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P90X2’s Other Big Deal: Stability Training

So we know P90X2’s “crown jewel” is PAP… but P90X2 is definitely about more than Post-Activation Potentiation. P90X2 also has a focus on “real-life” enhancing balance– something missing in traditional “physique” training. It’s also something that enables P90X2 to give more real-world fitness results than simply having sculpted muscles. You’ll actually be able to use your newly/further developed muscle with coordination and without easy injury.

As P90X2 program developer Steve Edwards notes:

The first [P90x2] training phase is about your foundation, as in your base, or more specifically your attachment to the ground. What we mean here is not just your legs but your entire kinetic chain [Dan note: the way your body uses various parts in sequence to move]. There’s a saying that goes, “You can’t shoot a cannon from a canoe” that relates to your base, meaning that if it’s not solid, you’re going to wobble like the visual this saying evokes when you attempt to do anything explosive. The goal of the Foundation phase is to help you create a solid attachment to the earth so you do all other movements without compromising your form. When this happens, you’ll look better, feel better, perform better, and be much more resistant to injuries.

What I love is Steve’s reference to “shooting a cannon out of a canoe”– the fact that all the strength in the world doesn’t matter if you’re unstable/weak around the edges. You “fire too hard” and you’re going for a quick head over heels visit to “Davy Jones’ Locker”. In the real world, that means strains and tears and “I think I did something to my [fill in the blank]”. To put a point on that, I’ve seen dudes pop their arm out of socket doing things as simple as swinging a baseball bat– power is simply power and without the strength of supporting players, it doesn’t necessarily mean better function.

The P90X2 Answer

Stability Training. Instead of using the a “four on the floor” chair or the most stable platform of all–the ground–you’re going to be balancing on both “roll-ey” medicine balls and big bouncy stability balls– often together. You’ll be doing curls while standing on one foot and pushups while wobbling and elevated off the floor. These moves are more than simple torture– they’re bringing in smaller stabilization muscles– the muscles that are often “picked  last” on the workout playground by the bigger glamor groups.

As the saying goes, you’re only as strong as your weakest link. Building the big muscles while ignoring the little leads to “imbalance”– in that the bigger muscles try to do the smaller muscles work which leads to a overuse and strain in that kinetic chain– the proper way your body moves and works most efficiently. P90X2 plans on an all-inclusive strategy of making those smaller muscles “the cool kids” while still beefing up the big boys. How’s that for love?

Stability Isn’t A Gimmick– It’s Your Secret Weapon

While it’s true every new workout program has to have some new “angle” to sell or it’s simply another “knock-off”, P90X2 is approaching this for application in not only sports but the real world. This is SCIENCE, my friends!

A recent article by (you guessed it) Steve Edwards brings to light the importance of incorporating stability training:

A few sports scientist friends, trying to answer the riddle as to why bigger, stronger and faster-than-ever-before athletes are also most injured in history found that most—in some cases as high as 90%–showed significant muscular imbalance.  When we’re out of balance don’t move with biomechanical efficiency and our linear movements don’t “track” correctly. When this occurs an injury can happen anywhere along the body’s kinetic (movement) chain… In populations where these imbalances have been correct they’ve seen non-contact injury rates plummet.

Cool thing is when you complete P90x2, you’ll be part of that reduced injury population.

Pre-Order P90X2 right here and claim your free shipping and two free DVDs (the DVDs you won’t get ordering anywhere else). In the mean time, you can try your hand at stability training by sampling the stability “Chest, Back and Balls” (I know, I know…)  from the P90X 1 on 1 Series right here.

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3 Comments : Leave a Reply

  1. Jim says:

    If anyone has had a history of injury like I have they should be excited about this program. I’m one of those that tends to be injured because of strength imbalances. this may be the solution that people like myself have been looking for.

  2. jstnthrguy says:

    I had a neighbor who made videos using the stability ball as his only source to get stronger yet more fit. I bought the videos because I knew he was on to something. Low n behold, now stability balls are ‘main stream.’ So are the foam rollers, which I purchased a cupla years back. Makes me think I was ahead of my time LOL And Dan, thanks for the useful information you put out here. It’s appreciated. Cheers


    • Coach Dan V. says:

      Thanks, John! And that’s funny– I’m in the same boat. We’ve had stability balls and foam rollers lying around the “dungeon” for a few years. They do what they promise, that’s for sure. So you’re all set for P90X2, then?

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