P90X3 and Barre Amped Boot Camp Review

January is typically a time when people vow to commit or re-commit to a fitness plan.  Therefore, we thought it could be a good time to review the P90X3 and Barre Amped Boot Camp workout plans.  I completed the P90x3 series (my first DVD workout experience) this fall and am adding Barre Amped Boot Camp to my routine this winter.

P90X3 – $139.80

Tony Horton's P90X3 DVD Workout Base Kit

For the past decade running has been my primary fitness activity.  It allowed me to eat/drink as I wanted for the least amount of time spent. However, this fall, I decided to try the P90X3 workout with the hope of gaining muscle definition and getting an overall better, more comprehensive workout.

Disclaimer: This is not a workout for absolute beginners.

The program runs for 13 weeks and is comprised of three blocks and 16 different 30-minute workouts.  These range from upper/lower strength training to agility, yoga and more.  Working from home and with a short workout time, it wasn’t as difficult as I’d imagined to get into the routine of working out 6-7 days a week.   In most every workout, I found things I could do well and things that were challenging.  It was easy to modify the difficult exercises.

My weak spots were as expected: upper body and the ability to do anything “plyo”.  But happily, after completing the program I have seen a discernible difference in my upper arm shape/strength and feel that both my balance and flexibility have increased. My thighs and bum (while sore) haven’t had quite as dramatic results. After speaking with friends working the program, they suggested increasing my weights on lower body exercises and I’ve started with that this week.

Pros:

  • Time efficient (only 30 minutes)
  • Comprehensive (strength, cardio, flexibility, balance, nutrition)
  • Engaging
  • Modifications available
  • Effective
  • Less anxiety from working out every day

Cons:

  • Some equipment needed: yoga mat, weight set or resistance bands, pull-up bar for advanced
  • Inability to fast forward through ads at disc start-up
  • Chatty host
  • Can be difficult to commit to 7 day a week workouts
Barre Amped Boot Camp – $16.99

Suzanne Bowen's Barre Amped Boot Camp DVD

The Barre Amped workout is a new addition to my routine for 2017 and to date I’ve run through it one time.  The DVD consists of six sections along with an introduction: Warm-up, Arm Work, Thigh Work, Seat Work, Core and Stretch.  The sections vary in length from 2 minutes for the warm-up to 18 for the core workout.

Pros:

  • Minimal equipment needed (can use a chair if you don’t have a barre)
  • Can tailor your workout time from 24 minutes to 71 minutes depending on components worked and assuming you always to the warm-up and stretch (11-18 minutes if you skip those)
  • Engaging
  • Modifications available
  • Seems effective (shaking and sore at the end of each set.)

Cons:

  • Cardio, while addressed, is a bit on the weak side
  • There is no timer on the screen to tell where you are in the workout

This DVD would be well suited to complementing a short, moderate intensity cardio day workout.  The DVD tends to be a bit light in cardio and the components are short enough that adding in a section or two is still manageable from a time perspective.

Next Steps

For 2017, I hope to maintain 4-5 day a week workouts; continuing on a rotating schedule of the P90X3 exercises, getting back in to some running and adding the barre program for a bit more flexibility/toning.  Let’s see if this year can be the year I attain my aspiration bum!

Aspiration bum
Kerri Walsh Jennings My Aspiration Bum!

Later this week we’ll look at workout outfits!  Stay tuned.

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