Is P90X2 the Ultimate 3-peat?
If you blew through Beachbody’s P90 and P90X and started looking around for something even more powerful, you are in for a muscle-building, fat-stripping, intense workout feast. P90X2 may just be the ultimate three-peat!
I know you have a zillion questions (you should, anyway; this extreme workout system is no joke!) but I’ll start with what comes in the kit and go from there.
MORE workout in LESS time
Actually, before I list what’s in the kit, the single biggest thing to know right off the bat is that this program has undergone a massive revision, and the workout is now designed to give you absolute maximum results with less workout time.
It’s still a 90-day program, although you should work at a pace you can maintain, but rather than a 6 days per week setup, they’ve reduced your training time by 20% to only 5 power-packed workout days.
Why? The process of muscle growth is not 100% agreed-upon, but most theories are based on the idea that lifting breaks down the muscle, and growth results from over-compensating to protect the body from future stress. Your body’s muscle rebuilding work peaks 24 to 36 hours after training and continues at increased rates for as much as 72 hours.
In other words, muscle doesn’t grow while you’re working it; it grows during the rest and recovery phase. That’s why 2 days off are built straight into the P90X2 program.
And as a final note to that, you probably already know that an increased muscle percentage will help you release your fat stores, since muscle tissue burns more fat. Nice bonus there, and the P90X2 workout program is definitely going to be a muscle-builder for you.
Okay, enough of that! Let’s get straight into the box…
What you get with the Base Kit
P90X2 picks up right where P90X left off, so if you did that system recently (Tony Horton mentioned that graduates of Power 90, Insanity, Turbo Fire and other higher level workout programs would be ready) or know you’re already at that level of fitness, you’ll make a very smooth transition.
The Base Kit comes with:
- 12 Workout DVDs
- 1 “How To Bring It Again” DVD
- 1 Exercise Guide – A detailed guide to each X2 exercise move
- 1 (Vegan and Vegetarian-friendly) Nutrition Guide
- The 90 Day Calendar – DEFINITELY look at this first!
- 2 Bonus P90X 1-on-1 Workouts – 4 Legs Workouts & Upper Body Balance
What’s the difference in the 3 kits?
The first thing you’ll have to do is decide what level of kit you want to get. The Base kit probably has everything most people will want. The extras for the two bigger kits (“Deluxe” and “Ultimate”) are mostly equipment, and you may already have several of these items.
The Deluxe Kit includes everything from the Base Kit, plus:
- 2 additional extreme P90X2 workouts — you can purchase these separately, too
- 1 Foam Roller
- 1 55cm Stability Ball
- 2 8-lb. Medicine Balls — made of rubber latex (good to know if you’re allergic)
The Ultimate Kit includes everything from the Base Kit, plus:
- 2 additional extreme P90X2 workouts — can be purchased separately
- 1 RumbleRoller
- 1 55cm Stability Ball
- 2 8-lb. Medicine Balls — again, rubber latex, see above
- Tony Horton’s PowerStands
What’s on the Base Kit Workout DVDs
- X2 Core – An intense core workout designed to improve all your movement.
- Plyocide – Explosive movements in both vertical and horizontal patterns.
- Recovery and Mobility – Great info on stretching, realignment, and recovery.
- Total Body – Tackles the whole body with resistance and the stability ball.
- Yoga – A constant flow approach to yoga, eliminating the standing balance moves.
- X2 Balance + Power – Balance exercises and strength components equal stronger core.
- Chest + Back + Balance – Includes 3-ball and 4-ball plyometric pushups.
- Shoulders + Arms – Uses instability and medicine balls to improve strength.
- Base + Back – Plyometrics and pullups; the “mother of all workouts.”
- P.A.P. Lower – Post Activation Potentiation (Lower Body)
- P.A.P. Upper – Post Activation Potentiation (Upper Body)
- X2 Ab Ripper – Fifer scissors with a twist, and other insane moves.
The two advanced X2 workouts are called V-Sculpt and X2 Chest, Shoulder and Tris; like I mentioned before, you can always get these separately.
More answers coming right up…
In the next few P90X2 posts I’ll discuss the “Muscle Confusion” concept, take on the P90X2 Nutrition Guide debates, and get you some solid reviews from people who are getting results with the workout system. Stay tuned and we’ll hook you up!
Meanwhile, leave me a comment and share any insight or info you already have on P90X2, or one of the related Beachbody extreme workout DVDs…