P90X3 The Warrior Coaching, Advice, and Complete Review
When does it appear in the schedules?
P90X3 Classic Schedule: Phase 1, Weeks 1-3: Day 6
P90X3 Doubles Schedule: Phase 1, Weeks 1-3: Day 6
P90X3 Lean Schedule: Phase 1, Weeks 1-3: Day 2. Phase 2, Weeks 5-7: Day 2
P90X3 Mass Schedule: Week 4: Day 3. Week 8: Day 3
This routine follows Tony's standard "UCML" pattern (Upper, Cardio, Middle, Lower). It was designed to be done by the military personnel that Tony visits at various stations across the globe. What's great about this routine, is that you get a tremendous sweat, muscle burn, and workout with no equipment besides your body and mother earth!
As mentioned in the intro, this routine can be done without any equipment at all. Despite that fact, it is no slouch of a routine. It will have you struggling at times, you will break a great sweat, and your muscles will be burning.
There is a great variety in exercises here. This follow's Tony's UCML pattern, so you get a little bit of everything here. On top of focusing on specific body parts, virtually every exercise involves at least one other body part as well. For example, when doing one version of push-ups, the pace is slowed down, and you are told to raise opposite arms and legs with an isometric hold. This fires up the core like crazy!
Obviously, for people on the road, stuck in a hotel room, etc., this routine is great to have in your library of workouts. You can turn this one on, and in 30 minutes you are done a great workout.
Due to the structure of the workout, you are able to move from one body part to the next with little to no rest so your heart rate is up and stays up throughout.
It's hard to find many cons with this routine, as-is. For an overall workout that is done without equipment, it is pretty hard to beat. It works a wide range of muscles, while getting your heart rate up. I guess the biggest "con" about this routine is that it does have its limitations due to lack of equipment.
Some areas of the body are not covered here, but that can just be chalked up to not having equipment handy. For example, it would be nice to have some more back work involved, but it is pretty tough to work the back without a pull-up bar, some bands, or some weights.
This is a tough routine to rate, because even though it is a great workout for at-home, it does lack in some areas.
Don't let the fact that this routine is lacking equipment fool you, it is tough! The pace and structure, not to mention the selection of exercises and ways to intensity them, make this a real calorie burner and hikes the heart rate nicely.
Tony takes some relatively basic movements and exercises and intensifies them by varying speed as well as using isomeric holds to really crank up the intensity.
Like a lot of workouts, however, you are limited here by the effort you bring to the table. By not following full range of motion, or not keeping up with the intensity of the crew, you may find that this routine lacks.
The burnout round at the end of this workout is one of the best in Phase 1 of X3. I won't give it away, but I find that my legs are always on fire and I am thankful for the final break once it finally arrives.
The workout begins with the same warmup that you will find in all of the routines. That may sound boring, but repetition, at times, can be a good thing, especially in this case.
After the workout, you immediately jump right into Tony's standard UCML routine. I call this "Tony's standard UCML routine" because if you have ever been to one of his live events, he generally follows a similar breakdown. This structure works well because it is circuit training at its best. You do an upper body exercise - "U," followed by a cardio exercise - "C," followed by a middle or core exercise - "M," and then finish off with a lower body exercise - "L."
This workout has 4 rounds of 'UCML' plus a bonus burnout at the end for a grand total of 17 exercises in about 25 minutes. Once again, there is a quick stretch and cool down, but that is beyond the clocked 30 minutes.
As I said previously, I really enjoy the variety in exercises here, although there are some obvious body part omissions due to lack of equipment.
Workout Design: 4.5/5
Like all P90X3 workouts, you have to bring your intensity. Don't worry about the time left in the workout, or lack of time left in the workout, just bring 100% effort to every single exercise, even on the martial-arts exercises. I will fully admit that I was not a huge fan of Kenpo X in the original P90X, and at the time of writing this review, have yet to do "MMX" in P90X, but I can appreciate the fact that during these movements, you have to forcefully strike and turn your body with as much force as you can to maximize the exercise.
Like all X3 workouts, I highly recommend you preview this one before starting. This is a non-repeat, 30-minute workout, so if you are fumbling trying to get the right form, or watching the TV too much, you will miss most of your opportunity to, well, you know, workout!
Finally, I thought I needed a tracking sheet heading into this one. First of all, there is no tracking sheet for The Warrior. Secondly, you don't need one. Think of this workout as a total-body cardio-resistance routine. It is not necessarily about how many reps you can do, but more about keeping up with the crew, being as good with your form as possible, and focusing on bringing your best level of intensity.
If you approach this routine as a total-body, cardio-resistance type routine, where you want to work up a sweat, get your heart rate up, burn your muscles a bit, and burn some calories, this is great! Appreciate the fact that this routine is not intended to be "just a leg routine," or "just an upper body routine." It is part of your foundation (Classic Schedule) to get you in good overall shape in preparation for Phase 2.
Overall (not an average): 9/10