P90X3 The Challenge Overview

P90X3 The Challenge is my go to P90X3 workout when I’m tired of cardio, but really want to push myself. It’s a very simple workout in that you do multiple sets of 2 exercises performed twice, with a break in between each set. You pick a number for pushups, and one for pullups, and you try to hit that number each time. Simple in design, but you really get worked in this. Tony advises to choose your numbers carefully and I agree.  When I over choose a number I pay for it dearly toward the end.

“There’s nothing simpler than a push pull routine, until you set a goal. There lies the challenge, you are going to choose two numbers and the challenge is sticking with those numbers all the way to the end. So, pick your numbers wisely, challenge yourself, and next time pick higher numbers.”
-Tony Horton.

P90X3 The Challenge Advice

Don’t be afraid to you the Chinup Max to aid in the pullup/chinups, and make sure you choose wisely.

P90X3 The Challenge Equipment

  • Water
  • Towel
  • Pullup bar
  • Court Shoes

P90X3 The Challenge Pros

An awesome upper body workout, one where you do try to challenge yourself each time you do the workout. I love it because I constantly improve, and can continue to push myself AND see results with the numbers I select.

P90X3 The Challenge Cons

Shouldn’t the harder pullups like Vaulter be first? They absolutely kill me when I have to do them later in the routine.

P90X3 The Challenge Moves


Jog – Jog in place

Jumping Jacks – Normal jacks

Twist and Pivot – Stepping inside the tape and outside of it, while you twist your torso. Keep your head forward.

Arm Circles – Egoscue Grip forward, then back.

Double Knee Pulls – It’s two pulls, pull knee, and pull knee again. Alternate knees.

Pigeon – Alternate pulling the ankle toward your chest, pull pull

Quad Pulls – Bring your foot behind and pull twice on your ankle toward your glutes, alternate sides.

End warmup.

Times 2

Wide Pull-up – Wide grip pullup, palms facing away.

Standard Push-up – Normal pushup.

Times 2

Chin-up – Palms facing you.

Military Push-up – Elbows stay close to the body.

Times 2

Close Grip Pull-up – Hands close together or touching, palms facing away.

Wide Push-up – By placing your hands together extend your elbows, that’s where you should place your powerstands

Times 2

Vaulter Pull-up – Right palm facing away, left palm facing you. Second time reverse this

Staggard Push-up – Right hand in normal pushup with finger pointing in, left hand toward shoulder, fingers pointing forward. Revers the second time.


1 Pull up, 3 pushups of your choosing.

Cooldown and Stretch