P90X 2 is a workout program endorsed by the Beachbody franchise. It is a 90-day program meant to burn fat and sculpt the body, allowing each muscle group to enjoy ultimate definition.
It includes a variety of exercises including cardio, martial arts, plyometrics, and yoga. This program markets itself as having revolutionized home fitness due to its ability to train the body off-balance.
This home workout program organizes exercises according to muscle integration, which means that each exercise aims to engage every muscle group with each move. This throws the body a bit “off-balance”, forcing the muscles to interact consistently for the duration of the workout.
This home workout program was designed by Tony Horton. By the 1980s, Horton was a well-respected personal trainer for many celebrities and well-known personalities in Hollywood. He eventually met Carl Daikler of the Beachbody franchise.
Soon afterward, Horton designed the original P90X workout program which consolidated the best workouts he used with his clients. At its core, P90X aims to “work muscles from different directions and in different ways so that the body builds more tissue…”
P90X became a near instant success worldwide; with such success, Tony Horton created a follow-up program: P90X2. Tony Horton’s sequel to P90X requires a 90-day commitment for about an hour each day. Program participants recommend carving this hour out in the mornings; due to the intensity of the workouts, later afternoon or evening workouts can be difficult after working all day.
Unlike many other home workout programs, this one does require several pieces of workout equipment. While some individuals may have items such as a balance ball already, other items such as foam rollers and medicine balls will need to be purchased in order to follow the program and see the maximum results.
These items are essential to the workout’s philosophy of keeping the body off-balance to burn fat and sculpt muscle, however, so participants will need to purchase them with the program or find them at a local retailer if they don’t already own them.
P90X2 relies on focused instability throughout its exercise program. For example, the left arm may be balancing on the stability ball when the right arm lifts. This exercise forces the body to stabilize itself each and every time the weight is lifted. This engagement involves all the major muscle groups: legs, glutes, core, chest, and arms; such engagement burns calories and creates leaner, more sculpted muscles.
The P90X2 workout program offers three different kits to individuals looking to get fit: the base kit, the deluxe kit, and the ultimate kit. The Base Kit includes 13 workout DVDs, a fitness guide, a nutritional guide, and a comprehensive workout calendar. This kit will run an individual $120 plus $20 for shipping and handling. Free online support is touted as a bonus offer to help workout participants remain motivated and find support within the P90X2 community.
The Deluxe Kit includes everything in the base kit and adds 2 workouts, 1 foam roller, 1 stability ball, and 2 8 pound medicine balls. That’s 14 total workouts and the basic recommended workout equipment to maximize results. This kit runs $240 and $35 for shipping.
The Ultimate Kit includes every in the Base Kit as well as 2 additional workouts, a rumble roller (which is a more intense version of the Deluxe Kit’s foam roller), 1 stability ball, 2 8 pound medicine balls, and a set of Tony Horton’s trademarked Powerstands. This kit contains 15 total DVDs containing 14 workouts. It will run $330 and $40 for shipping. All three kits are available in DVD or Blue-ray format and can be purchased in English or Spanish versions.
Regardless of the kit you ultimately decide to invest in, the core 90-day workout plan is identical. The P90X2 workout plan divides the 90 days into 3 phases with a recovery week. Phase 1 focuses on building a foundation and takes 3-5 weeks. Next, phase 2 focuses on strength and lasts 3-6 weeks. Phase 3 focuses on performance and lasts 3-4 weeks.
Phase 3 is followed by a recovery week. Before beginning the program, however, participants are encouraged to watch the “How to Bring it Again” DVD which is basically a pep talk from the founder. Each daily workout is approximately on hour long; some might be 57 minutes while others are 68. Some targeted workouts, such as the “Ab Ripper” are 17 minutes.
P90X2 is not for the faint of heart; in fact, because this is a high-level intensity workout plan, its creator spends the first-month building foundational, or core strength, to prepare participants for what follows over the next two months. Therefore, individuals with medical limitations such as heart or joint issues should likely avoid this home workout program.
It’s always a good idea to consult with your doctor or health care professional to ensure that this intense workout program is a good fit. That being said, P90X2 is more intense and should be attempted by individuals who are already in moderate to an excellent physical condition.