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P90X3 Is it worth your TIME?

Thursday, December 26th, 2013

0b45d5be07659b04a4a7692bba2ce7b6P90X3 is out and the wonderful thing about it, is that it is only 30 minutes. But what can you can done in those 30 minutes that will be effective and give you the results you’re looking for when working out? Well there are 18 workouts and those workouts consist of moves that work on your aerobic and anaerobic energy (cardio and resistance), power, flexibility, balance, strength, core strength and body awareness. As I said these workouts are 30 MINUTES so not only the time of the workout, but the intensity, frequency, type of exercise and recovery periods what makes that 30 minutes so special. A 90 day program with workouts 6 days a week or add in the Dynamix workout in lieu of “resting”.

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  • Total Synergistics –  (multiple muscle groups are used in every exercise)
  • Agility X – (focus on movements of acceleration, deceleration and activities that require balance, coordination, agility and power)
  • The Challenge – (a whole lot of push-ups and pull-ups done in a variety of ways)
  • X3 Yoga – (improvement of your body awareness, stamina, balance, flexibility and core strength)
  • CVX – (full body burn incorporating resistance with interval training to work both your aerobic and anaerobic endurance)
  • The Warrior – (all your using is your body for weight)
  • Isometrix – (using instability moves to strengthen your core and work your muscles and joints in a way to help you become stable base)
  • Dynamix – (using connective tissues, muscles and joints together to increase your range of motion, flexibility and base of stability) ***can be used in lieu of the rest day***
  • Accelerator – (using both aerobic and anaerobic means at two different speeds to target your energy system)
  • Pilates X – (learn how to control your body through your core while using proper breathing and balance techniques)
  • Incinerator – (you take yourself to YOUR limits and BRING IT to failure. Do the exercises that you can until “ya can’t do no more”.)
  • Triometrics – (a plyometrics workout that explosive and focuses on 3 different difficulty levels for each exercise while minimizing the downtime needed between the moves)
  • MMX – (kenpo, judo, karate, jiu-jitsu and tae wkon do are all here in this cardio workout that works not only upper body, but core, legs and your flexibility)
  • Eccentric Upper and Eccentric Lower – (time under tension will create muscle growth)
  • Decelerator – (In order to increase your stability and protect muscles,  joints and connective tissues, you must use different force loads while using different angles with those loads)
  • Cold Start – (longer warm-up to increase your heart rate, warm up your muscles and get the juices flowing)
  • ***Complex Upper and Complex Lower –  (for the elite trainer in you, this focuses on musculoskeletal strength,  muscle elasticity, dynamic movement, core work and mobility with weighted resistance)
  • ***X3 Ab Ripper – (focusing on 4 areas of your core: the washboard abs (rectus abdominus), your internal and external obliques (sides) and your transverse abs (the abs under the abs) you’ll get an ab-tastic 15 minute workout)

***Complex Upper and Complex Lower/X3 Ab Ripper can be ordered through Jo-Anne or myself.

Check out the video below for a short preview:

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  • Chin-up Bar (or resistance bands)
  • Chin-up Max (or resistance bands)
  • Powerstands (optional)
  • Dumbbells (or resistance bands)
  • Resistance Bands
  • Yoga Blocks (optional)
  • Jump Mat

**Resistance bands may be used in lieu of a pull-up bar and weights, but it is highly recommended that you have a variety of resistance bands available for use.

**Yoga blocks are recommended for those new to yoga who are not that flexible and need added balance and support.

Recommended Supplements:

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  • SHAKEOLOGY (You’re working so hard at working out so why not treat your body right and give it a good dose of dense, daily nutrition. It’s like a reward for your body working so hard)
  • P90X Results and Recovery for after the workout (better than Gatorade) and it helps your muscles recover and get the nutrients they need
  • E&E Energy and Endurance Pre-workout Formula (I personally drink a little bit before my workout, during my workout and finish it all up at the conclusion of my workout. Who doesn’t like a little energy boost during their workout?)

This workout is a no nonsense 30 minute, all over body workout program. Instead of watching that 30 minute sitcom you could be moving your body, FOR JUST 30 MINUTES. Let’s face it, sometimes getting into a new routine is hard and it takes at least 20-30 days for it to become just that….a routine, but the way you’ll feel, the goodness happening inside of your body as well as the changes happening outside of your body are well worth having this ROUTINE for 90 days.

Good luck with your fitness journey and BRING IT.

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My journey with having an eating disorder and fitness

Monday, October 14th, 2013

I thought I would step out of my comfort zone and talk about something that those with an eating disorder never really feel that comfortable talking about…and that is that we have or had an eating disorder. No, I am not a therapist of any kind so the opinions expressed are of my own experience with having an eating disorder from the age of about 19 years old to about 28 years old.

I grew up a tomboy, playing sports all of the time from the age of about 7 to 18. Then something called “real life” happened and the fairy tales experienced as a child are gone and responsibilities took place. Any pressures or “not so fun” things experienced as a child seemed to surface and they had to be dealt with. Of course as you get older, you become more aware of things and coping mechanisms are created to deal with stressful situations. Some coping mechanisms are healthy such as writing in a  journal, going for a run and talking to others.

I was a quiet child, I know hard to believe if you know me now, but my stress relief as a child was playing, running, pretending I was chasing the bad guy, using my imagination. I was an insecure child who didn’t have the “in” clothes or the “in” haircut, oh and we had little to no money. I went to a school where everyone’s parents were either a doctor or lawyer and my mother was working exceptionally hard to just make sure we had food and a roof over our head.

As a teen, pretending to be who you are not is a lot of hard work and a lot of unwarranted stress.  I was no longer a child though and life super smacked me in the face. I was a grown up and had too much stress thrown my way. So, control for me came at the hands of food and lots of it. I could control what and how much I ate and when I wanted to “release” the fullness and control, I did so.

As time went on, life had it ups and downs, but then I found the fitness track again and the healthy means of controlling my life. I met people who had my same goals in mind, which was living a healthy life by eating right and being active. I talked to people about my journey with food and they did not judge, they listened and some could actually relate.

I believe my unhealthy journey with food and the on-going battle with food and stress in my life unknowingly created a willful, determined and strong mind that to this day helps me overcome things by way of literally working out the problem instead of eating it away. My workouts are not unhealthy, meaning that I don’t for 2-3 hours at a time running, doing weights, etc… I am on a schedule and if I have to veer from that schedule for some reason, I make sure that I hold myself accountable to doing something active the next day.

It works for me to say, “A healthy mind is essential for a healthy body”, so I have committed myself to eating well, working out at least 5 days a week, associating with healthy, like minded people and eliminating as much stress from my life that I have control over.

If you can relate to any of this, then don’t hesitate to contact me. I am here to help people on their journey to having a healthier, active and happier life.  I am proud to say that I am 10 years “clean” so I must be doing something right.

P90X2…is it worth it?

Monday, October 7th, 2013

So the question is, Is P90X2 worth it? Worth your time? Worth your money? My answer to these questions is YES!!! YES!!! and YES!!!  P90X2 takes it to the next level by use of stability balls, medicine balls and for those who are not proficient at doing pull-ups on your own, they have created a wonderful device called the pull-up assist. A lot more sturdier that using a chair and the better you get at doing pull-ups, the lower you make the pull-up assist so it is more YOU doing the exercises that the assist.

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This program starts at focusing on your core. Which is the most important part of development with this program because as the program progresses into stability, mobility, balance and strength moves…the more secure, strong and stable your core is then the greater your success will be. Moves throughout this program include medicine ball burpees, stability ball push-ups, 4 position pull-ups, Drea (Webber) rolls, 4 ball push ups, yoga, Recovery and Mobility with a foam roller, and many more moves that are much more fun to experience for yourself than to read about.

One of the great things about all of these videos are the warm-ups. They are not your everyday, run of the mill warm-ups. Tony integrates the use of the stability ball (or a towel) to warm up with while doing squats, lunges and other moves to elongate and warm-up the body. Also the use of the foam roller really gets into parts of the body to help  loosen lactic acid or muscle tightness, prepping your tendons for a glorious workout. Sometimes just warming up in and of itself gets the sweat going and the heart pumping (wonderful, awesome goodness).

This program is challenging because some of the moves take TIME, PATIENCE and PRACTICE to master, but as the motto goes in any of the P90X programs “The More You Do, The Better You Get!”  There is always somebody modifying in whatever program you are doing and there is an option to just listen to the “Cues and Music” without having to listen to any of the participants in the programs.

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Want to join a group of us doing P90X2 or any other Beachbody workout program?   We have great group of folks that can help you stay motivated, accountable and provide you support to get through your journey! Contact us if you want to join!  It will be a lot of fun.   Ever checked out the Beachbody Challenge?  You can win money, a free t-shirt and a chance for $500 a day or the grand prize of $100,000!  Check it out here!

So remember if you choose to do this program or any other Beachbody program “DO YOUR BEST and FORGET THE REST!!!” The real workout begins when you decide to change your way of thinking and commit to having a healthier body and mind with a final result of succeeding with those goals you set for yourself.

 

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.

 

Personal Development and Judging

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

I decided to put forth the effort and invest in my personal development, which I am sure will not only benefit my personal life, but my professional life as well. Of course, the only way to make this happen, is to not only take in the knowledge, but apply it as well. Duh!! I have placed my attention towards a genre of development outlets such as: an audio book from John C. Maxwell on The 5 Levels of Leadership, a book by Dani Johnson regarding First Steps to Wealth and a book by Don Miguel Ruiz addressing The Voice of Knowledge.

Learning to look within myself, recognize my weaknesses, work off of my strengths, admit that nobody is perfect, and understand that we all have things happen in our lives that create who we are and how we choose to handle those happenings, not only has an impact on us but those around us. We all have something positive to contribute, but it sometimes appears that being negative is the easier route to take, yet we never notice the impact it inadvertently has on ourselves and directly on others.

I looked on Facebook the other day and saw an advertisement for P90X and next to the advertisement was a photo of one of the Top 5 Elite Coaches-meaning that this person has invested a lot, I mean a lot of time on their personal development and working with people. I had seen this coach on occasion at events Jo-Anne and I had been to for Beachbody, but this coach and I had never spoken. The coaches team members would speak about and support their coach with the highest of praise and appreciation. When I saw the P90X post, with the advertisement photo, I began reading the responses to the post. I became instantly offended by a majority of the posts and protective of this coach with whom I have never personally met. The persons posting the negative and extremely JUDGMENTAL comments had never met this coach either. How could I tell??? Well, not once did any of the naysayers mention this coaches name and those who did mention it, defended this coach because they either spoke to, knew or had seen the positive things this coach had done for their team or for others (like I did). All the JUDGES did during their posts was attack this coaches physical appearance (one of the coaches assets) without blinking an eye. Then when other negative people jumped on the band wagon, that seemed to give more ammunition to the original naysayers to criticize even more. Never once did they seem to blink an eye that they were judging someone they didn’t even know and knew nothing about. We have all judged but WHEN DOES JUDGMENT DAY STOP????

This got me to thinking. What made all of these 30+ people verbally attack this person they did not know. Where they intimidated, jealous, insecure over things this coach possessed that they didn’t?

Without knowing someone, how many times do we sit in judgment and exhibit negative thoughts or comments to others and about others that we may or may not know? I thought to myself, who am I to judge anyone? I am not perfect. I have my flaws and insecurities……I was raised without money, fought my demons with food, was in a physically bad relationship, am currently in a relationship supported by some and bashed upon by most, those who are too busy making judgments to take the time to see the whole picture.

How am I to succeed both professionally and personally if I have a preconceived belief of others and not a true hold and identity of myself. Don Miguel Ruiz said, “As little children, we are completely authentic. We never pretend to be what we are not. Our tendency is to play and explore, to live in the moment, to enjoy life. No body teaches us to be that way; we are born that way.”

I have learned to believe that even as adults we are authentic and to judge others only places us at a disadvantage from being able to learn from those who too are authentic. If I lived in a world of everyone like me, I would go crazy. Some people were either born with or given advantage over others, but everyone has their faults, either closeted or with the front door wide open. Some people say that there is only one individual that has the right to judge and I can’t disagree with that.

What makes one person better than another??? If anyone can answer that for me, then let the world be one huge courtroom, but until someone can answer that for me, I will continue to focus on things that I am learning within and about myself. Dani Johnson: “In order to get where you want to go, something has to change.” “If you focus on loosing, then you will loose” and the #1 mistake people make is lack of focus. Focus on the negative gets you 0. Focus negatively on people and I believe you will get distrust and disliked = being unsuccessful and unhappy.

Focusing on ways to make yourself better and going through personal development maybe gives less time for judgment and more time for your successes.