Ok ok…so I’ve been at this whole P90 thing for 2 weeks now and people keep asking me – “Do you like P90” or “How does this compare to 21-day fix?” or “You’ve been working out for a while now, is this program challenging enough? I thought it was for beginners” – well I’d like to share my thoughts with you…
First things first – Do I like it?
YES! If you know me – I wouldn’t do something I didn’t like. That’s just silly – Time is precious!!! I’ve done other Tony Horton programs and struggled with being able to do the workouts without modifying them to the point that I was barely even following the DVD! My husband and I did some of P90X before our wedding years ago but I found the strength training aspect too difficult and some of the workouts were just too long. He also completed P90X3 recently I would periodically join him for a good sweat sesh and while the 30 minute workouts were appealing and I enjoyed the workouts, I still couldn’t really “complete” them. I’ve only done the workouts in P90-Series A but they’re under that 30 minute mark which fits my busy mama schedule perfectly, the 8 minute ab workout is different and challenging and to be honest – Saturday Special may be one of my favorite workouts of all the Beachbody programs I’ve done!!!
How does it compare to 21-day fix?
Well its definitely different!!! Most people know I LOVE 21-day fix. I love the variety of the workouts, I love the easy to follow meal plan, I think Autumn Calabrese is amazing and the story of how she took her leap of faith with getting this program out there is just inspiring. It was the program that got me hooked on a healthy and balanced way of living so it was hard for me to make the change – but it was time! Change is GOOD right?!?! Although I enjoyed the 7-day a week program, I was ready for a rest day, ready to work my body and my muscles differently and just ready for something new! Afterall, isn’t variety the spice of life?!?! That doesn’t mean I won’t add in a little Cardio fix here or Yoga fix there but I wanted to test out P90 for myself – so I could share with all my challengers and customers just how this program works!
So the program is designed so that you choose a sculpt or sweat schedule. I chose sweat – which means I do the Sweat A and the ab workout on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and the Sculpt A workout Tuesday and Thursday with the Saturday Special on Saturday (although this last weekend I was out of town and didn’t want to skip the workout so my Friday became Saturday Special – joys of working out at home on your own schedule!!!) I like that this allows you to get comfortable and familiar with each workout! You repeat this for 4-weeks before moving on to Phase B and similarly, Phase C. So you’re not doing the same workout everyday, nor are you doing a different workout everyday but there’s enough variety to keep me interested.
Is this challenging enough for someone who has been working out for a while or this just for beginners?
The answer is Yes – and No…Yes its challenging enough and No – its not JUST for beginners!
I was expecting this first phase to be easy breezy so day 1 I pushed myself and I pushed myself HARD – and you know what? I was SORE the next day. Sure enough – it worked!!! Like so many other things in life – you’re going to get out what you put in! So I put in my best and I could out the best results. I was happy to see that even after “working out for a while” this program could still benefit and challenge me! I choose to do more reps during the lifting phases, push ups at a faster rate and jump as fast as I could!!! I also LOVE how I can FINISH the entire workout and feel accomplished rather than defeated. I will say certain moves are easier than others but that is when you can up your weights and add in a little extra umph to make sure you’re getting the most out of your 30 minutes of “me” time.
So, although this is great for beginners, great for people with injuries or who may need to modify…it can also be great for anyone!!!
I hope this provides some insight and helps if you’ve been thinking – is this workout for me? If you’ve been thinking about giving this program a try (which remains on special until the end of October) or any of the Beachbody programs I’d love to talk to you! I know I wouldn’t be able to stay on track alone so after having my own success in a challenge group – I became a coach so I could run my own challenge groups and not only hold myself accountable but help others get started on their journey as well – there’s just something to be said about POWER In NUMBERS!
–> As an added bonus, Beachbody has decided to donate $5 for every challenge pack to the Wounded Warriors project in honor of Tony Horton’s dad, an avid supporter. I decided to #payitforward with Amy as my first challenger to purchase the program at the beginning of the month. Now #itsyourturn
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