P90x2 Foundation Phase- My Review

Beachbody does a great job of 3 things:

1)  Putting out programs that work
2)  Delivering results
3)  Adapting to changes in fitness

The Evolution of Exercise

 

Fitness goals and trends are always changing.  In the 80’s, everyone wanted to be Mr. Olympia–spending hours in gym making loud grunt noises so the whole gym knew they were maxing out.

In the 90’s, people wanted quick fixes that didn’t take a lot of time–a lot less heavy lifting and a lot more cardio.   All sorts of new machines came onto the scene: Stairmaster, Versaclimber, Nordic Track–people loved to simulate real life events on machines.

And how about now?  The new standard (not a trend) is functional fitness.

Lean, mean, performance machines.

I define functional fitness as:  putting your body in best position possible to excel in both athletics and day to day activities while preventing injury and obtaining desirable results.

It doesn’t make sense to bench press 300 lbs and not have the flexibility to swing a golf club or raise up your arms high enough to shoot a basketball.

Fitness evolves so rapidly and so has the way to go about getting functional results (even since P90x).

Movements in day to day life (as well as in sports) require a coordination of multiple body parts moving and grooving at once– so shouldn’t we train this way too?

This guy is not ripped, but will tear you up!

So P90x2 strives to make us all functional and in the process make us strong, athletic and ripped.

A lot of people focus on what they look like in the mirror rather than what tasks their bodies can perform.

Have you ever noticed that all NFL linemen have large guts, but they could crush 90% of the world population in a sprint or flexibility contest.  It’s not about image, it’s about performance for your given task.

The Foundation Phase of P90x2 works on the core and often tests your limits of how many movements you can do at one time and how many different muscles you can engage simultaneously.

It’s not easy at first.  The first week the workouts seemed a bit “soft” because I spent most of my time learning new movements and struggling to coordinate my body.

With the mastery of these new movements came a whole new sense of pushing it and working out.  No, my isolated muscle groups have yet to show the fatigue of P90x Chest and Back, but then again, the P90x2 workouts leave me toppled over to the point that not ONE muscle in my body can do another rep.

Burning 800-1000 calories per hour with no cardio seems like a good workout to me.  Add a Strength Phase and a Performance Phase and both the visual and functional results will be there in 90 days!

If you are totally out of shape, this is not the program for you.

If you want instant visual Infomercial results in 30 days, this probably isn’t the program for you–stick with P90x.

If you want amazing 90 day results and want to be able to dunk a basketball again or beat your kid in a lap around the track–P90x2 is for you.

The Foundation Phase of P90x2 tests your balance, your coordination, your core strength, your mobility, your stamina and your overall level of fitness.  The more you improve in all these areas, the better you can perform and the harder the workouts become.

Again, let’s not compare this to P90x–it’s something totally new and is using the latest movements to reach maximum functional athleticism.

Bring on the Strength Phase!

P90x2 “the next Jordan”?

Me dunking 60 days into Asylum--hope to 360 at the end of P90x2

There is a lot of talk that P90x2 does not live up to the hype and is inferior to the legendary P90x.

Having graduated P90x (2 times), Insanity and 90 days in the Asylum–I am here to say that P90x2  ‘kicks the pants’ off its original offering–if, and I mean if, you are interested in an overall increase in athleticism.

Is that to say P90x still isn’t awesome?  Not at all.

 

The two programs are totally different and it all depends on what you are looking to get out of your workouts.  Most people starting P90x2 are in much better shape than when they started P90x and as we all know, P90x set the bar very high for workouts and results throughout the fitness world.

 

It’s easy to make quick judgements about P90x2 because the only comparison most people have is to P90x.  I think all graduates of P90x can remember how hard Plyo Push-Ups were the first time Tony convinced us to get airborne, and now we can do them in our sleep.

 

People want to see instant results:  drop in weight, muscles showing, body fat lowering and incredible before and after videos.  Tony Horton and Beachbody put together such an incredible program that anything coming after P90x is seen as “the next Jordan” that doesn’t live up to the hype.  P90x produces incredible results time and time again.

Fast forward 7 years later and what we now have is something completely different.  It’s like trying to compare Wilt and Shaq, you just can’t do it because they played in different eras, against different caliber players and basketball evolved and is still evolving.

That’s like trying to compare P90x to P90x2–both will dominate the eras that they played in and one is a result of  of the other.  Without P90x laying the groundwork, P90x2 would be a pigment of our imaginations.

Now, do you want to become an exceptional athlete?    Take your fitness to the next level?  Enter P90x2.

 

I haven’t done the full 90 days so I don’t know if the visual transformation of this program will compete with that of P90x, but I do know, having completed all the workouts, I will be an athletic freak (as much as I can be at 33 years old) when all is said and done.

After years of playing athletics at the highest levels possible, I know that it takes time to see long lasting results and this is where P90x2 will lead you.

Phase 1:  Foundation –  You have to crawl before you run
Phase 2:  Strength – Get those muscles ready for the change
Phase 3:  Performance – This is where the magic happens, muscles firing on all cylinders

So maybe there won’t be another Jordan, just like there will not be another P90x.  But as the game evolves, we see players like LeBron James that take the game to another level and do things that a 6-8, 260 lb player could not do in Jordan’s era and this is what P90x2 is–an evolution of an at home workout that has changed millions of lives.

Can’t wait to show my results and X2 Crew, let’s get it done!

 

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