I just completed a round of P90X2® this past week. So, I thought P90X was my favorite program. Then Asylum® came out. Then came P90X2®. Which is my favorite? Yes. Beachbody® continues to put out some great fitness programs and P90X2 is no exception. I was coming off of a shoulder injury that I rehabilitated with a very modified round of P90X. I have to confess that I gained a little weight while on my routine of limited mobility. P90X2 got me back in shape, looking good, and feeling good. I put together a top 10 list of my favorite things about the exercise program.
Top 10 Things I Like about P90X2
1. 4 Ball Push-ups – This involves balancing on 4 medicine balls (one under each hand and foot), which is a task in itself, and then doing pushups.
2. Scorpion – I have lower back issues so this exercise that warms up the lower back was awesome for me. With scorpion you lay down on the floor, stomach facing down, and then lift one leg at a time while curling your knee and twisting. Awesome warm-up element.
3. Burpee Variety – Throughout P90X2 there are several burpee exercises. Burpees are always fun; burpees using medicine balls, a stability ball, and adding shoulder stands to the mix is even more fun!
4. Warrior 3 (with weights!) – Take one of my most difficult yoga poses and add weights to it – thanks Tony Horton! These exercises really worked muscle groups in an entirely different way that I had previously done in the past.
5. P.A.P. Sequences – P.A.P. stands for post activation potentiation. I had to watch one of these videos just to see what it was before I tried it. I saw it and kind of thought, “No big deal.” Oh, then I did the workout. The exercises are not extremely difficult, but the sequences they are in make these workouts an ultra-sweaty good time.
6. Jack in the Box Knee Tucks – squatting way down and jumping way up.
7. N.I.S. – Neuro-integrated stretching. Bending and stretching to places your mind didn’t think you could go.
8. Training Block Variety – X2 Yoga and the recovery workout are the only two that remain the same for the training period. Otherwise, the workouts focus on different areas of fitness between the 3 training blocks.
9. Foam Rolling – If you do not own a foam roller, do yourself a favor and go get one. You’re welcome.
10. Fun – As in FUN workouts and FUNctional fitness. The workouts in P90X2 provide a very unique type of training that you won’t find very many other places. I looked forward to pressing play every day.
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