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November 23, 2015

2015 Black Friday Sale

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January 23, 2015

Eating Right While Doing Insanity Max:30

So as we’ve run numerous “Test Groups” with Insanity Max :30, one of if not the biggest questions people seem to have, is about nutrition. I think that’s true no matter what program or workout routine you do. But we’ll talk specifically about Insanity Max :30 and how to eat.

Calorie Counting

First things first, I’m a realist and I like to keep things VERY simple and if it’s too hard for me to do or stick with it, I’m out. So I was glad to have my Soul Brother (aka Shaun) on board with me during our first go around (and ever since) to help me understand that keeping it simple and not depriving yourself is the way to go. If you want to count calories, you can, I personally don’t feel like it’s a method that is conducive to long term success, but some people need that in order to form new and better habits. If that’s you, go for it.  One thing I’ll say and you’ll hear Shaun say in the video below, is that you really don’t know how many calories are in something unless you make it.  Plus you need to remember that a calorie is not a calorie.  A calorie in a sweet potato and a calorie in a Special K bar are not the same.  But I’ll let Shaun hit on that in the video.

Portion Control

21-day-fix-containersThis is where the rubber meets the road.  If you can master this, then you can start to gain some momentum.  This is also an easy way to take the calorie counting of your daily routine.  One of the options with Max :30 is the portion control containers.  People originally saw them with the 21 Day Fix and now Beachbody has included them into Insanity Max :30.   I wouldn’t be surprised if this is a pattern we’ll see repeated in future programs.  But, the point is, for those who struggle with what to eat and how much, this takes the guess work out of it.  It will show you how much protein, carbs, fruit and veggies to eat with out you having to guess and wonder.  If you stick with the right “number” of containers per category, it’s pretty hard to mess up your intake and your calorie consumption should pretty much fall where it needs to fall, but again…don’t get hung up on calories.

Just Use Common Sense

Remember these two numbers. 85 and 15.  If 85% of what you eat is healthy and will expire in the next 2 weeks, then you are going to do FINE.  Then you have 15% of your week or day to “treat” yourself, not “cheat”.   Shaun and I have had many discussions about this.  We could both be leaner and more ripped than we are, BUT we also know that, that kind of lifestyle and discipline is not realistic.  We both love our sweets and treats too much to give them up, and why should we?  If you are exercising and doing the things you know you need to do and eating 85% healthy, you will find the formula for a maintainable and successful life and journey.

So below is a video Shaun shot for one of our daily Webisodes that we do on our Facebook Page.  We were asked the question about nutrition and here’s his answer.

If you have any other questions or would like join one of our Test Groups or Challenge Groups, simply fill out the Contact form here and we will be in touch!

June 3, 2014

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March 10, 2014

March Madness Challenge!!!

First It Was Tony Horton, Now You!

In honor of March Madness and basketball fever, we’ve decided to offer you the opportunity to challenge us to a workout move of your making….

To submit your video for the March Madness Challenge, click HERE!

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.

 

June 5, 2013

What is Interval Training? A.K.A. Insanity?

What the heck is Max Interval Training?

Example of max interval training

Max Interval Training vs Your Traditional Workout


Interval Training – or some refer to it as “Max Interval Training” – is used in more intense workout programs like Insanity that enables people to improve their fitness performance by interspersing high-intensity work efforts (also known as drills) with short periods of recovery.

So in the workout Insanity, it works both the aerobic and anaerobic systems. During the high-intensity drills, the anaerobic system uses the energy stored in the muscles (glycogen) as fuel. The anaerobic metabolism works without oxygen, creating the burn you feel (lactic acid) as a result. During the recovery time (usually 30 seconds to a minute) your heart and lungs work together to return the oxygen to your body and break down the lactic acid.  The aerobic system uses oxygen to break down and use stored carbohydrates and turn them into energy.  So your body is working both systems, which in return, gets you greater results.

The benefits of interval training with Insanity will blow your mind. Just check out my friend Billy’s transformation before & after he did Insanity!

Instead of working out moderately with short bursts of intensity, Insanity uses interval training techniques to feature longer periods of of high-intensity exercise with short periods of rest in between. Usually 2 minutes of drills and 30 seconds of rest.

The Max Interval Training Concept Used in Insanity

As you see in the chart above, it perfectly illustrates the difference in intensity level between your “Traditional Workout” whatever that may be (Jogging, running, squats, etc.) and Max Interval Training.

By flipping what we have known in the past and causing the body to work harder with short periods of rest, Insanity has brought into the fitness world the idea of Max Interval Training. That’s when you use explosive cardio moves and plyometric drills, along with nonstop intervals of cardiovascular strength and power for the ultimate in conditioning programs.

Best part, nobody has to see you if you don’t want them to, because you do it in the privacy of your own home.

 

Is Insanity Right For Me?

Years ago, I would have answered that question with much less clarity.  Today, I can truly and confidently say it absolutely is. Max interval training is the way you want to go, that is, if you want super sonic, insane results.

After we became certified Insanity Instructors, where we teach live classes in the community, I realized that this program is definitely for everyone!

A friend of ours in Atlanta was telling me that her most popular Insanity class is with Senior Citizens. Why? Because as they put it this way: “We’re not dead, we still want to move!”  She actually showed us some amazing modifications that will allow anyone, from an elderly person, all the way to a person who is 100+ lbs overweight to do Insanity and get the benefits of interval training, while also proving to themselves that there’s nothing out there they can’t do and get amazing results.

Click HERE to learn more about modifications we have for Insanity.

Do you have any Interval Training tips or have a favorite workout that incorporates Max Interval Training? Please share them in the comments below!

 

June 5, 2013

How to Modify Insanity Workout Moves

How You Can Modify Insanity Workout So Anyone Can Do It!

One of the biggest things we run into with the Insanity workout program is fear.  Fear of the name first of all, “Insanity” sounds pretty intense. Then there is the fear that they just can’t do it. I wish you knew how many people tell me “that it looks too hard”, or “I could never do that!” Especially people who are 250+ pounds and older ones.

But believe me. It’s possible.

In May of 2013 my wife Alisha and I became Certified Insanity Instructors. While going through the certification we learn all the possible ways to modify moves to the Insanity workout I never would have thought about, the modifiers will allow you to still get a great workout on the right muscle areas but with a much lower level of intensity.

In this post I’ll be sharing many of the moves I learned. And I even made a video you can watch, if you prefer to do that rather than read 🙂

Proof That Anyone Can Modify Insanity and Make it Work

I always thought that if you were way over weight or older that Insanity was just not for you… I was dead wrong.

Insanity is great for those who are older, even elderly, or very overweight.

I wouldn’t have told you that before I got certified, but lucky for you and me, I went and got certified to teach live Insanity classes. In these classes, we learned some really “no brainer” modifications for Insanity that will allow anyone, and I mean anyone to be able to do this workout.

Genelle – our master instructor – told us that her most popular class for Insanity is senior citizens!  You read right, senior citizens.  She told us that they said “We’re old, but we’re not dead! We still want to move.”

Now if that doesn’t put some of you to shame, then I don’t know what would.

Demonstrations of Insanity Modifications

Now, for your viewing pleasure, in the video below you’re going to see several of the moves that we feel are the most challenging, presented in a way where someone who’s 100lbs or more overweight or has limitations can do Insanity. Enjoy!

Discription of the Insanity Modifiers

Each modifier outlined below is what I’ve shown in the video above.

Squat Modifiers

One of the first things that people have issues with is squats. Maybe you have some knee problems or knee issues and you can’t go all the way down. A couple of things you want to do is:

  1. Limit your range of motion. Try not going so deep into the squat. Make that you are into your heels, leaning back pushing your butt to the back. And not go down quite as far.
  2. Don’t do a squat. Pull your knees up. Almost like you are doing an exaggerated march with high knees hitting your hands to workout those same muscle groups but without having to bend over at all.

Level 1 Drill Modifiers

Instead of going down into a plank position, doing a pushup and then jumping back up, all you need to do if that is too much for you is:

  1. Do backward lunges. Stand straight up, step back into a lunge position, raising your arms into the air nice and level with your head, step back into the straight up position, lift your arms back into the air over your head and then alternate stepping back again with the opposite leg you started off with.

You can easily use this as a modified move, it is still a total body movement working the same muscles just at a much lower impact than jumping on the floor, do push ups and jump back up.

Push Up Modifiers

Okay when it comes to push ups a lot of people struggle with pushups. I’m talking about anybody that’s ever not been out of shape or that doesn’t workout the thought of pushups scares the heck out of them. I know that’s how I felt when I first started working out. Or maybe you aren’t scared to do them, but you get lots of pain in your elbows! There are lots of different options that you can choose from here:

  1. Do push ups on your knees. Just position your knees apart (about shoulder distance apart), then just go down and push yourself back up again. This modification uses way less body weight.
  2. Again. Limit your range of motion. Whether you are on your knees, or even your feet, you can limit your range of motion. Even if you are only dropping down 1 inch, that’s perfect! As you get stronger your range of motion will increase.
  3. Use power stands or push up bars. If you have wrist issues, I highly recommend them. They help you keep your arms and wrists aligned and straight so you don’t have to bend your wrists as much.
  4. Do Wall Push Ups. If you have wall space, you can literally lean on your wall. Put your hands on the wall, placing your feet as far back as you are can that’s within your comfort zone so that you are getting a workout in your upper body chest muscles and just do a push up against the wall. This will also help if you are having some wrist issues.
    • This one is similar to a modifier below for Mountain Climbers and Walking/Moving Push Ups, but with a slight… Modification 🙂

Walking, or Moving Push Up Modifiers

Doing walking, or moving push ups is a difficult and advanced move. Use the modifier similar to the wall push up, but with a little twist to take some of the intensity out of it so you can still get a great upper body workout:

  1. Use a wall. Get into the same position as if you are going to do a wall push up, but keep your hands close together, go down for the push up, move your right arm & leg out, do a push up, while coming up bring your left arm & leg back into your right arm & leg, do a push up and go back the other direction.

So it’s the same exact move as a walking/moving push up on the floor, except you are just moving down the wall using far less body weight to do it and far less pressure on your wrists and not as much body weight required.

NOTE: Because you are moving and leaning against the wall, please make sure that you are not doing this in a safe area, not on a slick floor, rug that can move around, OR that you run out of runway on the wall. I don’t want you to slip and fall 🙂

Mountain Climbers Modifiers

Full on Mountain Climbers is a pretty intense move in itself. If you are having issues getting on the floor, again for wrist issues or whatever other reason, a great modifier is again very similar to the wall push up modifier:

  1. Use a wall. Get into a similar position as the wall push ups, leaning against the wall, except you do the move bringing your knees up into your chest, or as high as you can get them keeping the weight on the wall.

Power Jumps Modifiers

Power Jumps are one of my most favorite moves in the Insanity workout, and they are also one of the hardest moves to do. However, they are high impact especially on the knees or if you are having some ankle issues, these will be hard for you to do. SO, here is a great modification to try out:

  1. Squat knee lifts. Go into a squat position, go as deep as you can based on what you are able to do. Then come up lifting your right knee up and touch your hand. Do the same thing on the left side and keep alternating sides.

This is a great modification because it will definitely work you out as much as you need.

Summary On Modifying Insanity Moves

The key with these modifiers is to be safe, listen to your body. If you have an injury, go to your doctor and have it checked out, don’t be stubborn about it, be smart and be proactive about getting help. The worst thing you could possibly do is injure yourself even more, be down more and miss more time you could be working out and changing your body.

Reach out to me in the comments below or go to our contact page if you’d like more tips on modifications.

What modifications are you using in your workouts?

March 11, 2013

Insanity Workout Success Story: Gary Donovan

How Insanity Changed Gary Donovan as a Dad and a Husband!

I’ve known Gary for years, and I’ve seen him attempt Insanity in the past, but I saw him in December and I could tell he wasn’t where he wanted to be.  He committed to doing 60 days of Insanity with a group of guys in his neighborhood, and the results….speak for themselves.  I’ll let Gary tell you.

Gary’s Story:

My name is Gary. I’m 37 years old. I have a beautiful wife and 4 wonderful children. I am a restaurant manager so that means crazy hours and lots of snacking. I have worked in restaurants since I was 16 years old and enjoy it a lot.  I have been a little heavy most of my adulthood until about six years ago. My wife and I were going to take a trip to Hawaii. I had to lose weight fast so I did the South Beach diet and gained the weight back as soon as I stopped the diet.

Success and Struggles

I then crossed paths with Todd Midgett who turned me onto P90X. WOW!! I was in the best shape of my life. Things were great being in shape weighing 168 pounds. But then I slowly stopped working out and became lazy. I even purchased Insanity and gave up 2 weeks in.  Over time I had managed to reach 220 pounds. I have never been so over weight.

My life was good but there was something missing. I was too embarrassed to go to the pool. I was even hesitant to go to the beach.  “How did this happen and why don’t I get off my butt and do something about this!” ran through my head every day.

Insanity Challenge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                  Day 1                                            Day 60                

I finally made the decision this January to give Insanity another go. Thank God I did!  A group of friends said they wanted to start an Insanity Challenge group, so we did. What better time than now, so I committed to them and myself with the support of my loving wife, to go to my buddies house every night, where 7 of us held each other accountable.

Below is the results of Gary’s Fit Tests every 15 days, his numbers blew my mind!

What’s Your Life Like Now?

It’s been great doing the workouts. Throughout the pain and agony I found a way to “dig deeper”.  I now have so much energy. We have all come a long way. I am proud to say that I have lost 25 pounds so far. I will be starting Asylum with Todd and the guys in a week and I can’t wait.

So Why Not You?

If Gary’s story tells you anything, it’s that it’s normal to have success (be it P90X, Insanity or whatever) and then fall off the wagon.  It also shows you the power of accountability you can get when you do it with a group of other people.  We have people from all over the country working together with Insanity and the Asylum, you don’t have to be in the same town to do it.

Sometimes I wish I could flip a switch inside of people and allow them to see themselves as we see them.  Amanda, one of the women in our Insanity group now, has lost 11.5 inches in 30 days and down one bra size.  She posted this in our Facebook group the other day:

“So I just have to say Insanity and this group has given me so much more confidence in myself after my divorce. I just hit me last night all of a sudden while I was out. I let myself get arm twisted into speed dating. Ugh. I was so surprised by how relaxed I was and I had a great time, no worries, no self conscious thinking. And when all was done and some people stuck around I had 3 guys all trying to talk to me at the same time. 3 of 13 isn’t bad, especially when some of the girls were 25. And I already have some match notifications today too. I will do my Cardio Core and Balance again today and tomorrow is my rest day 🙂 Thanks ya’ll for supporting me!!”

Here’s the cold hard facts, it’s easy to lose the weight, it’s much harder to re-program your metabolism and keep the weight off.  You have to be willing to work!  That’s exactly what Gary found out.  You have to be willing to work, it’s not easy, but the reward and the confidence you gain by finding the person within, is what opens your eyes to the world you always wanted to live in.  A world where you can go the pool and the beach and feel “ok” with how you look.

Summer Is Coming!

If you want to take the leap of faith that Gary did and join one of our Challenge Groups, be it Insanity or whatever program you’re interested in, then contact us today!  Or if you are ready to COMMIT, then click here and let’s get started.

It’s time for you to take your life back.  The decision is up to you, only you can change, we will support you and get you to the finish line.  Just meet us halfway.

February 18, 2013

4 Weeks to Be Gameday Ready!

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….

Happy Monday!

Peace Out!

Todd

January 28, 2013

Does the Beachbody Ultimate Reset Work? Absolutely!

How the Beachbody Ultimate Reset Changed My Life!

What is the Beachbody Ultimate Reset?

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.

In Summary

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!

 

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