The P90x2 takes off where the original P90x program leaves, and whereas the original is based on Muscle Confusion, P90x2 was developed by professional trainers so you can do P.A.P., or Post-Activation Potentiation routines for fat loss and muscle toning. There are 14 unique workouts in P90x2 designed to sculpt your body with emphasis on increased athleticism.
The P90x2 costs $140 and includes DVDs for each of the 14 workouts, a three-part nutrition plan with grain-free and vegan options. The package also includes a detailed supplement guide, and the How to Bring It Again video which provides you with an overview of how the program works. There is also a 90 day money back guarantee provided with the product.
The P90x2 is a worthy successor to the P90x, and it definitely ups the ante as far as intensity is concerned. If you want to take your fitness regimen to another level, look no further than the P90x2.
Intent of Fitness Program
P90x2 is all about chiseling your body and improving body balance, at the same time improving agility, physical strength and promoting flexibility. To achieve these results the program includes a highly customizable workout plan, a performance fitness guide, and the Fuel Your Performance nutrition guide. You also get a 90 day workout calendar and several online support tools to help with your workout.
The program is divided into three phases. Phase 1 is the Foundation, and the emphasis is on balance, strength and core improvement. The workouts in Phase 1 make extensive use of a balance or medicine ball, and it’s all about learning how to balance as it is necessary to go through the program.
Phase 2 is the Strength Phase, and if you completed the P90x you’ll be familiar with some of the movements done here. In addition you’ll be doing a lot of core strength training.
Phase 3 is the Performance or Post-Activation Potentiation phase which consists of high impact, intense movements. By the time you reach this level you’ll understand why you had to go through the other phases as it requires a lot of flexibility.
P90x2 isn’t for beginners and is intended for those who have completed the P90x regimen. To get the most out of this program, you need to be in reasonably good shape, and you will be if you completed the original P90x program.
All you need are resistance bands, a set of dumbbells, a chin up bar and a medicine ball. An exercise mat isn’t a specific requirement, but it is recommended, and you’ll need a good pair of shoes to absorb the impact of these high energy workouts. As for space, 6 x 6 will do just fine.
Effectiveness / Results
P90x2 has received a lot of positive reviews, and some of those who have completed the program report losing over 80 lbs. In addition, the program does an outstanding job of eliminating body fat and at the same time increases your body’s flexibility and endurance.
Primary Areas Worked
The P90x2 works on all major muscle groups in your body, and just like the original variation is provided so you receive the maximum benefits. There is no specific cardio workout provide here, but the new routines will have your heart pumping. Here’s a brief overview of the program.
- X2 Core: The Core is all about body balance improvement, essential for mastering the other movements.
- Plyocide: Plyocide combines the original P90x movements with coordination routines that increase your endurance and speed. This routine, performed once a week, improves mind/body connection as well.
- X2 Recovery + Mobility: This workout takes the recovery process used in P90x and steps it up a notch as it realigns your body functions so you get greater functionality. It is here that the Foam Rolling technique is introduced, and you also learn alternative stretching exercises if you don’t want to do the Foam Roller.
- X2 Total Body: X2 Total Body combines instability and resistance workouts so your body only uses the right muscles for a particular movement. All the major muscles like the arms, legs, chest, shoulders, triceps etc. are worked out in such a way that imbalance is avoided.
- Balance + Power: This workout produces force core rigidity by using explosive movements and strength exercises. This workout improves your body’s balance, power and body alignment, reducing body aches in the process.
- Chest + Back + Balance: The focus here is on full body muscle development. During the course of these workouts your body also gains strength and agility without the stress that comes with regular weight training.
- X2 Shoulders + Arms: As the name suggests these routines target your arms and shoulders.
There are many other workouts included, with the Base + Back consisting of plyo and pull-ups, and there are numerous P.A.P. routines for the lower body and upper body, and a special P.A.P. Ab Ripper consisting of core movements that takes ab workouts to a different level. The V Sculpt on the other hand, works your biceps and back, and you’ll be performing the routines in athletic postures for additional strength gains. Finally, the X2 Chest + Shoulders + Tris will tone and increase your triceps, shoulders and chest while adding functionality and agility.
The regimen lasts for 90 days, but unlike the original P90x you only need to work out 5 days a week. Each exercise routine is less than hour long but it’s just as intense as the original P90x. However, there is no 90 minute yoga routine which should be welcome to most people.
Generally speaking, the workouts are faster than the original, but the Foam Roller concept means every workout begins with a slow stretch and foam roll so your body gets accustomed to the routines.
Customer support is as good as the original with 24/7 customer support, a very responsive email support team and live chat. Tips and guides are also available on the official website and their Facebook and Twitter pages.
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