Dave’s P90X2 Review
The release date for P90X2 was September 1, 2011. That’s the date you could sign up to get your copy. The actual delivery date depends on when you ordered it. If you order during the pre-sale period, Beachbody will guarantee that you get it by December 25, 2011.The bottom line—Beachbody is opening up pre-orders so they can figure out how much demand there is going to be. We’d have to wait until December to get the product no matter what. At least the holidays will be a whole lot better! When you read this P90X2 review, you’ll be extra bummed you have to wait!
Is P90X2 be Harder than P90X?
This is the number one question I’ve been getting. I’d love to tell you some story about how Tony said it would be the most grueling workout ever made and that only people that have done P90X five times should even attempt P90X2. But, I can’t. The truth is that it won’t be harder…it will just be better.
Muscle Confusion is Now “Periodization”
“Periodization” – or muscle confusion as it was called in P90X—is nothing new. All sorts of athletes have been using this training method for years. Most them had professional coaches who closely monitored their progress. In recent years, training plans have become readily available. The problem with those plans, and a weakness of P90X, is that they are “cookie cutter” plans. Frankly, you might not be ready to move from Phase I of P90X to Phase II of P90X, but there it is on the schedule: Recovery Week—Phase II. P90X2 will change that by using flexible training periods. [We highly suggest you work with a Team Beachbody Coach to figure out how and when to switch phases. Guess what? We do that for FREE.
As I mentioned in the previous section, each Phase in P90X2 is customizable. You’ll really want to work with a Coach to be sure that you are ready to move to the next Phase. You will need to master certain movements prior to moving on, so make sure your Coach is using a Performance Based Assessment and not something less scientific. I’ve been doing these types of assessments with the people I Coach through Insanity and P90X for quite some time now. Here’s more on that:
If you are in the pre-order group, I’ll be doing the program with you. I’ll have just finished a round of a P90X/Insanity/Triathlon hybrid and I’ll expect to move through Phase I in three weeks.
Phase I: Foundation (3 to 5 Weeks)
In Phase I (the base training phase) of P90X2, you can expect to:
- Move better
- Feel better
- Reduce likelihood of injury
This Phase is really about building up fitness in your stabilizing muscles. The goal is to fix imbalances that most of us have. If you are like me, and have a repaired ACL, you know what I’m talking about. My left knee was repaired, so my left leg is not as strong as my right. This was far worse before I started working out, but those years of left leg weakness have caused hip flexor issues in my right leg. P90X2’s Foundation Phase is designed to level those types of things out and get you ready for Phase II.
Phase II: Strength (3 to 6 Weeks)
This Phase is going to be hard…very hard. In Phase II of P90X2 you can expect to:
- Get stronger through wider range of motion
- Get more supple (who doesn’t want that?)
- Look good (hahaha)
P90X2 will combine strength and stability. You’ll be doing pushups with your hands and feet on balls. You’ll do levers (a brutal pull up maneuver). If you have carpet, your stability ball will burn a hole in it.
Phase III: Performance (3 to 4 Weeks)
Phase III is where the money is at. It’s all about performance. Steve Edwards taught me a long time ago to use performance as the key measure of fitness with the people I coach. Most of the work I do is designed to make me a better cyclist and triathlete. That’s about performance.
In Phase III of P90X2, you can expect to:
- Jump higher, run faster, ride faster, and be more explosive
- Start to fee like a kid again
It’s amazing what fitness will do for your attitude. Get to Phase III of a program like P90X2 and you’ll know what I’m talking about. You really will feel like a kid again.
This is the Phase when the P90X2 workout employs P.A.P. (Post Activation Potential). P.A.P. is fascinating. It only works in conditioned athletes, so you don’t want to even attempt this type of workout until you’ve done the work in the other Phases or you could get hurt. P.A.P. increases the production of muscle cell motor units, adding explosive power. P90X2 will have you doing a weighted resistance exercise prior to an explosive exercise, which results in amazing muscle growth. Beachbody knew this type of training would require some expert input, so they brought in Dr. Marcus Elliott of P3 (Peak Performance Project). Dr. Elliott works with professional athletes and has them doing a lot of P.A.P. workouts. He was the first to point out that this type of training is great, but the body needs to be conditioned in order to be able to perform at this level.
The P90X2 Workouts
Here’s the line up:
- X2 Core
- X2 Recovery and Mobility
- X2 Total Body
- X2 Yoga – an hour and five minutes of strength based Hatha flow
- Balance + Power
- Chest & Back and Balance
- X2 Shoulders & Arms
- Base & Back
- PAP Lower
- PAP Upper
- X2 Ab Ripper
- V Sculpt – Deluxe Pack
- X2 Chest + Shoulders + Tris – Deluxe Pack
The P90X2 Nutrition Guide
If you’ve been on our site, you know we have broken down every aspect of the P90X Nutrition Guide (see our P90X Nutrition Guide Made Easy). You can expect something similar for P90x2once the Nutrition Guide is in my hands and I go through it. It’s going to be very different from the P90X Nutrition Guide, because it will be broader in scope. The P90X2 Nutrition Guide will cater to vegans, vegetarians, pescatarians, paleo eaters, and more. Basically, its going to be fully comprehensive nutrition for you, depending on how you want to eat.
For the most part, I’m a paleo guy. I have to make exceptions to support my endurance training, but when I can shun grains I readily do. The P90X2 Nutrition Guideis going to have that covered because there are 27 diet guides. How cool is that???
P90X2 Kits and Pricing
The P90X2 Base Packageincludes the workouts I listed above, except the last two “Deluxe Pack” items, the Nutrition Guide, a Workout Guide, and a 90 day calendar.
The P90X2 Deluxe Package includes everything in the Base Package AND the V Sculpt and X2 Chest + Shoulders + Tris workouts, a foam roller, two medicine balls, and a large stability ball.
The foam roller is going to be incorporated into a couple of programs, but you’ll see it in the X2 Recovery and Mobility section in particular. It helps iron out the kinks. I have been using it for about 18 months now, and it really does help.
The P90X2 Ultimate Package gives you everything in the Deluxe Pack, except the foam roller (which is an upgraded model in the Ultimate Kit). It also includes a set of Tony Horton’s Power Stands, which are really good for pushups and shoulder moves (like Pike Presses). Some of my favorite equipment!
Everybody loves a deal, right? You’ll get a few extra things at the same cost if you order it from us, rather than Beachbody:
- FREE Coaching: If you want to sign up for the paid Beachbody Club membership, go right ahead. But, you don’t have to…we have never charged for our Coaching and we are not about to start now. Get us assigned to you BEFORE you purchase, by CLICKING HERE.
- (2) Additional DVDs: When you order from us, you’ll also receive two of Tony Horton’s One on One workouts on DVD (4 Legs and Upper Body Balance). Both these workouts will fit well with what P90X2 is trying to accomplish in its various phases.
I hope this P90X2 reviewwas helpful and has you all revved up to bring it! Again…please be sure we are assigned to you before you purchase in order to get the deal we mentioned above.