Plans for the New Year?

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I don’t mean New Year’s Eve…I’m talking about after the ball drops. What next?

If you’re like just about everyone else on the planet, you’re thinking about what you can do this year to make your life better. And if you’re like 99% of those people, “health and/or fitness” is probably near the very top of your list! Am I right?

Now you need a plan. Because the problem with New Year’s resolutions is that it’s one thing to think about what you want to do, it’s another thing to write it down and start to plan HOW you’ll get there…. and then begin to execute that plan! Most of us get stuck in the thought process, and never turn our goals into action!

Not you…not this year! 2016 is your year to make it happen! And I’ve got options…but you’ll have to hurry!

The new year is RIGHT around the corner. 2015 is in the books. We’re putting this year behind us, for better or worse, and focusing on a year full of opportunities! Imagine what you can accomplish in the next 366 days! (LEAP YEAR BABY!)

I’ve made it my job to help people find success in programs that can be done at home, on your time – no need for a pricey gym membership or fancy equipment.

So here’s what I have going in January:

OPTION #1

Starting January 4th: The Master’s Hammer & Chisel VIP Test Group

This group is for anyone who wants to join me for 60 days, following this new strength training program that is already getting some AMAZING results!

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Act fast to take advantage of the sale prices when you purchase the Challenge Pack (with Shakeology) or the Performance Pack (with pre-workout “Energize” and post-workout “Recovery” supplement formulas). You’ll save about $80 with these bundles AND you’ll also get 30 days FREE access to Beachbody on Demand, a free bonus workout plus discount shipping.

Check out this quick video for more information:

 

See the links below to order or learn more!

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OPTION #2

Starting January 4th: Fit & Lean in 2016

This 21 day group is for ANYONE doing any program! Most participants will be using the 21 Day Fix, because…IT IS PROVEN to work time and time again! Women who follow this program generally lose up to 3-5 pounds per week. You’ll get a simple meal plan, which includes handy, color-coded portion control containers (no counting points or calories! If it fits, you can eat it!). *There’s even a container for wine and chocolate! ūüôā Combine that with daily 30 minute workouts and you get results like this!

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And finally…OPTION #3

Starting January 1st! Step into 2016!

This free group is for anyone who has some step goals for the new year! (using FitBit, VivoFit, Apple Watch, etc. to track)

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Click HERE to join!

 

So…what’s it going to be? Pick an option and let’s resolve to reach our goals in 2016!

 

 

10 Reasons Women Should Lift Weights!

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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!!!

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2 Expert Trainers – 60 Days – Amazing Results!

I am SO excited to get started!

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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!

To be OK with the body you have…

ARE YOU COMFORTABLE IN YOUR OWN SKIN?

This is unbelievably HARD for me to post, but it’s like peeling off a band-aid before summer, and swimsuit season. I know everyone has their ‘thing’, and this is mine.

This is the thing that makes me cringe, and avoid the mirror. I’ve been working really hard to get past feeling insecure and self-conscious, and this is part of that process for me!

*I cannot believe I’m posting this on the world wide internets!

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3 years ago I wouldn’t have DREAMED of wearing a bikini to the pool or the beach…NO WAY! Not with this “thing” on my belly. (Kids refer to it as a “butt” and giggle. I pretend it doesn’t bother me, but it does.)

I’ve spent the last 2 1/2 years working on ME. Getting fit, and making my health a priority has not only changed my body physically, but for the first time I’ve started feeling more comfortable in my own skin! My confidence and self esteem have improved drastically! So, even though it’s NOT easy…I WILL wear my bikini this summer – not to ‘flaunt’ anything, but to practice being OK with my whole self!

This scar is my badge of honor, for bringing 4 wonderful people into this world. It’s just part of who I am now. I continue working hard EVERY day to be OK with the body I have: every wrinkle, stretch mark, scar and freckle.

For me, that means controlling what I CAN: working out every day, and fueling my body with the kinds of foods that make me feel better, stronger and have enough energy to do everything I need to do, every day, with a smile on my face!

Will I ever have a 6-pack? Nope. But that’s not my goal. I’m just trying be as healthy as I can, so that I can wear that bikini with my head held high!

Let’s get to work, and get comfortable in our own skin!
WHO’S WITH ME?!

I’ve got a support group starting on April 6th. We’ll workout, eat healthy foods and keep each other accountable! I’ll provide you with the all of tools you’ll need to be really successful! How about access to $1500 worth of proven fitness programs, and complete meal plans, for as little as $0! (zero) FREE?! (yep!) I’ve spent hundreds of dollars on these programs, but you don’t have to!

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Here are ALL of the options!

Beachbody On Demand is a new way to stream workouts to any smart device/laptop/etc…you get access to apx 11 full workout programs, plus meal plans and lots of other great content (about a $1500 value).

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CLICK THE PICTURE FOR INFORMATION ON ALL THESE AND MORE PROMOTIONS!

 


You can pick any option

A – On Demand Challenge Pack (Shakeology + first 3 month access to Beachbody On Demand for free)

B – Shakeology Sampler Pack plus 3 months of BOD

C – 30 day trial of BOD for FREE!

And then there are a few other sales that I included at the bottom of the graphic for anyone interested in the 3 Day Refresh, T25 or TurboFire Challenge Packs (with Shakeology)

And finally…since The 21 Day Fix continues to be a HUGE hit in my groups, with challengers losing up to 10-15 pounds in 21 days…I wanted to be sure to mention that one too!

Here are some results from my last 21 Day Fix group:

  • Michelle lost 6 pounds and 10.5 inches!
  • Hope lost 5 pounds and 4 inches!
  • Carla lost 6 pounds and 3 inches!
  • Jennifer lost 5 pounds and 2 inches!
  • Angela lost 8.5 inches!

You can get the 21 Day Fix program alone for $59.95 or the Challenge Pack for $160 (with Shakeology – saves $$ when you bundle the 2 together).

*With ANY challenge pack purchase, you will also get the 30 day free trial of Beachbody On Demand!

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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!) ūüôā

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

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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

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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

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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! ūüôā 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.