NC Fit Club
November 23, 2015
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.
November 18, 2015
People always ask us what our weeks are like, well here you go. Here is our week in review for November 8th, 2015.
November 11, 2015
People always ask us what our weeks are like, well here you go. A new feature we call “Week in Review”.
July 8, 2015
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?
June 3, 2015
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.
October 15, 2014
Here’s a Recipe Alisha Found, They’re Good!
For some reason, I love stuff like this in the fall and when the Holidays are approaching. Enjoy!
October 1, 2014
Fighting Cravings? Here’s a Snack to Help!
I love my wife for many reasons…one is she cooks and knows how to do things like this. Roasted Chickpeas. They’re really good and the Himalayan salt we use, is REALLY good for you. To see more about the health benefits of chickpeas, click here.
June 22, 2014
Next Set of Accountability Brings Variety
First Things First
Alisha is SUPER excited about PiYo, coming off a really bad quad injury and having knee issues from the past, she’s looking forward to a low impact workout that really helps the body heal injuries and get lean and strong without any equipment. I too will be mixing this in to my routine for flexibility improvement.
Alisha is wanting to start an All Female PiYo Group for just the ladies in July starting on Monday July 7th. If you’d like to be in that private Facebook PiYo Accountability Group, please contact her immediately at [email protected] and she’ll hook you up. Oh yeah, did we mention free PiYo swag for the group….yep, you’ll get it. More on that soon!
21 Day Fix Still Going Strong!
YES, we are still launching 21 Day Fix Groups all the time. There’s always a 21 Day Fix group going on, with it only being 3 weeks long, it’s not hard for you to jump in and use it as an opportunity to start some good habits. We also have 5 Day Clean Eating Groups, that are even a simpler step than that! So that could be an option to look into. Again, just reach out to my awesome wife, [email protected] and we’ll get you all the info. The cool thing about the 21 Day Fix, is we use the container system for all the programs that we do, so we’ll be right there with you on the daily nutrition and the workouts are amazing, especially the ab one!
Now for MY PEEPS!!!
Amanda and I (she’s my workout partner on You Tube if you don’t know) pride ourselves on trying to get better all the time. We sometimes push too hard and don’t take breaks when we should, but we’ve gotten better. As our thirst for knowledge and change grows, we reach out to people who know more than us so we can learn and get better, after all, if we get better…then we can pass it on to you and help you get better.
I’ve known Keith Queen (from P90X3) for years and recently got to be friends with Sean Callahan (from X2, X3 and good buds with Tony H) over the last year or so. The man is a pull-up beast and very wise when it comes to fitness, they both are. As you can tell, he was killing me in the workout. Amanda and I took the opportunity to learn from them and will so again in September when we meet again for another workout to measure gains (little contest we have going).
What Amanda and I learned was that we were on the right track, BUT I wasn’t bringing it to you in a way to where you could really go on the journey with us. In other words, we were having a lot of fun behind the scenes and not including you! Not sure why, you can hate us later. Point is, we came up with some cool ideas and now know how and what to share, so you can do it with us. To view the videos from our workout here’s Part 1 and Part 2.
We’re starting a P90X3 Group, also on July 8th, where we will coach you through the X3 program for 90 days….but…we’re also going to post some fitness challenges each month that you’ll do in addition to the X3 workouts. Stuff that will help you improve on your X3 results and also use what your are learning in X3 and apply it outside of the workouts.
AND YES….this group too, will get SWAG! Not only will you get swag if you purchase the X3 Challenge Pack (I know some of you already have and that’s cool) but all of you will be featured on a Leader Board each week and compete for some cool prizes! If you already have the program, cool, jump in! If you need it, I got it! All I ask is you be a customer of ours. After all, I’m sending you the swag! So if that’s YOU, then contact me immediately at [email protected] with any questions or to get more info on how to get in the group!
It’s going to be a GREAT SUMMER, don’t wish you’d been a part of it. Get in with us today. I’m serious….now.
June 11, 2014
PIYO Workout, Coming to Your DVD Player!
Piyo is a workout designed by celebrity trainer Chalene Johnson, creator of Turbo Jam, Turbo Fire, Chalean Extreme and more. Piyo is a high-intensity, low-impact workout for a new kind of STRONG.
For those of you who have ever taken a PIYO workout at your local gym or YMCA, big news!!!! You can now do it in the luxury of your home. Now the flexibility to take it with you when you travel or do it on the days between classes in your living room.
What is Piyo?
Piyo will carve an intensely defined physique-without jumps, without weights, and without joint strain. Using body weight, PiYos uses low-impact, high-intensity movements inspired by Pilates and yoga. The result? Long, lean, muscles, a high, firm booty, and tight, flat, sexy abs. PiYo will work every single muscle to stabilize, stretch, and strengthen every inch of a body. And since Chalene Johnson cranked up the speed and the fun, crazy calories will be burned too! Workouts are for the most part 30 minutes a day with 1 or 2 workouts that are 20 and 48 minutes long.
Who is Piyo For?
Anybody. It’s true. You need zero equipment, so it’s great for travel. If you hate Yoga like I do, but you know you need to work on flexibility, now you can without feeling like you’re doing Yoga. It’s great for people with injuries and can actually help you repair your body while also shedding pounds. Here’s a sneek peek:
For more information or questions, contact us today! [email protected]
June 10, 2014
Becoming a Beachbody Coach Changed My Life
It’ll be 6 years this September that we decided to take a leap of faith and start our own business as Independent Beachbody Coaches, hence the birth of NC Fit Club. Had I known at the time how much social media and YouTube would change and grow our business, I may have chosen a different name. But so far, people seem to realize that just because we’re based out of North Carolina, that doesn’t mean we can’t coach them. In fact, most of the people we work with aren’t even local to us…so I guess they don’t mind the name!
The Day I Took the Leap of Faith
I remember Monica (my free Coach at the time, more on that HERE) asking me for 6 months to become a coach. Why? Because she saw something in me that she knew “wasn’t normal”. She saw me lose vast amounts of weight with Power 90 and P90x and encouraging others to do the same and she knew that I had what it took to help others.
So why did it take me 6 months to say yes? I wish I knew. I would probably say a lack of faith in myself, the fear of a networking business, the idea that I could actually own my own business didn’t seem realistic (see first reason). There’s a 100 excuses I came up with and that I hear from others everyday . It makes me smile, because when I get the “I don’t have time” and “I’m not a good salesman/woman” lines from people, who I think would help change others lives, I think “You have no idea”.
It’s Not Sales
First off, the business has grown and changed so dramatically over the last 6 years for us, we finally have an understanding, through much personal development, that it’s not about sales…it’s about relationships. I tell people all the time, if you think this is sales, then you’re right….it’s not for you.
It’s taking the time (and not that much) each day to just do the simple tasks that it takes to be successful. It’ s like your workout, it’s like your parenting, it’s like anything in your life that you are good at or want to be good at it. If you’ll be consistent and true to yourself, you be so much more to so many people. You’ll experience a freedom of living the life that you knew you were meant to live. A life without regret, a life of amazing opportunity and a life that will touch people in a way you never knew possible.
Who’s Destiny Do You Hold in Your Hands
The answer is not just yours, it could be many others. In the video I talk about how Monica changed my life. She had no idea at the time what she was about to do for me by partnering with us. This business is about developing true relationships with people, who when they commit, you help to change their lives through instilling in them a belief that they can do it. How? By figuring out the real reason for why they want to become healthier, what the weight they want to lose truly represents. Maybe it’s insecurity, maybe they don’t want to end up dead at the age of 45 like their parents. Maybe it’s to get off blood pressure or cholesterol medication. Whatever the reason, you’re their support, their cheerleader and most importantly their friend.
There are so many stories and so many people who’s lives we’ve been lucky enough to witness amazing change in, that would not have been possible without our Beachbody Coaching business.
What if I told you that when I was almost 100 lbs. overweight, that Monica was almost halfway across the country in Phoenix, Arizona while I sat in Charlotte, NC? You’d think, how could a lady in Phoenix help me in Charlotte? It’s simple, because she cared. She cared enough to plug me into a support system that works. She surrounded me with people via Facebook and Message Boards (yes back before FB was popular) and she took the time to talk to me each week and keep me on track and accountable to my goals.
What if you could do that for someone else? What if you could create something that gave your family a new lifestyle and a healthy one at that?
And most importantly, WHAT IF, you only did it to save money while you worked on yourself? That’s fine too!!! We have amazing programs, you may not be ready to coach and just want to work on losing weight yourself! That’s fine, but why not save money while you do it?
Are you ready to take a leap of faith? Or do you want to live a life of regret? Who’s destiny do you hold?
Feel free to see my own transformation HERE.
May 5, 2014
We Have an App!
You can now download our app and stay plugged in with weekly contests, exclusive offers and MORE!
On the web, click HERE
On your iPhone, Android or Amazon devices, simply search for NC Fit Club or click HERE.
March 21, 2014
P90X3 Got Me Back to Where I Was 6 Years Ago!
I haven’t been this lean since I did Insanity the Asylum, 6 years ago. Difference was, this time I had to work much harder…due to the fact that I was 39 this time and not 33. Plus I had the help of the 21 Day Fix Nutrition Containers that I worked in the last 30 days. That was a game changer!
One of the things P90X3 taught me, was that my body responds well to pull-ups, push-ups and weights, but in the style that Tony Horton has you do them. My whole journey started with Power 90 and P90X. That’s when I got the craziest and most dramatic results. That’s not to say the other programs didn’t work, because Asylum got me the leanest until now. P90X3 seemed to match those results and actually add more muscle, but to be fair, X3 is 90 days and Asylum is only 30…so it’s kind of a wash.
My P90X3 Video Review
Here’s more detail and review of P90X3.
To join our next P90X3 Challenge Group, click HERE and let’s do this together!!! You have a full 90 Day return policy….so what do you have to lose besides weight?!?