Physical exercise

Call Me Crazy OR Better Yet, INSANE

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Hey everyone, as my friend reminded me on Facebook, this time last year, we were going crazy over the end of the Twinkie. What is wrong with us?!?!? Anyway, a year later and a bunch of you have joined me in this fitness journey. GO YOU!

It's late November and its that time of year where some of us stop working out because of the holiday, but me, I'm anxiously awaiting the new program by Shaun T, Insanity Max 30.

I was lucky enough last year to audition for this program and I got a sneak peek inside the insane mind of the creator. I made it to the last round and was sent home after two grueling days with a hug from Shaun T. Not to shabby!

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I thought my muscles would give out and my heart would literally pop out of my chest. He is no joke.  The point of this program is to push you past your current limits.  Even after some of my friends who have done the workouts told me that its the craziest workout on DVD, I sit here writing to you to let you know that I CAN'T WAIT for its release!!!! Call me INSANE but I can't wait to push my body to the MAX.

Currently, I have created a schedule with three different programs. P90X3 for variety, PiYo because I teach it and enjoy the routines, and Beast for strength. Every week, based on my class schedule and whether I plan on subbing a few classes, I fit the Beachbody programs in. I am following a super clean eating plan to ensure I stay at a comfortable 130lb. But in December its time to SHOCK the BODY with the Insanity Max 30 nutrition plan and workout program. I can't wait to get on a new workout schedule.

Only 5 days a week and 30 minutes with MAXIMUM results. Why not?! If you want more info on the launch or want to join me, follow this link: bit.ly/FUNFITCHICMAX30

Let's do it!!

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I am scurred and excited at the same time. Who are the brave souls that will join me?!

P90x3 Before and After

It is officially OFFICIAL. I have completed one full round of P90x3. I stuck to the 90 days exactly as set out on the calendar. When I fell back, I doubled up. When I felt tired, I made it happen. If I knew I was going to have a busy day, I did it in the morning and vice versa. I NEVER cheated. Well, except yesterday when I had some frozen custard. Otherwise, its been all clean eating, ALL THE TIME. Everyday I drank Shakeology in the morning, ate 6 meals a day, and worked out. Very simple and the results I got were just crazy.

I can do pull ups and push ups, including plyo pushups, and my flexibility has improved!

What I've learned:

  1. A fitness program needs to have a little of everything. You can't just do cardio and you can't just do strength work and absolutely ignore everything else. Definitely never ignore stretching.
  2. Push ups and pull ups are essential. So what you can lift 100 pounds over your head, but can you lift yourself up?
  3. Balance, Balance, Balance. Its the key to life and the key to a workout program.
  4. Eating 6 meals a day and drinking water is so important. The days I failed, my workout suffered.
  5. Food logging is king when trying to stay on track. How else will you stay accountable.
  6. Letting people know about your routines is important as well. People keep you accountable when they ask, "how's that thing you were doing going?"
  7. When it comes to food, keep it interesting. The internet is full of ideas.
  8. Tony Horton is the MAN! I love the guy and he is a mentor to me although I have never met him. Can't wait for the day when we cross paths.

Oh and now for the big reveal:

 

Off to BODY BEAST with some added yoga next week! 90 days of the beast.

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Confused over Muscle Confusion

So here it goes, I have TWO weeks left of P90x3. This is freaking crazy.  In January, I set out to complete this workout. I also set out a number of personal goals. Keeping on schedule with the workout has helped me stay on schedule with my other goals. This is why I think creating a workout schedule or following a workout program is essential. Showing yourself that you can set a goal, follow a schedule everyday, and reach your goals, is very much indicative of what else you can accomplish. I feel like I can do anything. As I was telling one of my challengers, I never thought I could do a push up or a pull up and now I am doing pull ups and military pushups!

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I can't say I am absolutely in love with the schedule with month three.

The schedule alternates every other week and it has me completely out of whack. I can't memorize it and I have to check my schedule like a madwoman every morning to remember what I have to do because I seem to always get it wrong. This is beyond muscle confusion, my mind is equally as confused.

The primary principle behind any of the P90x workouts is muscle confusion. This keeps your body stimulated over time so it doesn't get used to and exercise routine or go through a plateau. According to the P90x3 guide, "Muscle confusion is achieved by training in a series of blocks that are interrupted by transition (aka recovery) periods to maximize a training law called Progressive Overload." Basically, your body responds to a workout, you adapt, master, and then right when you see some gains, they switch it up. The mastery phase is so short that it keeps you guessing and regardless how in shape you felt the week before, you feel like you are back in square 1  the following week. It gets harder, trickier, and more intense every week.

THEREFORE, YOU GET STRONGER!

I appreciate all the gains I am seeing from Muscle Confusion, I just wish I wasn't so overall confused over the schedule!

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P90x3 Day 66 of 90

Hey ladies and gents. So it's Day 66 of 90 and I've missed writing about P90x3 for the past two weeks. I am on week two of the last month. It's crazy. It's flown by. Today, I had to double up and do Eccentric Upper and the Triometrics (lower body/cardio) workout. I say it's crazy because even though the first workout was entirely upper body, my legs were shot and I was pushing and suffering through Triometrics but I got it done. Triometrics is all jump training and legs. You do three versions of a move - basic, moderate and intense version. All for 20 seconds each and I was shot five minutes in. That's the beauty of these workouts - the schedule is genius. It's not like when you are at the gym and Thursday is always leg day and you do the same thing. Even though the workout on the DVD never changes, the schedule does and the way they place them on your calendar really makes a big difference in your progress.

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What I have noticed and would recommend to anyone who wants to try a Beachbody workout is that Focus T25 helped slim me down but P90x3 is now helping to create muscle definition. I like it. If you have questions, don't forget, I am a Beachbody coach and can help.

Week 6 Progress P90x3

Hey everyone. I am so happy I completed Week 6. The routines are the same as in Week 5 so I am not going to bore you with the details. What I will say is that it really doesn't get easier. I am pushing harder and getting stronger and its just as rough as the first day. I can't wait until recovery week. One more week to push through before I get there and then I am off to Block 3. This program is moving fast. Two things I am happy to announce - I can do 1.5 chin ups all by myself without the chin up assist! YAY. I would really love to do ten one day. That would sure be a fun party trick, wouldn't it? That and a handstand.

I am much closer to the handstand than the chin ups or pull ups. I have been working on my handstand practice ALMOST daily. Activate the core, push the floor, flex the toes, engage your fingers, look between you hands and kick up!!! It's hard but I am trying.

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I got two seconds of hang time in there. P90x3 yoga is helping, especially in regards to flexibility. I feel like recovery week will help me get in the right zone to improve.  I follow this blog for tips.

Oh and TWO more things to announce. I feel like I've said this before but my abs have joined the party! Actually, now they really did join the party and its sick. I never imagined abs like this. Hurry up summer because I need crop tops and cute two piece swimsuits.

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And I have decided to start a fit club!!! Fit Clubs are an opportunity for people to try a Beachbody program with like-minded people for free. My first fit club is scheduled to start on the last Saturday in March. We will be working out to one of the 21 Day Fix workouts. I am excited about it because the 21 Day Fix is  so new that it will give people who are a bit skeptical or unsure of it, an opportunity to give it a shot. My goal is to run the clubs monthly, however, if the demand is there, I can increase that. Looking forward to meeting some of you there and making new friends!

What workouts did you do this week? Have you tried anything new?

Happy Valentine's Day Challenge

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Happy Valentine's Day everyone! I have decided to take on a personal challenge today to let you all in (just a bit more) on who I am and how I got here. I hope my story helps you share yours!

I started working on a video for this but I need to practice it a little more before I record myself. When you are passionate about something, the waterworks just fly out and I am not ready for all that! However, I am ready to share over this blog. So, how did I get here? How did FunFitChic come to be… who is the Zumba instructor, Personal trainer, and Beachbody coach?

Let's go back to high school me… more like 16 or 17 year old me? That sounds about right. Well, for as long as I could remember, I was a dancer. I defined myself by dance and I absolutely loved everything about ballet. I never worried about weight because I was so active, that was never a thought. I was always the smallest person in a room and the amongst the shortest. People would tell me to eat more. I would eat a McDonald's Arch Deluxe Burger and find myself hungry two hours later. I was insatiable.

My junior year in high school, I was faced with the decision to quit dance in order to pursue a few AP courses. One of the courses required us to go to school on Saturday… AP History. Well, like any other High School student, I ate junk, and studied all the time. I now know I really was not overweight BUT the summer before my senior year, people would say things like … "oooh you are getting chunky, you should stop eating so much candy, your butt is getting big" … etc etc. Some people don't realize how much words can affect someone, especially teenage girls. I don't recall this all too well but I know at some point, I just stopped eating. It wasn't pretty.. I lost a lot of weight and people started talking again… I think people try to help but they don't know how so they say whatever comes out their mouth and those things can be cruel.

Anyway, things got ugly and I recall just a couple of days before my prom, my mom had to go to the cleaners and take my dress in because it was falling off me. My mom got tired of it and after much fuss and serious hunger, I started to eat again but this time we started incorporating steamed vegetables and learning a little bit more about nutrition. We didn't have much money but we switched from white bread to wheat bread, whole milk to skim milk, lots of trial and error, and took baby steps. Around the same time, I found Billy Blanks Tae Bo. Once again,  I was moving, I was happy and no longer worried about weight or what people said! I felt strong and happy.

Fast forward to being a college student, studying, partying, eating at all hours and going to a school with no gym. My confidence level in college was a lot higher than in high school, so I didn't go through any drastic measures but that meant the opposite… by the time I graduated college, I weighed twenty pounds more than I do today. Hard to believe, ehh? Well its true. I was also unhappy in a relationship and bored.

Sooo guess what? DANCE! I went back to dance, to movement, and then to the gym. I made some of the most beautiful relationships in my life and met great friends, including my current boyfriend of seven years. Salsa dancing got me back on track and once again I just lost weight without a worry or a care because I WAS HAPPY! Salsa, led to Zumba, led to personal training and now Beachbody. It's ten years since I graduate college and I believe 9 years or so since I walked into my first salsa class.

So how did I get here? Not by accident.

Although I have never been overweight, I too have struggled with it, I have struggled with body image issues, and I have overcome them. I had to. That was part of my life path and I had to in order to be here today and help you. I want to inspire you. I truly believe that movement and good healthy food can unlock the door to your happy self. I am sure it's not the only way but its a step towards the right way. I know this because its proved true in my life. I hope that one day I can hear one person say, your story changed the course of my life for the better. Happy Valentine's Day!

If you can relate, and you need some help finding the love I have for myself and for movement, contact me.  When I have some time, I am going to update this post with pictures. Have a great day and a great weekend. I love you.