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P90X2 Available Now!

Thursday, August 18th, 2011

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 P90X2 Is Available Now!

P90X2 finally here!  I have been excited about this for months. P90X2 is now available now from your Beachbody Coach, me, that is.   I bought the P90X2 Ultimate package and am NOT disappointed.

 

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  • 2 Free 1-on-1 Workout DVDs
  • Eligible to send in your P90X2 success story to be used in the future infomercial.
  • P90X2 Promo T-shirt

 

 

Will P90X2 be Harder than P90X?

This is the number one question I’ve been getting.  I’d love to tell you some story about how Tony said it would be the most grueling workout ever made and that only people that have done P90X 5 times should even attempt P90X2.  Yeah, I’d love to tell you that, but the truth is it won’t be harder than P90X.  It will just be better.

 

Muscle Confusion – Periodization

Periodization (or muscle confusion as it was called in P90X) is nothing new.  All sorts of athletes have been using this training method for years.  Most them had professional coaches who closely monitored their progress.  In recent years training plans have become readily available.  The problem with those plans, and a weakness of P90X, is that they are cookie cutter plans.  You frankly might not be ready to move from Phase I of P90X to Phase II of P90X, but there it is on the schedule – Recovery Week – Phase II.  P90X2 will change that by using flexible training periods.  We suggest you work with a Team Beachbody Coach to figure out how and when to switch phases.  I’ll even offer to Coach you for FREE.

 

Here are the Phases you’ll see in P90X2

As I mentioned in the previous section, each Phase is customizable.  You’ll really want to work with a Coach to be sure that you are ready to move to the next Phase.  You will need to master certain movements prior to moving on, so make sure your Coach is using a Performance Based Assessment, and not something less scientific.  I’ve been doing these types of assessments with the people I Coach through Insanity and P90X for quite some time now.  If you are in the pre-order group, I’ll be doing the program with you.

 

Phase I – Foundation:  3 to 5 Weeks

In Phase I of P90X2, the base training phase, you can expect to:

  • Move Better
  • Feel Better
  • Reduce Likelihood of Injury

This Phase is really about building up fitness in your stabilizing muscles.  The goal is to fix imbalances that most of us have.    P90X2′s Foundation Phase is designed to level those types of things out and get you ready for Phase II.

 

Phase II – Strength: 3 to 6 Weeks

This is going to be hard…very hard.  In Phase II of P90X2 you can expect to:

  • Get stronger through wider range of motion
  • Get more supple
  • Look good

P90X2 will combine strength and stability.  You’ll be doing pushups with your hands and feet on balls.  You’ll do levers, a brutal pull up maneuver.  If you have carpet, your stability ball will burn a hole in it.

 

Phase III – Performance: 3 to 4 Weeks

This is where the money is at.  Performance.  Steve Edwards taught me a long time ago to use performance as the key measure of fitness with the people I Coach.  Most of the work I do is designed to make me a better cyclist and triathlete.  That’s about performance.  In Phase III of P90X2 you can expect to:

  • Jump higher, run faster, ride faster and be more explosive
  • Start to feel like a kid again

It’s amazing what fitness will do for your attitude.  Get to Phase III of a program like P90X2 and you’ll know what I’m talking about.

This is the Phase when the P90X2 workout employs P.A.P. or Post Activation Potential.  P.A.P. is fascinating.  P.A.P. only works in conditioned athletes only, so you don’t want to even attempt this type of workout until you’ve done the work in the other Phases or you could get hurt.  P.A.P. increases the production of muscle cell motor units adding explosive power.  P90X2 will have you doing a weighted resistance exercise prior to an explosive exercise.  That type of training results in amazing muscle growth. Beachbody knew this type of training would require some expert input, so they brought in Dr. Marcus Elliott of P3 (Peak Performance Project).  Dr. Elliott works with professional athletes and has them doing a lot of P.A.P. workouts.  He was the first to point out that this type of training is great, but the body needs to be conditioned in order to be able to perform at this level.

 

The P90X2 Workouts

Here’s the line up:

  • X2 Core
  • Plyocide
  • X2 Recovery and Mobility
  • X2 Total Body
  • X2 Yoga – an hour and five minutes of strength based Hatha flow
  • Balance + Power
  • Chest & Back and Balance
  • X2 Shoulders & Arms
  • Base & Back
  • PAP Lower
  • PAP Upper
  • X2 Ab Ripper
  • V Sculpt – Deluxe Pack
  • X2 Chest + Shoulders + Tris – Deluxe Pack

The P90X2 Nutrition Guide

You can expect similar service once this is in my hands.  It’s going to be very different from the P90X Nutrition Guide, because it will be broader in scope.  The P90X2 Nutrition Guide will cater to vegans, vegetarians, pescitarians, paleo and an assortment of other nutritional theories.  Basically its going to be fully comprehensive nutrition for you, depending on how you want to eat. The plans going to have that covered because there are 27 diet guides in the P90X2 Nutrition Guide.

 

P90X2 Packages and Costs

P90X2 will be available on Blu-Ray, so the cost structure below, will include both the DVD and Blu-Ray prices.

 

P90X2 Base Package

This includes the workouts listed above, except the last two listed “Deluxe Pack”, the Nutrition Guide, a Workout Guide and a 90 day calendar.

  • DVD – $119.85
  • Blu-Ray – $149.85
P90X2 Base Kit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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P90X2 Deluxe Package

This pack includes everything in the Base Package, but adds the V Sculpt and X2 Chest + Shoulders + Tris workouts and a foam roller, two medicine balls, and a large stability ball.

  • DVD – $239.85
  • Blu-Ray – $299.85

The foam roller is going to incorporated into a couple of programs, but you’ll see it in the X2 Recovery and Mobility section in particular.  It helps iron out the kinks.  I have been using it for about 18 months now, and it really does help.

 

P90X2-Deluxe-Kit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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P90X 2 Ultimate Package

 

The Ultimate Package gives you everything in the Deluxe Pack, except the foam roller, which is an upgraded model in the Ultimate Pack (see picture below).  The Ultimate Pack also adds a set of Tony Horton’s Power Stands to the party.  These are really good for pushups and shoulder moves like Pike Presses.  Some of my favorite equipment.

  • DVD – $299.85
  • Blu-Ray – $359.85
P90X2-Ultimate-Kit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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P90X2 Discounts

Everybody loves a deal.  Here are a couple of ways you can save a few bucks and/or add some value to your P90X2 experience.

 

 

Ordering from Team OverActive

You’ll get a few extra things at the same cost if you order it from us rather than Beachbody.  Here’s what we are offering to our customers.

  • Free Coaching – If you want to sign up for the Beachbody Club membership, go right ahead, but we have never charged for our Coaching and we are not about to start now.  Get us assigned to you before you purchase, by CLICKING HERE.
  • Two Additional DVD’s – When you order from us, you’ll also receive two of Tony Horton’s One on One workouts on DVD.  The workouts are “4 Legs” and “Upper Body Balance”.  Both these workouts will fit well with what P90X2 is trying to accomplish in its various phases.  Please be sure we are assigned to you before you purchase in order to get this deal.

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X2 Core Workout

 

P.A.P. Lower Workout

Simple Carbs vs. Complex Carbs

Friday, August 12th, 2011

Carbs are just carbs right? Wrong. Different carbohydrates have different effects on your body and could either give you that energy you need or just plain slow you down. So which is which?

Carbohydrates in general provide a majority of the “fuel” your body needs to keep going and doing so efficiently. What is important is the kind of carbohydrates you choose to put in your body and knowing the effect those carbohydrates will have.

    • Simple carbohydrates, like soft drinks, candy bars and donuts give you that brief “fix” of energy and then you’re tired again and looking for that boost of energy, so you grab something else that consists mostly of sugar and unhealthy fat to relive that ‘fix”. It’s unhealthy and unproductive in your quest to becoming a healthier, more energetic person. The other down side of simple carbohydrates is that for the most part they have no nutritional value, can cause quick highs and lows in your blood sugar levels and make visits to the dentist frequent due to your intake of sugar.
    • Complex carbohydrates consist of beans, grains and some vegetables that have nutrients in them such as B-vitamins, iron and fiber. Complex carbohydrates are more beneficial due to their staying power in the body and work as an on-going energy source releasing those nutrients throughout the day. Not only are complex carbohydrates beneficial for supplying “healthy” energy to your body, these carbohydrates can help regulate your blood sugar levels, help lower blood cholesterol and they don’t give you that “fix” and energy drop like simple carbohydrates do.

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So, in a nut shell, the best carbohydrates for you to have, which would be considered complex carbs, are the following:

  • Oatmeal (combining it with honey, yogurt and raisins not only gives plain oatmeal extra flavor, but also gives you added energy.
  • Bananas (having one/day limits and/or prevents stiffness that could come from having a sedentary job).
  • Beans (jelly beans don’t count in this food group)
  • Many veggies are perfect complex carbs!  They are high in water, low in fat, have lots of great vitamins and minerals. Broccoli, cauliflower, spinach, potatoes, yams, corn, carrots, onions, all types of lettuce, celery, cucumbers, cabbage, artichokes and asparagus.  Yum yum!
  • Whole grains, which are high in fiber and they contain antioxidants similar to fruit and vegetables. Look for whole grain breads, pastas and rice.
  • Dried fruits like apricots, raisins and figs, which are low-fat and high-energy snacks. **Commercially packaged dried fruits contain sulfur dioxide-increases your risk of asthma, so be aware of the way you purchase the fruit.

Choose wisely and not just what looks and sounds good for that moment. Your body will thank you for it later and appreciate your decisions time after time.

Are There Really Benefits To Being A Positive Person?

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

Honestly, if you or someone you know has to ask this question then be afraid, be very afraid.   Absolutely there are benefits about being, thinking and acting positively and especially associating with positive people.  Don’t get me wrong, we all have things happen in our lives that are or that we consider to be devastating, life changing, abnormal or negative.  How you choose to handle these types of situations is up to you.  I know, I know,  easier said than done, but you at least have to try at becoming a better person for yourself and those who have to spend almost every waking hour around you, either  at home or at work.

Think about it.  If you believe that bad things happen to you all of the time, that the world is coming to an end, that there is absolutely no light at the end of the tunnel, then you will be destined to live a life of loneliness, depression and misery.  Think again, is that really considered living? No.  It’s called moping, vile and you just carry around a huge cloud of boo-hoo everywhere you go.  Who really wants to befriend such a negative person?

So, why is it important to LIVE a positive life?attitude is everything graphic

  • Studies have shown that people become more successful easier and faster than their negative counterparts.
  • The obvious of being a happier person.
  • More energy and inner power and strength to accomplish and achieve goals in LIFE.
  • You end up with this amazing power to inspire and motivate others.
  • With a positive mindset, any adversity you might face, will be handled with a greater logic and reasoning.
  • “Good things happen to good (positive) people”.
  • People respect and want to be around you. You end up being a positive role model for your children, for those who work with you or for you and relationships become less stressful and more enjoyable.

This is a choice and your choice should be that you want to Be Happy and “look on the bright side of life”.  In situations of stress or negativity there has to be some positive in it or you would never get out of it alive.  Things blow over with time, patience and positivity.

You eat right and work out to keep your body in shape, but do you ever think about how you can make your mind/body healthier.  Positive thinking, positive people and a positive attitude will take you farther than you know when it comes to your mental and physical health.

A baby mosquito came back after its 1st fight.
Dad asked: “How did you feel?”
Baby mosquito replied: “Dad it was wonderful. Everyone was clapping for me”

Moral: Take everything positively

Who Loses Weight Faster? Men or Women?

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

Men are bigger and have more muscle than women. Why? Could it possibly be due to a certain hormone called testosterone? Yes. Men are genetically engineered, made, designed to have a higher percentage of muscle and less fat. Why would this matter? Because these factors keep men fit and allow them to eat more calories.

Women, not having hardly close to the amount of testosterone as men have, and for good reason, need to build more muscle and get their engine revving by picking up some weights, start pumping and get moving. Women will increase their muscle mass and decrease stored fat by doing strength training a minimum of two times a week.

Benefits of strength training, for both men and women, is building muscle mass and it will help burn more calories. Strength training will also prevent osteoporosis by strengthening the bones. Strengthening of the bones is particularly important to women, because women are more apt than men are to having osteoporosis.

Women tend to gain their weight below the waist (think hips and thighs) “pear shaped”, while men tend to gain weight in the middle (oh those dang “beer bellies”) “apple shaped”. Seeing as most fat is deposited in these specific areas of men and women, the most concern comes from the fat stored in the belly, due to this causing a higher risk for developing heart disease.

On average men have faster metabolisms than women. Men have higher amounts of lean body mass (aka muscle) than women. Due to this lean body mass, the metabolism rate is determined and a body burns more calories due to this lean body mass. More muscle = higher metabolism. Research shows that on average “the metabolism of a man is 5 to 10 percent higher than that of a woman of the same weight and height.”

On average, women tend to be physically less active than men.  The American Journal of Physiology found that women burn an average of 16% fewer daily calories than men. A women’s resting metabolic rate was 6% lower than a man’s and the calories burned during physical activity were 37% lower for a woman than that of a man.

Here is the skinny, eat right and keep moving. A majority of men will surpass women in weight loss even if they are on the same workout regime (program), but women should not be discouraged with the efforts they are giving towards their weight loss goals because people are different and the dedication you put forth in your program will have positive results for you in the end.

Good luck.

Are You Getting The “Support” You Need During Your Workout?

Wednesday, August 10th, 2011

Consider some of the programs that are being done (P90x, Insanity, TurboFire) or maybe just everyday athletics like running, biking, hiking. Have you ever thought about the “support” or lack thereof you are getting from what lies beneath your clothing. Think sport bra, athletic shoes, jock strap??? As a women it is very important to have the right “support”, especially during High Impact activities, which are a majority of what our group concentrates on participating in.

sports braPurchase bras for those activities that specifically are marked for “High Activity” exercise. Depending on your cup size you will either need a Compression bra (A-B cup), Compression/Encapsulation Bra (C-D cup) or a Encapsulation Bra (D-DD cup). The band underneath your chest gives great support so the wider the band the greater the support and having an underwire bra also adds extra support. The shoulder straps should not dig into your shoulder and best to have broader straps for the extra support during High Impact activity. Look for a “wicking” sports bra that will draw the moisture away from your body. Brands like Dri-Fit and CoolMax, which tend to stay away from the cotton material that just absorbs sweat towards your body and traps it in . With wicking material, the bra will dry quicker and you stay cooler. So when it comes to bras think support, support, support and comfort.

nike free shoesShoes are very important and choosing the right pair can minimize knee, hip, back injuries or pain. For High Impact activities where plyometric exercises will be done (P90x, Insanity) or aerobic exercises (TurboFire) it is best to have cross trainers. The benefits of wearing cross trainers during these activities are that these shoes have the side to side support of a tennis shoe, the cushioning heel and flexibility of a running shoe and the extra support under the ball of the foot that is beneficial for most types of aerobic workouts. Of course, if you plan to go out for a run, it would be best to invest in a good running shoe rather than wearing your cross trainers because the support and tread/sole material is specifically engineered different for running just as it is for cross training.

How important is a jock strap during exercise and do you really need it for “support”?  Well, I think in any activity where there is a reasonable risk that the most sensitive organs in a mans body might get injured,  it seems reasonable to be safe and protect your equipment. But some say that the “strap” is passe and so welcome to 2011, the year of the compression shorts. The benefit of the compression short is that is not only keeps everything in place, but also will add support to your buttocks and your upper legs. Best bet and for comfortable fit, without the chaffing, would be the compression shorts.

So remember that if you are working out, especially with High Intensity programs, buy active wear that support your vital parts and will prevent or assist in the prevention of injuries. Have a great workout.