I am an avid follower of the first P90x. I love the simplicity of following a DVD and getting killer results. While this series of DVDs isn’t for everyone due to the length of time and the commitment, it has the ability to transform your body in a very short amount of time. With the success of the first release, Beachbody decided to develop a second one based on the principles of NASM. With this partnering they couldn’t go wrong!
If you aren’t familiar with NASM it stand for National Academy of Sports Medicine. It’s a very credible personal training certification. Along with the first certification you can also get the CES (corrective exercise specialist) and PES (performance enhancement specialist). They have incorporated a piece of all of these into P90X2. While the exercises and the techniques are NOT new to the fitness community, they appear to be something completely original to the public. In lam-ens terms, these DVDs are an off shoot of the most advanced “functional” training techniques.
I have not yet purchased P90x2 however, many reviews are floating around the web so I thought I would sum them up to give you an idea of how this program works and how it differs from the original p90X.
HOW P90X 2 Works
- As with the first version the “90” in p90 stands for a 90 day routine.
- It incorporates the same “muscle confusion” as the first series. The workouts change daily to keep your body guessing so you don’t hit a plateau. You also don’t get bored.
- The aim of of both p90’s is to take your health and fitness to a whole new level. Increasing strength, endurance, flexibility, core, balance, and athleticism (there is a big emphasis on core and balance in the second series).
3 Phases Of P90X2
Phase 1 – Foundation, 3-5 Weeks
Phase 2 – Strength, 3-6 Weeks
Phase 3 – Performance, 3-4 Weeks
The first phase of the program is primarily focused on core and balance. During this phase you will build the foundation to build upon for the next 2 phases. Some of the workouts in this phase are X2 Core, X2 Balance & core. The X2 core challenges your midsection will doing other movements to create instability. This increases the calories you burn will forcing your body to get in tip top shape. X2 Balance & Power forces you to work on your balance along with strength moves. The power is explosive movements.
This phase moves on to strength and plyometrics. If you’re familiar with the first p90x, then you know that plyometrics (explosive power moves) are tough but worth every drop of sweat for the results. Phase 2 also focuses on Chest, Back and balance. This is similar to the first version of p90x chest and back but the intensity is increased with various platforms such as medicine balls incorporated into the workout.
The last phase of 90X2 is focused on increasing your performance. This round incorporates P.A.P. (Post Activation Potentiation) workouts – PAP Upper and PAP lower. The technique is NOT new but is used by trainers and athletes. It is also know as a form of “super setting.” You do a weighted exercise followed by an explosive exercise. It is VERY effective and I have used it for years on my clients to get them in the best shape!
THE GOOD AND BAD OF P90X2
The Bad – P90X2 Review
1. NOT FOR BEGINNERS – Obviously you should start with the first version of P90X before you move onto the second. If you think you are going to jump right into this exercise plan without any pervious background then you should think again. If you were a previous athlete then you should still start with the first version and move onto the second.
2. THIS IS NOT A CARDIO PROGRAM – If you are a gym bunny but you love to hang out on the cardio machines and throw in some weight here and there … you are not ready for this routine and should start with the first version.
The GOOD – p90X2 Review
1. PROGRESS AND CREATE THE ULTIMATE BODY! – If you’ve made it through the first version then congrats!!! This version is bound to get you in even better shape ( yes that IS possible after your awesome results from the first series). The variety that’s in this version is fun, new and challenging. You’re going to LOVE IT!
2. NO MORE LONG YOGA ROUTINES – If you’re like me, you love yoga but you hated the long boring yoga routine in the first P90X! The second version has been shortened to 65 minutes, which is a big relief!
3. YOU ONLY WORK OUT 5 DAYS A WEEK -I admit that 6 days a week (like the last version) was a bit much. So the creators changed it to 5 days which give you the weekend off to rest. This makes the program way more "doable!"
If you’re ready to take it up a notch an get the BEST body you can in 2012 then this could be how you do it!!! Use this fitness tips to spread the word to your friends about P90X2 or use the link below to buy your own copy now!