After several years of anticipation, P90X2 is finally out and causing quite a stir amongst fitness enthusiasts. And if you’ve tried the original P90X, you will already know what this system is famous for. If you “bring it” all the way through the original program, you will gain stunning physical form and peak athletic capabilities.
But how does P90X2 compare to the original? Is it an effective fitness regiment?
This article will provide an in-depth P90X2 review so you can make an informed decision before buying the program. I will relate my personal experiences with the program and assess its overall effectiveness for burning fat and building muscle. Towards the end of my P90X2 review, I will provide you with further resources to make the most of your fitness goals with this extreme exercise routine.
How It Works
Like the original, P90X2 is a total body workout program. It includes instructional fitness DVDs, a workout schedule, and a special nutritional guide. Unlike many other fitness programs, P90X2 emphasizes that achieving success requires both a solid fitness regiment and an effective nutritional plan.
The great thing about the program, is that you can do all the exercises in the comfort of your own home (no expensive gym memberships). All you need to buy is a chin-up bar and resistance bands. There are other optional items you can buy as well (such as medicine balls, a foam roller, and push-up bars), but for the most part, the necessary monetary investment on equipment is less than $100.
The P90X2 Schedule
The whole program consists of three phases broken up over a 90 day period: foundation phase, strength phase, and performance phase.
The foundation phase is devoted to strengthening your core and preparing your body for the full-on body assault that will occur in the next two phases. After you've established a solid foundation, you start on the strength phase, which hones in on specific muscle groups and helps you build muscle density.
Finally, the performance phase is where it gets really fun. It integrates P.A.P. (Post Activation Potentiation) in the workouts for maximum physical performance (some P90X2 reviews provide great info on the importance of P.A.P.)
I have just started the third phase of the program and I have to say that so far P90X2 is just as good as the original, if not better. What I like about the sequel is that the foundation phase does a great job of easing you into the rest of the program. In the first one, the workout is extreme right from the start, which leaves you feeling sore all-over for the first few weeks.
But in the sequel, the exercises in the foundation phase are well-calibrated to both (a) give you a great workout and (b) set you up for big gains in phases 2 and 3.
Unlike the original, P90X2 schedules workouts 5 days a week and not 6. This gives you two days of rest in the week rather than one. Ultimately, I think this is better because rest days allow your body to recover and actually build muscle.
Also, this program does not have a dedicated cardio DVD. However, once you do the program you will see that this is not necessary because all the workouts integrate cardio anyways (especially Plyocide!).
Although I was not particularly chubby to begin with (since I already did P90X), 3 months into the sequel I am already seeing amazing results. My muscles have expanded in size and I feel at the top of my athletic performance.
The key, however, is to follow through with the program and keep working at it. Ultimately, if you follow the program exactly, you will achieve great results for the summer.
P90X2 is a well-respected program with proven results. However, due to its intense nature, it is not for everyone. You have to have the mindset to succeed and be willing to invest at least 1 hour per day on improving your fitness.
Additionally, you should ensure you follow the nutrition guide and remain up-to-date on how to maximize your fitness regime. One P90X2 review I came across provide invaluable information on how to make the most out of your workout routines (even if you have limited funds to invest).
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