Do You Have a Beast Within?

If you do, then today is your lucky day because you will have help releasing it with the new lower price on Body Beast from Sagi Kalev.

What is Body Beast?  It’s a program that will help you to pack on up to 20 pounds of muscle in 90 days.   It was created by renowned bodybuilder Sagi Kalev and uses breakthrough sports science to get you big, while cutting fat to carve your physique. Sagi pushes you to the edge to get you pumped and with his help, you’ll learn how to train, eat, and live like a Beast.

Whether you want the basic workout or you want to save money and get the fastest and most effective results with the Body Beast Challenge Pack, you will save between $50.00 and $55.00 with the new price.

As much as I love P90X and Tony Horton, if your goal is to pack on muscle, Beachbody has no better program to do it than Body Beast.

It works for her…

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Is Organic Worth It?

I read this article  today from Rebecca Swammer on the Team Beachbody website and felt vindicated for shopping at Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s:

You’ve heard you are what you eat. But maybe it’s more accurate to say you are how your food is grown? Organic produce can be expensive. In some cases, almost doubly as expensive as its non-organic cousins. But, is it worth the investment? Maybe.

Newcastle University researchers analyzed 343 studies investigating the difference between crops that were organically and conventionally-grown crops and discovered that not only were the antioxidants levels higher (up to 69% higher in some cases), but also that those fruits and vegetables contained “significantly lower levels of toxic heavy metals.” (For instance, cadmium levels were, on average, 48% lower.) And that conventional crops were four times more likely to contain pesticide residue. Their findings were published today in the British Journal of Nutrition.

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Are You Ready for This Kind of Life Change?

I’ve never had the experience that Lisa did.  She lost more than half of her body weight and that is extraordinary.  Maybe P90X didn’t fit her “fitness personality” or she just likes Chalene Johnson more than Tony Horton.  The reason that she chose TurboFire doesn’t really matter.  What matters instead is the unbelievable results that she got.  I will let these pictures tell the story and always remind you that you will save the most money and get the best, longest lasting and quickest results with a Challenge Pack.

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Doug Lost Weight and Became Athletic Looking

How about some morning inspiration to start the day off right.  Doug woke up today and found out that he had won $500.00 in The Beachbody Challenge – a contest that you enter and have a chance to win based on your success story.  Doug made a commitment to his family to be healthier, lost weight, got more energy and as a bonus, he and his family have that $500.00 to enjoy!

He was interviewed by Beachbody and then a panel of judges reviewed his interview and before and after pictures and today he became a winner in one more way.  Here is Doug before and after and below his pictures is his interview:

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Tell us about your life before you started the program. How did you feel about yourself and your body?*
I have always worked out in gyms, but never saw great results. It was because I wasn’t pushing myself hard enough, or eating well enough. I just thought having a great body was not in the cards for me.

What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey?*
At the beginning of every summer, I would see all of the guys at the beach or pool with strong, muscular bodies. I would feel jealous and wish I had that look from both a health standpoint, and a confidence standpoint. A friend had great success losing 50 pounds with P90X, and INSANITY, so I decided to give P90X a shot!

What is the greatest challenge you faced before beginning the program? How did the program and Beachbody® help you overcome that challenge?*
The biggest challenge for me was finding the time. With 2 kids and a full-time job, it was hard to workout. I saw it as selfish. I could have been cleaning the house, or doing laundry, to help out my wife and kids. I had to commit to the program and I did!

What in particular did you like about the program you chose?*
I did P90X3 this round to become all around healthier. Not trying to get lean or huge. Just working on flexibility, athleticism, agility, and fitness. X3 is for those who want to enjoy life…period.

Describe the results you achieved with your Beachbody program. Which achievements are you proud of?*
P90X3 burned off that last bit of fat that showed off my abs, but more importantly it got me more flexible and athletic.

How has your life changed since completing your Beachbody program?*
Just having more energy to play with my kids and family.

How did participating in a Challenge Group help you reach your goals? How did your group support you and keep you accountable?
I ran my first; it was great because it got a few others in shape too!

How did your Team Beachbody® Coach support you on your journey?
Josh is amazing. Even though he has thousands of people he is coaching, I felt like I was the only one. He was easy to connect with and would answer any question I had. If I was doubting myself, or the program, he would get me right back on track.

How did a Beachbody Supplement or Nutritional Product or Program (such as Shakeology® or Beachbody Ultimate Reset®) support your transformation? What are the greatest benefits you gained? Did you see benefits to your energy, sleep, mood/mental clarity, digestion/regularity?
One benefit, that was not on the label, was a new sense of energy. Since drinking Shakeology, I feel better in every aspect of life. My sleep is better, my energy is better, and I know my body is now working better than it ever has.

If you would be interested in entering The Beachbody Challenge and having a chance to win $500.00, just click here.

If you have questions, I would be glad to answer them.

P90X3 is 4 Programs in One

Power 90 was the beginning of an evolution in fitness.  The concept of working out at home and putting yourself through a bootcamp with Tony Horton as your trainer was born.  But Tony and Carl Daikeler, felt that Power 90 wasn’t enough for everyone so the idea of Power 90 Extreme was born and the whole family of P90X workouts.  The evolution continues with P90X3 and Steve Edwards has a good article in the Team Beachbody Newsletter this week that explains it.

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How You Can Use P90X3® to Reach a Variety of Fitness Goals – by Steve Edwards

Whatever your goals, there’s a good chance that P90X3 is the right solution. More than just a weight-loss or fitness program, it’s a training system that can help you reach your dreams, no matter what they are. Like its iconic predecessors’ P90X® and P90X2®, it’s a blend of training styles that fit together like pieces of a puzzle, allowing vast versatility. What makes it different is that it gets you there in half the time.

Starting with this article, we’ll take a look at how you can use P90X3 to reach your specific fitness goals, whether that’s getting ripped, lean, big, small, improve in a sport, activity, or just get better at life.

P90X3 is 4 Programs in One

Classic, Lean, and Doubles will be familiar to those who’ve done P90X. They are the workout rotations that came with the original, each targeting different goals. A mass rotation was added later, due to popular demand, and this has been built into P90X3.

While each provides quick results, they target different physiological niches. Classic is a balance of strength and cardio work. Lean is more cardio-focused, while Mass, as you might guess, is the opposite. Doubles is a next-level rotation for those with a higher fitness level who want to put in more time and want their results as quickly as possible.

These four options cover the majority of our customers’ goals, but we didn’t stop there. Unlike P90X, which was designed to be done after Power 90 or an equivalent program, we wanted X3 to be available to anyone. So we added yet another element or, as the saying goes, “But wait, there’s more!”

Modifications for Everyone

Every move in P90X3 has a modified version that’s not only easier, but is also more suited to those with physical limitations. As in the original, these mods are specifically designed so that you can ease into the program at your own pace, only P90X3′s modifications are especially introductory. This ramp-you-up approach also provides entry and exit points if you’ve taken breaks and/or had an injury, so you can continually advance no matter how fit, unfit, or limited you are.

P90X3 Fits Your Agenda

Whatever your hobbies, X3 can be molded to fit them. Whether you like to golf, fly fish, dance, or do Ironman triathlons, there’s a way to seamlessly insert P90X3 into your activity-specific training and/or playing schedule, allowing you to continue to engage in outside activities while you’re improving your fitness base. Because the program is segmented to target different systems in your body separately (Muscle Confusion™), it’s more easily plugged into a variety of schedules and agendas.

Plus, an “Intuitive” Nutrition Plan

The P90X3 nutrition plan teaches you how to eat, based on your performance, and is just as versatile as the workouts. This is different from the more structured plans of X and X2 and you can easily adapt it based on your fitness backgrounds and nutritional needs. The result is the guide trains you in “intuitive eating.” Essentially, it simplifies everything you thought was complicated about dieting and allows you to simply eat, listen to your body, and adjust based on performance.

How Does P90X3 Work in Half the Time?

There were two big developments that allowed this to happen. First, a lot of people did both P90X and P90X2 and have been providing us with years of feedback. That alone would allow us to build a better mousetrap, but we’ve got new science, too.

Second, over the past few years, a lot of studies began to emerge that showed the power of the first 30 minutes of exercise. While it doesn’t discount the benefits of training longer for some people, it does shed light on how to build a program for time-crunched individuals who don’t necessarily need pro-athlete performance from their bodies. Here’s an excerpt from an article I wrote on the effects of shorter bouts of exercise.

“Your body has an emergency response to exercise. When you begin, no matter what you’re doing, you burn glycogen for fuel. Once your body figures out that you aren’t in an emergency, it begins to conserve by shifting to body tissue, primarily fat stores, for energy. It was once assumed that training during this “fat burning” period was optimal for weight loss. Now we know it’s the opposite. If you take advantage of the glycogen window by training hard (and smart so you don’t get hurt) you can alter your body’s metabolism—the key to changing your body composition—quickly and efficiently.”

Beyond just that, P90X3 has retained the muscle confusion and integration training aspects of P90X and P90X2. All the fancy training jargon, like the specificity of adaptation, super-compensation, progressive overload and post-activation potentiation are still hard at work. Only refined.

The bottom line is that if you’re serious about training, P90X3 should be a component in your fitness arsenal no matter what your end goals are. Next in this series we’ll take a look at the basics of how to use X3′s Muscle Acceleration system to do your specific bidding, starting with weight loss.

5 Exercises for Biceps – 5 Ejercicios Para Bíceps

A year ago, we posted a similar article in English, “5 Moves for Great Biceps“.  Today, we proudly post an article on biceps for the Spanish speaking community!

biceps-exercises-in-spanishLos bíceps representan flexibilidad, tenacidad y una buena dosis de sexualidad. Hombres y mujeres sueñan con brazos bien contorneados, delgados y tonificados.

A continuación te mostramos cinco ejercicios básicos, que te ayudarán a lucir este verano los bíceps que siempre has deseado.

1. Posición de pie: Comienza con los pies juntos o con un pie delante y otro atrás si necesitas más estabilidad. Con los brazos completamente extendidos a los lados y sosteniendo una barra con peso o unas pesas individuales, mantén los codos metidos cerca de tu cuerpo y mueve el brazo lentamente hacia arriba. Cuando el peso está arriba, contrae tus bíceps y luego baja lentamente. No dejes que los codos se muevan durante las repeticiones.
2. Alternando pesas: Coloca los pies separados al ancho de los hombros o coloca un pie adelante y otro atrás. Comienza el ejercicio con ambos brazos extendidos a los lados, las palmas hacia adelante. Lentamente sube un brazo hasta la altura del hombro y aprieta los bíceps en la parte superior. Baja lentamente el brazo hacia abajo y alterna con el otro brazo. Asegúrate de mantener los codos cerca del cuerpo y no dejes que se muevan durante las repeticiones.

3. Movimiento de martillo: Coloca los pies separados al ancho de los hombros, o coloca un pie adelante y otro atrás. Comienza el ejercicio con ambos brazos extendidos a los lados, las palmas frente a frente. Manteniendo las palmas mirando una hacia la otra, flexiona lentamente los brazos hasta la altura del hombro y aprieta los bíceps en la parte superior. Baja lentamente los brazos hacia abajo. Asegúrate de mantener los codos cerca de tu cuerpo y no dejes que se muevan durante las repeticiones.

4. Barbilla hacia arriba. Este es un ejercicio compuesto que trabaja los bíceps, el dorso y los músculos abdominales. Con las palmas hacia arriba, coloca tus manos en una barra -separadas al ancho de los hombros-, sube el cuerpo hacia arriba, de manera que tu barbilla sobrepase la barra y contrae tus abdominales. Luego baja el cuerpo lentamente hasta que los brazos queden extendidos. Repite.

5. Supinación encorvada. El ejercicio de supinación encorvada trabaja los bíceps, el dorso y algunos músculos de la espalda. Comienza con los pies separados al ancho de los hombros y las manos en una barra con pesas o con unas pesas individuales en cada mano. Inclínate hacia delante, manteniendo la espalda recta y el pecho expandido. Levanta la barra hacia tu cuerpo hasta que esté justo debajo del pecho. Luego baja lentamente y repite.

Lo ideal es hacer estos ejercicios 2 o 3 veces a la semana. Comienza con una serie y haz de 8 a 15 repeticiones. La segunda semana haz 2 series, la tercera semana 3 series y descansa después de la cuarta semana. Puedes aumentar el peso cuando seas capaz de hacer de 12 a 15 repeticiones sin cansarte.

P90X and MS

Everyone needs inspiration and I got it in abundance when I read this interview on Team Beachbody.  I also connected to the story, because I am a divorced dad with two daughters.  P90X changed my life and P90X changed his life, too.  What will it do for you?

Tell us about your life before you started the program. How did you feel about yourself and your body?*
I am a 37 year old divorced dad with two daughters (3 & 6 years old). I’m getting married again with my new girlfriend, and she has a 7 year old daughter so I now have 3 daughters. I’m very happy nowadays! In 2005, I was diagnosed with MS. It was really tough hearing the news, but I did not let this diagnosis put me down. On the contrary, I stepped up more than ever because I knew I had to start changing my lifestyle. I got busy in the gym and started my first step towards a healthier life, exercising. But, I still had to tackle the nutrition part. I had a lot to learn. I also needed to deal with my vice, cigarettes. The gym helped a lot, but although I trained for years doing cardio, lifting weights, and I even practiced Taekwon-do, I still felt I hadn’t reached my fitness goals. It was a lot of work with little results. I didn’t eat well enough, and I felt out of shape despite my training.

What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey?*
My daughters and my girlfriend inspired me to change my life, eat well, stop smoking, and begin my transformation journey.

What is the greatest challenge you faced before beginning the program? How did the program and Beachbody® help you overcome that challenge?*
My greatest challenge I faced before beginning the program was quitting smoking. My job and every day stress made me relapse constantly.

Why did you choose this particular program?*
I chose P90X because of Tony Horton. I remember when I first saw his infomercial 10 years ago. I thought it was great. But, back then I was more into going to the gym with my friends socializing and lifting weights. Nevertheless, I never forgot about him and P90X.

Describe the results you achieved with your Beachbody program. Which achievements are you proud of?*
I lost 17 pounds of weight, 4″ off my waist, 2″ off the hips, 1″ off the chest, 1″ off the right & left arm, and I lost 2″ off the right thigh and 1.5″ on the left thigh. I have more stamina, endurance, energy, and strength. I am more flexible, and I feel healthier overall.

How has your life changed since completing your Beachbody program?*
It has changed a lot since. Thanks to P90X and Beachbody I am super fit, and I feel super healthy. Now, I’m very conscious about the way I eat and the way I feed my family. We eat healthy…period. It has opened my eyes to a new me.

Raul participated in The Beachbody Challenge and won the $500 Daily Prize for May 8th!

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Tips for Getting Through Your Toughest Workout

By Zack Zeigler – From the Team Beachbody Newsletter

I’m battling a set of Gap Jumps on minute 36 of P90X’s Plyo X, and I’m getting my butt handed to me. I’m breathing heavily, sweat is dripping onto the rug, and my wet-noodle legs might not allow me to clear the next invisible gap Tony Horton insists I leap over.

I want to quit and do something—anything—else instead of finish what is left of the workout. But I don’t. For some reason, it’s important that I prove to you, a stranger, that I’m no quitter!

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Trouble is, that’s not entirely true. Although I stuck this one out, I bail on my workouts more often that I’d like to admit. I’m too tired. I’m too pressed for time. I’m already too ripped. Okay, that last one’s an overstatement, but you get the idea: I manufacture reasons as to why stopping makes more sense than continuing.

I’m not sure why I do that, or more importantly, how to reverse the process. Thankfully, sports psychologist Dr. JoAnn Dahlkoetter , author of Sports Psychology Coaching for Your Performing Edge: Mental Training for Performance in Sports, Business, and Life, does. Dr. Dahlkoetter has worked with handfuls of top-level athletes—including five Olympic gold medal winners—as well as countless people who simply want to live healthily and look halfway decent naked. She also won the San Francisco Marathon in 1980. She knows a thing or two about how to make it through your toughest workouts.

1. Mentally Prepare

“People can fail from not being in touch with their bodies,” she says. Some Beachbody® workouts will wipe you out. (There’s a reason the plyometric workout in P90X2® is called Plyocide and not Plyo-this-might-be-kinda-tough.) But understanding, embracing, and anticipating that you’ve signed up to tackle a ball-busting workout can help you size up the challenge and muster the fortitude required to overcome it.

Woman and Man Working Out2. Find a Workout Buddy

If during a grueling workout you find yourself taking a break from taking a break after you just got finished taking a break, consider recruiting someone to train with you. Researchers at Kansas State University found that people who train with a more skilled workout partner who doesn’t cheerlead you through the workouts worked out for longer periods of time.1 That’s because this competitive attitude supposedly makes you not want to feel like the “weak link” and encourages you to work harder.

3. Get into a Routine

Make your workout session as much of a priority as you would other important daily activities, like brushing your teeth, getting to work on time, or DVRing America’s Got Talent. “Build a routine so you’re doing [your workout] at the same time each day,” Dr. Dahlkoetter suggests. “If you don’t have a routine, the workout becomes a low priority that might get overlooked.”

4. Make Your Goals Specific

Measuring Tape Around an AppleInstead of saying you want to “lose weight” or “look better,” come up with specific goals you want to accomplish, like “losing six pounds,” or “finally fitting into my wrestling singlet from college.” Those details will offer you something tangible to strive for. The S.M.A.R.T. (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and time-targeted) goal technique has proven to be popular and effective for constructing a plan of attack, whether you’re tackling work projects or getting through a workout.

5. Use the 3 Ps

It sounds pretty hippie, but Dr. Dahlkoetter has “Three Ps”—Positive Images, Power Words, and Present Focus—that can actually help. Studies show that athletes who visualize themselves winning are more likely to succeed.2 Visualize the whole process, from going to bed at the right time to finishing your workout, and you’ll be more likely to get through it, improving your overall concentration in the process.

Then, create some “Power Words” to help you push through those super-tough moments. I’m usually spewing four-letter words after about 25 minutes of most of my workouts. Instead, try this exercise: On a piece of paper, write all of your excuses, self-doubts, and negative thoughts about the workout on the left side. Then, on the right side, write what the opposite of that would be. For example: If you write you’re “too tired” on the left side, write your “mind and body are stronger and healthier each day” on the right. When you’re lagging, tell yourself those things you’ve written on the right side of the paper.

And, finally, focus on the present. From worrying about work to your kids to whether the Inland Empire 66ers are going to cover the run line (I’m letting it ride on you, fellas!), we all have plenty of daily stresses to contend with. But your workout shouldn’t be one of them; in fact, it might be the only hour of the day you get to focus entirely on yourself. To do that and offer your best effort, you need to be present from beginning to end. That said, during your Wall Sits or another difficult move that doesn’t pose a high risk of injury, feel free to let your mind wander to your “happy place.”

How do you get through your toughest workouts? Tell us by posting your comments!

Sources:

  1. Optimal workout partner encourages less to motivate more, says university researcher
  2. Maximizing Strength Performance Using Mental Imagery

Yoga Came Knocking at My Door

You know how your body craves things that it is lacking – like chocolate for instance (okay, that’s not a great example), but if you crave some fruit, though, and you eat a lot of it it just could be that your body needs one or more of its nutrients.

My body does not crave yoga – it needs yoga, but I don’t feel the least little urge to do it.  Talk about mind power, right.  The truth is that I am so stiff that it is embarrassing.  When a runner says to you, “I never stretch.  I don’t need to”, store that comment away and when you see him or her in later years and they are as stiff as a board, then you will see the fallacy in their statement.

I should have stretched, but maybe, just maybe, it’s not too late.

Tuesday afternoon, there was a knock at the door at it was our neighbor and friend from school, Monica, and in her hand was P90X Yoga X – not the complete set, just the Yoga X DVD.  Can you imagine my dismay, when after more than two years, she found the Yoga X DVD that I lent her (any other DVD I would have gotten back right away) in her garage and she was returning it.

Was that a Divine sign?  I have to think that it was.  Yoga X came knocking at my door and now I have no excuses not to do yoga (even though I have the P90X2 and P90X3 yoga workouts as well as Les Mills Pump yoga and the Chalean Extreme yoga workout – all of which are great).

Tony Horton Yoga X posePlus, hint, hint, I know that Tony Horton says that yoga saved his life from reading this Huffington Post article about him and yoga and equally important, what Tony Horton eats for breakfast!

If I had a choice between making a dentist’s appointment and doing yoga, I would make the appointment – which just gave me a great idea.  I will have to schedule and “appointment” in the SuperGym and have a date with Tony and the gang doing Yoga X.  You can click on the link at right to join me!

Good Health and Fitness is a Necessity, Not an Option

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