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We are currently on week 7 of the new work out program created by Beach Body and Tony Horton. P90X Plus is exactly what it claims to be, a more intense and extreme workout for people who have completed at least one cycle of P90X . (You actually need the original P90X disks to do the overall workout program)
For the record, it is hard and you will sweat loads. And now for the review.
P90X Plus is an extension of the original P90X system. The introduction of new exercises is great, and I HIGHLY recommend that you pick up the new push up stands and P90X Pull Up Bar . The new disks include:
- Interval X Plus
- Kenpo Cadrio Plus
- Upper Plus
- Total Body Plus
- Abs/Core Plus
The regular (“Classic”) version is a 12 week program which mixes the new videos with the old on a A, B, C, D, A, C cycle. (Not going to get to specific as you can see the workout regimen here ) As far as workouts go, this program is an excellent addition to P90X. The two glaring weaknesses are the over use of Upper Plus/Abs Core Plus combo, and the fact that again Tony missed the mark with his Cardio Kenpo X option (AGAIN). (Also, they are pushing the BowFlex SelecTech Dumbells WAY to much, though they will be a HUGE space savings for you)
Now for the video breakdown:
- Interval X Plus – This is not easy. A great interval workout, and one hell of a calorie burner.
- Kenpo Cadrio Plus – WOW, is this terrible. The workout is weak, there is no concept of flow between moves, and because of the lack of flow the chance of staying in the zone is close to zero. The only way to make this a viable workout is to completely rework every move, so, why bother doing it in the first place? Do “Plyometrics” instead, that is another kick ass workout. (and I am not even blasting it because the “martial arts” aspect of it is crap)
- Upper Plus – Great workout on its own, and even better with the follow up of Abs Core Plus.
- Total Body Plus – Another really good full body work out. The emphasis on “Core Training” throughout is exceptional
- Abs/Core Plus – The final addition to the new videos. It is a good mix of abs and core, and though I like AbRipper X better, it is a very good workout.
The first 6 weeks of the program were very good, but by week 7 I am really getting sick of Upper Plus/Abs/Core Plus. This feeling has nothing to do with the effectiveness of the workouts, it is because I have been doing it twice a week every week. (except week 4 when I only did it once that week) I think this workout collection could have used one more video upper body workout just to add more variety.
They do introduce a “Trainer Track” which is an option where Tony gives tips to improve form and effectiveness. Nice touch.
The music, well, they make a big point that this is a special composition from the lead singer of Chicago . (What happened to Peter Cetera) Apparently this guy should stick to singing, and stay away from composing. They really should get some “extreme music” for these programs, maybe Pantera or Rollins Band ! (Ok, there are a tons of options, but lose the sleeper soundtrack! How about some Richard Cheese , he is out of LA)
As I said before, this is an excellent follow up to P90X, and I do recommend it for anyone wanting to augment their initial P90X routine. It will mix things up, and keep you from burning out, and it really does hit your body in new and intense ways. I am counting the days until I do P90X classic again, because I think I am going to really see massive gains next time round. P90X Plus is one heck of a primer for what is coming!!!
(I will follow up with more at the end of the 12 week cycle)
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