Sunday, December 21, 2008

Break! What break!

I had mentioned that I was probably going to be taking a break or taking it easy because of a cold bug that was messing with me, well I tossed that thing out the door! Instead of doing an easy workout or one that's I would consider "cruise control". Nope I did the Tony Horton One on One, Thirty / Fifteen Routine and the One on One Killer Abs.

Let me tell you that was the hardest workout I've done in a long time. Thirty / Fifteen is push ups and pull ups. You do 12 sets of pushups and 12 sets of pull ups, that's 30 pushups and 15 pullups. 360 pushups and 180 pull ups! Lets just say I was TOAST!

Then add in Killer Abs, which is Ab Ripper 200 and Ab RipperX in one workout.

Great workout, felt great and will incorporate that program into my weekly rotation.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Taking a Break

Well the sickness bug is doing it's darnedest to get me, the little bastard isn't gonna get me tho, I've got way too much stuff to do before Xmas and add in some travel, well no time to be sick.

With that said, this is my recover week from my current round, and I'll be taking it easy as much as I can so as not to create a more pronounced sickness. Light cardio, YogaX and Core, other then that this is going to be an easy week.

I'm looking forward to getting my copy of ChaLEAN Extreme, from what I've heard it's a butt kicker, and goodness knows I could use a good butt kicking.

I wanted to give a quick shout out to one of my clients turned Beachbody Coach, John over at Tough Fitness he just finished his first round of P90X and has done a great job. He's a perfect example of what hard work and determination can do for you. Great Job John! Round 2 is next!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

What did You Do?

I get asked from time to time what I did to get through the my first round of P90X. Here I am almost mid way through my 6th round of the program and it doesn't seem that long ago.

I've been thinking about a proper reply to the question and the answer isn't as simple as just pushing play.

Biggest thing for me was having my wife working with me when it came to nutrition. I don't think I could have done it without her there with me. Thank you, Suzette for taking the challenge with me and enjoying the success. BTW, she’s had phenomenal success thus far dropping 2 dress sizes going from a size 10 to size 6 as well as getting a ripped 6 pack! She won’t let me post her pictures but I’m working on her.

As for what did I eat? I used the P90X Nutritional guide as just that, a guide. We didn't follow each of the daily menu items, we picked items we liked and ate them depending on which meal it was. We used the guide in terms of portion size, calorie intake, etc.

I started the program weighing about 195 pounds which should have put me on Level II nutritional plan however I was unable to eat the amount of food defined in Level II. So I ended up following Level 1.5. We didn't make many of the soups etc., just didn't have the time to put them together.

The key thing for me was I eliminated ALL sugars, wheat, & rice type carbs during the majority of the first round however when it came to fruits, I ate whatever I felt like having either during a meal or snack. I did run into a stretch about three weeks in where I would run out of energy around 2pm, after speaking with my coach about it I added a couple peices of whole wheat toast with my breakfast and problem solved.

Supplements consisted of Recovery Drink, P90X Performance Bars, ActivIT Fat Burning, Slimming Formula, Whey Protein, & Meal Replacement powder.

Workouts were the "easy" thing for me having lifted weights regularly for 20 years, many of the resistance moves where familiar. It was a matter of "flipping the switch" and my body responded better than any other workout I ever did in the past. I really didn’t have any trouble getting motivated to push play and Bring It. I love the workouts, the fact that you’re doing a different workout every day and doing so many different types off workouts from Plyo to Yoga!

Finally, and most importantly, I followed the program IT WORKS! I was a true believer in the program 100% from the beginning. Decide.Commit.Succeed. If you do all three you will have success as advertised with P90X. If you go into the program thinking it might not work I think you’re much more likely to either quit early or not Bring It like you need to.

One last thing I've discovered over the last year or so is that you shouldn't go through a program like P90X or any fitness and weight loss program all by yourself. Get engaged with a support group, coach, etc. You need someone or a group you can bounce questions off of. You'll realize that you're not the only one who's had these types of issues, so don't be afraid to reach out to a Beachbody coach if you have questions, even if you're not doing a Beachbody program you can still get involved with a coach. We're here to provide Motivation, Inspiration, and Guidence.

It's Simple Just Not Easy!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Health and Fitness

Health and Fitness. The thought of working out at a gym can give many people the "shivers", as my mother would say. What if becoming fit is something you could do 20 minutes a day three to four times a week?

Getting fit isn't always about going out to the local gym either, believe me I've been a member of different gyms on and off for over 20 years, and while they're loaded with tons of the new equipment, plenty of mirrors to display all your out of shape glory (we love that), oh, and lots and lots of heavy grunting and sweating "muscle-heads" over impressed with themselves.

Joining a local gym does have its benefits such as plenty of fitness equipment to use, personal instruction on proper use of equipment (usually available for an additional fee), different types of group workouts available from Pilates, spin, kickboxing, and many, many more. It can also be a great place to meet friends and create new relationships.

Exercising at home isn't going out and buying an expensive "Stairmaster", treadmill, elliptical machine, or large multi-functioned weight machine either, if that's that you're thinking.
First and foremost something you've got to establish as a lifestyle. You have to make a decision to change and then you've got to embrace this new lifestyle by committing to eat healthy and exercise regularly.

Regardless of where you exercise, the important thing is to get started and stick with it!

Get motivation, inspiration and guidence to help. Studies have shown that people struggle with health and fitness success because they lack the support needed to help them through the difficult challenges of this new life change.

Think about it, how many times have you started a diet or started working out only to fizzle out after only a few weeks and in some cases, days! Why is that?

Becuase to truly be successful with complete health and fitness you need three things;

1. Portion control
2. An Exercise program
3. Peer Support

Now what does all that mean? It means that you must control the amount of food you eat each meal and throughout the day combined that with a scheduled fitness program AND someone or a group of people who are there to help inspire you, motivate you and guide you along the way. Success is so much easier if you're not going through this journey alone! So why struggle? Do what thousands of others have and join a team of people focused on YOUR success! What have you got to lose, but body fat?!

Monday, December 15, 2008

New Blog site to follow!

I'm following a new blog site, it's being started for those women out there who are struggling with getting fit after having a baby and or are currently pregnant. Check it out! New Mommy Fitness

Sunday, December 14, 2008

ChaLEAN Extreme is HERE!

If you're a fan lf TurboJam then you're going to LOVE ChaLEAN Extreme! Burn fat by building muscle...What a concept!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Late night workouts

How many times do you get through your day busy running around or at work or dealing with the kids? Everyday right?! That was my day yesterday, especially busy for some reason I'm not quite sure.

My wife and I got done with work, dinner, getting kids ready for bed and helping them finish off their homework and then finally getting them to bed! Why is that always such a big ordeal?

Anyway, when it was all said and done it was 9PM! I still had an hour plus workout to do and to be honest with you I had very little motivation.

I'm the kind of guy who doesn't blow off a workout, never! I take the mindset to simply give it 15 minutes, "get yourself to your gym, start the warm up and if you're still gassed, bag it." That's what I tell myself every time. Once those juices get going, time doesn't matter, it's game on!

I guess the point is that we all have busy schedules, we can all say, "I don't have the time to workout" but the fact is, you've got the you have the motivation to make it happen?

Last night I did my scheduled P90X Legs & Back workout, started out slow but finished strong and felt great when it was all done....10:30PM! One advantage of working out at home is that you don't have to make that drive to a gym, just drag yourself to your workout area and Press Play!

Give yourself 15 minutes, chances are you'll complete your workout and love yourself for it!

Friday, December 5, 2008

P90X Round 6 Update

I keep forgetting to get to my blog and post some updates here, I sometimes get to my Team Beachbody Coaching Thread and put up some goodies there but have been lax in getting some of that information here.

I just got back from Kauai and have had a great week of workouts. I finished off Plyometrics yesterday, no matter how many times I do that workout it never gets easy. We have a bit of a challenge going for Plyo, it goes a bit like this.

"Double-Double Time".

Here's what it is. Second time through you double time Jump Knee Tucks with Maximum height and speed in each jump, then Double Time Mary Katherines, as fast and deep as you can go.

I did 50 JNTs (white boy CAN jump) and 37 MKs. Max HR 194. I'm still alive so this 43 year old's heart made it through with flying colors.

I'm planning on doing a resistance workout today, not sure which one but it will probably be something for the "glamour muscles".

Here's a picture of me and my son Nick, we went on a kayak trip to a waterfall Thanksgiving day, good fun!

Coach Revolution

I've been waiting for this to come out and it's finaly just around the corner, December 19th is the projected release date.

Beachbody will be airing an Business Opportunity infomercial, here is the trailer!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Round 6 P90X!.

Thought I'd announce that I've started my 6th round of P90X, just loving it like always! I've got everyone's favorite workout tonight, YogaX. Since we're traveling to Kauai for Thanksgiving tomorrow I'll be taking tomorrow as my rest day and then doing Legs and Back w/ARX on Tuesday and finishing the week off with P90 Fat Burning Express. I struggle with Kenpo X as it messes with my knees so I've replaced it with P90FBE.

Have a great Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 7, 2008

Shoulders & Arms

I'm finishing this 5th round of the P90X doing the Classic rotation, phase 1. After doing P90X+ for 3 months you really find out how different the two programs are. I'm sore, not sore like I was when I first started the program over a year ago but SORE!

Shoulders & Arms is the glamour muscles, so I'm a big fan of the workout! I've got me numbers from the workout but forgot to bring them with me to work so I'll have to post them a bit later.

As a change of pace and as a way to get my wife back into a workout routine, I'm looking forward to the new ChaLEAN Extreme program scheduled to be coming out later in December, just in time for the holidays!

For some reason, I'm thinking I'm going to like working out with ChaLEAN. :) I'm a big fan of very fit, hot blondes so it's a win win.

Okay, call me a pig....OINK!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

P90X Ab Ripper X

Wow, now that was a kick in the pecks! I did P90X Chest and Back for the first time in a couple months. With doing P90X+ over the past 3 months I've not done many of the the Classic P90X workouts. Today I thought I'd finish this week off with the round 1 resistance rotation. That's old school right there, just push and pull. No fancy hand positions, or crazy moves, just plain old weight lifting 101!

I topped the workout off with Ab Ripper X. Again, having not done ARX in a couple months, totally wrecked, I made it through but I felt it. I'm looking forward to finishing this week up and taking a week off before hitting Round 6.

For you numbers people, here's what mine looked like for tonight's workout;

Standard Pushups: 50/38
Wide Front Pullups: 14/14
Military Pushups: 30/28
Reverse Grip Pullups: 12/12
Wide Fly Pushups: 30/25
Closed Grip Pullups: 12/11
Decline Pushups: 30/20
Heavy Pants: 60lbs for 10/ 70lbs for 8
Diamond Pushups: 27/20
Lawnmowers: 90lbs for 10/ 90lbs for 10
Dive-Bomber Pushups: 17/12
Back Flys: 50lbs for 12/ 50lbs for 12

Not bad, pullups are good considering I'm about 180lbs now as opposed to the 168 I was at the end of round 1, still hanging in there around 8% body fat.

I'm going to be working on cutting down just a bit for the Beachbody Million Dollar Body Game end of year event I'm eligible for the $250k, we'll see how it all goes.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

ADA Step Out and Fight against Diabetes

Last Saturday I participated in the American Diabetes Associations Step Out and Fight for Diabetes walk in Stockton, CA. This was a small event but for a good cause. I had a chance to meet so many really great people from the ADA as well as many of the sponsors of the event.

This is a picture of Derron, great guy who and an Optometrist who had a display at the walk as well. He happen to be checking out all the displays, walked by my Team Beacbhody and noticed Team Beachbody sign and me standing there with my P90X shirt on. Turns out he had been on the fence about buying the program, he had plenty of questions about the program, nutrition, etc., as most people do. Everyone welcome Derron to the world of P90X, as he and his wife should be starting the program soon. They have a goal to be Beachbodies for their trip to Mexico in January! :)

I'll be checking in on Derron regularly making sure he's pushing play and enjoying the journey!

I'll get some pics up of the event once I get around to downloading them from my camera in the next couple days.

Love of Yoga

Tonight was Yoga X night. I know so many people proclaim their dislike for yoga particularly YogaX. As many of you know, I LOVE IT! Settling in and focusing on each move, sweating like a crazy man and finishing strong is something I always strive for.

After each yoga workout I always feel like rubber, legs tingling, it's a great feeling. If you're a P90Xer, you've got to get past the 90 min. workout and the crazy poses and your falling all over the place, that stuff happens to everyone and in many cases, mine included, it happens every time I do yoga. Move past it, and just enjoy it.

When Tony says, "Take in the fact that you just did that, pretty sweet." You know you've done the hard work.

Yoga is just part of the fitness puzzle, not doing it will leave your fitness wanting. Just like any of the workouts you'll do, this is all part of it, do your best and forget the rest.

Monday, October 20, 2008

The Value of Pull-ups

My Buddy Mike French wrote this a while back, thought I'd share it.

Back in the old days before pulldowns , cable rows and DB Rows , building a strong , V-shaped back was pretty basic. You did pull-ups. That was it. And you know what? That was all you needed to develop an unbelievable backside.

Unfortunately , somewhere in the evolution of resistance training or “DE-evolution” as I call it , pull-ups fell out of favor. There has NEVER been a line at any pull-up bar at ANY Gym that I have ever worked out in!

Pull-ups involve more motor units in your lats and rear delts then do pull-downs on a machine. For any given number of reps , pull-ups will ALWAYS create more demand on the muscle fibers of your upper back because , unlike pull-downs on a machine , you cannot “cheat” and use your lower back to move the load.

Second , the strength gains achieved from performing pull-ups are functional. They spill over into certain real life tasks , such as pulling yourself over a fence or up a steep rock face.

Third , there is something to be said for “pulling your own weight.” Its strength displayed in its purest form. Its the mark of a real man or woman.

Over 6 million people will see a doctor this year for back related problems. Using pull-ups , there is a good chance you will not be one of them.

When designing P90X Tony Horton centered the Resistance work around pull-ups. Tony is a smart man!

Pull-ups are hard. It is because of that very fact that we should work on them with as much intensity as we can muster. Are you a little nervous before Chest & Back or Legs & Back day? If you are , you are on the right track because you know its going to be hard and therefore effective.....

Friday, October 17, 2008

Step Out: Walk to fight Diabetes

I've started team for the upcoming ADA Step Out event in Stockton, CA on the 25th of this month. Click Team Link for the site information.

New information on Kathy Smith's project:You! Type2

Yesterday Beachbody hosted a webinar with Kath Smith to go over the new exciting program co-created by Beachbody and the American Diabetes Association.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Superpump 250

A question was asked about a product by Gaspari Nutrition called Superpump 250. Here's my take.

In looking at Superpump 250, it contains nitric oxide and creatine mix with a propietary blend from the manufacturer. You've probably check it out but nitric oxide is an essential regulator of vasodilation and increase blood flow to the muscles increasing your "pumps". Gaspari Nutrition claims it's product increased the muscle mass size of subjects tested with one dose by 2 1/2 times more then those that didn't use the product and that after a 30 day usage, compared to a placebo group it increased their lean muscle mass by 947% greater increase in muscle mass and 234% increase in reps to failure. Sounds like a massive stimulant to me, but I've never use it before. The directions say that individuals who are sensitive to stimulants should start by using small dosages. It does appear to be a product designed for the body builder community.

I'm not endorsing or saying anyone should try this but because I get curious about these types of products I like to share.

Nutrient Timing

I'm a big believer of proper nutrition, expecially when doing extreme fitness programs like P90X. If you're looking to maximize your workouts and learn more about how you can do it with nutrition I highly recommend reading Nutrient Timing

Monday, October 13, 2008

Team Beachbody Takes on Type 2

Beachbody will be releasing the long awaited Kathy Smith's project:You! Type 2 this month.

Working with the American Diabetes Association, Beachbody has created this program as an all-in-one program with easy to follow meal plan and a workout program for all fitness level. Through this relationship, ADA and Beachbody want to change the future of diabetes by preventing the number of people who are diagnosed with the decease and reducing the number of people with diabetes who develop complications.

Every 21 seconds someone is diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes, this is a break through program designed specifically to fight this terrible disease.

The exact release date has not yet been set but it is scheduled for October 2008

Thursday, October 9, 2008

P90X® Results and Recovery Formula

P90X® Results and Recovery Formula: Not Just for
After Exercise
By Aaron Lowe

Let's talk about everyone's favorite topic: P90X. Well, maybe, everyone's second favorite topic: P90X Results and Recovery Formula. Before we dive into the meat of this article, let's clear up one major misconception about our P90X line of nutritional products: you don't have to be following our P90X training program to enjoy all the benefits they provide. For example, P90X Results and Recovery Formula can be used by anyone following a workout program, especially any of our programs; by individuals with physically demanding jobs; and even as a replacement for sports drinks. Sure, if you "Bring It," these products will support the P90X system of intense training. But, for those who simply want to maximize their results from their weight loss and fitness program, don't overlook what these products can do for you.

One of the main misconceptions about P90X Results and Recovery Formula is that "it contains too many carbohydrates" or "too much sugar." In our carb- and calorie-conscious culture, it's understandable to be concerned about carbs and sugar; however, there are many myths out there that we need to clear up so you can make an informed decision.

The confusion on carbohydrates
Carbohydrates are absolutely essential for you to function. They are classified as a "macronutrient," as are protein and fats. The problem is that "carbs" have been vilified over the last few years, and the no-/low-carb diet trend is still fairly popular. The fact of the matter is we do need carbohydrates in our diets for energy, especially for the brain and central nervous system to function. In fact, I've always made it a challenge to find a competitive, world-class endurance athlete who does not ingest a tremendous amount of carbohydrates every single day to get through his or her training and competition. To date, I've yet to hear of an athlete who eschews carbohydrates as a mainstay in his or her diet.

Where the problem lies is in the total amount and the type of carbs we eat every day. We tend to overeat way too many processed carbohydrates: white-flour-based foods and products sweetened with high fructose corn syrup. Excess consumption of these types of carbs is a double-edged sword—they are sources of empty calories and they tend to cause an insulin response that removes excess sugar from the blood but tends to store it as fat rather than using it for energy. The hormonal feedback mechanism also causes one to crave carbohydrates after the insulin release, so you repeat the process over and over. For many of us, this roller coaster of excess blood sugar, and the corresponding insulin response, is a constant occurrence during our waking hours.

What this all adds up to is that this excess sugar that's removed from the blood isn't used for energy; it's either stored as glycogen for later use as blood sugar (unlikely, since most of us hardly ever tap into our glycogen stores, so they don't need refilling), or, more than likely, it's stored as fat.

The problem with most sports drinks
The sports beverage industry is a multibillion-dollar business, and there is no end in sight for sales slowing down. Where most sports beverages miss the boat is in their ability to provide all the nutrients needed during exercise. What science has learned over the last 10 years is that sports drinks are more effective if they include some protein along with water and carbohydrates. The currently accepted ratio is four parts carbohydrates to one part protein. The protein and carbohydrates combination allows one to exercise at a higher level for a longer time. Unfortunately, most sports drinks on the market still adhere to a carbohydrate-only approach to energy replacement.

Fitting in P90X Results and Recovery
Now that we understand the facts about the importance of carbohydrates and which ones to avoid, we can see how we can incorporate P90X Results and Recovery Formula into our fitness and healthy lifestyle. Rule number one is that this product has to be counted in as part of your overall nutrition program. If you are following a diet that limits your daily calories (and we all should be), then the calories in P90X Results and Recovery Formula have to be factored into your total daily intake. If you are on a 1,200-calorie-per-day nutrition program, then 1,000 calories should come from your meals and 200 calories from P90X Results and Recovery Formula.

Secondly, the amount of carbohydrates (CHO) in the product is there for several reasons. Activity requires energy, and energy for your body primarily comes in the form of CHO. Carbohydrates convert to blood sugar, which is the fuel for hungry muscles. As you exercise, your body will use its circulating blood sugar and tap into its glycogen stores. This is all for providing energy to your muscles. The longer the duration of exercise, the more you tap into your storage facilities and the more CHO you burn.

Remember the insulin response we discussed earlier? One little known secret is that this response is greatly minimized during exercise. That means that your body is pretty smart—it understands that it wouldn't be smart to remove energy-providing blood sugar while exerting high amounts of energy, so it allows the extra blood sugar to remain in circulation so it can be burned as energy.

P90X Results and Recovery Formula is an excellent fluid-replacement and energy drink to use before and while you work out. If you mix a serving and start using it before your workout, you will ensure that your muscles have optimal amounts of CHO to get you through a grueling workout session AND that you get a jump start on recovery. What's even more cool about the product is that it has the 4-to-1 ratio of carbs to protein that scientists agree is optimal for energy replacement. (Hint, if your workout is short, mix it half-strength.)

Finally, when you cease exercising, your body immediately begins its recovery phase and wants to replenish those nutrients used during exercise. First, it wants to replenish used CHO to keep its storage mechanisms topped off. Second, it wants to repair cellular damage—via amino acids. We've formulated P90X Results and Recovery Formula with 39 grams of CHO and 10 grams of protein specifically for this purpose. It also contains a combination of antioxidants, like vitamins E and C, to support repair of the oxidative damage done during exercise.

Yeah, I know this article sounded like a blatant advertisement for P90X Results and Recovery Formula, but its benefits are so great that I wanted to share them with all of you. Instead of reaching for one of those "'ade" drinks the next time you are working out, reach for P90X Results and Recovery Formula and give your body what it really needs!

Golf Pro tackles Jump Knee Tucks

Part of Team Xtreme Fitness is we have several challenges, one of them being Jump Knee Tucks. The Challenge is done the second time through the rotation when Domi goes double time. You do as many Jump Knee Tucks as you can, form is going to falter but that's only a secondary concern, the main goal is, Give Me Your Max!

Here is Thomas, aka, golfpro giving it his all! Great work Thomas! Next time, lets try it with 5 lbs. dumbbells. :)

I count 59 JKTs. Thomas also said his Heart Rate maxed out at 178.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Extreme Workout

Yesterday I did a crazy workout; Upper Body Plus, Interval X Plus and Abs/Core Plus. Why? Good question. I do this from time to time to challenge myself to see how far I can push myself and to see how my body reacts and recovers.

I also do this to kick myself into gear if I'm feeling like my workouts have become stale or complacent or just not intense enough. I've found that after a few months of doing a rotation of P90X or P90X+ that I get "comfortable" with my workouts, nutrition & results.

I don't recommend anyone do this type of workout often, but a "shock" to the system can be a good thing. So may people have no idea how far they can push themselves. Many people do P90X and find that they've pushed themselves farther then they ever thought possible, but what do after you've completed round 1 or 2 or ?

Never be 100% satisfied with where you are for too long, that's when bad habits can creep back in. Finding your breaking point helps establish a baseline so when you're crushing Chest and Back and get to 50 Standard Push know in the back of your mind that you CAN get 5 more!

Look at these types of workouts as Opportunity for Success!

Workout today and WIN!

Workout today and get a chance to win $1000 in the WOWY Game. What more motivation do you need to get and stay fit!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

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Saturday, October 4, 2008

Thinking and Working "outside the box".

Cruising the blogs this morning, checking out all my favorites to see what's new in the bloggesphere I checked out Tony Horton's latest post. How many times have you said, "I hate the way I look!", or I wish I could fit into those old jeans." Tony talks about what we all know to be true. You can't cut corners on your health and fitness, working out regularly and eating healty works everytime it's tried.

I could continue on however that would just be Tony's post.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Nutritional BS...

Received an email today from someone looking to "inform" me about the new wave of nutritional vitamin supplementation. It's DNA Supplements designed specifically to support your individual DNA make up.

Wow, is there ever a lot of magic pills, drinks, and gels out there on the market designed to do everything from Electrifying your body...whatever that is, to removing the fat from your colon walls like scraping Spackle. HUH? Maybe I'm just uninformed and not willing to "believe" but every time I hear this kind of pitch my first reaction is that the only supplementation this thing is doing is supplementing the seller's wallet.

I have a similar opinion about programs like Weight Watchers and Nutrisystem. Both very successful programs for many people as the commercials will show. My biggest problem with these are that they are one legged. "You just Eat & Eat", goes the line. Okay, but how "fit" are you? What do you learn by eating pre-packaged meals? What do you do when you go to a restaurant? Do you bring your meal with you and ask the waiter if he wouldn't mind popping this in their microwave?

Without really understanding what good nutrition is, how do you sustain any weight loss you have? You stop buying Nutrisystem and or going to Weight Watchers, then what? Most likely you're going to go right back to where you started and quite possibly you'll end up heavier then before you started.

I can also say with personal knowledge that the other end of the spectrum doesn't work either. If you workout, all the time, hit the gym, run, walk, cycle or swim but don't follow a good nutritional philosophy, you're not going to have the kinds of results you'd expect for all the hard work you're putting in.

A fitness program without a nutritional program doesn't work. A diet program without a fitness program doesn't work either. However what has been proven to work over and over again is a fitness program tied with a nutritional program along with a support group to help you through the rough times works every time it's tried.

The simple fact is your health and fitness will be far better off by implementing; portion control, a fitness regiment, & peer support.

I hear this all the time when I talk with people who want to get into shape is, "I don't know where to start." People will start walking, running, join a gym or go on a diet, and then try it all on their own. Like any journey, without a plan you're planning to fail.

This is why I love the Beacbbody product line. Each and every one of them has a defined plan for success. No gidgets and gadgets, just good old fashioned hard work and sound nutrition.

It's Simple, Just Not Easy!

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Spoke with a "Rock Star" today...

Okay...She not a "Real Rock Star" and she doesn't consider herself as one, I just like to give her a little grief. That's a big surprise there.. ) However she has been a fantastic help to me recently.
I had a chance to talk with Monica Ward today, one of Beachbody's 5 Star coaches. I love talking with her, her energy and knowlege is only surpassed by her willingness to help people succeed! She is a valued friend! Can't wait to see her and her Arizona Team at the next Coach Summit in So. Cal!

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Core Synergistics, "Till my daddy takes my T-Bird away!"

P90X Core Synergistics in the books. That was a lot harder then expected, but that's probably because I did P90X Chest & Back yesterday and my chest and triceps are fricking SORE!
I have to say that if you're on the fence about P90X as a program, or if it works believe me, it's worth the investment. You'll be hard pressed to find a better all around balanced program for overall fitness. When you see, belive it! The simple fact is that if you do the program as defined and you follow the nutrition as outlined as close as possible, you're gonig to have fantastic results!
I'm tired...need some Recovery Drink....
Keep Pushing Play! It's Simple, Just Not Easy!

Monday, September 29, 2008

Maximize your time

If you're anything like me you've got a very busy schedule with work and domestic duties, the one thing that can become really easy is the dreaded excuse of, "I can't workout because, (insert lame excuse here.)
I'm not saying there aren't valid reasons for missing a workout, you know things like a death in the family, loss of limb, or bubonic plague. however if you're looking for results with your hard work you have to make time for yourself and prioritize your workouts.

Tonight is a perfect example of maximizing your time. My son has soccer practice twice a week from 6 to 7:30PM, prime dinner hour and or workout time. But since my wife takes our daughter to her soccer practice at the same time, that window of opportunity is closed, or so one might think.
Like "Gunny Highway" would say in the movie "Heartbreak Ridge", "We're marines, we over come, we adapt!" In this case, "We're P90Xers we overcome we adapt!"
So I've taken the same approach, I adapt my workouts to fit my environment and schedule. I take my resistance bands or Power Blocks, power stands, a towel, workout mat, P90X Recovery Drink, and a P90X attitude to the park with me and I do my workouts.
You've got to be a bit of a show off, but as my mother will tell you, I've never been short on bravado. But honestly, getting out in the sun and heat in a park doing Chest & Back will give you that feeling of ultimate accomplishment. You've not only succeeded in completing a great workout but you overcame the challenge of time. Plus you'll find people looking at you're crazy and or ask you what you're doing. And for a Team Beachbody Coach that's what it's all about.
Leading by example and showing others around you that it can be done, no excuses. If you think about it, it's easy to sit on a lawn chair sipping a soda or adult beverage for an hour and a half while your kids play soccer, and it's hard work to "Push Play"!
There's one more thing this does, I'm setting an example for my family that staying fit and healthy is important, even if it looks a little crazy doing, "dive bomber push ups" by the kids play set.

It's Simple, Just Not Easy!

Non-Profit Organizations will have a tough time this year.

There's an interesting post from the CEO of Beachbody, Carl Daikeler titled "Tough Times, Turn to Charity" today that's right in our wheel house. As a Beachbody coach one of our goals is to help people lead a fit and healthy lifestyle, one way we do this is by working with non profit organizations.

This is a great read.

Site Update

Well in an effort to keep this site focused on excercise, health, & nutrition and not make it too much about me and my family, I created a family blog site linked to the right under Favorite Blog Sites. Brad & Suzette's Family Blog you're more then welcome to check it out.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Busy day today with a round of golf in the morning, good front 9, shot a 39 and then made the turn and crashed and burned with a 47!!! I think I had more doubles on the back then I had holes played. Is that possible? Sure felt like it.

Monday is the start of Week 8, for this round of P90X+. The workout is Chest and Back, P90X+ is so different then P90X in that the workouts are more circuit training like for resistance and you're doing reps to time instead of max reps. The intensity level is a lot higher as Tony moves quickly through the program. There's barely enough time to write down your numbers. And unlie P90X there is no recovery week.

I'll post my nutrition for today just to give you an example of a typical day for me.

Breakfast, 1cup oatmeal w/1 scoop protein powder
Snack #1, P90X Bar, banana
Snack#2, P90X Bar
Lunch, tuna sandwich on WW
Snack #3, Shakeology chocolate w/1 scoop protein
Dinner, 6 oz filet tenderloin, asparagas, 1/2 cup brown rice. Dats good eatin...

Monday is right around the corner, looking forward to doing Chest & Back, haven't done that one in a long time.

$1,000 WOWY Day

Quick reminder for those playing the WOWY game, today is the $1,000 WOWY day...get your workout logged in the Beachbody super gym for a chance to win!

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Try not to ever bag a workout...

Well, that was harder then I thought, P90X+ Total Body Plus. I was delaying the workout as if for some reason I would bag it...Right. I've not done that since starting the incredible journey over 18 months ago. I know that sounds nuts but it's 100% true. I don't blow my workouts off.

Why? Because their MINE! One thing you have to learn is to be selfish with your workouts. Make excuses to do your workouts instead of excuses not to. It's hard for people to do that, especially parents as they have that feeling of not wanting to spend time on themselves. But in this case being selfish is more about giving to your family than it is to yourself. Giving your family YOUR HEALTH is a special gift.

Wow...that was a bit deep for a Saturday night don't you think?

Something to ponder when you're sitting on your couch and the day is slipping away from you and you've not done your workout. Just Push Play. It's Simple, Just Not Easy!

One of my all time favorite movies....

It's getting late and I'm delaying my workout. I've got Total Body Plus to do yet. That's a killer workout! I came accross this on YouTube and couldn't help myself. Sorry for the foul language, hope I don't offend anyone.

Be careful...Adult Language included....

Personal Trainers Making Big Changes with Beachbody

Message Board info

In creating this blog I thought I'd try to connect some dots between those that are bloggers to those who are part of the Beachbody message board community. TeamXtremeFitness has had a message thread for quite some time. I'm planning on including much more here as there are fewer controls as to what can be discussed and posted. There also a Transformation Photo Album I put together of some of the people who have been through some of the Beachbody programs.

February 2008 Transformation Story

This is the story behind what started it all for many me as well as most of my family and so many others...