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Don’t just THINK about doing a group fitness class. DO something outside of your comfort zone.

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

photo-2-2Oh to see all of the faces walk into my Insanity group fitness class.  Some excited and some of them so nervous they walk in the room and look around with an expression of “What have I gotten myself into” face.  Sometimes it takes a wee bit of warming up, moving, listening to the music and some instructions during the group class to get those reluctant of being there to really get into it.

10, 20, 30 minutes go by and you see everyone in the class moving, breathing and sometimes smiling at what they are accomplishing. Reinforcing that those in the class go at their own speed and pace, but make sure that they step up their level of pushing themselves to going faster and doing more reps than before.

At the end of the AMAZING workout, those who were reluctant to come,  enjoyed the class and sweated their butts off just to realize that they are going to come back next week for some more GROUP AMAZE-NESS.

When it comes to fitness, camaraderie, wanting to change your routine and seeing results not only physically but experiencing something emotionally uplifting, then a group fitness class is something to try.

Happy fitness and exceptional health.

 

INSANITY Challenge Pack Sale

Friday, April 5th, 2013

insanitypackINSANITY Sale, what sale?

INSANITY Challenge Pack is on sale for the month of April only and this sale is amazing!  The INSANITY Challenge Pack is only $180.  The Challenge Pack are available for any new or existing customer or coaches so take advantage of this while it lasts.  It is great!   The savings is really off the hook.  If you were to purchase INSANITY and Shakeology separately it would cost you $250 plus shipping and handling.   The $180 Challenge Pack price this month is really out of this world.  I wish I didn’t have this program already otherwise I’d hop on this.  Though this was my very first Beachbody purchase so I’m sure glad I do have it!  🙂   Check out how well one of my very own team members, Livia, did in her very first round of Insanity:livia insanity success

 

What the heck is a Challenge Pack anyway?

A challenge pack is the coolest new thing from Beachbody.  It packages together everything you will possibly need to get fit and healthy.  You get any one of Beachbody’s fitness programs, you pick, at a discounted rate, a month supply of the very popular Shakeology, a 30 day member to Team Beachbody Club and to top it off you get all of this with FREE shipping!

The beauty of all of this is that if you bought all of this separately you would pay much more including having to pay shipping so the bundled cost is a way better deal.

Of course this month as I mentioned, you get an even better deal because INSANITY Challenge Packs are on sale so it can’t get much better unless of course they were free!

 

Shakeology What?

So you have heard of Shakeology, seen the ads, heard the testimonials but still want more info?  Sure!  Shakeology is a meal replacement shake that not only tastes amazing but is truly the most Shakeology & Fruitnutritious thing you will find on the market today.  If you can find something more nutritious let me know and I will send you a free bag of Shakeology, I bet you can’t. Shakeology contains over 70 ultra high-quality ingredients conveniently located in one glass, to deliver nearly all the nutrients you need to maintain a healthy diet.  More info here.

 

Free Fitness Coaching and amazing support!

Added bonus here!  We offer free fitness coaching and have some seriously great support that we offer after you have bought your challenge pack.  We have a wonderful Facebook group full of people doing the programs that you will be doing.  We have done INSANITY many times so we can help you along the way with answers to your questions about nutrition, the workouts, if you need a kick in the butt to start or keep going or just want some friendly advice and some friends.  Both of us will help you out and we will introduce you to what we call our family on Facebook.  We have a close knit community and you will grow to be a part of our family, our team.  We’d love you to join us.  Click here for more info regarding our coaching or click the banner below to get in our the great April Insanity sale.

 

Lean, Mean, Muscle Machine

Friday, June 3rd, 2011

Some people don’t want to look like the Incredible Hulk or like Arnold Schwarzenegger (pre extra marital affair days), but they want to have good cardio and some definition of muscle tone without the bulk. (Think spin coach and aerobic instructor). There are some who want to look lean, but still have muscle mass, “being cut” by definition. (Think tri-athlete).

So, I am hopefully going to be able to address both body goals.  If you want to be a lean “look I have muscles and no underarm flab” machine, then find something you will enjoy doing again and again. Swimming (not wading in the pool), biking riding at a moderate pace to include hills on a road bike for about 15-20 miles, hiking at a moderate pace at a minimal to steady climb for about 1-2 hours, running at a moderate pace at about 4.5 miles/hour for 3 miles. Work your way up slowly in being able to do the activity for longer intervals and push yourself, not to the point of exhaustion, but to accomplishing the goal you set for yourself that day. Never doubt how well your body can do when you push yourself and know you can do it. If you like a lot of variation then try joining an aerobics class, spin class, kick boxing and my current favorite craze the Insanity program and P90X. With the proper diet and nutrition, your energy level, cardio and lean muscle definition will develop. Also, do the workouts consistently for at least 4-5 days a week. Hey, maybe even 6 days and rest on the 7th day because even Jesus needed a break.

Remember 3 things: Strength training, cardio exercise and eating well (often and have proteins).

For those who want to look lean, yet have those ripped abs and chiseled muscles, I would still recommend doing Insanity and P90X. If working out in your home is not for you, then hit the road running or biking, whichever you prefer. Then it is time to hit the weights. You want to be “cut”, well then don’t do less weight and more reps (like the ones who just want lean muscle). You have to raise the weight and do a minimum of 12-15 reps and 3 sets. If you are striving for the “no neck, barrel chest, tree trunk legs” then go for max weight with minimal reps (probably 4-5 reps) and 3-4 sets.

Once you lean yourself down, you will want to “define” yourself with weight training, but also realize that you will need to make it up in calories if you plan on lifting a lot. It will depend on your weight, but for a guy, a 2,500-3,500 calorie consumption might help in the “bulking” and “cutting” process of muscle building. Still keep in mind to do the cardio portion of your exercise regime.
What you put into your body will result in the effort you put out. Eating like a slug makes you feel like a slug. So remember no matter what healthy body you choose to have, keep it healthy, simple, active and always push it to do better for you.

Simple Things Mean a Lot

Saturday, May 28th, 2011

Today was a good day because my Insanity t-shirt came in the mail. This is a big deal for me because to some it is just a “simple thing”, a freakin’ t-shirt, but I had to earn it. Two months of a very tough program. Before and after photos. Measurements of weight lost and inches lost. This was huge for me! A program that I stuck to, without fail, and received a very “simple thing” at the end. Kind of like when you played sports as a kid and when you won, they gave you that little, cheap, plastic trophy and you thought it was the best thing ever.


For those who don’t like the daily grind of a gym, find a program that works for you and that you can stick with. Variety is the spice of life and that is true when it comes to staying in shape and working out. Mix it up because even “simple things mean a lot”.

Ah the day is almost over…time to lie back and relax

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

Well, after a very mentally stressful day at work, which actually if you think about it, wears you out more than physically doing anything…I came home and was ready to get my Insanity on. I had to work out the days “oh my gosh I almost wanted to just squeeze my eyes closed really tight, click my heels three times and wish I was in Neverland” activity by sweating it all out. Just 20 minutes of the Insanity: Fast and Furious then I finished just in time to do P90X Cardio X with Jo-Anne. We were busy Downward dogging, upward dogging, Kempo punching, front-side-back kicking, jab-cross-hook-upper cut punching, etc…it was a good way to finish the day and even better way to finish the night by the wonderful chicken boob and Cajun sweet potatoes fries. All courtesy of Jo.


Now that I am comfortably full, not “roll off the dining room chair then onto the couch ah forget it, go to bed full”, but content enough to get ready for tomorrow and look forward to the very long weekend. Woo hoo. I learned that to get through days of stress, if I physically take care of myself and laugh it off to care for my mental well being, then I will be okay. Just remember, “You can’t fix crazy. You can just tip toe around it because the meds aren’t working.”


I have found that if you exhibit a good attitude towards people, situations and not let things bother you…that those around you who are being pissy, will just stop yapping because no one is paying attention to their drama  and they will have no one to talk to but themselves, because that is the only person listening to them anyway.


This blog was not so much about physical awareness per se, but mental well being because without it, you will give up on yourself to do better and will just be and feel blah…


Good night.

A Little Video From Me

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011
So I thought I’d make a little video for everyone to watch.  We will try keep the videos coming and change the up the topics every so often to make them more exciting.  This one is just an intro to me and my background.  Hope you enjoy.

Before & After

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

So, as much as I really do not want to post half naked photos of myself for the world to see I suppose I will do it.  The only reason I am doing it is because I actually surprised myself by seeing that there was actually quite a difference made by doing Insanity for 60 days.  I bet if I stuck to the nutrition program that it came with I would have done much better.

My Fit Test results today were better than the last time as were Michelle’s.  I will have to do another post with Day 1 vs. Day 60 results because they are quite amazing.  As much as you don’t think you improved just seeing the numbers down on paper show you actually improved a lot.  Those darn Power Jumps just kill me though, holy cow.  Wow.  Oh, and seriously, Michelle video taped me doing a Push Up Jack, wow, not pretty.

Ok, enough is enough.  I’ll get the photos now and put them up for all to see.  Be nice or I won’t put anymore photos up.  Or, maybe I’ll substitute Michelle’s body for mine next time.

 

Last Official Day of Insanity (60 days)

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

Hello,


Today was our official last day of the 60 day program Insanity. We will continue to do this program along now with P90X (hybrid). I must say that it was very refreshing to complete something that was very challenging, yet healthy to do in such a short time each day (except for Sunday. That was our assigned day of rest).


I think that we improved our cardio tremendously and lost a couple of inches here and there. Here is just one of the “tests” we had to do during the Fit Test. Each segment was a minute long and there were (8) different exercises. This is called Power jumps. The concept is to jump as high as you can, using your core and landing softly and safely. Doing as many repetitions as you can within a minute. This was our last Fitness Test. We had to do a total of (6) throughout the course of 2 months. Each month trying to improve our repetitions from the last test. I am proud to say that we both improved and kicked a$$ this last test. Yeah us.

 

Two More Days

Saturday, May 21st, 2011

Well, well, well. Two more days left of this Insanity program and I am loving it. Loving not that the program is almost over, but the efficiency, variation and effectiveness of it. The next step is to keep on keeping on and still getting busy. Insanity and P90X (hybrid). Now that it is almost Summer, we won’t be having to do these programs as often because our love of hiking and biking will take its place. I recommend Mt. Rose, Tahoe Rim Trail and Whites Creek for hiking. Biking in Sacramento along the American River Trail to Folsom (yes, it’s 60 miles round trip, but it’s flat so suck it up) and the approximate 20 mile loop in Verdi are nice biking ventures. These places are very convenient when you don’t want to travel to far from home-Nevada that is.

That being said, get outside as much as possible. It is true what “they” say about sunlight. It is very good for you. (In moderation though, not to where you become a crispy critter with sun spots all over the place looking 5 times your age).

Home maintenance, being outside and working on the exterior of the house. I am so looking forward to that this year. Getting some sun and getting a new fence up and looking good. It’s going to be a lot of work, but will keep me active and doing something different, plus it will work my upper body. Yes!

If you have ideas of things to do this Summer that would not only be healthy, but fun then let us know. Keep on being healthy and happy because life is precious and people like you being around.

 

Before and Now

Thursday, May 19th, 2011
So I thought we’d take a look back at some before photos and some now photos.  Now don’t be shocked and if you have sensitive eyes, look away as the before photos may scare you.  Yes, I did this to myself.  I ate fast food, didn’t work out and was just plain lazy.  To give myself a bit of a break, I was also on some meds that helped me gain weight but still, I ate horribly.

Something clicked one day and I decided “enough was enough”.  The plan was simple, exercise and eat well. So, there you have it, before photo and a now photo.  Crazy, huh?

 

Welcome

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

How exciting!!! This is our very first post and we can’t wait to see what changes our bodies have gone through since we started the Insanity program approximately 2 months ago. The daily dedications to working out and not only hoping to look better, but feel better are paying off.

Our last official day of Insanity is Sunday the 22nd of May (Fit Test results) and then it is on to Insanity AND P90X (hybrid) for a more invigorating variation of working out. Looking forward to the challenge of pushing beyond what limits we think our bodies can endure and loving every minute of it…..kind of, we are not that insane.

Again, I must stress how great I feel now, of course, compared to when I was 220 lbs. I would never want to go back to having little to no energy, dreading having to try on clothes (in the Plus size section) and just the plain old feeling of having no confidence about myself.

I have been lucky to find someone who has enough energy for a small army and who motivates me when I am tired. Luckily, with Insanity and P90X, I need no motivation as the programs give variations of activity and don’t lead to boredom.