harder cardio or 22 Minute Hard Corps if circuit training is your thing.

  • Robin

    Hello, mr. Parrot

    A quick question : I had started Ruthless in the beginning of the summer, but it didn’t do much for me as far as muscle building is concerned.
    I’m doing X3 now, since I don’t have the time for long workouts. However, I’m used to go running once or twice a week and I don’t want to give that up.
    So I wonder if I could substitute workouts like CVX , agility or MMX with running without loosing the added muscle / core benefits of these workouts.
    And which schedule should I use in this case ? Mass (since there is more muscle work there) ? And would it be a good idea to add the ab ripper to this schedule ?

    Actually, these are many quick questions, but I do hope you have the time to share some wisdom here.

    Thanks in advance,

    • That would be fine. Personally, I stick to the schedules very loosely as to do exactly what you are wanting. Some days I just want to run! Ab Ripper is one of those things I also try and squeeze in twice a week when I have a spare 15 minutes around the house.

      • Robin

        Thanks. I suppose you use the original ab ripper ?

        • Occasionally, although I have acquired a good collection of ab workouts to choose from. One of the best is strangely enough, from 10 Minute Trainer.

          • Robin

            That’s something I would never have thought

  • Eric Andersen

    Hi Parrot! I’ve been reading you for a while but this is the first time I’ve commented. Based on reading nearly all your reviews, I started up on p90x3 and I’m loving it! I did a year of BJJ and kept getting injured, so I had to hit the drawing boards, take some time off, and about a month into 3 I’m loving it! After this I think I’m going to try p90x2, which really sounds great for stabilizer muscles and rehabilitation (considering of course you are in good enough shape to even do it) and then I think I’m going to attempt the terrifying Asylum 1, and then go for 2. Do you have any suggestions, and should I try T25 or Insanity before jumping straight into Asylum? I’m foregoing hybrids ATM to just take the programs as intended.

    • Eric Andersen

      Because I am very MMA based I was considering RushFit, but I think the quality of the BB programs are just so superior that I can get my MMA based workouts elsewhere

    • Asylum is top tier training, so a little conditioning wouldn’t hurt. I’d go for T25. If you’re already in good shape choose Max 30 over Insanity as the original Insanity is murder on the joints.

  • Dan

    Hi Parrot!

    I was just wondering if alternating p90x3 and 22 Minute hardcorps weekly is ok?
    Or is it gonna affect the results. Thanks!

    • Might even improve the results! I mix my workouts around all the time from week to week.

    • Elessar yavetil

      i have to say p90x3 is alot better then 22 mhc, you will get better results with p90x3 versus 22 mhc hands down

  • Kathryn

    Hi! I was thinking of starting P90X3 soon, but I don’t have a pull up bar and I’m not inclined to fork out such large amounts of money to get the Ultimate P90X3 package… Do you use the Beachbody pull up bar? If not, what do you use and recommend? Thanks in advance!

    • Aside from the programs themselves and the original Powerstands, I’ve never bought any Beachbody gear. I just use a generic aftermarket chin up bar that extends out from the door in order to do a wide front pull-up. Any decent fitness store will have something to get you going.

    • Elessar yavetil

      you can purchase a pull up bar at walmart the kind that hands in your door frame for about 30- 40 dollars and maybe even cheaper.

  • Farmer girl

    Hi! A few months back I asked some questions about max 30. My daughter n I are on our second round and boy it’s a good one. Super challenging. Loved it. But I would like to try something a little lower impact. I was thinking p90x3, but again I’m concerned about my lower back. As long as I avoid crunches/moves that put me on my back on the floor, my low back doesn’t seem to suffer. That’s what I love about Shaun T. His workouts are mainly standing which is great for me and my back issues. So I’m worried about spending the cash on p90x3 and then I can’t do it bc it hurts me. Any advice out there for me?
    And thanks for your reviews!! Again…you’re so funny and so entertaining to read!!

    • I consider T25 to be a lower impact and less demanding version of Max 30. P90X3 should be ok on your lower back as I too have one made of paper mache. The yoga component in it is great for that so you may well find X3 helping you in those weak areas.

      Another option to turn it down a notch while still crushing it is with STRONGER. It’s free, so your wallet will thank you!

  • WorkoutMe

    I have done 21 day fix and tons of 21 day fix extreme rounds. I have also done 22 min hard core and didn’t really love it like I did extreme. I am almost finished with core de Force and love it but miss my weights. I don’t want to add mass but get “ripped” so to speak. What program should I do next? Reading all of your reviews is so helpful! I have looked p90x3, hammer and chisel, t-25 and others…can’t decide!

    • Hammer and Chisel would have the best of both worlds, although I have to admit, I love my T25! X3 is a well rounded program too but you may wish to hybrid ion some better cardio.

      • WorkoutMe

        Thank you so much!

  • Ankur Mishra

    Hey Mr. Parrot,

    I love your hilarious reviews. Based on them, I’m planning to do Insanity Max:30 next. I am about to finish Insanity Month 1 for a little preparation for Max:30. But I have discovered that I’m a little weak on the strength side (have a trouble with push ups of Insanity) . I’m a runner and am able to keep up with a cardio. Based on that was planning to do a round of P90 after Max. But after reading both your reviews of P90 and P90X3 I’m wondering if P90 would be a little too easy. I find Insanity Month 1, intense but very enjoyable.

    • If you can get through the original Insanity, I’d still try Max 30. Max 30 is a much better system that is less murder on the joints. It also allows time to modify push ups if need be until you can build up strength.

      Another option is to try P90X3 and focus on getting the strength up. Don’t do P90 as that would be far too easy given your current level of fitness.

      • Ankur Mishra

        Thanks DP. So Max:30 and then P90X3 next it is.

  • Michael Coon

    First off, I want to say that I L-O-V-E your reviews. I always come here before I buy a workout program. I hit the gym 3-4 days a week for weight training (INTENSE) with a personal trainer but I want to do a cardio program to assist with leaning out. I am no stranger to beach body workouts, I completed a round of INSANITY and T25 in the past. My question is, I am looking to either do a round of Insanity Max 30 or P90x3..Both your reviews on these two programs were great. Which one would you recommend for leaning out more?

    • If you already have a gym routine and just want to add some powerful cardio, Max 30 is the clear winner. There’s enough resistance in Max 30 to supplement your workouts without going into “Body Beast” territory. Think of it as a better version of Insanity that is not murder on the joints.

      • Michael Coon

        THANK YOU!

  • Thorvald Verlaeckt

    Hey Parrot, i am training for a obstacle course. For this i’m using the max 30 program, i’m on my 2nd week of it now. Today i noticed that i am lacking in the pull up department and was thinking of doubling up the max 30 program with the p90x3 program.
    So max 30 in the morning and p90x3 in the evening.
    Do you think this would help me prepare for a obstacle run? When i read around alot of people suggest that doing max30 and p90x3 is a bad idea.
    What are your thougths about this?

    • I would think that for something akin to a Spartan Race, doing a little X3 would help a lot due to the pull-up/weights used in the program. If you want the one program that is tailor made for this sort of thing, Asylum would be an easy fit. It has a track and field focus which is perfect for these kinds of competitions.

      Just remember to fuel your body accordingly. If you do both programs at the same time as opposed to a hybrid, you will need to insure good nutrition and sleep.

      • Thorvald Verlaeckt

        I’m going to start this monday and i will be increasing my kcal intake by about 400-600kcal. I used to eat low carbs, but i’m going to be eating alot more carbs aswell, so i can use that for fuel for the workouts. I used to be 60%prot / 10% carbs / 30% fat
        This is going to change to 40%/40%/20%
        Thx for the info!

  • Terry Chay

    Probably not the best idea to substitute Total Synergistics with Complex Lower in the schedule above. Triometrics is already a “Power” (leg workout), so you end up doubling up on legs on consecutive days. Better would have been to keep Total Synergistics and replace Triometrix with Complex Lower in that block.

    BTW, my gf and I ❤️ reading these reviews aloud to each other and 😂 ing. Keep up the great work.

  • Paul

    Love your reviews. I’ve been doing P90X3 for about 30 months (took a break to do 22 Minute Hard Core somewhere in there) and I’m ready for a change. I would like to build on the gains I’ve made doing X3 but I’m trying to stay away from the hour long P90X/P90X2 programs. Is there another program out there that you would recommend? Your review of The Master’s Hammer and Chisel made me think I might want to go down that path.

    Goals: build muscle, improve/maintain flexibility, enough cardio to be able to run a 5k if I am being chased, 30-45min per day

    • M&C is good, but the cardio might not be quite up to “running from a bear” standards. If possible mix a little of something else in there. Hybrid in STRONGER by Nicky Hollander ( free from Livestrong ) as a possible option.

      If you want to stick to one program, the best all-around track/running style program I’ve found is actually Asylum. That covers all the bases.

  • Ericb

    Your reviews are awesome! Can you please recommend a good martial arts workout program? I think the P90x series is lacking for that.

    • I think I would go with Tapout XT due to its variety. Core de Force is a little weak in the MA area and Kenpo X in P90X is probably one of the worst. Other good options are UFC Fit and Rushfit. Avoid Les Mills Combat unless you like cheese.

  • Facundo garcía

    Hi my friend, excuse my English, I want to start with p90x3 but I really want to replace yoga with t25 strech (it gave good results to my cousin) and I would like you to recommend me because I can replace pilates video that same way I do not like it very much, My goal is to gain some muscle, I would appreciate your response.

    • That would not be a problem. As long as you do some sort of stretch recovery you will achieve the same results. I swap the workouts around all the time and never have an issue.

      • Facundo garcía

        Thank you for your answer, but if you could advise me, yoga will replace it by the t25 strech, the pilates because another can replace it from the same program focus t25 (currently the focus has my cousin and I will get the p90x3), thank you Of the few who give honest reviews.

        • These programs are very flexible and not written in stone. Replacing workouts with something else is rarely an issue. If you desire to do a stretch or pilates instead of yoga then I see no reason why you could not do that. These programs sometimes make it seem like you cannot deviate at all from their intended plan, but that is never the case. Mix it up and have fun. The important thing is that you are pressing play.

          • Facundo garcía

            You I think I will replace ab intervals of t25 focus by pilates x, a doubt since I can have any of these programs, for my goal is to gain some muscle mass and lose the classic belly roll is well started by p90x3? Thank you