P90X2 Review: Plyocide
OK, so I know I’m jumping the gun a little, but I couldn’t help but try out the new P90X2 Plyocide workout yesterday. No, I don’t have the program yet, and am patiently (impatiently?) waiting for it to arrive, but one of my best friends received his package yesterday and decided to bring it over to “test it out.” Before I get into my P90X2 Review, though, I want to share that I will be going through the entire P90X2 program form start to finish, including the diet, for the ENTIRE 90 days come Jan. 2nd! The reason I’m waiting for the 2nd is because (1) That’s when all my challenge groups will be starting, and (2) the holidays will be over with.
So here’s my P90X2 review of Plyocide. Before I started the program yesterday, of course I had to take some time and watch the P90X 2 Shoulders & Arms video because I’m in it. I wanted to see if I did well or not and if they cut anything out, and unfortunately, they did! The first exercise that we did during the shoot was a balanced Pike Press, and I did the “extreme” version on the balance balls, but apparently Carl Daikeler thought it was just a little too dangerous and cut the entire exercise out of the program. A little disappointing because it was my favorite exercise! Anyways, after I watched the video we popped in Plyocide and was ready to get started.
The warm-up is much different than the warm-up in the original P90X, and really, I think it’s much better. You do about 8 minutes of warming up, using a large balance ball, a foam roller, which is used to stretch out certain muscles, and do quite a few stretching exercises as well, such as “Inch Worm.” With “Inch Worm,” you start off standing tall, reach down to your toes, and then walk it out until you’re in plank position. You then walk your feet to your hands and then do it again. It’s a great little exercise! After that, the workout is ready to begin. I’m not going to lie, I was just a tad nervous for this workout because I knew it would be tough, but mostly because I didn’t know what to expect. This was a workout that I didn’t get to see being shot out in Hollywood, so I had no idea what was coming. Anyways, Plyocide consists of doing 5 series of 4 exercises each, coming to a grand total of, yes, 20 exercises. In between each series you get a VERY short break, somewhere around just 15-20 seconds. The breaks are MUCH needed, but really doesn’t feel like enough. However, Tony does a great job with slowly getting your heart rate back up after the break, doing exercises that are of lower intensity.
There are a few exercises that I thought were very tough and really stick out in my mind. The first is an exercise similar to one found in P90X Legs & Back. You stand on one leg, sort of pin your other leg to the one your standing on, bend down to touch your toe, stand back up, and then kick. What makes this so tough, though, is that your leg in the air can’t touch the ground, and if it does, you do 1 push-up for every time it does! I have good balance, but it was VERY hard for me to stay balanced during the entire time! By the end of the exercise, your leg and butt is on fire! Next, there is an exercise where you have a medicine ball, hold it next to your chest, do a squat and then jump up, lifting the ball in the air, and spreading out your legs while in the air. By the time you get to about 10 reps your legs are burning and you can’t jump as high as you did in the beginning. Not only is it a GREAT leg workout, but it’s an excellent cardio one as well. The last one that really sticks out in my mind is definitely the toughest, and happens to be the last exercise in the entire routine. It involves about 5 different exercises built into one. You’re doing a combination of sprinting in place, set, plank, plyo push-ups, and jump knee tucks during the entire minute or so. What’s cool, though, is that you have no idea which exercise Tony is going to call out! He could say “sprint, plank, jump” or “set, plank, push-up, push-up, push-up.” He keeps mixing it up and by the time it’s finished, you just want to sprawl out on the ground and drink some Recovery Formula.
Hopefully my P90X2 review of Plyocide was helpful! It’s an AWESOME workout and I’m very excited to see what the rest of the program is like. Pretty anxious for Jan. 2nd to roll around! If you have any questions about P90X2 or want to learn more, feel free to email me at email@example.com.