In this P90X2 review, it’s all about CORE ENGAGEMENT. That’s not the name of the workout, but X2 Balance + Power is a monster workout for your core. You have some core exercises, meant to target your core, but then… add in many, many additional moves that are designed in such a way that you must engage your core, to maintain your balance and perform the move correctly. Tony Horton states very early in the workout, FORM IS KING. With that being said, I encourage everyone to maintain form first, then go for reps. Maintain form first, then add weight. If that’s somewhat confusing, let me rephrase a bit. You’ll perform some exercises, where Tony says, 16 reps. There were some moves, that my form started to suffer, but I was not yet at 16 reps. I decided that since form is king…. I did as many as I could with good form, then I used my P90X2 Worksheets, and wrote down my number. Next time, I will try to improve. Now there were also some exercises, that Tony suggested adding weight. I did everything, with a light weight. Some of the moves, I opted to not use weight. I wanted to see what I was capable of with proper form first, then I made my notes on the worksheets, and next time I will add weight as needed. Quick note: Jump over and check out my page for the P90X2 Worksheets. As I see things that will improve the worksheets, I edit, upload, and make the improved worksheets available to you. I also added a place on the worksheets to add heart rate information, in case you are a HR kinda guy/gal like me. Now back to the P90X2 Review for X2 Balance + Power.
P90X2 Review – X2 Balance + Power. It Felt Like X2 Core + Balance + Some Power. Let Me Explain.
Their is a lot of balance required with this workout. Many times I felt like I could have worked harder, more power, if I could have just kept from wobbling all over the place! So that means, I have some work to do with this one. That’s okay, I made notes, and I’m going to improve as we go along. Track your progress, know where you’ve been, so you can improve as you go. I know it seems redundant, but get the P90X2 Worksheets! I’m surprised how often I talk to people or when I visit a gym to see people working out with no worksheets. How do they improve? Anyway….. it’s Saturday, I better move on before my kids figure out that I’ve been gone too long. :)
Total calories burned: 674. Max heart rate 170. Average heart rate 131. I’m pretty thrilled with that number of calories burned. The P90X2 Nutrition Guide states that a good average calorie burn for P90X2 workouts is 650. Pretty close to what I have seen so far on X2 Core, Plyocide, and now Balance + Power. However, X2 Total Body was 800! I’m sure that this number will be higher on other workouts too. That’s why I love heart rate monitors.
P90X2 Review, X2 Balance + Power. Let’s break it down:
- This workout is approximately 62 minutes in length. The warmup and foam rolling will sound very familiar if you have read my other P90X2 reviews. If you have, jump down to the workout. Nothing new. Except a couple of warmup moves with light weights during the warm-up.
- The warm up starts using a balance ball or towel. I must admit, I love the addition of the balance ball in P90X2. The warm-up moves are called: Twist, Squat, Side Stretch, Alt Back Lunge, and Atlas. Warm up is approximately 4 minutes.
- Still part of the warm up, foam rolling. Foam rolling is way too short. I know you may be pressed for time, and I’m no exception, so I don’t get the luxury of pressing pause and adding in more time. Instead, I’m going to add in foam rolling later in the day. Maybe while watching TV with the family or something like that. Get a foam roller! You have modifications though if you don’t have one, and they are demonstrated on the DVD. You’ll spend an additional 3 minutes on foam rolling.
- Moving straight into more warm-up moves, such as: Roller Angel, Roller Sphinx, World’s Greatest Stretch, Inch Worm, Scorpion, and Groiners. A couple of new moves…. Dumbell Squat Press and Mountain Climber. This takes another 7-8 minutes, approximately. Now you get a water break for about 1 minute.
- This workout has 3 rounds. Each round has 6 moves. You get a 45 second to 1 minute water break between each round. Last of all is a bonus round (optional). The workout lasts approximately 38 minutes (which includes the bonus round). Here’s the breakdown:
- Round 1:
1. Sphinx to Plank Plyo Bounce *
2. 1-Leg Plyo Squat Reach
3. Russian Twist
4. Sphinx to Plank Roll Up
5. 4 Direction 1-Leg Squat Hop
6. Forearm Alt Side Plank
** Special Note: I am placing an asterisk next to some of the moves. These moves were extra challenging for me. Either because I had difficulty maintaining my balance, or just plain hard. All of the moves require work, don’t get me wrong. These are just honorary mentions. :)
- Round 2:
1. Decline Sphinx Plank Press *
2. Weighted Katherine
3. Plank X Crunch
4. Renegade Row 1/2 Lolasana *
5. Glute Bridge Roll Out
6. Over/Under Boat *
- Round 3:
1. Warrior Row Press
2. Split Lunge *
3. Crawly Crab Press *
4. Lateral Plyo Push-Up
5. Lunge Kneel Knee Raise
6. X Plank Spider Twist
- Bonus Round:
1. Dumbbell Row to Side Plank
2. Dumbbell Super Burpee *
3. Plank Ball Crunch *
- The cool down and stretch is 9 minutes. I’m becoming a big fan of the cool down! lol. As a matter of fact, with the addition of foam rolling in P90X2, I’m starting to really see that I have some unresolved trouble areas. My goal throughout P90X2, will be to see those trouble areas improve, if not get entirely resolved. I’m sure it’s an accumulation of extreme training since I started my first round of the P90X Workout in 2007. Throw in Insanity, and Insanity Asylum a few times and you have a body that needs some recovery!
- Can you travel with this P90X2 workout? Yes. This workout can be done while traveling. Every video I have seen so far has a person modifying for the purpose of having access to limited equipment. I have to admit, while I have not been modifying, the moves don’t look easy by any means. I’m sure at some point I will travel, and I’m glad to see P90X2 can come with me!
P90X2 Equipment Required:
- Stability Ball or Towel & Sturdy Chair
- Foam Roller or Towel
- Weights or Bands
- 1 Medicine Ball (Optional)
- Powerstands (Optional)
- Mat (Optional)
- Worksheets and Pen
- Water and Towel
Let me sum up the necessary P90X2 Equipment Needed. More = Better. If your traveling, you have to make the adjustments as needed. You definitely need weights or bands, so if your traveling, get some resistance bands. If you can’t get a stability ball and foam roller, you have the towel option. You can get by without the others if you must. I have been able to accumulate them all over the years, but if you can invest in this equipment, you’ll appreciate the investment.
So that’s it for this P90X2 Review of X2 Balance + Power. Let’s finish up…
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Who should consider P90X2?
- Those that have graduated from P90X, Insanity, Insanity Asylum, Chalean Extreme, Turbo Fire or other advanced program.
- Power 90 graduates can also consider P90X2, although they may want to stay in Phase 1 of the program for a longer period of time.