After completing P90X2 Phase 1, I was super excited to start Phase 2 Strength. During the first week, I understood why the first 3 weeks of Foundation was so important. I now had a good, solid base to work on getting stronger.
Strength Phase Similar to P90X
The Strength Phase 2 of P90X2 is more similar to the familiar exercises in the original P90X. But these have added challenges that can results in even greater gains. The balance and good form really comes in handy.
There is a lot more attention to warming up in P90X2. All the workouts in the Phase 2 schedule start with a stretching cycle. The stretches are fantastic but very repetitious throughout the workout DVDs. I was a little bored with doing the same exact stretches but the moves were very effective in preparing the body with a great warm-up.
If you find yourself a little frustrated with Phase 1, I can honestly tell you to pay attention and get it done. The exercises in P90X2 Strength require the basic stability and balance you gained in that phase. These moves go beyond just doing bicep curls, for example. You’ll be doing bicep curls while balancing on one leg. That is a whole other level of training that will prove difficult for you without getting through the Foundation Phase of X2. You’ll need all the core stability you can muster up for this phase!
Flexibility of the Program
One thing I truly love about P90X2 is the flexibility in lengthening or shortening the amount of time you stay in each phase depending on your own needs. I will say that if you want to look good in your sleeveless tank top this summer, stay in Phase 2 Strength for the full 6 weeks. This is where gains in muscle mass and toning will be most evident.
I started the next phase a little too soon and going back to stay in Phase 2 another 2 weeks. I also added some other cardio into the schedule 3 times a week to really kick the fitness up a notch!