P90X vs P90X2 – What We Know So Far! (P90X or P90X2)

Whether you’re contemplating buying the original P90X program or the sequel P90X2 you need to be well informed of the major differences between each program. For those that are keeping up with the day to day P90X2 updates you know that this program is still in the preorder phase until December 1st. which is when it officially launches. This doesn’t mean though that we don’t have any info on the program. In fact, what we know so far is actually quite a bit. That’s why we felt at this time it would be appropriate to do a side by side comparison of P90X vs P90X2 highlighting a few of the major differences between the two programs.

P90X vs P90X2

p90x P90X2 Logo
$119.85 with other packages costing more. $119.85 (Base Kit); $239.85 (Deluxe Kit);
$299.85 (Ultimate Kit)
13 Disc DVD Set (12 Workout DVD’s & 1 Intro) 13 Disc Set for base kit; 15 Disc Set For Ultimate & Deluxe Kit
3 separate cardio based DVD’s
(kenpo, cardio, plyometrics etc)
Cardio exercises woven throughout each DVD workout; however no specific cardio DVD

6 day a week regimen

5 Day a week regimen

Intermediate – Advanced

Advanced & Beyond

P90X Yoga 75 minutes long

P90X2 Yoga 65 minutes long.
Long standing yoga poses have been eliminated.
No use of medicine balls Medicine Ball training emphasized for upper body especially the chest
No use of stability ball Stability Ball training used extensively. The idea that a little instability will engage the core continuously is used in many workouts.
Equipment needed (chin up bar, dumbbells, mats, etc) slightly cumbersome Includes a Non equipment based version.
Ideal for on-the-go travelers

Shipping at least $20

FREE SHIPPING During Pre-Order Phase


These are just a few of the highlighted differences between P90X and P90X2. We are sure that there are many other differences between each program. More than likely the nutrition guide as well as the exercise guide is going to be completely revamped.  Although P90X2 looks like it will offer some kind of version requiring very little in the way of accessories for travelers, we can expect the normal version to use many of the same pieces of equipment that was used for the original program.

If you have never experienced P90X before and are toying with the idea but don’t know where to begin, we STRONGLY encourage you to start with the original 90 day program P90X before jumping into P90X2. Part 2 is built upon the experience and physical stamina you would have gained through the first program.

P90X2 is also designed with the “Grad” in mind or in other words the person who successfully maintained at least a 90 days of continuous P90X usage. Many “Grads” have gone through the original program several times and are primed for phase two.

Whether you’re a “grad” or not, the good news is there’s something for everyone. P90X for those that have heard of this amazing 90 day total body transformation series and want to see dramatic changes happen to their body and P90X 2, for those that need that little something extra to take their workouts to the next level.

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11 Comments for this entry

  • Dave
    Posted November 20, 2011 at 12:05 am | Permalink

    Not enough differences to warrant a purchase.

  • Paul Atkins
    Posted November 22, 2011 at 4:09 pm | Permalink

    hmmmm….I guess I didn’t do a good job explaining the differences. As new info is released about P90X2 I will continue to update this page.

  • RIK
    Posted December 2, 2011 at 9:45 am | Permalink

    Yoga 75 minutes? That’s incorrect. It’s 93 minutes, as long as some movies. A great program but needed to be shortened.

  • Paul Atkins
    Posted December 2, 2011 at 10:35 am | Permalink

    Hey Rik,
    You’re absolutely right. That’s why the P90x2 yoga was reduced because an hour and a half workout is way too long.

  • Alexei
    Posted December 18, 2011 at 11:15 am | Permalink

    I did yesterday – p90x2 core and it was not that difficult. I probably will skip the phase I exercises and jump to phase II. I hope p90x2 is not like p90x one-on-one. Because most of the one-on-one just crap.. sorry, but most of them too easy compare to p90x!

  • Paul Atkins
    Posted December 18, 2011 at 10:33 pm | Permalink

    Awesome!! Thanks for the review. If you want to leave some more P90X2 review type feedback please do so at http://teamblog.fitnessbodyonline.com/2011/07/29/product-review-p90x2-reviews/

  • Brian Kuhlmann
    Posted February 15, 2012 at 2:19 pm | Permalink

    As a P90X grad, I strongly disagree with Paul’s assessment. I’ve gone through 4 weeks of phase I and find P90X2 to be much more challenging so far than P90X. I have noticed serious improvements to how my core looks and feels in a very short time frame. I can do things in my weekly Yoga class now that I could only dream of before. I also notice that I am a stronger runner. I owe it all Phase I of X2. I really see where Phase I will be the foundation for an even stronger and even leaner me. Just look at Tony and Dreya in the DVDs. They look even better now than they did in P90X. Tony and Dreya are have less bulky muscle, which I really think is not attractive. What is attractive, is that you can still see how muscular they are, but now they have the actor/actress lean muscle look as opposed to the “body builder” look. Especially impressed with Dreya’s transformation from X to X2. This is truly taking it to the next level. I did P90X for one year and also ran 5-7 miles a day 5 days a week. Because I’m a serious runner, I had to focus only on the Strength, Yoga and Ab Ripper DVDs and ignored the cardio-related DVDs in P90X. I also found my local Yoga class and instructor to be much better than any DVD could possibly be. My P90X routine only consisted of the 5 strength DVDs, Ab Ripper X and the Stretching DVD. However, with P90X2, I am following the suggested schedule and will end up using all the DVDs because there really are no Cardio-Only DVDs in this set.

  • Brian Kuhlmann
    Posted February 15, 2012 at 2:20 pm | Permalink

    Sorry Paul. I meant to say disagree with Dave’s assessment of “not enough differences to warrant a purhcase”.

  • Omar
    Posted May 19, 2012 at 3:00 pm | Permalink

    I’m a 16 year old teenager that is 6’1 and is 180 pounds, I have fat stored in my chest area and stomach, I wanted to get a great body and was wondering if p90x was just something for thin people that will get abs or will it burn my body fat and provide me the abs i want. wich p90 should i get? the p90x or the p90x2?

  • Paul Atkins
    Posted May 19, 2012 at 3:22 pm | Permalink

    Hi Omar,

    Thanks for the comment. you can start anywhere you want, but honestly most people start with P90X. it seems to have the best track record so far and will get you ready for P90X2. While both programs are definitely not for beginners P90X2 is the more extreme of the two and is generally considered a program you should work up to. I hope this helps.

  • Greg
    Posted July 27, 2013 at 2:41 pm | Permalink

    Hey Omar I did the p90x and lost 150lbs from it and started when I was 320lbs. You could totally do it. Of course like tony says, do your best forget the rest.

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