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Motivation…what is and where can I find it???

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

Ugh, ever have one of those days, weeks, months where you just feel like you never want to see those running shoes again, or lift another weight, or do another squat, crunch or lunge?? What you’re lacking is MOTIVATION. Now how do you get it and what the heck is it? Motivation can come from ideas, events, things, other people’s guidance and support or it can come from within-like a personality trait. No matter where your MOTIVATION comes from, YOU are always the important role in the play.positive[5]

MOTIVATION is a drive that gives purpose and direction to what YOU do. Internal motivation when it comes to exercise is a persons pleasure and experience with exercise.  If you are a person who internally pushes yourself away from exercising by making excuses, complaining about exercising or are inconsistent with your exercise program then I have a few questions for you. WHO ARE YOU SURROUNDING YOURSELF WITH? Positive, motivated, energetic people. Or negative, lackluster, slumdog “ain’t no millionare here” people. I think that “you become the company you keep” and “The apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree”. If you are constantly around poisonous people then you will become infected.

WHAT ARE YOU PUTTING IN YOUR MOUTH? Fruits, vegetables, whole wheat grains, water. Or french fries, pizza, hamburgers, soda, candy bars. I think it is hard to motivate yourself when you feel weighed down from your daily intake of crap. Your metabolism hits rock bottom and you’re dragging. It’s hard to motivate yourself when you have just downed a hamburger and fries for lunch or deep fried chicken and mashed potatoes for dinner. “You are what you eat”, that saying is true. I am waiting to turn into a skinless chicken one day. To me, what I put into my mouth in the morning will basically project how my day will go. If I were to have an empty calorie doughnut, then I would be on a sugar high then crash…looking for more sugar to get me back to that high. Oh and let’s not forget that I might as well strap that one to my thigh or stomach because that’s where it is going. If I were to have oatmeal with a wee bit of honey, then I know it is healthy and it has filled me up and given me healthy, MOTIVATING, sustainable energy without the guilt.969570_571342776256548_1000400611_n

In short, look for healthy, positive people who have the  same or similar goals that you have regarding food and fitness. Become a part of a group who workout together, make each other accountable, share tips and ideas for workout plans and nutritional plans. When you MOTIVATE yourself to become better, others will see it and become MOTIVATED to become better as well.

 

P90X and P90X2 Challenge Packs on Sale!

Monday, March 11th, 2013

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P90X2 and P90X2 Sale, what sale?

P90X and P90X2 Challenge Packs are on sale for the month of October  and this sale is amazing!  They are only $180.  The Challenge Packs 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 either P90X or P90X2 and Shakeology separately it would cost you $240 plus shipping and handling.   The $180 Challenge Pack price this month is really out of this world.  I wish I didn’t have these programs already otherwise I’d hop on this.

 

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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 P90X and P90X2 Challenge Packs are on sale so it can’t get much better unless of course they were free!

 

Shakeology What?

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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 nutritious 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.

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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 P90X and P90X2 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.

Enter the Beachbody Challenge when doing either of these workouts and get a FREE t-shirt and a chance to win $500 daily, $1000 monthly or a grand prize of $100,000!

Should You Be Working Out with Others?

Monday, March 4th, 2013

Whether you’re one part of an overweight or even fit couple, or single and looking to get in the best shape of your life, you might find it tough to stay motivated. Our lives are hectic and busy. It’s easy to slip into habits that keep us from getting out to the gym, and even easier to turn to those fattening foods that are so tempting.

So, what can you do to keep yourself motivated? Working out with others is one of the best ways to get started. In this post, we’ll cover:

  • Why it’s important to have an accountability partner
  • Benefits of having a motivation or accountability partner that you might not have thought about
  • How we, your Team Beachbody Coach can help you find workout partners and keep you motivated

The Importance of Having an Accountability Partner

Okay, you may have started working out with your partner but find that you’re not making the progress you had hoped for. You may be skipping workouts or eating the wrong foods. It’s easy to sit down and talk to each other about the changes you need to make in your life, but it’s difficult to actually stick with them.

While working out with your partner might seem like a great idea, it often turns out to sabotage the whole plan. You and your partner enabled each other’s bad health behaviors in the first place. It’s almost impossible to break free of these patterns, unless you look for help elsewhere.

Working out with another couple, or even another person, can help to keep you accountable. When you know that someone will be relying on you for their own motivation, you’re less likely to skip your workout. If it’s your spouse, though, you’ll probably justify skipping tonight’s workout because you have another movie from Netflix that you just have to watch.

Those sorts of behaviors just won’t cut it.

Surprise Benefits of Having an Accountability Partner

Not only will you be more likely to get to your scheduled workouts, but you’ll also be less likely to “cheat” when it comes to your nutrition. How?

Keep a nutrition journal and trade them each week with your accountability partner. It might seem like a lot of work, but it really only takes a few minutes each day. When you know that someone else is going to be looking at what you’ve been eating, you’re less likely to turn to junk food.

You’ll also be driven to try harder during your workouts when you have a motivational buddy to compete with. Seeing who can complete the most reps during an Insanity or TurboFire workout will ensure that you try your hardest during each session.

Don’t worry, though, if your accountability partner seems to be doing a lot better than you. Just keep on focusing on doing better than you did last week, and aim to beat them during the next workout session. You’ll see that you get better with each work out, even if you never actually do better than your partner.

Finally, your accountability partner will provide emotional support. It can be very challenging to make drastic changes to your lifestyle. Even if you would consider your current level of fitness acceptable, getting to that next level can be trying.

When you have a motivational partner that’s going through the same experience as yourself, you’ll find it a lot easier to stick with the plan. Hearing encouraging words from someone who’s “been there, done that,” is extremely helpful.

How Can a Beachbody Coach Help You Find an Accountability Partner?

One of the best things about signing up for a program like TurboFire, Insanity, or P90X through a Beachbody coach like us is that you’ll get to join a motivational group. We will also check in with you on a regular basis to see how you’re doing. Your success is our success!  We have an amazing group on Facebook that you can join that will be your key to success.

You’ll gain this benefit not only from signing up for workout programs, but also if you purchase the Ultimate Reset or Shakeology Home Direct. It’s absolutely free, and we have committed to helping you stay on track.

accountability_pic11Part of our role in your fitness program is setting you up with a private group of individuals also being coached, this is where our closed group on Facebook comes into play. You’ll join us for regular chats on Facebook, and everyone will be reporting their progress. When you’re a member of one of our group, you’ll find it easy to be motivated. You know you’ll have to share your progress tomorrow, and you won’t want to be the only one who watched a soap opera instead of hitting the gym!

Get in touch with us to learn more about the benefits of free coaching when you purchase a Team Beachbody product through my site. I’m more than happy to help you understand how these programs can help you out.

Share your experiences with having a motivational or accountability partner in the comments, and let everyone know how your fitness journey is progressing!

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!

 

 

Becoming the Real You…a Lifestyle Change

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

I have had a lot of people come to me wanting to change the way they eat, workout, and go about their daily life.  They want to make a complete lifestyle change.  These people used to be like me.  The Jo-Anne Brandes I used to know was overweight by about 100 pounds, was lazy, didn’t workout, ate a lot of fast food and loved drinking soda.  The Jo-Anne Brandes I know now is the true me.  I do not eat fast food anymore, I cut out red meat completely, I do not drink soda, I lost over 100 pounds, and I enjoy exercise in all forms.  Now, don’t get me wrong, I will still have a dessert once in a while because I sure do love chocolate and there are days that I just don’t feel like exercising but I make up for it because I have made a lifestyle change.

I have talked to many people who log everything they eat on myfitnesspal.com or livestrong.com and that is great.  I have done it, trust me!  How are you going to learn how to figure out what to eat if you do not track your calories?  The P90X and INSANITY Nutrition Guide are there to guide you for that reason.  Every workout program from Beachbody comes with a detailed plan so you can learn how to eat right.  Yes, in the beginning you will be weighing your portions, tracking your calories, and it will be a bear.  I understand, I have been there.  You will wonder to yourself how on earth you can do this for every meal for the rest of your life.  Relax, you won’t have to.  Just like anything new to you it takes practice.  After you do it for a while you will learn it.  Eventually you will understand what is a normal portion size and how many carbs and proteins you need in each meal and you won’t need to track it.  Remember, you learned how to eat poorly over a long period of time so learning the right way will take a bit of time.  It is ok.

The same goes with your workouts.   For example, say you are starting with TurboFire, you are going to be a bit lost watching Chalene jumping around the screen.  I was very lost, I am so uncoordinated.  After you do the workouts for a few days (or weeks in my case) then you will adjust and you will have it down pat.  You will get the hang of it and you will know exactly what you are doing.  You will probably even start inviting friends over and laugh at them being as lost as you were.  It just takes time.

The bottom line is to not be discouraged.  Do not give up so quickly.  There are a lot of folks in your position and they are all struggling.  I am available and will be happy to work with you.  All the people on my team will be happy to encourage and motivate you.  We offer free fitness coaching and have a great support group on Facebook also that we would love you to join.  Just send me an email, friend me on Facebook, or contact me here.  It is no bother at all, I would really love helping you and my teammates would to.

The Top 10 Questions About P90X2

Friday, September 30th, 2011

The Top 10 Questions About P90X2™

By Steve Edwards

 

What’s the difference between P90X® and P90X2? This is the question of the year, and it can’t be answered in one simple sentence, or even one article. So I’ve written this series to help you decide whether or not P90X2 is the program for you. I wish I could tell all of you that P90X2 is right for you, but I’m too responsible for that. I’m sure one program in Beachbody’s huge collection will work for each of you, but if you want to know specifically whether that right one is P90X2, read on.


P90X2™

 

  1. Is P90X2 better than P90X? How can you beat the most popular workout program in the country? You can’t. P90X2 is an extension of P90X. It’s not necessarily better, but it’s definitely evolved. For a more in-depth look at its development, read the first article in this series (see “The Next X: What’s New About P90X2?” in the Related Articles section below).

 

  1. Is it more Muscle Confusion? You betcha! If you thought your muscles were confused last time around, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet!

 

  1. Is it harder? Remember the first time you did P90X? Could anything feel harder than that? Probably not. So while P90X2 isn’t technically harder, it’s probably going to feel harder until you get used to it. And since it’s Muscle Confusion, it’s going to take you some time to adapt. During this adaptation period, it’s going to feel very difficult, but you’re used to that, right? And when you take your X2 body back to another round of P90X, that program’s going to feel harder too, because you’ll be prepared to push yourself farther than ever before.

 

  1. Is it still 6 days per week? No, it’s only 5, though we suggest active recovery on your rest days. The more intensely you work out, the less time you need to spend doing it. With more breakdown, you also need more rest. P90X2 has evolved to the point where less is more.

 

  1. Will there be options like Lean and Doubles? Instead of giving you different program options, P90X2 gives you the option of increasing each phase long enough to get the most out of it. If you’re having trouble with your balance, you may decide to spend more time in Phase One. For bigger muscles, spend more time in Phase Two. Want to get faster, jump higher, or become more agile? Spend more time mastering Phase Three. You’ll definitely want to read the guidebook, because it provides ideas for how to tailor your training personally for you (and much more). In P90X, we made the most versatile home fitness program ever created. P90X2 will open up even more options.

 

  1. Is it true that there’s no cardio? Here’s a little secret: There was no true cardio in P90X, either. At least not in the kind of training generally associated with that word. P90X used anaerobic interval training to improve your cardiovascular system; although it’s technically cardio, it isn’t the public perception of cardio. “Cardio” is a training colloquialism for training your heart. So while you won’t see any cardio in the title names, doing Plyocide or P.A.P. Lower will train your cardiovascular system as well as any cardio routine you’ve ever done.
  2. Will I need any new equipment? There’s a lot of new equipment for P90X2, and you’ll eventually want to own all of it. But the cool thing is that we’ve created an option that can be done with nothing but a few exercise bands and furniture found in any hotel room. This “hotel room” option virtually eliminates excuses for not working out.

 

  1. So what is this equipment? Here’s a list of the equipment needed, which we’ll go into in detail in a later article. Did I say “needed”? It’s not, really. Besides the hotel room option, we also do most movements in a variety of ways to make it easy to add equipment as you can afford it. Here’s a prioritized list:
    • Bands and/or weights: You need some form of resistance.
    • Pull-up bar: Just like P90X.
    • Yoga mat: You must have one of these by now, right?
    • Stability ball: We highly recommend this, because the benefits outweigh the cost many times over . . . and over.
    • Foam roller: You may not have heard of this before, but don’t be surprised if it
      changes your life.
    • Push-up stands: You know ’em. You love ’em. How come you don’t already have them?
    • Medicine balls: Mainly used for balance, so easily replaced with substitutes (basketballs, etc.) if need be, though once you’ve used the real thing you’ll wonder why you ever waited to buy them.
    • Pull-up assist: While highly optional (we got away with chairs all these years), the pull-up assist will not only improve your ability to finish all your reps, it’ll greatly improve both your form and exercise efficiency.
    • Yoga blocks: If you need these, you probably have them already.

 

  1. Foam rolling? What the?! Foam rolling is a myofascial release technique. Hmm . . . not much help? Okay, how about this? It’s a form of self-massage that forces your muscles to lengthen and align properly. Used regularly, it’ll increase your mobility and range of motion and actually help you get stronger, because it frees your muscles to work the way they’re supposed to. This one simple practice is often enough to change your alignment and allow you to move freer and easier.

 

  1. How has the diet plan changed? For P90X2, the diet has evolved along with the exercise plan. Not that there was anything wrong with the old one, but we’ve been listening to your suggestions, and we’ve revamped the diet guide to give you more options on what to eat, how to increase effectiveness, and how to simplify the entire eating process. This subject is more than we can cover here, so the X2 nutrition plan is the topic of next week’s P90X2 article.

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.

 

Order P90X2 Now!

 

 

 

  • 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.

 

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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

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.

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.

The Best Part of Waking Up…

Sunday, May 29th, 2011

The best part of waking up is #1: actually being able to get up (especially at our age more things seem to be cracking and creaking) and #2: getting outside in the early morning hours of the weekend before anyone else does.


The advantage of #1 of course is that it still shows we are alive and able. There are a number of advantages for #2. Those being that I was able to get up and out to run before anyone was able to disrupt my quiet morning with the hustle and bustle of their day. The coolness of the morning definitely helped wake me up  and I was able to have “me time”, which I think everyone should be able to have. It’s better than a therapist and you don’t have to take the little white pill (or whichever medication your doctor has prescribed for you during your depression stage).


Today was the first day I went running since I started the Insanity program (so for about 2 months). Not to brag or anything, but I will so heads up, the five miles was effortless. I couldn’t figure out if all of the cardio through Insanity helped me or just that I had not run for so long, but I felt like Forrest Gump out there (without the leg braces of course).


Speedy, our 11 year old black Labrador Retriever who has the the gray muzzle of an 11 year old and the body of a 4 year old, stuck with me throughout the morning jog and never complained once. What a trooper! Fresh air does wonders for you and it can improve your mental well being and revitalize you. Adding to that, a majority of studies say that exercising outdoors not only increases energy and revitalizes you, but gives to “positive engagement, decreases in tension, confusion, anger and depression. ”


So, if the best part of waking up is only having that cup of coffee in the morning, consider heading outdoors for a walk, run, bike ride or hike. *Mind, Body and Spirit*


Michelle

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”.

Dedication, Commitment, Longevity

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

Today was one of those busy days, where you wake up and leave for work at 6:00 am and don’t get home until 7:30 pm. Too tired for working out..oh so true. So I didn’t, but knowing I was going to have a long day, I made sure that I did not eat junk and did not overwhelm my body with stuff that would wear me down and have me wanting to flop into bed the instant I got home. I am not going to lie though, I did have a tall Starbucks regular coffee at about 4:00 pm. I really only had it just for the taste because I think the caffeine for me is purely psychological.


Being dedicated to working out is a good thing, but if you can’t get to it on a daily basis or when you don’t have the time to, don’t stress about it. Make sure to have that commitment to tackle your exercise regimen either the next day or as soon as possible. Life is busy and will always be, but commit to working out at least 4-5 days a week for at least an hour a day.


The more you move those 2000 body parts and the better you eat will have a lasting effect on your life and get you through THOSE days that seem to last forever and you just want to rest it out.