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The P90X2 Top 10 FAQ (And My Two Cents)

Last week Beachbody put out a “Top 10” Questions about P90X2 as answered by P90X/P90X2 program designer Steve Edwards. As you know, I hold the guy in high regard so when he talks, I’ll push it out there. The Top 10 covers quite a bit we’ve already touched on but with a bit more detail… so I’ve shortened some of the answers and added my two cents as addendum.

1.  So P90X2 is totally better than P90X, right?

Steve says:

“Not necessarily better, but it’s definitely evolved. P90X2 is an extension of P90X.”

Dan says: P90X2 takes an even more holistic approach to getting fit at home. What were periphery aspects of P90X now come front and center: stability, base training and more than just looking good– real world application of every move you’re doing.  I don’t know that it’s better– I’d just say it’s refined.

2.  Is it more Muscle Confusion?

Steve says:

“You betcha! If you thought your muscles were confused last time around, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet!”

Dan says: Muscle Confusion is a Beachbody/marketing-coined term but if you mean variety and movements that are unique and intended to mix it up without letting any single body part become complacent– P90X2 will deliver.

3.  Is P90X2 tougher than P90X?

Steve says:

“While P90X2 isn’t technically harder, it’s probably going to feel harder until you get used to it. And…it’s going to take you some time to adapt. During this adaptation period, it’s going to feel very difficult… When you take your X2 body back to another round of P90X, that program’s going to feel harder too, because you’ll be prepared to push yourself farther than ever before.”

Dan says: Thing about P90X is that it never gets easier. These programs are designed to make you push yourself indefinitely (with proper rest and recovery). Each time you improve, you can push further and build on your new strengths in ways that challenge you. After two years of doing the program, I can promise the resistance days never get easier. Now that P90X2 incorporates more balance moves– moves like balance ball pushups, etc.– P90X2 WILL feel tougher in that it’s using moves you may not have done. But as you know, awkward soon disappears.

4.  Is P90X2 still 6 days per week?

Steve says:

“No, it’s only 5, though we suggest active recovery on your rest days. The more intensely you work out, the less time you need to spend doing it. With more breakdown, you also need more rest. P90X2 has evolved to the point where less is more.”

Dan says: One of the complaints about P90X is that it’s intense exercise more often which could lead to injury. If you do the program right, I don’t think that’s as much a concern. Still, it’s nice to see the program scaled back and given some flexibility on that “sixth” day where you can get out and USE all this newfound power and strength by beating the pants of your friends on the court, field or trail.

5.  Will P90X2 have Lean and Doubles programs?

Steve says:

“Instead of giving you different program options, P90X2 gives you the option of increasing each phase long enough to get the most out of it. If you’re having trouble with your balance, you may decide to spend more time in Phase One. For bigger muscles, spend more time in Phase Two. Want to get faster, jump higher, or become more agile? Spend more time mastering Phase Three. You’ll definitely want to read the guidebook, because it provides ideas for how to tailor your training personally for you (and much more).”

Dan says: Honestly, I love this answer. I tend to feel Lean and Doubles were gimmicks and confused the program for people (IE- P90X Classic will get you lean– you don’t need the lean program to do it). I never recommend either as the Classic phase is the one that’s most holistic. Some crazy people do doubles and as far as I’m concerned, that leads to nothing more than burn-out and over-training– again, one of the criticisms of P90X in the first place. Keeping a single, more flexible program is AWESOME.

6.  I hear there’s no “Cardio” in P90X2… What THE!?

Steve says:

“Here’s a little secret: There was no true cardio in P90X, either. P90X used anaerobic interval training to improve your cardiovascular system, which although it’s technically cardio, it isn’t the public perception of cardio. While you won’t see any cardio in the title names, doing Plyocide or P.A.P. Lower will train your cardiovascular system as well as any cardio routine you’ve ever done.”

Dan says: You’ll sweat. Your heart rate will climb and you’ll get worked. Cardio as we know it is a means to a specific goal– whether that’s endurance or running, etc. Cardio isn’t the only way to fat loss– using your body and eating right is. Once that’s understood, getting there with heart-pumping, sweat-churning workouts that remain both fun and challenging kicks the pants off traditional cardio like treadmills and infinite jumping around.

7.  Medicine Balls, Stability balls… Will I need a bunch of new equipment?

Steve says:

“There’s a lot of new equipment for P90X2, and you’ll eventually want to own all of it. But the cool thing is that we’ve created an option that can be done with nothing but a few exercise bands and furniture found in any hotel room. This “hotel room” option virtually eliminates excuses for not working out.”

Dan says: Though the packages cost a bit more up front, P90x2 is making an attempt to get you the equipment right out of the gate. If you’ve been in athletics OR have been doing P90X or its 1 on 1s over the last few years, you probably already have most of it. And you’ll never NEED it all. Two years later, I still don’t have a Yoga mat. I don’t plan on ever owning one, either.

8.  So What IS the equipment list? 

Steve says:

“Here’s a list of the equipment needed… Did I say “needed”? It’s not, really. Besides the hotel room option, we also do most movements in a variety of ways to make it easy to add equipment as you can afford it. Here’s a prioritized list:”

  • Bands and/or weights: You need some form of resistance.
  • Pull-up bar: Just like P90X.
  • Yoga mat: You must have one of these by now, right?
  • Stability ball: We highly recommend this, because the benefits outweigh the cost many times over…and over.
  • Foam roller: You may not have heard of this before, but don’t be surprised if it changes your life.
  • Push-up stands: You know ‘em. You love ‘em. How come you don’t already have them?
  • Medicine balls: Mainly used for balance, so easily replaced with substitutes (basketballs, etc.) if need be, though once you’ve used the real thing you’ll wonder why you ever waited to buy them.
  • Pull-up assist: While highly optional (we got away with chairs all these years), the pull-up assist will not only improve your ability to finish all your reps, it’ll greatly improve both your form and exercise efficiency.
  • Yoga blocks: If you need these, you probably have them already.

Dan says: I touched base on this in an earlier post but I picked up medicine balls earlier this year and love them. They’re great for added resistance in P90X moves and will be a staple for the balance moves in P90X2. Don’t let the list overwhelm you. Just pick things up as you go and before you know it you’ll be very well equipped.

9.  What’s this foam rolling stuff?

Steve says:

“It’s a form of self-massage that forces your muscles to lengthen and align properly. Used regularly, it’ll increase your mobility and range of motion and actually help you get stronger, because it frees your muscles to work the way they’re supposed to.”

Dan says: My Lady-Friend has used a foam roller for years and it’s a pretty standard tool in rehab and sports recovery. All I can say is that while it works, it’s not necessarily comfortable either. Then again, neither is getting knots worked out through massage– but we pay to do that, too because, well… it fixes us. This simple tool yields amazing results and I’m all kinds of excited it’s in this program.

10.  How has the diet plan changed?

Steve says:

“For P90X2, the diet has evolved along with the exercise plan. Not that there was anything wrong with the old one, but we’ve been listening to your suggestions and we’ve revamped the diet guide to give you more options on what to eat, how to increase effectiveness, and how to simplify the entire eating process.”

Dan says: Nutrition is one of the more “difficult” parts of P90X and while the program gives you a very good ballpark figure and understanding you do have to tackle, read and understand it. It’s not hard– it’s just easy to overthink. Of course, once you understand the micronutrient principle, it’s super easy. P90X2’s nutrition guide will be more detailed AND flexible.. allowing you to hit up MANY nutritional avenues to meet your goals. Steve will be going into more detail very soon about this angle and I’ll bring it straight to you.

Oh, and if you haven’t Pre-Ordered P90X2…

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  1. Karen says:

    Can’t wait! Great info on P90X2

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