Tyler Robbins Fitness

B.Sc. Biochemistry, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), Certified CrossFit Trainer (CCFT/CF-L3), USA Weightlifting Level 1

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P90X2 Plyocide Coaching, Advice, and Complete Review

My original video review (January 9th 2012)

Equipment Needed

Cast

Roberto

Mark

Traci

Worksheet

Introduction

Welcome to P90X2! You will first encounter Plyocide on day 2 of the P90X2 schedule. Tony refers to this routine as "Death by Jumping!" This is a performance based routine with some balance and cardiovascular elements sprinkled in.

Plyometrics is arguably one of the most popular routines from the original P90X program, so it was natural for me to be excited to give this one a try. One thing most people don't realize, however, is that although the title may suggest it, the original P90X Plyometrics doesn't have that many tried and true "plyometric exercises" in it. This routine focuses more on the explosive nature of true plyometric training.

Pros

There is a good combination of balance, plyometric, and cardiovascular-based exercises here. If you truly push yourself, especially on the explosive movements, then you will get your heart rate soaring!

Unlike the original Plyo-X, this routine doesn't have any repeat exercises. I like the fact that the routine keeps rolling and keeps you interested throughout.

The pacing is perfect, as there are blocks of exercises that keep your heart rate up, but at the same time gives you quick enough breaks to recover a bit to get the most out of the plyometric exercises.

The end of the routine also has a great stretching sequence using Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) stretching.

Cons

This is not a cardiovascular blaster of a routine to the likes of Insanity or Asylum. Keep in mind that that is not necessarily the point, however. Instead, this routine is based on sports performance and explosiveness (plyometrics). For that purpose, this routine gives ample resting periods to make sure you maximize your potential during the sequences that require 100% effort.

This routine falls a bit short on time. If you are coming off a program like Insanity or Asylum this routine will feel short, but again, with performance in mind, this routine is just about right in my opinion.

Difficulty

This routine is broken up into 4 main "classes" of exercises: balance, strength, plyometric or explosive, and cardiovascular.

Plyometrics can be very high impact, especially if you are trying to maximize every movement, so that will definitely get your heart rate soaring if you are pushing yourself during your reps.

The more cardio-based or agility sequences are a bit less impact, but they are more about speed and increasing your heart rate. Since these exercises are only 60 seconds long, you should be pushing yourself to the limit and should be exhausted by the time that timer runs out.

As I have said above, this is not as difficult as an Insanity or Asylum routine, but difficult enough in its own ways, especially if you are pushing yourself (like you should) to get 100% explosiveness on every plyometric movement.

Difficulty: 5/5

Workout Design

This routine begins with the typical P90X2 dynamic warm-up.

You progress through 5 "rounds" of 4 exercises per round. Each round has 1 of each "element" thrown in - balance, strength, plyo, cardio.

The pacing is perfect in my opinion, giving you time to rest and recover when needed in order to maximize your potential during the plyometric movements.

I really enjoyed the plyometric exercises in this routine, as they are more plyometric in nature and designed to increase sports performance when compared to a routine like the original Plyo-X.

It is also great having the PNF stretch sequencing at the end of the routine. It is a great way to cool down and maximize your stretching potential.

I think even one more round of 4 exercises would've made this a nearly perfect routine as it does feel a bit short, but definitely an enjoyable routine!

Workout Design: 4.5/5

Advice

For more information on PNF stretching, go here.

Overall

Most people need to realize that the original Plyometrics from P90X is no entirely "plyometric" there is actually quite a few exercises in that routine that are NOT plyometric.

I think they were trying to design a routine here that is part plyometric, part cardio, and then a bit of balance for more core/athletic training.

Plyometric exercises place a LOT of strain/stress on the joints so more recovery time between plyometric exercises is needed.

Having said all of that, I personally really enjoy this routine and am always dripping with sweat and pretty spent by the end.

Overall: 9.5/10





P90X2 X2 Core Coaching, Advice, and Complete Review

My original video review (January 8th 2012)

Equipment Needed

Cast

Dale

Taylor

Barbie

Worksheet

Introduction

Welcome to P90X2. X2 Core will more than likely be your first sampling of P90X2, so be ready for core engagement 101! This routine has 17 exercises following a dynamic warmup, coming in at about 56 minutes total run time. Although you may be used to kicking things off with Chest & Back on day of the original P90X schedule, think of day 1 and phase 1 of P90X2 as your practice and training session to prepare you for the strength training found in phase 2.

Pros

P90X2 takes the adage that you can't shoot a cannon out of a canoe. What this means is that in order to be a strong, capable athlete who can perform better during your training sessions, not to mention every day life, you need to have a good solid base. Phase 1 of P90X2 is all about starting to build that solid base.

This routine will be very polarizing for many who try it. For those of you who have good core stability and control may actually find this routine "easy" or pointless. However, those of you who are new to core training may find this routine to be very difficult and discouraging. Either way, stick with it, as I am sure this will help you focus on getting better in some way.

I really enjoy the dynamic warmups in P90X2. Sure, they may seem long to some of you, but remember that in order to train dynamically, you must warm up your body appropriately to engage the muscles that will be trained to maximize the potential from the workout.

Cons

This routine isn't too bad, but the introduction into P90X2 can and will be very humbling/frustrating for a lot of people. It will take some time to "build-up" to the intensified versions of these exercises.

If you have balance issues or are not engaging your core properly, some of these exercises may seem too easy or far too difficult. Use my video below, as well as the Coaching in the workout itself to focus on modifying exercises so that you can intensify over time.

I am not a big fan of the "X2 Diver" exercise in this routine. Personally, I think it seems a bit out of place in this routine. To have you catch yourself in a push-up position on the very first day of the program seems a bit extreme. I discuss this in my video below, and show a way to modify.

Difficulty

This, along with a lot of the other P90X2 workouts, will actually become more and more difficult the more you do them and the better you get at the exercises. A lot of these exercises have a decent learning curve to them so for example, the first few times you do it, you may only be able to get a couple reps of a specific exercise before you have to modify to finish.

As your skill level increases and you become better at a given exercise, you will then be able to do more repetitions, therefore increasing the intensity of the workout.

This is definitely a different routine than what one may be used to on day 1 of Beachbody's other programs like P90X or even Insanity. This is not a muscle scorching or even a hardcore cardio-esque routine. Instead, it is designed to systematically build up your skill and core strength so that you can maximize your results during Phase 2.

Having said that, this routine is difficult enough in its own ways, especially to folks who are new to this kind of training.

Difficulty: 4/5

Workout Design

All P90X2 workouts have lengthy, dynamic warmups designed to prep the body for the athletic training. I am glad to see Beachbody do away with the rather outdated static stretching found in P90X, for example. Instead, by warming the body up dynamically, you are better prepared to move in a variety of planes athletically and therefore maximize your training.

The workout itself is split up into 17 straight exercises with very little break in between each one.

This routine is not intended to have you laying on the ground doing crunches all day (that idea is also out-dated), nor will it crank your heart rate through the roof, but there are a list of exercises here to get your body used to the idea of engaging the core.

For majority of the people doing this routine, there will be a lot of new and interesting exercises here to keep you interested!

Workout Design: 5/5

Advice

  1. Have a towel nearby to ensure that your hands are dry. You will be doing push-ups on stability balls and medicine balls, it is dangerous to do so with wet hands.

  2. Make every single repetition count! This is not a routine designed to go for max reps necessarily, instead, you want to focus on engaging your core and listening to the cues in the workout as well as any tips I can give you in the video below to maximize every single exercise.

  3. Form is king.

  4. If you reach a point where you can do full reps with great form, then don't be afraid of adding extra reps in to increase intensity. Do not rush things, however.

Overall

As I said, this is not the most difficult or crushing routine by any stretch of the imagination. However, this routine has its purpose in the P90X2 schedule, and that is so that you can practice properly engaging your core, not to mention working on some of these balance and coordination elements and movement patterns so that you can maximize your results from Phase 2 and 3.

Overall: 8/10