What’s your “Core”?
Your core muscles are the ones in your pelvis, abdomen, lower back and hips. These muscles are the most important ones in your entire body because your balance and stability are directly tied into how strong these muscles are. This is especially true for those of us who live in the frigid north and have to deal with falling on our butts during winter.
What you’ll need to do it:
- Stability ball or towel and chair
- Foam roller or bands
- Weights or bands
- Mat – optional
- Medicine ball – optional
- Workout sheets
What I love about this routine is how much you use a stability ball. If you’ve never used one before, some of these exercises will probably be extremely difficult, but, after a couple weeks you’ll start finding and be able to hold your balance on it as your core muscles start to develop. Because this routine works so many muscles, there is a huge calorie burn associated with it as well.
Here’s a little preview of some of the exercises.
The warmup is around 17 minutes long and it consists of 3 parts, the first being some simple moves with a stability ball called; Twist, Squat, Side Stretch, Alternating back lunges and Atlas. This is to get your body warmed up so that you don’t end up pulling a muscle, because that’d be bad.
Part 2 is foam rolling. This is a very important part of every P90X2 workout because it is like your own little mini-massage. If you don’t have a foam roller you can always follow the guy who is just stretching with a towel at this point but I would recommend the roller. The premise behind foam rolling is myofacial release which helps to loosen up tight muscles, increase range of motion and to reduce recovery time.
Part 3 is some more stretching. The moves are; Roller Sphinx, World’s Greatest Stretch, Inch Worm, Scorpion, and Groiners. You should be nice and loose after these.
In the first set of exercises listed, the break between many of them is like 45 seconds with the one after roller boat being the longest. In the second set, you go through them really fast with like 20 seconds breaks between each exercise, but you can always take more time if you need it. Watch out for the 3 speed med ball pushup, it’s a bear of an exercise.
- Sphinx plank crunch, Warrior 3 cross crunch, Single leg walk out to sphinx, Half angel, Roller boat
- Water break!
- 3 speed med ball pushup, One leg lateral leap squat, core circles, Holmsen screamer lunge, Med ball Dreya roll, Plank burpee on stability ball, Banana ball switch crunch, 3 point squat press with med ball, Slo mo balance climber, X2 diver, Ryan sphinx twist crunch, One leg med ball burpee
- Cooldown and Stretch
Why is P90X2 unlike anything else?
Dr. Marcus Elliott and the Peak Performance Project. Dr. Elliott is a Harvard educated trainer who has trained some of the worlds most elite olympic-level athletes and collaborated with Beachbody to create P90X2. With P90X2, you can take his training methods to your television. Here’s Dr. Elliott to explain the science behind P90X2.
Additional P90X2 information:
Check out these other blog posts that I have written for more information on the other workouts in the P90X2 series.
P90X2 is a great tool to get in phenomenal shape and I recommend it because I’ve had amazing results with it along with so many others. If you’re curious but want more information, make a free profile on Team Beachbody by clicking here to see what other people who use it every day think about it before you make your decision.
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