The TOTAL P90X2 Ultimate Workout Review
If you are ready to get serious about your training and shift up from ordinary, everyday fitness levels into “OMG, you look incredible!” then you should definitely look into Beachbody’s P90X2 .
You might think they call it “2” because it’s the second version of the popular P90X program, but the truth is that they call it “2” because it’s going to make you into twice the man or woman you used to be, IF you can keep up with it. It’s not for beginners, but it is for winners.
Okay, okay, that’s all the cheesy stuff for now. 🙂 You can probably tell I really like this kick-ass program; it’s more intense than Insanity: Asylum, and is designed to whip you into the same kind of shape top athletes need to perform. I’ve heard the critique that P90X2 is not sustainable, and I’d say that’s a fair criticism, but I can’t see much wrong with giving yourself this kind of boost on a yearly or twice-yearly basis, even if you don’t intend to maintain the fanatical level of fitness this workout and nutrition plan offers.
3 Phases of P90X2
The Basic P90X2 workout program comes with 12 workouts and is set up in 3 phases.
- Phase 1 – Foundation, 3-5 weeks, core and balance
- Phase 2 – Strength, 3-6 weeks, strength and plyometrics
- Phase 3 – Post Activation Potentiation workouts (weighted, then explosive)
The 12 Workouts of P90X2
- P90X2 Core. Works your core using instability. It takes a lot of patience to get this working.
- P90X2 Plyocide. Explosive movements with mind and body coordination.
- P90X2 Recovery + Mobility. The foam-rolling technique takes some getting used to. There’s also a complete stretching routine.
- P90X2 Total Body. Muscle-building resistance and instability challenges.
- P90X2 Yoga. Increase your isometric power and range of motion, and build stabilizer muscle strength.
- P90X2 Balance + Power. Strength and explosive movements to strengthen your core.
- P90X2 Chest + Back + Balance. Using unstable platforms to gain strength and balance.
- P90 X2 Shoulders + Arms. Wanna look amazing in sleeveless shirts? This is all you.
- P90X2 Base + Back. A pull-up and plyo extravaganza (or nightmare, you decide).
- P90X2 P.A.P. Lower. Translate fitness into pro-level performance.
- P90X2 P.A.P. Upper. These moves may look simple. Until you try them.
- P90X2 Ab Ripper. Insanely demanding core movements.
The Best Parts
1. Of course, it’s crazy-intense. If you loved the original P90X, you’re going to marry P90X2. And like I said before, even if you don’t strictly maintain this level of fitness, it’s a great yearly or twice-yearly workout.
2. It takes LESS of your time. Amazingly, P90X2 is set up so that you train 5 days a week (instead of 6), and spend more time on rest and recovery. Which is definitely needed! You could even set it up to have your weekends free.
3. Muscle confusion works. This is the same concept introduced in P90X, and it just means you’re doing different exercises in order to prevent the plateau effect.
4. Moves along quickly (no lengthy yoga class). There were plenty of complaints about the endless (well, okay, 90 minutes) yoga class in the original P90X. Poof, it’s gone! Everything about P90X2 moves at breakneck speed. Some of the exercises are incredibly difficult, but with patience, you can get them.
5. The 90 day trial period and money back guarantee. If you’re not sure whether this ultimate workout is for you, you can always send it back and get the refund. That’s how business ought to be done, right? Beachbody consistently delivers on this one.
1. You’ll want extra equipment. This is a gadget-intense program, and even though the website promises that all you need is “a couple of dumbells or resistance bands and a place to do pull-ups” you’ll also want a stability ball, medicine balls, power stands (all of which is available in the Ultimate and/or Deluxe kits) and more than just a “couple of dumbells” for your weighted exercises.
2. P90X2 is not for cardio hounds. If you’re the type who loves to get in hours on the treadmill, or takes in aerobics-based classes by the dozen, you are likely to be disappointed by P90X2. Yes, your heart rate is going to skyrocket, but it’s simply not the kind of cardio most cardio junkies love.
3. It’s not for beginners. But you can work your way up to it. P90X is a great starting point, and if even that’s advanced for you, try Power 90 and work your way up.
The Nutrition Guide
Brace yourself, because it’s complicated. It may take you a while to really figure out how to use it, but once you do it will serve you really well. It offers vegan, vegetarian, and wheat-free options, and lots of ways to customize the program for your particular workout level and needs. However, you might not be the type who is willing to struggle through figuring it all out.
Wrapping it up
Are you ready to make this happen? Awesome! Leave me a comment below and tell me what you think and how it goes for you.