This P90X2 Review is about X2 Shouders + Arms and whether or not it could hold up to my rather high expectations.  You see, P90X Shoulders and Arms is my all time favorite P90X Workout.  So going into P90X2, I was anxious to see if this workout could stand a chance.  It did not disappoint!  An absolutely incredible workout.  My first title was going to be “The Bomb”, but I thought everyone might think I was strange.  This workout had some familiar moves with a twist. It was familiar enough to feel comfortable, and different enough to give you the “brand new” feeling.

P90X2 Review – Shoulders + Arms + The BOMB

I just had to throw “the BOMB” in there, I loved my workout this morning.  So what did I love about this workout?  Everything.  From warm-up to cool down.  One thing I noticed right away is that there was only one shoulder exercise using heavier weight, the Arnold Press.  Of course you repeat the Arnold Press 3x during the workout.  The other shoulder exercises were all lighter weight, but make no mistake, my shoulders were on FIRE.  Further, I love the concept of the 3 rounds, 7 moves each round.  It changed it up from the usual Shoulder, Bi, Tri, Shoulder, Bi, Tri routine.  Nice change up!  So let’s break it down:

  • This workout is approximately 52 minutes.  
  • As usual, and now feeling super familiar, you have the warm-up, foam rolling, and warm-up/stretch routine.  About 13 minutes.  Check out one of my other P90X2 Reviews for a more detailed look.  X2 Core, Plyocide, X2 Total Body, and X2 Balance + Power all have detailed warm-up reviews.  Let’s get right to the P90X2 Review of the actual workout!
  • P90X2 Review - X2 Shoulders + Arms
    This workout has 3 rounds.  
    Each round has 7 moves.  You get about a 30-40 second water break in between rounds 1 and 2, and then again between rounds 2 and 3.  The workout section lasts approximately 33 minutes. What?  33 minutes.  Crazy, so are you telling me each round is about 10 minutes in length?  That’s correct.  This workout flies by.  And it has so many options.  I’ll talk about that below, but first let’s get a look at the moves in each round.
  • Repeat 3 times:
    1. Balance Curl *
    2. Arnold Press (Alternating) *
    3. Overhead Tricep Pull
    4. Six Direction Shoulder Fly *
    5. Crazy Eights *
    6. Y-T Fly
    7. Rocket Launcher Tricep Kickback
  • Workout Options:
  • P90X2 Review - X2 Shoulders + Arms
    Four of the moves are on one leg, Kinda.  (I placed an asterisk next to them above).  You can complete these moves in a few ways.  You can either manually raise a leg slightly (and balance on one leg), use a stability ball to place a foot on, I tried a medicine ball (for fun on a few of them).  I imagine some people that have a bosu ball will use those.  The idea is to make this a balance posture along with a strength move.  You will likely need to drop your weight slightly to complete the move with good form.  Engage your core!
  • Two of the moves are completed with the stability ball.  Those moves are the Overhead Tricep Pull and the Y-T Fly.
  • The last move Rocket Launcher is using a step, chair, or the floor, whichever you have available.
  • You can go heavier weight if you’re going for size, or lighter weight for reps and toning.
  • While I think it would defeat the purpose of the X2 strategy, I’m sure you can even take the balance moves out entirely, and go “old school”.
  • I thought this routine would be a great workout to take to the GYM.  I like a change of scenery every now and again, and I think this one would be easy to just grab your P90X2 Worksheets and head to a local gym.
  • The cool down and stretch is 6 minutes.  I know I say it a lot in these reviews, but I absolutely love the cool downs.  The addition of using the stability ball to stretch out my shoulders is fantastic.  I get such a great stretch, and after lighting my shoulders on fire in this workout, the shoulder stretch with the stability ball was priceless.
  • Can you travel with this P90X2 workout? Yes. As with all the X2 workouts so far, this is an easy workout to travel with.  Get you some bands and you’re all set!  If you had a decent hotel gym, you can get it done there too.

P90X2 Equipment Needed

P90X2 Equipment Required:

  • Stability Ball or Towel & Sturdy Chair
  • Foam Roller (Optional)
  • Plyo Box or Sturdy Chair
  • Weights or Bands
  • Powerstands (Optional)
  • Worksheets and Pen
  • Water and Towel

Let me sum up the necessary P90X2 Equipment Needed.  Get a foam roller and a stability ball!  I absolutely love the addition of these two items.  I love my Powerblocks or you need a good set of weights.  If your traveling, get some resistance bands or a hotel gym.  I have no clue why Powerstands is an option.  I never seen them in the workout, maybe I missed something, but I doubt it.

So that’s it for this P90X2 Review of Shoulders + Arms. Final Thoughts…

P90X Shoulders & Arms was my all time favorite in the P90X Workout.  Then camed the One on One Shoulders & Arms (it was okay, but not sure it was better than P90X version).  And now the grand prize winner X2 Shoulders + Arms.  I love it, and I think you will too.  As always, I write these reviews for you, and I hope you find them useful.  Please visit our store if you ever need anything Beachbody.  As Tony Horton is always saying, buy P90X products, as it helps him pay the bills…..  Well, buy from my store….it helps me pay my bills, which in turn helps Tony pay his bills.  lol.   Good luck with P90X2!  If you want to read another P90X2 Review, you can find them all by clicking here.

Who should consider P90X2?

  1. Those that have graduated from P90XInsanityInsanity AsylumChalean ExtremeTurbo Fire or other advanced program.
  2. Athletes
  3. 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.

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