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January 29, 2014

P90X3 Women Warriors, Approaching HALFWAY!

These 2 Women Continue to Inspire

We check in with our 2 P90X3 girls as they approach the halfway point, can’t believe how fast this is going!

Michelle H.

Week 5:

1615137_10202960222946004_688897302_nWeek five is kinda a love/hate relationship. I love doing the upper body workouts minus the push-ups, plus the max was awesome! I hate for some reason that I cant explain, the lower body workouts. I’ve hated them since p90x.

While the first phase seemed like a lot more cardio and just coming off Shaun t’s workouts it was exhausting, the second phase seems just the right mix of cardio and weights. I’ve only completed the first week and as far as the legs go I know I can push myself harder, but I don’t want bulky legs. In order to get the most out of the leg work, I’ve got to up the weights a lot since Tony has already determined how many reps we will do. The MMX workout has crazy calorie burn, but it’s also fun. It makes me realize that I should never get into a fight.
Still having fun and everyone keep pushing play!!

Week 6:

Going into week 6, I was disappointed in my week 5 performance and mindset.

It was frustrating doing legwork and balance, two of my problem areas.  Not only that, but I’m still struggling with push-ups, but I shook it off and hit “refresh.” Sadly I still dislike triometrics, but I will push past it and see how this week goes. I know I can go at my own pace, but I would like to keep up with Tony. I strangely like Eccentric Lower, but I need to use heavier weights to maximize the workout. This week I’m going to go with 15’s although 20’s would be better. I also love the Incinerator workout and the burnout is brutal and nauseating, in a good way! Eccentric Upper is going well except the freaking push-ups, I’ll keep pushing though. All in all, X3 is working very well and I feel stronger and the core is taking shape ( yippee)! Now if I can clean up my eating, trying trying trying!!!! Now off to week 7.
Bring it!!!

Jenny A.

I made it through Block 1 of my P90x3 Lean journey! As Block 1 came to an end, I noticed my form improving, especially those involving balance. I credit Yoga for that.

After the first 4 weeks, there is a Transition week or recover week before starting Block 2. I enjoyed the break from the more intense moves, i.e. donkey kicks. Additionally, my muscles needed the breather to focus on stretching. Dynamix became my favorite workout during this time. You do have the option of completing Dynamix on your rest day during each block, but I had chosen not to, so Transition week was my introduction to it. It’s a great recovery and stretch routine that incorporates more dynamic stretches as opposed to the longer holds in Yoga…Love it. Pilates is introduced in Transition week as well. I’m a newbie to Pilates, so I was pretty shaky during the routines. My core was on fire! I’m looking forward to the transformation this workout will have on my mid-section, aka “My Trouble Zone”.

Now I’ve ventured into Block 2; Yay!! So far I enjoy it more than Block 1. The new routines include:

· Triometrix – A great plyometrics workout that includes 3 levels of intensity per move. The levels shown also work as modifications for those at different stages in fitness. You will feel the burn for sure during these 30 minutes. · MMX – This one is martial arts based. It’s a fun one. I can’t help but feel a little badass after doing it!

· Incinerator – An upper body killer! My lower body is much stronger than my upper, so this one is a difficult one for me.

My progress in numbers: I’ve maintained the 2 pounds lost during my first month. However, overall I’ve noticed more leanness and definition to my muscles. Very happy about that!

Now It’s Your Turn

If you are ready to make a change, contact us today!  We’d love to have you in our next Challenge Group!

January 22, 2014

Who is the 21 Day Fix For? Anyone!

So Who Should Look Into This…Literally ANYBODY! 

Seriously, anyone can do this program. Men and women, people who are overweight or people who just want to tone the body they already have. Its for many different fitness levels as well as different shapes and sizes of people.

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Some reasons for wanting to do 21 Day Fix?…

  • To get in shape for bikini season
  • To lose weight
  • For a wedding
  • To lose a “beer gut”
  • A new mom who is trying to lose baby weight
  • To tone the body you already have
  • A mom or dad getting ready for spring break vacations with the kids
  • An athlete getting back in shape for the upcoming season
  • And many more

 Is This You?

Do you see yourself in any of these categories? Do you already have your own reasons for wanting to be a part of the 21 Day Fix? Let us help you achieve your goals! We have four different people doing a 21 Day Challenge, Dee, Chris, Alisha and Kristen. All different ages, sexes, fitness levels, weight and motivation reasons, yet they’re all doing the 21 Day Fix. You can too! February 3rd is the launch so make sure you’re signed up to receive all the details and the latest information leading up to the launch.

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January 22, 2014

How to Plan for Success! Prepare Your Meals

Working Out is Hard, Nutrition Doesn’t Have to Be!

Healthy_Meal_230x230Here’s the key to remember and what I think most people who struggle getting and staying on board don’t realize: It may seem easier to just “eat whatever” instead of planning and prepping your meals and sticking to an exercise program. But, that is just an illusion. When you eat at odd hours, skip meals, eat like crap, skip workouts or don’t work out at all, you wind up feeling like crap and you may end up feeling that life is out of control.

 

It does take effort and yes, maybe sacrifice, to get up an hour earlier to get your 40 to 60 minutes of exercise in five times a week. Oh, but P90X is an hour long, you say. Yes, but it’s not the only workout program! There are so many BeachBody and even non-BeachBody programs to suit your needs. Set an alarm clock, write yourself little encouragement notes, enlist a friend, have me hold you accountable, do what you have to do to make sure your workout happens! You are worth the investment. You’ll have more energy to get on with the rest of life’s challenges. Believe me!

 

As far as food, this is the area where most folks struggle, but I swear, it’s actually easier than most people think. Here are my recommendations:

 

?   Buy your groceries on your day off or find a time each week to go to the supermarket. I usually go on Saturdays or Sundays.

?   Go with your grocery list and get only items on list. Do not buy junk because you’ll eat it in a moment of weakness. If you say, Oh, but I have kids. Um, your kids don’t need to eat that stuff. Teach them to eat clean now so they don’t have to struggle like we do as adults!

?   Buy lots of tupperware.

?   When you get home, get to cooking and prepping your meals for the entire week. You only need an hour or so to prep all your meals. Really!

 

Food Prep Tips:

?   Cook all your chicken/fish/meat for the week. Store 3 days worth in the fridge in tupperware. Store 3-4 days worth FNM_100110-Weeknight-Dinners-035_s4x3_leadin the freezer. Take out of freezer the day before you’ll need it.

?   Cut all your veggies at once. Place in tupperware.

?   As far as carbs go, you can make brown rice or sweet potatoes in advance. If you eat whole wheat bread (I recommend gluten-free anything!), then that’s easy. Really, try to stay away from pasta and breads. Save for splurge meal!

?   Oh, life is full of options. You can either pack each meal in a separate container or you can have giant containers, one containing chicken, the other veggies, the other rice. You can then serve as needed. I personally like to prepackage my meals so I don’t even have to think about them, especially if I’m busy.

My point is this: If you’re not eating clean and making exercise a part of daily routine, you’re making excuses. Stop the excuses and make it happen. We all have 24 hours in a day.

Now, bring it!

January 9, 2014

21 Day Fix with Autumn Calabrese!

Finally! A Program For You, The “3 Week-er”

We hear from a lot of people that they need a short fix.  Maybe you waited til the last minute to get in shape for that beach trip, wedding or reunion.  Maybe you started a New Years Resolution to get in shape and it lasted for a week or so and then you quit because it was too much or too long of a process.

Well now you’re in luck!  The 21 Day Fix may just be for you.  21 Day Fix launched on February 3, it is THE fitness and nutrition program to help you lose up to 15 pounds in 21 days. Each workout is approximately 30 minutes a day, 7 days a week.

The Containers

The unique nutrition plan uses specifically portioned food storage containers that eliminate the guesswork from portion control – no weighing, measuring, or counting calories, carbs or points. If it fits in the container, you can eat it.  And you’ll lose weight. When eaten in the right quantities, there are no foods that are off limits.  In the video below you’ll see a lady who at 71 repeated the program back to back and lost 45 lbs!  She also had the LONGEST plank hold in the test group at 9 minutes!  That’s crazy!

Autumn is a single mom, she understands the busy life schedule that most of us have, so she designed a program that’s simple to follow and easy to control your portion controls, no counting calories, no complicated plans, if it fits you eat it.  Check out this video for a quick tease.

Who Should Buy 21 Day Fix?

Everyone can do 21 Day Fix and get great results. Each workout has a modifier to show easier moves. The test groups included fit people as well as people with 100+ pounds to lose, to be sure that anyone could be successful with this program. To make it even easier to introduce 21 Day Fix to customers, Coaches can take advantage of the Team Beachbody Network exclusive offer listed below.

The Challenge Pack is an amazing deal at $160 with $2 for shipping, 1 bag of Shakeology, FREE Club Membership for 30 days and much more!  All programs bought through NC Fit Club will receive the free bonus workout Plyo Fix featured in the video below.  You also have a 60 day money back guarantee.

Questions and Answers

Questions Answers
Which kit is included in the Challenge Pack? The 21 Day Fix Base Kit is included.
How long are the workouts? Approximately 30 minutes each.
What is the workout schedule? One 30-minute workout each day for 21 days.
What is included with the container set? 7 color-coded containers + a Shakeology shaker cup.
What is the size of each container? The Fix is designed to make portion-control easy, so we color-coded the containers so you wouldn’t have to count ounces. The exact ounce size of each container is proprietary information to Beachbody.
Can a 2nd set of containers be purchased separately? Yes, see below in the ‘Kit Details’ for the price.
What is included in the Base & Ultimate Kits? see below
What equipment is required or recommended? Recommended Equipment: Yoga Mat or Beachbody miniMAT are helpful but not required.Required Equipment: Dumbbells or a resistance band are used in some of the workouts.
Can the Eating Plan be done on its’ own? For best results, the eating & workout plan is essential.
Why can’t other containers be used? Few, if any, containers come in the sizes required.
Can I eat out at restaurants during the Fix? Yes, the Eating Plan includes a Restaurant Guide.
What does “no off-limit foods” mean? Treats (like desert & Wine) are incorporated, not off limits.

 

What Are the Base Kit and Ultimate Kit?

21 Day Fix Essentials (Base) Kit
30-day money back guaranteeFree Gifts
Start Here Guide with Workout Calendar
3-Day Quick Fix**
Eating Plan**
24/7 Online Support**Work Outs
7 workouts on 2 DVDs (VHS not available)
Dirty 30 workout**
Total Body Cardio Fix
Upper Fix
Lower Fix
Pilates Fix
Cardio Fix
Yoga Fix 

Ultimate Workouts
No

 

 


Equipment
No

 

Nutrition Samples
No

 

Containers
7 color-coded portion-control containers
Shakeology shaker cup

 

**Free Gifts with purchase to keep

21 Day Fix Ultimate Kit
30-day money back guaranteeFree Gifts
Start Here Guide with Workout Calendar
3-Day Quick Fix**
Eating Plan**
24/7 Online Support**
Insulated Tote BagWork Outs
7 workouts on 2 DVDs (VHS not available)
Dirty 30 workout**
Total Body Cardio Fix
Upper Fix
Lower Fix
Pilates Fix
Cardio Fix
Yoga Fix

 

Ultimate Workouts
Flat Abs Fix
Barre Legs

 

Equipment
1 Pro-Grade Resistance Band (Pink=15lbs)

 

Nutrition Samples
No

 

Containers
7 color-coded portion-control containers
Shakeology shaker cup
Large on-the-go container

Pricing: (Retail, Club and Coach Prices, Left to Right)

 

Essential (Base) Kit** $59.85 $53.87 $44.89
Ultimate Kit $119.70 $107.73 $89.78
Ultimate DVD Kit $29.85 $26.87 $22.39
Plyo Fix Workout $19.95 $17.96 $14.96
Extra Set of Containers – 7pc $17.85 $16.07 $13.39

 

Challenge Pack Details Shipping 
Challenge Pack ** $160 $2.00

 

Challenge Group With Us!

pic 33.001So now that you’ve checked it out, we’d like you to join these ladies (and one guy not pictured) as we go on the journey with you.  From the left to right: Dee turns 50 this year and wants to see what it will do for her, Alisha has a cruise in March and wants to get “cruise ready” and Kristen wants to see how much weight she can lose after the holidays.  Not pictured is Chris, a guy who is athletic but wants to tone and feels like this will give him the discipline he needs.

We’ll put you in a private Facebook group for daily support, you’ll have our cell phone numbers if you have any questions and together, over the 3 week journey, we will be with you every step of the way to see what kind of crazy success you can get in just 3 weeks!  We may even pay you for your results and share your story with the world.  Beachbody may as well!  Trust me, they have bigger pockets than us, but if we both use your story, double win for you.

The program will be available on February 3rd.  Our goal is to start the group on February 10th.  The price for just the base kit is $59.85, the Challenge Pack (includes a month’s supply of Shakeology and 30 days of the Club Membership for free) is $160.

We may even have some cool giveaways! 

January 8, 2014

Our P90X3 Women Warriors! Week 3 Report

Michelle and Jenny Check in For Week 3 of P90X3!

Jenny’s Report:

1535641_10201390144896372_1705906905_nI’ve made it to Week 3 of P90x3! Best part – Holidays are over!! No more endless temptation to cheat on my nutrition, and now everyone is on the Get Fit band wagon. I’m feeling better each week as I become more familiar with Tony’s moves and workout style. Coming from a background of cardio, I decided to work off the P90x3’s Lean schedule, as opposed to the Classic. It is a little more cardio based.

I now have my favorite move, Speed Skaters, featured in a couple of the workouts. It’s easy enough for me to perform, and gets my heart pumping every time. And then my not so favorite move, Donkey Kicks… Yes ladies and gentlemen, no typo here… Donkey Kicks. It is a killer, so I’ve decided to use this move as a fitness progression indicator for myself. The better I execute it (once I’m able to do it at all in proper form that is), I know the more physically advanced I will be. Setting small goals within the program helps me push harder each day.

Here’s my take on the workouts so far:

· Accelerator – Donkey Kicks. Need I say more? Just that I’m thankful for this program being at home with no audience! · The Warrior – Complete full body workout. I enjoy the intervals, and an added plus is that it somehow speeds up time. It’s over in an instant! · X3 Yoga – Not my best performance, but it is an area I’m looking forward to improving in. I’m sure a welcomed break for my body from the intense workouts too. · CVX – Love the cardio + weight combo throughout this workout. · Isometrix – Agony. Having to hold some of these positions for roughly a minute is tough. · Agility X – Love the athletic movements and sequences.

My progress in numbers: Overall I’ve lost almost 2 pounds! Here’s to continuing to Push Play!

Michelle’s Report:

energy-enduranceAs week 3 begins I’m still having some struggles with stamina. As a background, I’ve done Insanity, Asylum 1&2, T25, P90x and X2. During Asylum I started using E&E. I wasn’t sure how well it was working. This past week I ran out and said no big deal I don’t need it, I was wrong! I felt weaker and my stamina was done. I thought “how is this possible I’m in good shape right?”.  Is E&E really that important and isn’t it cheating? No! I know I’m a girl but I love football. During the weekend I watched a lot of football and you know what those hard working athletes do before a game? Pre-game formula. It works and I’m a convert. Hopefully this does not sound like a long ad, it’s just my experience!

I would also like to add that I’ve noticed a lot of people get more into yoga. Me too. I can’t tell you how important it is. Years ago I tore both rotator cuffs playing softball because I hated stretching. I wish I knew the damage I was doing. I’m  not very good at the yoga, I feel like one long metal rod, but I’m getting better. It’s not just for girls. Real men do yoga, watch Ted. Keep pushing play and good luck. As Shaun t says “deuces!”

The Challenge!

If you’d like to join these ladies in our next P90X3 Challenge Group, just contact us today or click HERE for all the info!

January 2, 2014

A Woman’s Take on P90X3

P90X3 From the Female Perspective

So when it comes to P90X3, or any P90X workout for that matter, I hear a lot from women “I can’t do push ups, I can’t do pull ups!” and I tell them “yes you can!”  I’m not saying it’s a bad thing for women to doubt themselves when it comes to what they think they can or can’t do, but I encourage them to at least give it a shot and see what they’re capable of.  My wife Alisha is living proof, she can do pull ups now and would blow your mind with how far she’s come.

So I decided to ask a couple of our women challengers in our P90X3 group that is currently running, to blog for me what they are experiencing from week to week,  everything from the successes to the failures and how they feel.

Meet Our Ladies

It’s is my pleasure to introduce you to Jenny and Michelle.  Jenny came to us after having tried Insanity without the support of a coach and felt frustrated and disappointed in her results and lack of finishing the program.  After P90X3 came out, she said she wanted to jump in with us and give it a shot.  So I asked her to blog, not only for the purposes of you hearing her story….but to give her even more accountability to me as well as the group.   Here’s her first post:

Jenny A.

1501779_10201390144576364_253328082_nI was once a gym rat. Well, let me rephrase that. I was your typical treadmill and crunches girl. I maintained a moderately active life, fluctuating between those same 10-15 pounds. Although somewhat active, my lifestyle was not as healthy.

I was introduced to Beachbody years ago and dipped my toes into a couple Beachbody programs, such as Insanity and TurboFire. Feeling discouraged with my lack of discipline, accountability and motivation, I stumbled upon Todd Midgett’s You Tube videos. I was intrigued by his passion and enjoyment in the workouts. I decided to reach out, and to my surprise, Todd reached back! After sharing my story with my now coach, (I have a coach!), he encouraged me to join his Challenge Group with the latest Beachbody program, P90x3. It wasn’t that hard of a decision after realizing all workouts are only 30 minutes long…30 minutes!

I started my first week, and was quickly humbled. Each workout left me panting for air and sweaty. Tony Horton is no joke! I wasn’t able to keep up with Tony and his group most of the time, but I am looking forward to progressing and the day that I will be. Keeping up with Nutrition has been an even bigger challenge however, especially since it’s the Holidays and I’ve been surrounded with food and desserts galore. What has started working for me is taking each day, one at a time. Obtaining my goals on a daily target makes it a little less daunting for me. Additionally, with Todd and my fellow P90x3 Challengers walking this journey with me, I know that I will be successful this time.

Here’s to pushing play!

Now meet Michelle, Michelle is a P90X and P90X2 graduate who admittedly struggles with push ups and pull ups.  Here’s Michelle’s first post:

Michelle H.

I’ve almost completed my second week of X3.  I’ve already done P90X and P90X2, and X3 doesn’t seem easier or harder than them – just different.  Who knows what Tony has in store for me, though? Ask me again in a few weeks and I’m sure that I’ll have a different opinion!

The first two weeks  I experienced a lot of soreness and muscle fatigue, which I also experienced in the first few weeks of P90X and P90X2.  I know that this soreness has a purpose.  My experience with the other two programs has helped me understand the importance of these first two weeks.  I am building a foundation for what is to come.  

Exercise for me is a vital part of my life.  I have a very stressful job, and exercise is my release.  Some people work out solely to lose weight or sculpt their bodies – and certainly X3 will help you achieve those goals, but for me it’s the way that I release tension.  While I’ve been serious about exercise for several years now, I still find myself struggling with some of the same things that were struggles when I first started – namely push ups and pull ups.  X3 seems to be chock full of push ups and pull ups, which can be a challenge.  But it’s forcing me to face my weaknesses head-on, which I am excited to do.  I am excited about this new program, and I look forward to documenting my journey.

The Journey Continues

tony and toddI could not be more excited and thankful for these two ladies being brave enough to share their journey with us as we go through it together.  It’s one thing for you to see us all the time on You Tube and Facebook, but this time I want to also tell other peoples’ stories along with ours.

If you’d like to be one of those people, or want to jump in a Challenge Group with us, reach out to us today and we’ll help you out any way we can.

 

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