P90X2 DVD Workout - Base Kit
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- P90X2 continues your progress after P90X with cutting-edge training based on powerful new sports science
- 12 new breakthrough workouts across 13 DVDs that include more emphasis on your core, athletic function, balance, and agility
- Includes a comprehensive, customizable nutrition plan with vegan and grain-free options
- From the makers of P90X
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The result of two years of R&D conducted by a team of the most qualified experts in fitness, P90X2 includes training so cutting edge, so outrageously effective, you'll be blown away by your visible results and your performance. While P90X is based on Muscle Confusion-to break normal 30-day training plateaus so you get results fast-P90X2 ups the ante with a training technique developed by professional sports trainers for world class results: P.A.P., or Post-Activation Potentiation. With P90X2, you get 12 groundbreaking workouts focused on chiseling your body while building your balance, agility, core strength, and athleticism. It includes new customization with an all-new, highly flexible nutrition plan to help you excel. THIS is training. Better training than most pro athletes get. And with an emphasis on your abs/core, powerful athletic function, and lightning-bolt agility, it'll help you blast through your plateaus.
In addition to the 14 workouts, P90X2 comes with a comprehensive three-phase nutrition plan, with vegan and grain-free options; specially designed supplement options; a detailed fitness guide packed with valuable information about how to get the most from your program; a How to Bring It Again video that provides a quick overview of the system; a workout calendar to track your progress; online peer support; and much more.
From the Manufacturer
The result of two years of research & development conducted by a team of the most qualified experts in fitness, P90X2 includes training so cutting edge and so effective, you'll be amazed at the visible results and enhanced performance. While P90X is based on Muscle Confusion--to break normal 30-day training plateaus so you get results fast--P90X2 ups the ante with a training technique developed by professional sports trainers for world class results: P.A.P., or Post-Activation Potentiation. With P90X2, you get 14 groundbreaking workouts focused on chiseling your body while building your balance, agility, core strength, and athleticism. It includes new customization with an all-new, highly flexible nutrition plan to help you excel. And with an emphasis on your abs/core, powerful athletic function, and lightning-bolt agility, it'll help you blast through your plateaus.
What's in the box?
In addition to the 14 workouts, P90X2 comes with a comprehensive three-phase nutrition plan, with vegan and grain-free options; specially designed supplement options; a detailed fitness guide packed with valuable information about how to get the most from your program; a How to Bring It Again video that provides a quick overview of the system; a workout calendar to track your progress; and online peer support.
- X2 Core: The core is your body's foundation: the point where all movement begins. As you master this routine, all of your movement patterns will improve.
- Plyocide: Combines traditional explosive movements with mind and coordination drills to increase not only your speed and endurance, but your entire mind/body connection, as well. Don't do this one more than once per week.
- X2 Recovery + Mobility: You learned with P90X that your body only grows stronger while at rest after it has been challenged. The P90X2 Recovery + Mobility workout takes this a step further by not only enhancing recovery, but also forcing your body to realign to promote better overall functionality. The key is a myofascial release technique called foam rolling. This workout also provides you with a complete stretching routine for those days you prefer to work without the foam roller.
- X2 Total Body: Combines resistance and instability to ensure that your body uses the correct muscles in the given movement. Old school isolation movements that can lead to muscular imbalance not welcome here. In this workout you'll earn every repetition, and form is king.
- X2 Yoga: Yoga's traditional benefits of relaxing the body and restoring the mind are present, but will take a back seat to increasing isometric power, improving your range of motion, and building vital stabilizer muscle strength.
- Balance + Power: The moves in this workout force core rigidity under duress by incorporating strength and explosive movements. As you improve your body's connection between balance and power, your body alignment will improve, nagging aches and pains will lessen, and you'll be able to push far beyond the limits you once thought you had.
- Chest + Back + Balance: The same mega pump that was P90X Chest & Back now gets an added bonus, an array of unstable platforms designed to make your body earn its muscle. As you improve at this workout, your strength gains will be superior to those made with any traditional weight-training workout.
- X2 Shoulders + Arms: By keeping our shoulders and arms strong and in balance, we can avoid breakdowns. And that, along with looking good in short-sleeved shirts, is the philosophy behind the creation of X2 Shoulders + Arms.
- Base + Back: Working the body's two largest groups of muscles in one workout may seem sadistic but most people seem to find this pull-up and plyo extravaganza very entertaining. It's the sweatiest "weight training" workout you'll ever experience.
- P.A.P. Lower: P.A.P. stands for Post-Activation Potentiation, but all you really need to know is that it is the cutting-edge technique that translates into performance. Two four-round complexes of seemingly straightforward movements don't look like much on paper, but these workouts have destroyed the fittest athletes on the planet.
- P.A.P. Upper: The same complex training format as P.A.P. Lower but this time focused on your upper body. Post-Activation Potentiation training will bring back your youth. Over time you'll feel loose, springy, and young.
- X2 Ab Ripper: Tony takes you through a series of core movements that'll upgrade your concept of what an ab workout is supposed to be.
- V Sculpt: Works the back and biceps, or the "actor muscles" as they're called in Hollywood. The movements are all done from an athletic stance, so strength gains will be applicable to real world movements.
- X2 Chest + Shoulders + Tris: Known as your pushing muscles, the chest, shoulders, and triceps will learn to function better than ever before with this workout.
Helpful Tools to Keep You Motivated
- P90X2 Power Your Performance Fitness Guide: This is your road map and your plan of attack for using P90X2. The guide provides guidelines for getting started and essential tips for how to make the most of the program. It also includes in-depth information about the science behind P90X2, a complete overview of the three training phases, a fit test, and an overview of the recommended supplements and equipment.
- P90X2 Fuel Your Performance Nutrition Guide: Following the P90X2 nutrition guide is just as vital to your overall success as any of the extreme workouts in this program. Specifically designed to work in tandem with the P90X2 workout routines, the guide includes three eating plans--with vegan and grain-free options--which allow you to customize based on your personal needs, plus over 50 recipes. You'll need this combination of foods as fuel to get the most out of your final few weeks and truly be in the best shape of your life.
- P90X2 90-day Workout Calendar: Use this to set your workout goals, track your progress, and stay motivated.
- Free Online Support Tools: Get access to fitness experts, peer support, and motivation.
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Top Customer Reviews
I had manboobs.
I hid myself behind big sweaters and oversized sweats. I am 5'6" and weighed about 225 lbs. I was exhausted going up a single flight of stairs to my bedroom. I have 3 active little boys, and they wanted to wrestle with papa. That was simply not going to happen either. Something had to give.
So I did the craziest thing I could have--I did Insanity, and loved it. I followed that with Insanity: The Asylum, and then P90X x 2 rounds. I lost 45 pounds, and gained a lot of muscle. I'm still a big guy. I need to loose about 25 pounds more, honestly, and I have a long way to go to get into shirt removal at the beach shape--but I have my self respect back. And I have learned some important lessons.
1. I got fit when I took responsibility for my own fitness. I had a lot of good excuses--full time job, wife with full time job, no gym very close, don't like to diet. Finally, I just decided what was most important to me--being able to be a good dad for my kids. I decided that everything else just had to fall in line. I was a couch lump but I secretly knew that my pre-marriage slender self was still there somewhere, so I decided not to try, but to succeed. No matter what. I made this decision with my heart and my head, and so can you--even if you are really big, or really scared, or really uninterested in exercising. You just have to decide and commit. If you do that, you will succeed.
2. No matter how much the exercise hurts, it feels better than feeling horrible all the time, barely being able to breathe, being too big to play with your kids or climb the stairs. Exercise hurts much less than that.
3. I know now that there is nothing I can't do if I put my mind to it and don't let myself have any excuses. I write down what I eat. I announced to my friends and family what I am doing and gave them full permission to encourage and ask me impolite questions about my exercises. I put it out there on facebook that I was starting to exercise, and I posted for accountability every day. I found a facebook group of exercisers and joined them. (if you need one, let me know, I'll hook you up). I didn't let food rule my life--I decided to eat what I always knew I should, and soon it seemed natural. Online Weight watchers helped me, but there are a number of good programs available, and the p90x2 diet is just solid, sensible nutrition.
4. I didn't let myself be scared off because someone told me p90x was "extreme". Half measures hadn't worked for me. I needed something that I knew was bigger, harder, better than me. And when I began, I wanted to cry. I had to scale everything down when I started, but I did my absolute best, and kept trying to make it better. And guess what? I did it, just a little better each time. I probably looked like a white whale flopping around on the floor, but I did it. And I am so happy!
So what does this have to do with p90x2? I need a new challenge. I'm getting a little bored of p90x after 6 months of doing it daily, and boredom is the enemy of fitness for me. I know that telling myself that I'll join a gym is a recipe for failure for me. I'll never go. I love my dvd's that let me go down to the privacy of my basement and get totally nuts without an audience except my family. So I need a new program that will push me. I need something to pit myself against as a challenge. I need to recommit to being healthy for my boys and my wife and myself.
I got p90x2 about 2 weeks before Christmas. I've been doing it and here is my report.
1. Is it harder than p90x?
Yes and no. It is different--the moves are now focused on including balance and core work while doing resistance. This is a new way to think about resistance workouts, honestly, and it is huge. It is making me work hard in ways that I have never worked before, and the more I do exercise this way, the more I enjoy it.
2. Can I do it?
Yes, you can. If you are willing to give everything your best shot, then you can get through these workouts. Yes, even if you are very big. Even if you are very out of shape. But you need to be smart about it--wear a heart rate monitor. Wear whatever braces you need to wear. Don't push yourself too hard on the first day. When Tony shows you how to modify to make things more do-able, then do what he says. But the beauty is that you just do your best, and the rest will take care of the rest. Soon, you'll be able to stretch farther, pull more, squeeze out your first pull up (!). Look at yourself in the bathroom mirror and say "I'm doing something about it."
3. Is it worth it?
Yes, it is. I'm wearing pants that I wore when I got married. I can go toe to toe with my 4, 6, and 7 year old boys for more than half an hour now and not be winded. I can run with my son on my shoulders, I can do pushups with my son on my back--and I couldn't do pushups at all before.
4. How is the yoga?
Well, let's be honest. Yoga is frikkin' hard. But I decided that I was going to stick to it, and I have grudgingly come to appreciate the yoga. In p90x I only did 45 minutes of the 90 minute workout (I'm just being honest here). p90x2 yoga is 67 minutes instead of 90, really only about an hour after the pre and post talking is done. And I like it. It is sooo hard, but so good, and I feel fantastic when it is finished.
5. What is this foam roller thing? Should I get one?
YES YES YES! The foam roller is my favorite part about this new set, honestly. I'd never heard of foam rollers before, but I bought one (not that expensive, I think I paid $15) and used it. It feels GREAT! It is like a merciless massage from a very determined therapist--except you are in control of where the massage pressure goes. It really helps to loosen tight muscles and honest to goodness has already really helped my range of motion. Plus it feels so good. The recovery/mobility workout in p90x2 is a love letter to your muscles--I love it so much.
6. Should I get this if I haven't done p90x?
Well, I love p90x. It changed my life and really helped me. But there is no reason that you have to start with p90x...p90x2 is another very solid set of exercise routines. It is going to take some work whether you are a seasoned athlete or (like me) someone just trying to finally get healthy. If you like the idea of adding core strength moves to your resistance moves, and are not scared to get yourself moved out of your comfort zone and re-think what exercise is, then this is a great set to do. My advice? Pick a set, this one, p90x, or any other reasonable exercise set, and STICK TO IT. Don't let yourself weeze out. Not even a day! Promise yourself that you will do your best, and just keep doing it.
7. What equiptment do I need to do it?
You can do this with a small amount of equiptment, or you can spend mega bucks. Don't let lack of equiptment stop you. Here is what you really need:
--A good pair of shoes. Seriously. Invest in some decent shoes. You'll thank me. You can wear whatever shoes you want, but good shoes will save your feet when doing cardio.
--A cheap set of dumbells or an even cheaper set of bands. I love dumbells (can't believe I can say that!) I got mine here on Amazon for about $40, and they work great. Pick them up on Craig's List, or get some at your local sporting goods store. If you are just starting out, don't buy a big crazy set. Get something that will get you up to 20lbs in adjustable units, see how it goes, and buy a couple heavier ones if you need. I have bands now, and they are great too. And you can get a fantastic set of bands very inexpensively.
That is all you have to have.
I would recommend strongly to get:
--a pull up bar. You do tons of pullups in p90x (don't be scared, I couldn't even do one when I started, Tony shows you how to do them with help). If you don't have a pull up bar, you can use a band to substitute (he shows you how). But a pull up bar is also pretty cheap and is a great investment.
--Push-Up Bars. These really helped me. I have bad wrists, and these cut down on wrist strain. I listed some cheaper ones above, but I actually bought the more expensive P90x ones (yea, I'm a sucker) and I really think they are great. The link to these more expensive super over engineered but truly awesome push up bars is here.
It is nice to have, but not necessary to have:
--a yoga mat. A beach towel will do the trick if you don't have one. Heck, the floor is fine if that's what you've got.
--a stability ball. I love mine. I use the TKO Anti Burst Fitness Stability Ball (65cm), and we have the Valeo Body Ball also. which works for my height and probably if you are up to about 6 feet. If you are bigger, they have bigger balls, and smaller ones if you are so inclined
--A medicine ball (I use 12 lbs) to do some of the crazy balance strength maneuvers. If you can, get 3. you'll know why when you see the crazy workout with the balls.
--a foam roller. This one is a great splurge. I think I picked mine up for $10-15 or so. It is worth way more than that to me now.
--a Pull up assist. This is a fancy elastic strap thingy that will help you get the most out of your pullups before you thought you could. Tony shows you how to use a chair, so don't spend the money on this unless you really want to. I used the chair for 6 weeks of p90x and then graduated to the pull up assist because I still needed help, but felt I was "helping" myself too much with the chair. I'm now doing pull ups with no or minimal assist, which is freaking insane!
8. What about my family, my friends, all the people who will make fun of me exercising?
I had one goal. Get better for me and my family. Stop being miserable. I didn't have any exercise shorts. I worked out in bermuda shorts and oversized polo t-shirts. It's what I had. I sweated and flopped and twitched and sighed my way through my workouts, and crawled up the basement stairs looking like a wrung out cat. But I was smiling. I felt like Spartacus! My wife never laughed. She watched me workout like a fiend for 2 weeks, then quietly got her own pair of shoes and joined me. The boys got onto my mat with me and started working out with me. My friends remarked almost instantly that I looked happier and better. Your family and friends will support you, and if they don't, just calmly tell them that you are doing this for yourself, and you'd appreciate their support. Don't let naysayers dissuade you.
I'm going to post updates with my progress. I've been sampling the workouts daily with friends to get the feel of the workouts, but I'm starting the program in earnest on December 31. I'll let you know how things go. Remember--you don't have to be out of shape. you don't have to join a gym. you can do this in the privacy of your living room, no one has to see you sweating and gasping. But you can take control. I am doing it, and I am so happy.
***Update Week 1 done
Well, I've finished week 1. Technically, today is day 7, but it is a rest day, so I'm calling this a done deal. My first impressions from sampling random workouts prior to beginning the program have been borne out thus far. You are going to work your core in ways that you have never imagined, and it hurts so good! I've been doing insanity cardio abs and Insane abs, as well as ab ripper x for the better part of last year. Apparently, using a stability ball is a serious game changer. In week one, you use tons of stability ball based moves while lifting dumbells and other strength maneuvers. I am very sore from my shoulders to my pelvis, and it feels great to be working muscles in a new way. The workouts are tough, my calorie watch has said that I burn between 600 and 1050 calories during a workout. The high end was for the resistance+ARX2 workout day; the low end was for Yoga. But 600 calories doing Yoga is nothing to sneeze at. I was not fast at most of the moves, I could only get a fraction of them done compared to the insane posse of fitness gazelles working out on my screen, but I just kept plugging away. I've had a ball the last week, and while I will enjoy my rest tonight, I'm already looking forward to getting back to it tomorrow! Gotta keep going!
***Update Week 2 done
Week two in the bag. I didn't plan on updating this week, but it has been such an amazing and unexpected week I wanted to let you know how it went. Last week was great, but I was horrible at many of the workouts. I was struggling to get the moves done. this week, I more than doubled my weight on lots of the exercises because my balance was so much better! I cannot believe how quickly my balance has improved! Abs are looking more defined, which I hadn't expected but am pleased about. I added in an extra workout (day 3 is usually a rest day, but I did P90x chest and back because I wanted some more resistance). My weight is down 3 pounds, but part of those props have to go to diet, as I am back on my diet in a more careful fashion.
***Update, Week 6 done
Well, I'm done with the Core section (I did 3 weeks) and have now completed 3 weeks of the strength training. I'll just let my results speak for themselves. Last night, I did 80 unassisted pullups. I did 1 unassisted pullup when I began p90x in June of last year. I was doing 5-6 unassisted pullups when I started p90x2. I'm not sure what happened--I guess I just finally cracked the pull up code or something. They aren't great pullups, mind you. I have to rest midset sometimes, and they aren't consecutive--they are 10 sets of 8 pullups. But I'm doing this 3 times a week now, and I've gotten lats like I never imagined. My core is tighter and my arms are bigger. My wife spontaneously told me that I had muscular legs the other day. I don't think of myself as having muscular anything, honestly, so that was a huge compliment for me. I feel strong. When I walk around, I don't slouch. My friend told me my shoulders look broad. Wha? Me? Broad shoulders? Muscular legs? 80 pull ups? Wow. p90x2 is a bit of an odd workout--if you want to just slide your way through a workout, you could probably do it without breaking a sweat. Tony has you lifting weights in odd positions, using the stability ball, you might decide to modify your way out of the med ball pushups, and if you don't commit to the whole workout with intensity, I bet you wouldn't get much out of it. p90x made you work, and the exercises were intuitive, and I think that in many ways, p90x is a better workout for folks who are just starting out because that intuitive good sense helps you to trust the program. But my results on p90x2 have completely blown through the roof. Tony says lift while in warrior 3, I lift all I can while in warrior 3. Tony says do push ups with your hands and feet on 4 med balls? I struggle, I fall on my face, but I do it. Now I can do 4 medball pushups without an issue (wow). Even when his methods don't seem to make much sense for me, I have just tried to commit to whole heartedly pushign as hard as I can. And it has done me a lot of good. Blown through the roof. I have no other words for the explosion of growth and strength I've gotten in these 6 weeks. I'm gonna do 3 more weeks of phase 2, the strength phase, then do 3 weeks of the last phase (performance). I'll keep updating. You keep working!
I've just started this program, so I will probably update as I work through various videos.
The pros are:
1. It's something new. You can only do P90X so long before you get bored with it and lose the challenge. P90X2 brings a new challenge.
2. The X2 Core and Plyocide exercises are fun and different and really emphasize the core. I can see how these are especially beneficial to athletes who are trying to improve explosiveness, performance, flexibility, and core strength. For those of us who just want to look good, these routines are really going to do a lot for your waist, hips, lower back, and abs.
1. The traditional resistance programs (i.e., X2 Total Body, X2 Ab Ripper, etc.) really provide little resistance. They constantly combine basic moves with Warrior 3 or some other balance move. Like any mutlitasking, instead of gettng twice the benefit, you end up doing two things poorly. The balance moves keep you from maxing out the resistance moves, and trying to do the resistance lowers the effectiveness of the balance moves. Also, many of these exercises are outright dangerous and tweak joints and tissues in inappropriate ways. My intent is to swap these routines out with an equivalent P90X routine. These routines are significantly inferior to the P90X routines and won't give you the same level of intensity.
2. The X2 Ab Ripper is useless. Worse, it's dangerous and extremely bad for your lower back. Don't do this routine. Replace it with Ab Ripper X, if you have it.
The net of it is that P90X was so popular because it was an intense workout that used simple exercises that required little equipment. P90X2 uses incredibly complex--and sometimes dangerous--exercises that require a great deal of equipment. Many of the exercises seem created solely for the purpose of using the equipment. Consequently, they place odd streses on joints and ligaments and increase the possibility of injury.
If you're a P90Xer, like me, I'm sure you'll buy this product and try it, because you're ready for something new. I would encourage you, though, to consider modifying it as I will--substituting Chest, Shoulders, Tris for X2 Total Body or Legs and Back for Base and Back, as an example. You'll put less strain on your body and do a much better job of building strength in those areas.