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The Test Group

Steve EdwardsI found a great post by Steve Edwards that I wanted to share but before I do that, I wanted to give you an update on my Tony Horton Challenge.  I am on Day Four (Day Five if you count doing Ab Ripper X on my iPhone on Sunday) and just cruising along.  Chest & Back, of course, was the first workout, then I ran for almost 40:00 on Tuesday, did Plyometrics X on Wednesday (which I LOVE) and then ran for almost 40:00 again today.

So what is the post that I want to share?  It is called, “The Test Group” and I will paste an excerpt below.  I feel like I am in a test group for 61 year olds making a comeback in life, so stay tuned and see what happens!

From Steve Edwards, “Doing these P90X videos again has reminded me of our test group. No matter how fit you are, P90x will find your weakness and exploit it. We auditioned pretty much every hot shot fitness person and trainer in LA and ended up casting either Tony’s friends (who train with him regularly) or members of our test group who up until that time had little fitness training. It was a great testament to how the X works. Tony and I were talking about this as one “famous” trainer to another and I was getting out performed by some regular Joe whose only advantage was that they’d just finished three months of the program they were auditioning for.  “It takes you out of your wheelhouse and exploits your weaknesses, no matter who you are,’ he said.

I should add that I auditioned too and was one of the latter, which I only did because Tony asked me to. But when my time came around I was in the midst of week 2 and so sore that I could barely wash my hair, much less ace a P90X fit test. I was in such a state of breakdown that I had no clue how long it would last. I was fit; having just finished a full bike racing/multi-sport season. But fit meant nothing. I was out of my wheelhouse and so sore that I could barely walk. ‘You gonna be ready in a few weeks?’ Tony asked. ‘I have no idea,’ was my reply. ‘We should just cast test group people.’

I did get better. A couple of months later I did one of my hardest birthday challenges that combined my usual endurance activity with heaps of pull-ups, push-ups, and other assorted anaerobic stuff. The X was perfect training for it.”

To read the rest of  “The Test Group”, please click here….


Is P90X For You?

If you are in decent shape, and you have the drive to get exceptionally fit while you scorch those stubborn last pounds of fat off your body, then yes . . . P90X is not just for you, P90X wants you!

Granted, this program is not for everyone—it’s for the rare breed that wants to see what’s possible with 90 days of real training. You don’t have to be an athlete or a bodybuilder. You just have to have the will to “Bring It” for 90 days.

Based on customer feedback, you’ll love this program even more than you think you will. And in 90 days—whether you want to show off your body at the beach, or improve your strength, stamina, and coordination to compete in your field of play—the results will absolutely blow you away (they always do, every time).

If you’re not sure you’re ready, click here to download the Fit Test and find out!

The Fit Test

Before starting an extreme fitness program like P90X, it’s important to know where you stand and if your current fitness level is adequate. Providing an honest assessment of your abilities and your mindset will allow you to take advantage of your strengths and overcome your weaknesses.

P90X® Test Group takes the Fitness Test. Watch the movie...It’s in your best interest to have completed the equivalent of Power 90® or Slim in 6® before you begin. But if you’re unfamiliar with these programs, we’ve set some guidelines for you to follow. If you are unable to perform the minimum requirements (listed below each exercise), you’ll see better results by doing another fitness program before you take on P90X. So if you can’t finish the Fit Test, do Power 90. You’ll get great results, and then be able to come back and crush P90X!

The P90X Fit Test takes approximately 40 minutes to complete. Be sure to consecutively perform all the exercises in the order they appear. Keep up with the timing, and make a note if you do anything differently. Pay attention, and be honest with yourself.

What you will need to take the Fit Test:

  • Heart rate monitor
  • Tape measure
  • Partner to help record data (optional)
  • Pull-up bar
  • Timer (stopwatch or watch with second hand)
  • Running shoes
  • Towel
  • Water
  • Your “Bring It” game face

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About the Author

It never occurred to me that at 56, P90X would be something that I couldn’t do. As a runner for over 40 years, physical challenges were never daunting, but merely required more training to accomplish them if at first I didn’t succeed. As a Million Dollar Body Coach, I knew that P90X was our “top of the line” product and so I purchased it, without knowing anything about it or even knowing that there was a Fit Test that you could take to determine whether you were up for the particular physical challenges that P90X provided. The price of $119.85 was never an issue because it is a 12 DVD set and there is a nutrition guide and fitness plan, so it seemed like a complete package. And anyway, as an ACE Certified Personal Trainer for many, many years, I had never purchased a workout DVD because I was the one creating my own workouts for my clients.

When the package arrived, I was at first struck by how professionally it was packaged (even a scene from one of the workouts is depicted inside the box), so I knew that the company was putting forth a lot of effort. The nutrition guide is actually a book and is not only a diet plan, but also provides delicious recipes which I have since tried and enjoyed. The fitness plan tells you what workouts to do on which days and you also have another option, which is to follow the plan which is created for you in WOWY. You have to remember that in March of this year when I purchased P90X, I was still learning about Million Dollar Body and WOWY and its enormous potential to direct you to achieving your fitness goals and to motivate you every step of the way, so I really hadn’t used WOWY much. I soon learned that anyone can log into WOWY and all that they need to do is be a Million Dollar Body Club member, which provides you with the most resources and guidance or just become a guest or “free player” which gives you full access WOWY (or, of course, you can log in as a coach, which I am). In all cases, once you log into WOWY, you can put in the workout DVD that you are doing and it creates a plan for you to follow and each time that you log in, you know which of the 12 (in the case of P90X) workouts that you are doing.

So, on March 28, 2007, I began using P90X workouts, loving them in every sense of the word and advocating them to a broad spectrum of people who are more physically able that they thought and who, with the help of P90X could create bodies that are significantly more capable of accomplishing every day tasks, stronger and visually more appealing. I now had a means to accomplish my own fitness goals and a way of further promoting the benefits of a fit and healthy lifestyle.

About Howtobefit.com

Howtobefit.com is a sole proprietorship located in Albuquerque, New Mexico. It is owned and operated single-handedly by Richard Dafter. Since I have five fitness websites and four other fitness blogs, you can Google and make sure that I am real. My online store uses ScanAlert Hacker Safe, is secured by GeoTrust and I am a Verified Authorize.net Merchant. Go to the online store and click on the seals of each security system to verify that you will have a safe and secure shopping experience.

I am an Independent Million Dollar Body Coach and a Polar USA Authorized Heart Rate Monitor Dealer.

I have been selling Polar Heart Rate Monitors exclusively since January 1995. I specialize in selling Polar heart monitors because of their accuracy, dependability and durability. I sell every Polar product at the lowest price allowed by Authorized Polar Dealers.

In January of 2007, I became a Million Dollar Body Coach because I wanted to be able to offer my Polar customers another means of using their Polar heart rate monitors to become more fit and healthy. This opportunity has grown way beyond its original intent and I now have almost 1,600 Million Dollar Body Club members and guests, most of whom are people just like you who want to get fit and feel healthy.

I am driven to help and guide you to improving your health and fitness because I have a chronic illness which has robbed me of my health. If you choose, you can read more on that below.

Goals of Howtobefit.com

With a wealth of health and fitness articles to improve your quality of life and the absolute best security for online ordering, the goal of my website is to be the most reliable and informative fitness website on the Internet. I personally guarantee that each and every one of my visitors and customers will leave my site having had a positive experience. By providing prompt and courteous service and unbeatable prices, I now have an exceptionally large group of loyal and satisfied customers. I will do everything possible to make sure that you, too, will be a satisfied customer and that you will benefit from all of the information that Howtobefit.com provides.

History of Howtobefit.com – My Untold Story

I am now telling my story for the first time for the sole purpose of trying to help others know that with will and perseverance you can achieve your fitness and health goals.

Prior to May 1985, I was super fit and super healthy, routinely running between 50 and 70 miles a week. Between March 16th and May 5th 1985, I ran 34:32 for 10K, 57:46 for 10 miles, 53:20 for 15K, 27:38 for 5 miles and 16:26 for 5K. I was 34 years old. On May 17, 1985, at around 5:00 pm on a Friday night, I was driving home with my then five year old daughter and we hit a van broadside. The van had been stopped in the left lane of a four lane road with its left blinker on and unexpectedly made a right turn out of the left lane directly in front of us. That accident, although we both survived, in an instant, ruined my health and changed my life. On Sunday, May 19th, I ran the Midland Run 15K (which I eventually ran or tried to run 13 years in a row) and ran 53:03.

The next day, Monday, I had what seemed to be a toothache. This began a ritual of going back and forth between dentists and ear, nose and throat specialists, each saying I had a sinus infection and not a toothache or a toothache and not a sinus infection. After 3 years and 13 doctors and specialists, a root canal, extraction of a tooth and countless prescriptions for antibiotics, a dental specialist found a hairline fracture in the tooth that had actually been damaged by the car accident, which had allowed bacteria to enter my jawbone, cause an infection in the jawbone and a cyst to form in the adjacent sinus. I had to have oral surgery on my jawbone with no Novocaine (it would spread the infection) at 9:00 one night and then later, surgery to remove the cyst in my sinus, but my health issues continued.

Thinking that my health nightmare was finally over, I was devastated to find out over the next 20 years that my health was irreversibly ruined. Three doctors, two of whom were specialists and the last at the University of Pennsylvania hospital, confirmed a diagnosis of Chronic Fatigue Immune Deficiency Syndrome and a systemic yeast infection from the overuse of the prescribed antibiotics. The doctor who performed the surgery on my sinus also performed a Caldwell Luc procedure which “opened up my sinus” and permanently altered the sinus in such a way that I cannot blow that sinus and I have had perhaps as many as a hundred sinus infections in that sinus since.

Out of a $10,000.00 settlement from the car accident, I got about $3,000.00 and out of that, I bought my first Polar heart rate monitor in 1986 – a Polar Vantage XL. That is what led me to become a Polar authorized dealer. At my worst, I was so weak that I had to sleep on the floor downstairs because I could not walk up a flight of stairs and obviously could not work. Even on a yeast and sugar free diet and the antifungal Diflucan to combat the systemic yeast infection, I only functioned at about 50%. Given my physical gifts and will, however, that was enough to lead a somewhat normal life. I became a personal trainer to have a healthy occupation (for many, many years I had managed a woodworking shop, but could no longer do the physical labor and it didn’t seem like a healthy occupation given my compromised immune system). I also started my http://www.howtobefit.com website to spread the gospel of fitness (a college aptitude test showed that I should be a brick layer or a minister, so helping others with their physical walk through life seemed just right).

As for running, it came back at times, (My last marathon in 1995, I ran the Philadelphia Independence Marathon again) but I would never know what to expect from my body which was constantly being battered by health issues. I basically lost all confidence in my running. My marriage also failed because my wife wanted me to be able to make more money, but I simply couldn’t. I moved to Albuquerque because New Jersey was too damp and the climate here is much better for my yeast issues and to run. I also needed to get away from a racing scene that I once dominated and which had become a source of embarrassment. I began personal training in earnest, as well as coaching running at the high school and club level. At first, I ran well here, but the arrhythmias (high heart rates when I was running) that I developed, became much more frequent. In fact in my first race here, the Albuquerque’s Finest Half Marathon, I had an arrhythmia at 5 miles walked to 6 miles, stopped for my heart rate to come down from over 200 and still ran 1:30:00. At the finish, I mentioned to a local doctor/runner that I had to walk because I had an arrhythmia and he scoffed, “If you had had an arrhythmia, you would be dead.” Runners don’t like to hear excuses or reasons and although I had a few very good races here, I began to avoid them. To this day, when I go to the track and can’t keep up, my peers trash talk me, but in defense of them, they don’t know why I am running so poorly because I refuse to make excuses. My challenge is for me to deal with, not complain about.

With my fitness websites and fitness blogs, I am fully committed to helping others in achieving their health and fitness goals. I sell Polar heart rate monitors because they will help people achieve their fitness and weight loss goals and I am a Million Dollar Body Coach so that I can coach and mentor people online to achieve the same goals. From 2001 to 2005, I ran 7 days a week without missing a day, and averaged almost a 10K a day. Then Grace came along and waking up in the night for feeding and so forth plus being a full time dad has really impacted my running (not to mention the additional effect of the second baby, Carly). Now I get up at 4:00 am to work, do a 30:00 – 45:00 strength workout at 4:45 am five days a week and then work and be with my children until 4:00 pm, when I go run. Although I run 7 days a week, sometimes that means just 1/2 a mile on a bad day, but I am thankful for that because many, many people with physical, weight and health challenges can’t do even that.

Even with five websites, it is quite a struggle to feed a family of five. But having lost mine, fitness and health are my passions and I will continue to persevere in spreading the “gospel” of fitness. I personally process and ship all orders and answer all of your phone calls and emails, so I know that you are getting the most security for your transactions and the most knowledgable recommendations and answers to your questions. I welcome any questions that you may have and always answer my emails and phone calls promptly. Direct your email questions to howtobefit@aol.com or phone me with questions toll free at 866 797-7336.

If you would like to visit my sites and blogs they are:

Polar Heart Rate Monitor Store and Million Dollar Body Store
Do It With Me
Focused On Fitness
Million Dollar Body Coach Site
Guide to P90X Blog
How To Be Fit Blog
Heart Rate Training Blog
Mirror, Mirror Speak to Me Blog
Fitness for the Active Lifestyle Blog

Richard Dafter  
President and OEO (Only Executive Officer)  
Albuquerque, New Mexico  

Rich and daughters Grace & Carly –
his constant companions

Rich   Grace and Carly