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The Importance Of Yoga

Friday, January 17th, 2014

So P90X, P90X2 and P90X3 all have Yoga in them. I’ll be honest, when I did P90X and P90X2 I skipped Yoga days and did some other workout? That would be why I am probably one of the most non-flexible, tightest hamstrings and hip flexors person you will ever meet. Well in P90X3 I have done the Yoga and I love it. Maybe because it’s only 30 minutes, compared to the hour to hour and a half programs in P90X and P90X2.  The workout flies by and the moves are challenging, but not that challenging and you still get a sweat on while stretching and strengthening muscles.l-Kitty-yoga...-STRREEETTTCCCHHH

Here’s why I think Yoga is important to do and no I have not found nor looked out of my third eye. If you’re not an active person, but still want to maintain flexibility and blood flow in your joints and muscles without working up a huge cardio surge, then Yoga might be for you. Yoga has been proven to help people lose weight, lower their cholesterol and triglyceride levels and reduces the onset of diseases related to the heart (coronary atherosclerotic disease and coronary artery disease).  Yoga is low-impact, which is good for those suffering from arthritis, asthma, low back pain and osteoporosis. So as I stated before, strength and stretching (flexibility) are other perks you gain from Yoga, but so are an increase in balance control and a reduction in knee problems (no impact jarring).

yoga-dogLastly, because Yoga is a mind-body exercise, there have been studies showing a decrease in stress hormones, a decrease in anxiety and depression, people sleep better and there are decreases in symptoms relating to pain, asthma, angina and chronic fatigue.

So, clear your mind, roll out the mat and put on some lose fitted clothing because it’s time to center yourself. Peace.

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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P90X3 – Are you ready?

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

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It’s here! Are you ready?  P90X3.  You did P90X, you did P90X2 and now you are ready for P90X3.  I know.  Pretty excited aren’t you?  Me too.  The beauty here is that you don’t have to even have done P90X or P90X2 to get engaged with the new hot toy on the block.  You can start with this bad boy from the start.  So…are you ready??

 

 

THE MUSCLE ACCELERATION SYSTEM

• Studies shows that the most dramatic body transformations happen in the first 30 minutes of exercise.
• Tony Horton took everything he’s proven with Muscle Confusion and Muscle Integration, and tailored new routines to take advantage of this science of shorter workouts.
• The MUSCLE ACCELERATION SYSTEM combines a highly-structured schedule with an incredibly high level of intensity and an unprecedented variety of moves that keeps every muscle challenged for the full 30 minutes.
• A 90-day extreme fitness program designed to get you ripped in just 30 minutes a day. Each one of the accelerated 30-minute workouts has been uniquely developed to produce the greatest physical change in your body, in the most efficient way.
• 90 Day Program – Three 30-Day Blocks
• 16 30-Minute P90X-style workouts
• 6 Days a Week
• All you need is weights/bands, a way to do chin-ups, and 30 minutes/day.
• a fitness guide
• 90 day workout calendar to guide you through the 90 days.
• IMPORTANT NOTE – P90X3 is NOT a sequel to P90X or P90X2, nor is it a graduate program.
• Users do not have to be in great shape or need to complete P90X or P90X2 in order to do P90X3.

 

X3 Schedule Choices

• CLASSIC – Traditional balance of cardio and resistance, will help you gain muscle and lose fat
• LEAN – Designed for those who prefer a more toned look, where you’ll target functionality, mobility and cardio over resistance training
• MASS – For those looking for bulk over getting ripped, you will focus on more resistance training, while incorporating a higher caloric intake into your diet
• DOUBLES – As Tony would say, this schedule is for workout “psychos” who have the ability to push through two workouts per day

P90X3 Cost??

Challenge Pack Price: Intro offer: $180

Regular Price $205

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Stress and Relationships

Monday, November 11th, 2013

By no means am I saying that I am a therapist, psychologist, psychiatrist or have a doctorate in anything except a doctorate of life and am a doctorate of my own opinion.  When it comes to stress and the affects it has on life, I can tell you that your health is one of the first things to feel it.  Your pulse increases, blood pressure rises, heart is pumping harder and faster than it probably should, but the reason it’s working so hard isn’t out of enjoyment, it’s out of tension you are unknowingly, or knowingly placing on your body.

You are putting stress on your mind, tension in your brain, “insane in the membrane”.  So many synapses firing in the brain can make you just feel so uneasy and headaches, migraines, etc…come on full speed.  The stress of things might make you feel as if you have lost control over things and even of yourself.images

BUT, how do you deal with stress so it doesn’t ruin a relationship?  Again, these are just my opinions and things that I truly believe I need to start applying myself. FIGURE OUT WHAT IS BOTHERING YOU!!!  That way, when you are communicating with your partner, you will have a true grasp of what needs to be talked about and in dire need of being addressed, rather that just throwing random things out in the open that have no relevance or urgency as to the cause of your stress.  If it is something that is happening in your relationship that is causing the stress, then deal with it directly.  No one like a person who just talks in circles because that not only makes people dizzy but causes added stress and tension to the conversation.

STAY CONNECTED!!!  Again, communicate with the person you entrust your secrets to and who has been through your good and bad days.  Make time for one another.  Remove yourself from the outside going-ons and just “be” together.  Do things together that make you both happy and that you can laugh at, take pleasure in and “just be.”

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MAINTAIN INTIMACY!!!!  Whether it be a surprise kiss, a longing and affectionate embrace or the obvious of what intimacy is to most people, DON’T LOOSE TOUCH (literally).  Even though life might be stressful at the moment, that intimacy could lessen, alleviate, relieve that unwanted pressure running through your body and mind.  Sex not only lessens stress, but counts as exercise, lowers heart attack risk, improves sleep,and of course has many more positive contributions to your body.  OH and IT HELPS YOU STAY CONNECTED!!!

Lastly, FIND BALANCE!!!  Whether that be in your personal life or professional life, try to balance things out. Eliminate things that aren’t needed or delegate things to take the weight off of your shoulders.  BREATHE, BREATHE, BREATHE. I think there is some truth to taking 10 deep breathes to help you regain focus, control and calm your self. I think I need about 20 or more sometimes, but hey it’s a work in progress.

So, these are just a few things that I think might be helpful in addressing stress in your life so it doesn’t affect your health your relationships.

Strength Training….Does it REALLY matter?

Monday, October 21st, 2013

If you’re like me you LOVE CARDIO. Your heart pounding, sweat dripping and all of your body parts moving. Listening to your favorite beats will your cycling at your fastest RPM’s or training for your first 5k. Is all of this cardio really that good for you? I mean without any sort of resistance training, all your doing is pumping, pumping your heart muscles without working on stabilizing or strengthening some of your other major muscles groups like, quads, calves, hamstrings, glutes, lats, biceps, triceps, traps, chest and core.

So, why do strength training AND cardio. The combination of both wiIMG_20120627_193802ll burn more calories between the repetitive motion of cardio, where you to take minimal to no breaks in a fairly long distance of time, and the heavy lifting, where you to take many mini breaks to either change out weights, move to another routine or just let your muscles “breath” for a minute. For one thing, strength training is needed to sustain muscle mass and increases your bones density, which is extremely beneficial when it comes to all of the stress you can put on your joints and bones from running, cycling, jumping, etc… Whenever you take on muscle, your body becomes this amazing furnace for calories and begins to slowly burn them away, so the right combination cardio and strength training will have you burning fuel and slimming down, but with the right intake of proper food you can always keep the furnace lit=energy sustained.  Energy sustained is more motivation, more focus and feeling young and spry again, like a teenager.

Because strength training strengthens muscles and increases bone density, as you age, you minimize the likelihood of encountering osteoporosis,  brittle bones, arthritis or encountering back issues. The proper nutrition, cardio and strength training will aide in the prevention of diabetes, heart disease, obesity.

So do your weight training.  We love Body Beast, P90X, P90X2 and P90X3 which is coming soon for the best weight training around!

Got questions?  Feel free to contact us here and remember we offer FREE fitness coaching, have groups on Facebook we’d love you to join for support and motivation and are always available for help anytime.  We LOVE to help!

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.

 

Tropical Strawberry Shakeology

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

 

The newest flavor of Beachbody’s favorite ultra super meal replacement, Shakeology is available NOW! Tropical Strawberry Shakeology!  The new flavor is vegan, dairy free, gluten free, lactose free and tastes delicious.

Tropical Strawberry Shakeology will help you:

  • Lose Weight
  • Feel Energized
  • Improve Digestion and Regularity
  • Lower Cholesterol

And it tastes amazing!  It is a full meal in one glass and will provide you over 70 nutrients that you can’t find anywhere else.  No other meal you eat in the day will give you more nutrients than one delicious Shakeology shake.  This patent-pending daily nutritional shake helps your body gently eliminate toxins more efficiently while allowing for better absorption of the essential nutrients you need.

More information about Shakeology is available here.  If you want a FREE sample, just contact me.

 

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