So some of you may be wondering what is a Challenge Pack and some of may wonder what’s the advantage of a Challenge Pack vs. just buying the program?
Ok, first things first: a Challenge Pack is: Combining a fitness program (i.e. 21 Day Fix) and either Shakeology or Performance Line (Energize and Recovery).
What are the benefits of a Challenge Pack?
In a lot of cases, for example, when 21 Day Fix is on sale for $140, you save $70 with this pack compared to buying each item separately. That means when you buy 21 Day Fix and Shakeology in this Challenge Pack, it’s like getting 21 Day Fix for just $10!
Club Membership with Beachbody on Demand for FREE for 30 days
You can cancel before it auto-renews or keep it and enjoy a 10% savings on anything you buy in addition to Beachbody On Demand
Beachbody on Demand for 30 days for free
Stream on your phone, tablet, computer, Amazon Fire TV Stick, Roku, Google Chromecast, and Apple TV over 70 workout programs (P90X, X2, X3, Insanity and many more). Also, stream new programs that you purchase like CIZE, T25, INSANITY MAX:30 and more. You will also have exclusive workouts from all the trainers that are only a part of Beachbody on Demand. For more on Beachbody on Demand check out our blog post where we reviewed a number of devices with BOD.
All Challenge Packs have the Shakeology option, some newer programs have the Performance Line Challenge Pack available. We also offer a Club Challenge Pack (with Shakeology or Performance Line) where you can get On Demand as your fitness program of choice and choose from over 70 programs that will help us get you to your fitness goals.
For example, right now we are running an Insanity Asylum group and several of our challengers are using Beachbody On Demand since it has Asylum Vol. 1 and Asylum Vol. 2.
Challenge Packs essentially save you money, give you a lot of value for free for 30 days. If you have any questions or would like to join one of our Accountability / Challenge Groups, contact us today!
Time for some Black Friday BARGAINS! These are available from November 23rd to December 1st while supply last. Here are a few of our favorites – just click their name for more information about each one and to purchase.
Motivation: the reason or reasons one has for acting or behaving in a particular way.
That’s the definition of the word. Now really examine that. The reason one has for acting or behaving in a particular way.
Do you know how many people tell me “I just wish I could get motivated!” or “I just can’t get motivated to workout!”. I get it. I was there in 2008 at the age of 33. I found motivation a fleeing idea that often eluded me as well. So now I want you to re-examine the word and change the definition.
Motivation: A by-product of action. The feeling you get to keep going once you start something you know you should do.
There’s your new definition of motivation. As the author John Maxwell says, “The only difference between a rut and a grave….is the length.” It’s true. Life happens and we find ourselves in ruts. Ruts in our marriage, ruts in our fitness, ruts in our nutrition and ruts in our finances. What most people don’t realize is they’re all connected. You get in a rut in one area of your life and it’s like cancer, it spreads and before you know it takes over all the other areas as well. Again, I’ll remind you, go listen to the podcast Shaun and I did about what my life was like at 255lbs. I remember well what that daily existence was like. So when people say to us, “I can’t get motivated to ______”. I say to them, that if you wait til motivation comes, you’ll be waiting til the day you die.
Motivation comes when you take that first step. You go for that walk. You say no to dessert. You put the $50 in savings. You send your spouse a vase of flowers for no reason. It puts you on the road to consistency. Consistency is another word that is often misunderstood in our world. People link motivation to action, then action to consistency. “I start, but I can’t finish” or “I just can’t stay consistent with what I eat”. I’m going to let you in on a little secret. You are consistent….EVERYDAY. You’re just consistent at the wrong things. We are consistently: eating too much, not working out, taking our family and spouse for granted, spending more money than we should, etc.
I get it! If you think I have it all figured out, think again. I’ll spend money with the best of them. I have the exercise and diet thing down, I do ok with not taking Alisha for granted, but I struggle too. So as I write this, know I’m with you, just probably in different areas or maybe the same.
So What Do We Do?
First off, we make a decision to act. As I was producing Shaun’s Podcast “Trust and Believe” this week, he had a really good quote when it came to motivation “Attempting something equals automatic SUCCESS.”
I’d write that down and plaster it all over your house, places where you need to see it: the fridge, the bathroom mirror, your car dash, everywhere. It’s true! As soon as you start, you have already succeeded. Then once you start, you begin to succeed, you start to feel better…guess what happens? Motivation. That my friends is when the motivation you’ve been waiting on appears. You now have that power to want to continue. Now is it always easy? NO. Will you need support and guidance? YES. That’s why whatever it is you’re about to tackle, find support. If it’s fitness and nutrition, let us help you. If it’s your marriage, go to counseling. If it is finances, find someone to help you plan or use your spouse as a partner and have a goal and dream you both share for the outcome.
Motivation exists, but it requires you to make the decision to act. Life is too short, don’t waste another day waiting to act, make the decision and start today. I believe in you and Alisha and I both are here for you in any way we can be.
For those of you who don’t know, before Alisha and I started NC Fit Club, I was in radio (and still do freelance work) as a producer. I’m the guy who produces commercials, radio station imaging, etc so when Shaun asked me if I wanted to produce his podcast, I was honored. It was a win/win for both of us, he’s my friend who’s great at motivating, I love producing (not as much as I love coaching) so it was a perfect fit.
Shaun just re-branded his podcast from “Define Your Life” to “Trust and Believe” and as I was producing the first episode I was really moved by his topic. It made me start thinking of friends in my life and people who we work with as he explained what he means by “Trust and Believe”. The short answer, because I want you to go listen to it, is this: You have to trust in yourself through consistency and time to build the belief that you need to know “I can do this!”
That’s the part of coaching people that kills me. Do you know how many people come up to Shaun and say “OMG, I tried your workout and after a week I was like, I can’t do this!”. Shaun of course challenges them in that belief, but it was a conversation that he talks about in this particular podcast where he had an “a-ha” moment with this girl he was playing tennis with that also shined some light on this issue for me. I now realize that people need to Trust and Believe in themselves and really work on the mental aspect of that in order to succeed and make it a lifestyle change. My skin crawls when my friend Jason says, “I’m starting my diet tomorrow.”, do you know how many times I’ve heard him say that? As his friend I want to shake him, because he has to want it, he as to see it for what it is. It’s NOT a diet, diets are temporary. It’s a LIFESTYLE change in which the word diet goes from something short term, to something that describes your daily eating habits in the sense of your lifestyle, meaning long-term.
So now I have a podcast to send to my friend and to you, if you fall into this category. After you listen to it, if you’re ready to make a LIFESTYLE change and we can have a real conversation on what that looks like for you, we would love the opportunity to help you get from where you are today, to where you want to be for the rest of your life. Contact us today and let’s get you started. Enjoy the podcast!
So if Shakeology was the “Healthiest Meal of the Day”, why would it need a boost?
Good Question! Here’s your answer:
Remember when you were a kid and your parents would trick you into eating something healthy by sneaking it in to your food a little bit at a time? Well that’s what Darien Olien and Isabelle Daikler did with Shakeology. If you ask them, they’d tell you that they wanted the boost ingredients in Shakeology from day one but they knew our taste buds and bodies wouldn’t know what to do with it.
PLUS over the last several years that Shakeology has been around, they continued to grow and learn about different super foods that they could use to continue to help us grow into healthier people in a completely natural way.
Enter the Shakeology Boosts.
There are 3 of them, Focused Energy, Digestive Heath and Power Greens.
In the video below you’ll hear our honest opinions on all 3. Alisha doesn’t like the power greens as much as me and that’s ok. I will tell you this, when my diet has been off, I can tell in the way my stomach feels and reacts, the Digestive Health boost has been a LIFESAVER!
You’ll hear more in the video but I will say this, I was skeptical at Summit when I heard about them, but after I tried them, I saw the effects. You don’t have to use them everyday, so it’s not about suckering you into spending more money, it’s about helping you when you need it.
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We just got back from our annual Beachbody Summit and had a BLAST!
This was the first year that I worked out on stage with Shaun in front of some of our peers and man, what an exhilarating feeling! Nashville was amazing, and we can’t wait to go back next year and see where we are with NC Fit Club and whose lives have changed.
The one thing I think I love the most about Summit is that we get to re-unite with our FitnessFamily, our coaches who are on our team from all over the country, many of which we ONLY get to see that one or two times a year. We get to talk to them through video calls and Facebook, but it’s not the same as when you’re face to face and get to have “real” conversations with them. We love getting the opportunity to meet meet some of the people that they’ve brought to Summit and whose lives they have changed through weight-loss and financial goals.
One of our newest coaches to join our team, Courtney who is a mother of two and has worked with Alisha for years in dentistry. She would come to our Fit Clubs and was always in decent shape but fell in love with Shaun’s programs (and Shaun himself), hit INSANTIY: MAX:30 full force and got in SICK SHAPE! (I’m talking so amazing, some of her girlfriends got a little jealous.) So what did she do? She became a coach and started her own MAX:30 group.
I met one of the guys who she coached at a BBQ we hosted and he was so grateful for her holding him accountable for his goals. That is what I love the most: perfect strangers bonding and growing as a like-minded group and changing their lives
Then there is Ryan who we met through a shared love of riding Can-Am Spyders (3-wheel motorcycles). He started off with us as a customer and had a lot of weight to lose (you’ve probably seen him on our YouTube channel) and is now a coach.
To date he’s down 90lbs, and isn’t stopping! He was there with us in Nashville and I have to say he’s been such a welcome addition to our social circle and watching him coach other “bigger” guys to have the courage to join him on his journey to a healthy living.
Let’s Get Down to Business
So why am I telling you about these awesome people and how much I loved Summit?
Because it represents what we live for. Alisha and I thrive off of relationships not only with our customers, but with our coaches. We try really hard to surround ourselves with people who care about other people and who feed off of the positive energy we have.
You know the saying, birds of a feather….well that sums up the last 7 years of our lives and will continue to mold and guide us for the next 20+ years as we continue to grow.
I want to invite you to check out what we do as coaches, if you think you have that DNA (determined natural ambition) to help people by holding them accountable and watching their lives change right in front of you.
Just leave a comment or send us an email and let me know you’re interested and we’ll add you to a PRIVATE Facebook group to learn more. You DON’T have to do anything, just observe and then decide if it’s something you think would fit in your life.
I don’t know much, but I know this: Before we started NC Fit Club, I knew there was a hole, something missing that I couldn’t explain. I loved what I did in radio but I knew there was something more, something else that I was meant to do. This is it. It has changed my life, my family’s life more than you can ever imagine AND it has brought me my absolute best friend in the world, Soul (aka Shaun T). If it wasn’t for coaching, he and I would have never met and I wouldn’t have had the amazing experiences he and I have shared so far.
Thanks for your time and I hope to hear from you if you think it might be a fit. If not, NO BIGGY, we’re here as your coaches and that will never change.
When you read “Fitness Funk”, you may be thinking of that smell that your workout clothes get after about 6 months of working out in them, but that’s not what I’m talking about. Although, putting vinegar in with the detergent will help keep that from happening (just saying). What I’m talking about with fitness funk is what a I’ve been dealing with since fracturing my arm and losing my uncle. Now that I’m thinking about it, it could be just called “life funk”, which is probably more relatable to most of you.
So what is it?
It’s that time in your life when you just don’t feel like yourself and life’s obstacles seem to be coming at you at 100 mph. It’s also one of the most dangerous places to be. It’s what got most of you into the dark place a lot of you may be in, which led to being where you are now which is unhappy.
Most of the time when we encounter someone overweight or needing to make a change, there’s a lot of “un-happiness” involved that got them there. Whether it’s from overworked and busy life schedule, it all leads down the same slippery slope. It comes with no warning and by the time you realize it’s here, it’s too late to avoid it. My funk has been a little different, when I hurt my arm almost 2 months ago, it has kept me from being able to play tennis and do ANY kind of resistance training. That for me is a bad combination. Working out is a stress reliever for me, tennis has become a love for me, when you take those away it makes Todd a very sad boy. Then you add in the loss of my uncle 2 weeks ago, it gets darker.
So what’s the point in all this?
For starters, we all have funks, it’s what you do with it that counts. It’s whether you wallow in it and let it become a black hole in your life that starts to take up permanent stake in your life, or if you claw and fight your way out of it. For me it made me somewhat depressed and not act like myself around Alisha and I found myself pulling away from the social scene and friends. I’ve been putting on that fake persona with everyone else but knowing something wasn’t right, then a friend of mine told me that when it happens it forces you to examine things and re-focus. So I did.
For me it’s made me appreciate the lifestyle that I live and made me realize how important it is to take care of yourself and stay healthy and prevent injury. It also made me focus on my daughter and wife more and realize how important they are and that I need to make the most of my time with them. It made my dad and I reconnect in the last couple of weeks after losing a brother and an uncle and how much he and I need to appreciate the time we have together. It’s made me realize how important having those things in my life are.
Don’t get me wrong, from a workout standpoint doing strictly cardio workouts has been fine, but it’s boring after a while and it’s not me, it’s not what my body responds to, it’s not what makes me happy and allows me to relieve stress. I talk all the time about finding your “soul” workout (and that was before the whole Soul nickname came to be with Shaun), that workout or type of working out that makes you feel like you’re living in that space where you belong. But I’ve just accepted that there’s things I can’t do until the arm is healed, much like those of you who have to modify feel when you see us or people in the videos doing things you can’t do. It reminds me of how I felt when I was 255 lbs. and couldn’t do a pull up to save my life.
In time things come and patience is a virtue, one I don’t have a lot of. I just want you to know that whatever you’re dealing with in your life, you’re not the only one. It’s easy to look at people and think, “Wow they got it all figured out!”. They don’t. I don’t and neither do you. Nobody does. The ones who pretend they do are the most fake of all. I want you to know that we all struggle with different things at different times, but take comfort in knowing that we are here for you and we get it. As I’m writing this I’m still not 100%, I haven’t been posting in our Challenge Groups on Facebook like I should (because of the withdrawal thing) but Alisha has picked up the load. I’m better than I was a week ago and I’ll be better on Monday when the doctor hopefully releases me and says “GO BE YOU” and I’ll be back! Until then I’m going to remind myself each day that it’s ok to struggle and embrace where you are and live today to the most no matter what.
I’ll make ya a deal, I’ll do it if you will … sound good?
You know what I find funny? You think that once you’re in shape that your body image issues go away. WRONG! What else I find funny, is that even fitness professionals like Shaun T have body issues. As he and I have become best friends, he’s taught me a lot about body image, but the most important thing he’s taught me (and he doesn’t even know it) is that by him having body image issues he’s shown me that we ALL deal with it. And it’s ok!
When I say Shaun has body image issues, I mean that he has those days where he’ll come up to me and ask me “Do I look fat?” When he first asked me that, I wanted to punch him in the face, but then I realized he was serious. To him there are days that he feels fat! To you and me, we would think “Are you serious?”, I’d give almost anything to look like you. Then I had to realize that yes, even fitness professionals have days where they feel fat.
I don’t know why this makes me feel better, except to say that it does and should with you, make you feel NORMAL. So I started talking to Shaun about this and one thing he said that rang so true with me is this:
“When we look in the mirror, our eyes always go to what we hate the most.”
And he’s right. When you look in the mirror, you always see what you don’t like about yourself, not the 10lbs you’ve lost, not the biceps or your calves from your years of running or playing sports … you see the flab (usually on your stomach) or the somewhat double chin or whatever you find to be your trouble area.
Your mind can play some serious tricks on you and you would be surprised at what’s there, that you’re not seeing. What I mean is this: people see us differently then we see ourselves. So many people pay me compliments on my arms, talk about how fit or muscular I am and you know what? I walk away from it not believing it. I will constantly go up to Alisha and say,
“I wish I saw myself the way others see me.”
She always tells me they’re right, but in my mind I still see and feel like the overweight 255lb guy that I was 7 or 8 years ago. It’s crazy…correction it’s STUPID. I share this because it’s really hard to shake this, Shaun and I both have talked about this and we both go through it … trust and believe.
Sometimes I go and watch our YouTube videos from years past and think “Man I was fit back then when I first did Asylum!” and then I realize that even then I didn’t appreciate or see myself the way I actually was … fit!
So my question for you is this: Why do we do it to ourselves?
We only have one life to live, why waste it making ourselves feel less than? There are plenty of people out there who will do that for us. Fortunately, we also have people who are there to lift us up, focus on that. Believe in the people and trust them when they say you look amazing.
Ciara is a perfect example, a good friend of ours who has lost a lot of weight since we met her in January and looks amazing!!! I told her the other night how great she looks and she said “Yeah but I still feel fat and don’t like this and don’t like that.” and I realized that she does it too. We all do.
My point to you is this, you’re going to have days where you feel amazing and days where you feel fat. You’re never as good as you think you are and you’re never as bad as you think you are either. Learn to live in a space where you can see yourself as you are, amazing and unique.
Celebrate your successes, every pound, every inch counts. It’s all about the journey and you should thrive and live in each day of it. You will hit potholes and you will have stormy days but the good will always outweigh the bad. Remember that you are amazing and never compare yourself to others.
The truth is, we all have different body types. I will never have abs like Shaun does, it’s just not in my genes. But I can be happy with a flat stomach and see it as an amazing accomplishment and live in that! If I beat myself up over something I can’t change, then I’m wasting my time.
Another thing to consider that Shaun taught me, you have to be able to live a lifestyle that you can maintain. Which means if you are super strict and workout really hard to get down to 5% body fat….great! Now ask yourself can you maintain it? You may be able to, but then another person may like to indulge in sweets or alcohol and may only be able to maintain 10-12% body fat and still look amazing. In their minds, they may feel bad because they can’t stay at 5% because of what they like to eat, but they still workout hard, still look amazing and fluctuate between 5% and 10% and get upset! Let me let you off the hook, stop.
Another piece of advice I got from Shaun, live in a space you can maintain. When I was at my leanest and had the best abs I’ve ever had I was super strict with my diet, but in all honesty I can can’t maintain it. So Shaun told me,
You have to live in a space and know that you still look amazing and you’re in a space that you can maintain.
Am I super ripped? No. Am I happy? Yes! That’s all that matters. Do you, accept you and realize that you’re amazing the way you are today, you can get better tomorrow if you want and you can also live in the space you’re in. Ignore the days where the mirror talks smack and just remember that we think you’re amazing the way you are today.
On our YouTube Channel, we showcase a lot of things from shoes to pre-workout formulas and much more because people always ask us, “What is that?” or “What are you wearing?”. So now without further ado … you’ll be in the know!
#1 – ASICS Kinsei 5 Shoes
By far our favorite shoe to workout in for several reasons. They are extremely comfortable, don’t have to be broken in and are really good for cross training and lateral movement. Don’t be fooled by the fact that they are listed as a “running shoe”, trust and believe they are great for the workouts we do. Shaun T himself turned me onto them. They can be a little pricey, but are well worth the money and look really slick.
Now I know there are a lot of pre-workout formulas, these are just “our” favorites. C4 right now, is Todd’s (mine) favorite pre-workout formula. It gives you the tingle, the flavors are amazing and it definitely pushes you through your workout.
Alisha on the other hand loves the E&E pre-workout that we sell ourselves. Both are amazing and will help you push through. The E&E is a good start for people who have never tried a pre-workout before and it’s safe for all levels of exercise and will give that extra push in a safe way.
C4 is little more extreme and I would only say to use it for the more extreme workouts or when playing sports. I use it before tennis and any of Shaun’s workouts or even the resistance training workouts that Tony has in the P90X family. You can purchase E&E here on our site by clicking the SHOP tab. To get some C4, the best price and hassle free way is through Amazon with the link below.
Love, love, love these! If you workout a lot, you probably wear some type of compression shorts, or you should! I’ve bought so many pairs at the workout chain stores and after a while they begin to develop the “funk”, fade and just don’t seem to hold up well at all. Well that’s before I found these beauties. It’s another gem that Shaun turned me onto, first off they last forever, he has several pairs that he’s had for years! The screen-printing on them seems to hold up better which keeps them looking like they did the day you bought them, and they don’t develop the funk!
But you want to know what I love about them the most? The way the fit. A lot of compression shorts fit me weird, it’s hard to find the pair that doesn’t push your skin up and make you look like you have a “muffin-top” and then there’s some that are too big or after a while break down and become too loose. These have hardly any waistband on them at all so it dramatically cuts down the “muffin-top” push which let’s face it, makes you feel better about yourself when you look in the mirror. If you look in the mirror and you feel like you look fat before you workout, you’re mental state going in is going to suck. These fit you the way all shorts should.
These are the only compression shorts I feel comfortable enough in, to workout in just them…with no shorts over the top of them. They are pricey, but when you consider you don’t have to buy any more for a LONG time, they pay for themselves in that and in the way they make you feel.
We’ve used a couple of different push-up stands in the past, and we love the Beachbody ones that you can purchase on our SHOP tab, but we also found these little beauties on Amazon and love the versatility and lightweight features of them.
They travel well and we’ve even done plyometric push-ups with them.
This is a brand new one to our world, but quickly moving up the ranks. I’ve been skeptical of minimalist shoes and the “working out barefoot” approach, but I’m intrigued and am exploring it.
Darren, who you may know from Shaun’s workouts like Insanity, Asylum and more, turned me onto these. They essentially allow you to workout barefoot, but with something on your feet. They cut down on wearing shoes that may mess up your kinetic chain and the way your body absorbs shocks from jumping as well as the way you run. I’ve tried them outside and it was a little weird, but I love them inside in our workout room (granted it has padding and carpet), but when I wear them inside I notice my feet do respond well to them. If you are someone who has pain in your arches and feet hurt when you workout, you should definitely look into these.