February 16, 2011 posted by

Previewing P90X2

Last weekend Tony Horton, Steve Holmsen, and I put the final touches on the mc2 workouts. Today we begin our cast rehearsals, where we’ll make sure we’re not going to kill anybody, leading up to our shoot in March. Over the next couple of weeks I’m going to run through each of the new workouts and provide some insight as to what to expect in the new program.

Those of you who subscribe to Tony’s One on One series already have some idea of what to expect. That series gives you a great idea on the movements you’re going to get but the actual workouts have evolved a lot since then. We got quite functional in our warm-up and cool-downs, each movement was tweaked until we felt we were using the most modern applied science approach, and the sequencing is, to quote Arnold from Pumping Iron, “to a point. Wait when you see it.”

Back when we were designing P90X all we were trying to provide was a sequel to our basic training programs, like Power 90 and Slim in 6. We used athletic principles but it never occurred to us that real professional athletes were going to be using the program. Shoot, most people in the home fitness industry didn’t think we had a prayer of selling it to anyone. But with its success we’ve raised the bar of our target audience which, in turn, has allowed us to apply more cutting edge science to the program.

But you needn’t worry about it become sterile training lab. Tony’s leading the show and that means it’s going to be fun. Just because we’re applying some science doesn’t mean we’re checking personality with it. That’s not how Tony rolls. Training, even at the highest levels, should be presented with panache if it’s going to breed enthusiasm. And P90X was successful because we, mainly Tony, made it accessible.

As an athlete, and all of you who’ve done P90X (even if you’ve never participated in a sport) are athletes, mc2 (name still pending) is going to greatly raise the bar. You’re going to feel better. You’re going to perform better.

Tomorrow I’ll begin by addressing the structure, and then I’ll take each workout one and one and describe why we’ve made it, what it feels like to do, and what you can expect it to do for you. I hope you’re all as excited as I am. As a trainer, the ability to create things like this for people is pretty much a dream job.


  • Fired up! Can't wait to get your insight on the upcoming program! I would love to hear thoughts like this on the new Asylum program coming out. – Thanks

  • Been kicking some major butt on the new OoO's and the TRX as well as the kettlebell training. I'm and Pumped-Up, Fired-Up and Ready to Rock & Roll with the new P90X & Insanity!

  • Very cool man, I can't wait to get on the MC2 (name still pending) wagon in a few months! Just wondering, will you guys be taking a nod from Insanity and offering harder versions of the same workout for the second half of the program? That was always the biggest difference between Insanity and P90X that I noticed.Thanks for keeping us posted!

  • Bring it! Can you or beachbody release a list of equipment that we'll need for MC2? It would be great to get a head start on buying stuff for the new program. How will the nutrition guide / nutrition recommendations change for MC2?

  • Can't wait for it! When do you expect to bring to the market?

  • The offical name needs to be P90Next!!That way it matches my vanity plate!!

  • Are you allowing outside people to audition to appear in the new work out videos? I would love to join and know I could "bring it"!

  • You can cast me for free…put me in and I will go at my own expense!

  • We've already cast mc2, sorry! I think all of your questions will be addressed in the next few days. market date is fall '11.Asylum is looking at a late March release, but that's not 100%. It's very cool and I'll be covering it in more depth here as well.

  • Out of curiosity, why does it take 6 months or longer to go from filming (Mar) to release (fall/Sept->)? There is obviously post-production, package design, marketing material development, nutrition plan development, manufacturing…; though some of these may already be far along. Others? Do you actually go through another test group with the final materials and make minor modifications if necessary prior to launch? I find it fascinating how much effort goes into these programs.

  • I've been getting the One on One workouts for the past 3 months and I am fired up for MC2!

  • Perfect timing!…finishing up my first month of P90X, and you have already created a fitness monster!I'll have time to do a round of Insanity, then P90X:MC2 should hit the shelves…bring it! 🙂

  • This is so F-I-E-R-C-E!Can't wait……..brrrrring it!Im actually going to try those ball pushups tonight :-)This should be a good laugh……thanks for posting!

  • I can't wait to see what the new p90x is going to be like!

  • Should be interesting. I would like to see some shorter workouts utilizing circuit training with weights.

  • This is the same video we saw last year on Come on show Us something else or give Us a release date!!!!

  • I want it…been through 3 round of P90X ready for the next one.

  • what's it take to become a test subject? that's what i wanna know!!??

  • Hurry up with MC2, I can hardly wait. I am on Day 16 of Asylum and would love to start MC2 shortly after. Done P90X, Insanity, P90x/Insanity hybrid, now doing Asylum. I want to be a P90x MC2 graduate too!


  • Hi Steve. Just want to say I like your blog. Looks great with good content!

  • Can't wait to try this one out. Sounds like fun.

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