P90X2 Pros and Cons | An Unbiased User Review

We asked a group of P90X2 users to give us their honest impressions of this highly anticipated new home fitness program, released last month by Beachbody.

While most reviews were decidedly positive, there were a minority of users who felt the program falls a bit short of expectations, when compared to the original P90X. Here’s one user’s candid opinions (more to come):

The program is designed to push past previous limits, ensuring maximum results. It definitely accomplishes this goal and incorporates more muscle confusion into the workouts.

The five day schedule compared to six for P90X is preferable. The 90 day workout schedule is ideal for getting the most out of the program.

The twelve workouts all fall into one or more of three different training phases. Each phase has a unique focus, and all three work together to give incredible results.

I liked the fact that there was an emphasis on balance — there were a lot of tough exercises that I hated doing but knew I was working parts of my body that I would otherwise neglect.

Looking forward to getting more into PAP (Post-Activation Potentiation).

I loved P90X because it was so simple — a set of dumbbells and a chinup bar and some hard work. I choose to work out at home because it’s convenient. I don’t want to build a complete gym in my home.

I was disappointed that the warm up is the same for all workouts. It is a definitely a good and effective routine, but it seems lazy on the part of Beachbody to not vary the warm up with each workout.

There seemed to be a greater emphasis on advertising and selling additional products than P90X, even the workout sheets were filled with ads. I’m all for companies that provide a superior product making money, but this overkill left a bad taste in my mouth and in the future I don’t know if I’ll jump on board for a pre-order without hearing from others first.

P90X2 is an excellent home fitness program that provides some needed variation for those who are tired of the original P90X workouts. Overall, I’m not convinced that P90X2 is far superior to P90X but the inclusion of the balance routines will definitively be a bonus to the overall fitness of anyone following the program.

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  2. Billy Stone says:

    Finally, an unbiased review. I will come back to your site whenever I need info on a Beachbody product.

  3. Can someone please show me where in the research it says that muscles need to be “confused” to adapt? Then this post says that there is a “greater emphasis on advertising and selling additional products.” The major premise is marketing and creating a buzz. Don’t get me wrong, there are good things to this product too. It has gotten many individuals up off the couch who otherwise would still be there. Thanks for the post. I was curious as to what was to be expected from the “new version.”

  4. Steve says:

    It’s just a theory that makes sense intuitively — muscle building and strength gain can plateau if the same routines are used repeatedly throughout a workout program.

    Compared to P90X, P90X2 ups the intensity, uses additional equipment, limits you to five workout days per week instead of six, and comes with a much improved nutrition guide. Read more about P90X2 here

  5. Diane Lopez says:

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  6. Frederick says:

    Strength training is great for your muscles and for the whole body. To provide enough nutrients for active workouts I am taking Navy Seal Formula manufactured by MGNutritionals. I was always opposed to all kinds of chemicals, but this supplement contains natural compounds, like siberian ginseng extract and caffeine. Never expected that supplement would provide such a tangible result, but for me it works perfect.

  7. The Nutrition Plan Following the P90X nutrition plan is just as vital to your overall success as any of the extreme workouts in this program. Specifically designed to work in tandem with the P90X workout routines, this three-phase eating plan recommends the perfect combination of foods to satisfy your body’s energy needs every step of the way. P90X is not about quick fixes or miracle diets. It’s about selecting the healthy foods that you want to eat, and determining the portion amounts that will provide your body with the right amount of fuel to excel during exercise. The P90X nutrition plan offers three phases. Phase 1 is the Fat Shredder, a high-protein-based diet designed to help you strengthen your muscles while simultaneously and rapidly shedding fat from your body. Phase 2 is the Energy Booster, a balanced mix of carbohydrates and proteins with a lower amount of fat to achieve additional energy for performance. And Phase 3 is the Endurance Maximizer, an athletic diet of complex carbohydrates, lean proteins, and lower fat, with the emphasis on more carbohydrates. You’ll need this combination of foods as fuel to get the most out of your final few weeks and truly be in the best shape of your life.

  8. Thank you for the comment Lisa. They are good programs when it comes to eliminating boredom. They have different workouts for every day of the week so it stays pretty fresh.

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