P90X3 – Triometrics

Nope, not a typo!  P90X3‘s Triometrics is like plyometrics times three!

It’s not ALL jumpy plyo though (thank goodness).  But it’s explosive moves, using three levels of each move.  So on average, you do level one for 20 seconds, level two for 20, and then level three for 20.  The recommended modification is to stay in level two instead of moving to level three.  One thing about this – you can modify some moves and go all out on others.  Don’t just decide that you’re sticking with two for the workout.  Go by the exercise and how you feel!

Many of the exercises have a balance component, which is fun and challenging.  For most, you aren’t even jumping in level one or two if it is a jump move.  I think my point here is that this sounds like a very intimidating workout.  Yes, it is challenging, but wasn’t nearly as scary in reality.  I enjoyed the progressions – you aren’t doing anything for too long, and it goes by quickly.  You’ll feel it in your legs…promise!

There’s no equipment used here.  I pull out my jump mat and use it for some exercises and not others.  It also has a triple speed skater, so move the furniture to the side!

When you hear “Triometrics” what do you think ?

Kicking off the P90X3 DVDs!

I’ve started my 4th week of P90X3 (don’t forget…P90X3 and TurboFire challenge packs are discounted for a few more days!), so I guess it’s time to start telling you about the videos.  Week 4 is a transition week, so it’s preparing me to go on to the next block.  I feel strong (and sore!) and ready.

First, a popular question answered…do you need to do P90X and P90X2 first?  Nope.  P90X3 is not a graduate program.  You can jump right in!  I’m doing the Classic schedule – there are also Lean, Mass and Doubles schedules in the base kit.  So, I’m going to work through the workouts in the order of the Classic schedule.  Which means we start with…

Total Synergistics!

This is full body strength training.  You will use a few different weights, plus your chin up bar (or a resistance band), for compound movements that will work you well.  Some show modifications, so you can follow along with the modifier if you need to.  I know that my ankle is still a bit off from my 10K, so I haven’t done much plyo work, choosing the step option on those moves.

There is NO shame in modifying folks!  Do what you can.  Or as Tony says…

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Some of the moves are tough, but the workout is over in a flash.  And Tony Horton is funny, so you get a few laughs in.  I like this workout a lot though.  I love the weights!

One big thing here is to TRACK! your weights.  I use the P90X app to track weights and reps on the workouts.  It’s been working well for me, but there are other apps out there as well.

Do you track your workouts?  Are you a pen and paper or app type?