It’s A Throwback: Nutritional Cleansing :)

 

I’ll be doing another Shakeology Cleanse SOON! Want it? Hit me up. I’ll have special cleanse packages available if you’re just looking to shed some extra weight and get your nutrition in order. Mine will be at the very beginning of March to coincide with my mission trip…cause you know, I like to travel light :)

Shakeology Cleanse Basics:

Meal 1: Drink 1 scoop of your choice Shako in 8 oz water with 1/2 a banana if needed

Meal 2: Drink 1 scoop shako in 8 oz water

Meal 3: 2 cups mixed green salad with 5 oz grilled chicken breast

Meal 4 (optional): 1 scoop Shako in 8 oz water

If you are truly starving during the day, 1st make sure you’re getting enough water and 2nd feel free to have a piece of fruit.

Disclaimer: This cleanse is not to last more than 3 days. Check out the video to see how I modified it for my lifestyle. Feel free to comment on how great my hair looks ;)

Peace, Love and Lunges!

Michelle

 

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

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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

TRUST is the Issue

I have to share some truth with you today: I too suffer from instant gratification want! This is especially bad when I’m looking into new programs or trying to change my body composition. There are many times when I feel as though my body should just comply since I’ve been doing this for so long! :) Sadly, that isn’t the way it works though…

As I sit here sharing this I am surrounded by reminders of my commitment. There is a cup of black coffee to my right and a food log to my left. This weekend I was forced to do some pretty hard studying into my own personal habits AND re-visit trusting the process. Here’s one of my best kept secrets: I am really good at maintaining. Change is difficult for me, but maintaining I can totally do. Well, a few weeks ago I decided to change things up. My body had become accustomed to my regular workouts and my food was clean, however the portions were out of control. Therefore, I maintained. I made the executive decision that I was no longer satisfied with maintaining and that I needed a new challenge to change some things. SO…I issued the flat abs challenge to you and changed my workouts. Here is pretty much how my week goes when these things happen:

  • MONDAY: feeling good with the new workouts and pumped about the challenge before me.
  • TUESDAY: sore is good (I actually do believe this) and I’m fueling for the fight.
  • WEDNESDAY: morning cardio is rockin….afternoon, not so much even though it’s a much shorter workout.
  • THURSDAY: feelin FINE! I feel slim, trim and strong. I’m slipping on clothes with NO problem…so, a few glasses of wine at Thanksgiving are cool
  • FRIDAY: Aside from dragging this morning, the workout was good and I’m ready for family time…this means several hours in a car and then a movie theater. More wine to commemorate the moment.
  • SATURDAY: Seriously?!? Tony Horton drives my crazy and I HATE this workout! It’s stupid and makes me feel uncoordinated. Who comes up with this stuff? Later….I hit a way too intense workout in the gym just to get it out of my system. BY NIGHTFALL: oh yeah, inflammation is setting in and my body thoroughly hates me….I blame Tony.
  • SUNDAY: yeah….jeans are too tight, shirt feels tight, I feel like a blob. Why? I lack in trust….

Can I get a witness from anybody who has been there? By the way, P90X2 is one of my workouts and it is EXTREMELY well sequenced, but it is challenging. So what are the problems here? Allow me to let you into my world.

  1. I’m fueling a lot, but not really correctly. I’ve been stressed out with work and eat as a means to avoid work or conquer boredom. Wow, it’s so freeing to say that :)
  2. I don’t trust that my workouts are working. This is stupidity really, and I find myself prone to it. Your workout will work, however it is the SMALLEST portion of your results and your day. Your food (and mine) is what makes the difference.

So, what’s my plan?

Pretty simple. I pulled out the old spiral, set alarms on my phone for meal times and adjusted some of my foods based on my goals. I am trying to drop about 10-12 pounds and basically fit into any pair of jeans in my closet. In order to do this, I have to take my calories down a notch since they are clean to begin with. I have also taken more notice in how foods make me feel. Salads give me loads of energy, bread strips my energy. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure these things out, you just have to be willing to see them. My beloved coffee creamer is out until Christmas (if I even want it then) and NO MORE WINE until then either. Hold me to that would you?

Small adjustments lead to big results. Take it one step at a time, one day at a time and TRUST THE PROCESS!

Michelle

P90X2

 

All I Want for Christmas is ABS

Bikini body abs should be a year round thing. Why? Because strong abs indicate killer dedication to your sport and if you work out regularly, guess what? You totally have a sport!

So, how do you GET killer abs and how do you maintain them?

Abs have always been my problem spot. I hold water and fat there like I’m in the middle of a plague. When I eat a few too many treat cals, they tend to party on top of my abs. If I miss workouts, the abs tell me. Now, perhaps they are my problem spot because I have always been most self-conscious about them, but we’ll move on none the less…

Since the holidays are upon us, it would be nice to have a helping hand in the ab department right? Just to be clear, I’m not talking about a clearly cut 6 pack over Christmas. What I am proposing is a holiday without bloating and crying over jeans that OBVIOUSLY shrunk in the dryer…duh. How does that sound? Pretty good right? I mean, how awesome would it feel to wear the same jeans you wore in July on Christmas day? Rock on.

What will it take from you? Easy. I’ll be doing the leg work. I’m going to be posting my workouts and meals via Twitter and Instagram. Now, since my insta feed goes directly to Twitter, you need only follow one and it’s RIGHT HERE. My workouts will consist of DVD’s I have reviewed on the blog. I’ll be totally honest with you up front: I’m doing a blend of Turbo Fire, Chalene Extreme, and P90X2. My diet is pretty basic with no crazy foods you have to travel across the globe to obtain. Don’t own the workouts? You can grab them HERE…OR you can leave a note in the comments with the DVD’s you do own and I’ll let you know a good rotation.

Why DVD’s? This time of year requires no brainer exercise. DVD’s make it possible for you to hit play, go to town, then finish up and get on with life. You can choose ABS, cardio, strength training, etc. based on the time you have available and the energy level you have (always on high right?). In a word, it’s EASY. That’s the key when sticking to a workout regimen, especially during the holidays. Think of it like a trainer in your living room.

The diet is the biggest factor when it comes to flat abs. Be prepared for the basics as I don’t do fancy stuff when flattening abs. I can tell you what I do though: I avoid dairy, wheat, and alcohol during this time. I know, that sounds crazy around the holidays, but it can be done. Moderation will save your life :)

Need an idea of what to expect?

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This was earlier this year when I was on Turbo Fire and P90X2 along with my flat abs eating plan. THIS was taken a mere 14 days apart! We don’t starve as that leads to more bloating. You can expect a food pic every 2-3 hours and chances are you’ll have the food on hand. So, leave a note in the comments if you want to join up! We have one month until Christmas…who wants to get their abs going BEFORE the New Year?

Peace, Love and Lunges,

Michelle

Tone, Trim, Tighten and Totally Transform SPRING CHALLENGES Revealed!

Today is THE day that I launch the Spring Challenges.

I had initially thought of starting April 1st, but I have decided that each challenge group will have an official start date of April 15, 2013.

If you want to start prior to your group start, no problem! These challenges are meant to bring accountability into our lives so that we can build consistency and beneficial habits.

As I stated in a previous challenge post, I have challenges ranging from 21-90 days and from nutrition to full-out total transformation programs.

TODAY, I am breaking down the 90 day challenge groups. I’ll be going over each program, who it’s for and the results you can expect.

The best part? EVERY single challenge has a nutrition component already built-in.

The bad news? I am only taking 10 people TOTAL in each group (there will be 5 total groups).

Why only 10? Well, on top of the killer workouts, accountability and awesome nutrition components…you’re going to get me. Each challenge participant will receive a 1 hour consultation with me (via phone or SKYPE) to discuss YOUR PERSONAL GOALS and how you can best reach them. Pretty sweet right? It gets better…. EACH participant will also receive a weekly nutrition review, done via email. These are all services that I normally charge extra for, BUT in honor of trying to bring about lasting results, I’m rolling it into the challenge!

In addition to being able to win money for getting healthy with Beach Body (how sweet is that??) the winner of my groups will have their choice of 5 one-hour consultation sessions with me OR a shopping trip with me to dress your new figure. No, I’m not buying the clothes, but I will spring for lunch! Obviously, if the winner is local the shopping can apply.

How do you win? Well, you make changes! Change in weight, size and fitness level are great, but I want to see lasting changes. Think about a change in attitude, a change in self-esteem and even doing something awesome with your new-found confidence! THIS is winning in my book :)

So, ARE YOU READY?

Let’s meet your 90 day programs!

P90X:

• It’s the program everyone’s talking about—the #1 best-selling extreme fitness program in America.

• P90X is a revolutionary system of 12 muscle-pumping workouts designed to take you from regular to ripped

in 90 days and get you in the best shape of your life.

How P90X works

• The secret that’s made P90X a best-selling phenomenon is Muscle Confusion™.

• By constantly introducing new moves, this advanced training technique keeps your body’s muscles

continually challenged, so you can get better AND faster results. Your body never plateaus, and you never

get bored.

P90X is:

• For anyone who wants to lose excess fat, gain lean muscle, prepare for athletic events, excel at sports, and

improve their health.

• Designed for people who are fit and looking for an intense program for rapid results.

• Flexible, so that you can customize according to your fitness level and goals.

• An extreme program, and it’s recommended that you take the Fit Test before starting. If someone is not ready

for P90X, Power 90® is a great place to start.

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**Chalean Extreme:

Muscle Burns Fat®

Get ready to burn fat, boost your metabolism, and get lean with ChaLEAN Extreme®. Trainer Chalene Johnson will help you build toned muscles so you can lose up to 60 percent of your body fat in just 3 months. ChaLEAN Extreme is designed to give you visible results in only 30 days.

Chalene’s Lean Phasing® technique shifts your body’s fat-burning focus from cardio to resistance training. By using weights or resistance bands, you’ll build lean muscle and ramp up your metabolism. When you have more muscle, you’ll burn fat long after your workout.

**This is one of my personal favorites and is included in my own personal workout rotations.

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Rev ABS:

Your 90-Day Ab Solution.

With RevAbs, you can get the sexy six-pack abs you’ve always wanted. All it takes is a little hard work and Brett Hoebel’s proven Abcentrics™ training technique. Brett will teach you how to burn off the fat and work your entire core from 6 different angles, revealing your RevAbs six-pack—FAST! It’s so effective, many of Brett’s clients lose up to 10 pounds in the first 2 weeks.

I dig this as it incorporate some martial arts disciplines and really does help to shred abs FAST!

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Les Mill’s PUMP:

WORK OUT JUST 3 TIMES A WEEK.              GET WORLD-CLASS RESULTS.

This barbell-based rapid weight loss and accelerated strength-training program incinerates calories to help give you the ultimate tight, toned, and lean body you want. The secret is THE REP EFFECT, which uses lighter weights at a higher rate of repetition so you can burn up to 1,000 calories per workout and get lean and strong without bulking up.

The system includes your very own barbell, the secret weapon designed to speed up your strength training and fat loss. Your kit comes complete with a set of two 5-lb. and two 10-lb. weighted plates.

If you’ve entered a gym around my area, then you’ve heard of BodyPump. THIS is the home version, complete with results! I love this workout and keep it on rotation (it doesn’t hurt that I am Body Pump certified either!). This series is great for those short on time…..but needing results. You really can get results by using these 3x per week!

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Power 90:

90-Day In-Home Boot Camp.

If you want to go from the body you’ve got to the body you’ve always wanted in as little as 30 minutes a day at home, then Tony Horton’s Power 90 boot camp is the program for you.

With Tony’s exclusive Sectional Progression™ training technique, each movement targets a specific zone of the body for maximum fat burning and full body sculpting. You’ll transform your body in 90 days.  Plus you’ll get a FREE Power Sculpting Band to use with the program.

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Mobility. Agility. Vitality. Everything is about to FEEL better.

 

Ready to say goodbye to common aches and pains that may be holding you back from enjoying lifelong activity? Tai Cheng™ is a natural solution designed to help you do just that. It combines 21st-century fitness science with the centuries-old techniques of Tai Chi to help reduce joint and muscle pain through better muscle control.

The real breakthrough behind Tai Cheng is a rapid learning technique called Dynamic Motion Control™ that teaches you to master the 18 fundamental moves of Tai Chi in just 90 days. Every day Tai Cheng takes you through a gentle energizing warm-up and teaches you a new Tai Chi move. In phases, you’ll learn to put the moves together into sequence.

You’ll experience increased balance and strength, improved joint function, a wider range of motion, less stiffness, greater flexibility, and an overall feeling of natural energy and well-being.

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Whew! I know that can be lot to process, so I encourage you to read through each and CONTACT ME with ANY questions!

I WANT RESULTS YESTERDAY…..HOW DO I SIGN UP?

Glad you asked :)

Simply click HERE, then click on JOIN THE BEACHBODY CHALLENGE.

You’ll be directed through  a FREE membership page and then you pick your program.

Simple as that. Once you start clicking, let me know so I can add you to the group.

REMEMBER: There can only be 10 people in this group, so jump on it ASAP!

Time won’t hold up for you, but the results you get will last a lifetime.

SIGN UP NOW!

And good luck ;)

Michelle

Keep in mind: my TOTAL commission goes to fund missions and help victims of sex trafficking and human exploitation. YOU CAN be a part of something BIG!

THIS is why I do what I do :)

Tough Love Tuesday: Why it’s so hard to just PUSH PLAY

You know, losing weight, gaining muscle, getting lean, getting healthy, eating healthy….ALL of these require one key ingredient: HARD WORK.

Getting healthy and fit require persistence and dedication. They require a level of commitment that most people just aren’t used to giving anymore.

They also require…help.

This is what I do, I help. I don’t call all the shots or force people to workout and eat right against their will. In fact, it’s their will that usually landed them in my helping hands :)

So, why do I do it? Well, you can go back and read my whole story, but I was far from healthy in my formative years. I was a couch decoration (which is worse than a potato!) and always felt I had nothing to offer. Once fitness and clean eating found me, my life took a dramatic turn. Now, I am able to help others achieve a lifestyle that enables their dreams, instead of one that just keeps dreams at bay.

Question: if I could point you to ALL the resources you need to make a lasting change, would you make it? Would you take that step to change your daily habits? Would you embark on a journey that would end in your ultimate success? By now, I’m sure you’re chomping at the bit, ready for the secret. Here it is: DO THE WORK.

Over a year ago I partnered with Beach Body, a well-known company that provides fitness programs and nutrition expertise. I was ecstatic at this partnership since it would enable me to help more people. I’m not talking about helping people get skinny or just fit into pre-baby clothes…I’m talking about life changing help. Empowerment. The big stuff. The biggest obstacle is that all too often excuses arise and people just stop pushing play. Those who stop pushing play on the program also end up being the same ones who stop pushing play in life. They take their seat on the bench and let the others have fun. That way they are always there…should somebody need them. They would hate for their health goals (which, incidentally, have been shown to increase the quality of life and decrease pain while ALSO increasing overall productivity) to get in anybody elses way. So, they leave them behind, set on pause, frozen in time. Along with these are a laundry list of things that never got finished in life…

How many of you are there RIGHT NOW? Do you feel like you got dealt a bad hand? It’s NOT the hand you’re dealt, it’s what you do with it. Why I am involved in fitness anyway? Because I have witnessed people able to come off of loads of medication. I have seen people regain strength. I have seen them reach their goals AND set even better ones! I have seen miracles happen because they believed they were not made of junk. I have seen faith restored and the powerless become empowered. That’s the awesome things about fitness! So…why do you quit? Why are you still struggling? Don’t throw lame excuses around! For everyone who complains about their feet, there is an amputee working harder….and NOT complaining. Suck it up, push the button, then commit to push yourself. THAT is how you find out what you’re made of…

Need help setting or reaching a goal? Check THIS out!

My HONEST Opinion (review) for P90X and P90X2

Hello guys!

I hope all of you are rocking your day to the best of you.:-)

Today I am going to give you my professional review of BeachBody Programs: P90X and P90X 2. If you’re a devoted Xer, just simma down!

Let’s dive in shall we?

I have done both P90X and P90X2 (my hubs joined me for the latter) and both have their ups and downs. First and foremost, both are more advanced programs so they are not for those just coming off the couch. The truth is that Tony Horton never really intended for these to be weight loss programs, but rather conditioning programs. So, for those just beginning who state “WOW this is hard!” You would be correct.

Now this does not mean that you need to put the DVD away and return to the couch. Rather, I advise steps towards developing more functional fitness platform before embarking on the P90 revolution. Beach Body wants to end the trend of obesity, yes, but they are also a company that makes profits. They focus on the weight loss side because that is what sells.

There are a few things I do not care for with these programs. One is that the instruction revolves around Tony’s large personality. It’s either love it or hate it. I’ve been instructing and training for a decade, so I know that it really matters what people get from the personality in order to stay committed to the workouts. The sequencing of the exercises is fair. Sequencing is a large key in injury prevention. The pace can be a bit much for those just starting AND it seems a bit slow for those more used to a group environment. Now, onto the moves themselves. Professionally, they are showy. There are a variety of moves that can be more effective when coming from the base rather than focused on how awesome you can make the body look. This is a problem for me because I come from a different training style. I train functionally and focus on things from the ground up and the inside out.

All in all, this is not one that I reach for nor do I use any of the fancy moves with clients. For those who are committed to the person behind the screen (and a large part of the Beach Body brand) you will probably force enjoyment and reap some results. My largest problem thus far is the number of injuries that have been reported from those doing the program. Now, are the injuries due to poor sequencing and lack of clear instruction or are they the result of NOT having hands on training for such a difficult program? Really it could swing either way.

Beach Body has some other, lower impact, programs that offer great results as well. They have also recently began certifying instructors for P90X. Keep in mind the majority of these instructors have NO other certification, so proceed with caution.

If you are able to get your hands on a certified personal trainer that can help you set a solid foundation, then the X may work a whole lot better for you. My ranking of this program is about a 2 out of 5 simply for the injuries.

Have a Healthy Day!

Michelle

For strength training that delivers, sans injuries, check out Les Mill’s Pump and Chalean Extreme.

P90X2 1 week review

Here we are, 7 days into P90X2, so I figured a quick review would suffice.

WOW! OK, I wanted challenging and I got it. I have been up super early everyday (as has my hubby and he hasn’t EVER complained. GO ALAN!) X2 is certainly delivering on the challenges as it seems with each new day I find at least one move that I commit to mastering. I’m going to have to quit working and devote my life full-time to mule kick burpees! Seriously… So, results: YOU BET! Since Monday I have lost 2.3 pounds and though I haven’t taken my inches, since I’m really waiting till the first 30 days are up, I can tell a big difference in my clothes. Since I was dealing with a post pregnancy belly a bit, it has flattened back out this week, YAY! The best part is that the stuff that I do with X2 at 5 in the morning makes what I do with my afternoon and evening classes seem so much easier to my body. It’s saying, “REALLY?!? IS THAT ALL YOU GOT?!?” Since we’re following the program and in the first phase (which is NO JOKE!) we had 2 recovery and mobility days which translates into quality time with a foam roller. As a trainer, I appreciate this because I know the benefits of foam rolling. Just because I know it, doesn’t mean I do it though. These days force me to recover. All in all I am totally digging the ferocity of the workouts and they are obviously giving my body the shock and challenge that is needed to promote change. We’ll see how the second week goes, especially since I have an all day dance training next Sunday!

Keep on MOVING people!

Michelle

P90X2: Two Days in Review

Hey guys!

So, after reviewing tough love, I decided it may be a little too tough today, but you will see it at some point! For now, let me tell you what’s going on in the Carlson house…

For the past 2 mornings I have started waking up at 4:15 (as opposed to 4:30) and setting up our living room for the battle! My hubs and I are doing P90X2 at 5 a.m. every morning and I, for one, am LOVING IT! I needed a new challenge thrown at me because even though I am a sicko that enjoys a good sweat session, I can become complacent in my workout habits and stop seeing results. Yeah, I’m always striving to improve. Think of it progress, not perfection. I noticed a few weeks ago that I wasn’t seeing what I wanted for the amount of time and energy I was putting into my workouts. That meant it was time for a change! I talked with my love and we decided P90X2 was one we could do together. So, I wake up and clear the living room floor and get everything ready, then get him up to have a light snack and get started.

Day one was CoreX and it was great (I’m getting the feeling I won’t find any not great though). The moves are really complex which left me feeling like I’ll do 200% better the next time since I’ll know what’s coming. Note to reader: this is why exercise programs always say to watch before you do! So, yesterday morning we huffed and puffed and groaned through it and by about 2 p.m. my abs were already sore. Then I taught kickboxing last night :) . This morning was Plyocide, or Death by Plyometrics, as Tony Horton calls it. I felt more in my element here as it’s cardiovascular endurance training. think of how athletes train….yep, that was me! I was jumping and laughing at the “rabbit” so hard. My glutes were killing me this morning, but plyo worked them out, then worked them over. My endurance level is above average because I’ve trained for it to be (hello! I have to kickbox AND talk at the same time for an hour!) and this workout still challenged me through the variety of movements. During water breaks I was usually still hopping around and I have been pumped up ALL DAY.

Tomorrow is the Recovery and Mobility and I do love playing with foam rollers:) Each workout so far has been an hour long, but we have found it doable before the workday starts. After the workout, Alan goes to get ready and I whip up some Shakeology (today he made mine though, that sweet man!). It all works with some effort. P90 isn’t a beginner program in my professional opinion, but there are others beginners can try and I WILL make sure to get a review of those up in this next week.

Keep on moving and have a HEALTHY day!

Michelle