Tyler Robbins Fitness

B.Sc. Biochemistry, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), Certified CrossFit Trainer (CCFT/CF-L3), USA Weightlifting Level 1

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P90X3 X3 Ab Ripper Coaching, Advice, and Complete Review

Welcome to P90X3's core-centric routine. It may be a big surprise to most, but X3 Ab Ripper does not appear in the regular P90X3 schedule. Inevitably, questions will be raised as to whether or not this routine is "worth" the extra cost, so between this review, along with my reviews for Complex Upper and Complex Lower (Elite DVD), you can decide for yourself whether or not you wish to purchase.

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When should you add Ab Ripper X/X2/X3 into the P90X3 schedule?

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Well, since P90X3's release, I have had this question probably more than any other. I figured I might as well throw my thoughts into a blog so that I can direct people here when I will inevitably get asked again in the future.

Below, you will find each of the P90X3 Schedules and when I believe you could slot Ab Ripper X3 into it. If, however, you don't have Ab Ripper X3, feel free to use either the original Ab Ripper X, Ab Ripper X2, or some other ab/core routine that you wish to use.

First though, a couple thoughts:

  1. P90X3 is very "synergistic" in nature. Nearly every single workout has lots of core engagement that works your abs and core while synergistically working other areas of your body.
     
  2. Keep in mind that seated or prone crunches are quite "outdated." Even within the past 10 years since P90X was released, we have more information as to what builds a strong core. Your core is by far one of the most activated muscle groups in your body on a day to day basis. Nearly every single action you do on a day-to-day basis engages and activates your core. Sitting or laying on the floor to work your abs is fine and all, but what I am trying to say is that there are far better ways to work your core and improve your overall midsection. Which brings me to point #3...
     
  3. I believe that most people ask me when to use Ab Ripper X3 with their regular P90X3 schedules because they believe that working their core will give them a "6-pack." Although this isn't entirely untrue, remember that unless you are terribly, terribly out of shape and sedentary, then you already have a six-pack...it's just hidden under some body fat. In order to get a defined midsection, a well-rounded exercise program (like P90X3) and a healthy diet, specific to your goals and needs, is what will reveal your abs.

Despite reminding people this, most are still insistent on doing more core work, so since it isn't necessarily detrimental to your overall goals to add a 15 minute core routine every couple of days, here is how I would add in some bonus core work:

Classic Schedule

Phase 1

Total Synergistics
Agility X
X3 Yoga + X3 Ab Ripper
The Challenge
CVX + X3 Ab Ripper
The Warrior
Dynamix

Phase 2

Eccentric Upper
Triometrics
X3 Yoga + X3 Ab Ripper
Eccentric Lower
Incinerator
MMX + X3 Ab Ripper
Dynamix

Phase 3

Weeks 9 & 11

Decelerator
Agility X
The Challenge + X3 Ab Ripper
X3 Yoga
Triometrics
Total Synergistics + X3 Ab Ripper
Dynamix

Weeks 10 & 12

Decelerator
MMX + X3 Ab Ripper
Eccentric Upper
Triometrics
Pilates X
Eccentric Lower
Dynamix

Doubles Schedule

Phase 1

Total Synergistics
Agility X + Dynamix
X3 Yoga + X3 Ab Ripper
The Challenge
CVX + X3 Ab Ripper + Dynamix
The Warrior
Dynamix

Phase 2

Eccentric Upper + Accelerator
Triometrics + Dynamix
X3 Yoga + X3 Ab Ripper
Eccentric Lower + CVX
Incinerator + Isometrix
MMX + X3 Ab Ripper + Dynamix
Dynamix

Phase 3

Weeks 9 & 11

Decelerator + Accelerator
MMX + Pilates X
The Challenge + X3 Ab Ripper
X3 Yoga + Agility X
Triometrics + Isometrix
Total Synergistics + X3 Ab Ripper
Dynamix

Weeks 10 & 12

Decelerator + Accelerator
CVX + Pilates X
Eccentric Upper + MMX
Triometrics + Isometrix
X3 Yoga + CVX
Eccentric Lower + Dynamix
Dynamix

Lean Schedule

Phase 1

Accelerator
The Warrior
X3 Yoga + X3 Ab Ripper
CVX
Isometrix + X3 Ab Ripper
Agility X
Dynamix

Phase 2

Triometrics
The Warrior
X3 Yoga + X3 Ab Ripper
MMX
Incinerator
CVX + X3 Ab Ripper
Dynamix

Phase 3

Weeks 9 & 11

Decelerator
MMX + X3 Ab Ripper
Eccentric Lower
X3 Yoga
Triometrics
Eccentric Upper + X3 Ab Ripper
Dynamix

Weeks 10 & 12

MMX + X3 Ab Ripper
Decelerator
Triometrics
Pilates X
Decelerator
CVX
Dynamix

Mass Schedule

Phase 1

Total Synergistics
Agility X
X3 Yoga + X3 Ab Ripper
The Challenge
Pilates X
Incinerator
Dynamix

Phase 2

Eccentric Upper
Eccentric Lower
X3 Yoga + X3 Ab Ripper
Eccentric Upper
Eccentric Lower
MMX + X3 Ab Ripper
Dynamix

Phase 3

Weeks 9 & 11

Eccentric Upper
Eccentric Lower
X3 Yoga + X3 Ab Ripper
Eccentric Upper
Eccentric Lower
MMX + X3 Ab Ripper
Dynamix

Weeks 10 & 12

Total Synergistics
Agility X
X3 Yoga + X3 Ab Ripper
The Challenge
Pilates X
Incinerator
Dynamix





P90X3 Incinerator Coaching, Advice, and Complete Review

Although one of the most underused routines in the P90X3 schedule, Incinerator will more than likely become one of everyone's favourites. This routine uses weighted resistance exercises, alternating with body weight "burnouts."

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P90X3 Eccentric Lower Coaching, Advice, and Complete Review

Welcome to Phase 2 of the P90X3 Classic Schedule. "Eccentric" means muscle lengthening, so for example, lowering yourself into a squat under control. This routine uses a 3 count eccentric action with an explosive concentric muscle contraction (muscle shortening). Your muscles are stronger during eccentric movements, so it is a great way to increase "time under tension" to improve strength, durability, and hypertrophy!

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P90X3 Triometrics Coaching, Advice, and Complete Review

Welcome to Triometrics. The "tri" prefix is for 3 levels of intensity. This workout smokes your lower half by using 60 second intervals, varying amongst three levels of intensity in 20 second intervals.

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P90X3 Pilates X Coaching, Advice, and Complete Review

Welcome to P90X3 Pilates X. Like yoga in the original P90X, Pilates X may be an introduction into Pilates for many of you. Although it may be very difficult and frustrating for many of you are first, give it some time and allow yourself to improve over time with this one.

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P90X3 Isometrix Coaching, Advice, and Complete Review

As Tony mentions, Isometrix is all about taking the toughest sequences from Yoga, and putting them in this routine. Absolutely zero impact, as the goal of this routine is to keep your body as still and motion-free as possible while engaging your stabilization muscles throughout your body.

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P90X3 Accelerator Coaching, Advice, and Complete Review

Accelerator is a no-equipment cardio routine that plays around with varying speeds. Get ready to shred up your core with a number of planks, along with fast-moving, total-body cardiovascular exercises. This is one very enjoyable routine!

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P90X3 CVX Coaching, Advice, and Complete Review

CVX is a cardio resistance routine. In this routine, you will be jumping, lunging, twisting, and squatting, all with a weight in your hand. Choose your weight wisely, because if you choose too light, you may not get as much of a burn. Choose too heavy and you won't make it to the end!

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P90X3 The Challenge Coaching, Advice, and Complete Review

Welcome to P90X3's Chest & Back equivalent. Plain and simple push-ups and pull-ups, although this time around, the intensity is cranked up by shortening the breaks and having you choose a goal from the beginning. Do you have what it takes to stick with your numbers throughout?

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Weekly Newsletter

Hey Everyone

Welcome to 2014! Happy New Year to all of you. I hope you all behaved yourselves last night.

With a New Year, comes yet another chance to reflect on where you currently stand, and where you are headed. This is true, not only for our careers and our education, but our health and lifestyles as well.

It is no secret that this is a popular time of year for people to make resolutions to improve their overall health. Luckily for all of you, being a part of this team, and this company (Beachbody), we have a lot of resources at your disposal to not only set goals for yourself, but to get the motivation and support to get there.

Beyond being a Beachbody Coach, I want to remind all of you that I am also a personal trainer, who has helped men and women of all ages reach their goals time and time again. I enjoy helping people lead healthier lifestyles and give them the tools to reach their goals, so please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions/comments/concerns you may have.

This week's topics of interest:

1. Both the P90X3 and Focus T25 Challenge Packs are on sale during the month of January. Both are $180 (over $90 in savings). Links should be live tomorrow (January 2nd). E-mail me if you are interested in either one. Challenge Packs offer tremendous value, not to mention getting Shakeology into your diet to start the year off right!

2. Speaking of Shakeology. There are 3 supplements that I take, that if someone asks me my go-to supplements, these are the 3. Creatine, Whey Protein, and Shakeology. That is what I base my entire diet around. Shakeology is my "insurance plan" for those days when I may not have gotten all of my fruits and vegetable servings in, I know it is backing me up. Remember that Shakeology comes with a "Bottom of the bag guarantee," so even if you aren't a fan, or don't feel as though it made any difference in your life during your 30 servings, you can return it for a full refund! How many products back up their reputation like that? Do yourself a favour and give Shakeology a shot. Start the year off with just 1 bag. Give it an honest try for 30 days, with regular exercise, and let me know how you feel after you're done. Make sure to order on "Home Direct" to get free shipping, you can cancel at ANY time, no penalties.

3. I just finished my 2nd week of P90X3, you can check out my progress video here.

4. I have completed my complete in-depth written reviews for P90X3 Total Synergistics and P90X3 Agility X.

5. If any of you have been thinking about becoming a Beachbody Coach and helping others, trust me when I tell you that NOW is the time to do it. This time of year, is of course, the busiest time of year for people to make and aim for goals that they set for themselves. As a Beachbody Coach, you have the opportunity to help others by providing them with solutions to problems faced by so many. Join our team and get plugged into my January 6th Coach Basics Training.

This week's blogs:

How effective is P90X3?
P90X3 Total Synergistics Coaching, Advice, and Complete Review
P90X3 Agility X Coaching, Advice, and Complete Review

From the blog archive (forgot to post these last week):

Tough Mudder Tactics: Funky Monkey
Body Beast and Athleticism
Tough Mudder Tactics: Electric Eel
Resistance Training 7 Step Approach - Step 1: Needs Analysis
Tough Mudder Tactics: Log Jammin'
Resistance Training 7 Step Approach - Step 2: Exercise Selection
Tough Mudder Tactics: Hold Your Wood
Resistance Training 7 Step Approach - Step 3: Training Frequency
Tough Mudder Tactics: Everest

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1) If you like the hard work I put into writing my blogs and videos, PLEASE help me out by sharing them.  Click the share links below them and share them on FB, Twitter, etc.  It really helps me get more exposure and grow our team!

2) Also, as always, remember that the way I benefit from being your coach is that I earn a commission from any Beachbody products that you purchase, as long as you buy them through my site, tylerrobbinsfitness.com. It helps with the amount of time I spend answering all your questions, writing my blogs, filming my videos, and helping you out. Thank you! I really appreciate it!

Everyone have a great week!

-- 
Tyler Robbins
Independent Team Beachbody Coach
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P90X3 Total Synergistics Coaching, Advice, and Complete Review

Welcome to P90X3! For most schedules, this will be the very first workout you encounter in the program. This routine is quite different than "Core" or "Synergistic" routines we have seen in P90X and P90X2, but based on the same principles - work the entire body with core elements involved.

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