10 Reasons Women Should Lift Weights!


I have done so many different types of workouts: cardio, dance cardio, running, kickboxing, yoga, etc…but nothing has ever given me the kind of results that lifting weights has! When I added strength training…I FINALLY saw the kinds of changes in my body that I had always wanted!

So I stick with what works, while including some of my other favorite workouts too, of course! I just make sure to lift weights at least 3 times each week. The heavier I lift, the better results I get! I used to be afraid I’d get ‘bulky’, but I was uninformed. The truth is, lifting weights made me leaner and stronger than I had ever been!

If you’re still not convinced that you need to lift weights, here are 10 reasons you should reconsider.

1. Burn more fat. It has been scientifically proven that lifting weights keeps your metabolism elevated for several hours after exercise.

2. Change your body shape. You will NOT get bulky! Women lack the body composition and hormones for that! Keep your nutrition clean, and you get leaner and toner and skinny jeans readier!

3. Boost your metabolism. As we get older, we begin to lose muscle tissue, bummer right! If you diet alone, you will lose muscle even faster! Lifting weights will help you build muscle tissue, thus elevating your metabolism, thus burning more calories all day long!

4. Get stronger and more confident. Strength training will make you better at every day activities too, like lifting kids, bags and bags of groceries, etc…And being stronger will make you feel confident and bad ass! (true story!)

5. Build strong bones. Women MUST lift weights to avoid bone loss! When you lift weights you improve your muscle strength and bone density at the same time! Say NO to hunched over brittle bones!

6. Fight depression. Endorphins are endorphins! Yoga, running, weights…it all makes you feel pretty damn good!

7. Improve sports fitness. Biking, hiking, skiing, whatever strikes your fancy! You’ll be better, stronger and faster!

8. Reduce injuries and arthritis. Your joints, ligaments and tendons will be more flexible and stable. This will help you stay safe! And even those who already arthritis see improved movement and strength with weight training. And less pain too!

9. Get heart healthy. Pumping iron, gets your heart pumping too! A pumping heart, is a strong heart.

10. Defend against diabetes. The more lean muscle mass your body has, the more efficient it is at removing glucose from the bloodstream when can reduce diabetes symptoms and prevent type 2 all together!

So now that you have 10 reasons…you just need a plan!

When I was first starting out, I didn’t have a clue what to lift, how many times, which days per week, etc…I would aimlessly wander around the gym just looking for things to pick up and put down. Not very effective. When I started P90X it was a relief to have a program that someone else had designed with a purpose in mind. It really takes all of the guesswork out of it for me! I’ve got enough to think about, I don’t have the time to figure out a weight-lifting program, too!

And since I got such great results with P90X, I was hooked on the at-home format. I cancelled my gym membership! Next I moved on to Chalean Extreme, Les Mills Pump, Body Beast, and now I cannot wait to start my next program!!!


2 Expert Trainers – 60 Days – Amazing Results!

I am SO excited to get started!


What is the Master’s Hammer & Chisel?

The Master’s Hammer and Chisel is a new resistance-training system that incorporates three muscle-sculpting phases – Stabilization, Strength, and Power – or SSP Training. This is how co-creators and expert trainers, Autumn and Sagi help efficiently build, chisel, and refine a masterpiece physique in just 60 days.

Program Details

1) 6 day/week program with 30-40 min workouts

2) Nutrition is based on the proven 21 Day Fix & Fix Extreme Meal Plan, using portion-control containers, with 3 options of different routes to take. You decide what path, depending on your goals.

3) Equipment Recommended:  Dumbbells, workout bench OR stability ball, chin-up bar OR resistance band with door attachment (not included in base kit).

Check out this video for more information!


VIP Test Group Starts January 4th!

Get your copy and get in the group that will help you start 2016 lean and chiseled!

This month only, you can get the Challenge Pack & Performance Packs are on sale! Save $80!

*See links below!

Hammer & Chisel Challenge Pack (w/Shakeology)
Hammer & Chisel Performance Pack (w/Performance Supplements)
Hammer & Chisel Deluxe Kit
Hammer & Chisel Base Kit

Join the Test Group!

Beachbody on Demand – Free for 30 Days!


I don’t know why you wouldn’t give this a shot! It’s really SO stinking cool! And it’s FREE for crying out loud! You get an ALL-access pass to hundreds of proven workouts so you can workout anytime, anywhere! No DVD’s, all you need is a smart phone, tablet, laptop or even a smart t.v. and honestly…who doesn’t have at least ONE of those! Did I mention it’s FREE for 30 days! Try before you buy! 🙂



*You pay nothing today. And if you cancel by the end of the 30 days, you will not be charged! IF, however, you decide that over $2000 worth of programs and materials is worth a measly $2.99/week (paid quarterly)…you will pay $38.87 every 90-days, as long as you continue your Premium Club membership.

What workouts are included?

imac_program_box_art_011615_mwocc8P90X®, P90X2®, P90X3®, INSANITY®, TurboFire®, ChaLEAN Extreme®, Brazil Butt Lift®, 10-Minute Trainer®, Hip Hop Abs®, and more! Plus, get insider sneak peeks of PiYo®, 21 Day Fix®, Body Beast®, FOCUS T25®, and other hot programs!

And they’re all FREE for 30 days!

New workouts and programs are added every month, so you’ll never get bored, you’ll keep seeing results and never run out of streaming options!

But wait…there’s MORE!card-programs

With Beachbody On Demand, you get the complete workouts—end to end—plus step-by-step program guides, workout calendars, nutrition plans, and more—all online! That’s how you’re going to get RESULTS. And that’s what makes Beachbody programs the #1 home fitness programs on earth!

bbod-bag-devicesHow do I access Beachbody On Demand?

Stream your workouts from your web-enabled laptop, tablet, or mobile device.

This is GREAT for people who travel for work! It’s going to make working out on vacation SO much easier, too! Or maybe you’d rather do your workouts in the gym, now you can bring your Beachbody On Demand programs with you wherever you go.

Need a Personal Trainer?

How about 7?


In conclusion…have you clicked the link to sign up yet? 






And this month, you can get FREE access for 3 months when you buy Shakeology!

As a coach, I’ve been able to sample On Demand for the past month and I LOVE it! It’s been so great to be able to access a workout with the touch of a button on my smart phone, tablet or computer (you can also stream to your smart t.v.!). My laptop didn’t even come with a DVD player! And I just heard last night that any program you have already purchased through Beachbody, will be automatically available to you in your “previous purchased programs” area of On Demand! How cool is that!? *That feature will be up by the end of March.

You’ll get instant access to hundreds of workouts, including top-selling programs like P90X and Insanity! Try one, and if you don’t like it, try another one!


Get the Beachbody Club Challenge Pack this month and save BIG! How does $1,500 dollars worth of programming sound? I own almost every one of these videos, on DVD (remember those old things?) and spent hundreds of dollars, and now they’re yours. FREE.

Check it out!




Beachbody Challenge Packs are the complete package, offering total support for achieving health and fitness goals. The formula? Fitness + Nutrition + Support = Success. The Club and Shakeology Challenge Pack delivers the essential nutrition you need, plus online support, and 24/7 streaming access to Beachbody on Demand, which includes hundreds of workouts. This includes the chance to tap into Beachbody’s most popular programs, like P90X, INSANITY, TurboFire, 10-Minute Trainer and MORE, from anywhere with an Internet connection.

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What else comes with BEACHBODY ON DEMAND? Everything you need! The nutrition guides. The recipe books. The fitness programs. The complete workouts. The workout calendars. The schedules. The get started right guides. The support. The coaching. The celebrity trainers. You get it ALL! Crazy right?!


• Club members also get insider ”sneak peeks” of new releases, so you can sample a workout before you buy the DVD program:

– 21 Day Fix® ”Total Body Cardio Fix”

– 21 Day Fix EXTREME® ”Plyo Fix Extreme”

– PiYo® ”Sweat”

– FOCUS T25® ”ALPHA Cardio”

– INSANITY MAX:30TM ”Sweat Intervals”

– Body Beast® ”Build: Chest & Tris”

– P90® ”Sculpt A”

You can take your workouts on vacation, to the gym, out to your backyard! Wherever you have internet, you can have your workout!

Get started with the Challenge Pack, and join my next challenge group for the support and accountability you’ll need to reach your goals! Provide your info below, and I’ll contact you with the details.


If you just want access to the Club, without the challenge pack, you can sign up below.








Beachbody is going digital! 

I have been asked this questions MANY times! “Can’t I just stream my workout somehow, so that I can workout in a hotel room, or on vacation, etc…without needing to pack a dvd player or laptop?” And now the answer will be…YUP!

When will Beachbody On Demand Launch?
Beachbody On Demand is expected to launch spring 2015!
What is Beachbody On Demand?
Beachbody On Demand is a new feature of the Team Beachbody Club that provides unlimited access to stream Beachbody’s proven fitness programs. Paid Team Beachbody Club Members will be able to work out anytime, anywhere. Beachbody On Demand includes many of Beachbody’s most popular fitness programs in the digital library, making Beachbody programs easy to access anywhere an internet connection is available.
How will it work?
Team Beachbody members will automatically have unlimited access to stream workouts from a list of Beachbody’s most popular fitness programs. Once logged into TeamBeachbody.com, Club members will select the Start Streaming tab from the home page, choose any fitness program in the streaming library, and stream any workout from the program!

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What fitness programs will be available in the Beachbody digital library?programs
Immediately upon Beachbody On Demand launch, Club members will have unlimited access to stream many of Beachbody’s best sellers. Additionally, to give Club members a taste of some of Beachbody’s newest and bestselling programs before they buy, there will be individual sample workouts available to stream. The following unlimited access fitness programs will be available to stream at launch in March 2015:

Unlimited Access Fitness Programs:
P90X, P90X2, P90X3, Insanity, Les Mills Pump, Les Mills Combat, Ten Minute Trainer, ChaLEAN Extreme, Asylum Vol 1, Tony One-on-One (vol 1) and Hip Hop Abs.

Literally $1,000 worth of programming, yours for $2.99/week!!!

Existing Club members will automatically have access when this new feature is rolled out in March.

There is a chance that the price may go up as the value increases, so it makes sense to get signed up NOW!


What else comes with BEACHBODY ON DEMAND? Everything you need! The nutrition guides. The recipe books. The fitness programs. The complete workouts. The workout calendars. The schedules. The get started right guides. The support. The coaching. The celebrity trainers. You get it ALL! Crazy right?!

To get on my list to be notified as soon as Beachbody On Demand is available, sign up below.

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Black Friday Sales will start Wednesday 11/25…

Through 12/2, or while supplies last

Get on the Black Friday Email List HERE, to get FIRST access!


Save Even More as a Beachbody Coach

If you sign up now, you can actually get an ADDITIONAL  25% off the Beachbody black friday deals and earn a 25% commission anytime a friend orders something. Join my team of coaches. If you have questions on coaching, you can also email me at angieinprogress@gmail.com.

Beachbody Black Friday Deals 2014

The Beachbody Black Friday Sale is a great way to change out your workouts and get excited and motivated during the holidays.

Check out the deals being offered below!



Click for 1st Access by E-mail to Beachbody Black Friday Deals Here

I will email everyone the deals first before sharing the details here or anywhere else so make sure to get on the list now.


OTHER Deals Available through the end of November!




For more details on the PiYo Sales…click HERE!


And FREE in December, I am hosting the 24 Days of Fitness!!!



This time of year can be very difficult to stay on track with holiday parties, cookie trays and SO many opportunities to over-indulge. It is pretty common to gain 7-10 pounds over the holidays!

NOT YOU! Not this year!!!

Starting December 1, right after Thanksgiving weekend, I am hosting a FREE 24 DAYS OF FITNESS Challenge! It’ll be FUN and totally laid back!
It’s my gift to you!

Let’s focus on NO gaining, but at least maintaining over the holidays! That’s do-able RIGHT!? You can still enjoy the season without the extra pounds!

Tips on eating clean.
Healthy holiday recipes.
Daily fitness challenge (fun, but effective)
And NO holiday challenge would be complete without…

Sign up HERE
and I’ll send you instructions to join the private Facebook group.

*Available for those in US & Canada, if you’re not a coach and not currently working with a coach.




Keep calm and….WHAT?! 50% OFF!!???


Starting TODAY (Wed 6/4) at 3:00 PM EST/12PM PST!!!


These are some SERIOUSLY deep discounts!! You bet I’ll be grabbing a few of these! 

The offer is valid for a LIMITED TIME ONLY starting TODAY – Wednesday June 4th at 3PM EST/12PM PST until Monday June 9th at 12PM PST – OR while quantities last! Which won’t be long for some of these! Some items will be gone today! Guarantee! If you see something you’ve had your eye on…GRAB it! This link will be live as soon as the sale is opened! So keep your finger on your mouse and get ready to click! 🙂

A Real Head-Scratcher…

I’m trying to wrap my mind around something. live_best_life

I’m sure you’ve either heard someone say this, or maybe you’ve even said it yourself: “Life is too short, you might as well enjoy it!”

There is nothing wrong with that statement, right? Well…when you use it to justify why you eat unhealthy foods, and don’t exercise, than yes…there is something VERY wrong with that statement!

So let me get this straight… the way to enjoy life is eating fried, processed, high-fat, low-nutrition, artery-clogging foods and being sedentary? I guess I must have missed the boat on this one!

We all know what happens to people who spend their lives like this right? Poor nutrition and lack of exercise puts you at risk for just about every illness, ailment and disease there is! Let’s name a few, shall we?

  • Heart Disease
  • Cancer
  • Stroke
  • Hypertension
  • Diabetes (which can lead to blindness and amputation)
  • Obesity (costs 123 BILLION dollars/year in health care)
  • Osteoporosis
  • Prematurity (70% of cases are caused by poor nutrition, physical inactivity & tobacco use)


So how does one enjoy one’s life when they have to deal with any ONE of these conditions or even SEVERAL?

And, is it fun to: take a bunch of medications? see your doctor all of the time? give yourself shots? struggle to get around? have difficulty completing necessary daily activities? be tired all of the time? have trouble sleeping? deal with aches and pain? watch your kids head down the same path? Did you know that 25% of kids ages 5-10 have high cholesterol, high blood pressure and other early warning signs for heart disease? One in five young people are obese and one in three are overweight.

I’m sorry…that just doesn’t sound like enjoying life to me! That sounds like a lot of heartache and suffering! All so what?! We can eat whatever junk we want to, and sit on the couch, watching other people DO what we CAN’T!? Is the price we’re going to pay really worth it?

Why not try to REALLY enjoy life! You may have to work for it a little, and it might be a struggle – especially at the beginning, but the REWARDS are long-lasting and life-altering! It’s at least worth a try, don’t you think?

Most of those diseases are reversible, if you start changing some of your daily habits NOW! The sooner the better! The formula is so simple: eat healthy foods, and move! That’s it! Start small, don’t expect to undo a life’s worth of bad habits overnight. You can begin by simply changing one small habit at a time. Set small goals first, achieve them, and set some new small goals. Replace processed foods with whole, natural foods. Instead of watching that t.v. show, take a walk.

There are thousands books, articles and movies about how to get started. Ultimately, you just have to find what works for you, but the key is to just start. Little changes, compounded daily, will equal AMAZING results! And I promise you, life will be SO much more ENJOYABLE when you can truly experience it, and not just watch it go by.

I would love to hear your thoughts about this topic. I don’t mean to belittle the real struggles that people have when it comes to health and fitness. I’m simply questioning the rationale, used by some, that this is how to enjoy life.

May I suggest an alternative? Check out my monthly health & fitness accountability groups. Anyone, at any fitness level, is welcome. We’ll workout, eat healthy foods and keep each other accountable every day. You’ll get the support and motivation you need to stick with it and get results! If you don’t have a fitness program you enjoy, I can help you pick one that is perfect for you! Just fill out this application, and I’ll help you get started.

Click HERE for the Challenge Application!


And check out results from one of my current groups:

  • Amy is down 5 pounds and 6.5 inches.
  • Dana is down 3 pounds and 6 inches.
  • Stacie is down 6 pounds and 7 inches.
  • Jeremy is down 11 pounds and 8 inches
  • Amanda is down 9 pounds and 7 inches
  • Bryanna wasn’t trying to lose anything, but gain strength. On day one she couldn’t do a single pull-up and now she’s up to THREE unassisted pull-ups!

*These individuals are working hard and truly ENJOYING life!


Why not NOW!?

P90X3-Test-Group-ResultsIf you’ve been following along, you know that I started P90X3 this month, and I’m just winding down my third week with 9 other Test Group participants. Next week is a transition week, so I’m looking forward to trying out some new workouts! The results are rolling in, and the reviews from my group are unanimous: WOW! We are all loving the program for so many reasons:



VARIETY – Every workout is full of a wide variety of exercises. And every day of the week is a different workout!

TIME – Every workout is 30 minutes! This has totally eliminated the “I just don’t have time” excuse! These are moms and dads, full-time job holders, and parents with busy, active kids…and we’re all finding time!

EFFECTIVENESS – Yes, the workouts are short. You’re in and out in a half hour. BUT, they are just as effective (if not more) as a longer workout. And you’ll feel it the next day.

FOR EVERYONE – I strongly feel like anyone can do this workout! My 64-year-old mom just started it this week! There is a modifier in every workout who shows how to do each exercise with modifications like: bands instead of weights (or pull-ups), no jumping, no weights, etc…

RESULTS! – Let the numbers speak for themselves! These are results after only 2 weeks!


Amanda: 7 pounds, 4 inches
Michele: 4.2 pounds, 6 inches
Stacie: 3 pounds, 4.5 inches
Jeremy: 6 pounds and 5.5 inches
Jody: 3.2 pounds, 4 3/4 inches


Listen to what Amanda had to say after the first week:

“I started the 30 day P90X3 challenge with Shakeology and clean eating and I lost 6 pounds my first week! I am a at home mom who is tired of the leftover baby weight. I had tried to eat “healthier” and lost a few pounds here and there, but it was a real struggle. Shakeology made all the difference. Also knowing that I don’t have to cook or fix one meal a day, is awesome! Try it for a month and see the difference it makes in your weight loss/fitness journey!! What do you have to lose but the weight.”

GOOD NEWS!: I am opening up a few more spots in the test group! Now is the time to jump in and get started on your fitness goals. Get the motivation and support you need to start and finish! In 90 days, just imagine what you can achieve! And just in time for warm weather wear! I am so excited about this program because it fits into anyone’s busy life! If you’d like to join, fill in the information below. Spaces will be limited. First to commit are in!


SALE: One week left! You can take advantage of the sale on the Challenge Pack (includes Shakeology) through the end of January – $180, a savings of $100 vs. buying each separately! That’s $2/day, over a 90 day program! Think of all the ways we waste $2/day, and turn those 2 dollars into a life-long investment! This program is worth SO much more than that! Order soon, and you’ll be ready to get started on February 3!



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Let’s Review

Busy week last week and I promised some reviews on my newest workout: P90X3….so here goes!

YES! This is exactly what I was hoping for – 30 minute workouts that FEEL like a workout! I was a little worried that 30 minutes couldn’t possibly get it done. WRONG! And…I was also worried that in order to get it done, it would consist of nothing but exhausting plyo moves, lots of jumping, etc. WRONG again! What I love the most so far, and what the members in my test group love too, is the VARIETY in every workout! We rarely repeat a single movement in a workout, and each workout is totally different! I also love that the focus is on functional exercises. These are the movements that will make you stronger in your everyday life! There is a little of everything, too: weights, cardio, bodyweight movements, pilates, yoga…Something for everyone! LOVE that too!

My test-groupers are also loving the 30 minutes..because HEY! What’s not to love about shorter, more efficient workouts? E’RBODYs got time for that!

And RESULTS?! Check out this nonsense…with 6 people reporting (so far), we have lost a combined total of 15.6 pounds and 14 1/4 inches! IN ONE WEEK!!!

Stacie and her husband Jeremy are doing the program together (and drinking Shakeology daily). Stacie lost 2 pounds and 3 inches and Jeremy lost 5 pounds and 4.5 inches – in ONE week!!! *Can you tell that I just can’t get over what we’re accomplishing with 30 minute workouts, in one week?! I’m so proud of our group and can’t wait to see the results in the coming weeks.

So the schedule last week will be the same for the next 2 weeks, and here it is:

Day 1: Total Synergistics (already blogged about this one…scroll up!) 🙂

Day 2: Agility X agilityx

This one is a cardio/plyometric workout that utilizes a couple of pieces of tape on your floor, to help guide your movements a little better (truth be told…I did it without the tape, it can be done!). This is a good workout. It definitely got my heart pumping without TOO much jumping and joint-jarring!

Day 3: Yoga


If you did P90X, you probably have hated the thought of doing yoga ever since! I do know a few people who loved it, but for me…it was 90 minutes that actually made me want to throw up! Too much downward-dogging for me, for TOO long! This one was a much more relaxed pace. You spend time in the poses and I liked it SO much better. You can see…I’m still not very good at it, but it’s a goal of mine to get better.

Day 4: The Challenge

“The Challenge” is all push-ups and pull-ups, but as you can see in my video, I don’t do ‘actual’ pull-ups…YET! But that’s another goal of mine: to be doing actual pull-ups by the time these 90 days are done! Holy moly were my back, lats and chest sore the next day! I couldn’t twist, giggle or put on a coat without feeling it!

Day 5: CVX


LOVED this workout! Cardio, with a light weight! The modifier used a basketball. The key is to use a little resistance if/when you can, and drop it when you have to. And as you can see…my son thought it was a hoot, too! He’s used to watching me do my workout videos, and this is the first time he was entertained by the trainer. I can’t wait to do this one again!

Day 6: The Warrior

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I did this workout with 400 other Beachbody coaches AFTER doing a glow TurboKick workout! Talk about OUCH! This is a body-weight resistance workout with planks and push-ups and core work, plus lunges and all kinds of good stuff!

Day 7: Dynamix


And finally, Day 7 was an optional rest day, or Dynamix. I chose to do the workout, just cause I wanted to see what a dynamix was! I was pleasantly pleased! 🙂 It was stretching and strengthening without being boring. It really felt good after my week of workouts, and it still felt like a workout, too!

In short…I am SUPER excited about this program! I’ve told my test group, and I’ll tell you too…this may go down as one of my all-time favorites! I am so excited about the results I’m seeing so far, and look forward to seeing how well we all do with it!

I’m planning to put together another test group for anyone who missed out on the first one. The challenge pack is on sale through the end of the month, so now is a great time to get ready to start your own transformation. If you’d like a spot in the next group, starting Monday February 3, leave your name below.

Bringing It!

Ok…holidays are finally past us, and I might be able to find a spare minute or two to blogging again! Especially now that I started P90X3! With workouts that are only 30 minutes, I should start to have a little more spare time.

Yesterday was my official Day 1! I’m working with a test group with 9 other X-ers hoping to get some killer results in HALF the time it took with the original P90X! So far so good!

So here’s me BEFORE the workout! This is how I look the first thing in the morning, looking a little disheveled! But hey, it’s one of the many reasons I love my home workouts! No need to get pretty to go anywhere (although I guess it defeats the purpose when I record myself and then post the video for everyone to see…Oh well!)


So Day 1 was TOTAL SYNERGISTICS: a total body, core-focused workout. I love how efficient this workout is! You will move from one exercise to the next, no jumping or high-intensity moves, but my heart rate was really UP there! I also love the variety! For 30 straight minutes there wasn’t a single REPEAT exercise! Since this happened yesterday, I can tell you that today I am definitely feeling it in my core, as well as my legs, back, shoulders and arms. TOTAL body goodness!

Here is me AFTER:

Today is Day 2 and the workout is Agility X! I’m ready to get to it and then I’ll tell you what I think. 🙂

The P90X3 Challenge Pack is on sale through the month of January. Click HERE!

And if you’d like to join my next challenge group, click HERE!