New Feature: WORKOUT OF THE MONTH

A lot of visits here are for workout reviews. Why? Cause we want an honest opinion of what works!

In light of that fact, I am launching a brand new feature called WORKOUT OF THE MONTH.

This will feature a new workout each month, most home-based, that you can try out REAP the benefits and rewards.

So, for August (we’re close enough), HERE is my top pick:

PiYo DEFINE YOURSELF

With PiYo, you can carve an intensely defined physique without jumps, weights, or straining

your joints. Chalene Johnson’s innovative program is sure to bring you some exciting business

opportunities, so here are some key points to remember.

What is PiYo?

PiYo is a low-impact, high-intensity body-transformation program that uses the most

effective Pilates- and yoga-inspired moves to sculpt long, lean muscles and burn fat.

Trainer Chalene Johnson uses fluid movements, keeping you in constant motion to give

you a dynamic cardio workout that typical Pilates or yoga workouts lack.

It’s low-impact so you won’t have to jump around or strain your joints.

It’s high-intensity so you get the fat-burning results of a more extreme program.

It’s designed to help you get an intensely defined, long and lean physique.

Who is it designed for?

Women and men who:

Want to lose weight and burn fat without the high-impact jumps or complex

choreography found in some cardio programs.

Want to build lean muscle but don’t want to lift heavy weights or bulk up.

Want to get the results of an extreme program without straining their joints.

Like the benefits of Pilates and yoga, but also want the calorie burn of a cardio workout.

Don’t have time to go from class to class to do separate cardio, strength, and

flexibility workouts.

Want a workout that doesn’t require a lot of equipment.

Want to give their body a break from extreme programs but keep getting results and

improve their performance in other sports by restoring their flexibility and core strength.

What’s included?

8 workouts on 3 DVDs (25–45 minutes each)

1 bonus workout (25 minutes)

Quick Start Guide to help you start seeing results fast

Get Lean Eating Plan to make clean eating fit into your lifestyle

60-Day Workout Calendar shows you what workouts to do when

Tape measure to help track your progress

Exclusive! You will get a FREE bonus workout—Hardcore on the Floor (a

$19.95 USD value)—when they order through you

Why should you get Piyo?

To burn calories and fat and lose weight without high-impact cardio or complicated

choreography.

To build long, lean, intensely defined muscles without lifting heavy weights that can

cause added bulk.

To give joints a break from extreme programs but still maintain results.

• To improve core strength and flexibility and improve athletic performance.

To get the benefits of Pilates and yoga without the stillness of yoga and repetitive

nature of Pilates.

To get the benefits of a strength, cardio, and flexibility program all in each workout,

without having to find the time to go to different classes.

To enjoy a new program from their favorite trainer Chalene Johnson.

How does PiYo work?

PiYo isn’t like standard Pilates and yoga classes that make you hold long, intense poses, or

lead you through dozens of repetitive, microscopic core movements. PiYo speeds everything

up—including your results—by introducing you to dynamic, flowing Pilates- and yoga-inspired

sequences that can burn serious calories at the same time as they lengthen and tone your

muscles and increase your flexibility. As you progress from one fluid movement to the next

without rest, you’ll maintain an optimal heart rate to incinerate calories throughout the whole

workout!

With every action-packed PiYo session, you’ll burn excess fat and sculpt and define your whole

body, as you minimize the aches and pains that can come along with high-impact workouts.

The result? You get a low-impact, high-intensity, total-body workout, giving you a physique that’s

long, lean, and powerfully defined.

My results have been phenomenal! I feel stronger and it is making all of my other workouts more effective. I’ve also lessened injuries and have begun to heal from old ones. The workouts are short enough for busy schedules OR for weirdos like me that like to work out like all day :)

Grab your PiYo HERE today!

Define yourself,

Michelle

How Can You Make a Challenge Work for You?

It’s January 10th and already people are talking about how empty the gyms are becoming. It’s been ten days!

This begs the question of WHY? Why do so many give up on goals so easily? I have a few answers to that question:

  1. The goals were not thought out well at all. Saying you want to lose 50 pounds while chugging your 3rd glass of Champaign on New Year’s Eve does not translate into actual pounds lost. Goals must be thought out thoroughly and this question must be answered: “What am I willing to give up to reach my goal?”
  2. The thought that actually planning, and not just showing up, is involved rarely crosses our minds. Simply signing up for the gym or re-igniting your commitment to push play will not happen unless planning is done.
  3. We underestimate the power of habit. That extra weight did not just show up one day. It packed on due to habits that had formed. That could be the popular habit of sitting to watch TV (GUILTY! Darn you, Big Bang Theory!), or the habit of piling a little more on your plate than 1 serving. Eating at fast food places is a HABIT. People don’t really think those greasy burgers taste better…it’s just easier to swing by because of habit. Good news: YOU can create healthy habits too :)
  4. We’re confused on our priorities. Take this example: if my #1 priority is spending time with my kids in the evening because I work all day, but I pony up for a gym membership and vow to go after work for a 1-2 hour workout 5 days per week…well, I end up conflicted and the gym membership, the workouts, and even my own kids become a serious source of stress.
  5. We lack a support system. You have to admit, it works better when somebody can be there to offer a shoulder to cry on, a hand to help you up, or a swift kick in the pants whenever you need it during this journey. We were created for community! People need each other in many aspects of life and reaching goals is a huge one!

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THIS is where group challenges can be extremely beneficial. Taking a nutrition and fitness challenge in a group of like-minded individuals has been shown to:

  • Increase success
  • Help you stick to the program
  • Keep you excited about the results to come
  • Develop new, healthy habits
  • You’ll lose more weight and inches
  • Make new fit friends
  • Help you stay motivated and inspired
  • Creates an opportunity for you to inspire others

There are more benefits to add, but these can be quite impressive when you’re seeking real change.

As the challenge season opens up (I’ll have some info on mine towards the bottom), here are my top tips for seeing GREAT results:

  • Stay engaged. Check with other challengers daily and mark your weekly progress so you can notice the changes even if you don’t see them right away.
  • Choose the right program. Not all programs are created equal. You may like certain trainers, be at a different fitness level, or have different goals, but make sure you think about the time you have to commit and what you really want to accomplish.
  • ASK QUESTIONS! I think far too many people fall off the goal wagon simply because they are unwilling to ask questions. I promise, whatever it is your coach has probably heard it before, so ask away!
  • Trust the process. We all want results yesterday, but your body doesn’t work like a drive through…you have to give it time and effort.
  • Keep track of your progress. Maybe you lost 2 pounds last week and none this week, BUT you did 5 extra push ups. It’s all progress! Strength gains, weight loss, cardiovascular efficiency…they all get better.

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So, how do challenges work?

I’ve run a few and made my fair share of mistakes I admit. Through all of the previous challenges, I have learned some golden lessons that will help make this years challenge a guaranteed success! I believe in these challenges because home-based fitness is what sparked my love for health and transformed my body entirely. I was able to lose over 100 pounds while still being a mommy to my 2 young kids. Now, I’m able to share that with others in a far better way than I ever dreamed. Wait for it…I’ll be releasing a video about my experience with home-based fitness programs and nutrition next week. :)

Interested to see how this works?

  1. You get started for FREE by logging into a free account HERE.
  2. Then, you browse through the programs and blogs, do some research and line up your goals and priorities.
  3. EMAIL ME! Don’t skip this step. Email me and let’s dig through your goals, fitness level, commitments and everything that affects your success to find the PERFECT program for you.

Once all of that is accomplished, I set you up on my challengers page and we get going. So what are the highlights of THIS particular challenge? I’m so glad you asked :)

  • Daily motivation and check ins with your coach (ME) on the page.
  • Weekly emails to give you insider tips you don’t get in your programs. I’ve been doing this for a LONG time and can give you tips that will blow your mind.
  • Help with recovery.
  • Personalized nutrition advice as needed.
  • Monthly phone/Skype chats with the group to check in and stay motivated.
  • Access to videos and information designed specifically for challenges.

You can start getting set up anytime, but I’ll open the flood gates on January 15th. I take 20 people in first and once they’re established (usually 1 month) I take 20 more. Here’s the BIG change: you’ll have access to all of this for 1 full year! Plus, you’ll get to check out some other really cool things I’m working on. So, even if you finish a 90 day challenge, you can do it again and still have the support you need. What I’m looking to create here is an environment for CRAZY SUCCESS!

Now the question is…are you in it?

Michelle

Rockstar Training

 

Healthy Holidays: The Art of Giving

Hello Fitness Elves!

This time of year presents parties, busy challenges and fun to be had all over. We often are able to spend more time with family and even see friends and loved ones we don’t normally get to see. In the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season, perhaps you have come to a stopping point on gifting. The gifts we give needn’t be extravagant or expensive to show we care. And what better way to show you care than to give the gift of health and fitness. I’m going to break down some favorite fit gifts, from the ordinary to the crazy, so come along for the ride!

LET’S START WITH THOSE JUST STARTING

Either you or a loved one could possibly be just venturing into fitness. The gift of at-home fitness can be a great way to offer encouragement and empowerment. But what do you give? Well, it can take a little finesse to make sure you get it right, but with these tips, you’re sure to get a bright smile and a heartfelt “THANK YOU SO MUCH!” from the recipient….plus, you’ve truly just given the gift of health :)

  • Consider a home-based program. Beach Body offers a wide variety of programs for any goal and fitness level. You can also find challenge packs full of goodies and nutrition as well. Now, in order for this to work you really do need to know the level of your recipient as well as their overall goals and motivations. Got a bestie who loves running and is looking to add some strength training? Opt for Chalean Extreme. Is your family member a class enthusiast who has been sidelined from the gym by having kids at home? Check out Turbo Fire. P90X, P90X2 AND P90X3 are all great options for those with big goals who love to work. There are also programs for weight lifters, Tai Chi (called Tai Chang) , as well as dance, kickboxing and more. Draw backs? The one big one is some of the programs cost upwards of $80, so you better like these people :) . The best thing is that these programs are tried and tested for safety and effectiveness. One of my favorites to gift out: Body Combat. Intense, but doable. PLUS, awesome accents :)

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  • If you’re strapped for cash OR have no clue as to the above criteria, opt for a gift card. Beach Body offers gift cards that work towards anything they sell (even vitamins and recovery). You can also check out cards to online Fitness DVD’s like Collage Video and Acacia.
  • Make a gift bag. Grab a cute gym bag and fill it with goodies to keep them going. Consider things like water bottles, sweat towels, body spray and even deodorant. It all comes in handy no matter where your workout takes you.
  • A smaller option for quick fitness is a small gift bag with a towel, refillable water bottle, gift card to a shoe store (doesn’t have to be much), and a fitness magazine to inspire. My faves are Oxygen, Fitness RX for Women, and Muscle and Fitness for Women.
  • A pedometer can range in price from $10-over $100 and make great gifts for getting people up and moving.

How about the ones who already frequent the gym?

If your friend or loved one already clocks in hours at the gym on a weekly basis, try out these gift ideas to show your support and keep them motivated.

  • A gift card to just the right place. Nike, Under Armour, Athleta, Adidas, New Balance and Reebok ALL offer gift cards that can be emailed directly to your recipient. Who wouldn’t want an awesome new outfit to rock during that New Year’s Day workout right?
  • One place: ITUNES. This gift card will allow your buddy to load up on hot new tracks to fuel hard-core workouts. You can get any amount and these make AWESOME stocking stuffers too.
  • How about a small gift bag full of gym goodies? Opt for a nice sweat towel (or 2), socks, makeup wipes, deodorant, body spray, flip-flops (for the gym shower), small tooth brush and tooth paste (or wisps), and a lock to keep it all safe.
  • If you’re looking to spend a little more, consider a calorie expenditure reading device. Think Body Bugg, Jawbone, or the Exerspy (my favorite).

Nutrition Nuts:

This is for those who don’t focus as much on the movement as they do on the health of their food. Few and far between, but they still deserve great gifts :)

  • Shakeology. 1 bag will last them a month and comes with loads of recipes. It will help promote weight loss, lower blood sugar and cholesterol and has also had positive effects on mood disorders.
  • Gift card to a local whole foods and a really awesome cook book. I am loving the Clean Eating series by Tosca Reno, It’s All Good by Gwyneth Paltrow and The Beauty Detox Foods by Kimberly Snider.
  • Browse the recipes here and bake up some healthy goodies. It will save you money and give away what people value most: your time.

The Gamers:

  • Xbox One. Now, this is no cheap investment, BUT the Xbox One does have an awesome fitness component that comes free with a GOLD membership. Here’s a couple of things to consider: this will cost you over $500 for the basic console, so it’s not a cheap gift. Also, if you have a couch potato gamer, simply having popular workouts ON a gaming system does NOT seem to make them want to get off the couch (I have learned from experience). Overall, the Xbox One is a superior system with awesome graphics and much faster voice command than the previous console.
  • Dance Games. Dance Central and Just Dance can get just about anybody up and moving at least a few times. My daughter has all 3 Dance Centrals and that is her PE time.
  • Kinect Adventure games. You can jump into just about any sport with these games. Have you always wanted to skateboard, but fear the fall? Yeah, there’s a game for that. Skateboarding, rafting, volley ball, soccer, boxing, snow boarding, etc. You can be a sports star in your living room.
  • Kinect MMA Conditioning. This is my gig and is backed by NASM. You’ll get real MMA training and conditioning all while preparing you for the fight of your life: ownership of your own health.

Stocking Stuffers:

  • Small gift cards to ITunes, Academy, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Sports Authority, Beach Body, Nike, Under Armour, etc.
  • Raisins
  • Socks
  • Small sweat towels
  • Pedometer

And, for the BEAUTY in your life:

I couldn’t neglect this one because I am OBSESSED with it. Derm Exclusive is a dermatologist skin care line that has completely changed my skin. It lessens spots and wrinkles and is just all out wonderful for glowing, gorgeous skin. you can even get one month for less than $50. The beauty in your life will thank you :)

Derm Exclusive

LAST, but not least:

Consider giving a personal training session, package or consult. I offer all of those and I’m happy to help you figure out the best one for your loved one. :) You can reach me at michelle@michellecfitness.com

Rockstar Training

Well, that’s it for fit gifts. I’ll be back on a couple of times before Christmas with more fit tips, so stay engaged and stay healthy!

Michelle

Burn It Off, Tighten It Up! Spring 2013 Sixty Day Challenges

Like I mentioned yesterday, there are a variety of challenges for ALL fitness levels and time frames. TODAY, I’m showcasing the 60 day challenges. Keep in mind there are still only 10 people allowed per challenge group and ALL will be entered to win prizes :)

Ready to dive in? THESE are some of my favorites!

***INSANITY

The hardest workout program ever put on DVD.

Are you ready for the ultimate challenge? You can transform your body in 60 days with this total body conditioning program. And you won’t need equipment or weights—just the desire to dig deep and push past your limits.

In INSANITY®, Shaun T uses a method called Max Interval Training. It’s not your typical interval workout. You’ll do cardio and plyometric drills with intervals of strength, power, resistance, and core training. It all happens in long bursts of maximum-intensity exercises with short periods of rest so you can burn up to 1,000 calories in an hour.

***You’ll be seeing more about this in my personal workout posts as this is ONE of the programs I’ll be using. I’ll be joining the GAME CHANGERS group, which you’ll read about this Friday :)

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***COMBAT

CARVE A LEAN, CHISELED BODY IN 60 DAYS! Get ready to punch, kick, block and strike your way to an outrageously shredded body with Beachbody’s first mixed martial arts workout designed for total body transformation. If you’re ready to fight for the best body of your life, then you’re ready to take on LES MILLS COMBAT.

The secret is Fast Twitch Integration Training. LES MILLS COMBAT blasts your fast twitch muscle fibers — the ones with the greatest capacity for change — by taking the most dynamic moves from 6 unique mixed martial arts disciplines and combining them in increasingly intense sequences. You’ll be doing Karate/Kung Fu, Capoeira, Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai/Kickboxing, Tae Kwon Do and Boxing — all in a single workout — to burn up to 1,000 calories per hour! That’s how LES MILLS COMBAT builds your best body ever in just 60 days.

***COMBAT is in my weekly rotation at least 3x per week. It’s not overly choreographed, so it’s more comfortable to those who feel challenges by coordination. It follows the repitition-based flow of all Les Mill’s programs and rips your upper/lower/mid body to carve it how you want to look.

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TURBOFIRE

 

High-intensity kickboxing and interval training.

If you want to get amazing results—and have crazy fun doing it—then you’ll love TurboFire®, Chalene Johnson’s intense 90-day cardio program. TurboFire combines motivating music with athletic kickboxing moves that will awaken your inner athlete and help you burn up to 9x more fat and calories than with traditional cardio, so you can finally shed those extra pounds.

TurboFire is all about heart-pumping beats, the energy from the class, and the High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) Fire Drills. You’ll work out at your max for up to 1-minute intervals with short periods of rest to ignite your metabolism. As your body replenishes tired muscles with oxygen, it creates the AfterBurn Effect, which means you can keep burning calories for hours after your workout is over. Just 4 minutes of HIIT can be more effective than 30 to 45 minutes on a treadmill.

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BRAZIL BUTT LIFT

 

The Supermodels’ Secret to a Perfect Butt.

We’re not all lingerie and bikini supermodels. But who says we can’t learn their secrets to getting a firm, lifted butt? Leandro Carvalho, trainer to famous supermodels, combines Brazilian dance, cardio, and his own signature lower-body sculpting moves to help you make your booty your best feature.

Leandro’s proven TriAngle Training method works all three major muscles of the buttocks from multiple angles to lift your butt, reduce your hips and thighs, and tone those stubborn trouble zones.

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SLIM IN SIX

 

Reshape your body in 6 weeks.

Whether you want to fit into that dress for an upcoming event or you just want to finally lose the weight you’ve gained over the years, Debbie Siebers can help you do it in 6 weeks. Debbie’s Slim Training® technique combines fat-burning cardio with light resistance moves to help slim and sculpt your body without bulking you up. Flatten and tone your abs, slim your hips and thighs, and firm and lift your butt.

This one is GREAT for beginners and those who feel their fitness level is not up to high intensity training just yet.

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TURBO JAM

 

Kickboxing and body sculpting set to the hottest dance music.

Turbocharge your weight loss and have a blast  kickboxing, dancing, and body sculpting with trainer Chalene Johnson. You’ll  burn calories and fat to reshape your body fast.

Turbo Jam® also includes Turbo Sculpting Gloves to help you increase muscle activity for faster results. In a university study, some participants burned up to 1,000 calories an hour.

This is a great program to ease yourself into choreographed kickboxing. THIS is TKB and TurboFire’s nicer little sister :)

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HIP HOP ABS

 

Dance your way to hot, sexy abs.

If you love to dance and you want to lose weight and tighten your midsection without doing sit-ups or crunches, Shaun T can show you how. Shaun uses a technique called “Tilt, Tuck & Tighten” to help you burn fat as you dance your way to six-pack abs.

In Hip Hop Abs®, Shaun breaks the dance moves down into steps, so almost anyone can do them. And the workouts are set to hot dance music, so they’re high energy and fun.

No dance experience necessary!

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THOSE are your 60 day challenges!

Think about it:

In 60 days you can:

  1. Feel better about yourself
  2. Keep up with your kids
  3. Feel better in your clothes
  4. Fit into your “skinny” jeans
  5. Gain control of your nutrition
  6. Lower your blood pressure
  7. Increase your overall fitness level
  8. Decrease your daily pain (as associated with arthritis and other inflammatory disease)
  9. Greatly increase your energy
  10. INSPIRE others :)

So, are you in?

All you have to do to sign up is click on the program you like OR click HERE. Join the club (with a totally FREE membership) and JOIN THE CHALLENGE. Pick your program, your Shakeology flavor and EMAIL ME so I can get you in your group. Only 10 will get in…..are you one of them?

Don’t wait for the RIGHT time…make your story happen NOW!

See you in the challenge :)

Michelle

AND REMEMBER: 100% of my commission goes to fund missions to help those trapped by sex trafficking and human exploitation. You can be part of a much bigger picture :)

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Turbo Fire vs. Tae Bo

This has to be the ultimate showdown between home based workouts right?

Tae Bo and Turbo Fire are both based on burning fat through fun, easy to follow, high energy kickboxing workouts; however, they are quite different from one another.

Keep in mind I have done both of these and this is simply one professionals opinion.

Tao Bo:

Billy Blanks created Tae Bo decades ago and in his basement. Billy is noted as an ex-military man who has always had a passion for health and fitness as well as a man of great faith. To date, there are countless Tae Bo videos on the market (most of which reside on my shelves!) PLUS Billy has just released Tae Bo TV where brand new workouts are released weekly to keep your routine changing and keep you motivated. Billy’s videos are always in class setting and He is strict on form and function THEN speed. The music is usually house music set to support the rhythms of the class.

Tao Bo is a blend of martial arts and dance which helps burn mad calories and tone lean muscle. Another upside is the positivity of Mr. Banks himself cannot help but rub off on you. Most participants of Tae Bo, either live or DVD, report an overall lift in mood and higher self-esteem. I know I feel much better after a great sweat session where I can fight off all my haters! LOL

Tae Bo is incredibly versatile to any fitness program and while it is intense, it is also suitable for all fitness levels. You heard me right: ALL fitness levels. You are encouraged to “walk it out, but just keep going” many times through the workouts and you never feel as though anybody in the video thinks you’re the couch slug you may view yourself as (hey, I’ve been there!). I have been enjoying Tae Bo videos and DVD’s for a couple of decades now and really appreciate the simple choreography and focus on form. Overall, Tae Bo is one of my absolute favorite home based workouts for dropping inches and trimming the waistline.

For more information visit: www.billyblanks.com

Turbo Fire

Turbo Fire (TF) is a high energy, calorie incinerating workout from fitness mastermind Chalene Johnson. TF comes from the Beach Body line up of fitness products and stands up to all the hype. TF is a blend of choreographed kickboxing routines mixed with some funky music and awesome HIIT (high intensity interval training) circuits.Turbo Fire was originally made for “fitness athletes”. These are the elite in class fitness. It is those who have procured an extreme level of fitness through body conditioning mostly through group exercise and challenging sequencing. There comes a point where a well conditioned body needs more challenge. THAT is what Turbo Fire was made to provide: a challenge.

Turbo Fire has a kid sister, Turbo Jam, that started the rage in fitness kickboxing. These classes were created for those who wanted the washboard abs of a fighter without the bruises and scars. TF is more challenging than Turbo Jam. BUT options are given for lower intensity. TF is not suitable for ALL fitness levels, as it does require some sort of fitness background and an understanding of choreography. Don’t let that scare you off though! Start with Turbo Jam and get used to the slower cues, then work your way up.

Expect serious sweat with any TF workout. You can also expect to see very visible changes in body composition as well as weight loss. All of these results must be hard fought for though. TF is a program, meaning it comes with a meal plan and training schedule to help ensure results (side note: Tae Bo has a couple of those as well, such as Tao Bo Amped). Remember to pace yourself and you’ll be flying as high as Chalene in no time.

For more information on Turbo Fire visit: www.beachbodycoach.com/michellecfit

Turbo Fire and Tae Bo make regular appearances in my home workouts throughout the seasons, though I do favor the feel of my glove actually hitting the bag and my feet hitting the pavement on most days.

Do some research to find the best fit for you and enjoy your workouts!

Have a healthy day,

Michelle

DVD REVIEW: ChaLean Extreme and TurboFire

Hey guys!

I have a quick DVD review for you today. My very lovely Chalene Johnson’s DVD’s ChaLean Extreme and TurboFire.

These workouts are honestly on constant rotation in my home gym because they ROCK. Clear and concise instruction, pumping music, and oh yeah, RESULTS! I can say that I get far better results with these programs than any others, so let’s dive in :)

ChaLean Extreme

This is an extreme circuit program and it’s great for beginners all the way up to advanced. It is all about the strength training, with some flexibility and cardio thrown into the mix. Chalene focuses on getting more lean muscle mass on the body because MUSCLE BURNS FAT! The pace is awesome and the instructions are clear. Even if you have never lifted weights, you’ll find your stride here. The video come with bands and a tutorial on how to get them to work for you. I personally love the bands since they take up very little space and are easy to travel with. You can invest in weights as you progress. Once you begin to see the results, you won’t want to stop, but as with anything in life, you MUST be consistent! I mean, it doesn’t get any easier than right in your house so suck it up and PUSH PLAY.

This is a periodization program, meaning you go through 3 phases, each lasting about 1 month. This particular style of training is a favorite among most of your very good trainers. Each phase teaches you about sequencing and weight training specifics so that you learn in the process. These DVDs will give you the confidence to walk into any weight room and know what you’re doing as well.

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So, I’ve already reviewed TF, but I find the need to mention it in this review since there are a few new things as well as the interplay between the 2. Turbo Fire now has the Greatest HIITS DVD with the Ab Igniter. HIITS are THE #1 tool in sports trainers tool boxes to help prepare an athlete for sports. They are also extremely effective in FAT loss, not weight loss, FAT LOSS. YAY! The Ab Igniter is one of the best sequenced core workouts around :) you’ll thank me later.

TF is an advanced cardio workout, but there are modifications given. As a matter of fact, you can now get a Fire Starter pack which has HIITS with NO jumping. Perfect for those just starting out, or those with knee/ankle/foot injuries or issues.

TF is a wonderful component to ADD to your strength training found in CEX. you will be able to expedite your results and see you lean in no time. Like I said, these are in constant rotation here and I’m starting a fresh round of the 2 today. To check out these programs, sign up for a challenge, or get involved in a fitness fanatic community where you can log workouts and keep up with your results, CLICK HERE.

Have a healthy day!

Michelle

Tough Love Tuesday!

Welcome to you tough love Tuesday for this Tuesday, January 24th. Keep in mind these posts are meant for those who truly seek change in their lives.

SO, I just got home from a speech on goal setting that I gave to our local city employees (including our city manager and deputy city manager!) and I must  say I LOVE MY JOB! I don’t really call it a job though, it’s just my life and for the first time, everything fits! Why am I telling you this? Because your life should fit! I saw several people today who really opened their eyes and realized that they can accomplish ANYTHING. Sadly, I saw others that truly looked like they felt they were stuck no matter what they tried.

I’m going to tell you now what the ticket to success truly is: GET OUT OF YOUR OWN WAY! Take a deep breath and step aside. Stop holding yourself back. Now I realize the laws of self-preservation state that at this moment you really want to stop reading and move on to something a little more uplifting, but I urge you to keep reading.

If you go back several posts you can read about setting SMART goals ( I totally encourage that). The problem with most goals is we set them but then we don’t know how to reach them. A couple of years ago I set a lofty goal (at the time I thought it was too HUGE) to write and publish a book in one year. By following a few simple steps I was able to write a publish a book in 6 months AND another book just a few months later! Think big people, we’re creating a life here! So, right now I want you to write down that BIG goal you have floating in the back of your mind. If you want to lose 100 pounds, write that down! If you want to make $100,000 this year, write it down. If your goal isn’t written down, it’s just a wish. Once your goal is written down it’s time to start doing the work. Get a little sweat on your brow and some soreness to your muscles because this goal is so worth it. I have 2 steps I want you to start on today AFTER you write down your goals.

Step 1: Find somebody who has accomplished your goal. If you want to lose 100 pounds, find somebody who has done that and contact them. If you want to pay off your debt, find somebody who has done that and contact them (Yeah, I’m the nerd in the back waving my arms cause I’ve done both). If you want a promotion, talk to someone who has that type of job. Want to start a blog? Talk to a blogger? Want to run a marathon? Talk to somebody who has done it! Do you see what I’m getting at here? Somebody else in this world has accomplished the very goal you’re after. So, that excuse of it being the goal you can’t do because it’s just undoable is no longer allowed. Move on.

Step 2: Start reading. Not People magazine (I admit I do it!) or raunchy novels. Find a book that will push you forward. Need suggestions? Dave Ramsey: TOTAL MONEY MAKEOVER. Brian Tracy: GOALS. Brian Tracy: EAT THAT FROG. Chalene Johnson: PUSH. Dave Ramsey: ENTRELEADERSHIP. Pick one and get going. Ten pages a day is all it takes to start sparking a change. I have a couple as well, especially if weight loss happens to be your goal! The Little Fit Book and Navigating the Maze: Your Guide to Lasting Weight Loss.

Start living your life with intention. START TODAY! Stop waiting for your goals to come to you. Goals don’t fall from the sky people! You put in the work, you reap the rewards.

Michelle