Ah yes, P90X2. Where do I start? I do have to say first, though, that I absolutely LOVE THIS PROGRAM! I’ve been addicted to Beachbody programs ever since starting P90X back in 2008, and the new P90X2 program has quickly emerged as one of my favorites. Let me share my P90X2 review with you.
Review of P90X2
When I first started P90X, I really thought that it was a TOUGH workout, and it was, but as I got into better and better shape, the workouts became easier, and it got to the point during my 2nd round of P90X where I needed something more. I turned to a P90X Insanity hybrid workout since there was nothing else out at the time to really challenge me, but I kept getting excited because I heard rumors that a new P90X was coming out. I had no idea when that would be, but I kept patiently waiting. About a year later I finally got wind that P90X2 would be released in December of 2011. Not too long after that Beachbody held a tryout at the Dallas Leadership Event to be in the videos, and I was one of the small few selected! In January of the following year I flew out to Hollywood to be in the P90X2 Shoulders & Arms workout.
The actual P90X2 workout program was released later that year, and I was one of the first to order because I wanted to start it right away. What excited me the most about the program was how advanced the workouts were, and how it was more sports focused than the original. Being a former college baseball player and conditioning coach, I’m always looking for ways to improve my own and others’ athletic performance. P90X2 involves a LOT of core and balance training, but also works on explosiveness with jump training (plyometrics) and involves strength training as well using body weight and free weights. Many of the body weight exercises involve the use of a balance ball or medicine ball, really forcing you to engage your core muscles. For example, in the P90X2 Chest, Back, and Balance workout, you do an exercise where your feet are on a balance ball and you are doing diamond push-ups on a medicine ball. When I first did this exercise, I could barely stay balanced long enough to complete one rep, but after going through the 90 days, I was able to bust out between 12 and 15. The other body weight exercises are the pull-ups, and they are way more advanced and unique than the exercises done in the first PX90. For example, there is one exercise where you hold yourself in an “X” position and do the pull-ups, not allowing you to cheat by kipping. What’s great about all these is that they allow you to work on muscles that you have never worked before.
Hopefully you are enjoying reading my P90X2 review so far, and I do want to talk about some of the cardio workouts, especially Plyocide and X2 Core. Plyocide is crazy, period. Throughout much of the workout you are doing jump training exercises, like squat jumps, using a medicine ball, so not only are you getting in a great cardio workout, you are working your core and legs as well. The entire workout consists of 5 series of 4 exercises each with limited rest time in between. Next, let me talk about X2 core. This is such a unique workout because I’ve never done one like it before. Yes, you’re working your entire core in this workout, but you’re constantly moving and pushing yourself, causing it to sort of become a cardio workout as well. One of my favorite moves from the entire workout is where you are standing on one leg, have the other pinned to your ankle, have a medicine ball in your hands, and jump down, do a push-up, and then jump back up, all while only having one leg touch the ground the entire time. Another one is the Dreya rolls with a medicine ball, making it MUCH TOUGHER than the Dreya rolls we all have grown to love in P90X!
Hopefully my P90X2 review has been helpful, and when it all comes down to it, P90X2 is an AMAZING workout that has a balance of cardio and resistance training and an excellent diet plan. If you’re an athlete looking to take your skills to another level or just someone in great shape looking for a Challenge, P90X2 is definitely the way to go! If you have any questions about the program, feel free to reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.