A few weeks ago I made the decision that I wanted to get into the best shape of my life before I head to Disney World in March. I’ve been in extremely good shape before, back when I finished my 2nd round of P90X, but with the introduction of Body Beast into my routine, I now feel that I can maintain the size I gained and get very lean at the same time. So after a while of thinking about it, I’ve come to the conclusion that I want to follow a Body Beast P90X2 hybrid workout. I’m not sure if it’s been done before, in fact, I don’t think it has, so I want to do it. Why a P90X2 Body Beast hybrid? I’ll share that below.
P90X2 was by far my favorite program before Body Beast came out, and no, it’s not because I’m in the Shoulders & Arms video. It’s because it’s very advanced and sports focused, and that appeals to me since I’m a former college baseball player. Anything that’s challenging and involves improving athletic performance, sign me up! If you don’t know what P90X2 is, it’s the so-called sequel to P90X (makes sense, right?), and like I mentioned above, it’s very sports focused. Many of the moves target the core and force you to stay balanced. For example, instead doing normal Arnold presses, you stand on one foot and alternate. If it sounds challenging, it is! Also, a lot of the exercises involve the use of medicine and balance balls, again, to focus on core strength and balance. There is another move where you put your legs on a balance ball and do Diamond push-ups on a medicine ball. Talk about tough, this is one that tops the list! Putting the resistance workouts to the side for a minute, the cardio workouts absolutely ROCK! Plyocide has to be my favorite, and it’s similar to P90X Plyometrics, but on steroids with some added tougher moves.
What about Body Beast? Body Beast is the new mass gaining program that was released by Beachbody this past summer. I went through 90 days of it and ended up gaining about 15 lbs in mass! I got MASSIVE! It quickly became my new favorite program because it reminded me of working out in the gym during college. However, Body Beast taught me the importance of things like giant and progressive sets and proper supplementation when it comes to gaining mass, things that I didn’t have a ton of knowledge on before. When I went through Body Beast, I literally became the strongest I had ever been before, even stronger than I was in college!
So here I am now, starting a P90X2 Body Beast hybrid program. Why? Because I want to increase my athletic performance, stay lean and flexible, but maintain the size that I put on going through Body Beast. It’s going to be tough to do, but I know I’ll be able to do it. The diet that I’m going to follow is going to be a Body Beast P90X2 hybrid combination, but only take in around 2,000 calories per day. It’s low, but it’s going to be important that I stick to right around that amount if I want to lean out. The key to maintaining the mass is going to be supplement timing. So what supplements am I going to take? I’m going to stick with my normal pre-workout supplements, E&E and the Body Beast Suma pills, and also take Shakeology for recovery and Sun Warrior brown rice protein as a snack during the day. I’m not going to take the Base Shake or Fuel Shot because I’m looking to lean out, not gain weight and mass. When am I going to take the supplements? The E&E and Suma pills about 25 minutes before the workout, the Shakeology directly following the workout (with organic peanut butter and a banana added), and the brown rice protein as a snack in between lunch and dinner. As far as the rest of my diet goes, I’m going to do my best to stay away from dairy and bread products. This is going to be VERY TOUGH on me because I love whole wheat bread and pasta, but I am going to try to keep gluten out of my diet for now. I will replace it with fruits, oats, and brown rice products.
What about the actual P90X2 Body Beast hybrid schedule? I’m planning on doing 1 cardio from P90X2, probably Plyocide, a week until the last few weeks where I will add in another. For some reason my body responds the best to resistance workouts, and when I do too much cardio I start to lose muscle mass. With the resistance workouts, I’m going to be combining P90X2 and Body Beast moves for each workout. For example, yesterday when I did my chest routine, I did 3 sets of 3 Body Beast moves and 2 sets of 3 of P90X2 moves on a balance and medicine balls. Today when I do Shoulders & Arms, I plan on doing the same. So it’s not that I’m alternating P90X2 and Body Beast workouts every day, but rather combining them.
I will definitely keep you updated on my progress and will be getting professional pictures taken in about a month in a half, so I will be posting those as well. If you have any questions about what I’m doing, feel free to reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you don’t have a Beachbody Coach yet and want me to coach you, just click here! If you already have a Team Beachbody account, email me and I can give you further instructions. Now it’s time to BRING IT and BEAST UP!