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Questions about P90X2
2/12/13 9:28 AM
I'm P90X and Insanity grad. I've also completed two rounds of a P90X/Insanity Hybrid. I'm really looking for a new program to take my body and my fitness to the next level.

Can anyone give me their opinion on X2? From what I've read its a lot of core and stability workouts, but I'm looking to build strength and some mass as well. I'm kinda torn between Asylum and X2. Any help with deciding would be appreciated.

Thanks!
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RE: Questions about P90X2
2/12/13 9:38 AM as a reply to KaiZhen.
I had a good time with X2. You are right, it is a very core-intensive set of exercises. X2 advertises itself as a program to develop elite athletes, and I would not be surprised to find it used by professional or college-level athletes to prepare for their sport.

Because it is still a *foundation* program like P90X, you will find it has a really nice Yoga routine, plyometrics, and stretching, as well as the basic strength training you would expect.

I'd like to ask you: Is there any reason why you would not want to look at an extreme strength-training routine, such as BodyBeast, as your next level up in intensity? If you haven't considered it, give BodyBeast a good look; you may find it brings you the challenge you desire.
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RE: Questions about P90X2
2/12/13 9:44 AM as a reply to Beware03.
Thanks for your inputs. I actually have tried Bodybeast and have the program at home. To be honest I found traditional weight lifting a bit boring and I didn't find it nearly as fun as P90X. I guess maybe because it doesn't have a whole lot of cardio and no plyometric workouts.
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RE: Questions about P90X2
2/12/13 9:56 AM as a reply to KaiZhen.
Yeah, that's a good point - not much in the way of traditional "cardio". But I haven't gotten through any of Sagi's routines without breaking out in a huge flop-sweat! LOL! It may not be "cardio", but I definitely engage my full cardio-vascular system to produce enough energy to get through a workout.

And I can understand the sense that lifting is "boring", which is why I try to get my son working out with me, or get a "virtual" workout buddy here at WOWY. The challenge of pushing the next heavier weight, of keeping up with Sagi, of taking the fitness test after 30 days and finding out you have doubled your push-ups and pull-ups and improved your heart-rate recovery - well, for me, that makes it not-boring at all.

But I'm glad to hear you have the Beast available, if you choose to work it. Whatever it takes - decide, commit, and succeed!
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RE: Questions about P90X2
2/12/13 11:36 AM as a reply to KaiZhen.
KaiZhen:
I'm P90X and Insanity grad. I've also completed two rounds of a P90X/Insanity Hybrid. I'm really looking for a new program to take my body and my fitness to the next level.

Can anyone give me their opinion on X2? From what I've read its a lot of core and stability workouts, but I'm looking to build strength and some mass as well. I'm kinda torn between Asylum and X2. Any help with deciding would be appreciated.

Thanks!


Hi KaiZhen,
If you’re looking to build strength and a bit of mass, then neither P90X2 nor Asylum will be of much benefit.
Asylum is 99% cardio, which will do little to build strength or muscle. P90X2 moves are done from unstable positions, activating your core muscles, but decreasing how much weight you can use. For example, in P90X and Body Beast, I could do lawnmowers with 90lb dumbbells. In P90X2, you do them while resting your free arm on a stability ball. My max weight on that was 30lbs.
It will be hard to build mass using light weight like that.
I have done all of these programs, many several times, and I would recommend either P90X, since you like variety, or Body Beast based on your stated goals..

Good luck with whatever you decide!
Joe
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RE: Questions about P90X2
2/13/13 7:21 AM as a reply to jmahoney2.
Thanks for your inputs Joe! Based on what I'm hearing and that I've already given Body Beast a try and wasn't too into it I might just give X2 a try. I think its more important to have fun and be engaged in the workout program I'm doing. I know if I get bored there is a high chance I'd just quite it. I've worked way to hard to get to where I am today and I don't want to go back to the old me.

Zhen-
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RE: Questions about P90X2
2/13/13 7:33 AM as a reply to KaiZhen.
KaiZhen:
Thanks for your inputs Joe! Based on what I'm hearing and that I've already given Body Beast a try and wasn't too into it I might just give X2 a try. I think its more important to have fun and be engaged in the workout program I'm doing. I know if I get bored there is a high chance I'd just quite it. I've worked way to hard to get to where I am today and I don't want to go back to the old me.

Zhen-


That's great KaiZhen! You won't get big on X2, but you will get VERY fit. Do you play any sports? This is a great program for getting ready for a season.
You may find some of the moves difficult at first because of all the balancing, but keep at it. You'll be suprised at how quickly you can master most of the moves. I say most because there's still some I struggle with.

Good luck!
I will send you a buddy request.

Joe
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RE: Questions about P90X2
2/17/13 8:59 AM as a reply to KaiZhen.
I LOVED X2. It did amazing things for my body strength and control. It's very challenging. And you can definitely build muscle with it, I know I did. It's not going to be like Body Beast, but as you've said Body Beast isn't for everyone.

P90X2 and Asylum are my main programs I've built tremendous strength doing those programs. If you look into Asylum volume 1 is definitely a lot lower on the strength building side, but volume 2 has a ton of AWESOME strength building in it. While I wouldn't recommend doing volume 2 without doing volume 1, volume 1 is only 30 days and with the strength training it does have you aren't going to lose much if any of what you already have.

X2 and Asylum can definitely take you to new levels of performance and athletic ability I know it sure did for me.
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RE: Questions about P90X2
2/18/13 8:24 AM as a reply to inShayniac.
Thanks for the inputs. I bought X2 and I've done X2 core, Plyocide so far. I was worried I may not like it in the beginning because I did not get that "pump" that I normally got from P90x. My balance and overall core strength is ok, but how long should I stay in the foundation phase?

I want to move onto the next two phases like ASAP because I miss that pump. Any suggestions? I know its only two days into the program, but so far I dont feel like I'm building a whole lot of muscle.
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RE: Questions about P90X2
2/18/13 8:26 AM as a reply to KaiZhen.
Do it for 3 weeks and move on. Total Body and Balance and Power will push you more. But the phase 2 and 3 workouts are definitely where the money is.
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RE: Questions about P90X2
2/19/13 4:32 AM as a reply to inShayniac.
Don't get locked in to when someone else thinks you should move on. Move on when YOU believe you should, when you believe you are ready. That's why they built flexability into the program.


Joe
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