P90X3 Schedule – Explaining the Differences

P90X3 is designed to give you the results of P90X in a shorter length of workout (30 minutes). Today, I’m going to explain the P90X3 Schedule. Hopefully, the info will help you choose the right calendar to maximize your results.

What are the differences within the P90X3 Schedule?


Choose this one if you want to improve your strength and get a classically shredded body. If you’re a beginner looking for a general fitness routine and don’t have any preferences for how your muscles develop, this may be the one for you.  


The Lean calendar should be your choice if you want to tone and lengthen your muscles without bulking up. But that doesn’t mean that it’s easier. Because you’re still looking to lose weight without the bulk, the Lean calendar relies heavily on cardio.


On the opposite end is Mass, which is the one to follow if you want to increase your muscle mass. If you’ve already reached your target weight and are looking to enhance your muscles, choose this one.


And this is the one to choose if you’re into pain. (Just kidding…sort of). If you want faster results and want to add cardio, you can give the Doubles calendar a try. Keep in mind that the regular P90X3 schedule is very strenuous, so if you are rehabbing an injury, you may want to avoid this choice.

So, now that you know the different calendars let’s compare.

What’s the same?

All four calendars feature the 30-minute workouts that are the signature of the P90X3 schedule.  Well, except for Doubles, of course – then you’re doing 60-minute workouts. You also get the cardio, muscle confusion (exercise staggering) and resistance in each calendar.

And, all four P90X3 schedule calendars are broken down into four-week blocks, for a total program of 13 weeks.

What’s different?

Aside from the focus of each of the calendars mentioned above, there are two additional differences to note.


If you choose the Doubles calendar, your first phase will be the same as the other calendars. However, you will add one additional workout three days a week during the second and third phases, which increases to extra workouts four days a week during the fourth phase.


There is also a “doubles” choice within the Mass calendar – this will take your workouts to an hour a day throughout the length of the calendar.

Keep in mind that whichever calendar you choose, you should follow the nutrition plan that compliments the P90X3 schedule, along with the other info on P90X3 that I have already mentioned.

And there you have it. Now you are ready to choose the P90X3 schedule that will give you the results you desire. Click the link above for downloadable Schedules.

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My name is Melissa McAllister. I just turned 44! I have a son and daughter and my husband and I are new empty nesters! My husband is the reason I eat, drink, and sleep health and fitness. He has 2 speeds, GO and GO Faster. We have been together for over 28 years and married for 23 (yes, he had me at “hello!”). Don’t get me wrong though…I was a Doritos and Coca Cola eating Hoover when I was in school! Fitness has been an essential part of my life for over 19 years. I have the 3 best jobs in the world—being a stay-at-home Mom, business owner, and group exercise instructor for several large fitness chains. I have been teaching everything from yoga to kickboxing for over 17 years. I have also had the great opportunity to train, inspire, and motivate other instructors for the past 11 years. You might even see me in a few fitness videos out there! 😉 Reaching out to others who are struggling to be healthy and happy is my passion. I couldn’t tell you next Fall’s latest fashion must have or what flowers to plant this season, but I can help you achieve your health and fitness goals. With your determination and my motivation, we can find and keep the best YOU! I will inspire by holding myself and those around me accountable!

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