Ok, realize these are not Beachbody’s official F.A.Q.’s on P90X2, nor are they meant to be. And I could be 100% wrong on some of these, but based on what I’ve read, what I have heard from Tony Horton, Steve Edwards, etc, these are some high level questions and answers to P90X2 based on some things I have had asked of me.
1. Who is p90X2 geared for? Who should buy it?
P90X2 is geared towards improving athletic performance, overall fitness, stability in trouble spots, improving strength, coordination, etc. In other words, it is for anyone who wants to simply improve. The caveat to that is this: Unlike P90X, this is not recommended to do without some type of fitness base.
2. What is the difference between P90X2 and P90X?
P90X was based on muscle confusion…in other words, it was based on the variety of the workouts to help your muscles continue to grow and be challenged.
P90X2 is not much different from that, but it is not based on the same principles. Where P90X2 differs is that it focuses on building fundamentals, then strength, then performance. In phase 1 of X2, you will focus on the foundation: Working in improving on weak spots by using motions geared towards improving performance and stability of your joints as well as large muscle groups (where phase 1 of P90X was just one set of workouts focused on overall fitness, X2 is working towards making improvements to how your body performs).
3. What equipment do I need for P90X2?
P90X2 is a lot like P90X: The main thing needed that you cannot find around your house is a set of resistance bands, some way to make these mimick pull-ups, and some time.
Optionally, a pull-up bar, a pull-up assist if needed, a foam roller, medicine balls, a stability ball, push-up stands, yoga mat, yoga blocks, etc, could all be useful. The P90X2 Ultimate Kit has most of this included.
4. Will I lose weight on P90X2 like I did P90X?
Weight loss has less to do with exercise than it does good nutrition. If you have great discipline with your nutrition, you’ll lose weight on P90X2. However, it should be noted again that your goal with P90X2 is not to lose 50+ pounds.
5. What is the difference between P90X2 and Asylum, if both are based on athletic performance?
Having done Asylum (minus the last few days due to my shoulders), I can tell you that nothing compares with the difficulty of Asylum. That program is meant to challenge you to exhaustion and push beyond limitations. It’s focus is on agility and strength combined in a high paced workout.
P90X2 is geared towards improving the motions of your body in general.
I like how Steve Edwards put it: If P90X2 is the practice for the game, Asylum is the game. Both are great to prepare you for any athletic event or just improving performance.
6. I have a bad back/shoulders/hips/knees. Is P90X2 right for me?
I had an old high school football coach that said this: You can play through pain, don’t play through an injury though. What does this mean? It means if you are really injured, go see a doctor. In fact, if you even think you may have a lingering injury, go see a doctor before doing P90X2.
But, if it is a matter of a weakness and not an injury, P90X2 can help you improve that weakness or instability.