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What’s New with the P90X2 Nutrition Guide?

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

Denis Faye, the Wellness Expert and Fitness Advisor for Beachbody, wrote a wonderful article recently about what is new in the P90X2 Nutrition Guide.  As we prepare for the upcoming arrival of  P90X2 we should also prepare our stomachs for the new improvements in the nutrition guide.  The changes are good and we should all be very happy that Beachbody has made these wonderful improvements.  Read Denis’ article below and get prepared for this new workout and nutrition plan that will be here in the next couple months!

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By Denis Faye

Everyone wants to know how we went about breaking down the P90X® Nutrition Guide and rebuilding it into the P90X2 Nutrition Guide. After all, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, right?

In a way, that’s true. Just as Steve Austin was a great astronaut before Oscar Goldman and the OSO spent $6 million to turn him into the Bionic Man, the P90X guide is still a great resource. However, you, our customers, have changed. We’ve spent the last 9 years watching you evolve into better, stronger, faster fitness fanatics. Our job was the make sure the guide evolved with you. Our job was to make a bionic nutrition plan.

When P90X first came out, Beachbody® had a fairly uniform customer base. Today, however, our customers come from all walks of life, so we need to address a much broader spectrum of needs. For example, a 105-pound mother of five just isn’t going to have the same nutritional requirements as a professional basketballer. (Everyone knows the mom’s life would be much more physically challenging.

Furthermore, our original customers, after one or more rounds of P90X, with possibly a little INSANITY®thrown in for good measure, have become incredibly aware of their nutritional needs. They’ve learned exactly how much protein, carbs, and fat they need to perform. They’ve also started experimenting with various nutritional philosophies. Although I’m neither a vegan nor a primal eater, the sheer volume of questions about each on the Team Beachbody® Message Boards has forced me to become an expert on both.

So we took these factors, combined them with the latest research, and voilà! Welcome to the P90X2 Fuel Your Performance Nutrition Guide, a collection of 27 different subplans, among which you’ll hopefully find a way of eating that works for you.

 

Out with the old

In order to offer all this variety, we decided to do away with the menu plan. The vast majority of P90X users preferred the portion plan anyway, so we focused on that. However, everyone loves a good recipe, so we reached out to some of our favorite chefs, including Tony’s personal chef Melissa Costello, and asked them to design a host of meals for every occasion. In this new guide, you’ll find scores of breakfasts, lunches, dinners, soups, salads, and Shakeology® recipes. Because we also have grain-free and vegan plans in P90X2, we made sure to have plenty of recipes to suit both of these dietary approaches as well. As was the case with P90X, each recipe lists the portion boxes to check when you eat it.

And don’t worry, all your favorite recipes from the P90X Nutrition Guide will still work with P90X2.

We also tossed out a lot of the junkier food options featured in the P90X portion lists. At that point, many of you were still transitioning to healthy eating. At this stage, you should have no need for veggie dogs, V8®, or that fast food portion conversion list in the back of the old guide.

 

In with the new

For every low-quality choice we eliminated from the portion lists, we added two healthy and delicious choices. You’ll find new fats, snacks, proteins, and more.

The three calorie “levels”—1,800, 2,400, and 3,000—are still there, as are the different macronutrient balances. However, given that the latest research is making the importance of dietary fat increasingly obvious, we upped the fat in all three “phases.” We’ve also redubbed them “plans,” because while we encouraged you to work your way up the three phases with P90X, by now you should have a pretty good idea what works best for you when it comes to performance, shedding fat, or both. In P90X2, you can just pick the one that works for you and run with it, changing plans whenever you feel like it.

That said, if you’re still not sure if you should be eating the “Fat Shredder 2.0” approach, the “Energy Booster 2.0” approach, or the “Endurance Maximizer 2.0” approach, we’ve included a section to help you figure that out.

As mentioned above, we’ve also added vegan and grain-free options that work for all three calorie “levels” and all three macronutrient “plans.” If you’re familiar with these lifestyles, you can jump right in. Otherwise, the book includes plenty of information on how to implement them. Also, we acknowledge that some of you cowboys (and cowgirls) don’t like to be restrained by portion lists. You just want to know how many calories or grams of carbs, protein, and fat to eat so that you can use your own foods and measurements. For y’all, we’ve provided charts listing all the numbers you need if you decide to forego the portion plan and just hit the macronutrient numbers on your own. Yee-hah!

Finally, we’ve let our top-notch design team rework the guide. They’ve taken a potentially dizzying amount of information and placed it in charts and graphs that should make it easy to digest. A nutrition plan never looked so beautiful.

In the 9 years since we launched P90X, we’ve watched umpteen diet fads come and go, each one claiming to be the final word in sports nutrition. It’s absurd, really, considering there’s no one single plan that works for everyone. The P90X2 Fuel Your Performance Nutrition Guide doesn’t claim to do that. Instead, it’s a wide-ranging guide intended to offer you all the tools needed to work with the only nutrition expert in the world who can truly tell you the right way to eat. That nutrition expert? You.

Ready to Take the Beachbody Challenge?

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

What is the Beachbody Challenge?beachbody challenge

It’s a health and fitness transformation competition. Commit to get fit and share the results you achieve with any Beachbody®program. You’ll automatically get a free wristband, a free T-shirt, or BOTH! If your transformation is selected as the BEST in your age and gender category (18 – 29, 30 – 39, 40 – 49, 50+)you could win up to $100,000! Ready to win?

I will be personally coaching Challenge Teams made up of five individuals that are taking the Beachbody Challenge.  Please CONTACT ME if you are interested in participating with one of these teams.  I will send you all the details.  If you already have a fitness program in mind, let me know that as well.  I’m going to try and pair people together that are doing the same program.  People in our Challenge Team Groups will commit to:

  • Following a Beachbody fitness program
  • Drinking Shakeology on a daily basis
  • Learning basic nutritional theory and eating to fuel your body for workouts and recovery
  • Posting daily accountability in a private Facebook group viewable only by members of the Challenge Team
  • FINISHING!  This isn’t about starting, it is about finishing!

You do not need to be on a Challenge Team to participate in the Beachbody Challenge.  The Challenge is open to everyone.  What we are offering with the Challenge Teams is an added measure of accountability and personal coaching.  We have used the concept of Challenge Teams for several years now and we’ve found that the people participating have much better odds of success.

 

 

Here’s how to enter:

 

STEP 1:

Commit to Get Fit! — get a FREE WRISTBAND

Tell us which fitness program you plan to follow, state your goals, and start tracking your progress. You’ll want to take a “before” photo to remember what you looked like and submit your results when you’re finished. For making this simple commitment, we’ll send you a FREE WRISTBAND.
(It’s okay to skip step 1 if you’re already in shape and want to submit your fitness results.)

 

STEP 2:

Submit Your Results!

— get a FREE T-SHIRT

Got results from your Beachbody program? It’s time to submit your transformation story. Send us your “before” and “after” photos, transformation stats, and tell us your story. We’ll give you a FREE T-SHIRT and you’ll have a chance to win additional prizes.

 

YOU CAN WIN up to $100,000!

If your entry is selected as the top transformation in your age and gender category for the month in which you entered, you’ll win $1,000 and a shot at the Grand Prize.

 

Plus you’ll have a chance to win:

  • Daily Prizes: $500 just for logging your workouts in the WOWY SuperGym® after you commit to get fit or submit your results.
  • Quarterly Prizes: $5,000 and an expenses-paid trip
  • Bonus prizes for drinking Shakeology® during your transformation.

Ready to WIN? Enter now.

Commit to Get Fit!

 

 

P90X2 Available Now!

Thursday, August 18th, 2011

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 P90X2 Is Available Now!

P90X2 finally here!  I have been excited about this for months. P90X2 is now available now from your Beachbody Coach, me, that is.   I bought the P90X2 Ultimate package and am NOT disappointed.

 

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  • 2 Free 1-on-1 Workout DVDs
  • Eligible to send in your P90X2 success story to be used in the future infomercial.
  • P90X2 Promo T-shirt

 

 

Will P90X2 be Harder than P90X?

This is the number one question I’ve been getting.  I’d love to tell you some story about how Tony said it would be the most grueling workout ever made and that only people that have done P90X 5 times should even attempt P90X2.  Yeah, I’d love to tell you that, but the truth is it won’t be harder than P90X.  It will just be better.

 

Muscle Confusion – Periodization

Periodization (or muscle confusion as it was called in P90X) is nothing new.  All sorts of athletes have been using this training method for years.  Most them had professional coaches who closely monitored their progress.  In recent years training plans have become readily available.  The problem with those plans, and a weakness of P90X, is that they are cookie cutter plans.  You frankly might not be ready to move from Phase I of P90X to Phase II of P90X, but there it is on the schedule – Recovery Week – Phase II.  P90X2 will change that by using flexible training periods.  We suggest you work with a Team Beachbody Coach to figure out how and when to switch phases.  I’ll even offer to Coach you for FREE.

 

Here are the Phases you’ll see in P90X2

As I mentioned in the previous section, each Phase is customizable.  You’ll really want to work with a Coach to be sure that you are ready to move to the next Phase.  You will need to master certain movements prior to moving on, so make sure your Coach is using a Performance Based Assessment, and not something less scientific.  I’ve been doing these types of assessments with the people I Coach through Insanity and P90X for quite some time now.  If you are in the pre-order group, I’ll be doing the program with you.

 

Phase I – Foundation:  3 to 5 Weeks

In Phase I of P90X2, the base training phase, you can expect to:

  • Move Better
  • Feel Better
  • Reduce Likelihood of Injury

This Phase is really about building up fitness in your stabilizing muscles.  The goal is to fix imbalances that most of us have.    P90X2′s Foundation Phase is designed to level those types of things out and get you ready for Phase II.

 

Phase II – Strength: 3 to 6 Weeks

This is going to be hard…very hard.  In Phase II of P90X2 you can expect to:

  • Get stronger through wider range of motion
  • Get more supple
  • Look good

P90X2 will combine strength and stability.  You’ll be doing pushups with your hands and feet on balls.  You’ll do levers, a brutal pull up maneuver.  If you have carpet, your stability ball will burn a hole in it.

 

Phase III – Performance: 3 to 4 Weeks

This is where the money is at.  Performance.  Steve Edwards taught me a long time ago to use performance as the key measure of fitness with the people I Coach.  Most of the work I do is designed to make me a better cyclist and triathlete.  That’s about performance.  In Phase III of P90X2 you can expect to:

  • Jump higher, run faster, ride faster and be more explosive
  • Start to feel like a kid again

It’s amazing what fitness will do for your attitude.  Get to Phase III of a program like P90X2 and you’ll know what I’m talking about.

This is the Phase when the P90X2 workout employs P.A.P. or Post Activation Potential.  P.A.P. is fascinating.  P.A.P. only works in conditioned athletes only, so you don’t want to even attempt this type of workout until you’ve done the work in the other Phases or you could get hurt.  P.A.P. increases the production of muscle cell motor units adding explosive power.  P90X2 will have you doing a weighted resistance exercise prior to an explosive exercise.  That type of training results in amazing muscle growth. Beachbody knew this type of training would require some expert input, so they brought in Dr. Marcus Elliott of P3 (Peak Performance Project).  Dr. Elliott works with professional athletes and has them doing a lot of P.A.P. workouts.  He was the first to point out that this type of training is great, but the body needs to be conditioned in order to be able to perform at this level.

 

The P90X2 Workouts

Here’s the line up:

  • X2 Core
  • Plyocide
  • X2 Recovery and Mobility
  • X2 Total Body
  • X2 Yoga – an hour and five minutes of strength based Hatha flow
  • Balance + Power
  • Chest & Back and Balance
  • X2 Shoulders & Arms
  • Base & Back
  • PAP Lower
  • PAP Upper
  • X2 Ab Ripper
  • V Sculpt – Deluxe Pack
  • X2 Chest + Shoulders + Tris – Deluxe Pack

The P90X2 Nutrition Guide

You can expect similar service once this is in my hands.  It’s going to be very different from the P90X Nutrition Guide, because it will be broader in scope.  The P90X2 Nutrition Guide will cater to vegans, vegetarians, pescitarians, paleo and an assortment of other nutritional theories.  Basically its going to be fully comprehensive nutrition for you, depending on how you want to eat. The plans going to have that covered because there are 27 diet guides in the P90X2 Nutrition Guide.

 

P90X2 Packages and Costs

P90X2 will be available on Blu-Ray, so the cost structure below, will include both the DVD and Blu-Ray prices.

 

P90X2 Base Package

This includes the workouts listed above, except the last two listed “Deluxe Pack”, the Nutrition Guide, a Workout Guide and a 90 day calendar.

  • DVD – $119.85
  • Blu-Ray – $149.85
P90X2 Base Kit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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P90X2 Deluxe Package

This pack includes everything in the Base Package, but adds the V Sculpt and X2 Chest + Shoulders + Tris workouts and a foam roller, two medicine balls, and a large stability ball.

  • DVD – $239.85
  • Blu-Ray – $299.85

The foam roller is going to incorporated into a couple of programs, but you’ll see it in the X2 Recovery and Mobility section in particular.  It helps iron out the kinks.  I have been using it for about 18 months now, and it really does help.

 

P90X2-Deluxe-Kit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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P90X 2 Ultimate Package

 

The Ultimate Package gives you everything in the Deluxe Pack, except the foam roller, which is an upgraded model in the Ultimate Pack (see picture below).  The Ultimate Pack also adds a set of Tony Horton’s Power Stands to the party.  These are really good for pushups and shoulder moves like Pike Presses.  Some of my favorite equipment.

  • DVD – $299.85
  • Blu-Ray – $359.85
P90X2-Ultimate-Kit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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P90X2 Discounts

Everybody loves a deal.  Here are a couple of ways you can save a few bucks and/or add some value to your P90X2 experience.

 

 

Ordering from Team OverActive

You’ll get a few extra things at the same cost if you order it from us rather than Beachbody.  Here’s what we are offering to our customers.

  • Free Coaching – If you want to sign up for the Beachbody Club membership, go right ahead, but we have never charged for our Coaching and we are not about to start now.  Get us assigned to you before you purchase, by CLICKING HERE.
  • Two Additional DVD’s – When you order from us, you’ll also receive two of Tony Horton’s One on One workouts on DVD.  The workouts are “4 Legs” and “Upper Body Balance”.  Both these workouts will fit well with what P90X2 is trying to accomplish in its various phases.  Please be sure we are assigned to you before you purchase in order to get this deal.

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X2 Core Workout

 

P.A.P. Lower Workout

Simple Carbs vs. Complex Carbs

Friday, August 12th, 2011

Carbs are just carbs right? Wrong. Different carbohydrates have different effects on your body and could either give you that energy you need or just plain slow you down. So which is which?

Carbohydrates in general provide a majority of the “fuel” your body needs to keep going and doing so efficiently. What is important is the kind of carbohydrates you choose to put in your body and knowing the effect those carbohydrates will have.

    • Simple carbohydrates, like soft drinks, candy bars and donuts give you that brief “fix” of energy and then you’re tired again and looking for that boost of energy, so you grab something else that consists mostly of sugar and unhealthy fat to relive that ‘fix”. It’s unhealthy and unproductive in your quest to becoming a healthier, more energetic person. The other down side of simple carbohydrates is that for the most part they have no nutritional value, can cause quick highs and lows in your blood sugar levels and make visits to the dentist frequent due to your intake of sugar.
    • Complex carbohydrates consist of beans, grains and some vegetables that have nutrients in them such as B-vitamins, iron and fiber. Complex carbohydrates are more beneficial due to their staying power in the body and work as an on-going energy source releasing those nutrients throughout the day. Not only are complex carbohydrates beneficial for supplying “healthy” energy to your body, these carbohydrates can help regulate your blood sugar levels, help lower blood cholesterol and they don’t give you that “fix” and energy drop like simple carbohydrates do.

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So, in a nut shell, the best carbohydrates for you to have, which would be considered complex carbs, are the following:

  • Oatmeal (combining it with honey, yogurt and raisins not only gives plain oatmeal extra flavor, but also gives you added energy.
  • Bananas (having one/day limits and/or prevents stiffness that could come from having a sedentary job).
  • Beans (jelly beans don’t count in this food group)
  • Many veggies are perfect complex carbs!  They are high in water, low in fat, have lots of great vitamins and minerals. Broccoli, cauliflower, spinach, potatoes, yams, corn, carrots, onions, all types of lettuce, celery, cucumbers, cabbage, artichokes and asparagus.  Yum yum!
  • Whole grains, which are high in fiber and they contain antioxidants similar to fruit and vegetables. Look for whole grain breads, pastas and rice.
  • Dried fruits like apricots, raisins and figs, which are low-fat and high-energy snacks. **Commercially packaged dried fruits contain sulfur dioxide-increases your risk of asthma, so be aware of the way you purchase the fruit.

Choose wisely and not just what looks and sounds good for that moment. Your body will thank you for it later and appreciate your decisions time after time.

Are There Really Benefits To Being A Positive Person?

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

Honestly, if you or someone you know has to ask this question then be afraid, be very afraid.   Absolutely there are benefits about being, thinking and acting positively and especially associating with positive people.  Don’t get me wrong, we all have things happen in our lives that are or that we consider to be devastating, life changing, abnormal or negative.  How you choose to handle these types of situations is up to you.  I know, I know,  easier said than done, but you at least have to try at becoming a better person for yourself and those who have to spend almost every waking hour around you, either  at home or at work.

Think about it.  If you believe that bad things happen to you all of the time, that the world is coming to an end, that there is absolutely no light at the end of the tunnel, then you will be destined to live a life of loneliness, depression and misery.  Think again, is that really considered living? No.  It’s called moping, vile and you just carry around a huge cloud of boo-hoo everywhere you go.  Who really wants to befriend such a negative person?

So, why is it important to LIVE a positive life?attitude is everything graphic

  • Studies have shown that people become more successful easier and faster than their negative counterparts.
  • The obvious of being a happier person.
  • More energy and inner power and strength to accomplish and achieve goals in LIFE.
  • You end up with this amazing power to inspire and motivate others.
  • With a positive mindset, any adversity you might face, will be handled with a greater logic and reasoning.
  • “Good things happen to good (positive) people”.
  • People respect and want to be around you. You end up being a positive role model for your children, for those who work with you or for you and relationships become less stressful and more enjoyable.

This is a choice and your choice should be that you want to Be Happy and “look on the bright side of life”.  In situations of stress or negativity there has to be some positive in it or you would never get out of it alive.  Things blow over with time, patience and positivity.

You eat right and work out to keep your body in shape, but do you ever think about how you can make your mind/body healthier.  Positive thinking, positive people and a positive attitude will take you farther than you know when it comes to your mental and physical health.

A baby mosquito came back after its 1st fight.
Dad asked: “How did you feel?”
Baby mosquito replied: “Dad it was wonderful. Everyone was clapping for me”

Moral: Take everything positively

Who Loses Weight Faster? Men or Women?

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

Men are bigger and have more muscle than women. Why? Could it possibly be due to a certain hormone called testosterone? Yes. Men are genetically engineered, made, designed to have a higher percentage of muscle and less fat. Why would this matter? Because these factors keep men fit and allow them to eat more calories.

Women, not having hardly close to the amount of testosterone as men have, and for good reason, need to build more muscle and get their engine revving by picking up some weights, start pumping and get moving. Women will increase their muscle mass and decrease stored fat by doing strength training a minimum of two times a week.

Benefits of strength training, for both men and women, is building muscle mass and it will help burn more calories. Strength training will also prevent osteoporosis by strengthening the bones. Strengthening of the bones is particularly important to women, because women are more apt than men are to having osteoporosis.

Women tend to gain their weight below the waist (think hips and thighs) “pear shaped”, while men tend to gain weight in the middle (oh those dang “beer bellies”) “apple shaped”. Seeing as most fat is deposited in these specific areas of men and women, the most concern comes from the fat stored in the belly, due to this causing a higher risk for developing heart disease.

On average men have faster metabolisms than women. Men have higher amounts of lean body mass (aka muscle) than women. Due to this lean body mass, the metabolism rate is determined and a body burns more calories due to this lean body mass. More muscle = higher metabolism. Research shows that on average “the metabolism of a man is 5 to 10 percent higher than that of a woman of the same weight and height.”

On average, women tend to be physically less active than men.  The American Journal of Physiology found that women burn an average of 16% fewer daily calories than men. A women’s resting metabolic rate was 6% lower than a man’s and the calories burned during physical activity were 37% lower for a woman than that of a man.

Here is the skinny, eat right and keep moving. A majority of men will surpass women in weight loss even if they are on the same workout regime (program), but women should not be discouraged with the efforts they are giving towards their weight loss goals because people are different and the dedication you put forth in your program will have positive results for you in the end.

Good luck.

Are You Getting The “Support” You Need During Your Workout?

Wednesday, August 10th, 2011

Consider some of the programs that are being done (P90x, Insanity, TurboFire) or maybe just everyday athletics like running, biking, hiking. Have you ever thought about the “support” or lack thereof you are getting from what lies beneath your clothing. Think sport bra, athletic shoes, jock strap??? As a women it is very important to have the right “support”, especially during High Impact activities, which are a majority of what our group concentrates on participating in.

sports braPurchase bras for those activities that specifically are marked for “High Activity” exercise. Depending on your cup size you will either need a Compression bra (A-B cup), Compression/Encapsulation Bra (C-D cup) or a Encapsulation Bra (D-DD cup). The band underneath your chest gives great support so the wider the band the greater the support and having an underwire bra also adds extra support. The shoulder straps should not dig into your shoulder and best to have broader straps for the extra support during High Impact activity. Look for a “wicking” sports bra that will draw the moisture away from your body. Brands like Dri-Fit and CoolMax, which tend to stay away from the cotton material that just absorbs sweat towards your body and traps it in . With wicking material, the bra will dry quicker and you stay cooler. So when it comes to bras think support, support, support and comfort.

nike free shoesShoes are very important and choosing the right pair can minimize knee, hip, back injuries or pain. For High Impact activities where plyometric exercises will be done (P90x, Insanity) or aerobic exercises (TurboFire) it is best to have cross trainers. The benefits of wearing cross trainers during these activities are that these shoes have the side to side support of a tennis shoe, the cushioning heel and flexibility of a running shoe and the extra support under the ball of the foot that is beneficial for most types of aerobic workouts. Of course, if you plan to go out for a run, it would be best to invest in a good running shoe rather than wearing your cross trainers because the support and tread/sole material is specifically engineered different for running just as it is for cross training.

How important is a jock strap during exercise and do you really need it for “support”?  Well, I think in any activity where there is a reasonable risk that the most sensitive organs in a mans body might get injured,  it seems reasonable to be safe and protect your equipment. But some say that the “strap” is passe and so welcome to 2011, the year of the compression shorts. The benefit of the compression short is that is not only keeps everything in place, but also will add support to your buttocks and your upper legs. Best bet and for comfortable fit, without the chaffing, would be the compression shorts.

So remember that if you are working out, especially with High Intensity programs, buy active wear that support your vital parts and will prevent or assist in the prevention of injuries. Have a great workout.

Having the Workout Mindset for a Better You

Saturday, July 30th, 2011

“I can’t do it”.  “I’m too tired”. “It’s too hard”. “I’ll never be able to finish this”. “I’d rather do something else”. “It’s too hot”.  “I’ll never lose this weight”.  “I’ll never have that ‘perfect’ body”.  Do you recognize those quotes?  I’m sure you have said those any many others to yourself before, right?  I’ve done it, we’ve all done it.  It’s all about mindset and we need to have the right mindset if we want to accomplish our goals.   How are you going to be able to lose that weight or get that body you want if you don’t think you can do it?  That’s right, you won’t be able to.  It will never happen.

So, what are you going to do to get yourself in the right mindset?  We all seem to find excuses not to workout.  It’s easy isn’t it?  You get home from work late, you are tired, you have chores, the kids need help with homework or soccer practice, you have to make dinner for the family…there is always something going on and working out comes at the bottom of the list right?  It shouldn’t.  Take those excuses and throw them out the window.  You can find 30 minutes in the day for you, for your health, for your mental well-being.  I know you can.  It will not only help you but it will help your family, your friends, and those people who have to be around you all the time.  Working out will help improve your mood, your focus, increase your energy and in general will make you feel better.  The people around you will be happier just as much as you will.

You have to realize that getting and staying in the right mindset sometimes means you can’t do it alone.  You might have to have a support system or a supportive partner that is there with you along the way.  That is important to me and has helped me a lot along the way.  You may have a partner who works out with you and if so, that is great.  You may have a partner who could support you in other ways like making dinner, helping with the kids or cleaning the house so you can have some free time to workout and do what is important to you.  That is a different kind of support but important nonetheless.  Lastly, we have support systems out there from online communities like Facebook or Beachbody, people doing the same thing you are.  Reach out to those like minded individuals who are enjoying the same thing you are.

What motivates you to workout?  Do you have a particular goal you want to reach?  Do you want to lose that last 10lbs?  Do you want to fit into that pair of size 6 jeans that you haven’t worn since high school?  Do you want to get that six pack or just get big and buff?  What about marathon, are you training for that?  There are so many reasons people start and continue working out, what motivates you?  Once you figure that out maybe you need to write it down, register for that marathon, look at those jeans daily, or grab an old photo of yourself and put it on the fridge.  You need to look at your goals regularly and you’ll want to reach them.

One thing that I believe is important is that you like the workout that you are doing.  If you don’t enjoy your workouts you are not going to stick with them.  When I first started on my mission to lose weight back when I was 220lbs I really like cycling so I started riding my bike.  It was fun for me so I did it everyday.  Not only did I enjoy it but it was a great workout for someone who was in not so great shape.  Some of you may love lifting weights so P90X is a great workout and others may love intense cardio  and sweating so INSANITY is a great workout.  Then there are others that like dance workouts so TurboFire or TurboJam is a great workout.  There is something for everyone but you must enjoy it.

Think about what you are fueling your body with.  If you are eating fast food all day and things that weigh you down you are going to feel sluggish, have no energy and will not be in the mood to workout or do anything productive all day.  You need to make sure you eat foods that give you energy and fuel you properly.  Do not skip breakfast, do not eat a couple large meals a day but instead make sure to eat healthy small meals every three hours that provide all the nutrients you need to get through the day feeling great!  Your body will thank you and you will thank your body.  It is amazing how different you will feel when you eat well and fuel your body properly.

So are you ready?  Are you motivated?  Are you ready to reach your goals?  It’s time for no excuses anymore, get in that right  mindset and create a better you.

 

Why Am I So Bloated?

Monday, July 4th, 2011

“WHY AM I SO BLOATED???”

Here are some things to consider as to why you might be feeling bloated, even though you have been exercising, which does help decrease being bloated.

  • You are not drinking enough water. Water will not make you bloated. It might make you feel full, but it is not the cause of you being bloated. (8 glasses a day). **Stay away from carbonated drinks which will cause bloating.**
  • Eat more fiber. Such as blueberries, strawberries, dried apricots and dried plums, but do it in moderation. If you eat to0 much fiber too quickly, then you will feel more bloated that you originally were. 5 grams of fiber is suggested. Vitafusion Fiber Gummies are really good and you can purchase a decent amount (220 gummies) at Costco for $17.00. They are sugar free.
  • Moderate eating of beans and vegetables like cauliflower, cabbage and broccoli will minimize bloating and gas.
  • This one might sound strange, but chew with your mouth closed. One huge cause of bloating is swallowing too much air when you eat. Think about how often you chew gum and workout. That is a lot of mouth movement at one time.
  • If you like milk, yogurt or other dairy products, start with a small amount and slowly increase it over time to minimize bloating.
  • Eat more protein. Too little protein in your diet can cause you to be bloated.
  • Salt, salt and more salt. Bad, bad, bad. Even a small amount of excess sodium will cause you to be bloated. Dang Chinese Food.

I hope these suggestions help. If you have decided to drastically change your diet since you have started working out, you might want to evaluate what your putting in your mouth and how much. This sudden change to “get fit” could be that cause of you feeling bloated.

 

Healthy Summer Foods

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

As summer begins we all want to look good so we can go to the beach and pool in a little less than a parka and snow pants, but to do that we need to realize that exercise only does not cut it. You need to continue to eat well, and I don’t mean fat free ice cream. Let’s discuss some ideas for healthy summer foods that are still tasty but will help you stay in shape throughout the summer.

The first goal is to keep the foods light and refreshing. No one wants to eat a heavy meal in 100 degree weather. Nor do you want to cook that heavy meal and heat up your kitchen with the weather being hot outside. The beauty of the summer is that is when the farmer’s markets come to town, the fruit is abundant and the veggies are at their peak. Not only do they taste great, well, most of them, but they are low in calories, they have lots of vitamins, minerals, fibers and other great stuff that is good for you. Of course, the best part is that fruits and veggies are very refreshing when the temperatures peak.

Besides tasting good, being super refreshing in the summer, fresh fruits and veggies are what I call “free”. Do not worry about overeating these items, but do make sure you are getting fresh fruit and fresh veggies, not the canned stuff that soaks in syrup. You can happily eat these without worrying about how much you are eating. Free!

Just think how tasty a piece of watermelon on a hot summers day sounds or a cold salad with some grilled chicken instead of a heavy peace of steak. Next time you think about eating on a hot day, try some fruit and vegetables instead of something heavy.

P90X2 – Coming Fall 2011

Monday, June 20th, 2011

Currently in development, P90X2™ is the sequel to Beachbody’s best-selling workout program, P90X. With P90X2 workout, P90X grads can get even stronger, more flexible, and more ripped. This program is designed for maximum intensity and efficiency. In fact, this completely new 90-day program features cutting-edge workouts so intense, we only let you do them
5 days a week.

Muscle Confusion™ 2

If you doubt your muscles could feel any more confused than the first time you did P90X—you ain’t seen nothin’ yet! P90X2 is going to up the ante with movements, sets, supersets, and complexes that are going to have your muscles so baffled, they won’t know which way is up.

Less is More

As intensity increases, training volume needs to decrease to allow more time for recovery, so in P90X2, you’ll only be training 5 days per week. Remember what you learned in P90X: The body can only grow stronger at rest. This time around, you’re earning more of it. Hard training is all about efficiency, and P90X2 has evolved to the point where less really is more.

P90X2 Workout

The P90X2 program is made up of three phases, each focusing on a different aspect of your fitness: Foundation, Strength, and Performance, that will help your body evolve in ways you never imagined. You’ll begin by improving your foundation, where instability plays a large role. Then you’ll build strength and, finally, power, which all translates to improved performance.

Expanding on the original program, P90X2 workout embraces the latest research in applied science to keep your muscles “confused” even longer. The end result is a program that everyone from 5K aspirants to professional athletes can benefit from.

What gives P90X2 its edge?

Dr. Marcus Elliott and the Peak Performance Project.
In order to take P90X2 to the next level, we enlisted the services of Dr. Marcus Elliott. One of the most sought-after trainers in the world of sports, Dr. Elliott now presides over Beachbody’s Scientific Advisory Board and has lent his expertise to the evolution that is P90X2. Until now, his groundbreaking training techniques have only been available to world-class athletes. With P90X2, now you can take them home.

Do Your Measurements Right

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

So the folks at Beachbody posted a video today that I thought was worth posting here for everyone to see.  It shows you how to do all of your measurements correctly.  I thought it was the perfect follow up to my last post about how you should stay off of the scale and measure your success by inches and not pounds.  Watch this video, make sure your are taking your measurements properly and again, stay off the scale.

So grab your measuring tape, your body fat tester, a friend and a notepad and let’s get measuring!