Tony Horton 1on1

Yoga: MC2 is from the Tony Horton 1on 1 series, in volume 3, or "p90x 1on 1."  The workouts in volume 3 are meant to be test runs for workouts that may be used in the new p90x:MC2.  Yoga is a sub for the original Yoga X, and has many similar moves, a few new moves, but is in general a much different sequence.  The best part of this workout is that Tony sometimes gives pointers on form that are above and beyond the directions from the original Yoga X.  For example, he hits on footwork in the various warrior positions and also gives extra tips on chair pose.  However, since this workout is essentially Tony's personal workout taped, he doesn't always give great cues. Sometimes I would be in a downward dog and then realize that 5 seconds ago he had already moved on to the next exercise!  However, if you watch the series one time all the way through before doing the workout you should be fine, and there were only a couple times that I felt I was behind.  The workout is about 63 minutes - essentially the opening stretches and moving asanas take up most of the video, though there is a little bit of stretching and balance postures at the end, and while not a true relaxation built in, there is one complimentary "Ohm" at the very end!

The original Yoga X is set up to have the first 40 minutes of the DVD as moving asanas, where you are taught the moves as you go, so that it builds to increasingly more complicated moves more naturally.  For MC2, you will need to already be familiar with these basic poses, because Tony essentially sets up 3 cycles of move combinations that move straight from one to the next, not necessarily building, just changing.  For example, you are basically already doing Half Moons towards the beginning of the workout.  In between each cycle is a group of balance postures or chair pose type exercises.  I like this because you aren't on the floor the entire time, standing moves are interspersed several times throughout.  Some of the advanced moves are very complicated and I had trouble completing them, but even in the MC2 version, Tony is great about giving modified moves.  

Most of the DVD is equally as hard as the original yoga, or perhaps at times even harder.  The two things truly missed in the workout are the Yoga Belly 7 and the relaxation at the end, but Tony clearly says that it was because of time constraints, they are really held to about an hour with the 1 on 1 workouts.  Because of this, I'd imagine that the new Yoga that will be coming out in the next p90x will be closer in structure to the 90 minute version, but with some of the new moves from this DVD.

Overall, this is a great workout and is what a lot of people could use, since we all hear complaints that "Yoga X is too long" all the time! You get a very similar workout in 63 minutes. I would suggest having mastered the original Yoga X before moving on to this one - if I had started here I would have been overwhelmed and probably lost as well.  Though there is less cueing, if you know Tony's yoga repertory from the original, you will be able to do fine, and as I said, sometimes he even dives deeper into explaining form than you get in Yoga X.

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30-15: Upper Body Massacre is one of the Tony Horton 1 on 1 videos from volume 1.  In these workouts, Tony designs a workout for himself, to be completed in his own home gym.  1 on 1's are unrehearsed, raw, and usually hilarious!  30-15 is essentially a Chest and Back substitute.  It is literally 12 rounds of 30 pushups and 15 pull-ups (24 moves total), with various pushup positions and pull-up grips.  Tony uses the power stands throughout the entire workout, and some of the pushup moves actually require a pushup stand of some sort. I love this workout because it is so basic, but so difficult.  I also like it because of the variety of moves you learn that aren't in the original p90x, including levers and Navy Seal pullups.  

30-15 has got to be one of my favorite workouts, not only because of the difficulty and pure awesomeness of the routine itself, but also because of the production value.  A lot of the 1 on 1's, Tony spends a lot of time talking, but it is so difficult to fit this workout in an hour that he doesn't have a lot of time to talk, but when he does it is hilarious!  Some real classic jokes in this one.  Before I bought the DVD I tried to do a "30-15" routine of my own, and failed.  Having Tony motivating you on the DVD really does help, and the pace is fast, but not so fast that you can't complete the workout.

Halfway through the DVD, Tony changes the workout to 25-12, and you are encouraged to modify as needed.  The premise of this workout is basically the whole "put a number in your head" before starting the move mentality.  

So overall, I would recommend this to anyone who wants to expand his or her DVD library.  It's definitely a different burn than Chest and Back.  To kind of sum it up, when I finish Chest and Back, I am sweating way more, but when I finish 30-15 my muscles are way more beat, if that makes sense.

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Plyocide is from the Tony Horton 1 on 1 series, in volume 3, or "p90x 1 on 1."  The workouts in volume 3 are meant to be test runs of workouts that may be used in new P90x: MC2.  Plyocide is a sub for Plyo X but is in a way a new workout altogether.  It is 66 minutes in length.  My first impression of the workout was that it is certainly more of a legs workout than a plyometric interval workout.  First of all, the format and sequence of events is totally different than Plyo X.  The original Plyo X goes through 4 consecutive moves, which are then repeated before taking a 30 second break, making 5 total circuits plus the "sports bonus" at the end.  Plyocide is 24 moves total, all with ample rest between each one.  Not all the moves are plyometric in nature - many are either balance or strength legwork, akin to the moves from the original Legs and Back DVD.  Tony, as in most of the 1 on 1's, talks a lot, so you get ample break time.  Because of this format, you will certainly sweat, and your heart rate will spike for short bursts of speed, but you will be able to recover in between.  In Plyo X your heart rate is pretty much up the whole time, part of the reason for only 30 second breaks is to keep it up.  So if you look at Plyocide as a legs focus day, that is fine - you will certainly work hard.  But if you are looking for a cardio day with leg focus, do Plyo X or an Insanity workout.

Shoulders and Arms: MC2 is from the Tony Horton 1 on 1 series, in volume 3, or "p90x 1 on 1."  The workouts in volume 3 are meant to be test runs of workouts that may be used in the new P90x: MC2. This workout is a sub for the original Shoulders and Arms.  While the workout combines a variety of circuits that work the shoulders, biceps, and triceps, the format of the workout is different from the original.  Original Shoulders and Arms is shoulder/bi/tri, repeat once, with 5 circuits total, for a total of 30 moves (15 exercises, each repeated once).  MC2 is more like a bodybuilding workout where you take an isolation exercise and perform 3 full circuits on it before moving on.  Additionally, the workout alternates from a heavy-duty lifting move to a lower weight "fine-tuning" move.  For example, the first circuit is 2 heavy weighted shoulder exercises, each performed 3 times for a total of 6 exercises. That is followed by a pair of lighter, fine-tuning shoulder fly type exercises that follow the same format.  After those two rounds, you are DONE with shoulders and you move on to 2 similar circuits that go biceps/triceps.