What is P90X3?
P90X3 is a 90-day extreme fitness program created by Tony Horton. It is designed to get you really fit in just 30 minutes a day. It combines a highly structured, plateau-busting schedule with a variety of moves that keep every muscle challenged.
Anyone can do P90X3. It is designed for beginning to advanced fitness levels. Every workout includes modifications to accommodate all fitness levels. P90X3 is a stand alone program, meaning you did not have to complete P90X or P90X2 in order to do P90X3.
Facts about P90X3
30 minutes long, including a brief warm up and cool down.
Optional 12 minute cold start warm up. Great if you are working out early in the morning.
It includes a nutrition plan that gets down to the basics of healthy eating.
There are 16 workouts including cardio, mixed martial arts, agility and yoga.
The Pilates workout is great for runners.
Isometrics is a strength/balance/flexibility workout. Another great one for runners.
There are 4 programs to pick from: classic, lean, doubles or bulk (I would not recommend the latter 2 for runners).
39 out of 40 people in the test group lost 10% of their body fat!
Minimal equipment is needed. Hand weights or resistance bands are a must. A pull up bar is preferred but you can do modified moves.
How Does Cross Training Help Running?
Mixes things up- I know I can get bored easily if I do the same workout every day. Adding a different workout to your routines will keep things fresh. P90X3 has a different workout every day so you’ll really be mixing things up by adding this to running.
Increases Flexibility- Incorporating yoga and Pilates, like the routines in P90X3, builds core strength and loosens the hips, hamstrings and calves. This is very important to running efficiently.
Reduce the pounding- Let’s face it. When you incorporate other workouts, you’re not pounding as much so you reduce the stress on your joints.
P90X3 Hybrid with RunningSo you have a few ways to incorporate P90X3 into your running routine. You can simply double up on some days. That is the way I am doing it now. I use running as a warm up on some days and I use it as a second workout on others and then include a long run on the weekend. This doesn’t allow me for a rest day. I don’t recommend that. About every 20 days I feel it and just have to stop and do nothing. Other than that I keep active every day.
The other way to run with P90X3 is to do a hybrid. Here is a sample schedule. I can help you come up with a schedule if this is something you are interested in doing.
Hybrid Schedule Block 1
Monday: Total Synergistics
Thursday: Run and YogaX
Friday: Warm up run (1-2 miles) and CVX
Saturday: The Warrior and a long run
Tuesday: Run and dynamix
Thursday: Run and Pilates
Saturday: long run and YogaX
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If you have questions about P90X3, send me an email. I’d love to connect with you and get you started with P90X3.