After doing the P90X workout two years ago, I was in the best shape of my life. I have since done the workout a few times over again, and have always been satisfied with the results. So when I heard that P90X2 was going to be released, I was obviously quite interested.
I bought the P90X2 workout system about 3 months ago. I didn’t start it immediately because I realized that I needed a few more things than were required in the original. Although you could complete P90X2 with just some resistance bands and a chin-up bar, I wanted to take it to the MAX by using all the recommended equipment.
Equipment You Will Need To Get The Most Out Of P90X2:
- chin-up bar (highly recommended)
- resistance bands or dumbbells (required)
- 2 medicine balls (recommended)
- 1 stability ball (recommended)
- push-up bars (optional)
- foam roller (optional)
Mind you, the majority of the exercises in P90X2 can be done with variations of this equipment. The above list is provided to give you the best results when using the program. The difference between doing regular push-ups and doing them while balanced on 4 medicine balls is obviously quite noticeable.
Is it crucial do buy medicine balls? Not really… but it does give you a much more intense workout.
How Does P90X2 compare to P90X?
While the original P90X used simple and effective methods that got me into great shape, P90X2’s routines that incorporated the additional gear pushed me much harder. I was already in good shape when I began the program, and when I was feeling the strain during the workouts I knew that it was working.
Another great addition is the dieting guide that comes included with the set. It is much more comprehensive than the original. Aside from the many healthy living options, there are a few new things as well, such as a vegetarian option (though Tony is no longer a vegetarian). I was pleased to note that the diet guide covers a lot of ground, from people that can/have the time to cook, to people on the go.
This program achieves what many others cannot. It builds functional strength and flexibility all over the body, gets the heart and lungs working effectively under exertion, builds up the body’s resistance to injury during work-outs, and lets you feel great all the way along.
Pros and Cons
While I was going through this program, I could see a few great things about P90X2, and a few things that I feel need to be said to anyone considering buying it.
- Very clearly the next “evolution” of P90X –> not just more of the same
- very physically demanding workouts
- based on years of new research (including new P.A.P. integration)
- detailed and versatile dieting guide
- requires a bit more equipment than original if you want to follow program to its maximum potential
- Tony is very talkative (which is nothing new, but some people don’t like it)
- may push out outside your normal workout comfort zone
Everything that I have gone through so far has told me that P90X2 is just as solid, if not more, than the original P90X. The added gear that is needed for the program is not a scam to get you out there to buy things that you don’t need or that wont help you. Every piece of equipment that is featured there is meant to help push the limits of your body and give you the best results possible if you choose to buy it.
HOWEVER, this program is for people that want to work hard to achieve their results. It will pay off in two or three months down the road, but only if you push yourself every workout and only if you FOLLOW the nutritional guide. This latter point is important, because any athlete will tell you that the key to top physical performance is a good diet.
Ultimately, summer is just around the corner, and if you want to show off a great body this summer, than P90X2 can do that for you if you’re willing to work hard 5-6 hours per week. In the grand scheme of things its not a huge time investment, but the pay-off can be huge if you’re willing to stick with it.
The sooner you get started with P90X2, the sooner you’ll start seeing results.
Where To Buy It
Right now BeachBody has a whole bunch of bonuses they’re throwing in for free if you buy it from them (they’re the official seller anyways). You can even get packaged deals where you get all the necessary equipment for a huge discount over buying it individually.
However, I have heard that many of these packages are being offered for a limited time only, while P90X2 is still relatively new.
And of course, if you’re not satisfied with it, you can return it anytime within 90 days for a FULL REFUND. If you’re still on the fence about buying this program or are not convinced it will work, at least try it for 90 days, and if you don’t see the results, just return it to get your money back.