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So, you’ve completed P90X or Insanity and now you are looking at what should you do next, right? There’s so many different workout options now, that it becomes a monumental task trying to make sense of all the numbers and marketing gimmicks, that even the sanest of persons would just walk away. But don’t worry, I’ve got you covered on this analysis of the main differences between P90X2 VS P90X3.

 

X3

Well, for the best answer, let’s go to the source. According to Tony Horton, the man behind the “X” craze, P90X, X2 and then X3, is that: “They’re all different, and they all build on each other in both directions by adding different fitness elements. If you’ve already done P90X and P90X2, you’re still going to be challenged by X3. But if you’re starting from scratch, I think it’s the best place to begin.”

One of the biggest complaints was that P90X was too long. Some days the time commitment needed to get your workout done, was a little over an hour, with the Yoga X workout a little over 90 minutes. I don’t know about you, but with busy schedules, trying to fit an hour and a half long workout was not very realistic.

So, with P90X3, Horton and the folks at Beachbody have taken notice of a new fitness trend and develop a workout routine that you can finish from warm up to cool down in 30 minutes. These workouts are based on high intensity interval training and a series of moves that use several muscle groups, instead of isolation moves. These moves have shown to burn more calories because you are engaging all the large muscle groups: For example, leg and back muscles. X3 also mixes different styles of training, which means that this routine is varied and fun.

I would say that X3 as well as other newer workouts such as T25 or Max 30 are great for those starting out and / or those with busy schedules who need a routine that they can do in the shortest amount of time, while still getting the benefits they’re looking for.

As with other versions of P90X, you are going to need some equipment in order to do these routines: Resistance bands or dumbbells. A pull up bar, stability ball, medicine balls and a yoga mat. There are seven different workouts: Total Synergistics, Agility X, X3 Yoga, The Challenge, CVX, The Warrior and X3 Ab Ripper. All workouts are 30 minutes, plus 15 minutes for the ab routine.

 

X2

If you were ever a subscriber of the Tony Horton One on One monthly series, you saw a lot of the routines and individual moves already. In a way, those One on One discs were kind of like a sketch pad where Tony was testing different moves and combos to make X2.

P90X2 focuses on newer research and theories behind fitness training: the focus is on functional fitness, multi-segment or compound moves with a strong emphasis on core strength and stability. Tony and Beachbody worked closely with the National Association of Sport’s Medicine when creating X2, using what is called the Optimal Performance Training model or OPT.

The moves during the routines while not new, they are now more challenging. For example, if on P90X you were doing plyo pushups, now you are doing them on top of medicine balls, which means that you have to engage your core and that all the smaller, stabilizer muscles get engaged during the moves.

P90X2 is a really challenging workout that focuses on compound moves while balancing on one leg or unstable surfaces. Thing med or stability ball, for example. These types of moves are working both metabolic and aerobic energy systems in the body in a more challenging way.

The workout routines are still about an hour long, with Yoga X being shorter in comparison with the original Yoga X routine.

The equipment that you will need is very similar to P90X: weights or resistance bands, a pull up bar, yoga mat. But now you also will need a stability ball and four medicine balls. Although you could potentially use a basketball or a soccer ball.

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