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

Things are changing :) Don’t fight it…

Hey fit peeps!

Spring and Summer give new flight to dreams and change is an inevitable and unavoidable exchange during this season. Contrary to popular opinion, change can be a very good thing if welcomed with an open mind.

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We can find ourselves reluctant, but let’s remember a few things about change and your overall health:

  1. A change in diet (the daily foods you consume) can boost metabolism and result in greater fat loss, hence the weekly “cheat” meals so many competitors swear by (I live each day like a cheat meal, but info on that will come later).
  2. Changing your workout routine is imperative to keep the body from adapting and hitting the dreaded plateau.

So, you see? Two examples of how change can be crucial to reaching our goals.

In honor of an open mind to change, I have some HUGE news that is worth sharing with those that frequent this blog:

I am a blogger.

Um, well, duh…

I know it seems stupid to point out, but let me explain.

I have been in the fitness industry for over 10 years now. I have led boot camps, done countless personal training sessions, taught yoga in class and private forms, taught any and all group exercise formats, led nutrition education series and experimented in the kitchen for that long as well. I found something odd happening a couple of months ago: I became exhausted and less than thrilled with my profession. Blogs became a burden and sharing any information seemed completely and totally for nothing. I was inundated with emails daily that contained questions which had been addressed in years past on this very blog. I came to the realization that I am only 1 person (seriously, no team here) and I can only do so much.

Between training appointments, dealing with other people’s emotions and drama, seeking to lead a change in several cultures at once, and worrying about my own physique and what I had to prove….well, I lost myself. The best part of losing yourself is that it grants you a unique opportunity to not only find yourself, but discover the YOU  that you actually want to be. Over the past few months I would not have wanted to hang out with me.

So, I’ve been working on an exercise that has helped me re-discover what I am here for and how to turn that into what I do on a daily basis…without wanting to kill people :)

I began keeping lists (OH! I love lists!) related to what I love about what I do now, what I could possibly delegate, and what I need to send packing. The interesting thing I found was in the LOVE catagory:

  • Blogging: sharing my story and expertise with others in the hopes that they will find the inspiration to be the very best version of themselves. It is through this that I hope to empower others to share their uniqueness so that change in the way we think about ourselves and react to others becomes more organic and natural. Plus, I like words and trying to sound super smart :)
  • Workouts: let me make it clear though…I like workouts of ALL kinds and I tend to mix it up frequently. I want to share workouts with others to inspire them to move their bodies and discover the fun in fitness. I do NOT, however, enjoy workouts that require me to constantly obsess about my anatomy and how it looks. I mean, at the end of the day, it’s only my hubby and myself that see this in all its glory…who cares what everybody else thinks?
  • FOOD! Oh, I love the kitchen cooking and totally pretending that I am from Italy (I’m actually Irish/German, but whatever). I like to experiment with food, maybe make it a little healthier, and cook for the love of those who put up with me. THEN, I like to share what I have learned.

Now, my family is far above these 2, but I don’t keep a blog on them (my son would kill me). What I found MOST interesting is that the things I LOVE the MOST were not really getting done. Why? Because my vision was clouded.

So, I am making some changes to this blog AND to my life that will help to streamline everything into a more blissful experience.

Need help getting your nutrition together? Thanks to my INCREDIBLY patient business partner, Fitness Haus will be launching this Summer and will offer you a brand new take on food. It will allow me to play more in the kitchen and share my experiences with you. You’ll get weekly meal plans (don’t worry! It’s not deprivation based. I want you to learn to love food again), recipes, grocery lists, fit tips and nutrition tips.

Want workouts that won’t break the bank OR your back? I have a dozen workout journal filled with workouts. I like what I do and have the opportunity to film short workouts for you so that you can begin to build your database of go-to exercises for any goal you set. ALL right here on this blog…and of course, the YouTube channel with the most informed and most patient subscribers. I’ll be keeping it real with real-time workouts, sweat and ZERO makeup…cause that’s how I roll.

I’ll be blogging here about new products and supplements, fun workouts that I’ll be trying out, news in health and fitness, and all the happenings in the #sweatpink community.

What about live classes and trainings?

I am keeping those to a minimum and beginning to shave some off of my bursting schedule. Bottom line: I’m no good to anybody if I’m trying to save everybody :)

From me to you, I appreciate that you have hung out with me and I promise the very best is yet to come….so stick around, you’ll be glad you did.

MichelleC

Seeing health and fitness in a whole new light

Fun Friday DVD Review: Tracy Anderson Metamorphosis

Happy Friday people! It’s time to get excited :)

Today, I opted for a change of pace in blogs and decided to throw out a review I’ve been holding onto for a few weeks.

Tracy Anderson Metamorphosis

Below, I’ll tag on a little Q & A from Tracy’s website, but for now you’ll get to read my opinion. I know you’re excited so let’s get to it….

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Ms. Anderson (ok, I totally giggled as I wrote that since it reminds me of the Matrix…nerd) is probably best known as the buddy of svelte and sleek Gwyneth Paltrow. She also had a short stint as the exercise ADD poster child Madonna’s trainer as well. The former has stuck with Anderson for years and seems to only get better with age.

Tracy Anderson’s Method is similar to the Lotte Berk Method of the 80′s, with a cool new take and some very challenging moves. Her Metamorphosis program is divided by body type and the website even gives you a quiz to find which one suits you best. There’s Abcentric for those who carry more weight in the middle and upper body, or apple-shaped. Hipcentric is for those pear-shaped beauties who carry more weight in the hips and thighs. Glutecentric is for those blessed with junk in the trunk.  And there is also Omnicentric for those who tend to just carry weight period. I purchased the Omnicentric as I wanted to give it all a go :)

The Metamorphosis Program comes with the following:

  • A signature dance cardio workout. Tracy was made famous by these cardio workouts and swears by their effectiveness to whittle the body and keep it tight.
  • 9 customized muscular structure workouts
  • Fitness guide and tracker
  • Nutrition Guide (a little low cal, but I must say it is delicious and focuses on nutrients).
  • A tape measure as this will track your progress
  • Access to an online community (I’ll admit I’m anti-social and did not take advantage of this)

Each tracking segment is split into 10 days with a 6 day on, 1 day off approach. You do cardio and your muscle work every day for 6 days, rest 1 day and then start back. You will only be on each muscle work for 10 days total and then progress to the next. This makes this particular workout standout for me since it eliminates boredom (the cardio stays the same BUT she does have other DVD’s available) and you get the most bang for your buck in 1 hour. The equipment needed is only light handweights and a mat, plus a little space to move.

Now, when you first embark on the program you will be confused! Embrace it, that’s part of the process :) . Tracy gives pretty clear instruction, but her workouts are different and it can take a few tries to really feel like you “get it”. She has sequenced them beautifully though and your confidence, coordination and balance will build as your waistline shrinks. She uses techno in the videos and y’all know I’m a HUGE techno fan! If that’s not your taste, you can turn the music off and play your own soundtrack. This gives the viewer a bit more creative freedom.

Now, let’s talk about what we really want to know: does it work?

Tracy’s claim is that her Method works the smaller muscle groups and cross fibers to help promote a lean, tight and toned appearance to the body. While many are wondering about the validity of these claims, I just put it to the test. Here’s the big thing for me: I have an athlete’s build and I’m an easy gainer. What does that mean? It means I have NO waist (I’m pretty straight from shoulders to hips, even when my body fat is low) and I can put on muscle or fat very easily, so my legs tent to stay large which makes jean shopping less than stellar. With regular work in Ms. Anderson’s :) Method, I have noticed a couple of key changes. First, I am the proud owner of a slightly smaller waist (by measurement 4 inches smaller than my hips as of today) AND my legs have slimmed down while maintaining their strength and muscle definition. In conclusion, I’m taking on a slightly more girlish figure :)

There are a few drawbacks: the price tag can seem hefty, but I’ve paid more for less effective programs. Also, it moves fast and it can be intimidating to those who fear choreography. Chill! Run through a few times and thank goodness you’re just in your home.

Personally, Metamorphosis is worth the cost for your home library and can be used after your 90 days to refresh some of those groups and mix into your lifestyle.  It’s a timeless workout with little equipment and the results to back up the claims. Have patience with yourself and get ready for slim!

Michelle

 

Why Metamorphosis?

Q:
What is the Tracy Anderson Method?
A:
Based on over a decade of research on different muscular structure groups, Tracy Anderson has created a fitness method that can transform any problem area or body type.  Tracy has created and patented over 3,000 fitness movements and her varying moves target every muscle in your body. The sequences strategically exhaust the muscles in a way that does not create bulk, and that strengthens the connection to the body. This program is designed for anyone to achieve a perfect body naturally
Q:
How do I tell what body type I am?
A:
There are 4 different DVDs depending on your problem areas and fitness goals.  If you would like to target a specific area or if you would like to maintain and tone your total body, there is a DVD for you.  You need to identify your body zone and then you will receive a package for your body type that will exercise your entire body but will target a specific area. 

  • Abcentric (Stomach):  If a flat stomach is your primary goal, go with the Abcentric.  This program concentrates on the lower stomach and back area.
  • Hipcentric (Thighs): This workout is designed specifically for those who are pear-shaped and hoping to tone up those thighs.
  • Glutecentric (Butt):  If your butt is your main area of concern, this is the workout for you.  Whether it’s too flat or you need a lift, Glutecentric is catered to lifting and toning your butt.
  • Omnicentric (General):  If you are seeking overall weight loss or a toned look, have a substantial amount of weight to lose or not one problem area in particular, chose Omnicentric.
Q:
Why are these DVDs different than any other series?
A:
Fitness workouts and exercise equipment are generally one-size-fits all, regardless of what are your designated fitness needs. The Metamorphosis by Tracy Program will give you access to Tracy teaching and provide you a customized step-by-step workout by home. Since this is a targeted approach, your problem areas will be eliminated faster than with other workouts. This is not just a DVD series, this is a lifestyle program and will require dedication.
Q:
How long is each workout?
A:
It’s important to devote 1 hour a day to working out and my fitness program will be ½ an hour devoted to cardio and ½ an hour devoted to the muscular structure work. This is a manageable amount of time and will help you achieve the maximum results for your body type.
Q:
How often do I need to do the DVDs to see the results?
A:
I recommend doing the Tracy Anderson Method 6 days a week for 1 hour each day.  Dedication is really important and adding a workout into your daily routine will help your health and wellness.  Taking the entire weekend off or getting into a schedule of taking too many days off will not help your muscles achieve long-term results. However, you definitely should not workout seven days a week.
Q:
Do I need to supplement these DVDs with additional workouts?
A:
No, that is the beauty of this fitness system that I have created, I have spent my years of research to give you a concentrated hour workout that will  help you see results more effectively than any other workout program on the market.  If you follow the training and fitness guidelines, you will not need to supplement with any additional workouts and will fulfill both your cardio and muscular structure requirement for each day.
Q:
Do I have to have experience with the Tracy Anderson Method to start these DVDs?
A:
You do not need to have prior experience with the Tracy Anderson Method to successfully complete these workouts and achieve your desired fitness results.  There are all levels of expertise within this program, and the targeted approach will help you combat your problems areas while still giving you a total body workout.
Q:
I’m over age 50, are the DVDs appropriate for all ages and athletic abilities?
A:
There is no age restriction on these DVDs, however, it is recommend that you take the time to review the breakdown steps and various exercises and do not push your body when you are first starting the method.  If you are of an older age or if you have a physical impairment, you should be very careful with your body when first beginning all of exercises.
Q:
Why is there changing content and what is the reason the content changes?
A:
As with any workout, repetition can make your large muscles bulk and can neglect your smaller muscle groups. The changing content will be sure to give you a total body workout and you won’t neglect any of your muscle groups.
Q:
Why do you believe in a dance-based cardio as opposed to other traditional cardio exercises?
A:
I don’t believe in bulking muscles or overworking your large muscle groups. With dance cardio you are constantly working different muscles and using your entire body. Additionally there is a mind/body connection that you don’t get with most traditional cardio routines.  Anticipating what the next move will be and how you will move your body to achieve that move is a large part of the cardio connection.
Q:
When will I first start to see results?
A:
Within your first week of following my method you will start to feel your body changing.  It may be the case that certain muscles will start aching that have never ached before and your body may feel exhausted.  This is all part of the process and nothing is ever achieved with out some hard work and determination and my method is no difference.

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

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