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 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 Dynamix Coaching, Advice, and Complete Review

Welcome to the "recovery" routine from P90X3. This routine goes well beyond what we usually consider to be a "stretch" or "recovery" routine and is now one of my favourite recovery routines I have ever done!

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P90X3 The Warrior Coaching, Advice, and Complete Review

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!

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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 Agility X Coaching, Advice, and Complete Review

Welcome to Agility X, P90X3's athleticism routine. In this routine, you will encounter a number of very athletic movements through agility sequences, balance coordination, and plyometric exercises.

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Weekly Newsletter

Hey Everybody!

I love this time of year. My birthday is coming up (Monday November 25th), the holiday season is right around the corner, my son's birthday is on December 6th, my wife's birthday is on December 16th, the air is colder, etc. I just love winding down the year with holiday traditions and spending time with family and friends. We may or may not also be one of those crazy families that already has their Christmas decorations up...I am a big kid, so be it!

This time of year tends to be a major motivation-suck for so many people though, especially when it comes to health and fitness. I know for a fact that I have the next few weeks already planned out in my training, but not everyone is the same.

Admit it, you will be eating those extra treats and skipping your workouts more often than not during this time of year. If you are, not all is lost, however, as there are tools to help you get back on track at the start of the year, including my P90X3 Challenge Group. If P90X3 isn't your thing, make sure to plug into my Team Fitness for Life Challenge Group. There, we have a huge group of dedicated folks pushing play, staying active, and motivating each other regardless of their program or current fitness level.

Topics of interest this week:

1. A real quick update on P90X3. Tony posted a short video giving you a little glimpse into "Agility."

2. Beachbody has overhauled the Shakeology website and will launching it this Thursday November 21st. Make sure to check it out! I have seen it already and it's awesome!

3. My next 60-Day Coach training academy starts on Monday December 2nd. The timing of this course will be perfect, because it will allow you to gain the basics of Coaching before not only P90X3 launches, but also prior to the "New Year's Rush" of people looking to make a change. If, however, the month of December is too scattered for you, I will more than likely be starting another Coach course on Monday January 6th. Let me know if you're interested. I am even open to video chat with any interested participants looking for more information into this incredible opportunity!

4. Make sure you check out one of my latest blogs from one of my Coaches (Brenda Merritt). Brenda broke down her own cost analysis as to what she spent on working out at home over the past seven years, and compared it to what she would have spent if she had been paying for a gym membership. The savings are pretty remarkable...

Blogs this week:

Home Workout Cost Analysis
The Baby GetUp

From the blog archive:

Nutrient Timing for Resistance Exercise Part 1
Nutrient Timing for Resistance Exercise Part 2
Nutrient Timing for Resistance Exercise Part 3
Tough Mudder Tactics: Kiss of Mud
Cost of Home Workout Programs

And 2 favors that I ask:

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!

Tony Horton's One on One Road Warrior Modifications

I like using Tony Horton's One on One Road Warrior during "recovery" or "transition" weeks for a couple of reasons. One, you work the entire body. Two, it moves at a quick pace, so the heart rate gets elevated quite nicely.

As with a lot of Tony's One on One's, part of the beauty is not just the workouts themselves, but the ideas. For example, Tony Has a workout called "Cardio Confusion" where you throw a whole bunch of cardiovascular exercises in a hat, and pull them out randomly to create a workout. Obviously after you do this DVD more than once, it removes the "confusion" aspect of it, but it at least gives you the idea to go try it on your own.

With Road Warrior, I decided to keep mostly everything weight-related, and a rep count to 12 (unless otherwise stated). What I mean by weight-related is that I wanted to swap out pushups for things like chest presses instead. No real reason there besides the fact that I wanted to keep my reps down. You can use the ideas below, or swap some exercises out to make your own concoction!

  1. Dumbbell Chest Press
  2. Pull-ups
  3. Shoulder Press
  4. Bicep Curls
  5. 1-Arm Triceps Extensions
  6. Weighted Back Squats
  7. Weighted Alternating Lunges (12 reps each leg)
  8. Dumbbell Incline Chest Press
  9. Seated Back Fly
  10. Swimmer's Press
  11. Open Arm Bicep Curls
  12. 2-Arm Triceps Kickbacks
  13. Weighted Back Squats
  14. Side to Side Lunge (12 reps each leg)
  15. Close Grip Dumbbell Press
  16. Lawnmowers
  17. Straight Arm Shoulder Flies
  18. Bicep 21's
  19. Skull Crushers
  20. 12,12,12
  21. Plyo Lunge (30 total reps) 
  22. Dumbbell Chest Press
  23. Pull-ups
  24. Shoulder Press
  25. Bicep Curls
  26. 1-Arm Triceps Kickbacks
  27. Weighted Back Squats
  28. Weighted Alternating Lunges (12 each leg)
  29. Bicycles


My Thoughts on P90X3

Whenever news comes out about a new Beachbody program, I always get questions from folks through e-mail, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. I try to address as many questions surrounding these programs as I can, but like many of you, a lot of what I know is just speculation. Now with the announcement of P90X3, I have already begun to get a steady stream of people asking me, "Really, 30 minutes?" "What do you think about P90X3? "Is Beachbody for real?!?!" etc. etc.

As I said, keep in mind that whatever information I know about the program is probably the same amount as what the rest of you know. I share everything I hear about Beachbody's programs, as I am not one of the few elite Beachbody Coaches (at least not yet) that are involved in this type of information.

So what we know so far, guaranteed from the trailer above, is that the focus on these workouts will be effective use of time. Beachbody is a company, don't forget, and above all else, companies like to make money. Remember that this is not necessarily a bad thing. The philosophy at Beachbody is to create repeat customers. Customers who purchase products, are very happy with said products, and therefore purchase again. 

In case you didn't know already, I am a big fan of Beachbody's products (a selection of them). I am a regular Beachbody 'user', and therefore have become a Coach to help others see how great their products are. But, I will say that I find some people, at times, get a clouded vision as to what their products are actually meant to do. 

Take P90X3 for example. My guess is that this is not  P90X. If you want to do P90X, well, go do P90X. This is going to be a marketed product to a wide range audience looking to get in shape in just 30 minutes a day. If you don't think that 30 minutes of exercise is for you, well, then go look somewhere else, it's as simple as that.

Remember what I said before, Beachbody is a company, and companies like to make money. You make money by selling products. Products are geared towards the general populace. The general populace is fat, lazy, and makes excuses as to why they can't spend 60-75 minutes of their day exercising. So, although P90X is one of the best selling home workout programs of all time, a very large majority of the population that does P90X doesn't actually finish the program. I believe that is where a program like P90X3 comes in to give people another reason to get back on the horse.

All is not lost, if you are already a fit dude/dudette, however. Research has shown, time and time again, that just 20-30 minutes of intense exercise a day can not only get you in 'shape', but keep you 'fit' as well (i.e. maintenance). 

I personally think that Beachbody has a bit of a dilemma on their hands, because they have built this pretty remarkable fan base of individuals who are now addicted to working out 60-90 minutes a day, and anything less is just not sufficient. Please remember that if you are a part of that group, and even though you are in a bunch of Facebook groups with like-minded folks, you are still part of a very small minority compared to the general population. 

Take Focus T25 for example. When that program came out, it broke sales records at Beachbody. Why? Well, there is a serious market for folks to do their workout, be done, and get on with their day. Beachbody sees this market, and is putting out products to suit those needs. 

I firmly believe that P90X3 will be a very effective home workout program to not only get people 'fit', but to keep people 'fit' as well. If, however, you feel that you need more  than just 30 minutes of exercise, e-mail me, and we can talk about your goals. Is there a reason you wish to exercise more? Maybe you aren't getting the results you are hoping for (appearance, maybe?). Also don't forget that appearance and a healthy lifestyle must be accomplished via two main things; diet AND exercise (genetics play a LARGE part in how you look too, don't forget).

P90X University - The History of P90X


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

P90X, or Power 90 Extreme, is a commercial home exercise regimen, known for its intensity.[1] It is designed to take 90 days, and consists of a training program which uses cross-training (weight training, martial arts, yoga and calisthenics) and periodization, combined with a nutrition and dietary supplement plan.[2]

P90X History

The system was developed by Tony Horton, Beachbody CEO Carl Daikeler, Beachbody Fitness Advisor Steve Edwards, nutritionist Carrie Wyatt, Creative Director Ned Farr, and workout video director Mason Bendewald.
In 2002, Daikeler tasked Horton to create a fitness program for people who were already fit. Daikeler hired Ned Farr to document the process of developing the new program, giving a "look behind the curtain." Development took two years. Horton consulted various fitness experts and experimented with several disciplines before selecting 12 workouts. The program was tested and refined with several 90-day test groups. Farr's video diary documentary originally appeared every month on Beachbody's website and can now be found on YouTube.

In 2004, the completed program was released, and an infomercial was made using some of the documentary footage.

Farr continues to use a documentary approach to the infomercials, using raw home footage supplied by P90X graduates. "P90X: The Proof" infomercial won a Telly award in 2009 and "P90X: The Answer" infomercial won a Moxie award in 2010.

P90X is Beachbody's best-selling product after years of positive word of mouth and heavy infomercial advertisements.[3] Despite sales growth slowing to approximately 30%, P90X represented half of Beachbody's $430 million revenue in 2010. [4] As of November 2010, 3 million copies of P90X have been sold for an estimated $420 million.[4] The program had grossed approximately $500 million in sales, as of August 2012.[2]


P90X uses the term "muscle confusion" in their advertising to refer to their training methods.[5] Muscle confusion is said to prevent the body from adapting to exercises over time, resulting in continual improvement without plateau.[6]

There are six programs associated with the Power 90 name: Power 90, Power 90 Master Series, P90X, P90X+, P90X One-on-One, and P90X2 [7] (released in 2011).

Program overview

P90X is a 90-day program that combines a variety of exercise techniques including strength training, cardio, yoga, plyometrics, and stretching.[8] The program consists of a nutrition guide, fitness plan, calendar and series of DVD videos demonstrating a variety of techniques. The models also demonstrate some moves at lower and/or higher levels of intensity.[9] P90X provides a fitness test to determine if the program is suitable for an individual.[10]


The nutrition plan is composed of three phases. The first 30 days emphasize higher protein and lower carbohydrates. The second phase increases the percentages of carbohydrates. The third phase further increases the carbohydrates.


  1. ^ "Clips from Last Night: Tony Horton on Paul Ryan's P90X plan; Race team details surviving their horrifying car crash – Piers Morgan - CNN.com Blogs". Piersmorgan.blogs.cnn.com. Retrieved 2012-10-22.
  2. a b LINDSAY GOLDWERTWednesday, August 15, 2012 (2012-08-15). "What is the P90X workout? - New York Daily News". Articles.nydailynews.com. Retrieved 2012-10-22.
  3. ^ Lulay, Stephanie (5 January 2010). "Feel the burn: get ripped in 2010"Chicago Now. Retrieved 12 January 2010.
  4. a b Deprez, Esme (18 November 2010). "Beachbody: Thinking Beyond the Infomercial". Bloomberg. Retrieved 3 December 2010.
  5. ^ Vicky, Hallett (9 December 2008). "Ask the Misfits". Washington Post. Retrieved 10 August 2009.
  6. ^ Tsouvalas, Dean (26 October 2009). "The Ultimate Business Traveller Workout". ExecDigital. Retrieved 12 January 2010.
  7. ^ "P90X:MC2 Workout — The next P90X — Beachbody.com". Retrieved 9 February 2011.
  8. ^ Carney, Kat (30 April 2004). "Get the jump on fitness". CNN. Retrieved 10 August 2009.
  9. ^ Farr, Ned (Infomercial Director); Horton, Tony (Instructor) (2003). P90X Extreme Home Fitness Workout Series (DVD (x12)). USA: Product Partners, LLC.
  10. ^ "Fitness Plan: P90X". Beachbody.com. Retrieved 2012-10-22.
  11. ^ "p90x workout". p90xdvd.org.
  12. ^ In the line, "Tomorrow I'll wake up, do some P90X", in the 7th verse of The Lazy Song.
  13. ^ "Paul Ryan's workout: Is P90X for you?". cnn.com. Retrieved 9 February 2013.
  14. ^ "Breckin Meyer Dishes on Nude Scenes". Yahoo!TV. Retrieved 28 June 2013.

The Most Liked/Disliked P90X Cast Members

In honour of the announcement of P90X3 , I figured I would go back and reminisce a bit about the good ol' cast from the original P90X. I give you my top 10 favourite P90X cast members (along with my top 5 most disliked).


10. Pam - I remember reading an interview with Pam where she states that she has no idea where the nickname "Pam the Blam!" came from. You can tell throughout Core Synergistics and Plyometrics that Pam just seems to be "down to earth. She is there strictly for business - get shit done and go home!


9. Maren - "German Potato Soup! If that ain't P90X soup, I don't know what is!" Sure, she has starred in at least one adult film (no, I am not linking it here) , but who hasn't...right?...right?....


8. Eric - The guy from Legs & Back. There are two reasons why he is on this list. One: for whatever reason, he really reminds me of the pirate from the movie Dodgeball. Two: next time you are doing Legs & Back, during the cool down, the cast are doing their swinging arm "huggers", and Tony walks over and says something along the lines of, "hug your neighbour". He and Dreya then proceed to hug mid-arm swing. The funny part, is that poor Eric, in the back, you can tell is not sure whether or not to follow along with Tony's lead and hug his  neighbour Sophia...but Sophia seems to quickly put the kibosh on that by avoiding him altogether. I laugh every. single. time.


7. Daniel - Daniel gave us the term "loose in the cage". Remember that part? Tony refers to what Daniel used  to be like prior to P90X. When you hear that, you are at a point where you are struggling through Shoulders & Arms, and it reminds you that exercise and a healthy lifestyle is a constant struggle.


6. Joe - Joe, like Bobby S., just seems like a cool guy to hang out with and hit the gym with. This guy's impeccable form and focus during his sets (even when the cameras are in his face) motivate you to stay focused and determined like he is. Not only that, but Joe is 1/3rd of the "triplets".


5. Dom -  I don't know about all of you, but the first time doing Plyometrics, I remember gasping for air doing the jump knee tucks while watching Dom do them at "double time" thinking to myself, "Wow, that is insane!" The thing is, he is motivating, and he pushes you to try and match him. Which I have, and can now kick his ass at Plyo-X!!!


4. Phil - I love this guy! I am not sure what it is about him, but his jokes and "tough guy" demeanour in Chest, Shoulders & Triceps cracks me up every time. The fact that he comes up with a funnier line than Tony ("Stirrin' up some trouble!") is also worth some bonus points!


3. Erik Stolhanske - Those familiar with the comedy group "Broken Lizard" should recognize Erik from such movies as Super Troopers and Beerfest (2 of my favourite comedies), but beyond that, this guy does Plyometics on one leg! 


2. Bobby Stevenson - Bobby just seems like a cool guy to workout with. He has a few funny moments with Tony, like when he decides to flex and show the guns in Back & Biceps, but beyond that, you can just tell he is working hard.


1. Tony Horton - Well this is kind of an obvious choice isn't it? The man himself brings plenty of one-liners throughout all of the workouts. Whether you love him or hate him, he is extremely motivating, even for the fact that around the age of 45 (when P90X was filmed) he can still BRING IT!

Most Disliked


1. Katie - By far my most disliked cast member in P90X. Her nasally voice drives my blood pressure through the roof every time I do Back & Biceps. I guess I should maybe thank her for helping me squeeze a few more reps out since my rage-o-meter is peaking every time she speaks...


2. Dreya - I know a lot of people like Dreya, but I honestly am not a big fan. Sure, she is very acrobatic and I am sure very good at what she does, but she seems very arrogant and pompous in the workouts she is in. 


3. Wesley - Ok, this is the guy who apparently helped Tony create the Kenpo-X workout. Considering he is the guy who helped design it, why does he appear to have the coordination and speed of an elephant? Not only that, but he is sweating like crazy, for really, quite a simple workout! He is honestly pretty forgettable since I can't even remember the last time I did this routine. 


4. Adam - Adam actually seems like a cool guy. The reason why he is on this list is because of his ridiculous midsection and his, seemingly , effortless way through Ab Ripper X!


5. Scotty - I actually like Scotty Fifer a lot! In fact, it pains me to put him on this list, especially after all of the humanitarian work he does, but the simple fact that Fifer Scissors are named after him makes me want to never name any of my children Scott...or Fifer for that matter. If you are reading this Scott (there's a chance), I am sorry, I really do like you!