Get The Most Out of Your Workouts
Jul20

Get The Most Out of Your Workouts

I get this question ALL THE TIME. GREAT question! First, my number 1 secret weapon is that I drink Shakeology—daily! It fuels my body and helps energize my workouts. Start at your own pace and ability, but give every workout 100% effort. Don’t just “get through it”. Make the most of that hour! Workout consistently, 5 to 6 days every week. Drink LOTS of water. The amount varies for each person…drink enough so your urine is clear or nearly clear! Eat a diet RICH in organic vegetables and lean meats like organic free range chicken and wild caught fish Get enough sleep. Drink a recovery drink! 4:1 carbs to protein is ideal. My go to choice is the P90X Results & Recovery Formula…but I have to EARN those calories LOL! Don’t over train! Schedule 4 to 6 week workout blocks and then RECOVER for a week before moving on to your next block. Find a Challenge Group! You can’t beat the support and tips, and people in Challenge Groups are far more likely not only to FINISH their program but also get incredible results. Studies show people who are successful at controlling their weight have 3 things in common: —They eat a healthy breakfast daily. —They weigh themselves at least once a week. —They exercise, on average, about 1 hour per...

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P90X Equipment – What You Need To Get Started
Jan08

P90X Equipment – What You Need To Get Started

In order to maximize your results with P90X, I consider the following “MUST HAVES”: If I had to go back in time and repeat my first round of P90X, knowing what I know now, there is a short list of items I feel I couldn’t do without.  Every one of these items, in my opinion, were critical to maximizing my results with the P90X program.  I used each of them several times per week, if not every day.  I hope this list helps you weed through all of the available equipment and supplements to determine which best meet your needs and your budget!  (Please don’t feel like I’m giving you a sales pitch.  These are all items I feel really work FOR ME and are worth the money, but my budget may be different than yours) 1)  Pullup Bar with multiple hand positions = The workouts involve a variety of pullups, and having a good, seven position pullup bar will help you maximize this portion of your workout.  Plus, you’ll be using it a lot so you’ll want a sturdy one that will last.  I bought mine from Beachbody due to its stronger materials and durability, although it was a little more expensive than the knockoff brands (I paid $59).  I’m glad I did, because it held up to my abuse just fine. (I’ve since installed a permanent pull-up bar I got on Amazon.com in my basement) 2) Dumbbells = I know the exercises can be done with bands, but free weights will definitely maximize your results.  I lot of people I know use adjustable dumbbells (LifeSmart, Bowflex, etc.), which are much cheaper than buying a whole set of individual hex dumbbells like I have.  They typically adjust from 5-55 lbs, and are very durable.  Get them as Sports Authority,  Academy Sports or online. I got my rubber hex dumbbells from Sports Authority when they were on sale AND when they were having a 25% off one item coupon (…a lot of individual transactions…I was lucky to find a very patient cashier LOL). 3)  PowerStands = These are more expensive ($39) than the cheap pushup bars you can get at a retail store, but they are solid, very stable, and very durable.  They won’t tip over shake when you are pushing hard for those last reps.  They also put your wrists in the correct positon to prevent joint problems.  I love my PowerStands.  They take my pushups to the next level, and they will last forever! 4)  Yoga Mat = Get one of these for Ab Ripper X and YogaX .  If you try to do a bunch of situps with your tailbone directly on the floor, you’ll regret it!  I have...

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Measuring Your Success – Preparing for Day 1
Jan07

Measuring Your Success – Preparing for Day 1

So you’re about to start a new Beachbody program or Challenge? You’ve ordered your program (or found a dusty copy of P90X in the back of your closet), and now you’re ready to Bring It! The first thing you need to do is to prepare for success. How will you know how far you’ve come in 30, 60 or 90 days from now if you don’t take the time to record where you started? The changes happening to your body over the course of any new workout routine are both gradual and subtle…and since we see ourselves in the mirror every day, it’s hard to perceive them. That’s where recording your weight and measurements, and taking before, during and after pictures comes in. These are ESSENTIAL. Not only are they for YOU, but once you’ve achieved success in your health and fitness and want to pay it forward by helping others to get in the best shape of their lives, there’s no better way to show friends how you’ve been where they are and overcame the same obstacles. Here’s a video from Beachbody to provide a little instruction on how to take your photographs:   Also, print these out and record your “Before” stats on Day 1 and then again every 30 days. You are also going to want to measure your body fat percentage. Here’s a helpful link to learn HOW. Body Fat Calipers can be purchased inexpensively online at Amazon.com or a number of other sources. Your local gym can also probably check this for you as well. Good luck. Now get ready to Bring It!...

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Don’t Just Kind Of Do It
Jan03

Don’t Just Kind Of Do It

I’ve read several online comments recently about the new P90X2 from Beachbody and Tony Horton from folks who have said they thought the workouts were too easy. Really? Aside from the years of sports science  that went in to the development of these workouts, can these people really believe they gave the routines everything they had and still found them easy? I don’t think so! P90X2 is like any extreme workout in that you can just get through it or you can push yourself to the limit. It’s the same hour. Make it worthwhile…and stop whining 😉 As for me, the “sampling” ends on January 16th when our team’s P90X2 Challenge officially kicks off. We’ve got more than 400 onboard for the challenge, including TH himself. I don’t think I’ve ever been more excited about 90 days of sweat and sore muscles LOL! To your good health,...

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Holiday Eating Tips
Nov23

Holiday Eating Tips

Hey Team! Thanksgiving is here, and Christmas is just around the corner. Both can be a diet killers.  Be smart and don’t ruin everything you have worked so hard for.  Indulging a little is perfectly fine if you’re smart about it.  Here are five tips on how to get through big holiday meals relatively unscathed: Get your workout in, even if you’re traveling – Get up early and hit your workout hard!  Burn as many calories as you can before you indulge a bit. Pre-Thanksgiving/Holiday meal – Eat several small meals filled with good, clean foods throughout the day before your big family dinner.  The idea is to fill up on good healthy foods so you don’t stuff yourself with as much of the bad stuff come dinnertime.  Having a full stomach will also allow you to limit your portions which leads me to my next tip… Portion control – limit your portions.  This is a tough one! I always try to eat until I feel about 80% full. With so many awesome foods on the Thanksgiving table, I may let myself go to 100% ;-), but I’m definitely NOT going to let myself eat myself into a food coma LOL! Eat the foods you want. Just BE SMART about it and be willing to accept the consequences.  Having a cheat meal is going to set you back 2 or 3 days.  Having a huge cheat meal will set you back a week or more.  So be smart if you’re eating bad foods.  Eat smaller portions to minimize consequences. If you can’ resist satisfying your sweet tooth, remember your stomach doesn’t have taste buds! Take your time and savor each bite. Oh, and the 5th bite tastes the same as the first, so there’s no reason to overdo it! Limit Alcohol – I’m not a drinker myself, but might have one or two glasses of wine with dinner. If you plan on drinking, go easy.  Alcohol is filled with empty calories and is a diet killer. Eat more of the best foods and less junk – Make vegetables the center of your big meal. Then “accessorize” with white turkey or other lean meats, complex carbs, etc. Watch out for high fat/simple carb foods like gravy, stuffing, bread, casseroles, and deserts.  Like I mentioned above: keep your portions small and you can enjoy/try most things without having to feel horrible the following day. Hopefully these tips help you stop yourself from taking 5 steps backward this Holiday season.  Enjoy your family this holiday season and be sure to reflect on all the positive things in your life.  This holiday season...

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P90X Challenge Tips
Sep18

P90X Challenge Tips

Get ready to Bring It! If you’ve ever wanted to do P90X, tried and quit at week 3 or 7 or whatever, or even if this will be your “X”th round (like me), there is absolutely NO BETTER WAY than doing it with a group of like minded people with the same goals.  I’m really excited about all the change we’re going to be seeing in people’s lives over the next few weeks. For those that joined early on, the group is really coming together and already getting to know each other in our private Facebook Group.  Folks are are asking questions and already providing support to each other.  It’s a wonderful thing to watch. In my opinion, unless you’re totally self-motivated, there really is no other way to do a program like P90X for the first time. Support is crucial, and I wish I’d had some during my first round!  It’s so much easier to make it through the tough days when you know 250 of your friends are going through the same thing and there is no way you’re going to let them down. So with that being said I thought I would share some tips to help folks maximize their results: NUTRITION: Nutrition is everything!  Eat whole clean foods.  Drink Shakeology as a meal replacement every day. Also, make sure you are getting lots of veggies and supplementing with a multi-vitamin Time your carbs.  Eat complex carbs such as an apple, coconut water, etc. approx 1 hour before working out.  Post workout, drink a recovery drink like P90X Results & Recovery Formula, Vega Sport, or eat a meal with a 4/1 carb to protein ratio. (I drink Shakeology as my post-workout drink on most days.) Use www.myfitnesspal.com, tapandtrack (for iPhone/iPad), or something similar to track everything you eat.  Trust me if you are not tracking you are eating more than you think you are and/or the wrong things. Eliminate Dairy No white bread, white noodles, or white rice. Avoid chips, juice, and alcohol…basically empty calories that will derail your progress. ABSOLUTELY NO SODA OR DIET SODA! ABSOLUTELY NO CHEATING FOR 90 DAYS! Every “cheat” meal sets your progress back 2-3 days, so do the math. If you want to see results, DON’T CHEAT. WORKOUTS: Print P90X spreadsheets and write your reps and weights down.  This is VERY important.  Every week strive to do more reps (or more weight) than you did the prior week.  If you see last week you did 15 pushups do everything in your power to hit 16 the next time Do Ab Ripper before your workout or on cardio days.  If you wait to do Ab Ripper until...

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