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P90X 2 – Foundation Review

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It is time for my P90X2 review! P90X2 is HERE and it’s taken P90X to the next level! This program has been highly anticipated by the hundreds of thousands of crazy P90X lovers like myself!  I recently finished my first round of the X2 with a challenge group of over 600 people on facebook.  Looking to join a fitness group CLICK HERE for more details.

Overview of the Program – P90X2 Review – Foundation

I wanted to give you a basic overview of the program starting with the foundation phase.  

For starters like P90X,  the P90X 2 workout schedule is 90 days long and has been designed to build off the original P90X workout.  It incorporates the same concept of muscle confusion where you are doing a variety of different exercises.  Similar to P90X, the P90X2 schedule is always changing to keep you from hitting a plateau or get bored like you will with traditional fitness programs. It was also created to take your health and fitness to a whole new level by increasing your strength, balance, agility, core, and athleticism (with a huge emphasis on core and balance).

P90X2 was developed by Tony Horton in conjunction with other professional sports trainers and will most definitely give you incredible results just like P90X.

P90X2 Daily Schedule:

Phase 1: FOUNDATION (3-6 weeks)

Day 1:  X2 Core
Day 2:  Plyocide
Day 3:  Rest of X2 Recovery + Mobility
Day 4:  X2 Total Body & X2 Ab Ripper
Day 5:  X2 Yoga
Day 6:  X2 Balance + Power
Day 7:  Rest of X2 Recovery + Mobility

Phase 2: STRENGTH (3-6 weeks)
Day 1:  Chest + Back + Balance & X2 Ab Ripper
Day 2:  Plyocide
Day 3:  Rest of X2 Recovery + Mobility
Day 4:  X2 Shoulders + Arms & X2 Ab Ripper
Day 5:  X2 Yoga
Day 6:  X2 Base + Back & X2 Ab Ripper
Day 7:  Rest of X2 Recovery + Mobility
V Sculpt & X2 Ab Ripper switch in Day 1
X2 Chest + Shoulder + Tris & X2 Ab Ripper switch in Day 4

Phase 3: PERFORMANCE (3-4 weeks)
Day 1:  P.A.P. Lower
Day 2:  P.A.P. Upper
Day 3:  X2 Yoga
Day 4:  Rest of X2 Recovery + Mobility
Day 5:  P.A.P. Lower
Day 6:  P.A.P. Upper
Day 7:  Rest of X2 Recovery + Mobility

Recovery Week (to be done when needed)
Day 1:  Rest of X2 Recovery + Mobility
Day 2:  X2 Yoga
Day 3:  Rest of X2 Recovery + Mobility
Day 4:  X2 Yoga
Day 5:  Rest of X2 Recovery + Mobility
Day 6:  X2 Yoga
Day 7:  Rest of X2 Recovery + Mobility

 Lengths of the DVDs:

X2 CORE 56:54
X2 YOGA 68:07
BASE + BACK 56:26
P.A.P. LOWER 62:56
P.A.P. UPPER 53:06
V SCULPT 54:18
X2 AB RIPPER 17:27

3 Phases Of P90X2

P90X2 Phases

P90X2 Phases

The P90X2 workout program comes with 12 workouts (you get 2 extra P90X2 workouts with the Ultimate and Deluxe packages) and is broken up into 3 phases just like P90X.  Here is a breakdown of the phases and the suggested time frame.

  • Phase 1 – Foundation, 3-5 weeks
  • Phase 2 – Strength, 3-6 weeks
  • Phase 3 – Performance, 3-4 weeks
  • Recovery Week


The first phase, Foundation is all about your core and balance.  During this phase you’ll be working to build a solid foundation to build on for the next two phases.  On the surface the Foundation Phase looks simple and I’ve heard many who thought about skipping it and going right to the strength phase.  I have to admit I thought the same thing, something like “This doesn’t give me the same pump as P90X”, little did I realize how important the foundation phase is to building overall strength and stamina.  Trust me, the foundation workouts in X2 are key to starting off right and building a solid foundation for what’s to come in the next two phases.

The Foundation Phase Workouts are as follows:

X2 Core – X2 Core will revolve around exercises that focus on your core while having you do moves that create a huge amount of instability (so that you get a better workout).

Plyocide – This workout is nothing like the original P90X Plyometrics.  When performing Plyometrics you will do 4 round with 4 exercises each round.  The first exercise is a balance move, the second an explosive move, the third a strength move and the fourth a core move.  Plyocide isn’t about just flailing or flapping your body around uncontrollably. It’s about connecting your mind with your body so that you’re able to increase your endurance, speed, and coordination.

X2 Recovery and Mobility – Since your body only grows stronger when it’s at rest this workout provides you with a complete stretching routine that involves a 40 minute session on the foam roller.  After this workout expect to get a better since of the phrase, “hurts so good”.   This is a great “recovery” day workout when you’ve pushed you body to new limits and you need your body to realign.

X2 Total Body – In this workout form is key because you will be using some old school isolation moves that will test you strength and balance.  Get the towel ready on this one!!  With moves like 1 Arm Chest Press, Switch Lunge Press and Mule Kick Burpees you’ll earn every rep of this one from head to toe.

X2 Yoga – This is shorter verson (60 minutes) of Yoga X2 style.  Some of the moves are similar to Yoga X from P90X but at a much faster pace.  You will still get the benefits of relaxing the body and restoring the mind but with an increased emphasis on isometric power, improved range of motion, and building stability.

Balance and Power – The X2 Balance & Power workout will force you to work on your balance and will have a ton of strength moves, and exercises with explosive movements.  This workout takes X2 Core to another level by using your core in strength and explosive movements.  When I first saw this workout I thought it looked easy.  WRONG!!  This is a balance and strength workout like you’ve never seen before.

Here’s a very quick preview of the X2 Core workout-


Preview of X2 Total Body

I feel like each time I do the routine I am getting a little better and getting more and more out of the workout.  This workout is totally different from anything I have ever done.  Many of the exercises feel very different and expose my weaknesses.  But I love the challenge! This is just the type of workout that I need right now to keep me motivated and interested.  It is certainly not easy, but I love a good challenge and I will continue to work on my weaknesses.  And who wants easy anyway?

If you have mastered P90X and you are looking for a new challenge, then you have come to the right place.  To learn more about P90X2 or find out if P90X2 is right for you, just leave a comment below or sign up to have me as your Free Team Beachbody Coach.  If you are ready to buy P90X2 for yourself, then CLICK HERE to buy P90 X2 and try it for yourself.


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