You are going to need a little bit more equipment in P90X2 then the original P90X workout. I have a feeling Beachbody assumed most people who ordered P90X2 had the gear needed for P90X. It kind of surprised me how much gear I have now amassed in my house but I am using it all. I think it should be broken down into what gear you absolutely need for P90X2 and what gear is helpful.
Forgot to add the P90X2 DVDs in the picture but here is all the equipment you need for the P90X2 workout. All of these items besides the dumbbells I bought at the Beachbody Store.
- P90X2 Workout DVDs
- Chin Up Bar
- Dumbbells or Resistance Bands
- Stability Ball
- Foam Roller or Rumble Roller
- Medicine Balls
Helpful Gear For P90X2
- Chin Up Assist
- Jump Mat
- Push Up Stands
- Yoga Block
You could debate the chin up bar, stability ball, Rumble Roller, or medicine balls. Tony Horton shows you how to modify the moves without them but you’re really gonna want those because as you progress you will want to do the exact move in the workout. A resistance band will work to build up strength to do chin ups but it’s empowering when you can do the chin ups. You can get away with a basketball or soccer ball instead of medicine balls but you will want the extra weight as you master the moves. A towel could be substituted for the Rumble Roller or foam roller but it doesn’t have the same effect.
I just started using the Chin Up Assist instead of a chair and it works a lot better. You still get the burn from doing the rep while having to use your body to keep you in one place. The jump mat helps out with everything especially if you have hardwood floors like me. Absorbs a lot of the high impact moves including ones where your wrists hit the ground. Push up stands give more depth to the push ups and Tony has you do some crazy moves where you hold yourself above the stands in this knee tuck position. Its tough.
Is All The Equipment In P90X2 Necessary?
I saw a post on the Team Beachbody message boards the other day from somebody saying Beachbody is just trying to make as much money as they can with all the extra equipment needed for the P90X2 workout. I knew I had a lot of equipment in the house now but the first month of P90X2 didn’t use all of it at one time.
This past Monday was my first day of the second month of P90X2 and I think I see what this guy was talking about. Chest + Back + Balance was the workout for the day and during the preview it lists everything you need and this is what I saw.
Quite a bit of stuff and it doesn’t have dumbbells or resistance bands in it. I used a chair instead of the Plyo Box and I only have 2 Medicine Balls so I wasn’t able to do the exact move as Tony. The worksheets, pen, water, and towel are there for more of a reminder. Do I think the commenter on the message boards was onto something? Maybe. His biggest problem was that Beachbody made P90X2 a lot fancier than the simplicity and toughness of P90X. I agree with that so far.
Chest + Back + Balance was a bit harder than expected. Trying to balance on Medicine Balls and the Stability Ball while doing push ups was a little sketchy. Arms were going everywhere trying to stay in one spot. I had to pause the DVD after almost every exercise to move the equipment around. I’ll probably get more efficient at this the more I do it. I don’t think Beachbody added all this extra gear just to make more money. I think they are just trying to do what they did with P90X in P90X2. Take health and fitness to another level. If they have to add in new equipment, than so be it.
12 Extreme Workouts
2 Free Bonus Workouts – A $40 value
Are There Any Package Deals For P90X2?
Buy one of these package deals from Beachbody and save up to 35% over buying the items separately. The include the P90X One on One bonus workouts called 4 Legs and Upper Body Balance. Each one of these P90X2 workout packages can be purchased with Blu-ray discs.
P90X2 Deluxe Workout Package – $239.70
- 1 Foam Roller
- 1 55cm Stability Ball
- 2 8 Pound Medicine Balls
- 1 Rumble Roller
- 1 55 cm Stability Ball
- 2 8 Pound Medicine Balls
- Tony Horton’s Powerstands
- 2 bonus P90X2 workouts
I bought the P90X2 Ultimate Package in Blu-Ray. Be sure your computer and laptops can play Blu-Ray or the discs will not work. Otherwise, just buy the normal P90X2 workout.
What About Supplements For P90X2?
You’ll hear Beachbody talk about their entire product line of supplements after each workout. Most of them I use but in order of importance I would go with:
- Shakeology – The meal plans are the hardest part and this simplifies the nutrition. One a day is all you need. I’ve been taking it daily since 2009 and it’s probably made the biggest difference with my overall health and fitness. Chocolate is my favorite.
- P90X Recovery Drink – Soreness is very common in P90X2 (or any workout) and the P90X Recovery Drink reduces it in half. I use it after any workout and activity that I do.
- P90X Protein Bars – Quick and easy snack. Bring one to work with you or when you’re out and about. I probably have one every other day and keep one on me when I travel, play sports, snowboard, etc. I buy the variety pack but the peanut butter one is my favorite.
- Beachbody Energy & Endurance – Also known as the P90X Pre-Workout Drink it gives you a boost of energy right before you start working out.
There are many other supplements like Whey Protein and Vitamins you could buy but many of those ingredients are included in Shakeology and the P90X Recovery Drink. In my eyes, less is more. You can find any of those items at the Beachbody Store under “Nutrition and Supplements”.
Can I Get A Discount On P90X2 Gear & Supplements?
There are two options and one is much better. The best way is to sign up as a Beachbody Coach like I did so you get a 25% discount on all Beachbody products. You’ll save almost $100 on the P90X2 Ultimate Package as a coach alone. Throw in Shakeology and you save $130. There is a one time $39 sign up fee and $15 a month after that but you’ll want to sign up for Shakeology on auto ship to get free shipping. So you’ll still be saving another $15 on each bag you buy. The other way to save money is to sign up for a Beachbody Club membership. You get a 10% discount on Beachbody products and be able to use some tools at Team Beachbody. This costs $42 every 3 months.
In Summary: P90X2 Equipment Needed
I recommend you go with the P90X2 Ultimate Pack to save some money and you’ll have just about everything you need. The other items like the P90X Chin Up Bar are available individually. There is a little bit more gear needed for P90X2 than what you need for P90X. If you already own P90X then you should already have the dumbbells or bands and the chin up bar.
If you have any questions about the equipment or supplements for P90X2 then leave a comment below and I’ll get to it asap.