After several rounds of P90X workout, I was super excited to start P90X2. This workout is structured very different from its predecessor and has 3 training phases:
- Phase 1 Foundation
- Phase 2 Strength
- Phase 3 Performance
When I first started, I was underwhelmed with P90X2 Foundation. In the first couple of workout days, the exercises seemed easy and boring; and nothing like what I experienced with the original P90X. Now into week 3 of Phase 1 Foundation, I realize that the Foundation really delivers on its promise of efficient fitness. It truly provides the necessary training to develop a solid base. A solid base and core will help anyone to perform better when it comes to strength training, the second phase of P90X2.
The main thing to remember in this phase is focus and form. Without those two important ingredients, you’ll have a tough time with the difficult balance moves. With lots of yoga and pilates behind me, the balance move were great to continue my development and I didn’t find them especially hard. However, I say they are difficult because if you don’t have experience with this, you will be starting from the beginning. Believe me, in week 3 of the P90X2 Foundation phase, my balance is even better than before and my core is much stronger.
Before moving on to another phase, you should be very proficient at each workout. The flexibility of the P90X2 schedule works well because you can stay in any phase for 3 to 6 weeks. I plan to stay in this Phase 1 for 3 weeks and then move on to Strength. That’s where I will stay for 6 weeks since I need more help in that area.
Overall, Foundation is a great phase to be in. Focus on your form most of all. It’s better to do fewer of each exercise using great form, than slop through more reps. With P90X2 Phase 1 Foundation, you will stand taller, look better, and perform better in the next 2 phases.