In the spirit of the holiday season, I'm feeling a little generous, so I'm hosting a giveaway for Shakeology lovers, or people just curious about Shakeology. The PRIZE is a Shakeology shaker cup and three Shakeology samples (chocolate, vanilla and tropical strawberry). How do you enter? You can tweet about the giveaway, follow me on Facebook, share my page on Facebook or follow me on Twitter, all using the links below! OR you can follow my Rafflecopter link here. Be sure to tweet and share daily for more entries! The giveaway closes December 18th at midnight EST, and I'll announce the winner on the 19th! I can't wait to share Shakeology with one lucky winner!
Comment below why you would like to win the Shakeology Shake-Up package!
Muscle acceleration explained
Many P90X fans were hooked on the science of muscle confusion – which introduced variety to the workouts and prevented plateauing. P90X3 takes a hint from that success and from studies showing the most dramatic body transformations happen within the first 30 minutes of exercise. Enter muscle acceleration, a Tony Horton-approved highly-structured schedule with an incredibly high level of intensity and an unprecedented variety of moves. The gurus behind P90X3 combined exercises and added some twists to maximize your time and keep every muscle challenged for a full 30 minutes.
Say goodbye to boredom
Along with the constant entertainment, P90X3 has the most workouts of any Beachbody program. With 16 workouts in the base kit, they switch it up before you have a chance to consider boredom. From cardio to strength to pilates to MMX, there is something for everyone.
The ideal P90X3-er
It may seem lofty to proclaim, but P90X3 is indeed a workout for everyone. Everyone searching for tighter abs and leaner muscles, that is. But fitness novices and experts need not be afraid by P90X3’s come-one-come-all invitation. You don’t have to have any previous P90X experience in order to get killer results. For the beginner, the variety of workouts in P90X3 is the perfect place to discover their fitness style. If the move can be modified there is a cast member showing you how. But don’t expect to be an expert on day one. (Yes, fitness veterans will still be challenged.)
It doesn’t stop there
And of course there are some bells and whistles too good to ignore. First off, the FitYaf exclusive: If P90X3 is purchased any time from December 10th – 31st (including Challenge Packs), you will receive an exclusive P90X3 baseball cap.
And last but not least, we have the app: Yes, now for the first time the P90X app is available on Android and iOS. The app includes P90X guided workouts, tools to track your reps, weights and progress. Launching soon, is the P90X3 addition – which brings you workout specific tracking modules, scheduling options and the motivation you need to power through the 90 days. P90X3 scheduling and tracking will be available on the app for Android on 12/10 and is coming soon for iPhone. Check out the app and get ready to bring it!
The P90X3 Facts:
FREE SHIPPING FOR A LIMITED TIME!
P90X3 Challenge Pack
DISCOUNT EXTENDED THROUGH JANUARY!! - Discount REACTIVATED for May 2014
Price will go up to $205 in February 2014
P90X3 Deluxe Kit
FREE SHIPPING FOR A LIMITED TIME!
Includes everything in the Base Kit PLUS:
P90X3 Ultimate Kit
FREE SHIPPING FOR A LIMITED TIME!
Includes everything in the Base & Deluxe Kits PLUS:
What are you looking forward to most about P90X3?
Focus on the positive. Some researchers believe that your thoughts can affect your physical body. Anxious, sad, and angry thoughts can make your entire body feel more stressed because they cause the brain to release the stress hormones, while pleasant, peaceful thoughts can make the body feel less stressed because they can cause the brain to release the pleasure hormones dopamine, endorphins, and serotonin.
Go for a walk. When it's too much, step away from it and get some fresh air into your lungs. Even a short, five-minute walk can help give you a fresh perspective and relieve stress.
Plan something fun for the future. When you're under a lot of pressure, this can give you a light at the end of the tunnel to look forward to. Just don't make planning this stressful too.
Drink less caffeine. I know that's just mean, right? But it's true. If the body is all jacked up on caffeine, it has more energy but is also in a very reactive state, which can lead to mega stress.
Create a mantra. Negative self-talk can be a self-fulfilling prophecy. Create a positive mantra instead such as: "I live in a loving, peaceful world" or "It feels like a lot, but I can handle it. I've done it before and I can do it again."
What's your favorite stress reliever?
It's December, and the holiday season is upon us! Some people are already done their holiday shopping - overachievers! For the rest of us, we're now frantically trying to get our lists together. If you have a fitness lover on your list, I have some great suggestions for you. Also, scroll down for some great Cyber Monday deals (I'll be updating these throughout the day, so be sure to check back).
Cyber Monday Deals
Free shipping and tons of deals on The Clymb
40% off certain shoes and apparel at Altitude Running
Free Shipping on orders over $50 at Brooks Running
20% off Buzzy therapuetic messager at Buzzy
25% off and free shipping at Sports Authority
30% off and free shipping at ENDEVR
Lots of 20% off deals at Athleta
Free shipping at Nike with the code JUSTDOIT [also, you can get 25% off clearance items with the code MOVEMORE]
30% off at Old Navy with the code CYBER [lots of workout clothes!]
Up to $40 off and free shipping at Adidas with the code CYBER
30% off your entire purchase at Reebok
25% off and free shipping at Dick's Sporting Goods
What's the best Cyber Monday deal you've purchased?
Today (November 27th), the Beachbody Holiday Sale begins. This year there are HUGE savings (up to 69%) on so many great products - P90x, Insanity the Asylum, Derm Exclusive skin care products, Beachbody exercise equipment, nutritional supplements and MORE! Click the image below to access the sale, but don't wait to order - many items sold out during last year's sale, be prepared to act fast!
1. Shakeology Taste Sampler
2. Shakeology Sampler Pack
3. Shakeology 3-day Cleanse
4. Shakeology Variety Pack
How are you going to try YOUR Shakeology?
In early May, I decided to try Sean T’s Insanity 60 Day Program. Let me tell you, the program is aptly named. The only way I could describe the workouts were by using the word, “Insane.” However, I survived the 60 days and can now be officially be called “Insane” (though I’ve been called that unofficially for various other reasons long before).
What were your goals before starting the program?
I chose Insanity to get ready for summer and to challenge myself physically. Also, I was in one of those exercise ruts where I needed a change of routine. I learned that before officially starting the Insanity workout plan, Insanity has you complete a fit test and record your results. This test will be repeated 4 more times throughout the 60 day program. You are given a minute to complete as many reps of various cardio and strength moves as you possibly can. I recall being overconfident and considering skipping the fit test and diving in. I’m happy I took the fit test because it gave me quite the reality check. My goal then became to get through the fit test without slowing down or stopping during the minute intervals. Also, the competitor in my wanted to have more reps logged than Sean T’s "teacher’s pets" that were featured on the DVD.
How did you enjoy the workouts?
The workouts and I had a love-hate relationship, which for me is what I need and crave. I loved feeling accomplished when I completed the challenging workouts. Then I despised how out of shape they initially made me feel. Though Sean T reminded you to go at your own pace, I felt the need to keep up with him, which was not possible for me for some exercises. The workouts would repeat throughout the weeks and the exercises that I dreaded did become easier to complete as I became conditioned to the program and what it demanded from your body. The workouts all begin with a 10 minute cardio warm-up and are followed by a 7 minute stretch before starting the circuits. In the beginning of my Insanity journey the stretching segment felt too long for me as I just wanted to keep my heart rate up and power through the program. As the DVDs got progressively harder, I looked forward to those long stretches. I really enjoyed Sean T’s different ways to work your abs. Without any crunches, he gets the job done. All in all, I enjoyed the workouts.
What was the most challenging part?
The most challenging part of Insanity for me personally was the push-up component and the power jumps. The push-up sets were part of plank circuits, so your arms are already screaming before you get to the push-ups. Sean T’s push-up speed was also much faster than mine so I was really pushing myself to get faster. Additionally, the power jumps were tiring but also difficult for me because I had to really focus on my form. I tend to have lower back issues and had to really remember to tighten my core and land gently.
Have you ever tried the Insanity workout program?
If you sign up for a class, join a workout group or make plans to meet up with someone for a workout, your chances of skipping that workout are a lot lower, no matter how tired you are or how much you'd rather do something else. Not only does working out with a buddy increase your chances of sticking with a program, but it turns out that we also tend to push ourselves a little harder too! Research at Michigan State University's Department of Kinesiology showed that not only does a workout buddy motivate you more, but this holds true for a "virtual" workout buddy as well - this can be anything from an online gaming system to a Facebook group. The reason? Accountability. When you know that someone else will take notice to not only the frequency of your workouts, but your effort level too, you're going to show up and work hard!
The ultimate example of this phenomenon is The Biggest Loser. The contestants on the show are in a group, they are living out their journey in the public eye and they are competing for a prize. Talk about accountability! The good news is, you don't have to be on the Biggest Loser to meet a health and fitness goal. There are so many ways to gain accountability. One example is the Beachbody Challenge Group. Beachbody created a system where you combine a workout program with a nutrition overhaul. There is even a chance to win some pretty awesome cash prizes! And you do it all from the comfort of your own home. Are you a social person and would rather get out of the house, but can't find a fitness buddy? Fitness magazine has 7 suggestions for you!
The bottom line? Accountability works. Even better? It's not just for health and fitness. It's can be used for any goal you set for yourself. Check out these steps for holding yourself accountable:
Have you ever been part of an accountability group? How did it help you meet your goal?
P90x 3 (coming soon)
Over the years, I have tried many things in the fitness world - I'd like to say I've done it all, but can you believe I've never taken a Zumba class? I know I'd love it - it just hasn't happened yet. There are many other things on my fitness bucket list, but only so many hours in the day. When given the choice, I prefer the group exercise setting. The energy in the room always pushes me to work harder and give 100% to the workout, but I know group fitness is not for everyone. Lately, I've notice the rise in what I like to call "boutique" gyms - studios offering one type of group fitness class, such as spinning, yoga or even pole dancing! It got me thinking - if people are going to these boutique gyms, are they not joining a "regular" or soon to be "old-fashioned" gym anymore? You know, the gym with the treadmills, elliptical machines, stationary bikes, weight lifting machines, free weights, group fitness studios and, if you're lucky, an indoor basketball court and a pool. I recently took classes at Row Zone and Body Cycle in Philadelphia, and I had to sign up for these classes ahead of time (in some cases DAYS before the class). While I generally stick to the same gym schedule each week, I know there are people that tend to fit in a workout when they have the time. For those people, what good is a class that is full by the time you decide you have the time to go? I'm wondering - how & where do people prefer to workout?
Full Gym - "one stop shopping"
Boutique (specialty) gym
Home exercise videos
We all have different lifestyles, schedules, family circumstances and personalities, which all contribute to how we make time to get in our workouts, but I'm curious - how do you prefer to get your sweat on? What influences your decision?
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