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3.0 out of 5 stars Depends on what you are after, December 31, 2011
This review is from: P90X2 DVD Workout - Base Kit (Sports)
P90X2 really isn't for you if you want to build muscle. In P90X you did push ups, pull ups, rows with weights, militaries with weights, etc. which was the core. You could build muscle. P90X2 you do almost all your push ups with a stability ball. Great for balance and core, but not so great for building your muscles. 4 ball push ups (on medicine balls) same thing. This stuff is not easy, but it is not a big muscle builder. Doing curls and kick backs in warrior 3 is tough only for balance. You really can't build biceps or triceps with this. The Back and Base (like Legs and Back) is lots of pull ups which I like, but the leg work is just more plyo. Long story short, if you want to build muscle and get good cardio too, then P90X is for you. If you want to have good cardio and good muscle tone (note not get bigger muscles) then P90X2 is for you. I also think the reason they put some big guys in this P90X2 video is to try to convince you that you can get big like them. These guys didn't get big from this workout. This workout probably slimmed them down and gave them functional fitness they lacked from just lifting weights.
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Initial post: Jan 1, 2012 8:06:19 PM PST
M. Nasca says:
Based on your review... I'm guessing your in the foundation phase?

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 15, 2012 7:50:30 PM PST
Yea, he has to be lol. Phase 2 is the muscle building phase. Says so everywhere in the books, reviews, guides, etc.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 18, 2012 5:57:47 PM PST
The original poster references 4 ball balance pushups which comes from chest & back (phase II), and base & back (also phase II). He/she must have done some of phase II to be familiar with these workouts.

Posted on Feb 18, 2012 12:52:25 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 18, 2012 12:55:24 AM PST
i'm trying to see if there is anything new to learn from this program. stumbled on your complaint. I'm a successful personal trainer and can advocate some of the things I am hearing about the program as well as agree on the shortcomings (i have not seen p90x2, just reading about its exercises). your right about focusing on balance is not a great way to build muscle. heck, balancing is over rated any how. after all research shows that traditional weight training does a better job in creating balance than does balance focus exercise (think ankle strength from lunges and step ups and squats, think stabilizing muscle work from the gluteus medius from RDLs and band walks, and core stabilizing from those workouts). however, i must say that doing pushups on medicine balls is quite a great way to build muscle. going from pushups to pushups on med balls is the same as going from a bench press to a dumb bell chest press, all its doing is adding more shoulder stabilization (and a lil core). if your shoulders can handle it you should be able to get a great chest workout. if they can't than u should consider adding some standing cable chest presses or dumb bell chest presses to your routine until they can, because u are lacking shoulder stabilization and that is not tony's fault.....well it actually kind of is since he didn't prep u well enough in p90x.

not disagreeing with anything else you said, after all i'm not a big fan of too much mutl tasking in exercise (but in some cases it is necessary to build coordination and optimal muscle force-couple relationship). i'm even less of a fan of "balance" work, (also in this case some stabilization work is necessary but usually from corrective exercise, not balancing with one leg on a bosu ball). i just thought i needed to defend the med ball pushups. they are a great addition to any metabolic training routine.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 26, 2012 7:02:35 AM PST
D. Jensen says:
I still do the med ball push ups, but I just don't get that fried feeling in my pecs like I do after doing regular push ups. In P90X2 I really didn't like trying to do dumbbell military presses while standing on one leg or kick backs on a stability ball. I couldn't get stable enough to use enough weight to really push it. I would fall over or my core would wear out. If I wanted core first and muscle second ok, but that isn't what I want.
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