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August 26, 2011

P90X2: What is it? How’s it Different?

P90X 2: Team BeachbodyOk boys and girls!!!!  P90X 2 is HERE!!!   So below is all the information about the program and how the game…has…changed!

Will P90X2 be Harder than P90X?

This is a tough question to answer.  I think it’ll be good for you to have done P90X and be decent at it.  But if you’re in good shape, then yes I think you could do this without having done P90X.  But if you’re new to fitness, then I would want to have a serious discussion with you before you attempted this workout, to prevent you from injuring yourself.

Anyone who’s done the P90X One on One’s…you’re golden!  Let’s rock and roll.  If you’ve done P90X and you’re bored with it…let’s rock and roll.

Muscle Confusion – Periodization

Periodization (or muscle confusion as it was called in P90X) is nothing new.  All sorts of athletes have been using this training method for years.  Most them had professional coaches who closely monitored their progress.  In recent years training plans have become readily available.  The problem with those plans, and a weakness of P90X, is that they are cookie cutter plans.  You frankly might not be ready to move from Phase I of P90X to Phase II of P90X, but there it is on the schedule – Recovery Week – Phase II.  P90X2 will change that by using flexible training periods.  We suggest you work with a Team Beachbody Coach to figure out how and when to switch phases.  And of course we’ll coach you for FREE.

Here are the Phases you’ll see in P90X2


P90X2 ProgramPhase I – Foundation:  3 to 5 Weeks

In Phase I of P90X2, the base training phase, you can expect to:

  • Move Better
  • Feel Better
  • Reduce Likelihood of Injury

This Phase is really about building up fitness in your stabilizing muscles.  I can tell you from working out with the P90X One on One’s, this has been HUGE in those workouts getting reday for the release of P90X2.  Since strengthening my stability muscles, I was able to rehab quicker from a baskeball injury I had in February as well as prevent further injury to my shoulders and knees when I get more physical under the basket, as I’m known to do.  I had my arm get tangled up several times and get pulled in awkard ways that would have normally been a bad situation, but because I work my stabilizers in my shoulders, they’re better prepared than some one who hasn’t.  P90X 2?s Foundation Phase is designed to level those types of things out and get you ready for Phase II.

Phase II – Strength: 3 to 6 Weeks

This is going to be hard…very hard.  In Phase II of P90X 2 you can expect to:

  • Get stronger through wider range of motion
  • Get more supple (be better at everything you do like basketball or any sport…sign me up)
  • Look good (as a 37 year old dad, I’ll keep my looks as long as I can)

P90X2 will combine strength and stability.  You’ll be doing push ups with your hands and feet on balls.  You’ll do levers, a brutal pull up maneuver (which I’m just now getting to where I can do them).  The stability ball will become your best friend.  Here’s an example of one of the workouts from the P90X One on One’s that can help you understand what we’re talking about and how your stabilization and performance can get crazy good.

Phase III – Performance: 3 to 4 Weeks

This is where things get fun.  This is the stuff that dreams are made of when it comes to an active lifestyle.  Since I’ve started with programs like the P90X One on One’s and Insanity the Asylum, my performance in all areas of my active lifestyle have improved.  In Phase III of P90X2 you can expect to:

  • Jump higher, run faster, improve athletically in anything you to and be more explosive
  • Start to fee like a kid again (this is my biggest one! I love looking and feeling younger)

It’s amazing what fitness will do for your attitude.  Get to Phase III of a program like P90X 2 and you’ll know what I’m talking about.  You really will fell like a kid again.

This is the Phase when the P90X2 workout employs P.A.P. or Post Activation Potential.  P.A.P. is fascinating.  P.A.P. only works in conditioned athletes only, so you don’t want to even attempt this type of workout until you’ve done the work in the other Phases or you could get hurt.  P.A.P. increases the production of muscle cell motor units adding explosive power.  P90X2 will have you doing a weighted resistance exercise prior to an explosive exercise.  That type of training results in amazing muscle growth. Beachbody knew this type of training would require some expert input, so they brought in Dr. Marcus Elliott of P3 (Peak Performance Project).  Dr. Elliott works with professional athletes and has them doing a lot of P.A.P. workouts.  He was the first to point out that this type of training is great, but the body needs to be conditioned in order to be able to perform at this level.

I’m so stoked about this stuff, after having a taste of the One on One workouts, I can’t wait.

The P90X2 Workouts

  • X2 Core
  • Plyocide
  • X2 Recovery and Mobility
  • X2 Total Body
  • X2 Yoga – an hour and five minutes of strength based Hatha flow
  • Balance + Power
  • Chest & Back and Balance
  • X2 Shoulders & Arms
  • Base & Back
  • PAP Lower
  • PAP Upper
  • X2 Ab Ripper
  • V Sculpt – Deluxe Pack
  • X2 Chest + Shoulders + Tris – Deluxe Pack

The P90X2 Nutrition Guide

This will be very similar to the P90X nutrition guide but like the rest of the program…broader and better.  The P90X2 Nutrition Guide will cater to vegans, vegetarians, pescitarians, paleo (yes) and an assortment of other nutritional theories.  Basically its going to be fully comprehensive nutrition for you, depending on how you want to eat.  We’re talking up to 27 diet guides in the P90X2 Nutrition Guide!

P90X2 Packages and Costs

P90X2 will be available on Blu-Ray, so the cost structure below, will include both the DVD and Blu-Ray prices.

P90X2 Base Package

This includes the workouts listed above, except the last two listed “Deluxe Pack”, the Nutrition Guide, a Workout Guide and a 90 day calendar.

  • DVD – $119.85
  • Blu-Ray – $149.85

P90X2 Deluxe Package

This pack includes everything in the Base Package, but adds the V Sculpt and X2 Chest + Shoulders + Tris workouts and a foam roller, two medicine balls, and a large stability ball.

  • DVD – $239.85
  • Blu-Ray – $299.85

The foam roller is going to incorporated into a couple of programs, but you’ll see it in the X2 Recovery and Mobility section in particular.  It helps iron out the kinks.  Alisha (my wife) and I have used a foam roller for the last year or so and we absolutely love it.  I have a lot of back tightness that it’s great with working out.

P90X2 Ultimate Package

The Ultimate Package gives you everything in the Deluxe Pack, except the foam roller, which is an upgraded model in the Ultimate Pack (see picture below).  The Ultimate Pack also adds a set of Tony Horton’s Power Stands to the party.  These are really good for pushups and shoulder moves like Pike Presses.  Some of my favorite equipment.

  • DVD – $299.85
  • Blu-Ray – $359.85

P90X2 Discounts

If you subscribed to the P90X One on One’s you’ll recieve 50% off of your order (not shabby right), but here’s some other ways to get more bang for your buck.

Ordering from NC Fit Club

To order it with us, just click HERE.

You’ll get a few extra things at the same cost if you order it from us rather than Beachbody.  Here’s what we are offering to our customers.

  • Free Coaching – If you want to sign up for the Beachbody Club membership, go right ahead, but we have never charged for our Coaching and we are not about to start now.  Get us assigned to you before you purchase, by CLICKING HERE.
  • Two Additional DVD’s – When you order from us, you’ll also receive two of Tony Horton’s One on One workouts on DVD.  The workouts are “4 Legs” and “Upper Body Balance”.  Both these workouts will fit well with what P90X2 is trying to accomplish in its various phases.  Please be sure we are assigned to you before you purchase in order to get this deal.
  • We will also send you a FREE P90X 2 canvas bag to take to the store with you as well as a P90X 2 keychain. P90X2 Order: Discounts

 If you have any other questions or want to reach out to us, feel free to CONTACT us today.


August 2, 2011

Pull Up Assistance Tool

 Here’s a great tool to help those of you who struggle with pull ups.  It’s normal to struggle when you first start, so as you gain upper body strength, use this very cool gadget to help you get there.






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