Review: Beachbody Energy and Endurance Pre-Workout Formula

I have been complaining for a little while about my energy pre-am workout.  I had been thinking of trying a pre-workout but I have been really not interested in some of them because of the reviews I’ve seen.  I don’t want to be wired or jittery or really even notice that much of an energy boost.  I just want to feel like I’m fully awake when I really am not because I’ve only been up for like 30 minutes.  Or when I do have to workout at night and I’m dragging butt.

Enter the Beachbody super summer sale and the fact that 90 days of the Energy and Endurance Pre-Workout (E&E) was available for a severely reduced price.  I decided to try it mainly because (1) some of the people I look up to for clean nutrition because they truly live the life actually use it and (2) it has no artificial flavors, sweeteners, or preservatives.  These were important to me because as I try to continuously clean my diet up.

So anyway, I have tried it twice so far and wanted to share my thoughts with you in case you were thinking of picking it up from the Summer Sale.

Trial 1 – Night Workout.  The first time I tried E&E was when I was tired from my day and was working out (plyo cardio circuit) at like 8pm on Saturday.  I only used one scoop because I don’t do a lot of caffeine anyway mixed with 8 oz of water, and drank about half before my workout and the other half as I worked out.  I did notice the boost here quite a bit.  I perked up so to speak slowly, but by the end of the warm up I felt pretty good.  I did not feel a rush, but I did feel the energy pick up.  I wore my heart rate monitor and my high/low HR was the usual number, but I had a bigger calorie burn (about 60 calories more than my typical burn), mostly because I was able to work longer before taking a break and took fewer breaks overall.  Note that this is all compared to a fresh workout for calorie burn and breaks.  Before this trial use I walked around for about 4 hours shopping, lol.  I was pretty tired.  And I was not expecting this type of performance at all.  Thumbs up.

Trial 2 – Morning Workout.  This morning before Pure Cardio I tried E&E again.  I used the same quantity as trial 1 and in the same way.  I woke up and went straight into my workout as usual in the morning.  To be honest, I didn’t really feel any energy boost like I did from the first time.  I wasn’t tired this morning so I wonder if when I’m not tired I need 2 scoops to get a boost?  Definitely a trial to do soon.  I also am wondering if because it was pure cardio (which is relatively short – only 15 minutes during the actual workout portion) that I just didn’t see it?  Lots of questions here…still need to figure out for non-tired days how it would work for me.

In summary – I do think that if you are dragging behind and looking for a boost before you get into the workout – check out.  I’m personally not convinced I need this daily at all and honestly would not use it daily because I wouldn’t want to get so used to it that I need to have a bunch of scoops or it doesn’t work when I really need it because my body is used to it.  I definitely see it being a staple on days I’m not feeling it because I’m tired or didn’t sleep well before a morning workout.  I also am very curious about it during month 2 of INSANITY (2 weeks before that craziness starts) when the workouts go to a full hour or more some days…I will have to wake up earlier and probably will need a boost more than these short workouts.

If you are interested in checking out more about E&E, you can find it in my Beachbody store.  

 

30(ish) Days of Yoga

Yesterday was the last day of my 30 day new student pass at the yoga studio by my job.  I really really started to fall in love with yoga during the 3 weeks that I actually could attend regularly.  I found that 2-3 classes a week was the perfect amount for me considering it’s not  my main workout.

I took mostly hot yoga classes because I took a hot intro class and looooved it.  Since I go after work and I’m naturally like 95 degrees instead of normal human body temperature, the hot room just felt wonderful.  In the non hot classes I would not warm up until about halfway through.  In the hot classes I was warm really quick, which enabled me to get deeper into the stretches.  One of the benefits I was looking for out of yoga was to get a fantastic stretch since I tend to be really tight from INSANITY.  And the hot yoga classes gave me that much better than the regular yoga classes.  I will tell you that even though I was doing *extra* exercise, I experienced a huge reduction in soreness after adding yoga in.  I definitely think this is because I was able to get a really good deep stretch that was much better than what I do at home.  I suspected a bit part of my problem has been due to this and now I am 100% convinced of the fact I need to stretch deeper and longer most days.

The other thing I loved from hot yoga was how peaceful I felt afterwards.  I did NOT expect this and it honestly wasn’t something I was looking for going into it.  Not because I didn’t know yoga was a meditative practice…but because I have never felt that from a yoga workout at home.  Perhaps because at home it’s usually *the workout of the day* so I am focused on trying to get my calorie burn in.  But since the focus here was on the stretch, I allowed myself to really get mentally into the practice and clear.  I left the practice every class feeling on top of the world, which honestly, was the thing that made me want to go more.  Between all the things going on, stress management is a HUGE thing that I’ve been trying to work on this year.  When I’m stressed I tend to fall into bad habits, which usually means doughnuts and fried things.  Realizing how stress reducing yoga practice is – you better believe I have a new strategy for dealing with stress for sure.  I feel like this is the one part that I only felt because I mentally went into this practice very differently than I have when I’ve done it at home.

So bottom line – I love yoga lol.  I will be checking out a few more studio options to see how I like those classes.  I wasn’t really interested in one by my house when I first started my love affair with hot yoga because there aren’t many classes a week.  But now looking at it, I think that is fine since I’m not looking to go as often as I thought.  I also will look for some different style yoga workouts for home.  Right now I have P90x Yoga X, P90x Fountain of Youth, Bob Harper Yoga for the Warrior, and Biggest Loser Weight Loss Yoga.  I want to find some that are more meditative and less workout focused because that is what really puts me in my good place.

Do you want to try yoga?  Just a few tips…

  • I definitely recommend finding a studio with a 30 day lower cost trial option.
  • Try multiple teachers (there is a HUGE difference between teachers!!) and styles.
  • Try the slow flow of hatha and the moving flow of vinyasa.
  • Don’t spend a ton of money to start off with either.  Most studios will let you rent a mat so you can see if you want to invest in one after you try a few classes.  And you do NOT need to go to Lululemon for $90 yoga pants just to get started (or ever unless you want to spend the money) – just wear something comfortable.
  • For hot yoga go for shorts and a tank top (you close your eyes a lot and most hot rooms are darkened…don’t stress your body, trust me) and for non-hot yoga go for longer pants and a tank.  For both find a top that is somewhat fitted so it doesn’t float over your head every time you go into downward dog.
  • For hot yoga drink lots of water all day before you go and during and after (you will sweat more than you thought you could) and add a little salt to your water to help replace the sodium you may lose.

Closet Stretch Time

So even with the summer shopping I did a few weeks ago, I’m finding I need to find new ways to stretch my wardrobe this summer.  I’m not ready to really spend the money on a new wardrobe – I’m hoping to just make it through this hot weather and to the fall without spending really any more money on clothes unless I really have to have it…or it’s workout gear because you know…I NEED it 🙂

With that said – I tried to shop strategically so I could get some pieces that I could attempt to make work along with some things in my closet that aren’t quite toooooo big yet.  I just wanted to share some of my hide the too big clothes/make it stretch techniques I am trying out.  Share yours too so we can make these closets stretch!

1. Belts.  This one is quickly becoming my favorite tip.  Bigger dresses and cardigans can be cinched and be worn for longer than they fit without one.  Cardigans over sundresses are also great for cooler days into the fall too.  Hit up clearance racks for cute belts in varying colors and thicknesses to use.

2. Layers.  Layers are trendy and also a great way to use bigger clothes.  Camisoles are fairly inexpensive (hello Old Navy) and can be bought in your new size and worn underneath.  The bigger outer shirt can also be belted and bloused for a nice look over jeans or a skirt.

3. Leggings.  Go buy some.  Because once you put on some leggings and your camisole from above, you can put on some of those bigger dresses or longer shirts and wear them even a little big.  These are great for casual looks for the weekend.

4. Maxi Skirts.  The fantastic thing about a maxi skirt is that they go well with many tops/cardigans and they will be great in the summer as you lose weight/tone up.  I have 3 of them and counting, lol.

Those are my strategies for the summer.  The only other thing left to say is to know when it’s time to let go.  You reach a point where you are too tiny to wear that 2XL shirt anymore and it just has to go.  I am still weeding through my stuff, but I had to start accepting that if I’m buying size L tops, the 2XLs probably need to GO.

So what do you do to stretch your summer wardrobe?  Share 🙂

And if you are looking for some ways to shrink out of your current wardrobe, check out the June Sales.  Lots of programs on sale including some of my favorites – Les Mills Combat, Turbo Fire and the Ultimate Reset 🙂

INSANITY Fit Test #2

It’s been 2 weeks so it’s time for another fit test!  The past few weeks have been really busy for some random reason – but I’ve been consistent with my diet and exercise.  I read a quote from Chalene Johnson about fit people eating the same thing every day and if that’s the case – I’m on the right track, lol.  Keeping my menu easy and repeatable has been key for success while busy.  I almost hate to report the lbs I’ve lost just because I know that it’s off because I had a bump up before I started since I was in NYC eating and drinking off of my normal plan…so I won’t report that.  But I will say I feel much tighter and my clothes are much looser even from a week ago when I went shopping, yay INSANITY 🙂  I also am eating a LOT of food, which is awesome because I’m not hungry at all, even on days when I do yoga and INSANITY and I’m still losing weight and inches….I’m finally learning the nutrition game 🙂

Anyway, fit test results!

  • Switch Kicks 105 (+20)
  • Power Jacks 46 (+8)
  • Power Knee 107 (+14)
  • Power Jumps 32 (+1)
  • Globe Jumps 10 (+1)
  • Pushup Jacks 30 (+8)
  • Low Plank Oblique 59 (+10)

I’m 100% sure the reason I jumped up so much this test is that prior to test #1, I wasn’t working out this hard because I was building up (calories and exercise) from finishing the Ultimate Reset.  Now I’m in a groove and moving pretty good.  I do think that I’m going to have to keep pushing hard to beat these numbers in 2 weeks….so time to DIG DEEP!!