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“P90X2 Is Too Easy… And Boring”

“P90X2 is Easy” and “P90X2 is Boring” are a couple things I’ve heard as people have begun P90X2. I’m sure there’s some hype expectation built into that but I also believe the “not as intense” concerns are due to an obvious fact– P90X2 is not P90X. That said, if you’re a P90X grad, P90X2 isn’t going to be throwing you into the straightforward, “Mother of All…” intensity you may be used to. At least, not in Phase I.

And that’s the real kicker…P90X2 is definitely intense and challenging, but its training is a different kind of intense and challenging. So here’s where I’m going to be a little bold… Show me a person who thinks P90X2 is easy and I’ll show you someone not doing it right or taking shortcuts. And while those sound negative, I don’t really think anyone is doing them on purpose.

Steve Edwards is my go-to guy for Beachbody training insight and he recently posted an explanatory gem that says it as well (and better) than I ever could:

The X2 workouts are hard in a unique way. My favorite quote about the program, so far, has been “as I get better at the workouts they just get harder.” Conversely a complaint was that they were too slow. P90X2 is not step aerobics. It’s not simply about moving or getting your heart rate up. It’s about winning each encounter with something that’s going to challenge you. Once your body adapts to the subtleties of each movement you then add weight, or speed, or height or range of motion.

P90X2 isn’t necessarily about building your body like P90X was. There’s no doubt it will and CAN do that but it’s not the singular component, which is what makes it so much better than anything out there right now. It’s also about making you athletic and allowing you to perform better. It’s taking the glamor muscles and connecting them to their little brothers and sisters– the supporting players that don’t get the glory but lend, agility, power and speed to your well-oiled fitness machine.

Fact is, while bigger moves allow you to cheat a little, P90X2 demands focus, perfection and your utmost concentration:

If Plyocide isn’t hard then you didn’t jump high enough, far enough, fast enough or use enough control to hit every square, touch the ball with your foot each movement, etc. If PAP doesn’t hurt you simply aren’t giving it enough effort because I’ve seen some of the most athletic people on the planet literally begging for mercy during those complexes. You can’t say you’ve mastered X2 until you can do all the exercises in perfect form with the same weight you can use from a stable platform; and if you think that’s impossible then you’re starting to get the picture. There is room for improvement and winning each day is the essence of what P90X2 is about.

So, goal check time. Are you all in or are you hoping for a rerun of P90X? If you’re looking for P90X repeated, you’ve already got the program and a series of One on Ones that can blend the two. If you’re looking at next level performance, building on the fitness gift P90X gave you and using that fitness to catapult you new heights of real-world athleticism… dig in, focus and keep going. 

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  1. Alan Fowler says:

    Timely, excellent point. Good work.

  2. Carl J. says:

    Excellent article brother! I’m nearing the end of my first week of P90X2, and it’s kicking my butt. I love it.

    • Coach Dan V. says:

      Thanks, Brother Tough! The phased approach to X2 is the real deal. What’s your top 5 favorite “those kicked my butt” moves so far?

  3. Charles Nesbitt says:

    Great post. I’m a bit tired of all the “too easy” and “not hard enough” comments and complaints myself. What I realized with X2 is that the onus is really on us as the doers to “Bring It!”. In the original P90X, everything was kind of laid out for us. You worked hard to lift, pull, and push because you didn’t have a choice. Plyometrics and Core Synergistics were designed in away that you could get away with not working as hard yourself, because the workouts were just that damn hard. With X2, it’s up to us to push ourselves to the brink. I have to remind myself of that every time I push play. I have enjoyed every minute of X2 and have been trying hard to push myself to the max in order to get the most benefits from this program. If there ever was a time to “Bring It!” it’s now.

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