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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.
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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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The first week I was thinking that it was too easy. I didn't get any muscles that were exhausted - just pretty much my whole body was slightly achy. However, it does force you to work on your core - something that I apparently hadn't done enough of. I started seeing improvements that I hadn't seen before. I ended up doing this round for 4 weeks and enjoying it. During this round he constantly used the phrase 'functional fitness', and I think that's what this did - it doesn't get your pecs or biceps bigger, but it gets you stronger all around.
The second round of exercises is the most like the P90X, except a lot of stability stuff is added. It's split very similarly to arms/back/legs/yoga/plyo. I don't think I saw as much gains doing this than P90X, but I am far more aware of my balance and core muscles now.
The last round is like plyo on crack. 3 weeks of plyo on crack. Even after doing the first two rounds I couldn't get through the first DVD without a lot of pauses. Near the end I could definitely tell this thinned me up and made me stronger.
Overall, if you have to choose between P90X and P90X2, I'd choose P90X. Honestly the only reason this gets 4 stars is because it's getting compared to P90X.
Oh! Finally, I was confused about what equipment I'd need, so let me clear that up for people:
* 3 medicine balls. The true, hard medicine balls, not the soft ply-able ones.
* Stability Ball
* Foam Roller. It's weird, but it does seem to work.
* Pullup bar or bands.
* Foam mat for yoga.
* Yoga block.
* Pullup assist
* Plyo stands. Expensive, and not used too often. Can be replaced with stairs or a workout bench.
* Weighted bar. Used twice I think. Useful, but go find a broomstick and you'll get 90% of the way there.
SHORT REVIEW: It's absolutely incredible. It'll challenge the heck out of you. You should only do this if you're already in excellent shape or if you've completed P90X (which means you're in excellent shape). Beginners should stick with the first system. The new series, while not as accessible to the masses as the original due to the exotic moves and the plethora of extra gear required to maximize the effectiveness, is truly the most elite home fitness series I've ever tried (and still way cheaper than gym memberships and Bowflex machines). Yes, it's everything it was hyped to be (and probably more). You'll pretty much be able to don a cape and fight crime when this is all over.
LONG REVIEW: If you've read my review of P90X, you know that while I love the system, I've never been a "fanboy". I'm not a coach or involved with Beachbody in any way. I've never purchased any supplements or shakes. And the only piece of equipment I've ever purchased from them are the Power Stand push-up bars (because they really are the best out there). I've used P90X and Tony's 1-on-1's because they really have worked for me and allowed me to get great results a) at home b) on a budget c) during a time crunch and d) while I'm traveling.
I struggled when trying to give a star rating to P90X2, though. The reason there was a bit of hesitation on my part stems from the fact that this series, while absolutely delivering the goods on the workout front, moves away from P90X in terms of the complexity. With the original series, the big draw was that you could work hard with very little gear and get in crazy good shape. Part of the allure was the "just some dumbbells and a pull-up bar" mantra that permeated the set. And with P90X, that was largely true. With just those two pieces of gear you could get over 90% effectiveness in all of the exercises. But with P90X2, that's just not the case.
Sure, in the new series there are plenty of options for those people with minimal equipment, but the difference between doing standard push-ups versus doing them balanced on four medicine balls is night and day. If you want to get the most out of P90X2 here's what additional gear (on top of what you had for P90X) you'll want to pick-up: Stability Ball, Power Stand push-up bars P90X PowerStands Push-Up Stands(no, the regular little ones will not cut the mustard here due to the amount of movement), foam roller, plyo platform, 4-8 medicine balls, some floor tape, and a stick for stretching and core (a broomstick or bat works just fine). Fortunately, I already had a good amount of the equipment needed, but it's still an investment as plyo platforms aren't cheap (they say you can use a sturdy chair, but that better be one REALLY STURDY chair).
So yes, at first I struggled looking at my workout space now populated by a bunch of new gear. Gone was the Spartan simplicity of "The X". But all of that thought was just academic until the workouts began. And that is where the 5-star rating comes in. These workouts truly are the next level, delivering on their promise of being an evolution, as opposed to a sequel.
Before I jump into doing P90X2 (as I've only had the system for a little more than a week), I decided that I would do each workout individually so as to get a feel for what I was dealing with and make any adjustments to my space or equipment needs beforehand (and be able to review the set, of course). I very quickly came to realize that all this extra gear wasn't just some sort of gimmick, it really was challenging me, pushing me to go to places I've not been in a workout. While the options without the equipment will certainly push a person and increase their fitness, I'd have to estimate that you're only 60-70% effective, at best. It's important to note that Beachbody didn't promise that this would be as simple or as streamlined as the first series. They didn't promise that there wouldn't be more equipment involved. That was just an assumption on my part. What they promised was that the new system would evolve the old system, using new science and technology to take super fit people and put them into and elite type of shape. And it certainly seems to live up to that promise.
First, let's discuss the structure of the program. For those familiar with the original, there are a few changes. In the original series you worked out 6 days per week, doing the same routine for 3 weeks. After that there would be a recovery week where the 6 workouts were lower impact and focused on stretching, core, and recovery. In P90X2, the 3 week period is now a bit more fluid, letting the individual do anywhere from 3-6 weeks of the same workouts before heading into a recovery week. And instead of the 6 workouts per week with an optional stretch on the 7th, there are 5 workouts per week with an optional 2 recovery days (days 3 and 7 of the week). The original was also structured so that in the third section you'd end up doing the same workouts from the first and second sections. Not so, anymore. Now, instead of just some muscle confusion where exercise routines are rotated in and out, each one of the three sections has its own set of workouts. Sure, you'll see the Yoga and the Plyocide, but there are different resistance workouts in each section, each with its own set of goals. The first section sets up your body for all the work it's going to do, called the Foundation section. The second is the Strength section. And the third is the Performance, taking your body from just looking good to being super functional as well.
What's interesting about the new series is that there really isn't a dedicated cardio. Because so many of the moves this time around aren't isolation movies, they're compound moves working many muscle groups at the same time, there's a cardio element built into many of the resistance workouts that the first series didn't have. Plyocide, of course, still brings the plyo pain like the the first one did. And you'll still find yourself sucking air trying to get through it. And the third section, the Performance section, utilizes the one of the newer fitness concepts called Post Activation Potentiation. That means that you do a heavy load on a muscle, immediately followed by a light, explosive movement. It supposedly helps to stimulate growth and increase a muscle's performance. Since I've only gotten to tinker with the workouts, I can't give my assessment on the long-term results (I'll post a follow-up in several months once I've been through the fire with this incarnation). The bottom line is that anyone worried they won't get a good workout for the heart and lungs needn't concern themselves. You'll certainly get the wind moving.
Just an additional note on all the extra gear. No matter how much I wish it was different, there is always a limit to how much progress can be made by doing bodyweight only exercises. Bruce Lee, one of the strongest pound-for-pound humans to walk the planet, had a body that was lean, incredibly functional, and was built using some pretty large weights. I knew people that could do pull-ups until the cows came home, but their overall fitness wasn't that spectacular. It's kind of like having a regular old sedan. You can change out the tires and rims and engine, put a spoiler on it, tint the windows, and redo the entire inside, but it's still a sedan. It's not going to be a Ferrari. If you want a Ferrari, you've got to get a Ferrari. And that's what I'm finding with P90X2. The extra gear allows me to push myself further than I would have with just the original gear I had from the first series. I bought a great roller from a company called Triggerpoint The Grid Revolutionary Foam Rollerand it is a life changer. The recovery that Tony takes you through with the roller is like a massage for your whole body and it is amazing. I feel so good when I finish up that workout that I almost want to do it every single day (you'll do it every other day in the recovery weeks, alternating with Yoga). There are also two additional workouts that come in the fancier packages offered by Beachbody (V-Sculpt and Chest/Shoulder/Tris) that are really good and can substitute in during the second, Strength section. They're excellent, but not critical.
Another thing to note is that the diet guide is more comprehensive than the original series. Aside from just having the standard healthy eating options, they've included a lot of variations, such as a vegetarian option (although Tony is no longer a veggie). But the diet certainly covers a lot of ground, giving people a lot different ways to achieve their diet goals, from people that can cook (and have the time) to people that are on the go.
This is truly a series that accomplishes what so many others don't. It builds functional strength with flexibility. It gets the heart and lungs working in incredibly effective ways, and helps the body protect itself, becoming more stable and resistant to injuries. What I liked about this series is that there doesn't seem to be a weak link. In the original, Kenpo and Cardio always failed to push me, while Legs & Back always felt like and afterthought. There were times in the new series where I felt like they were going out of their way to use the most exotic movements and exercises they could concoct just for the sake of being different, but in the end they all challenged me and I look forward to perfecting them. It really is a more complete and balanced series. And with the option to spend 3-6 weeks in each phase, there's more flexibility to make sure your body really is where it needs to be to move on. It's also great that each phase has it's own set of resistance routines. I feel like this will really keep away any feelings of the mundane or repetitive.
The bottom line is that P90X2 truly is built on some of the best, up-to-date exercise science out there. It's not just something that's a gimmick to cash-in on the popularity of the first one. My guess is that had they wanted to do that they wouldn't have designed something with all the extra gear to purchase. This is cutting-edge working out that can be done in the privacy of one's own home. And while there is a decent amount of gear to buy, it still pales in comparison to what gym memberships cost (not to mention the time to go to the gym, change, wait for machines, make sure the kids are taken care of, etc. . .). It's hundreds, if not thousands, cheaper than buying an at-home piece of gear like a Bowflex or Nautilus. So at the end of the day I have to give it 5 stars because it truly is what they promised, the next and best evolution of working out at home. I've done P90X for years and this thing whooped my tail straight out of the box. But this isn't for everybody.
Although you could modify the movements and go half-speed to get through the workouts, I would strongly recommend that someone starting out go with the original series. The movements are simpler (no beginner should be doing one-arm curls in a push-up position with the other arm balancing on a medicine ball), the workouts favor beginners more than P90X2's do, and there's less gear required to get the full experience. Plus, there are a bunch of used copies out there that can be picked up for a fraction of the retail price (oh heck, at this point somebody you know has to have it, just borrow it). X2 should be for those already in excellent shape and those that have made it through P90X and are looking for their next challenge. The new presentation is great. The graphics and music are vastly improved. And, best of all, Yoga is just 60 minutes! If you're in good shape and want to get into ridiculous, superhero/ninja shape in the privacy of your own home-this is the one for you!
Update 5/20/12: Holy Cow! I'm a superhero. There's really no other way to describe it. I turn 35 this year and I'm pretty sure I just became Batman.
After completing a full cycle of this bad boy I can say with zero equivocation: IT WORKS! At first I had concerns like many people that all the new gear might just be marketing and all the new moves might just be complicated for the sake of being complicated. But the truth is far simpler: This is by no means a sequel to P90X with an identical formula and theory where old moves were simply substituted with new ones. This is an (R)Evolution. P90X increased your overall fitness with a focus on looking good. This one focuses on taking your in-shape body and making it super functional, super injury resistant, and super stable. I know there are lots of people that are put off by the fact that because many of the exercises require balance components lighter weights must be used and therefore they might lose their "pretty muscles" they worked so hard for. The thought crossed my mind, too. But there are a couple of factors to consider. The first is that because you're in a balance pose you can't cheat and throw your body weight or rock like you might have before. This is going to isolate the muscle in a way you've not imagined before. So you would be using a lower weight anyways due to that isolation. The second factor is that as your body acclimates to the balance postures and your core begins to really get crazy strong, you can start upping your weights fairly quickly. It didn't take long once I got used to everything to start pushing myself again, but-to be fair-as a martial arts guy my balance is fairly good (it's better now thanks to this series).
These exercises are the types of things you're going to see in high-level performance athletes. Watch videos of UFC guys training before a fight and they're all on stability balls with weights, doing push-ups on medicine balls, and doing plyo. With the exception of heavyweights you'll see a lot of these guys using smaller weights because they need to build functional muscles with high endurance levels. I just saw a video the other day of Peyton Manning on a foam roller. Denver has millions invested in this guy's health and they've got him foam rolling. The point is that this program is made out of the latest and most cutting edge exercise science that can be brought into the home. This is the kind of stuff they use at Gym Jones, the facility where all the guys from the movie 300 trained.
Don't let the idea that because you're not using as big of weights as you did in P90X deter you. You'll be challenged like crazy. You also have to push yourself to make this system work for you: Bend over as far as you can in your balance postures. Go as deep in your lunge as you can when doing those types of moves. Really pushing yourself in the new positions will make a difference. Just doing a half-effort lunge while doing curls won't challenge you. GET DEEP! To be honest, P90X really handed you everything you needed to do. Just showing up and doing the motions was enough. There wasn't much mastery to be had over the moves and there wasn't much motivation needed beyond hitting Play. You could zombie walk through 90 days and still come out like a boss. P90X2 is on more of a sliding scale. You're going to get out of it what you put into it. You work on mastering the positions and the movements to find the way that challenges you the most, you push your flexibility and balance to their limits, and you learn how to manage the pain while your balance muscles want to give out before your biceps are totally burned out, and you'll achieve amazing things with this series-things well beyond what you achieved with the first series.
Now, let's address a few of the more common complaints:
First off, I've seen a lot of people talking about fear of injury from using medicine balls and balance balls for the resistance training. And they're correct. But there's a very simple concept at work here: Bigger risk, bigger reward. That being said, you can get crazy good results from doing P90X and continuing to mix it up. But using stability exercises is going to push you further. Working out on the balls is truly a "next-level" of fitness. There was never a claim that this would be safe and vanilla. When the first series came out people were very concerned about Plyo because it was so different than normal at-home workouts were putting out. Tony is going to push you. And stability balls are one of the most common and effective ways to do this. That's why review says that this system isn't for everyone.
The second thing I've seen quite a bit is people having issues with the rolling, claiming that it doesn't work. Let me be frank, if the rolling isn't working for you, you're doing it wrong. Myofascial Release is an absolute proven concept with loads of science behind it. It's like massage therapy where your playing the role of patient AND massage therapist. It will absolutely help you recover and will guarantee better, more usable muscles. It takes patience to learn to do it properly. You have to go slow and sit on one spot. It's not easy, but the rewards are well worth it.
There has also been concern over retention of muscle mass since the first phase isn't as resistance-heavy as the original 'X'. Yes, this is true. You are more likely to develop greater flexibility and crazy core strength during Phase 1 than you are to bulk up. I was curious about the new layout of the system, so I took it to some of my friends who train professional MMA guys out here in LA at some of the big gyms. While I am not a fighter, I do train in various martial arts and attend some of the more prominent schools out here, as well as being friendly with some of the more noted fighters and trainers. Frankly, they liked the approach. They said that a lot of the moves were very similar (if not identical) to what they use on their guys. With the exception of heavyweights (and some light heavyweights), these guys are training to be lean, explosive, protected from injury, and functional. And while not all the fighters have the "sexiest" builds, they can call their muscles into action at a moment's notice and have wind for days. The general feeling was that the layout of the plan and the effectiveness of creating usable and injury-resistant muscles and lungs is consistent with the top training methods used by professionals today.
I did six weeks in the strength phase (3 with the first set of exercises and 3 with the second set of exercises) and I feel great. I ran through the original Chest and Back on Monday of this week and I've made solid gains. NOTHING decreased by a single rep. Plus, I feel more solid in the core and in my flexibility.
Like it says at the top, it's not for everyone. P90X will serve a great many people very well. It is very Spartan and will get results. P90X2 is not a scam to get you to buy equipment. You can get all the extra gear at a local sporting goods store or a Target or Wal Mart. The extra gear DOES work. Take the time to learn it properly and you will get pushed further. But it's not going to be to everyone's liking. The bottom line is that you can't go wrong with either series 1 or 2. Find which one you like and then just go at 100%. Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to go hit the heavy bag for a bit and then have Tony lead me through some Yoga X!
More updates to come. . .