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December 19, 2013

Our Latest and Greatest Workout Shoe Review

Here’s What We Like Now!

So people are always asking us about the shoes we wear and if you follow us, you know we like Reebok shoes.  Here’s the latest installment of some new shoes we’ve been trying out.

December 19, 2013

So Far, So Sore! P90X3 Journey Week 1

My Thoughts on P90X3 as We Close Out Week 1

So far so sore, and I do mean SORE!  I decided to do the doubles schedule, which is not as hardcore as I thought it would be, mainly because Phase 1 is more of a foundation phase and getting your body ready for the shock of the next two Phases.  When I look ahead, I see that the doubles schedule is going to be much more intense.  My impatience may get the best of me and force me to sneak some of the Phase 2 workouts in early.  We shall see.

Water and Week 1 Results So Far

water 4I’ve really tried to focus on my water intake this week, much like I was accustomed to when I did the Ultimate Reset.  It really taught me a lot about how little water we drink, I actually posted an article about it not to long ago here.  It’s really helping me keep my system flushed out.  It’s amazing how bloated you get when you a) don’t watch the junk and b) don’t drink enough water.

So far, I’m down 3lbs, from 190 to 187 and I can tell I’m starting to head back to the area I want to be in, which is 180-185.  That’s a hard weight for me to hold, because I like food too much, but it’s something I’m realizing I want back badly and that’s what it’s all about right?  You have to want it bad enough to make the change.  The satisfaction of the food is not worth the inner frustration that I have when I know I could be leaner.  So I’ve got my game face back on!  The challenge is going to be this weekend and the following days as we celebrate Christmas with the families and the mac and cheese starts to temp me with all her “cheesiness“.  Plus Alisha keeps buying peanut M&M’s and putting them out in the Christmas candy jars….really?!?

Butt Hurt

I wasn’t aware of that term until recently when someone said it to me, it means “to have your feelings hurt based off of an assumption that someone is mad at you”, or something like that.   Well, I’m changing it to a more literal term….my butt hurts.  While that definition isn’t much better and leads to many interpretations, my glutes are freakin’ killing me!

We have a Monday night Fit Club we run, so I decided to feature some of the P90X3 workouts this week.  I chose Agility X and I had the bright idea of doing Triometrics right after it.  That workout isn’t in the mix until Phase 2, but I can tell you this, Agility X will hit your glutes like crazy, then you couple it with Triometrics, which is nothing but legs…..mama.  For 2 days, it has hurt to walk, much less workout.

I got in the hot tub last night after our workout, stay with me here…keeping it PG, and our hot tub has this one REALLY strong jet that I like to use on my hamstrings, calves and yes glutes, after basketball etc….well last night I knew I had to hit the glutes, when it did, I thought I was going to cry.  It was like somebody shot me in the rear with a shotgun.  Major pain…breath taking pain!  But the good news, feel good today.  It’s a necessary evil that I encourage you to embrace.

rumble rollerYou don’t have to have a hot tub, you can do the same thing with a foam roller, rumble roller (pictured) or even a small ball (i.e. softball, baseball, or golf ball).  The smaller the ball, the more pain your going to feel because it really works the muscle and helps to release and relax the fibers, as well as to help get the blood flowing and start the rebuilding process.  After all, the pain is you getting better.  It’s not just a cool phrase on a t-shirt, it is literally your muscle rebuilding after you shredded it, it’s now getting stronger.

That’s it for now….I’ll try and check back in before next week.  Hit me up if you have any questions.  We have an amazing Challenge Group rockin’ right now with P90X3.  Would love to have you in there as well.

Peace Out

December 17, 2013

Cancer Research Fundraiser Update with P90X3

P90X3 Brings in Great Fundraising!

61946_10151319377737891_599627534_nWe had an amazing P90X3 Launch Week!  We announced earlier in the month that we were teaming up with the Levine Cancer Research Foundation here in NC for Ovarian Cancer Research.  A cause that’s near and dear to my heart.  Our goal is to raise $2000 by the end of December, with the month halfway over, we’re close to halfway!

Thanks to you and your willingness to take a leap of faith in getting yourself healthier, you’ve helped us raise over $700 in the first 2 weeks.  We can’t wait to see what the rest of the month brings and I thank you from the bottom of my heart!

It’s Not Too Late!

If you’re on the fence about getting into shape, don’t wait til January and join the masses of people making New Year’s Resolutions….do it now!  We have an amazing Challenge Group in the works and you can help us reach our goal of $2000.  It’s the true definition of a WIN/WIN scenario for you and and many more people who’s lives you’ll touch.

Just click on the P90X3 ad on this page and we can’t wait to go on the journey with you!

December 4, 2013

P90X3! All the Information and Challenge Group Details!

All the INFO is Here!

I’m excited to say, the info is in!!!  So here we go….. 

When is P90X3 available for purchase?

P90X3 will be available to order by end of day 12/10.  I’m guessing it will launch between noon and 3pm EST.  Beachbody is a west coast company, so the launches are based on PST business hours.  I will send out an email AS SOON AS IT LAUNCHES!  So make sure you’re on our mailing list.

Where is P90X3 available for purchase?

You’ll buy it on www.ncfitclub.com under the SHOP tab or if you already have an account with us and we are your coach, you’ll log in to your Team Beachbody account and order it.  You’ll get free shipping until 12/31.

When should I order it to guarantee I get it by Christmas?

Order by 12/15 11:59 PM to guarantee delivery by 12/25.

Is there an App available?

The P90X App will be available for Android on 12/10 and the Android version will include the ability to track P90X3 workouts. The functionality to track your P90X3 workouts will be available soon for the iPhone App.

Is there a vegan meal plan option available for P90X3?

There will be vegan options included in the new P90X3 Nutrition Guide that will be available on December 10, 2013.

For tips and ideas on how to modify the P90X3 meal plan to be more vegan friendly, we encourage customers to post the topic on the Team Beachbody message boards (http://www.teambeachbody.com/connect/message-boards/-/message_boards/category/19535469). We have dietary experts that monitor the posts and provide some great ideas and direction.

How long does it take to complete P90X3?

P90X3 is a 90 day program, split into 3 Blocks. Blocks 1 & 2 each consist of 4 weeks, while Block 3 lasts 5 weeks.

Additionally, the Elite Block calendar, which is an optional block to be completed AFTER the initial 90 days, lasts 4 weeks.

The Elite Block includes 3 workouts not included within the P90X3 Base Kit. These workouts and calendar can be found within the P90X3 Deluxe and Ultimate Kits. In addition, they can also be purchased separately.

There are different schedules to follow: Classic, Bulk (new), Doubles, and Lean.

How long are the workouts for P90X3?

All P90X3 workouts are 30 minutes. The lone exception is the X3 Ab Ripper workout (15 minutes), included within the Deluxe Kit. Most workouts include a 2-3 minute cool down period.

What Are the Workouts?


What is included in P90X3?

P90X3 Base Kit Includes:

16 unique and brand new workouts on 8 DVDs
Plus, 5 Free Gifts
Fitness Guide
Nutrition Guide
90 Day Workout Calendar
How to Accelerate Intro DVD
24/7 Online Support

Base Kit Pricing

Retail $119.85 + S&H
Club $107.87
Coach $89.89

P90X3 Challenge Pack
Retail Price: $205 (December Promotional Price: $180)

P90X3 Base Kit
30-Day Supply of Shakeology HD
30-Day VIP Team Beachbody Club Membership
All the FREE Swag

P90X3 Deluxe Kit
Includes everything in the Base Kit PLUS:

3 Elite Extreme workouts on 1 DVD
Includes free Elite Block Calendar
1-Month E&E Tub
3 B-Lines Resistance Bands
All the FREE Swag + T Shirt (1 per week)

Deluxe Kit Pricing

Retail $239.70 + S&H
Club $215.73
Coach $179.78

P90X3 Ultimate Kit
Includes everything in the Base & Deluxe Kits PLUS:

1-Month R&R Tub
Gym-Quality P90X® Chin-Up Bar
P90X® Chin-Up Max
Premium Beachbody Jump Mat
All the FREE Swag + T Shirt (1 per week)

Ultimate Kit Pricing

Retail $329.55 + S&H
Club $296.60
Coach $247.16

Elite Workout DVD (Extra 3 Workouts)

Retail $89.85

Club $80.87

Coach $67.39


P90X3 Hat

Retail $24.95

Club $22.46

Coach $18.31

FREE with Challenge Packs, Deluxe and Ultimate


Last but not least, remember that 10% of all sales (no matter what you get) go to the Levine Cancer Research Fund of NC for Ovarian Cancer Research.  This is near and dear to my heart because of my step-mom’s 12 year battle that continues today.  For more on that click HERE.

November 29, 2013

P90X3, Perspective from a Beginner and a Veteran X’er

P90X 3 is For All Fitness Levels

As we’ve discussed in the last month or so, P90X 3 is for ALL fitness levels.  You don’t have to have completed P90X or P90X 2 (click to see the difference in X3) in order to take a stab at P90X 3.  All you have to do is have 30 minutes a day and be dedicated to a goal.  P90X 3 is smart because we realized that not everyone has an hour a day to workout.  We also know that there’s a lot of people out there who have P90X as a coaster on their shelf collecting dust….and that’s the most expensive coaster you can have.  So now is the time, there is no excuse for you not to be able to be a fellow “X’er” along with millions of other Americans.  It’s 30 minutes a day!  Aren’t you worth 30 minutes a day? To prove to you that someone with no experience with P90X can do a P90X workout, here’s Chris, a friend of mine who joined me in the sneak peek workout “Warrior” from P90X 3.




Chris on P90X 3

Last week, Coach Todd invited me over to try out the new P90X3 with him. Going in, I thought you had to be in amazing shape to do one of those workouts. This was not the case for P90X3. I did the entire workout, and if I can do it, so can you!

If you are someone who is inexperienced like me, or just doesn’t have a whole hour to give, then this workout is for you! You sweat. You ache. You moan. You fight. It was only 30 minutes long but my heart was pumping the entire time. The best part is, there’s a modification for every move, so when you do get tired there’s an easier way to get through it. With a little plyometrics thrown in, P90X3 is the ultimate 30 minute workout. Try it today! What’s your excuse?

-Chris Peery

Difference Between Chris and Myself

After we shot the video, Chris and I were talking about how I felt exhausted and he didn’t.  Here’s why, when you first start a 1425580_10151944112772891_682799282_nprogram, you’re unfamiliar with moves and spend more time (mentally and physically) trying to figure out what you’re doing rather than working out.  That was at least the 5th or 6th time I’ve done that workout, plus I’ve done every workout Tony’s ever released, so I knew the moves and picked them up quickly.  It’s similar to what we saw with Focus T25, in that you don’t feel like you get as good of a calorie burn in the beginning, but once you know the moves….you find yourself pushing much harder and your calorie burn and results will increase rapidly.  Hence the difference between Chris and myself after the workout.

I’m excited about this workout because it can be used in a lot of different ways.  There will be schedules for whatever fitness goal you have in mind.  More on that here.  I like that it’s added a Bulk phase, which is new from the original P90X.  I’m also excited that it has a Doubles schedule for those of us that want that hour long stress reliever. Truth be known, P90X changed my life, it’s the main reason I’m where I’m at today.  I was a little disappointed in P90X 2, the schedule and workouts seemed tedious.  P90X 3 has Tony going back to his roots which is what made P90X so successful, but with new moves, faster workouts for those that want it, simple nutrition guide and a new variety of schedules that will open it up to a larger market….like you. So if you’ve done the predecessors and are ready to continue, or if you’re one of the few who never took a leap into X-Land or you never finished it….the time is now!  30 minutes a day.  Let’s go!

Free Swag when you join our Challenge Group!!! IMG_3275

November 15, 2013

We’re Raising Money for Ovarian Cancer Research

What Does P90X 3 and Ovarian Cancer Have in Common?

Simple answer is us.

295815_1931687019159_1404640075_nMy step mom has been fighting cancer since 2001.  Of all things, she was actually diagnosed after  9/11/01, a day we all remember well.  For her it was twice as bad.  She went in for a hysterectomy and woke up 8 hours later with Stage IIIC fallopian tube cancer, a rare and unusual cancer.  It’s treated the same as ovarian cancer, hence why we’re donating to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund here in NC through the Carolinas Healthcare Foundation.

After the surgery, she experienced 3 years of remission that were followed by 4 re-occurrences and surgeries.  Over the last 12 years she’s been diagnosed with breast cancer, discovered she had a BRCA1 gene mutation, and finally a diagnosis of chronic myeloid leukemia in 2010.  In her words she got what she called the “Triple C Club Membership”.  Obviously, it’s not a club you want to be in, but I love that she can put a humorous spin on it.  All in all, she’s had 8 surgeries, over 90 chemo treatments and 46 radiation treatments….at last count.  That number has and is constantly increasing.

In a recent blog post that she wrote for one of the local cancer magazines, she said:

I am often asked how I’ve been able to cope on this journey. I believe that my faith has been the largest factor in 382063_10151319378367891_35797151_ncoping. And of course, my family, friends, and church have been a strong foundation of support. I couldn’t have made it this far without all of the knowledgeable doctors, nurses, and staff at both the Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte and our gem of a cancer center here in Washington. The support programs here are amazing. I’ve taken advantage of the yoga classes, the soothing massages, the Look Good Feel Better program, the Healthy Living with Cancer seminars, the Lunch and Learn series, and most of all, the Healing Words journaling seminar.

Talking and writing about my cancer and just about life in general helps me survive. My husband, Ray, teases me that even the grocery store clerk knows I’m a cancer survivor! The best way for me to tell you what the Healing Words seminar has meant to me is to share something that I’ve written about the program. I hope that you’ll consider journaling as a means of coping with cancer. It has certainly helped me to understand the turning points of my journey.

You know divorce is a large part of a lot of peoples’ lives.  Alisha and I both have experienced divorce and Carly now has 4 sets of grandparents because of it.  I wish I could tell you that my relationship with my step mom has always been good, but truth is, it wasn’t.  We had some rough times when she and my dad first got married.  I wasn’t the man I am today, I did not have the life experience or maturity to see the situation for what it was or understand it.  What I can tell you is I will never forget the day she was diagnosed and being at her bedside in tears.  And that day was the beginning of a relationship that I wish I had been open to earlier.  I remember that moment, knowing that all the petty stuff didn’t matter and that this woman was an amazing woman and that I truly did love her.  I realized that I loved her because she made my Dad happy, because she treated my daughter like her own.  The memories and stories that I could tell you of the things they’ve done with Carly would rival the love and affection of any grandparent, I promise you that.

1011069_612784435406709_1269301063_nI see her as a woman who lives each day to the fullest and takes nothing for granted.  She constantly teaches me, just by the way she lives and fights, that life’s daily journey is a valued one and we should not take anything for granted.  I think most would agree that’s a lesson we often need to be reminded of, but not for a cancer patient.  They have no choice but to be reminded everyday.  Most importantly, I love her very much for what she’s done for me in my life.  Our relationship has made me a better man and taught me some life lessons that I don’t know I would have otherwise learned.

When it comes to research for Ovarian Cancer, it doesn’t get the publicity that Breast Cancer gets, it’s not adopted by the NFL and almost every city in America with a ton of 5K’s etc, as a matter of fact, until I became familiar with it, I didn’t even know the teal (guess that’s what you’d call the color) or blue-greenish ribbon was it’s symbol.  By no means am I knocking breast cancer at all, she’s a survivor of that as well, but ovarian cancer is mostly funded by families of people who are touched by it.  I take that responsibility very seriously, which is why we’re teaming up with the Carolinas HealthCare Foundation’s, Ovarian Cancer Research Fund, which her doctor is directly involved with.  We’ve donated money quietly to it repeatedly over the last year or more, as our business grew….but recently her cancer has come back, and honestly, with vengeance.



What We’re Doing to Raise Money

ovarian-cancer-ribbon-magnetWith her battle getting increasingly more challenging, I knew we needed to step up our efforts.  I know there’s a lot of hype and anticipation around P90X3, and I also anticipate that we will sell quite a few copies due to the relationships we’ve been fortunate enough to build with people via You Tube, local Fit Clubs, social media etc..  In doing so, we’re going to donate 20% of all proceeds from the P90x 3 Challenge Packs and 10% of all proceeds of just the P90X 3 dvd purchases to the research fund.  In addition, we’re holding a fundraiser at our local free fit club workout on November 25th for anyone in the Charlotte area who wants to come and workout for a good cause.  If you would like more information or directions, just contact us and we’ll get you all the info.

The fundraising will not be solely based on P90X 3 sales, we’re going take the same percentages from every sell we make over the next 2 months and donate, but again, we’re using P90X 3 to get the word out.  Our goal is to raise at least $2000 between now and December 31.  I hope we go way past that mark.  I’ll update this blog weekly starting on November 25th with the numbers so far, so check back often and I’ll post it here.  Make sure you click the P90X 3 ads on this page, so you can get on the mailing list with all the information you’ll need and help us with this effort when it launches on December 10.

LCI logoI personally will be donating more money to the fund for my own reasons, my point in writing this was not to try and get you to buy P90X 3 from us, although I want you to obviously, but to really communicate with the people who are already working with us and are already committed to doing the program with us in December and January….that you are going to help us make a difference…and for that I thank you from the bottom of my heart.  Without you and the relationships that we’ve built, what we’ve done and what we’re going to do wouldn’t be possible.  We’ve given back to a lot of charities, and don’t normally make a big deal about it, but this one is personal and I thank God everyday for you and the people we’ve yet to meet who inspire us with your transformations and who have become our friends and made us better.

So thank you and God Bless.

November 10, 2013

P90X Vs. P90X3. What’s the Difference?

How Does P90X 3 Differ from P90X and P90X 2?


That’s the million dollar question we’re getting right now.  Several differences in X3 and P90X and P90X 2.

    1. Workouts are 30 minutes long, that’s it!  Half the time of the hour long P90X Workouts, but you can do tony and todddoubles, more on that later.  There’s also a cold start option where you can start right out and go or use the warm up disc that will help you warm up for several minutes and then jump in.
    2. P90X 3 has incorporated Pilates into it, brand new for the X brand.
    3. New MMX moves, so basically the Kenpo workout from P90X has evolved and man has it!  Check out our video of the Warrior workout HERE to see some of it.
    4. Basic Package has 16 Workouts, Deluxe Package will have 20 workouts!
    5. Old schedule meets new schedule.  Like the original P90X that had the Classic, Lean and Doubles Schedules, P90X 3 has an added Mass Schedule for more muscle building.  For those of you who still want the hour long workouts, the Doubles Schedule is the way to go!  That’s probably what we’ll be doing.
    6. Nutrition has gone back to basics.  Tony has taken the nutrition back to his original simplistic idea from his first program Power 90 and combined it with the knowledge from P90X and came up with a very simple easy to follow nutrition plan where you just focus on what you eat, not so much how much you eat and calorie counting.  Easy!s

To see all the details on pricing and package options, click HERE.


Who is P90X 3 For?

Simple answer: Everyone.  I know that seems like a homer answer, but it’s true.  It’s for the people who’ve completed P90X and P90X 2 and it’s also for the people who were scared to death of P90X OR didn’t have TIME for P90X….now you have an option.  There is a modifier for every move, so you’re never going to be left out or in a position where you can’t do a move.  If there’s not a modification, then we will help you find one….I promise you can succeed at this.  To get all the info on our Challenge Group click HERE.

 Test Group Results

39/40 people who were in the test group lost 10% body fat in 90 days at 30 minutes a day!!!  For example, one guy in the group went from 22% body fat to 12% in 90 days.  Amazing results.  Subscribe to the P90X Banner HERE to get on our mailing list and to get it from us and get the FREE Swag along with all the pricing information as soon as it’s released!

Free SWAG!!!!


Free SWAG for anyone who joins our Challenge Group with a P90X 3 Challenge Pack!!!!

By joining the Challenge Group you will also be benefiting our fundraising efforts with Levine Cancer Research for Ovarian Cancer.

November 6, 2013

P90X3 is COMING!


P90X 3 Is Coming!!!

Yes, as I’m sure you’ve heard….P90X 3 is coming and coming soon!!!  Here’s the low down on what to expect and what’s different from X3 and it’s predecessors.



To get on the mailing list and stay up to date on the FREE Swag, simply click HERE.


What is P90X 3?

Sneek Peak of P90X 3 Workout

October 30, 2013

Workout Recovery Tips

Best Suggestions for Recovering from a Workout

Now in this blog post, I’m going to give you my suggestions and what works for me.  You may be very different, so take what you need from this and implement it as needed.

A couple of things I’ve noticed the last couple of months, is that when I did doubles several times a week, my body’s endurance obviously went up.  Now, before somebody jumps on me about this, I will tell you that I was very conscious of my body, and listened to it when I needed to and didn’t overdo it.  What I learned was that I was capable of more than I thought, AND in order to do doubles, I had to make sure that I recovered the proper ways.

Tips to Recovering From Your Workout

  • P90X Results and Recovery Drink:  My number one tip and product I use is the P90X Results and Recovery Formula. p90x-recovery-drink It’s a traditional 4:1 carb / protein mix that you need to consume within 60 minutes of finishing your workout.  Now granted, if your workout doesn’t leave you feeling exhausted or you have a lot of weight to lose, there may be days you don’t need it.  But if there’s a chance you think you’re going to be sore tomorrow, USE IT!  It’ll cut down on it greatly.  It has simple and complex carbs for optimum energy recovery and to help keep your muscles from being sore.  It also has a high P.E.R blend of proteins to act as building blocks for muscle repair and growth.  Generous levels of vitamins, including the antioxidant vitamins C and E, to add to the prevention of muscle soreness and to assist in repair and growth.  If you want a sample of this, just contact us and we’ll help you out.
  • Foam Roller or Rumble Roller:  This was introduced to me during P90X 2 for the first time.  I must say, I had seen theserumble roller before but had no idea how amazing they were.  It’s a great way to workout the lactic acid and knots your body likes to build up and hold on to.  Now if you keep up with this on a regular basis, you’ll find it an enjoyable experience.  If you don’t, you’ll may find it very painful at times.  The more pain, the more your body needs it.  My calves are one of my “hot spots”, I find rolling those to be the most painful.  The trick is, when you find that hot spot, hold it there and breathe.  Very slowly and gradually, start to work it out until the pain goes away.  If you’re doing workouts like P90X, Insanity, Asylum or T25, you’re going to have sore spots.  This is a very powerful tool.  I prefer the Rumble Roller you see pictured, you can get a regular smooth roller if you want.  The Rumble Roller is effective with the knots to really get in to the muscle.  Here’s a video that shows me using it.
  • Inversion Table:  This was introduced to me from a friend I play basketball with.  When you’re doing a lot of jumping and teeter hang upbanging (like in basketball or your workouts) your back, especially lower back, can get tight. I have arthritis in my lower back so it bothers me from time to time, and the inversion table is a great help.  It really stretches your back out as well as serve as an ab machine (inverted crunches).  Be careful of the cheap ones.  I bought a Teeter Hang Up inversion table, as recommended by my buddy.  When you’re upside down and hanging, you don’t want to be cheap on what’s holding you.  Here’s a video on the one I have.
  • Chiropractor:  I also have a friend who I play ball with who is a chiropractor. Some of you think they’re whack jobs or not real doctors.  I used to think that, too, but if you can find a good one, they’re the real deal.  Much like the inversion table, he helps me stay in alignment.  I only go maybe once or twice a month for maintenance, but once you start to understand your body, you can tell when something is out of whack.  Bryan is a life saver, and Alisha and I both use him.
  • Hot Tub:  Last year, we bought a used hot tub from a reputable dealer in Charlotte, and I will tell you two things: it was the best thing we’ve EVER bought and getting a used one will save you a TON of money.  Jacuzzi tubs would be a good substitute here as well.  With the hot tub we have, it’s a larger one, so it has several different seats with different jet assignments on each one that are great for your back and shoulders.  On the one we have, there are two very powerful jets that you can use alone that I like to use on my legs, hamstrings and calves.  This particular jet is so powerful, it acts like the rumble roller we talked about earlier. With addition of heat, it helps relax the muscle while also working out the lactic acid and knots.  I will tell you now, that there have been times where I just about jumped out of the tub, the jet hurt so bad, due to the work my legs had done that day.  But when I got out, I felt amazing.  Hot Tubs, baths, etc. are great things to implement into your weekly recovery routine.  I can say it’s a true game changer.
  • Massage: This is self-explanatory. It’s the same as the rumble roller and hot tub where you’re working out the lactic acid.  I love massages, but unfortunately don’t get them as often as I wish.  Married couples, give each other massages. Save some money and continue to build that bond that we talked about a couple weeks ago if you’re working out together.

Now believe it or not, these are my recovery methods.  I would also suggest adding in some yoga or stretching weekly as well.  If you’re doing a program with us, you have it scheduled in already and should be good.  These are my tips, it’s what works for me, hopefully it’s been helpful and given you some ideas!


October 17, 2013

Hitting Your Fitness Goal

Fitness Goals Take Discipline

I felt inspired to write this last weekend, not to really drive home a bunch of factual tips, but more so to get real with you on your goals and your discipline to get it done.

A lot of you don’t know this, but two years ago, I was crazy lean and really hitting it dead on with my fitness. The way I looked and everything that I wanted, was clicking for me.  I wish I could tell you that I had a plan, and it was meticulous and structured…and maybe it was, but I doubt it. I really can’t remember any one thing that I did back then that I wasn’t doing now, except maybe my nutrition was a little cleaner then.

What’s Changed?

asylum 2Since 2010/2011, I slowly veered off the path of discipline in my workouts but mainly nutrition. I probably gained 10-13 lbs from where I was when you go back and look at our You Tube videos from when we first did Insanity the Asylum and when we were doing the Asylum/ P90X hybrid.  I think I got overly confident that I had it all figured out, and then when we did the Ultimate Reset at the beginning of the year, I was like “Whoa! I forgot how lean I was before”.  The Reset helped me lean back out, but its ‘taken me from January of this year to about 3-4 weeks ago to realize why and what I wanted.

Let me rephrase, I know what I wanted, but I had forgotten how to get there.  So I found a success partner in Billy, who Insanity and the Asylum: Billywas also where I was and wanted to get back, and we started Asylum Vol. 2 together. I also brought Amanda into the mix, a friend of mine that I knew was in better shape than me and would push me, and I dug in. Billy helped me stay accountable with the Asylum workouts, over here everyday, never missing; and Amanda has pushed me by getting me doing double workouts several times a week, including one class with her that is a total ass kicker. Now I don’t recommend doubles for everybody, you have to listen to your body and know when to pull back. For me, I needed it. I knew in order to get better and to get what I wanted, I had to find someone to motivate me and preferably someone who had what I wanted.  Those persons were Amanda and Billy.

What I’m realizing

401636_3672771130719_1604656233_nWhat I’ve realized during this round is that just because I’m two years older and two years closer to 40, doesn’t mean I can’t get back to where I was before. I’ve also realized that I was “wussing out” in my mind when it came to the idea of pushing harder with doubles (again disclaimer: not for everyone).  Believe me when I say, I’m very conscious of my body and listening to it and making sure I rest when need be and don’t overdo any one area.

By bringing Billy and Amanda back into the mix, it has forced me to change my DISCIPLINE.  They’ve pushed me harder, which and held me accountable to where I’m forced to structure my days in a way to where I get it all in.  The first two weeks were hard, no way around that, but after that second week, I started to see change. Then my mind and self-confidence started to shift. I went from, “I can’t do doubles” to “wow, I’m capable of more than I thought”.

Is this you?

the-bubble-skin-man-how-fat-we-really-are-and-more_hAre you hearing what I said a second ago? “I’m capable of more than I thought” For me, I had to work twice as hard as I did two years ago, to even see anything close to what I had two years ago. The point is I’m achieving it!

I wish I could say that 3.5 weeks ago, I had all of this come to me in a dream or that the skies opened up and God said, “Todd, here’s the answer.” He didn’t. I stumbled into it by dumb luck. Or better yet, I finally reminded myself to take some of my own advice. You see, fitness fanatics struggle, too, at least the honest ones will tell you that. I realized I just didn’t want it bad enough in the past to change my discipline.

If you want to lose 30 lbs, before you even think of changing your eating habits or start exercising or up the exercise…whatever…you’d better change your mindset and adopt some discipline. And you’d better find someone who will stick with you on it. Whether that person is us, and we talk on the phone every day or Facebook or whatever, you need to find someone who will be there to say “do it”.  And then focus on the discipline.

Funny thing, we’re disciplined to do the stuff we want to do – watch tv, go on trips, spend time with the kids – but we often seem to ignore ourselves. Trust me, my friend, you’ll be a happier person and be glad you made yourself a priority. I forgot how good it felt to actually achieve fitness goals. I forgot how good it felt to, yes, kick my own butt, but enjoy it. Yes, I said enjoy it. Trust me, after you break through that two-week wall, you’ll see changes, you’ll see the discipline start to take shape, and…you’ll want more.

Come along on the ride with me. It’s never too late to jump on. I’m back on the wagon, that’s my hand reaching for you to pull you on board.

October 9, 2013

How Much Water Should You Drink and Why?

Often People Don’t Drink Enough Water, How Much is Enough?

water 4I can tell you that, for the most part, we drink nothing but water. That wasn’t always the case, though. I remember several years back when I was first getting into being a fitness junkie. I was trying to focus on drinking water, and I had to mix in the Crystal Light flavor packets just so I could get it down (not good for you, by the way, due to the sucralose).

Looking back, I’m not really sure why I had such a hard time adapting to water instead of sweet tea (that’s a southern thing in case you’re wondering), but I did. Gradually over the years, I have come to a point where I can handle just regular old water – filtered though, not a big fan of the tap.

But here’s the problem: I was drinking water, but not enough!  Especially when we were doing crazy programs like P90X, Insanity, Focus T25 and most recently Insanity the Asylum.  So I did a water challenge with one of our Challenge Groups a couple weeks back, and we set out to really up our water intake. The changes I saw were crazy.

How Much Water Should I Drink?

When figuring up how much water I should drink, I learned that, according to the Institute of Medicine, the right amount for men is roughly 3 liters (13 cups) and for women it’s 2.2 liters (about 9 cups).  But the equation that I found that I liked was:

  1. Your weight: The first step to knowing how much water to drink every day is to know your weight. The amount of water a person should drink varies depending on their weight, which makes sense because the more someone weighs, the more water they need to drink. A two hundred pound man and 100 pound woman require different amounts of water every day.
  2. Multiply by 2/3: Next you want to multiple your weight by 2/3 (or 67%) to determine how much water to drink daily. For example, if you weighed 175 pounds you would multiple that by 2/3 and learn you should be drinking about 117 ounces of water every day.
  3. Activity Level: Finally, you will want to adjust that number based on how often you work out, since you are expelling water when you sweat. You should add 12 ounces of water to your daily total for every 30 minutes you work out. So if you work out for 45 minutes daily, you would add 18 ounces of water to your daily intake.

This is what I’ve used to calculate my water intake, and it has worked well for me.

Why Water is Important to the Body

There are so many reasons why water is important to the body. When you don’t have enough water in your body, water 5every cell is affected. Add to that working out like we do, and you’re losing electrolytes, sodium, potassium, and chloride, which are essential to your body’s ability to function. I could tell when I wasn’t drinking enough. My muscles and joints were affected. It affected my recovery time and my workouts in a lot of ways: cramps, soreness, and just an overall blah feeling.

Can You Drink Too Much Water?

According to the Health Section in US News, it’s rare, but yes, it can happen. As much as you need water, it is possible to get too much. Having too much water in your system in relation to sodium is called hyponatremia. It’s actually not a matter of drinking too much water as much as it is drinking so much that it causes an imbalance between water and electrolytes.

When you lose water (through sweating and elimination), you lose electrolytes. If you replenish your body with just water, you dilute the electrolytes that are already running low in your system. If this occurs, your interstitial sodium levels can get so low that you can actually die. It’s not extremely common, but it does happen.

p90x-recovery-drinkThis is one reason why recovery drinks like the P90X Results and Recovery drink you hear us talk about all the time is SO important.  You need the electrolytes and glycogen replacement. It uses Dextrose, which is the form of sugar your body knows how to handle, without having to convert it. Your body actually has to convert most sugars to dextrose in order to use them. The P90X Results and Recovery drink contains Dextrose in a form your body recognizes and can use.

I would love to hear from you if you have questions or have an opinion on what works well for you.


October 2, 2013

Tips to Get Through Your Toughest Workout

We All Struggle Sometimes to “Dig Deeper”, Tips to Get You Through Tough Workouts

34925_131801196860027_3894253_nSo we’re sitting there, I’m in an Insanity Asylum workout, it’s just me and the Go Pro camera…and possibly you if you follow us on You Tube, and I’m battling to get through the In and Out Abs.  Sean’s yelling at me to push, but he’s not physically there, so who am I cheating?  Answer: myself.

I want to quit. I want to do ANYTHING but this right now…but I know when I look in the mirror, I’ll wish I’d pushed harder.  So I make it count. I can’t quit now!  I wish I could say that’s true every time I workout, but it’s not.  You and I are very guilty of letting the little voice in our head talk us out of success.  It’s like the evil part of your mind, the part that makes you crave the junk, that talks you out of starting the workout, period. It sees and feels your body changing, which it doesn’t want, and it tries to play the devil on your shoulder and get you to quit.  It’s also responsible for your low self-image and low self esteem, when you let yourself go.  That’s the part of your mind you have to learn to shut off.

Tips to Get Through Tough Workouts

There was a really great write up on our Team Beachody site by Zack Zeigler. In it, he refers to some tips from Dr. JoAnn Dahlkoetter, who has worked with handfuls of top athletes, including Olympic gold medal winners as well as just average people like you and me.  She also won the San Francisco Marathon in 1980, so she may know a thing or two.

  1. Mentally Prepare: “People can fail from not being in touch with their bodies,” she says. Some Beachbody® workouts will wipe you out. (There’s a reason the plyometric workout in P90X2® is called Plyocide and not Plyo-this-might-be-kinda-tough.) But understanding, embracing, and anticipating that you’ve signed up to tackle a ball-busting workout can help you size up the challenge and muster the fortitude required to overcome it.

  2. Find a Workout Buddy: If during a grueling workout you find yourself taking a break from taking a break after154415_10151331806602891_1374829888_n you just got finished taking a break, consider recruiting someone to train with you. Researchers at Kansas State University found that people who train with a more skilled workout partner who doesn’t cheerlead you through the workouts worked out for longer periods of time.1 That’s because this competitive attitude supposedly makes you not want to feel like the “weak link” and encourages you to work harder.  We talked about this last week.  When you see our You Tube vids, it’s apparent I like workout partners.
  3. Get into a Routine: Make your workout session as much of a priority as you would other important daily activities, like brushing your teeth, getting to work on time, or DVRing America’s Got Talent. “Build a routine so you’re doing [your workout] at the same time each day,” Dr. Dahlkoetter suggests. “If you don’t have a routine, the workout becomes a low priority that might get overlooked.”
  4. Make Your Goals Specific: Instead of saying you want to “lose weight” or “look better,” come up with specific goals you want to accomplish, like “losing six pounds,” or “finally fitting into my wrestling singlet from college.” Those details will offer you something tangible to strive for. The S.M.A.R.T. (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and time-targeted) goal technique has proven to be popular and effective for constructing a plan of attack, whether you’re tackling work projects or getting through a workout.
  5. Use the 3 Ps: It sounds pretty hippie, but Dr. Dahlkoetter has “Three Ps”—Positive Images, Power Words, and Present Focus—that can actually help. Studies show that athletes who visualize themselves winning are more likely to succeed.2 Visualize the whole process, from going to bed at the right time to finishing your workout, and you’ll be more likely to get through it, improving your overall concentration in the process.Then, create some “Power Words” to help you push through those super-tough moments. I’m usually spewing four-tony and toddletter words after about 25 minutes of most of my workouts. Instead, try this exercise: On a piece of paper, write all of your excuses, self-doubts, and negative thoughts about the workout on the left side. Then, on the right side, write what the opposite of that would be. For example: If you write you’re “too tired” on the left side, write your “mind and body are stronger and healthier each day” on the right. When you’re lagging, tell yourself those things you’ve written on the right side of the paper.  My Shaun T bracelet is a good reminder for me.And, finally, focus on the present. From worrying about work to your kids to whether the Inland Empire 66ers are going to cover the run line (I’m letting it ride on you, fellas!), we all have plenty of daily stresses to contend with. But your workout shouldn’t be one of them; in fact, it might be the only hour of the day you get to focus entirely on yourself. To do that and offer your best effort, you need to be present from beginning to end. That said, during your Wall Sits or another difficult move that doesn’t pose a high risk of injury, feel free to let your mind wander to your “happy place.”

All in all, these are some really good ideas for “powering through”.  Would love to hear from you on what gets you through your workout.  Comment below and share your ideas!  Or reach out to us!

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