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September 25, 2013

Why Should Couples Workout Together?

There’s Proof That Working Out Together Helps a Marriage

This actually applies to all couples, not just married ones.  There’s nothing worse than one person in a relationship starting on a journey to feeling better about themselves and getting healthier, and they end up leaving the other person behind.

The Journey Gets Ugly Fast

69377_444520702890_4227284_nI speak from experience here on this.  As you can clearly see, shortly after Alisha and I were married, I let things go!  What’s funny about it is, when we were dating, I wasn’t all that much overweight.  She would describe me as the typical college beer belly; but for the most part, I was average.  I had no muscle definition whatsoever, but I was okay.  I was what most of us think of as normal.

But as you can tell in the picture, that changed quickly.  It was like I didn’t even realize I was getting fat.  Most people don’t.  You just get comfortable, and you fall into a lifestyle. Deep down, the insecurities start to build, but you ignore it and just continue on with the bad diet and eating late and so on.  Alisha, on the other hand, has always been slim.  She’s never really had a weight problem.  She’s obviously beautiful, so as I began to gain weight, I started to wonder what was she doing with me?  Short answer, that’s a superficial question.  She loves me for who I am, but most of us will admit there’s a superficial level to where you want to be and stay attractive to your spouse or partner.

What finally got my attention, was when it started causing health problems.  High cholesterol, high blood pressure, pains, shortness of breath…I’d literally sweat walking to the mailbox to get the mail.

Benefits to Couples Working Out, the Journey Begins

28827_401127992890_4797983_nSo there I am watching the P90X informercial, after having just had a really nasty fall, and I get a call from the doctor that I have early arthritis in my lower back (based off x-rays they took) and I’m thinking, “Man, I’m only 33 – I’m too young to feel this way”.  So I tell Alisha that I’m going to start P90x, to which she replies, “Yeah right, you’ll never stick with it”. And that’s fair, because I had started and stopped many times on the occasional wild hair of getting in shape.  I’d start running on our treadmill and using my old weight bench from time to time…but never more than for a week, two tops.

But this time was different.  She was doing it with me.  We both decided to commit to getting in better shape.  Boom, immediate success partner / accountability partner.  And believe me, there were times I didn’t want to and she’d make me do it and vice versa.  That’s the one thing that helps people succeed the most in their fitness journey: accountability.  Most of us are living with an accountability partner or in a relationship with one, so why not take advantage!

Now I get that some of you have spouses or partners that just aren’t into working out or eating healthy.  I get that it’s a struggle.  I preface this by saying I’m not a marriage counselor, nor do I play one on TV; but speaking from experience, there are some issues there that need to be explored.  For us, we realized that we needed it in order to be better parents, to be around long enough to be grandparents, and of course, to keep the fire lit.  Let’s not kid ourselves.

Advantages to Couples Working Out Together


Here’s some benefits of couples working out:

  • Guilt Free Workouts.  You no longer have to feel guilty for taking time away from the other person.  You’re spending time with them.  This goes for kids, too.  We see couples all the time who workout with their kids in the room.  The kids join in sometimes, other times they cause a distraction.  If you can’t avoid the kids being with you, roll with it.  After all, aren’t they one of your reasons for getting healthy?  So why let the reason be the excuse for not doing it?
  • Couples who do a program together increase their chances of completing the program by 90% as opposed to doing it alone.
  • One of the advantages of couples working out is that you’re working on a common goal.  Making each other better.  Let’s be candid, if you both feel better about yourselves, is it not going to affect other areas of your marriage as well?  When the self-esteem goes up…the clothes tend to come off more.
  • You build more common interest.  You find a new lifestyle with more energy and more vigor.
  • Last but not least, if you join a challenge group as a couple, you’re getting in with 2 for the price of 1!

1000240_10151799228127891_1506458799_nWe meet couples all the time with our business that go on a fitness journey together, and I can’t think of one that we have worked with that didn’t finish the program and get amazing results.  It’s an amazing feeling to find that passion, to know you’re doing it for each other and possibly your kids (if you have them).  I challenge you today to find the reasons or motivation that you or your partner / spouse need and give it a try.  Join one of our challenge groups, do it with other couples and other people.  That increases the accountability ten fold.  Imagine if you had us, your spouse, and a group of others going through the same thing together.  I know it works – we do it every day.  Why not you?

If you want to reach out to us and talk more about this or want more information on one of our Challenge Groups, just contact us HERE or click the contact button at the top of the page.  We look forward to connecting with you!

September 18, 2013

Insanity Vs. T25, What’s the Difference Between Them?


Which is Better, Insanity Vs T25?

Now that the word is spreading about Focus T25, people are wondering how it compares and what’s the difference between Insanity and T25.  One thing I can promise you is that they both have the Shaun T intensity that you came to love about Insanity.  They both get amazing results. The one big difference…TIME.

Insanity Results in T25 Time

When it comes to Insanity vs T25, the biggest element to the success we’ve seen in the popularity of T25 is the time factor.  It’s 25 minutes from start to finish.  No matter what phase you’re in, they’re all 25 minutes.  Unlike Insanity where your first 30 days are 39 to 45 minutes, then your second month, it jumps up to an hour…with T25, you’re guaranteed 25 minutes every day.

Now with that 25 minutes, there are no water breaks, no warm up rounds, you just go!  Some people might read that and think “Oh, heck no! I’m out!”, but stay with me on this.

A few things to keep in mind are:

  • 25 minutes go by really fast
  • Tonya (from Insanity) is on every workout as the modifier, more on that below
  • The moves build, so you ease into the intensity

You don’t just start off full throttle on T25. That would be stupid and if there’s one thing Shaun isn’t…it’s stupid.  He may have just designed one of the smartest workout programs in Focus T25 that we’ve ever seen.

Modifications Are a Big Factor in Deciding to Do Insanity or T25

Next to time, this is by far what I’m excited about the most when it comes to the difference between Insanity and T25. Ever since we’ve been doing local Fit Club workouts with Insanity, the biggest challenge was helping people modify.  The lack of modifications is what scared people about Insanity, especially if they had an injury from the past. The #1 scare we heard was, “I’m not in shape enough to do Insanity”.  While that’s completely false, it’s hard to make people realize it. The truth is, everyone can do Insanity.  The problem was, unless you had a coach who you were plugged in with for support and before the Insanity Certification was available, you had no idea how to modify.  When we got certified to teach the live Insanity classes, it was an eye-opening experience for us to learn modifications we never even thought of.  Now that T25 is out, I’m seeing the same modifications we were taught being used in T25.

It’s been a really positive experience to see people at our live workouts trying T25 for the first time and see Tonya modify and know, “Hey, I can do this!”.  Alisha has knee issues and uses the modifications quite often. She will tell you that she gets every bit as good of a workout as I do without the modifications.  This element has leveled the playing field. Now a husband and wife or a newbie and a veteran workout person can workout together to the same DVD and both get the same results….a drenched shirt and an amazing feeling.

Better Calorie Burn, Insanity or T25?

We get this a lot when people are asking us about the difference between Insanity and T25. As a matter of fact, I did a post about the calorie burn with T25 here.  One thing I’ll tell you is that you can get an amazing calorie burn with T25.  In some cases, we’ve seen calorie burns as high as 600-700 calories, especially on the cardio workouts.  When it comes to the ab workouts or the resistance training, the calorie burn will drop, but that’s normal due to the fact that your heart rate isn’t as high.  But on those days you have to remember that you’re building muscle, and muscle burns fat.  So don’t get too hung up on the calorie burn on those days.

The biggest thing with T25 and calorie burn is calorie intake!  Because this isn’t Insanity or the Asylum, you can’t eat 1,800 to 2,000 calories and expect to lose weight.  The beauty of this workout is that it is short on time, not short on intensity, but it’s not going to require the same calorie intake as a 60-minute Insanity workout.  So the recommended calorie intake for T25 is around 1,200 to 1,300, which is far from starving yourself.  That’s actually a very healthy and maintainable calorie intake for anyone.  You combine that intake with the burn you get during the workout, the after burn you get after the workout, and you will see crazy things start to happen.

Proof It Works

One of the ladies in our Challenge Group posted this on week 7 of the program:

I didn’t post my stats from last week. Since the start of T25, I am down a total of 14 lbs (wohooo) -4 in chest, -3 in waist, 1.5 in hips, -1 in thighs, .5 in arms. And my favorite jeans are telling the truth, gotta find some more.


This is a lady that had tried Insanity, Hip Hop Abs, and I think another program….but now has found what works.  Her biggest struggle was sticking with it. The proof is in the post. The biggest difference for her this time was two things: 1) She’s in a challenge group with 24/7 support. 2) It’s 25 minutes a day and allows her to modify while still pushing her as hard as she can go.  I’ll add in one more….it’s fun.  Especially when your jeans are “telling you the truth”.

If you would like more information on our T25 Challenge Groups, let us know and we’ll be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.  Just contact us here or at the top of the page.



September 4, 2013

Live Local Insanity Classes in Charlotte

Insanity Charlotte Classes and Focus T25 Charlotte Classes!

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Join us for free local workouts including LIVE Charlotte Insanity Classes from certified Insanity Instructors as well as the opportunity to experience Focus T25, P90X, Insanity, Turbofire and more!

We host T25 Charlotte Classes and workouts as well as Live Charlotte Insanity Classes on Mondays at Sunset Road Baptist Church.  2317 Sunset Road at 7pm sharp.  You can also join our Meet Up group and learn about other classes we have in the Charlotte area here.

For more information on our live classes or to schedule a free workout in our own personal gym, just click HERE and we’ll be in touch shortly to answer any questions you may have.

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