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Tony Horton talks about benefits of P90X3

P90X3 workout programQ: So why should I buy P90X3 when I’ve already done P90X?
Tony Horton: It’s shorter. Are we done now? Can I go now?  Just kidding—not about it being shorter though—because this time, it’s all about efficiency. Each workout is a compact, tidy 30 minutes. That’s half an episode of Breaking Bad (or two-thirds of an episode if you have it on your DVR and skip the commercials). Also, there’s a ton of new material, like eccentric training. Even if you’ve done my entire P90X ONE on ONE® series there are going to be things you’ve never seen before.

P90X3 Base KitQ: Eccentric, like the nice way of saying a rich person is crazy?
Tony Horton: No, that’s not really the demographic we’re shooting for. The eccentric motion is the part of an exercise where you’re lengthening the muscle, like when you go down on a bicep curl. It’s sometimes called the negative motion. By slowing down the tempo of that motion, more of the muscle is activated, thus creating greater growth potential.

Q: Can you really get fit in 30 minutes? Can I get the same results as I did from P90X?
Tony Horton: Absolutely! Do you really think I’d make a program that wouldn’t work? Seriously! Just look at the test group results. Some of those folks got ripped! It doesn’t take the place of P90X or P90X2, necessarily, but let’s face it, time is an issue for most of us—so the goal of X3 was to get rid of that excuse. Even if you only have 30 minutes, you can still get stronger, healthier, and just plain better.

Q: Great, but how? 
Tony Horton: There’s a lot less downtime in these workouts. I’m there to help you get the job done! But that doesn’t mean cutting corners. It’s not like I have you do half the push-ups or shortchange your warm-up.

Shorter workouts are a trend in exercise science right now and P90X3 takes that research to a different level. It has to do with interval training and compound moves and mixing different styles of training—all of which I’ve been including in my programs for years, but never like this.

Q: Do I need to do P90X or P90X2 before I do P90X3?
Tony Horton: Nope. In fact, it’s kind of the opposite. I think P90X3 sets you up to have a stronger foundation for both of those programs.

Tony Horton talks about P90X3Q: So, it goes P90X3, then P90X, then P90X2? Isn’t that confusing? 
Tony Horton: Everyone seemed to cope with The Godfather: Part II being basically a prequel to The Godfather, so just run with it. But, really, you don’t need to do them in that order, or any order. They’re all different, and they all build on each other in both directions by adding different fitness elements. If you’ve already done P90X and P90X2, you’re still going to be challenged by X3. But if you’re starting from scratch, I think it’s the best place to begin.

Q: What’s available in the different packages, like Base, Deluxe, and Ultimate?
Tony Horton: Hmm, I’ll find out for you, but first, I have to finish personally formulating the next flavor of Shakeology®. Then I’ve got to buy a few blocks of television time for the P90X3 infomercial. And then I need to head to my garage where I handcraft my Tony Horton PowerStands®. Dude, I don’t know that stuff!

There’s a company, maybe you’ve heard of it. It’s called Beachbody® and they have experts on all sorts of things. I’m sure one of them knows.

Q: Okay, okay, well how fit do you need to be?
Tony Horton: That I can answer. With modifications we’ve tried to make the entry level lower than P90X and P90X2—but you still need a reasonable fitness base. This isn’t for armchair quarterbacks. You should probably be fit enough to throw around the pigskin a little. If you can’t do push-ups at all, or downward dog, or if you’ve never lifted weights before, you’d be better off starting with Power 90® to build your base fitness.

Q: What equipment will I need?
Tony Horton: As much as I like to play with new toys, we wanted to make this version of X as accessible as possible, so we didn’t include much gear. All you really need are a few different exercise bands. But if you really want to dial it up, you might want to invest in a pull-up bar, weights, a yoga mat, and PowerStands.

If you don’t want to get those things, no problem. Don’t let a lack of equipment hold you back—but if I find out that you’re spending that money on Big Macs, some cable sports channel package, or the latest iWhatever, you and I are going to have a serious talk.

Tony Horton talks about P90X3 workout programQ: How many days a week is it?
Tony Horton: Six, like P90X, except it’s half the time. That’s 3 teeny, tiny hours, people! Think about that. I read recently that the average American spends 34 hours a week watching TV—that means you can get in the best shape of your life in less time than most people spend watching commercials.

Q: What is your favorite move in the program?
Tony Horton: That’s like asking a dad to pick his favorite kid. They’re all my children! Seriously, my favorite moves change all the time. I love pull-ups . . . core moves . . . yoga. Wait! Maybe my current favorite is something from Pilates, because it’s new to the lineup and it’s completely changed my life. Honestly, it felt weird at first but now that it’s clicked, I can’t believe I went so long without doing it regularly.

Q: Don’t you need a big, weird board with a bunch of pulleys to do Pilates?
Tony Horton: A reformer? No, you don’t need that with our Pilates. You do for some forms, but we’ve got you covered. Like I said, P90X3 isn’t about selling you a bunch of gear. It’s about getting you in shape.

Q: What’s the nutrition component of P90X3 like?
Tony Horton: It’s awesome, of course. Here’s a little secret—I don’t follow a dedicated nutrition plan when I eat. I listen to my body. It took years of trial and error to figure out how to do this, but we figured out a way to avoid all that. It’s a concept we call “Intuitive Eating”—as in eating based on your intuition. It’s not as much about telling you what to eat as much as giving you the tools so that you figure out what your body needs.

Q: So what if my intuition tells me I need Bundt cake and Quarter Pounders?
Tony Horton: Then we’ll have your copy of P90X3 delivered straight to the ICU.

Tony Horton  talks about benefits of P90X3Don’t worry. There’s plenty of guidance in the nutrition guide, but it’s flexible in terms of your proteins, fats, and carbs, not to mention your personal tastes, beliefs, or dietary system—within a healthy context.

Q: What if I don’t like to cook?
Tony Horton: Am I wearing an apron right now? No. I’m not a big cook either, but you don’t need to be if you want to eat healthy. It’ll work to your advantage if you can boil an egg or steam a little broccoli, but the plan has you covered.

Everything, from exercise to eating to using equipment, has been streamlined to limit excuses. P90X3 is a No-Excuse Zone! I want you to get into the best shape of your life and I want it to be as easy as possible.

This is truly a program designed to let you do your best and forget the rest.

Click here to get your copy of P90X3!

 
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Focus T25 third week review | Change your body composition in 25 minutes per day

Focus T25 third week reviewAfter three weeks of working out with Shaun T’s new program Focus T25 for only 25 minutes a day I have noticed significant change in my body composition. While the number on the scale has not changed all that much as far as total pounds lost are concerned, I was thrilled to see that I have lost 6 pounds of fat and gained 3 pounds of muscles.

Since muscle tissue is much denser than fat tissue, this re-composition of my body translates into lost inches and much looser-fitting clothes.

Another benefit of having more muscles is my increased metabolism and higher energy levels. So I am now burning more calories even when I am not working out.

If you have been struggling with weight loss or have hit a plateau in your athletic performance, you should absolutely give Focus T25 a try! Each 25-minute workout will push you to your limits and burn as many calories as a 50-minute workout due to its intensity and non-stop action. You pretty much never stop moving and time literally flies by.

Some Insanity workout program grads may want to skip the Alpha phase (first 5 weeks) and start with the Beta phase instead since Alpha is designed to build a base level of fitness that most people already have after completing Insanity.

Although I have completed several rounds of Insanity I am sticking to the program schedule because I want to gauge my results to better be able to help others achieve their goals with this program.

Shaun T. keeps reminding us that the workouts will get harder as you progress and the schedule also changes every week to avoid complacency.

Of course, nutrition is the key to producing any results with T25. I have been following the program’s nutrition guide and need to stress the importance of feeding your muscles after each workout. Don’t try to starve yourself and make sure you eat at enough lean protein to help your body repair muscles and avoid soreness. Your body cannot build new muscles if you don’t provide it with the needed nutrients.

You can follow my T25 progress on Pinterest where I post my daily progress pics. Feel free to contact me with any questions and let me know if you want to be part of my T25 challenge group in August! Click here to order your Focus T25 base kit!

 
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