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!
As part of our Sexy Summer Slimdown Challenge,we’re taking P90X3, Insanity, Asylum (1&2) and some of Tony’s One on One’s to create what should be a great hybrid. If you don’t have all the programs, no worries. Here’s a video explaining:
31 Complex Upper X3Total Synergistics X3
1Asylum 1– Speed and Agility
2Asylum 2—Power Legs
3One on One— V-Sculpt
4X3- CVX and ARX3
7Asylum 2—Upper Elite
8Asylum 1—Vertical Plyo
10One on One—Just ArmsX3—Isometrics
11X3—Pilates and MMX
12One on One—30/15X3—Agility X
14Asylum 2—X Trainer
15Asylum 2—Power Legs
16One on One—On One LegAsylum 2 Abs
17One on One—Plyocide
18One on One—4 LegsTotal Synergistics—X3
19Asylum 1—Game Day/OT
21X3– Incinerator and The Challenge
22Asylum 1—Speed and Agility
23One on One—Upper Body X
24X3—Eccentric Lower or Complex Lower and Triometrics
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. 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 these 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 banging (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!
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.
Since 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 was 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
What 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?
Are 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.
Often People Don’t Drink Enough Water, How Much is Enough?
I 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:
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.
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.
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, every 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.
This 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.
We’ll be heading to see Shaun T and Tony Horton in about 4 weeks in Florida and I want to be “Gameday Ready”.
My dear friend Monica Ward (www.thefitclubnetwork.com) and I have come up with that term, it’s also from Insanity the Asylum, but for us it means being in a place in your life where you are ready for whatever opportunity comes your way. It could relate to your fitness, your marriage or your business, whatever it is, make sure you know beyond a shadow of a doubt, that you have done everything in your power to be ready to maximize the opportunity.
Since coming off the Beachbody Ultimate Reset about 3 weeks ago, I’ve been able to maintain my weight loss of 16lbs (give or take a few now), but I really want to tweak it and see how good a shape I can be in by the Disney trip. I want to be able to workout with Shaun and all the other ripped Beachbody Coaches and hold my own.
So in order to do that, I have to dial back the sweet tooth and closely monitor the carbs with our Paleo eating. I don’t mean that I’m going to cut carbs, just make sure I’m eating as clean as possible. One of the things we do with our Paleo Challenge Groups, is to let them have Friday and Saturday as their “treat” nights. Well we do the same, and that’s fine, but for the next 4 weeks I’m going to pull back on the amount that I “treat” in order to gain what little ground I need to gain over the next 4 weeks, to be “Gameday Ready”.
Luckily, it’s not far to go, but it’s still a challenge. Sometimes I think that the little distances can sometimes be the hardest. So I pledge to you to stay accountable to you on here as well as our Facebook Page and be completely open and honest about our diet. I would expect nothing less from you, if you were working with us, so I shall return thy favor….
First off, it’s more than a cleanse. It’s an all-natural alternative to harsh “cleanses” and starvation diets that returns your body to optimal health-naturally. It’s the Beachbody Ultimate Reset. I lost 16 pounds and 3% body fat. 190lbs. to 174lbs in 3 weeks!
The Journey Leading Up to the Reset
First you need to understand, if you don’t know me…you should and may know that I’m a workout fanatic. Back in 2007 I believe it was, I was 255lbs. I did the program Power 90 and then P90X and got great results! I then graduated on to Insanity and then on to Insanity the Asylum. One program after another, pounds were just dropping off. I had never felt betterin my life! In 2011, when I finished Insanity the Asylum (volume 1), I had gotten down to 179lbs. and was at 11.9% body fat (according to a Bod Pod test at UNCC). So for the next 2 years, I continued the programs and did some hybrids and felt great. What I didn’t realize was as I got another year older and a little bit cocky with my nutrition, meaning that I thought I had it down and could eat anything I wanted and just burn it off; the weight started to creep back up. I told myself it was muscle weight not fat, but when I did the Bod Pod again it showed 19% body fat. From 11.9%. Needless to say I was not happy. Not to mention, I wasn’t seeing the lean, mean machine that you see above from 2011. That guy was becoming a distant memory and I was slipping back into a place I didn’t want to be in at all.
So I Tried to Tackle It Again
I started really pushing hard and focusing on my workouts, even more so than I had been, trying to get back down to the 179 mark. At this point I was at 193, give or take a pound, and felt muscular but my performance was crap. I noticed I could not hang the way I used to, I was getting slower and something wasn’t right. I thought I was “eating healthy” but after about 6 months of this, I was only able to get down to 188-187. That was it, it was like I hit a brick wall. Nothing I did would break the plateau.
The Ultimate Reset Journey Begins
Alisha did the Reset last year and got great results (lost 10lbs.) and kept telling me how wonderful she felt. So I finally decided to take the plunge and do it with her in January of this year, 3 weeks ago this week. It was a game changer. There’s no other way to put it, it opened my eyes to SO much. It showed me how much of a habitual eater I was, how many processed carbs I consumed and surprisingly how BLOATED I was! You don’t know, reading this right now, how bloated you are and don’t even realize it. Because you’ve been this way for so long it’s just par for the course. You’ve excepted life as it is. I know I had, that’s why 98% of the people reading this (excluding the 7-11% body fat people reading this) are bloated. Now you might say I’m wrong, you might say I eat healthy and you might say I have no idea what I’m talking about…I don’t know about that, all I know is….the pictures speak for themselves.
What I learned About Food
What the Reset taught me was that I ate more processed food than I realized and that it doesn’t take much AT ALL to make you “bloated”, overweight or hit a plateau. I felt like I controlled my dairy intake to very minimal and what little I consumed would be fine, I was wrong.
I thought that whole grain bread and pastas were good for me, when in reality they can cause your body to take those “healthy carbs” and store them as glycogen which your body turns to fuel instead of burning the fat from where you want to lose it.
The Reset taught my body, RESET my body, to understand what to do with the food I eat…when I eat the right kinds of food, the body will naturally know what to use as fuel and what to store for energy.
You’ll learn to ENJOY your food and not scarf it down. You’ll understand what taking your time can do for the digestion process. You’ll also spend time in the kitchen, with your wife and talk. Yes, talk.
It was interesting to also learn how many toxins we have in our body from not only the processed food, but from the air and water we breathe and drink.
You will sleep better than you have ever slept in your life. I mean deep sleep. The kind of sleep where you wake up and are ready to go and don’t need the morning cup of Joe.
Lastly, YOU’LL SAVE MONEY while on the Reset. $50 would buy a week’s worth of groceries for the two of us for the Reset recipes. We didn’t eat out, we didn’t buy junk, we just followed the plan and saved about $300 over the course of 3 weeks. You basically earn the money you spend on the Reset back through your grocery bill.
We have a website that has all the in’s and out’s of the Ultimate Reset here. I encourage you to look it over and write down your questions, then contact us and we’ll go over any concerns or questions you may have. What I will tell you now is this, I wish to God I had done this a year ago when Alisha did it the first time. If I had, I may have saved myself a year of frustration and lack of understanding. It was one of the most challenging things I’ve ever done, as we talk about in the video below, but it was by far the BEST thing I’ve ever done to date. It has set us up nicely for the next phase of our journey which you’ll be hearing more about in the weeks to come. But most importantly, it’s made us better coaches to you, by debunking the myths we used to follow and educating us in a way where we’re better equipped to help you break through your struggles.
As always, reach out to us if you have any questions and until next time. Peace out!
Insanity the Asylum Vol. 2 Available. Get it right HERE!
Asylum Vol 2 is a 30-Day Graduate Program
Will cost $59.85
Will consist of 7 workouts on 6 DVDs
Will range in time from 40-60 minutes
Coach Exclusive Workout- Pure Contact $20 value
What’s Different in Asylum Vol. 2?
The agility training is going to be more fun and challenging!
Asylum 2 is definitely physically tougher.
It will incorporate more ladder work than Vol 1.
The pace of Vol 2 is Faster.
Can I do Asylum Vol 2 without doing Asylum Vol 1?
Shaun T state that you do not need to do Vol 1 prior, but that it would obviously benefit you from doing the exercise and developing the endurance!
Asylum Vol 2 will still be fun for people who are not super fit!
It will be fun for people who were athletes and like to be active!
Like most of the programs you can do Asylum vol 2 as long as you move slow and stay in control!
Shaun T’s thoughts on Asylum Vol 2
His favorite workout in the program is X Trainer! He said it was because its a whole body workout and has a crazy challenge at the end!
His least favorite workout in Vol 2 is Power Legs! He said Power Legs is a “Nightmare,” But its so much fun in a weird way! It is weird cause it is so tough, very muli-dynamic, and very mentally engaging!
Lastly he said that he knew he was kind of mean in Vol 1, so he thinks he is a little nicer cause he feels for you!
Oh…..He is already working on what he called “The next Situation.”
To see my results from Asylum Vol. 1, click HERE. If you have any questions about the Asylum or want to know more feel free to contact us today!
So, it’s October, this is that time of the year where we’re coming off of summer vacation, school’s back in, holidays are right around the corner and we’re all busy! You know what else, it’s also the time when most of us start to let our fitness go. Then we end up packing on some extra weight, eating more during the holidays and next thing you know it’s January and we’re wondering why we look so fat in the holiday pics.
Hmmmm, could it be because we didn’t make ourselves a priority? It’s easy to get busy, I get it. I’m a dad and a husband, we both work full time jobs and run our own fitness company. It’s tough, but the bottom line is you have to make yourself a priority. You have to make the time to workout, make the time to educate yourself on proper nutrition. Make the time to reach out to people like us for help! Trust me, accountability is the best tool for success. If you didn’t need it, you’d already done it by now…..wouldn’t ya?
So here’s one of the solutions we’ve come up with. We’re doing some Fitness Challenges base around programs that we know and love like P90X, Insanity, Asylum and Turbofire. We’re also working with people on using Shakeology during the challenges to maximize the results. But the bottom line is that we’re using these challenges to surround like minded people with others who need the support and want to reach the same goals. Alisha’s currently halfway through with a group doing Insanity and I recently started (last week) a FB group with about 10 people doing Insanity the Asylum. I think Alisha (who had never done a full round of Insanity) is realizing how hard it is, but she’s pushing through along with her group and they’re bonding and pushing each other though it. They know it sucks on some days and it’s hard, but they know they have other people depending on them to stick with it….with them.
So my point to all this is….don’t let this last quarter of the year be like the last year or last month. Do something different about your fitness. Get up, take the initiative and join an accountability group. Take the plunge! I know it’s scary….but your health is worth it. And you might be surprised what it’s like when realize “Wow, I can do this!”.
We’re starting another challenge in a couple weeks (end of October). Reach out to us today if you’d like to be a part of it and what program (if you know) you might be interested in.
In the words of Shaun T……”We got you…..” Now let’s do it.
Here’s one of my videos I do for my accountability group, we do this daily!
So I dug this out of the archives because I’ve fallen in love with these. I have Alisha make a bunch of these for me and we freeze them for lunches or fast meals. Much better than a frozen pizza from the store and much better for ya! You control the ingredients!