When P90X came on the market, it was all the rage. Fitness enthusiasts everywhere raved about the incredible results you could get in just 90 days, all while working out from your own living room. Even some fitness beginners saw drastic changes in their physique and overall strength by incorporating the P90X program into their daily exercise regimen. When those fitness buffs started looking for a program to take them to the next level, Tony Horton answered their prayers by creating the follow up version of P90X known as P90X2.

P90X revolutionized fitness. Now, P90X2 will change the way you work out…forever. You’ll engage all of your muscles with every move, delivering the same kind of training pro-athletes pay thousands of dollars for.



P90X2 is essentially an extension of the original P90X series. It is a more intense version of the P90 series with the ability to improve core strength, agility, power and performance. The P90X2 program is based on the original principles used to create P90X and includes some of the moves and techniques incorporated into the fitness routines of some of the top trainers around the world.

The basis of P90X2 is similar to the original P90X in that the workouts revolve around a series of 12 workouts. While the focus of P90X was based on muscle confusion, P90X2 introduces a training technique known as Post-Activation Potentiation (P.A.P.). PAP was developed by professional trainers around the globe and is capable of delivering fast, cutting edge results that will chisel your body while improving overall performance. Each of the individual workouts, including P.A.P. workouts, was created to focus on different parts of the body through intense and effective workouts. The moves in P90X2 are slightly more challenging than the original series because it is assumed that, when doing P90X2, you have already established a background by having completed the initial P90X series.

One aspect that is unique to the P90X2 series is the focus on balance. Improved balance is achieved through a stronger core, and a stronger core leads to overall improved strength and tone throughout the body. The P90X2 program includes plenty of yoga moves and incorporates the use of a fitness ball as well. While men tend to think of these types of exercises as ones that are better suited for women, they could not be more wrong. Focusing on your core and improving core strength will help give you added strength in every type of activity you participate in. Core strength helps increase power in overall athletic function, including strength training, cardiovascular activity and any other discipline you choose to include into your fitness regime.

When you begin the P90X2 workout program, you should expect to continue through the program for the next 90 days. Although this program is more flexible than the original, it is still centered on three phases, with recovery weeks included in between each one. One of the main differences that make this program more flexible when compared to P90X is that each phase can be completed in a different amount of time. You can take as little as three weeks on a phase or can continue in the same phase for up to six weeks. With P90X2, you take into account your own fitness level and move forward when you feel ready to do so. In addition, with P90X2, you have two rest days per week instead of just one with P90X.

In order to be able to do all of the exercises in the P90X2 workouts, you will need some basic equipment. It can be purchased through Beachbody as a package (described below) or individually at your local sporting goods store. Before you begin, you will need some dumbbells or resistance bands, a pull up bar or other area to do pull ups on and an area in your home or place where you will be doing the workouts that gives you plenty of room to move. Beachbody also recommends that you have a foam roller, stability ball and a few medicine balls on hand. This equipment is optional but useful when it comes to completing each of the individual workouts.

What’s Included in the P90X2 Workout Program

The P90X2 program is quite comprehensive. It includes 12 workouts that come on 13 DVDs or 4 Blu-Ray discs. The program also includes a How to Bring It Again video, fitness guide, nutrition guide and workout calendar. The total cost for the basic program is $119.85 plus $19.95 shipping and handling. Beachbody also offers more expensive packages that include the equipment necessary to complete the workouts. As previously mentioned, you do not have to purchase this equipment from Beachbody; however, their quality of their products is better than most basic products sold in sporting goods stores, and Beachbody backs their products with a money back guarantee. The optional packages available are the P90X2 Deluxe and P90X2Ultimate. With the Deluxe, you get all that is included in the basic package, as well as 2 additional extreme P90X2 workouts, a foam roller, a 55cm stability ball and two 8 pound medicine balls. The cost for the Deluxe program is $239.70 plus $34.90 shipping and handling. The Ultimate package includes all that is included in the Basic, as well as two additional extreme P90X2 workouts, a RumbleRoller (higher quality foam roller), a 55cm stability ball, two 8 pound medicine balls and Tony Horton’s Power Stands. The cost for the Ultimate P90X2 package is $329.46 plus $39.90 for shipping and handling.

As with all Beachbody products, P90X2 comes with a 100% satisfaction money-back guarantee. If you are not satisfied with the program, any of the products or the results you achieve from them, you can return it within 90 days for a full refund. In addition, Beachbody will include free lifetime disc replacement with each Blu-ray disc order.

P90X2 Workouts
Each of the 12 workouts in the P90X2 series falls into one of three major training phases, and each phase has a distinct focus. The first phase of the workouts centers around creating a solid foundation. You will be working a lot on your core and improving stability and balance throughout Phase One. Exercises in Phase One include strength moves, plyometrics, yoga and combination moves that incorporate all three.

Phase Two improves overall strength with explosive movements and coordination drills. Phase Two also includes some Yoga and balance work, building on what was done in Phase One.

Phase Three really turns up the intensity with strenuous whole body workouts. It includes combinations of moves and exercises done in Phase One and Two, as well as new moves and exercises that continue to challenge your body and push it to its limits. Phase Three culminates the program with a focus on overall performance, while also continuing to include Yoga core work.

X2 Core
X2 Core is the very first workout of the series and its main focus is on balance. This is a workout that uses instability to improve your balance and stabilize your muscles. It will have you doing strength moves while forcing you to balance in difficult positions in order to work every muscle in the body.

Plyocide is the next workout in the series and introduces plenty of plyometrics moves to get your body going. While Plyometrics involve a lot of jumping, plyocide involves lateral movements instead of vertical. If you have knee or back problems, you will appreciate the focus on plyocide moves as opposed to plyometrics. Plyometrics are high impact exercises and can worse pre-existing conditions.

X2 Recovery + Mobility
This is one of the favorite workouts for those going through the P90X2 challenge. It is somewhat of a break from the intense exercises you will endure in the other programs, and aims at relaxing your body and prepping it for what’s to come. In the X2 Recovery + Mobility workout, you will be incorporating the foam roller to stretch your body and give yourself a deep tissue massage you never thought was possible. If you have never used a foam roller before, you will be pleasantly surprised. Make sure that you are following directions when using it and maintain proper form. If the foam roller is used incorrectly, it can end up hurting your back more than helping it. Foam rollers have been used by chiropractors everywhere and have recently begun to gain popularity at fitness studios and gyms as well.

X2 Total Body
The X2 Total Body workout is centered around resistance training and balance with core work blended in. You will be working out every muscle in your body with comprehensive moves that require you to focus on form and being able to stay standing. You will be doing moves on one leg that you typically do standing with both feet on the ground. This helps strengthen your core by working your leg, ab and back muscles even though you may be doing curls, shoulder presses or tricep dips.

X2 Yoga
When men see this workout, they are often tempted to skip it. Once they complete it at least once, they begin to realize Yoga’s benefits and its’ potential to increase power and overall strength. While this workout includes basic Yoga moves to help stretch you out and relax your mind, it also includes isometric movements to improve strength, flexibility and power. X2 Yoga is approximately 90 minutes long, so it will take some determination to get through it.

Balance + Power
The Balance + Power workout includes a variety of strength training moves coupled with holds and balance exercises. You will be using the stability ball in this workout and will realize the importance of strengthening you core while using it. The moves in this workout are not easy and, although they are difficult to conquer, they will eventually help heal ailments and eliminate aches and pains associated with exercise.

Chest + Back + Balance
This workout is similar to the Chest +Back +Balance workout in the P90X series, but is more difficult due to the instability that you will experience when performing exercises on unstable platforms. After doing this workout several times, you will soon realize the advantage to adding instability to typical strength training workouts. You will feel soreness, not only in the muscles you are actively working, but also all throughout your body as you attempt to maintain your form and balance while you lift.

X2 Shoulders + Arms
The X2 Shoulders workout features a series of seven exercises performed three times. The workout focuses on the shoulders, biceps and triceps and alternates moves for each of these muscles throughout the workout. As with the rest of the series, the focus of the workout is on balance. Most of the exercises will be on one leg or on the stability ball to work your core at the same time. This workout includes fast transitions and is very fast paced. Getting through the three rounds will not be easy, so you have to remember to focus on your form and do it at a pace you can handle. Incorrect form leads to injuries, and that is not the type of results you want to get from any workout program.

Base + Back
The Base + Back workout focuses on the largest muscles in your body, the legs and back. It includes plenty of plyometrics moves, as well as pull ups and squats. The workout features two rounds of ten exercises that will work you until you feel like you can no longer stand. Moves such as the V Pull Up and Jack-in-the-Box Knee Tuck will make you wonder how you ever made it this far in the series and prepare you for what’s to come in Phase two. It is a weight training workout that will make you sweat more than most cardio workouts.

P.A.P. Lower
As previously mentioned, P.A.P. stands for Post-Activation Potentiation. It is a technique that combines strength training with plyometrics in order to engage more muscles to complete one move. Although you may be using less weight than with traditional weight training, your muscles will be producing more power to complete the combination moves. P.A.P. has become increasingly popular with athletic trainers worldwide because of the ability it has to increase overall strength and build your muscles much faster than traditional strength training. In the P.A.P. Lower workout, you will be focusing on your legs with weighted lunges, plyometrics and box jumps. You will also continue to work on balance in this workout with more balancing and hopping on one leg.

P.A.P. Upper
The P.A.P. Upper workout is extremely taxing on the body and very fast paced. Your heart rate will be at its’ max for the duration of the workout, and there will be little rest throughout the four rounds of exercises you will be completing. The first set of exercises in this workout focuses on your chest, abs and shoulders. The second will focus on your lats, ab muscles, shoulders, biceps and triceps. Although most exercises involve low weights, the repetitions are what will leave you feeling the burn. Men doing this workout will be surprised at how difficult the moves they perform will be even with minimal weight for each exercise.

X2 Ab Ripper
The X2 Ab Ripper is a workout that is done in combination with the X2 Total Body and the Balance + Power workout. It is a little over 15 minutes long and includes 11 different ab exercises that will make every muscle burn more than ever before. This is not a fast paced workout. The moves performed in the X2 Ab Ripper are slow and precise to help keep every muscle engaged throughout the motion. After this, you will never want to resort to basic crunches again. The X2 Ab Ripper really does have the capability of giving you the six pack abs you have dreamed of.

How To Bring It Again Video
In case you need a little refresher after completing P90X and before beginning P90X2, Tony Horton has included the How To Bring It Again Video to help give that to you. The video gives you a quick overview of the P90X2 system. It explains the moves you will be doing in each of the workouts and demonstrates proper form. The video will also give you tips and tricks to completing the program within the designated 90 day time frame.

P90X2 Power Your Performance Fitness Guide
The fitness guide that accompanies this program will give you detailed information about P90X2, the P.A.T. techniques and the benefits you can experience by completing a 90 circuit with the program. It will give you detailed information about each of the workouts included, as well as tips on how to properly use the equipment necessary to complete it.

P90X2 Fuel Your Performance Nutrition Guide
The P90X2 Nutrition Guide includes a three phase eating plan to match the three phase workout plan. It includes vegan and grain-free options for those that do not eat meat or gluten, and also has information on optional supplements you can take while completing the program. The program is very flexible and can easily be incorporated into your daily fitness routine. Remember that, without proper nutrition, you will not see the results that P90X2 promises to give you. Proper nutrition is just as important as proper exercise when it comes to losing weight and sculpting your body.

Free Online Support
Beachbody offers free online support all day, every day. If you purchase the program and have questions, need encouragement or just want to get in contact with others going through the P90X2 challenge, you can log onto the online forum. There you will be able to communicate with Beachbody coaches, trainers and other customers to discuss your experiences with the program. Occasionally, some of the top fitness trainers and fitness pioneers, including Tony Horton, participate in online forums and chats at Beachbody.com.

What Can I Expect From the Program?

The program is pretty incredible and will definitely whip you into shape, regardless of where you are when you begin. With that said, the P90X programs were not designed for those that have little to no background in exercise and/or are not already in decent shape. P90X has a fitness test that you should perform prior to beginning the program and, if you are not able to do the moves performed in the test, it is not suggested you attempt the P90X programs. If you have not yet completed the original P90X series and have not yet passed the fitness test, it is suggested that you do that program first. If that program seems too difficult or advanced, you may opt for a program better suited for beginners such as TurboFire, Les Mills Combat or Power 90.

If you have completed P90X, are in decent to good shape already and want to achieve a sculpted, toned body with improved balance, flexibility and strength, then P90X2 is the program for you. It really takes intensity to another level and will help you accomplish fitness goals that few other programs can match. If you are the typical gym rat that jumps on a treadmill or Stairmaster and then moves on to repetitive weight training day in and day out, the P90X2 program is a series that you need to add to your routine. It will get you out of your rut and show you results that you have, most likely, not been able to achieve with repetitive gym workouts. P90X2 shocks your body and changes up your workouts to prevent your body from getting accustomed to your routine. With each phase, you will see marked improvement in your body and will escape the fitness plateaus you were stuck in prior to starting your 90 day journey.

P90X2 Pros vs. Cons

P90X2 has been touted as one of the most incredible at home exercise programs on the market today. Although it is an excellent program, it does have some drawbacks that you may want to take note of prior to purchasing the program.


  • The program offers a doable workout schedule with two rest days instead of just one.
  • There are 12 workouts in the program, each with a unique exercises and movements that build upon each other throughout the 90 day training period.
  • The program includes three phases that allow you to decide how long each phase should be. You can do the program at your own pace and still complete it in approximately 90 days, so long as you complete each phase within 3-6 weeks on each phase. If you spend longer on one phase, make up the time in the next phase.
  • The program is primarily focused on balance and incorporates core exercises into virtually every workout. This helps improve posture, flexibility and overall strength.


  • P90X2 is not for everyone. It is for those that are in decent to good shape already and have already attempted and completed the P90X program.
  • The warm up for each of the 12 workouts is identical. It would be better to offer some variety.
  • You will need several pieces of equipment to complete the program. If you want to do the program at work on your lunch break or while away on business or vacation, you will need to take a medicine ball, foam roller and stability ball with you.

Conclusion: Should I or Shouldn’t I Do the P90X2 Workout Program

Overall, the P90X2 series is one of the most comprehensive exercise programs on the market today. The workouts are very diverse and combine numerous exercise disciplines to give you some pretty impressive results. The program not only builds strength but also improves your balance and flexibility as well. Each and every exercise and workout in the P90X2 series will challenge you and give you impressive results. If you are looking for a serious athletic training program that you can do from home, this is it. It is up to par with the training that most collegiate and professional athletes get, but at a much lower cost.


By the time I was half way through, I already saw some improvement in my muscle definition and my overall strength. At the end of the 90 day period, my body fat percentage dropped from 16% to 11% and I lost 14 pounds. I highly recommend it to anyone that needs to kick up their fitness routine.

Chris Butler – Akron, Ohio

I used to take a kickboxing class at the gym or use some of the machines but needed a change. I wasn’t getting any results and a friend recommended I try P90X2 since I used P90X prior to getting pregnant. I have to say that I’m thoroughly impressed and cannot wait to see the results I’ll achieve at the end of the 90 day period.

Jennifer Maestro – Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Summary Reviewer Julian HooksReview Date 2013-05-05 Reviewed Item P90X 2 by Beachbody Author Rating 5

About Matthew Pryor

My background prior to my P90X2 results…

If only I could have gotten P90X2 results like this as a youth. I was always a reasonably athletic kid, but was chubby from late elementary until late high school.

In my early 20s, I got in great shape and really fell in love with fitness, so much so that I became a trainer in the late 90s. That’s when I also got married and had a child. I was having a hard time paying the bills being a new personal trainer who was not associated with a gym. I got a steady job to make end meet and spent time in and out of shape… mostly in, but there were some definite lulls. I never, however, fell out of love with fitness.

I don’t want to be in great shape merely for the sake of fitness or exercise, but for the freedoms it brings, for the confidence it builds, for the example it sets, and for the worlds it opens up.

In 2006, my wife got hurt training for a marathon but we had already paid for the hotel and she had raised money for the race. So that left me with six weeks to train, which I did, and ran a respectable 3:39. This really made me appreciate how our bodies were created to do amazing things. I’m not saying that I’m amazing. I’m saying that the fact the human body can adapt, improve, and change enough in six short weeks to fun a full marathon is amazing. I don’t take our bodies for granted.

In 2009, my wife (who is my fitness hero) and I went through P90X for the first time. That’s when she qualified for the Boston Marathon for the first time. Coincidence? Nope!

So here we are a few years and three more kids later, still bringing it, and still eager to do more. I don’t want to do more (i.e., be in great shape) merely for the sake of fitness or exercise, but for the freedoms it brings, for the confidence it builds, for the example it sets, and for the worlds it opens up.

Since I had completed a few rounds of P90X, I was already a big believer in muscle confusion. When you eat right, you can get amazing results with P90X. And I knew that would be the case with P90X2. Tony does a great job teaching, motivating, and still keeping the vibe loose. Furthermore, I was really curious about the science behind some of the workouts and moves, like PAP, neuro-integrated stretching, and myofascial release. So doing P90X2 was really a no-brainer.

How I felt before starting P90X2…

I was really excited. I had just completed a round of P90X and had lost five pounds or so. But the truth was, I hadn’t focused that hard on the nutrition side of things. So with P90X2, I was really looking forward to buckling down on the nutrition while going through all these new workouts.

What kind of P90X2 results did I want?

I wanted to get stronger, more flexible, make some lifestyle nutrition changes, and get my body fat percentage into single digits.

My P90X2 diet…

I ate pretty “clean” the whole time. I tried to keep my carbs, especially at night. Then some days, I’d bump them up for a day just to replenish my energy stores (a practice called “carb cycling”). I ate plenty of protein (including some of these protein bars) and didn’t shy away from healthy fats.

I drank Shakeology every day, and followed the nutrition guide as best I could. That said, I’m a believer in having an occasional cheat meal if you cheat right. I have a different take on it though… I call it the nutrition tithe. All said and done, it was the healthiest I’ve eaten in a long time. I still struggle with drinking too much Diet Coke, but even that’s improving. Nutrition is 60% of the key to success and I’ve seen this first hand.

What kind of P90X2 results did I get?

I have ab definition I’ve never seen before. I can stand straight legged and bring my head down to my knees. My diet has never been cleaner. And I reached 9% body fat.

What did I do to celebrate my P90X2 results?

I ate my favorite burrito, ran a Spartan Race, and ordered Insanity: Asylum.

Athletic improvements I made as a result of using P90X2…

My core has been strengthened tenfold, which will also help my lower back (I have a history of back spasms). I will be entering more obstacle races, running the Chicago Marathon in October, do more trail running, pick up mountain biking again, and hopefully take up kayaking. Most importantly, as a father of four, I want to be able to keep up with my kids for a LONG time. I want them to be good stewards of their bodies and being an example is the best way to ensure that happens.

My favorite part about P90X2…

Hard to list just one. I’m a huge fan of variety and P90X2 was jam packed with it. I’ve been lifting weights for 15+ years, but there were moves in P90X2 that I’d never seen or could have ever come up with on my own. I also felt as though I was being trained like an elite athlete. I like throwing around dumbbells and whatnot, but these moves were building my athleticism, not just my muscles.

A buddy that has been working out with me used to be in the Navy. He told me that many of the moves we are doing in P90X2 are moves he’s seen the Navy SEALS do! So that gave me even greater confidence and motivation to bring my best effort.

I also loved all the new gear. I love incorporating the medicine balls and stability balls into my routine. There are SO many moves you can do with this equipment. And the rumble roller is painful paradise.

My friends and family’s reaction to my P90X2 results…

My wife was thrilled, both for me and for her (wink-wink). I’ve been in shape for a while but never this cut, so friends and family have noticed. The best compliment I got was from my 4-year-old when she said that I had super powers. I said, “I do? What are they?” And she said, “Big muscles.”

How I feel about my P90X2 results…

I feel fantastic, but I’m not done. I’m down to 9% body fat but I want to get it to 6-7%. My flexibility has improved, but I want to be able to do EVERY move in X2 Yoga without modifying. Now that I’m able to crank out medicine ball and stability ball push-ups, I want to really focus on having perfect form. And I’m also going to incorporate a weighted vest into some of the routines as I’d like my legs to get stronger. So how do I feel? I feel equally excited about my progress and about my future.

How I would summarize my P90X2 results and journey…

If you want to train like you’ve always trained, you will have the results that you’ve always had. But if you want the most advanced home workout exercise science has to offer, want to be trained like the elite athlete hidden in most all of us, and want performance-oriented results that will help everyone from the stay-at-home mom to the fitness enthusiast, this is the solution. But like P90X before it and all the other Beachbody programs, they don’t do the work for you. They are tools. By themselves will do you no good.

YOU have to supply the hard work. And when you do, that’s when the magic starts.

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By Coach Jimmy Hays Nelson

Wow, I can’t believe the last 90 days have flown by! It is time for my highly anticipated review of Tony Horton’s NEW P90X2. Since 2004 thousands of people, including myself, have had their lives completely changed from doing the original P90X.

My wife and I did our first round of P90X in 2004 before it started to dominate TV infomercials and YouTube videos. It played a huge role, not only in my 100 pound weight loss, but in completely transforming my body’s composition. So when I heard that Tony and the Beachbody team were developing a sequel, I again wanted to be one of the first to try it.

Since that first round of P90X in 2004, I have had the privilege of getting to know Tony Horton as a friend and workout with him personally on numerous occasions. If Tony has an exercise, secret, or technique, I’ve done it. So I wanted to share an ‘insider’s’ perspective with my P90X2 review.

I started P90X2 in January of 2012 right after a holiday season where I indulged more than usual. I like to try to keep myself in pretty good shape year round, but that holiday season, I over did it. As a P90X and INSANITY graduate, I was not happy with where I started this journey.

Keep reading to see my P90X2 Results Photos!

I will tell you right off the bat. P90X2 IS NOT FOR BEGINNERS! This program was designed for people who have already done a program like P90X, INSANITY, ASYLUM, or that are in pretty good shape to start with.

Creator Tony Horton shares differences between P90X & P90X2

P90X2 is a 90-day program, just like P90X. It uses the same philosophy of muscle confusion where you are constantly mixing and matching the exercises you do for ultimate results. P90X2 is also broken into 3 Phases just like the original.

P90X2 Phase 1 – Foundation Phase

The first thing that was very apparent in the Foundation Phase is the focus on your core strength and balance. Almost every exercise incorporated some kind of medicine ball or balance ball. The first week can be a bit frustrating. Spending all your time trying to find your balance, falling off the ball, and learning these unique moves you can feel like you aren’t getting in your usual sweat-inducing workout. But I encourage you to stick with it. What it showed me very quickly is that my chest, arms, and back were strong but I seriously lacked strength and stability in my core!

Here is a short sneak peak from a Core workout in P90X2 Phase 1

Keep reading to see my P90X2 Results Photos!

P90X2 Phase 2 – Strength Phase

Right about the time you master some of the ‘circus tricks’ of Phase 1, it’s time to get back to old school strength work with Phase 2. Tony brings back many of the P90X moves we all loved so much, but now you are able to incorporate your new found core strength with the use of the balance and medicine balls.

Here is a short preview of P90X2 Shoulders & Arms from Phase 2

P90X2 Phase 3 – Performance Phase

This by far was my FAVORITE phase! As you heard Tony describe in the video at the top of the page, this phase incorporates a new type of training called Post-Activation Potentiation. I’m not a scientist, and I’m still not totally clear on what it is and how it works. All I know is – I LOVE P.A.P WORKOUTS! Phase 3 has two of them: P.A.P Upper and P.A.P Lower. They are challenging, fun, and totally bring out your inner athlete!

See a preview and explanation of P.A.P from P90X2 Contributor Dr. Marcus Elliott

Keep reading to see my P90X2 Review, Results, & Photos!

P90X2 Review: Pros & Cons

All reviews should have a few pros and cons – so let’s start with the negative.

P90X2 Review Cons

  1. No Cardio. As an INSANITY Cast Member, I love my cardio. P90X2 does not have a true ‘cardio workout’. Now that doesn’t mean you won’t work up quite a sweat as you get your heart rate up. While not a pure cardio routine, the new Plyocide workout will have you reaching for your P90X Results & Recovery Formula
  2. Requires Patience. You have to be willing to try, fail, and show back up the next day – especially in Phase 1. With the incorporation of medicine and balance balls, the first few days can be quite frustrating. I encourage you to stick with it. You will surprise yourself with what you are capable of by Week 4.
  3. Not for Everyone. As I stated before P90X2 is NOT for beginners. If you haven’t worked out in some time, swallow your pride and start with a program like Power 90, RevAbs, or even the original P90X.

P90X2 Review Pros

  1. No 90 Minute Yoga! The #1 complaint most people have with the original P90X is 90 long minutes of yoga. P90X2 is an hour long, faster paced, and moves along much quicker than the original. No crazy balance postures.
  2. Foam Rolling. P90X2 introduces you to the concept of the Foam Roller. Each workout starts with a slow progressive stretch and foam roll. It really allows your body to wake up and feel awesome. Plus it makes the actual workouts much shorter!
  3. Only workouts 5 Days a Week with P90X2. Even though the actual workouts are shorter, they are very intense. Because of the added intensity the importance for recovery time is crucial. Plus the second rest day P90X2 encourages you to get ‘Active Rest’ like going for a walk or a leisurely bike ride.

OK OK – the part you have all waited for. Did it work? What were your results, Jimmy??

P90X2 Results: Bottom Line

I had three goals with P90X2. To gain muscle mass, drop body fat and improve my athletic performance. I’ve said a lot in this post, but pictures speak a thousand words. Do you think P90X2 Works?

All I know is that I am thrilled with my results. My weight actually went up but my body fat percentage dropped. I was able to take two days off a week and shortened the time I spent working out. The meal plan is simplified and even has options for vegan, vegetarian, and paleo diets!

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In this thing Together! – Coach Jimmy

Jimmy Hays Nelson Beachbody Coach is a self-proclaimed ‘former fat guy’. In his mid 20’s he was an overweight college dropout, who found himself living back at home with his parents. Knowing something had to change, he took action.

Through his transformation journey he lost 100 pounds, started his own business, was featured in the Shaun T workout series INSANITY, and has been seen multiple times on QVC with his buddy Tony Horton promoting P90X.

He founded NELSONGY FITNESS with his wife Kelly to reach out to give hope and support to those that are dissatisfied with their current situation. Whether you are lacking physically, emotionally, financially, or nutritionally we are here to help you see REAL RESULTS!

P90X2 Results

P90X2 Results: Building a Better Fitness Program

I’ve written here that P90X is not a muscle building program. It is a general fitness program that just happens to emphasize resistance training. You can certainly use P90X to build a muscular physique (as many P90X grads have done), but that’s not what the program is primarily designed to do. The same can be said for P90X2. In fact, Tony Horton has flat-out stated that his goal for P90X2’s was to move the fitness bar even higher. It is no longer about losing weight, getting fit, or building a six-pack. The focus of P90X2 is to improve athletic performance. To get you to jump higher, run further, and move faster. P90X2 will make you more agile and sprightly by strengthening the center of all movement–your core.

I feel the introduction is necessary because some people might have a different understanding of what P90X2 is about. P90X2 is definitely not more of what you saw in P90X. While P90X2 continues to emphasize resistance training, the type of workouts you will be doing are worlds apart from what you may be used to. To get a better idea of what to expect, read my in-depth reviews of the P90X2 workouts.

I have a lot of love and respect for P90X2 because it was the program that helped me push through some long-term plateaus. I got stronger, faster, and leaner with the program. P90X2’s emphasis on core strengthening exercises helped me to develop a cast-iron corset around my midsection that allowed me to perform better overall. I used to have lower back pain and discomfort when I pushed myself too hard with running or doing high-impact workouts such as Insanity. After just one round of P90X2, they went away for good. Now my core is rock solid. If you looked at my six-pack before P90X2, you might have thought that my core was already well developed. Not so, because I have learned that having a powerful core is much, much more than just sporting chiseled abs.

Keep this in mind when you look at the gallery of results the folks below achieved with P90X2. They may not look any different than someone who did P90X, but that’s only because you can’t measure strength, agility, and athleticism with a stationary photo. The bottom line is that you can get ripped with P90X2 the same way you could with P90X, but you will also become more athletic in the process.

What Kind of Results Can You Expect with P90X2

With P90X2, you can expect enhanced performance in almost every facet of your physical fitness. Yes, you will lose weight, get fitter, and probably develop a six-pack from doing the program, but the results that aren’t so visible are even more dramatic. You will become even stronger than before because your core will be able to support the extra exertion. You will be faster because your muscles will have been trained to combine explosiveness with power. You will be more agile because your more powerful core can start and stop your body on a dime. Again, the name of the game is increased athletic performance. P90X2 will take you to the next training level and unlock strength, agility, and balance you didn’t know you had.

Jedidiah’s P90X2 results

Ashley’s P90X2 results

Jonathan’s P90X2 results

Madison’s P90X2 results

Yvonne’s P90X2 results

Mike’s P90X2 results

Tony’s P90X2 results

Lenny’s P90X2 results

Dianne’s P90X2 results

I completed P90X2 several months ago. Since then, I have moved on to Les Mills Pump and now Body Beast. I can’t wait to do another round of P90X2 because it is the program that really brought home the true meaning of fitness. If you want to know more about P90X2, feel free to email me at [email protected], or send me a private Facebook message. I love to hear from my readers!

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So, here are my Top Ten Tips on how to incorporate more healthy foods into your life for vitality, youthfulness and energy:

1. Replace unhealthy fats with healthier ones such as seeds, nuts, avocados, olives, olive oil and coconut oil. Healthy fats aid digestion and help to keep you satisfied longer.

2. Swap white rice, white bread and potatoes for brown rice, whole grain or sprouted grain breads, red-skinned potatoes or vitamin rich yams.

3. Fill your plate at least half full with veggies that are fresh and lightly steamed or sautéed.

4. Savor your food. Slow down when you eat. Taste each bite. This will help your digestion, and prevent overeating which can tax the digestive system and age the body

5. Eat calcium rich leafy greens at least 3x per week such as kale, Swiss chard, collard greens and spinach. This will ensure that your bones stay strong.

6. Be creative with your food. Find fun recipes that are healthy and pack a nutrient-dense punch. Check out The Karma Chow Ultimate Cookbook for some easy, plant-based goodness.

7. Drink plenty of pure, filtered water. At least 1/2 oz per every pound of body-weight. Staying hydrated is key in keeping our metabolism firing and energy up.

8. Eat only lean proteins that are palm-sized, such as wild-caught fish, free-range chicken or grass fed beef or bison.

9. Eat a raw, leafy green salad everyday to give your body plenty of fiber and roughage. This helps keep things moving right along, if you know what I mean.

10. Eat fruit instead of processed, sugar-laden pastries, cookies or candies. Fruit has natural sugar and fiber, so you will feel satisfied and still be able to have sweetness in your life as well as getting all the important nutrients.

The bottom line is: Food is Health and Exercise is Fitness. You want both. Eating healthy and moving your body is the key to a long, vital life. You also want to be sure you are taking care of your emotional life as well and thinking positive, happy thoughts. Help others, be of service, make human connections and see what changes happen in your life.

There’s no doubt about it: the hardest part of weight loss is your diet. You have to be even more diligent in the kitchen than in the gym, and it can feel impossible to kick those bad habits to the curb in order to feel and look your very best.

Tony Horton, Beachbody Super Trainer and creator of the famous P90X program, has seen many clients struggle with their diet. All of his experience has given him the tools to help people make lasting, healthy changes in their life — both in the gym and in the kitchen.

POPSUGAR asked Tony for the diet advice he shares with his clients. He shared two nuggets of guidance: eat more plants, and be consistent with your eating habits. “We are in general, as a society, addicted to fat, sugar, salt, and chemicals,” he said. “It’s in everything, and we eat them because it’s so yummy and it satisfies our needs temporarily.”


But then we feel sluggish and tired, and the pounds keep tacking on. “The quality of calories is everything,” he added. This is especially true when you’re working out regularly, because exercising will make you hungry, and your body needs additional fuel to get you through your sweat sessions.

Even if you eat fish and eggs, Tony said, you should have a lot of plants on your plate at each meal. He also pointed out that your organs love it when you feed them plants. “Your organs are typically the things that will help you survive for a very long time or kill you,” he told POPSUGAR. “Even though you can’t see them, they’re in there, and you gotta treat them right.”

Tony pointed out that crash diets are a “futile, frustrating way” to lose weight. People are usually “looking for quick, fast, short-term bouts of weight loss and physique change, but what goes down usually goes back up.”

Rather than trying out the latest crash diet, Tony said it’s all about consistency. Consistently eating healthy foods will bring you so much more success in the long run than doing cleanses a few times a year. “So many people trying to take your money with their techniques of that kind of stuff,” he warned.

So instead of buying into the fad diets out there, follow Tony’s advice and eat a well-balanced, plant-based diet. You’ll likely see a lot of positive changes in your life, both on and off the scale.

Image Source: POPSUGAR Photography / Maria del Rio

10 Lifestyle Rules That the Millionaire Creator of P90X Lives By

Tony Horton is the 57-year-old fitness guru who created the P90X fitness system. As a highly sought after fitness instructor, Horton charges $5,000 per workout session and has trained celebrities like Sean Connery, Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen and Usher.

Horton’s 90-day workout system, which guarantees to get trainees in the best shape of their life, brings in hundreds of millions of dollars in sales each year. P90X, or Power 90 Extreme, involves bodyweight training, cardio, plyometrics, martial arts, yoga and a nutrition plan.

We were lucky enough to talk to Horton over the phone about the most interesting parts about his lifestyle. Here are 10 facts about how one of the world’s most successful fitness gurus lives his life.

1. Horton never drinks coffee.

“I’ve never drank coffee. People are always going back and forth between ‘coffee is great,’ ‘there’s nothing wrong with coffee,’ and ‘I’m quitting coffee.’ I don’t have withdrawals when I quit cauliflower or broccoli. Or coconut water. I don’t have those same issues. If something’s so awesome that when you quit it you can’t even function for a week, what is that telling you?”

2. He sleeps a full 8 hours a night and wakes up at 7 a.m.

“My New Year’s resolution was 7-11. I try to wake up at 7 and go to bed at 11, get my 8 hours. It’s not always that way. I’ll go to bed at midnight if I get to sleep in late. I automatically wake up at 7 a.m., my eyes just open at that hour.”

3. Horton eats a full breakfast packed with protein and vegetables.

“First thing in the morning, if is up she’ll make eggs, four or five egg whites scrambled with some onions and peppers and mushrooms and a little bit of arugula salad with basil and sliced avocado with ground pepper.”

4. What Tony Horton puts in his morning shakes:

“I’ll make a shake with blueberry, strawberry, cashews, and coconut water with flaxseed meal, chia-seed meal and protein powder. Beachbody, a company I work with, makes these boost products — one is a digestive one and one is a greens boost. I love the greens boost, it’s fantastic. I’ll put kale so it looks like I’m drinking ground up grass clippings. It’s fantastic. It depends if I put too much of one thing, or another; I never seem to get it exactly right, but it’s pretty much the same. It’s super filling, nutritious, and quick.”

5. Horton doesn’t eat protein bars.

“I don’t do bars anymore. I’m trying to stay away from manufactured food. I don’t care how fantastic it is. I would say that Quest bars are at the top of the list for healthy bars. I know the CEO of the company, they do their best.”

6. Here’s what he eats for protein instead:

“I do mixed nuts with dark chocolate chips in little plastic bag. It’s unsweetened dark chocolate with almonds and cashews and lightly salted. Bang.”

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7. Horton loves yoga — here’s his favorite position:

“I’d have to say half-moon; I love half-moon. I love it because I’m pretty good at it — I can do it without putting my fingers on the ground.”

8. He’s much happier when he stays away from alcohol.

“No alcohol for me anymore. I never had a problem with it. Even when I drank it, I didn’t really want to. I just did because everyone else did. Without the alcohol I’m just happier, more productive. I don’t wake up with a headache or a flu the next morning like I used to.”

9. Even Tony Horton battles the greatest enemy to any diet: Sugar.

“The hardest thing for me was sugar. It’s been 8 months now, and I’m not completely off, but I used to have a big bowl of cereal every night. Two or three. It wasn’t like I was having sugar snacks. I was just having some puffed rice or I’d always have some ice cream or non-dairy fake ice cream. I was always eating chocolate chip cookies.”

10. Horton recommends reading books on mental and physical health.

“Mandatory reading is ‘The Big Picture’, by Tony Horton. That’s number one. John Ratey’s book ‘Spark’ is a great book on the effects of physical activity on brain function. Exercise is more so about your head and attitude and memory and cognition and your energy as it is changing the shape of your body. People exercise for various reasons. They do it because they want to look different in the future or feel better now, or they want to be able to function better as a human being or as an athlete. That’s a broad range of categories. I’m into the ‘I want to be better/feel good’ category.”

Tony Horton is all about long-term goals and long-term results. That’s why his plan focuses not just on looking better – but on overall well-being. His strategy is twofold: Begin a sustainable fitness routine and practice a simple food plan. Together these elements create a lasting lifestyle change.

From This Episode:

Tony Horton’s Breakthrough Plan to Reshape Your Body

The key component of this breakthrough plan is the “90-10 Rule,” a critical diet guideline. The rule dictates that 90% of the time, you stick to healthy food. Select options that Tony refers to as “clean” foods – items with no preservatives, additives, or chemicals in the ingredients. Your body will thank you for eating natural, fresh items like leafy greens, veggies, lean proteins, whole grains, and healthy fats and oils. The other 10% of the time, you get to cheat! Consider it a reward for your healthy choices. On Tony’s plan, you no longer have to feel guilty for indulging – you can celebrate your good behavior.

Under the plan, you should eat 5 small meals a day, but you can have as few as 3 meals if you snack between them. You don’t need to count every calorie you put in your mouth, but be conscious of your portion sizes. Mastering the diet isn’t as difficult as it sounds – in fact, Tony broke down the plan into three simple rules. No matter what your level of culinary expertise, you can make smart, healthy and delicious choices using these food guidelines:

1. Choose Foods With Only 1 Ingredient

Whole, natural foods are crucial staples in any healthy diet. Unfortunately, much of what we buy is often crammed with unnatural additives and preservatives. Avoid these diet saboteurs by reading food labels to ensure you’re choosing options with only one ingredient. For example, if you grab a pack of frozen peas, check the label to ensure the ingredients read simply as “peas.” Any additional ingredient is superfluous. These “clean” foods are a huge weapon in the battle to reshape your body.

2. Eat Dirty Snacks

This is the 90-10 Rule put into action! It’s tough to go from eating nothing but junk to following a rigid, disciplined diet. Follow your nutrition guide 90% of the time, but cheat on your snacks. You’ll satiate that sweet tooth without feeling deprived or guilty.

3. “Re-Shake” to Reshape Your Body

Preparing meals in advance helps to curb temptation. Instead of hitting up the nearest fast food joint, have this meal-replacement shake instead. Make a big batch on Sunday and then pick one meal a day to enjoy the shake. It’s simple, delicious and full of healthy ingredients.

Tony’s Power Shake



Frozen berries

Protein powder

Almond milk


Water or coconut water


Blend with ice.

The other component of Tony’s miracle plan is his workout. There’s no need to be intimidated – no matter what your fitness level, you can find a way to do each and every exercise. The secret of this plan is that it’s personalized for you. You can tailor the workout to your fitness level and vary the routine to keep up your engagement. Tony’s plan is a combination of cardio, resistance, plyometrics and yoga designed to avoid weight-loss plateaus and injuries. Go at your own pace – do your best and forget the rest! In no time, you’ll start to see results.

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P90X Week 3: Nutrition Plan and Clarification of My Intentions

We had a couple over for dinner last night, and the husband mentioned that I looked as though I had lost weight. I haven’t. Both my husband and I, however, are noticing very slight changes in my “leanness” quotient. I haven’t taken measurements, so I’m not sure if these are real physical results, or if they are psychosomatic. We will see…

Up until now, I haven’t mentioned the P90X Nutrition Plan. In conjunction with the fitness side, Tony Horton encourages that you follow a “strict” eating regimen. I put strict in quotes because for many people, it will seem strict…especially if you are not eating very healthy today. However, if you are LEGITIMATELY* eating healthy, then it won’t seem so bad.

* I think it’s important to note that “healthy” is relative. I’ve had clients who’ve claimed that they eat healthy or “pretty” healthy and I’ll tell you, there are a lot of delusional people out there. It is human nature to remember your healthier moments more than those that are unhealthy. And so, if you use qualifying phrases like “pretty healthy,” “usually healthy” or “healthy most of the time” to describe your eating habits, there is a good chance that you are eating less healthy than you think.

Tony Horton emphasizes that the importance of the P90X Nutrition Plan is that you are properly fueling your body for optimal performance. I agree: If you eat junk, you’ll feel like crap, the exercises will be more difficult, and you’ll see less results. However, if you eat the right foods to help your body perform optimally, you’ll feel better and more energized, you’ll be able to conduct the exercises more easily, and finally, you’ll see the results that you want to see.

The P90X Nutrition Plan is structured into three phases, depending on your nutritional and fitness levels:

Phase Goal Protein Carbohydrates Fat**
Phase 1: Fat Shredder Strengthen muscle and shed excess body fat 50% 30% 20%
Phase 2: Energy Booster Maintain Phase 1 changes with additional energy for midstream performance 40% 40% 20%
Phase 3: Endurance Maximizer Supports peak physical performance and satisfaction over the long term 20% 60% 20%

** A point about Fat: In the portion approach, Tony Horton specifies that you should have 1 fat. This may sound completely unrealistic, but again, it’s all dependent on what you view as healthy. In the P90X Nutrition Plan, one fat is equal to 3 ounces of Avocado, 4 ounces of olives or 1 Tablespoon of Canola, Flaxseed or Olive oil. This fat portion is specific to WHOLE fats. And 1 Tablespoon of oil for the day is relatively realistic. When you look at other allowed foods, you’ll notice that you can have nuts and a variety of cheeses. These are fats too! So don’t feel as though you are super deprived of fats because you only get “One” fat.

The P90X Nutrition Plan phases don’t follow the workout phases. Instead, you have to pay attention to how your body responds to each phase to know what is best. In short, the more fit you are, the more Phase 3 will be appropriate. Whereas if you need to lose a lot of weight or are out of shape, you’ll probably see best results (at the beginning) if you go on the Fat Shredder. Personally, I’ve always eaten somewhere in the Phase 2 area. My fat intake tends to be around 20% and will rarely go over 30%, and I feel that I do well on a higher protein diet. I think that for most people who are fit and not looking to be elite athletes, Phase 2 is good. However, if you use “healthy” as a loose term to express how you eat, you may very well benefit from following the P90X Nutrition Plan closely.

Tony Horton provides three approaches for the P90X Nutritition Plan:

  1. The Portion Approach: Personally, I find this the easiest. It tells you how many servings of each food type you can consume.
  2. The Meal Approach: This requires that you use a lot of the P90X Nutrition Plan book recipes.
  3. The Quick Approach: This is best for those who don’t want to cook.

For any of these approaches, I highly recommend that you use NutritionData.com or FitDay.com to track your food intake and to understand the ratio of protein, carbs and fat you are consuming.

My Personal Intentions with the P90X Nutrition Plan: In my book – “GET REAL” and STOP Dieting! – I discuss my 85% – 15% rule. What this means is that you follow a “strict,” healthy diet 85% of the time and allow yourself to indulge in moderation (15%) of the time. For instance, on the weekends have dessert, have some wine, etc. The ONLY way I can see anyone achieving sustainable results is to follow a diet that is realistic. If you deny yourself too much, you will inevitably fall off the wagon. So, that being said, I am following the P90X Nutrition Plan as much as I would have before.

The real test in doing P90X is to see if the fitness philosophy of muscle confusion works. Prior to P90X, I worked out 6 days a week and did three days of weight training and 3 days of cardio, and ate very healthy (legitimately). So, again, the workout time hasn’t changed…but the workouts have. THAT is the test I’m conducting.

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P90X Nutrition and Fitness Plan

P90X2 Creator, Tony Horton

The P90X Nutrition Plan is a 13-week program that is designed to assist dieters to lose weight and build muscle.

It is used in conjunction with the P90X Workout Program that includes intensive resistance training routines.

Recently P90X revamped their whole program and it’s now called P90X3.

P90X3 Diet Basics

The P90X3 Nutrition Plan includes three phases:

Phase 1: Fat Shredder

This phase is the lowest in calories to help kick start weight loss and is followed for the first four weeks.

Carbohydrates are almost completely eliminated while protein intake is kept high to help with building muscle and burning fat.

Phase 2: Energy Booster

In phase two complex carbohydrates are added back into the diet to allow you to train harder and keep up with the intense workouts during this phase.

Dieters are permitted to eat three serves of complex carbohydrates such as whole wheat bread, pasta or oatmeal as well as one piece of low glycemic index fruit daily.

Protein intake also remains high so as to aid in muscle recovery.

You can stick with this phase as long as it is working for you and only need to progress to phase 3 if you want to increase muscular endurance and gain more muscle.

Phase 3: Endurance Maximizer

Carbohydrates are increased further to give you the stamina necessary to get through the high-intensity workouts of this phase.

In All Phases

In all of the phases eating frequent small meals and drinking lots of water are emphasized.

Dieters have two options for each phase; either follow the meal plan or the portion plan. The meal plan includes sample menus with recipes.

With the portion plan, you are given a list of how many serves of each food type you are allowed so you can devise your own meal plans.

Before you start the program you will need to calculate your recommended calorie intake, which is based on your activity level and resting metabolic rate.

Recommended Foods

Lean meat, eggs, low-fat milk and cheese, fresh fruits and vegetables, peanut butter, flax seeds, wholegrain bread and pasta, dried fruit, soy nuts, protein bars, mustard, salsa, fat-free salad dressing.

Sample P90X3 Meal Plan



Morning Snack

Scrambled eggs


Chicken breast
Green salad

Afternoon Snack

Protein bar
1 apple


Grilled fish
Steamed vegetables

Evening Snack

Protein shake

Exercise Recommendations

Exercise is the foundation of the P90X2 plan and the program includes 12 DVD’s that demonstrate weight training, cardio, and yoga exercise routines.

The workouts are based on the principle of ‘muscle confusion’, which accelerates results by constantly introducing new moves and routines so that your body doesn’t have time to adapt.

Costs and Expenses

The P90X2 Program is available in three levels; for

  • 3 payments of $39.50 for the basic version.
  • 3 payments of $79.90 for the deluxe.
  • 3 payments of $109.85 for the ultimate kit.

It’s available on Blu-ray disc and in Spanish also.

iPhone App

P90X3 also has an iPhone app available to assist people who are working through the program.

It shows you how to perform the exercises as well as allows you to keep track of your nutrition and record your progress.

This is handy because you can easily take your smartphone to the gym and still have access to the P90X system with the ability to record your progress on the go. There are several other apps available that go into the development of each muscle group more extensively as well.


  • Less expensive than a gym membership or hiring a personal trainer.
  • Does not require the purchase of expensive home exercise equipment.
  • High protein diet reduces appetite and promotes muscle recovery.
  • Includes recipes with nutritional information.
  • Online support has been shown to increase the likelihood of success.
  • Comes with a 90-day money back guarantee.


  • Many dieters experience fatigue in phase one due to the very low intake of carbohydrates.
  • Very restrictive and difficult to eat out.
  • Limits the intake of fresh fruits.
  • The high level of physical activity will not be suitable for all dieters.
  • Requires meal planning and preparation in advance.

Intense But Can Produce Results

Dieters may struggle with low energy levels during the first phase of P90X2 due to the very low intake of carbohydrates and calories.

It may be necessary to adjust your daily routines and limit physical activity other than the prescribed workouts. Once dieters reach phase two it will generally be much easier to maintain energy levels.

P90X will most appeal to the highly motivated dieter who enjoys intense physical activity. It will require a lot of discipline to stick to the program, however, dieters will likely be rewarded with positive results.

By Mizpah Matus B.Hlth.Sc(Hons) Comments now closed Last Reviewed: January 25, 2018

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