The Day I Broke up with BeachBody Coaching

Breaking up is hard to do, but on June 27, 2017 I made a decision I didn’t want to make, but was long overdue.  I realized that I wasn’t putting in the effort required to take advantage of the opportunities BeachBody provides, so  I made my final decision on that day, and…we are now broken up.

When I decided to start my BeachBody career in 2011 it was with the enthusiasm of a new convert because BeachBody had changed my life.  I was excited to help the whole world lose weight, gain muscle and most importantly, just be healthy like I had learned to do.  I was ready to be a cheerleader, helper and supporter for life!

BeachBody was going great, but when I had my daughter in October 2013, I just lost all motivation to continue recruiting people.  I regularly tried to re-motivate myself, but it just didn’t work.  As I continued to struggle and ultimately quit trying, I realized I wasn’t willing to saturate social media with the same gimmicky and repetitive posts the successful coaches were living on.  Here is what I noticed needed to be done:

-Post on social media post workout sweaty pictures/videos.  Why can’t it be like the “olden” days when people just did their workout and moved on with their day?  I will admit, I have posted some sweaty pics on my IG page, but I tried my best to hide my mismatch workout attire and messy hair. I don’t even look “cute” when I wake up, why would I want to document it when I look like even more of a hot mess?  Does that make someone want to workout?  Maybe.

-Drink shakeology daily and post outstanding results at the same rate. I was never able to make shakeology a habit, but not sure why.  Maybe because my lifestyle isn’t rushed I don’t need a balanced shake to drink on the go when I can get the same nutrition from eating fresh balanced meals. I drank it once in a while and would try the new flavors (by the way, there are TWO NEW flavors available now: vegan chocolate and vanilla), but never noticed a spike of vitality after pounding a shake, even when I did drink it regularly.

There are other diffences between when I was a DVD thumping convert and my current state of apathy, like:

-Way more workouts and nit just P90X and Insanity (plus some others but those were the main cardio and weight workout at the time)

All Access Workouts or BOD (beachbody on demand)-stream your workouts anywhere from your phone, tablet, iPad or laptop even if you’re in a hotel or at the beach.

-challenge packs (add link) you purchase a workout (on DVD) or all chess and get shakeology along with it  much cheaper than separate purchases

Not to fear regular reader, I will still be here writing about my workouts, healthy food, and  any other health and fitness topics as they tickle my fancy, but no more BeachBody pushing.  I will also write about other happenings in my life (like a new puppy), but that’s a different post!

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They’re Watching us…

They’re watching us…

As a parent, I feel strongly that living a healthy lifestyle is the best gift I can give my daughter. Lifetime benefits aside, working out regularly and eating healthy allows me to enjoy the little things like running around with her in the yard and carrying her when she gets tired on a walk. These little perks of being healthy make me happy, but another benefit is that she is learning what it means to be healthy without any pressure from me. It is becoming clear that, after being my workout buddy for almost 3.5 years (sorry Steve, you have been replaced), she is learning that working out is a normal part of everyday life, and she imitates my workout routine right down to the small details.

Before I press play on my all-access pass, I put on a long sleeved shirt (just until I warm up since I’m ALWAYS cold), so she puts on her fleece. I put my hair up in a ponytail, so she puts her hair up in a ponytail and sets her water bottle next to mine. She always join me for the warmup routine with me with some rather creative jumping jacks and stretching. After the warm up, sometimes she gets bored and scampers off to do her own thing, but sometimes she attempts a full workout.

Last week I caught her doing her version of pushups, which were definitely not up to military standard, but she was having fun. It makes me happy when I catch her randomly doing yoga, squats/lunges, or making her own weights out of foam blocks.

Hopefully being exposed to fun workouts at a young age means that working out will become a normal part of her life, but, for the moment I am enjoying every part of our daily workout routine.

Do your kids workout with you?

All Access Pass

What if I told you that you could have access to EVERY SINGLE BeachBody program ever created? Probably you would laugh, snort empahtically and mutter something about “next time I win the lottery”. Up until recently, I would totally agree, after all, it has taken me years, and I don’t know how much money to fill a shelf on our DVD rack with just a small portion of the BeachBody workouts. But, something magical happened, and BeachBody has decided to offer streaming access to their workouts. If access to your workout from anywhere isn’t good enough, they took it a step further and opened up streaming access every workout ever published! Wow!
This wonderful new program is called the All Access Pass and includes my old favorites like P90X, Insanity: Max 30, Piyo, Body Beast, Country Heat as well as ones I would like to try like Chalene Extreme and TurboJam.  All Access also includes the just released Core de Force (a mixed martial arts that uses no equipment) and other new release workouts!
At this point, I bet you are still standing by the “win the lottery” comment because access to all workouts sounds really expensive and only really there for the upper 1%, but the best part is one year of access to the All Access Pass is only $100 for a whole year! Plus, add a month of shakeology, and it is just $199!
No lottery winning required!

A quick breakdown of the math shows that by a (cough *conservative*) average, I buy two workouts per year, totaling well over $100. So subscribing to All Access will simultaneously allow me to spend less money, access more workouts, and keep my workouts fresh. Plus having a DVD rack is so 2000’s…..what’s not to like?
Hit me up if you have any questions about the service, how it works or how to get the most out of your subscription!image

22 Minute Hard Corps Equipment

A few people have recently asked me what equipment I use for 22 Minute Hard Corps, and the other home workouts I enjoy so much. I have to say the minimal equipment requirements are one of the reasons I really enjoy working out at home; keeping it simple and free from complex machines, GPS input and other technology I don’t get along with takes stress out of working out. With that said, here is a list of all the workout equipment I own: weights, a sandbag, a pull up bar/resistance band, and a jump mat. Other important items are a towel and water.

Weights-I prefer dumbbell style weights in XX pounds per dumbbell. They are versatile and can be used as a substitute for the sandbag if you don’t own one or don’t want to use one. I prefer weights since there are a few moves where sandbag would be a little more difficult to use, but it is just a personal preference. Plus, with dumbbells, as each phase goes on, it’s easier to adjust the weight to keep my reps where they should be.

Sandbag-sandbags aren’t required, but they do make for a bit more dynamic workout with the swinging involved. The advantage is that it is easy (and cheap) to adjust the weight with changes in strength, goals or fitness. For those of us in colder climates, the sand can be used for adding grip to walkways in the winter when strength workouts get fewer and farther in between. Sandbags can be bought at any sporting goods store, Walmart, Target, teambeachbody, Amazon etc.

Jump mat-not a lot of people know what a jump mat is used for, or for that matter what it is. My husband gave me a quizzical look when trying to explain it to him. It is simply a good way to add a little bit of extra shock absorption while doing plyometric workouts. Since I work out in our living room, which is carpeted, I don’t feel the need to use mine on a regular basis, but if I worked out on hardwood or concrete, it would be a lifesaver. I suppose in a pinch, a yoga mat would be a reasonable substitute for a jump mat. But be sure not to confuse the two!

Pull up bar-pull ups are not one of my favorite workouts, so losing and/or breaking my pullup bar has crossed my mind more than a couple times. Maybe that’s why I like my lightweight, pullup bar that over a doorway since its small enough that I could easily “misplace” it. Unfortunately, even if I “lose” it, a resistance band will work just as well. Since the only way to get better at pullups is being able to complete the full range of motion, I used a chair, or pull up assist works quite nicely until I was able to do a couple pullups all by myself.

Resistance bands- can be used in place of most of the equipment I listed above, seems like every video has someone showing how to substitute a resistance band for most workouts. Just be careful to properly secure the end to avoid any painful snap back (don’t ask how I found this out….).

Hope you found this to be helpful. And one more thing…a towel to wipe off the sweat and don’t forget to drink your water, that’s the most important one!

22 Minute Hard Corps Review

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Please indulge a moment of extreme de-motivational energy, but here goes:
I hate push-ups and burpees.
Whenever one of these two exercises pops up on part of my current workout, I tell myself, “burpees aren’t that bad…”, until I do a couple, and yup, sure enough, I was right, full on hate. Same with push-ups. I’m not sure why I hate them so much more than any other moves (some of which are more painful or harder), but that’s just the way it is.
That is all, now onto some positive workout related info….

Anyway, I am currently working out with a Tony Horton workout called 22 Minute Hard Corps. I decided to start this new program because for the past few weeks I’ve been feeling very unmotivated to commit myself to another 60 or 90 day workout with a program I have completed several times in the past couple years. I was randomly mixing up workout between P90X3, Piyo or a quick TurboFire HIIT, and (big surprise) I wasn’t feeling like the workouts were beneficial. I guess following a program is better than doing random workouts, who knew…

I have found that the best solution to solving low motivation is spending money on a new workout program, so I was looking around on the BeachBody.com website and found a new boot camp/military style workout called 22 Minute Hard Corps. I really like it so far, and the best part is that it’s only 22 minutes long! Don’t think that because the workouts are only 22 minutes long this workout is easy, it’s not.
While each workout is only 22 minutes, they definitely get the job done! 22MHC includes as a lot of basic moves we all remember from gym class like pull ups, squats, lunges, some plyometrics, bear crawls, gorilla crawls (a killer leg workout) as well as the afore mentioned push-ups and burpees.
I also really like the fact that all the people on the DVD are from differently military branches (nothing but support for our men and women in uniform!), and they do all the workouts wearing a 22 Min Hard Corps shirt, camo pants and combat boots. The workouts are done in a cadence reminiscent of military drills (at least the ones I have seen on TV), with everyone counting plus a little drumming music in the background. The cadence is something I had to get use to as I’m not use to doing a workout by this style. Tony goes around counting and motivating the others. There are three rounds with 5-7 moves and a 22 second break. During the first round, there is someone to show a demo of the move including a modified version. There’s also a killer ab workout that’s done on the cardio days.
I highly recommend this workout for its intensity and relatively quick time table – it’s quick and gets the job done! The change I made that helps me get through it is turning on upbeat music in the background because I don’t like hearing the cadences. If you’re someone who is short on time or has a toddler running around, this is a great workout. Another plus is the required equipment is very basic, just a pull up bar, jump mat, and weights (or a sandbag), plus water and a towel…..

Here’s a preview of the workouts!

 

Lifting Weights For Women

When I tell people about my workout scheme, most women have a negative comment about the weight lifting part. Something about not wanting to look like the Incredible Hulk in a bikini….just trying to picture that gives me the creeps. Trust me, I totally understand that no girl ever wants to look like the incredible hulk, least of all me. Trust me again when I say the choice of whether or not to lift weights isn’t a choice between bat wings and incredible hulk arms. There is a solid middle ground that means toned, beautiful arms as well as a healthy cardiovascular system and happy body. If for some reason you want incredible hulk arms, I hear steroids are the way to go.

With this weight lifting dilemma in mind, I found this interesting tidbit by Chalene Johnson (posted on her FaceBook like page this month), in one of the fitness groups I am a part of:

“How often? As little as 1x per week (lifting heavy) was shown to make a noticeable difference in body composition! With 3x a week, results were SIGNIFICANT!

Trying to lose weight and and reduce body fat-then lifting weights or body weight training may be your missing piece!

In a recent study, 10 weeks of strength training was shown to increase resting metabolic rate by 7 percent, and an average of 4 more pounds of fat loss in those who strength train 3x per week vs those who solely did cardio.

So if your goal is to get lean-you need to lift  it may be time to ditch the treadmill , and say hello to weights,”

Some BeachBody workouts that are great for reducing bat wings and building a little bit of muscle are: Chalene Extreme, Body Beast (yes, even women are doing this workout), P90X, P90X2, P90X3, and the newest BeachBody workout that was released in December Hammer and Chisel.

I am currently using Insanity: Max 30 workout, and have also completed cycles of P90X/3, while also using Body Beast: Lucky 7 and my arms aren’t ripping out of even my tightest shirts (even when I get REALLY MAD).

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These are my arm results back in January/Febraury 2013 while doing TurboFire and adding in Body Beast-Lucky 7 once a week.

The other, long term advantage of including weight lifting in a workout (especially as we get older) is fighting osteoporosis. The best way to fight osteoporosis is to be proactive (don’t wait until bones start breaking) and participate in regular weight bearing activity. Unless you are really good at hand stands, activities like lifting weights or yoga are the best way I know of to provide weight bearing activity for arms.

If anybody has any questions about lifting weights as part of an overall body workout, I would be happy to answer them!

Welcome 2016

It’s that time of year again where the Christmas tree and decorations come down, weight loss goals come into play and the gym is full of people wanting to lose weight for their New Years resolutions. Welcome 2016! Yes, I’m sounding cliche, but what can I say, it’s true about the beginning of the year.

I know how it goes, I’ve been there with the best of intentions, blowing dust off of long unused gym memberships, treadmills (even workout DVDs), eyes bright with resolutions and hope for the new year. Those extra few pounds didn’t stand a chance this year!

Then life steps in (or is it just the end of January that signals the end of motivation), and, like the Swallows leaving Capistrano, the gym empties….at least that’s how it looks when I would drive by, promising to go again tomorrow.

The last couple years I have been able to keep motivated through January, and I think it is mostly because I can work out at home when it is convenient and takes way less time than going to the gym.

So, if that list of standard cliches isn’t motivation enough, I will share my resolution with all my loyal readers in hopes that it will motivate me… It looks a lot like last year; workout regularly, but also make each workout count! No point in wasting time doing a half assed workout!

What are your New Year’s resolutions/goals for 2016?


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