P90X2: Phase 1 Review

I was anticipating P90X2from the moment I heard they were making it! The reason I am so passionate about P90X is because it’s the first workout program that gave me the results I always wanted as well as taught me how to live healthy. They say that the best workout is the one you’ll do. P90X is that for me!

If you’re a P90X fan, I hope this will help you decide whether or not you want to move on to P90X2. If you’re still looking to find that “soul mate” workout, and are interested in P90X or P90X2, perhaps this will encourage you to jump on board and try it out. Either way, here is my review of the first phase of P90X2!

For those of you have done P90X, you may be asking, “What is the difference between P90X and P90X2?” Watch this video from Tony Horton as he explains the differences:

The Equipment

You can do the workouts without a lot of this equipment, but here is what I would recommend you getting for your home gym for P90X2:

  • Push-up Bars
  • Pull-up Bar
  • Push-up Bars
  • Resistance Bands
  • Foam Roller
  • Medicine Balls
  • Yoga Mat
  • Dumbbells
  • Stability Ball

The Nutrition Plan

The nutrition plan is the most important part of getting results! It helps you figure out how many calories you need to consume a day, gives you 3 different plans to choose from: 1.) Fat Shredder 2.) Energy Booster 3.) Endurance Maximizer, Vegan and Gluten-free options, lists for you what foods and portions are acceptable, and includes several recipes for you to try!

If you’ve been trying to learn how to live healthy, the nutrition guide will teach you everything you need to know!

Phase 1 Workouts

In P90X2 Phase 1 you focus a lot on your foundation or your core. You are building a solid base and foundation to prepare you for Phase 2 and beyond. In the beginning of Phase 1, I started to get dissapointed, I didn’t think the workouts were as tough as P90X. However, by the end of week 3, I had changed my mind. Tony Horton says that with P90X the more you do the workouts, the harder they get. I’ve found that to be true in Phase 1. The more you focus on technique and form, the harder it gets!

Let’s talk about the workouts:

X2 Core

Out of all the workouts I’ve tried so far, X2 Core is my least favorite. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a great workout, but there are only 17 moves, and it leaves me wanting more! It’s a great introduction into Phase 1 and into P90x2.

X2 Plyocide

Plyocide is a great workout! However, after I did Insanity, I started doing a P90X-Insanity hybrid in which I replaced P90X Plyo workouts with an Insanity workout of my choice. I’ll be doing the same thing in P90X2. However, don’t let that fool you, Plyocide is a tough workout and will leave you in a puddle of your own sweat!

X2 Total Body

This was by far my favorite workout in Phase 1 of P90X! Crazy push-ups and pull-ups, shoulder presses while lunging and then while standing one one leg, tricep push backs on a balance ball and in warrior 3, and curls while in a lunge and in warrior 3! This one works ya!

X2 Yoga

X2 Yoga is everything P90X fans wanted! It’s only 1 hour and 5 minutes and it feels just as good when you’re done! Caution: Shorter does not mean easier. This gets intense for the first 40 minutes!

X2 Mobility and Recovery

The new X Stretch! This is where you get trained on the foam roller! I have to admit, when I first saw the foam rolling sequences in P90X2, I thought it was dumb. Then I got one. Now, I swear by it. I can’t wait until I get to spend 20 minutes on the roller! If you’ve never done foam rolling before, it feels a lot like a deep tissue massage, it hurts while you’re doing it, but you feel incredible after. This has been one of the highlights of P90X2 so far!

X2 Power and Balance

X2 Power and Balance is great! All 3 core workouts in Phase 1 remind me of Core Synergetics with new moves. If you liked Core Synergetics in P90X, you’ll love this!

X2 Ab Ripper!

X2 Ab Ripper is a great sequel to Ab Ripper X! 16 minutes of intense ab work! Some of the new moves are insane! You’ll hate it, but you’ll love it!

If you’re interested in P90X, P90X2, or Insanity, I would love to talk to you about that decision! I am a Beachbody coach and would love to become your coach! Send me an e-mail, or message me on Facebook or Twitter!


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