#TBT: Throw Back Thursday

This particular hashtag seems to have become increasingly popular amongst social media picture users. You know who you are people! So I thought I would take full advantage, I mean the opportunity :) to shed a little light on how I went from being overweight, depressed and suicidal to a bikini competing world traveling missionary who truly kicks…butt. So, check it out.

100_1637I happen to be one of those truly blessed people who has fought with my weight ALL MY LIFE. My mom was a chronic dieter as was her mother before her and so on. The number on the scale was never good enough, the number on the pants tag was never good enough, therefore I was never good enough. By the time I was a teenager I had already been on Atkins, the Fat Free Diet, The Cabbage Soup Diet, Slimfast, Weight Watchers, TOPS, nothing-but-salad diet, etc. You name it, I did it. While most young ladies are beginning to notice boys and wondering what they will be when they grow up, I was just hoping the seams of my stretchy pants wouldn’t give out. I begrudged food and everything it stood for and I believed the absolute LIE that it was in my genes. The truth was..it was in jeans.

100_1631 By the time I had my first child I had wrecked my metabolism. I was tired all of the time and walked the tight rope of starving myself and binge eating. I wore a lot of black too….though I still love black :) . I digress… The question most often asked is “How did you do it?” Well, slowly. I did it all wrong for years. I stopped eating meat altogether and existed on tofu and fake cheese for over a year. Why? Vegans were skinny, duh! I just wanted to be skinny. Every time I would fall into old patterns of starvation and binge eating, I would blame genetics (which, when you think of it is like blaming God, RIGHT?) and step back to the back of the diet line to be sold a bunch of bull that made no sense yet I NEEDED them to make me SKINNY. It’s a crazy world out there y’all, buckle up and be safe when looking for answers.

I found yoga after a few years and things began to unravel. If you would have asked me 10 years ago if I thought about COMPETING when I’m in my mid-thirties, I would have laughed until cried…then I probably would have just cried. So, the steps have been many. Please to NOT discount what I said there: MANY! There is NO shortcut that will get the results that are worth the work. There are no drinks, powders, potions, pills, gels, creams, or even surgeries that can expedite HARD WON results. So, what does it take then?

along the way Step One: HONESTY. I hate to be the bearer of horrifying news BUT…the excess fat hanging around on your body was your decision. WAIT…what about my friend that eats whatever and is tiny? High five them and tell them God must not have thought they could handle the weight loss situation and that, my friends, is why we are all created differently. By the way, don’t think your thin friend has an easy life; they probably deal with things you could never imagine. That info was extra and free, you’re welcome :) OK, SO…be HONEST with yourself. If you’ve been relying on false measures for weight loss, it will backfire in the end. Sit down and look long and hard. In order to shed weight (the more weight, the more change) serious LIFESTYLE change has to occur. That crap about “You’ll lose all the weight you want and never feel deprived” is plain and utter BULL. The first step to cracking the weight loss code is taking an honest look at what you have to work with and what got you there. Basically, whatever got you there needs to be ditched and a new normal needs to take hold.

100_1638 Step two: TAKE ACTION. You know what happens when you talk about reaching your goals? NOTHING. You shouldn’t have to go around justifying your goals and re-explaining them just to keep yourself on board. Less talk, more action…literally. You HAVE to move MORE than you are comfortable with moving to make a change. Again, free advice :)

After2 Step Three: PATIENCE. You must become the Ghandi of weight loss patience. Do not rely on the stupid scale (I will blog in-depth about my scale conspiracy theory later!) and realize that your jeans may fit different from one day to the next. Why? Because your body is a living, breathing, ever-changing organism dude!!! Why on Earth do we think that it should just comply neatly without change or fuss. If I want a smaller butt, then my butt should shrink without anything else changing. WRONG! Your body is in a constant state of change and energy balancing. This is why your weight can fluctuate and why you can feel super tight one day and like a swollen piece of road kill the next. We are sometimes unaware of the salt content in foods and our water balance is hardly ever spot on, so be patient with yourself. It takes longer than 12 days, longer than 12 weeks, longer than 6 months! I think REAL lifestyle change does not truly sink in until after 1 full year honestly (SSSSHHHHHH: I cannot tell you about it right now, BUT something HUGE is coming!). Grow more patient as you reach each individual goal (check out Goal Setting on this blog to figure out how to do that effectively) and TRUST THE PROCESS.

After 1Step Four: Own it. You wanna know the COOLEST thing about reaching a goal that YOU worked for? You can sit back and take a moment to relish in the work you accomplished. You don’t have to give props to some drink or pill…you can say it was you. Well, in my own personal case, it was myself and God cause there was a lot of prayer involved! You can’t hate your way to your goal. Jealousy of others will not get you there. It is, quite literally, all you. I can give you meal plans, workouts, regimens…but at the end of the day you decide if you want to be the person who leaves a legacy or a whiny little life of “IF ONLY”.

Today is the day you decide. Don’t wait until after the holidays. DO it now! Make your plan, make a change, do it for yourself, your family and the rest of the world that is waiting for YOUR impact.

Peace, Love, and Lunges,

Michelle

 

1,2,3,4, Get Your Booty Off the Floor: The Workout to Combat Saggy Butt Syndrome

No matter your age or background, a tight and round rear view is something most of us aspire to. Tight, powerful glutes are a sign that you work for your physique and were by no means, simply born with it.

As we age, gravity takes its nasty toll and we end up with saggier bottoms than a diaper ad. We moan and complain about the crease between the glutes and hamstring (wait, that’s not supposed to be there!?!?! Nature would say yes, but I strive to defy that…) and wail about panty lines. Interesting fact: if your glutes are fit and tight, you won’t get panty lines since the panties won’t have copious amounts of fat to dig into. Now, if you suffer from HORRIFIC panty lines, buy the right size people! That info was totally free, please use it.

Lucky for you, I happen to be one of the most butt-obsessed people out there. Get your mind out of the gutter…I mean in terms of shape, form and function. I’ve seen them all and have struggled with my own battle of gravity. So now, I bring to you indispensable booty wisdom and a workout deemed to round out even the flattest of rears. Enjoy :)

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Saggy Butt Solution

After a proper warm up consisting of moving the joints to their full range and getting some blood pumping in the lower half, perform this circuit with minimal rest between moves. Once you master the moves, add some weight to make it more challenging.

Sumo Squats: 20x

Plyometric Plie’: 20x

Donkey Kicks: 20x each leg

Bridge Lift on Floor: 20x

Step Up: 20x each leg

Pop Squats: 20x

Rest for 30-45 seconds between each circuit and aim to complete the circuit 5 times. For all you mathletes that means 100x for each exercise. Add this circuit in 2x per week and you’ll thank me in a couple of months :)

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Workout Descriptions

Sumo Squat: Stand with feet about 4 feet  apart in a wide base, toes turned out very slightly and weight in heels. Push your butt back and lower your butt down, pressing body weight through heels. Come to knee level then squeeze your butt and stand tall. Add weight by holding weight in front OR by wearing a weighted vest.

Plyometric Plie’: Stand with feet in a wide stance as above, and turn toes out towards opposite sides of the room, weight in heels and forefront of your feet. Tuck your hips under and lower the tailbone towards the floor. Once hips are level with the knees, explode up pressing from heel to toe, then land soft and back into your plie’.

Donkey Kicks: From all 4′s, flex your right foot and push the heel up and away from the body as if slowly kicking in a door (cause we ALL know what that feels like), return and repeat on same side.

Bridge Lift on Floor: Lie on back with knees bent, feet flat on floor, slightly wider than your hips with heels as close to hips as is comfortable for your knees. Press down into heels and lift hips straight up, squeezing the butt tight. Slowly return to start and repeat. If you do not focus on squeezing the butt, your quads will take over, so focus and press straight up, not back.

Step Up: Find a tall step OR even 2-3 stairs (depending on your height). Place one foot right on top of the step, weight in heel. Press down through top heel and squeeze glute to step all the way up, then lower down with control. Repeat on same side and focus on that particular glute. Try not to press off the floor with the other leg.

Pop Squats: Stand with feet about shoulder width apart, toes and knees facing forward. Lower down into squat (bonus points for getting to knee level every time) then explode up, landing with knees soft and feet together. Jump back out into squat position for 1 rep. Stay low in your squat and keep knees soft when you land, abs in super tight. These should move fast once you get the hang of them. Need more of a challenge? Hold a dumbbell at your chest OR wear a weighted vest.

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Remember to FEED YOUR MUSCLE with quality foods that keep it lean and mean. Oatmeal, egg whites, whey protein and plenty of veggies will help to combat the overcoming pull of gravity, so load up!

Peace, Love and Lunges,

Michelle

 

Healthy Holidays: Quick Fix Workout

As we enter into the season of joy and overindulgence, it’s nice to have some ammunition in your back pocket that will help you burn off some of those indulgences and keep it fit throughout the holidays…within reason ;) Try this workout 3x per week for maximum results.

Warm up with a light jog or power walk for 5 minutes

15 squats

20 alternating back lunges

50 jumping jacks

10 burpees (either a single or double leg)

15 pushups

30 mountain climbers

Jump rope (real or imaginary) for 2 minutes

Recover for 1 minute and REPEAT 2 more times

COACHES TIP: Keep your core engaged the ENTIRE time to work your abs and keep you spine safe and movements clean and efficient.

Give it a try all at once, or break it up throughout your day to rev up the metabolism. DO IT…then log it in the comments below :)

Peace, love, and LOADS of lunges,

Michelle

 

 

So NOW What?

Well, Halloween is over. Are you suffering from a candy coma? Too much sugar ingested in the name of “testing” candy for your kids? It’s going to be OK!

Welcome to Healthy Holidays 2013!

Let’s be honest, for many of us November and December mark the beginning of the end of the year. Parties take over workouts and good nutrition goes right out the window. It doesn’t have to be this way though. YOU, yes you, can become one of those weirdos that keep to their fit lifestyle while enjoying the holidays. All it takes is a little preparation and a lot of knowledge :) and you’ll get all you need, right here:

  • If you fall off the proverbial wagon, don’t run to the nearest gym to punish yourself. While busting a good sweat the night after overindulging is good, adding an extra hour or 2 to your workout is just crazy. You won’t force your body to comply by beating it to death, in fact, your butt knows you made the decision to eat those Reese’s so why should it suffer?
  • Know your pitfalls. Take inventory of what you simply cannot stay way from during the holidays and plan AROUND it, don’t attempt to avoid it altogether. For example, I really enjoy (translation: am totally obsessed with) Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. It has to be the small, wrapped ones though. Anyways, I have tried keeping them out of the house at all costs, but I will usually try to stuff that craving with something else. So, I simply limit what comes in to root in our pantry. This way I can enjoy what I view as a serious treat, but not feel awful physically or emotionally.
  • Plan ahead. I cannot stress how important this is! Plan your day so that you can avoid common pitfalls. It may mean waking up 30 minutes earlier to work out (it hasn’t killed anybody yet) which would entail putting your computer on shut down 30 minutes earlier the night before. Know that you will more than most likely eat at the party and adjust your intake that day. Don’t let yourself arrive to a party starving from not eating, down a glass of wine and then proceed on the hunt to eat anything slower than you…it just never ends well, trust me.
  • Get some extra accidental movement. Let’s face it, extending your workout time to overcompensate for eating is futile in this environment. You can barely get your normal workouts in during the holidays, so attempting to add more just doesn’t work. Instead, aim for more movement in general. Do 20 jumping jacks every time you go to the bathroom. Stand and stretch every hour. Do glute squeezes or calf raises in line at the store. Park further away. Jog into the mall or store. Power walk from one shop to the next. Keep a band near your work space and alternate 20 bicep curls and 20 squats a few times per day. Plan social events involving movement such as walking to see Christmas light (weather permitting), walking through park decorations, Christmas rounds of golf or put-put, etc. When all else fails…WALKING LUNGES EVERYWHERE. :)

Keep a positive outlook on staying healthy this holiday season and you won’t feel like your “starting over” every January 1st. Remember, I have something really big launching for you just a couple of days after Christmas, so stay tuned for more Healthy Holidays workouts, recipes and meal plans!

Peace, Love and Lunges,

Michelle

Frame of Mind

How’s your brain doing these days?

I’m not talking about your memory or even the capacity to learn. What I am a bit more concerned about as of the moment are the thoughts going through your head.

When we take on a goal, whatever it may be, our thought process plays a large role in whether or not we meet that goal. Henry Ford had it right when he said “Whether you think you can or you can’t, you’re right.” We ultimately will take the thoughts of our mind as truth to our lives. It is critical to learn to observe and control these thoughts in order to live a more full and productive life. By implementing control over your thoughts, you can lose weight, gain strength, eat healthier, improve relationships and even alter your entire lifestyle. Sounds great right? But how on earth do we get there?

1. Step one: OBSERVE

Have you ever just let your mind wonder? One minute you’re sitting there writing down your awesome life plans, and the next minute you’re watching a squirrel outside of your window and wondering what it must be like to run all over jumping through the air like it’s nothing. Don’t lie, you’ve had those thoughts. Or perhaps your thoughts drift to other plans, dinner, hunger, your past, future, etc. These are all distractions and even the most successful among us have dealt with them. Observe them, don’t ignore them. Know that they are there so you can think around them so to speak. I keep a blank sheet of paper near me to jot stray thoughts down. Some of these thoughts have actually turned into great ideas, but most are simple distractions. By observing them, I can then free myself up to take control of them.

2. Step two: Know what to ditch.

If you’re trying to plan a way to increase your earning potential, thinking about the latest celebrity scandal is not likely to help. So, my advise is to turn off the unimportant stuff. Let go of gossip magazines, stay away from the celeb stalkers and don’t waste your time on Pinterest (GUILTY!). Unless your goal is to be a talent agent, there is nothing there for you. If you have a friend that sucks up your energy, don’t return their calls while you’re trying to work towards your goal. If your goal is weight loss, don’t call that friend on your way to the gym people! You’ll end up in the parking lot listening to a list of failures and gossip that will get you nowhere. Be selective of what your energy is poured into and know that life has an ebb and flow. During the holiday season we naturally gravitate towards richer foods and family time. Realize this happens and plan for it.

3. Step three. Shed light on the dark.

Often times we try to simply bury the thoughts that say there is no way we can reach our goal. Honestly, if you think you’ve “buried” it, all you have really done is plant it. By planting this thought you have opened yourself up as the very garden in which this negativity will prosper. Get it out in the open and shine a light on it. Dark thoughts hate light, so turn the flood lights on! The most successful people on this earth are successful because they viewed themselves that way and worked through the dark stuff. Find some positive friends to push you through and maybe even smack you into reality. Rest assured, there is a difference between easy and worth it. Your goal should be so big that it isn’t easy, but it is worth the work.

These 3 steps will get you started towards controlling the thoughts that run your day. Once you master these you can move forward at a quicker pace, happy to do the work.

Peace, love and lunges!

Michelle

You are what you train for…

I have found in my life that wisdom can often be wasted on the young….mostly because they have more deductive reasoning than those of us who are set in our ways :) I was able to witness such wisdom just yesterday:

My daughter and I were in the office, she doing her school work and me passing the time watching yoga videos (hey, we all have our things). I was watching one such yoga video featuring the ever lovely and always lively Meghan Currie (I highly recommend her site) and in complete awe of the control and grace with which she moved. If you would take a little time to watch her, you’ll notice her back bends are quite enviable. I remarked to my daughter how I always wanted to conquer such poses, but alas they had eluded me. I expressed frustration over this fact since I have been a yoga teacher for nearly a decade (with specialities in human anatomy). I was met with an honest and eye-opening response…

“Well, that’s not what you train for….”

Wisdom came and smacked me across the face right then. My daughter had nailed down the fact that I indeed do not train for yoga or even to improve my yoga. I have always been the yogi that trains for other things (namely nice glutes and fit thighs, along with shapely arms and the ability to kick butt) and then throw yoga in as a preventative measure or, sadly, an afterthought at times. Before we move on, I must express my newest set of goals is to remedy this situation…

So, it begs the question then: WHAT DO YOU TRAIN FOR?

Do you have to constantly tell people you work out, or do they know because your lifestyle reflects it? Honestly, you don’t have to be ripped for people to notice, you just have to commit to a lifestyle. You can’t hit the gym 5 days per week, but party ALL weekend. Beer pong (if you don’t know what that is PLEASE don’t go searching. You’re all the better not knowing), ribs, fried foods, sweet binges and weekend cocktails can take the best of gym dedications and drive them into the ground. We all know the people who either talk about class (Take yoga, Pilates, barre, step, kickboxing) ALL the time, but their body never changes. What should that tell us? That hour is just another form of a social outlet, not a lifestyle. The same thing goes for those who hit the gym 5 days a week like it’s a job. If that dedication doesn’t bleed into the kitchen, nothing will ever change. This is why knowing your goals is so important! If my new goal is to accomplish a back bend sequence without wanting to cry (or hit somebody) then my training needs to reflect it. If I told you my new goal, but you saw me deadlifting 150 pounds 3 times per week, am I really training towards my goal? So, if you tell me your goal is to drop 20 pounds, but I see you posting about happy hours, nachos, chips, and mimosas….do I think you’re training towards your goal? Are we drilling this in enough?

How DO you train towards a goal?

Easy, know your GOAL. All too often we follow the latest fad or hit the gym just because other people do. God calls us sheep for a reason….we’re always looking for something or somebody to follow. If your goal has nothing to do with the gym, ditch the membership and actually work towards what you want. If your goal is to make $5000 more this year, don’t take extra days off from work. Your goal will ultimately determine WHAT you do. Your will determines how far you go…

Michelle (your soon to be back-bendy blogger)

Workout Wednesday! New Challenge to fit your schedule

I’ll make this short and sweet :)

I haven’t run a butt kicking challenge in a while and THIS will probably be the last one this year. So, if you’re looking to reduce your overall bodyfat, increase your energy, and go into the party season looking better than ever (or just better than last year), all while still having a life…have I got the deal for you!

It’s straight forward here. Shaun T has created Focus T25 to fit into any schedule. You work out 25 minutes per day (it’s not how long, it’s how you use it right???), 5 days a week. Follow the meal plan for optimal results and get the added motivation you need from me and your team. Speaking of team, I have an idea that couples would be GREAT for this. You can be married, dating or just best buds (or enemies). Split the cost and souble the rewards. No gimmicks, just working out to be the healthiest version of you, period.

So, grab a friend or loved one, or a room full of strangers and get your sweat on! This time, it’s all about the results.

You can grab the program alone OR the full challenge pack HERE. If you’re already on Shakeology, just get the program alone. If you want maximum results with all this program has to offer, grab the challenge pack.

The challenge begins Monday, August 12th.

I’ll see you in your workout space!

Michelle

TLT: When Pressing Play Isn’t Enough

Good Morning!

As always, Tough Love Tuesdays can seem rough, but they are for your own good :)

It seems like nowadays everybody and their dog has an exercise video (even me!). The concept is simple: push play. Beach Body has made a fortune on selling this concept, backed by big personalities and success stories. If it truly is as simple as pushing play….why are we actually getting fatter and more unhealthy as the years move forward?

I’ll be honest, I like a good video. I like the fact that I can zone out and not have to sequence my own workout and I also utilize videos with my clients. For most, it’s easier to pop a video in for homework as opposed to checking with a sheet of paper or email. Workout videos are, in essence, convenient. However, they are flawed as well.

Some drawbacks to videos are quite evident. The first is form. If we don’t have good form we won’t get the results we are after. There are a few good vids on the market that harp on form (Chalean Extreme, Ellen Barrett, Core Fusion, for example), but many simply assume you’ll get it. Sadly, most don’t. Poor form will lead to injury and injury keeps us from finding joy in our workouts. Another drawback is that we rarely push ourselves as hard as we should. We are far more concerned with comfort and safety and won’t go as far as we need to for results. Having a trainer that you trust makes a huge difference in this arena. Videos also fail to change our mindset OR our habits. This, my friend, is where the key to true success lies.

If weight loss were truly as easy as pushing play, would there be a weight problem that is costing us billions (yep, you read that right, Google it) of dollars? Of course not! The problem isn’t in lack of DVD players or videos to suit any workout need or personality. The problem is within each of us, engrained in our being. Whether we succeed or fail…..it is upon ourselves that the future of our health lies.

The next fitness guru is always right around the corner. In the fitness world, we all scramble for the next big idea. 1 out of 5 ideas may take off, but they are generally a flash in the pan. Think about those who have been making videos for years (Tae Bo anyone?). They have to continually add and change to keep our attention. Committing to a fit lifestyle is a far cry from watching a video.

So, where are things going wrong? In my professional opinion, it’s our wiring. We are becoming more hard-wired to do things that we want rather than things that are needed or required. This behaviour is encouraged and the fitness industry has tried for years to capitalize on it, to little avail. So, what happens within our wiring to cause this shift in our culture?

  1. We are becoming increasingly more lazy. I never believed in laziness until a few years ago when a client truly opened my eyes to the fact that some people simply don’t care. The phrase “I don’t feel like it” has become a rampant infestation in our culture and will cause a downfall. Laziness is not needed and is actually a sin (see Proverbs 19).
  2. We don’t think it’s worth the time/effort. This ties into the lazy gene that is overtaking us. We fear putting forth the effort.
  3. We blindly think we cannot change. Change is available to all who work for it, period.
  4. We fear change, failure and success…all at once. We allow ourselves to be stuck where we are simply because we think we know this place. We fear moving forward and progressing because is we succeed, what more will be asked of us (again, that’s laziness coming through)? And if we fail, what will we have to do next?
  5. We don’t think we are worth the effort. We believe the lie that we are not worth the work to change. We think we are not worthy of success and so we drag on, merely existing throughout our days. This is a deadly way to live and should be thrown to the fire right away. We are meant for better! It may not be a million dollars or a size zero, BUT it is better than staying stuck in the lies we blindly adhere to. For lack of a better phrase, it’s time to put on your big girl panties and do the work!

When it comes to weight loss I see one thing as a major deterrent to change: we expect our bodies to respond in record-breaking time. You cannot treat your body like crap and then expect it to change into exactly what you want in 2 weeks, 6 weeks or even 52 weeks! Chill out! First off, show your body some respect as it is a gift and we are called to steward this gift just as we are to steward the money and other possessions we have been given.

Wrapping this TLT, I have some facts of encouragement for you :) Trust me, this is good stuff.

First, remember that although you must not adhere to “feeling like it” you do need to like it in general. One workout is not the end all for all bodies. Vary your workouts to keep from getting bored and keep the body responding. My workouts are varied from yoga to weight lifting to MMA and everything in between. Choose what works best to stimulate your body, mind and sense of self.

Second, weight loss occurs in the kitchen alone! There is no amount of punishment you can inflict on the body that will make it magically drop weight. What you eat and how you nourish your own body will allow you to let go of unnecessary weight and move forward.

Use all of this as food for thought and have a very healthy day!

Michelle

30 Day BOOSTERS! Spring Challenge 2013

Welcome to the first day of Spring!

I hope that you are enjoying some lightness to your steps today :)

As stated before, these challenges have a little something for all levels of fitness and ANY schedule.

Today is the release of the 30 day challenges, one of which is a nutrition challenge.

Remember, only 10 participants are allowed per challenge group and each participant will get free nutrition consultations and food log reviews to help ensure maximum results.

Are you ready to meet your 30 day challenges?

LET’S GO!

10 Minute Trainer

No more excuses.

Does finding time to lose weight seem nearly impossible? Try 10-Minute Trainer®. This program is designed with one thing in mind: better results in less time. Give superstar trainer Tony Horton just 10 minutes, he’ll give you the body you want.

In 10-Minute Trainer, Tony put his most effective moves into a series of power-packed total-body workouts. His breakthrough Super Stacking™ Technique combines fat-burning cardio, body toning and sculpting, and ab moves, adding resistance bands for even faster results. In just 10 minutes of Tony’s Super Stacking you can burn as many calories as 30 minutes of jogging. With 10-Minute Trainer, you have no more excuses!

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INSANITY: The Asylum Volume 1

Maximize your sports performance in just 30 days.

Start your winning streak with INSANITY: THE ASYLUM. Shaun T takes your skills and fitness up to elite status with sports-specific training and progressive drills inspired by pro athletes. During this 30-day program, he’ll push you to build your speed, coordination, agility, and power. You’ll be ready for game day—every day.

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Body Gospel

Body Gospel®. Have faith in your weight loss results.

Body Gospel is a workout program that  connects the power of faith with your desire to lose weight and get fit. Inspirational  fitness expert Donna Richardson Joyner will help you transform your mind, your body, and your spirit.

With cardio workouts set to uplifting gospel music, muscle-firming resistance bands, and a complete nutrition plan, Body Gospel will give you more energy and help you take care of your temple.

GREAT for beginners OR those seeking lower impact workouts.

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Rockin Body

Rock it out to burn fat all over.

Want to feel the beat while you feel the  burn? Dance and sweat to some of the hottest hits of all time with Shaun T. Rockin’  Body® is a cardio-based fitness system that works your entire body.

Shaun makes it easy to learn the routines  with his Mark It and Move It technique, so you’ll be rockin’ it out in no time.  You’ll feel like you’re center stage in Shaun’s live rock show. There’s even a  live audience to cheer you on.

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There they are! Your ticket to a fit and healthy physique in 30 days.

Rules are the same, you must be enrolled in the challenge to be placed as a participant. How do you it?

Click the product you like above OR click HERE. Join the FREE membership, then find YOUR challenge pack adn walk through the prompts to purchase. Easy to order, easy to get results with the right tools and accountability. As always, EMAIL me with any questions!

Michelle

 

BTW: Are you wondering if these programs REALLY work?

Before and After med

A picture is worth a thousand results!

Programs completed to date:

Shakeology (I have 2 a day!)

P90X2

Chalean Extreme

Turbo Fire

Les Mill’s Combat

Yoga Booty Ballet

Ultimate Reset

NEXT UP:

INSANITY/ASYLUM HYBRID :)

 

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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