I'm a Beachbody Coach

Listen up you sexy minxes, I am now a Beachbody Coach. Why, you ask? BBAltSigsmall

Well, here's my story. I've been working out for a long time. At least ten years; and I've maintained  a healthy weight ranging between 125lbs to 140lbs. If you've been following my blog for awhile, you know I love to workout and I call myself a fitness geek. I'll try any workout at least once and can get highly addicted to many workouts at the same time.

I've also tried many Beachbody workouts in the past: P90x, Brazilian Butt Lift, P90X2, Insanity

However, I stayed far away from Beachbody challenges. "I don't need anyone motivating me through a workout, I'm self motivated... etc, etc."

Well, enter my good friend and now MY COACH. She posted a challenge on her Instagram account kindly asking if anyone was interested. I asked her what it entailed and I signed up. Shakeology plus T25. A workout, I was already interested in trying. Sure, why not? What can SHE teach ME?


If you've been following along, SHE and Beachbody have taught me a lot. What I learned most was how unconcerned I was about the food I put in my body. I was working out like an animal and then grabbing a pizza or a turkey burger with french fries and dismissing how that might affect me.

How come I was sluggish all the time? How come I was always tired? Always sick? Why the hell didn't I make the connection? Here I was telling you guys and my group fitness students and clients that they needed to be healthier versions of themselves, yet I was throwing my hard work out the window as every time I didn't consider what I was eating.

The challenge and consuming Shakeology everyday for breakfast has helped me meal plan for the week, consider healthier options, and replace unhealthy foods for healthier ones.

Here's an example: Today, I was starving and "I had nothing to eat at home." I wanted to eat so bad and I wanted instant gratification (read: someone to cook for me). I ran through all the quick food options in my neighborhood.... ate that already, too salty, ugh, too heavy, etc. And I was still not happy. So instead of getting in my car and spending $20 or more on dinner, I decided to cook.  I put together a salad with lettuce, radishes, onions and green peppers. Topped the salad with one whole egg, one egg white, turkey, and a handful of low-fat mexican cheese.

That would never have happened before! I would have gone out for some heavy pasta dish to fulfill my palate and my hunger quickly or something. Penne a la vodka was my go to.... mmmm (and not the whole wheat pasta).

Here is my 60 day progress, very soon I will post the complete progress after completing T25. THIS IS MY LAST WEEK!

Screen Shot 2013-09-19 at 11.49.51 PMI'm here to help you if you're ready and if you're not and want to talk about it, reach out to me. Remember, I can help you in many ways.... as a personal trainer, group fitness instructor, and now Beachbody coach..... your health is my main concern.






P90X2 PAP Lower Review

I had to wait until the second time I tried the workout before sharing because the first time, I was all out of sorts. IT IS REALLY DIFFICULT. And for whatever reason, even as I was doing the moves (the first and the second time), I kept thinking, "this isn't so hard." It's not very difficult the first two times but once you get to the 3rd and 4th round . . . YOU ARE BURNING ALL OVER. [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S6CnC42hEk0]

The PAP Workouts are very different from P90x and any of the other phases of P90x2. They are done in what is called "complexes." Each complex combines four different exercises done quickly and repeated four times. I was sweating by round 2 of the first complex and I was unable to complete the last round of the 2nd complex. IT'S THAT DIFFICULT.

The moves are all done in a specific order for a reason. They are meant to make you a better athlete. There is a lot of balancing and jumping in this dvd so you need to have good balance and stability. Today, I feel it mostly in my butt and my abs. There is a lot of core work. When I first saw the schedule for Phase 3, I was a little thrown off by the lack of Ab Ripper X in the routine but now I can feel why. You are doing abs every day you do PAP and Yoga.  I was considering throwing Ab Ripper X in there but I don't think its necessary. Any P90xers add an ab routine to the phase?

Phase Three Starts Today!

On to Phase 3 of P90x2 and I can't wait. This is where they introduce the P.A.P Lower and P.A.P Upper workouts. The description on teambeachbody.com says:

"This is the money phase in P90X2, where we take all the changes we've been making in your body and focus them on pure performance. The key to this phase is P.A.P. and doing repeated series of movements called "complexes." These workouts will destroy you in an oh-so-beautiful way. This phase is recommended for 3 to 4 weeks, so we recommend you add your auto-schedule one week at a time."

I say, BRING IT!

Can't wait to report.

P90x2 Low

The birds are chirping, the weather is mild, and the sun is shining. The desire to stay indoors and do my P90x2 workout DVDs is dwindling. I want to be outside and bike ride and run but I don't have the time to do it all.

Don't worry, I'm still pressing play but I must say, it's getting rough. This is my last week of Round 2 and I am hoping that the following week will be easier. Hopefully the new dvds and the change of schedule will be a good thing for me.

Anybody else feeling the same way? 

P90x2 Progress

I know it's been awhile since I last updated everyone on my P90x2 journey but I refuse to be redundant and write about it every single day without noting progress. But, recently, I had a few breakthroughs!

P90x2 Shoulders and Arms

The weight I use for most of the Shoulders and Arms exercises has increased to 8 to 10lbs. I'm also doing every exercise with one leg on the stability ball. It's tough but I have improved tremendously in terms of balance. I love improvement.

X2 Yoga

Yoga had always been my most dreaded work out in the P90x series but when I first watched the X2 Yoga, I was impressed with the flow of the moves and how basic it felt. It's still difficult but I am able to hold the moves longer and do feel my chest and shoulders opening up. However, standing splits and that whole sequence is still difficult. I'm the girl falling over every couple of seconds. Needless to say, yoga isn't my most dreaded workout anymore. You can replace that with Chest, Back and Balance.  

Shoulders and Arms and Balance

Hey fellow P90x2ers! I just did the P90x2 Shoulders and Arms workout for a second time. As I mentioned last week, I LOVE THIS ROUTINE. However, last week I did the workout with resistance bands. This week I did the routine with weights. I have a few different color resistance bands that I use but I think this routine works best with weights. I felt like I could really work on my balance while using the balance ball with weights instead of using the resistance bands with a foot in the air. It felt less stable but I felt more in control. If that makes any sense. Personally, I think some workouts are just better with the bands while others are better with the weights. I like that I have both and can choose which works best.

What do you use . . .Weights or Bands?