Once again, it’s that time again for the solo dueling fitness spectacular blog. Ladies and gentlemen, it has been a long, hard journey through the 90 days of P90X3, but I am ready to finish strong. Two weeks to go until my final Dynamix video (because Rest will make me complacent). Are you ready to sprint to the finish line with me?
But Wait, There’s More
That’s right. I couldn’t resist keeping a small secret. I have, in my possession, the deluxe version of P90X3. What does that mean for you? I can now regale my glorious fans with my final opinions of the last three videos. Which is the clear winner? Ab Ripper X3. For those of you who have done P90X before, you know how much you hated Ab Ripper X. But you loved it. This upgrade is no exception. The video is approximately 16 minutes long, which is about the same as its predecessor, and it doesn’t fail to live up to the legacy. If you could finish all of Ab Ripper X without stopping, you felt accomplished. If I could do it in X3, I would buy a lottery ticket, because only a galactic alignment of planets would get me through the routine. It isn’t easy, but it works.
My least favorite of the remaining two videos is a coin flip. Complete Upper and Complete Lower are representations of what I disdain most about exercise videos: repetition. While P90X3 as a whole is surprisingly good at not reusing identical sets, the program fails to follow through to the end. If I had to choose, I would say I dislike Complex Upper just a little more. But pullups and pushups just aren’t my forte.
Having completed all the videos, I have one final observation to make. I am a little upset that I did not use the tape more often. Remember Agility X? It is the one and only video that has you carefully measure and place tape on the floor on which you draw Xs for targets. I have kept the tape on my floor because remeasuring the distance every time I want to do the video would have been tedious and a waste of tape. But why only use this target method for one video? Why include it at all? It was especially frustrating during the second block when Agility X wasn’t a part of the schedule. The program should have either utilized this method more or removed it altogether.
Those of you who listen to the show know some members of the ATB crew recently made a trip to Buena Park, California. We were able to meet up and hang out for a few days, but some sacrifices had to be made. I was lucky enough to only miss one day’s workout (due to time constraints and courtesy) as I stayed with them.
Not a problem. Missing a day out of 90 will not appreciably affect my overall results. My solution? Add it to the next day. The convenience of 30-minute workouts extends to being able to double up with relative ease. This way I could tell myself, despite missing a day, I never missed a video.
The Final Schedule
The last two weeks will be the same as the two I just completed. Complex Upper replaces The Challenge and Complex Lower replaces Total Synergistics, with three days on which I will complete Ab Ripper X3. When I incorporated the new DVDs, I tried to stagger the ab video to avoid overtaxing my muscles. Also, I have been able to do some jogging about once a week (which is a great time for me to listen to the show). Cold Start, the unholy bane of my existence, has been avoided deftly by my exacting use of small walks to warm up. Trust me, it’s less mind numbing to visit the post office to check for mail than it is to do that video.
There is a small “Victory Week” after my final two weeks are over. It consists of previously reviewed exercise videos, so I do not think reporting on it will be of much use. However, I want to garner your attention now for the final vote. That’s right, there will be a poll at the end of my two weeks where you all decide whether myself or Shaun wins the duel. Your criterion can be based on most improvement, who looks better, or who has the least posts. It really doesn’t matter (as long as you vote for me). As we may have mentioned before, the loser must shave the winner’s initials into their own legs for a Spartan Sprint in which we will both be competing in February.
There also will be a final post authored by myself and Mr. El-Ters. Or maybe it will just be by me. We will be giving our final comments and overall opinions on how the blog went as a whole. Then, you can expect a special update right before the Spartan Sprint. We’ll cover more in our last post, but I was thinking we could show you more photos to see whether we relapsed or kept it off. If you can think of anything else you want in the update, please leave a comment.
Okay, no glistening abs yet, but I went through the weight gaining period and we all know it is harder to lose than it is to put on.
Is this the “progress” I have made over the past two weeks? To be honest, it looks like I’ve gained weight despite reducing calories. Nevertheless, I didn’t predict being a picture model for P90X3 before and after photos, but I am feeling great and getting better every day. I would say that is more important than how I look (but a six pack couldn’t hurt). Hopefully, I will have a good showing in the final post. That’s all for this week. Thank you for reading.