Tony Horton is about to "annihilate" your fitness excuses. And he's using 30 minutes to do it.
That's right: P90X3 has arrived.
Like its popular predecessors, the third installment in Horton's P90X franchise – out today for $119.85 – works by mixing elements of body-weight training, cardio, yoga and martial arts. But you no longer need to spare a full hour of your day. P90X3, which revolves around 16 short, targeted workouts, requires just 30 minutes a day, six days a week. And Horton says it works: In a test group, 39 out of 40 people lost one-third of their body fat using the 90-day program.
In an interview with U.S. News, Horton dished on his favorite workouts and who ought to give P90X3 a try. His responses have been edited.
How excited are you about this new program?
It's very exciting, and it's kind of amazing to see the level of enthusiasm. A lot of people have said they loved P90X but couldn't get all the way through, so we've created techniques that will prevent people from finding reasons why they can't.
Have you ever made excuses about squeezing in exercise?
Well, if you know me and my travel schedule – I just did a trip where I went from Los Angeles to Miami to Fort Lauderdale, to three military bases, to Dallas, to Denver and then home – that was one of the reasons behind this. People like myself who travel and have busy lifestyles can still get it in, and if the sequences are right and the pace is right, you're going to get P90X results in a half-hour with P90X3.
Who can and should try P90X3?
These workouts have modifications so anybody can do them. It's not a graduate program, from X to X2 to X3. It's absolutely the opposite of that and a program for anybody, so don't let the No. 3 fool you. It's for people who are in their 60s, people who are overweight and people who are just starting out, doing fitness for the first time in their lives.
Of the 16 workouts featured in the program, do you have a favorite?
I really love the Warrior Workout. I just visited seven military bases in Korea and Japan, and that's the one we brought with us.
There's another workout called The Challenge, and it's pure pushups and pullups – a total of 16 sets. You have to challenge your friends who are doing it with you; basically, you say how many of each you're going to do, and you have to stick to that number. Mine is 40-18 – I try to do 40 pushups and 18 pullups every time, and it takes me right to the brink. For some people, it's going to be much less; they'll be thrilled to get eight pushups and maybe four pullups. And while everybody else is going crazy, they can stretch and hang out.
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P90X3 features Pilates, too. Are you a big fan?
We finally brought it into the game. That workout is spot-on, and it really focuses on connecting your breath and abdominal muscles with your diaphragm. I think there are a lot of guys who are going to be a little nervous about it – and very appreciative after they give it a try.
I'm a total convert to Pilates. It challenges me; I'm not great at it. That was the workout I was most nervous to shoot, and I put in three times more rehearsals as I did with the others. I think people are going to love it, because it's a key piece to the entire P90X puzzle.
Why include a Mixed Martial Arts workout?
MMA are one of the fastest growing sports in America, and I didn't want to neglect this really awesome way that people are moving and burning calories. What I love about it is that it's a skill you have to learn along the way – it builds coordination and stamina, and you're working on speed and strength. It's also a great way to work your abdominal area without just having to do crunches.
There are four different schedule options: classic, lean, doubles and mass. What are these?
The classic version is how I would tell most people to start. If you're doing your first round, don't mess with it, because it's not broken. But then we have guys who are really into weight-lifting and resistance exercises, so we created the mass version for them. It's less anaerobic and aerobic, and it really focuses on the chest, shoulders, back, biceps, triceps and glutes.