P90X Equipment – What You Need To Get Started
Jan08

P90X Equipment – What You Need To Get Started

In order to maximize your results with P90X, I consider the following “MUST HAVES”: If I had to go back in time and repeat my first round of P90X, knowing what I know now, there is a short list of items I feel I couldn’t do without.  Every one of these items, in my opinion, were critical to maximizing my results with the P90X program.  I used each of them several times per week, if not every day.  I hope this list helps you weed through all of the available equipment and supplements to determine which best meet your needs and your budget!  (Please don’t feel like I’m giving you a sales pitch.  These are all items I feel really work FOR ME and are worth the money, but my budget may be different than yours) 1)  Pullup Bar with multiple hand positions = The workouts involve a variety of pullups, and having a good, seven position pullup bar will help you maximize this portion of your workout.  Plus, you’ll be using it a lot so you’ll want a sturdy one that will last.  I bought mine from Beachbody due to its stronger materials and durability, although it was a little more expensive than the knockoff brands (I paid $59).  I’m glad I did, because it held up to my abuse just fine. (I’ve since installed a permanent pull-up bar I got on Amazon.com in my basement) 2) Dumbbells = I know the exercises can be done with bands, but free weights will definitely maximize your results.  I lot of people I know use adjustable dumbbells (LifeSmart, Bowflex, etc.), which are much cheaper than buying a whole set of individual hex dumbbells like I have.  They typically adjust from 5-55 lbs, and are very durable.  Get them as Sports Authority,  Academy Sports or online. I got my rubber hex dumbbells from Sports Authority when they were on sale AND when they were having a 25% off one item coupon (…a lot of individual transactions…I was lucky to find a very patient cashier LOL). 3)  PowerStands = These are more expensive ($39) than the cheap pushup bars you can get at a retail store, but they are solid, very stable, and very durable.  They won’t tip over shake when you are pushing hard for those last reps.  They also put your wrists in the correct positon to prevent joint problems.  I love my PowerStands.  They take my pushups to the next level, and they will last forever! 4)  Yoga Mat = Get one of these for Ab Ripper X and YogaX .  If you try to do a bunch of situps with your tailbone directly on the floor, you’ll regret it!  I have...

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P90X2: Time to BRING IT…AGAIN!
Jan04

P90X2: Time to BRING IT…AGAIN!

Hey kids, the much anticipated arrival of P90X2 is FINALLY HERE! What makes P90X2 unique? Where else can you get a program that incorporates functional training, strength training, plyometrics, and post activation potentiation (P.A.P.)* into a single program. Where else are you going to get a program developed by some of the greatest minds in fitness today: Steve Edwards, Dr. Marcus Elliott, Tony Horton and many others. The three phases of P90X2 cover more physiological ground than most other extreme fitness programs, including P90X.  P90X2 is more compartmentalized, more focused, and more targeted. The diet plan is also FAR more versatile, providing vegan, vegetarian, a gluten free options. * What is P.A.P.? Post Activation Potentiation. Doing a weighted resistance movement prior to an explosive one can increase the amount of power produced by conditioned individuals. Who is it for? Power 90 and P90X grads Grads of other extreme programs like Insanity, The Asylum, Turbofire, ChaLEAN Extreme, etc. Athletes looking to improve performance Former athletes wanting to get back in to shape P90X2 Phases: Phase 1 – Foundation: Focus is on stabilizer and prime mover muscles…building your core and preparing you for Phase 2 Phase 2 – Strength: Focus on getting stronger through a wider range of motion Phase 3 – Performance: Jump higher. Run faster. Be more explosive. Introduction of P.A.P. into rotation. Feel like a kid again 😉 The Workouts: How To Bring It Again: Introductory DVD that teaches you how to bring it while doing P90X2 X2 Core:  This is a new version of Core Synergistics.  Total body workout with balance and stability focus.     Plyocide:  Plyometrics taken to the next level.  Lateral movements have been added this time. X2 Recovery + Mobility:  Foam rolling and stretching to help aid recovery. X2 Total Body:  Total body workout that it’s up every single body part.  You will do a little bit of everything in this one.     X2 Yoga:  60 mins of Yoga this time.  Emphasis on the moving exercises. Balance + Power:  This combines balance move with strength moves. Chest & Back + Balance: Push and Pull workout.  New Pull up moves and push ups on med balls…fun! X2 Shoulders + Arms:  Brand new moves to take your shoulders and arm workout to the next level.     Base & Back:   Combines Plyometric leg exercises with Pull ups.  Two of the largest muscle groups in your body.     PAP Lower:  The new scientific sports training that is designed to focus on performance. Strength moves followed by explosive moves to make you explode.     PAP Upper: The new scientific sports training that is designed to focus on performance.  Strength moves followed by explosive moves...

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Don’t Just Kind Of Do It
Jan03

Don’t Just Kind Of Do It

I’ve read several online comments recently about the new P90X2 from Beachbody and Tony Horton from folks who have said they thought the workouts were too easy. Really? Aside from the years of sports science  that went in to the development of these workouts, can these people really believe they gave the routines everything they had and still found them easy? I don’t think so! P90X2 is like any extreme workout in that you can just get through it or you can push yourself to the limit. It’s the same hour. Make it worthwhile…and stop whining 😉 As for me, the “sampling” ends on January 16th when our team’s P90X2 Challenge officially kicks off. We’ve got more than 400 onboard for the challenge, including TH himself. I don’t think I’ve ever been more excited about 90 days of sweat and sore muscles LOL! To your good health,...

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P90X vs P90X2
Nov03

P90X vs P90X2

In case you have been living under a rock these last couple months, you might not have heard that there is a brand new sequel to P90X coming out that’s called P90X2. P90X2 is a fitness program designed for those who are already in decent shape, that are looking to take their health and fitness to a whole new level. There are many similarities between P90X and P90X2, but there are also some key differences. Since I feel like a P90X expert now (after 4 rounds), I can offer a unique perspective.  I am a P90X disciple so it would be extremely hard for me to give up that schedule and workouts for anything else.  I can say though that P90X2 is going to be a next step in sports science and I am very happy to jump onboard.  P90X got me a crazy transformation and completely changed my physical appearance. P90X2 will take that base and increase my athletic performance, agility, speed, strength and power. But you don’t have to hear it from me.  Hear it from the man himself, Tony Horton, the creator of P90X and P90X2.  Check out his take on P90X vs P90X2: What Are the Differences between P90X vs P90X? As you can see the main difference is Post-Activation Potentiation or PAP for short.  This is the forefront of sports science and P90X2 is bringing it (no pun intended) straight to your home.  Not only can you Get Fit At Home, but you will be able to perform like an athlete as well.  (And for guys and gals like me in their 40s, that’s no small achievement!) As Tony Horton says it perfectly “Indoor training for the Outside World”. As we age, our bodies become more prone to injury. P90X and P90X2 reverse that trend. I’m in the best shape of my life thanks to P90X. Another major difference is the flexibility in the schedule.  In P90X you use muscle confusion with a set amount of weeks in order to get results.  With P90X2 you will be doing a flexible range during each phase so you can focus on your personal goals.  If you want more emphasis on core, then you’ll do more of the “Foundation” phase… If you want more Strength/Size then do more of the “Strength” phase. The same goes for the “Performance” phase. P90X2 as a “heavier” workout than P90X.  Meaning you will be working out harder for the same or shorter amounts of time.  You will need more time for recovery, so the workout schedule consist of 5 days per week, with a “Active” day 6. The 6th day is so you can go out there and play sports,...

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What Comes With P90X2?
Aug28

What Comes With P90X2?

              What Does P90X2 Come with and How Much Does it Cost?   P90X2 Base Kit: Fitness Guide, Nutrition Guide, Calendar, 12 workouts, 1 Bring It Again DVD  DVD:  $119.95 Blu-Ray: $149.85   Deluxe Kit:   Fitness Guide, Nutrition Guide, Calendar, 12 workouts, 1 Bring It Again DVD, 2 8lb Med Balls, Stability Ball, Foam Roller, ALL 14 Workouts (including two bonus workouts: V-Sculpt and X2 Chest/Shoulders/Tris) DVD:  $239.85 Blu-Ray: $299.85   Ultimate Kit: Fitness Guide, Nutrition Guide, Calendar, 12 workouts, 1 Bring It Again DVD, 2 8lb Med Balls, Stability Ball, Extreme Foam Roller, PowerStands, ALL 14 Workouts (including two bonus workouts: V-Sculpt and X2 Chest/Shoulders/Tris) DVD:  $299.85 Blu-Ray: $359.85   Shipping and Handling is FREE for ALL Pre-Orders. Your credit card WILL NOT BE CHARGED until your P90X2 kit ships.   Fitness Guide: Covers the phases, exercises and general questions for P90X2. Explains the phase blocks in detail as well as written exercise explanations.   Nutrition Guide: Far more versatility than with P90X: New Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten-Free Options, and Paleo Options.  They have something for everyone… 27 Diet Guides in 1 to fuel your performance.   90-Day Workout Calendar The workout calendar is there for you to track your progress.  ...

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Weekend Pass – Taking Asylum Speed & Agility Outside
Aug07

Weekend Pass – Taking Asylum Speed & Agility Outside

So what do you do when your out of town but still want to get in a good workout? Well, if weather permits, take your workout outside. Now my parent’s ancient boat dock probably wouldn’t have been my FIRST choice for a location to do Speed & Agility, but having slept in yesterday, when I got up my little boy was already awake and eager to go fishing with Dad. I just couldn’t just ask him to wait an hour so I could burn a few hundred calories. In the spirit of being a POSITIVE role model for my kids, I try to never give them reason to associate my working out with something negative like NOT fishing, or NOT going to the park or NOT whatever. That’s part of the reason why I workout so early in the morning! Anyways, with my water bottle, iPad, agility ladder, bucket of worms and fishing pole in-hand, we set out on our early morning adventure together. Rusty nails, splinters-waiting-to-happen and loose boards aside, getting outside to workout in the fresh air and light of day was absolutely invigorating. I think I jumped a foot higher than normal! And I certainly burned more goo than usual: 800+ calories worth! I love this workout. Now the dock is only about 5 ft. wide, so I had to take moving push-ups on shore, but the rest was all dock. Just goes to show that where there’s a will there’s a way. You make do with what you have. Oh, and my son caught (and released) about 6 fish. Win win for everyone...

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