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The Year of Shaun T

I just realized that this was the year of Shaun T.

Finished round 1 of Insanity in January

Round 2 of Insanity May – July

Round of Focus T25 August – November (alpha through gamma)

Round of Asylum volume 1 November – December

And now back on Insanity for the rest of the year (will probably mix a few other workouts in as well).

Maybe I think I have a favorite trainer? For the record January – May I did a month of P90x, a month of Les Mills Combat, and a full Ultimate Reset (round 2).

Insanity – is my soulmate. It’s the workout that makes me happy because you don’t think, you just do. You never master it. You never can just totally nail a workout, there is always progress to make and work to be done. You will get results even if you modify like crazy. You don’t have to be in shape to start but you DO have to be willing to push through and always do a little more every workout.

Focus T25 – was good, but not right for me when I did it. I did it immediately following a round of insanity and it wasn’t doing it for me. By the time it picked up in beta phase I was softer than I came into it. I think it’s a great program for a beginner, to pick up after a layoff (I imagine a new mom would love this because of duration and the progression), or to mix in with running/weights. It does in my opinion set you up well for Insanity, especially if you do through gamma.

Asylum Vol 1 – great program and mix of strength/cardio. I saw good progress with this one and I imagine if I did it after insanity vs. focus t25 I would really beast mode on it. I did get a little tired towards the end as there really are few days off and I have been going pretty hard with exercise since May on top of starting to play volleyball on weekends. Asylum to me is very different than Insanity. It’s definitely more strength than cardio. I can tell now the progress I have made with strength because certain insanity moves (quad strengtheners) I can do now that I NEVER could do before. A hybrid of this and insanity (and maybe vol 2????) I think would be dynamite. Anyway, I think Asylum can be done by mostly everyone. Lots of the moves I knew from insanity and focus t25 but that daggum ladder is a mess.

So, are you a Shaun T junkie?? My 2014 plans include more diversity. P90x3, 21 Day Fix, and possibly a full round of Les Mills Combat to name a few!

Push Drive and GO!

Well team, I am a few days away from finishing the core of Focus T25 (alpha + beta phases).  10 weeks of work.  I have enjoyed the process but now it’s time to move on and start looking at my workouts and my goals and figuring out what to do next.  I think I FINALLY got this straightened out today with the help of Team Tenacity HCIC (head coach in charge) Shaina:
Octoer 14 – Focus T25 Gamma Strength Hybrid (4 weeks)
November 11 – Insanity: Asylum Volume 1 (4 weeks)
Whenever it arrives in the mail (around December 10) – P90X3
This is going to be a challenging push for me this year between the holidays and these intense programs.  Gamma phase is stupid intense, Asylum is well where crazy people go, and P90X3 is built to shred.  I am stepping out of my comfort zone again like I did when I determined Insanity would be my workout du jour and making myself work hard because I know I CAN and because I know that I THRIVE on the insanity.  I thrive on workout programs that make me want to cry.  If I didn’t realize that before, I realize it now because while this is going to be crazy, I am so excited for the changes that I will see in my body.
On top of working the heck out of my workouts, I’m setting up THREE challenge groups right now:
1. October 21st – Lose a Turkey Challenge – Between the 21st and Thanksgiving – how intense can you be and how many inches/lbs can you shed?  We will motivate and encourage each other along with my fellow team cup coaches to stay on track through Halloween and right up until Thanksgiving.  There will be sweat, tears, and prizes.  Pretty much an awesome push.  Purchase of any challenge pack is required and please contact me if you are interested in joining and need help with picking your workout. Purchases should be made this week to be ready to start on time!!
2. November 4th – Shakeology Taste Test – If you have been wanting to try Shakeology but have been turned off by the idea of having to purchase an entire 30 day supply at one time this is for you.  We will all use the new Shakeology sampler (2-chocolate, 1-vanilla, 1-greenberry) and try new flavors and recipes.  The great part about this is that this will help you see the benefits of Shakeology with 4 days in a row of tasting and also give you an opportunity to see which flavor is for you before you buy your large bag.
3. November 11th – Asylum: Tenacity Style – This is my personal workout starting November 11th and I invite all who want to join me with this to the group.  You can join this group if you want to start the program on this day with me whether you need to buy the program or not. If you need to pick it up or want to know exactly what it is, just click here!
If any of those sound like a challenge group for you – please email me – kimbfitblog @ gmail.com and put the name of the challenge as the subject line and let me know so I can add you to the group.
Lastly – new coaches to my team get a bonus box this month.  Some fitness goodies and team peri to help you get started right with Team Tenacity will come to you 🙂  Questions about becoming a coach or what the deal is with coaching?  Shoot me an email.  Note that all coaches get 25% off of everything Beachbody has to offer, so if you are a workout junkie or a Shakeology devotee, you save a pretty penny monthly.  Sign up here if you are ready right now to join or if you are going to sign up for one of my challenges with a purchase, let me know and I’ll help you sign up so you save the max $$.
Ok lots of info so I’m leaving it here for now.  I’ll be back with some info on how my Karma Cleanse is going and finishing up Beta Focus T25 🙂

Focus T25 Beta Initial Thoughts

Okay this is a LONG one…sorry.  But these are my (and the man’s) impressions of all the Focus T25 BETA phase workouts and that takes time to write out!

Rip’t Circuit – This workout is a 25 minute strength training workout with some cardio mixed into the program.  It is unique because it doesn’t have a burnout phase or repeat any exercises.  What I love about it is that it really is a total body workout and you can go HEAVY with the weights.  It’s fast – but not super fast.  I use 9 lb dumbbells during this DVD and I’m almost sure I will go up to 12 lbs (at least to start, lol!) the next time I do this one.  You want to go heavy so you can really get the burn.  The intervals aren’t that long so you can hang at a heavier weight and if you can’t, you can always drop down in weight mid workout if you need an adjustment.  But you can’t get stronger if you don’t go up in weight so try it.  One of the first things you will notice is that Tania’s modifications are pretty non-existent.  There just isn’t much for her to modify because the exercises are fairly basic, just bumped in intensity with the weights.  If you need to modify, lower your weights, eliminate the weights, or use something fairly light (water bottles, cans, ect) from your  house.  Bands are also a great way to modify because you can adjust the intensity on the same band instead of having to swap out weights.  Anyway, back to the workout.  The key to this one is to focus intensely when lifting weights.  Move slow and put your intention into the area you are working and focus on what you feel in that area.  That helps make sure you really are using the right weights.  And don’t be afraid to use different weights for different body parts if you need.  I have adjustable weights so this is hard for me to do (this is the one downside of adjustable over individual weights) but it’s smart if you need it so you get the workout you need.

Speed 2.0/Core Speed – (Core Speed is the bonus workout you get when you buy your Focus T25 through a coach, although you can buy it separately if you don’t have it)  Core Speed is very similar to Speed 2.0 so I’m lumping them together.  Both workouts are extremely cardio intense and the same cardio drills are used in three levels that shorten in length but increase in intensity.   Then a second set of drills are learned and repeated in the same way.  Finally all drills are repeated in increasingly intense intervals.  By the end you are EXHAUSTED in the best way possible.  These are my 2 favorite workouts in the entire program so far.  I love the fact that they push me hard to keep up and to focus on form.  The Core Speed has one armed burpees that will challenge even the most fit person to keep up.  The thing I love about this one is that it is body weight strength training intensive and that’s my favorite kind of cardio/strength mix.

Upper Focus – Now if you read my Alpha review, you know that the one issue I had with Alpha was the lack of upper body focus.  There are some burpees and pushups (mostly in Total Body Circuit) but in general I didn’t feel that I got any stronger.  This workout definitely made me feel that I wouldn’t have that complaint after Beta.  This is another one where I went heavy (at least for where I’m at right now) and I felt the burn.  I love how all the options are shown – bands, weights, modified w/ weights, and using a pull-up bar.  I mean if you can’t figure out an option that works for you – well you aren’t trying to find an option that works for you.  I used the weights.  I love this one too (I love Beta…that’s pretty clear, yes?) and I would love to put this and Lower Focus together one day to burn out my entire body strength wise.  I just may try that one out.

Dynamic Core – This is my least favorite of the Beta workouts – but that doesn’t mean I don’t like it.  It just isn’t my favorite.  It’s MUCH better to me than the Alpha abs workout, which honestly so far is my least favorite workout of all of Focus T25.  I like the exercises I guess better in this one?  My hubby has some serious problems with this one though.  He pretty much follows Tania exclusively through Focus T25 and noticed a few spots in this workout where Tania was never actually shown and that frustrated him.  He is an exercise beginner (true beginner) and needs the mod.

ALPHA Focus T25 Review

Last week I finished the alpha phase of T25 – meaning the first 5 weeks of the program!

The ALPHA phase of the program is pretty great in that it introduces you to the style of the program and gets you used to doing a nonstop 25 minutes of work.  It’s also a really great workout.  I really enjoyed the workouts and I felt that through the ALPHA phase I got an amazing lower body workout.  I can tell my legs are stronger for sure, there are squats and lunges like CRAZY.

I had a LOT going on the past month and my diet has been a bit up and down so that could definitely be a reason.  But in general I’m feeling a bit softer.  Not bigger necessarily, but just softer in the core.  I also think I have a gluten sensitivity that is starting to become more and more of an issue that I’m noticing.  It’s something that I am really not happy about….I have had no desire ever to eat gluten free.  Really anything free.  I only started cutting dairy because I noticed I felt better without it.  I still have that occasionally, but I limit it severely.  Now I am noticing that when I have gluten heavy meals I feel pretty awful (and bloated) within 10-15 minutes of starting the meal.  I’ve been hoping I was wrong about this ever since my hubby suggested it to me, but once I started paying more attention to my food intake + my symptoms it became a situation that I can’t ignore.  I am going to go to the doctor though and ask to have them check (however they do that??) and see what foods I may be sensitive to eating.  I hope I can do that sooner rather than later so whatever is causing all these issues I can stop eating.  But in the mean time I will be eating very clean so hopefully I can feel better than I do right this minute.

Ok back to T25 – the one thing I kind of don’t like is the lack of upper body work.  Now I know you probably think I’m an idiot for saying that…but I’m talking in comparison to INSANITY.  There were pushups/shoulder work almost every day and by the end I was getting some great definition.  In Focus T25 if you notice in ALPHA there isn’t a companion to Lower Focus (that comes in BETA).  I’m glad BETA has an upper body workout because I’m going to definitely need that upper body strength for my throwing pursuits.  Ironically the man thinks that it was too challenging from the upper body perspective.  But he didn’t do INSANITY so I think that this probably isn’t a real program deficiency, just an INSANITY grad being psycho as expected.  I believe that the program builds quite nicely going forward though and I feel like in 2 weeks I’ll be biting my tongue at this assessment.  If Upper Focus is as intense as Lower Focus, then I’ll be just fine, lol!

I’m really excited about the BETA phase because I think it’s more primed to my weak areas after doing Core Cardio this morning.  This workout starts out more intense than ALPHA and doesn’t start.  I’m working on my breakdown of the workout and I’m going to start posting those over the course of this week.

How did you feel about the ALPHA phase?  And how do you like it if you finished it and what program did you do before it?  If you want to pick it up, check it out in my shop!

August Sales Ending!

Just a reminder that all of the programs on sale this month (THREE!) have only a few days left before they are gone at this price.  Don’t miss out on these programs if you wanted them at the sales price because I have no clue when they will be discounted to this price again!

Turbo Fire, Focus T25, and Body Beast are three incredibly different programs and each is perfect for a different goal and type of person.

Turbo Fire is a fun dancy kickboxing workout.  It ranges from 15 minutes for a HIIT workout to 60 minutes of cardio. It’s got incredible music and it’s just FUN.  I love this workout when I am not in the mood to workout and just want to have fun and get a great workout.

Focus T25 is a fast, efficient workout.  Every workout is 25 minutes and one day you can double up for 50 minutes total.  The workout is very straightforward – not dancey and there is no choreography.  Just do these exercises and be done.  It’s my current workout and it’s awesome because you get results with a short workout.

Body Beast is a weight training program.  It’s for men and women who want muscles and want to push their bodies to a totally different level.  Beachbody actually now hosts a Body Beast competition, where people who complete the program can show off the physiques they have sculpted.  It’s a lifting program straight up.  I have not done this workout…yet.  It’s on my list of ones I would like to do to really tone up one of these days though.

All of these packages come with a full program + a month of Shakeology (aka a month of breakfast or lunch or snack).  Also you get me as your coach to help you through your program.  I am starting a group in September, so get your package today and join us in September for support and most importantly ACCOUNTABILITY!

If you are ready to push yourself to another level this fall, pick up your package today.  Whether it’s the sale programs or another program you have had your eye on (P90x?  INSANITY?) Why not start today with taking the next steps towards your best self by clicking the banner below!  And if cost is an issue, please please send me an email – kimbfitblog @ gmail.com and let’s chat.  There are a few options that can save you some money on your purchase right off the bat!

Slow Motion

I am so so so ready for the three day weekend coming up.  August has been a fast and furious time for me.  Looking for a job, leaving a job, and starting a new job.  And this is probably going to sound kind of dumb – but being able to do absolutely nothing yet at my new job because of that normal new job start up time is actually really exhausting.  It’s boring just doing training and reading stuff that is not really pertinent to work yet all day for 40 hours a week.  But it’s almost over, I think next week I’ll be up and running 🙂

Anyway, the past few weeks I have gone HARD on Focus T25 ya’ll.  I mean hard.  Pushing, focusing on form, and I even snuck in a little sneak peek of Gamma phase.  And I’m really excited with the fact that I’m sore as heck right now.  I mean my legs and core are definitely saying – okay, I feel you.  Do know what the biggest difference has been?

I kind of stopped doing the “fast” version and started spending more time following Tania.  I started going s l o w e r and adjusted my thoughts on what that meant.

Often we think that we have to go HARD to get results.  With INSANITY I never expected to keep up and I never really could.  So I always worked at my pace with no expectation of keeping up and I often did my own modifications and made it work for me.  And I was sore and I saw results.

Enter Focus T25 and now after a few rounds of INSANITY – guess what?  I kind of can keep up with the workouts.  So I went for it, hard.  And a few weeks in I started to wonder why I wasn’t feeling anything.  Why I was not seeing anything really, lots of maintaining.  I can do ALL the moves!  And then I started slowing down.  Mostly because I noticed that I ended up doing this anyway on the 2nd workout of the double day and I was always wiped out afterwards.  And then I read an article posted by Carl Daikler about how INSANITY grads could benefit from Focus T25 and the emphasis was on form.  This week I have been going very slow and I’m feeling the burn.  I’m getting a better workout.  I’m pushing myself in a different way – a way that is actually the challenge that my body needs right now.

This was just a reminder of how individual the journey is for all of us.  I learn SO much from my teammates, challengers, and friends that I do these workouts with.  I also learn from just paying attention to how my body reacts to the workouts.  If you are doing workouts and not feeling that you are getting all you should out of it, take a second and think about why.  It could be how you are attacking the workout, that it’s the wrong workout, or maybe something else.

 

 

Focused on Week 3

Welcome to week 3!  I’m pretty excited to be 2 weeks in and still liking this program a lot.  I figured I would – it’s Shaun T and it’s short.  But it’s nice to be in the program and still loving it.  I actually just ordered the GAMMA phase of this program since the hubby and I both want to continue with this program.  I think we will do the full 15 weeks then maybe start mixing in other programs or I’m thinking about doing a full round of Combat finally – we will see.  But for now – I’m all in with Focus T25.

Results wise – I’m very pleased.  I am definitely noticing a continuation of the changes I saw during my last round of INSANITY.

Last week was a bit of serious real life with me leaving one company and starting with a new company this week.  Tears were shed because I’m leaving some fantastic people but I am going to a better place for me so it’s a great move.  I’m sad but I’m not sad about the future.  But it was a very stressful week and it was hard on me, so food wise I was all over the place.  Out to lunches for the last week, a few dinners out, and a happy hour or two.  Cleaning out my office, interviewing, running around, slacking on water, and forgetting to pack my lunch a few days.  Then the man was in a mac and cheese cookoff Saturday – which he rocked and got 2nd place in (he was robbed!!!!!!!!).  So with all of that going on – my diet was a bit interesting.  Sunday I meal prepped for hours lots of yummy vegan foods and bought tons of melon and mangos and grapes and whatever other fruit looked good.  The freezer has lots of veggies and potatoes and some vegan muffins.  And as I type this, my water bottle is full.  Back to my normal and back to what I prefer for my diet.  I literally feel better already and it’s only been like 12 hours.

Workout wise – today was Total Body Circuit.  I’m still exhausted about halfway through this one, it’s the hardest one to me.  The intervals kick your butt and by the end I was hanging out with Tania with the modifications because I was just too tired to do anything else.  I think some of it was food hangover from the past few days, but a lot of it is that this workout is just HARD.  And this week we get to do it twice…um yay?  But seriously though, I do like it, because it is so hard, and it makes me feel like I am working as hard as I can.

Focus T25 – One Week Down!

Week 1 of Focus T25 is in the books!!!  I wrote the review of each individual workout, but now I’m wrapping up the week and the fast track recipes.  I waited until Saturday am to take my weight and pictures since I was finishing the fast track meal plan all day Friday.

Okay so how do I feel?  Awesome. And sore.  Seriously seriously sore, lol.  Mostly I think from Lower Focus on Friday – but my behind and my core are on FIRE.  I feel tighter though in my stomach, so I guess something is working.  I don’t feel like I see a huge difference, but I feel less jiggle, so that is awesome.  I did lose 5 lbs, so I know that is why the jiggle is less.

And btw – that weight loss officially put me at over 90 lbs weight loss total!  My mind is blown ya’ll…I have less than 10 lbs less until my goal of being under 200 lbs is here and I don’t even know what to do with that info yet.

How was the fast track food?  It was pretty good.  I did modify it, I posted my plan here.  Mods were made to reduce the amount of meat, eliminate the dairy, and to save money.  Since there are only 2 of us, some of the foods I had to buy in bulk anyway (eggs, hamburger buns, ect) so I did what I could to use things over and over again.  I also added a few more calories here and there some days for me and every day for my husband.  I loved the chicken in foil and the roasted tofu recipes.  I also liked the eggs, although I made it more of an egg salad every time.  I was not a fan of the tropical qunioa.  It was just honestly disgusting and I ended up eating a granola bar instead.  I made oatmeal the next day for us both instead.  I also wasn’t a fan of the roast beef roll ups.  Maybe because I’m more vegan/vegetarian than carnivore these days.  But the combo of those foods – mustard, roast beef slices, red pepper, and lettuce – was just not good.  It was dry and meh.  I ended up picking at that snack a lot it took forever to eat it.

Neither of us felt particularly hungry during the fast track, probably again because we don’t really eat that much meat normally so it was very filling for us.  I loved planning out my meals like this again and plan on continue planning out every single meal/snack like this long term.  I will definitely repeat some meals and try some of the other meals out during the next 9 weeks of the program.  I like how simple these meals are to make.  I am busy with work and trying to find time to spend with my hubby – so I like that these meals are about 25 minutes max in the kitchen.  I usually prep food ahead, but I like that if I don’t, I can come in after work and still have a healthy clean option on the table faster than take out.

Where do I go from here?  I’m going to step back into vegetarian/vegan eating.  I love eggs so much I probably won’t ever be really fully vegan…but I do want to get closer again.  This week I’m planning a vegetarian menu.  I’ll be continuing with Focus T25 with Cardio in the morning and hopefully see continued success!

We are starting another set of challenge groups on September 1st with Focus T25, TurboFire, and Body Beast, if you want in, join the team here and pick out which challenge pack you want.  They are ALL on sale for a crazy price so get it fast.  Breakfast for 30 days + a 60-90 day exercise program for $140-180.  You can’t beat that.

Also follow my FB page – I will be posting more details as we get closer!

 

Focus T25 Week 1 Complete!!

I have officially finished week 1 of Focus T25!!  I will take my weight/pictures tomorrow am but so far I am really happy with one week of this program.  Before I get into that, first my review of the last 2 days of workouts.

Thursday – Ab Intervals

If you are familiar with Beachbody programs, you know that every single workout program comes with an ab workout.  It’s usually an add on.  You do x workout PLUS the ab workout.  In this program, it’s a whole workout to itself a full 25 minutes.  Now I’ve said this before – I don’t really understand why not doing crunches is a bonus, but whatever.  There are no crunches.  The progression method is used here again to build all of the core workouts from a very basic to a more advanced move.  This one was HARD, apparently my core is really weak because I struggled with holding the c-sit position not that long into the dvd.  The one thing I really liked was that we did do some cardio between the hard core moves – so I did feel like I had a really good workout at the end.  I was concerned this wouldn’t stand on it’s own, but it did.  I do wonder in week 4 will it stand on it’s own after I’m used to it and get stronger…but I guess at that point I’ll be moving on to the Beta phase anyway so whatevers.  My complaint?  Seriously not enough modifier views. That’s my running theme, I know.

Friday – Lower Focus and Cardio

Today was my first double Friday.  I decided to do them in the order they are on the calendar, so lower focus first.  Lower focus is awesome.  Hard as heck, but I really liked it.  Lots of squats, lunges, calf raises, everything.  All of the things you need to do to make your butt look fantastic.  Some of the moves are more strength based – slower with focus on going deep in the move.  Others are cardio focused.  Progression in use.  For this one – honestly there aren’t that many mods.  You can’t really mod a lunge or a squat.  You just have to do it at your own pace.  There are some cardio moves you have seen before repeated in here and many of those can be modified.  Even with the mods, this workout seriously burns your lower body.  By the end I was doing more of Tania’s mod program for the cardio moves than following Crazy Shaun T.  If you hold yourself properly during this workout, you also find that your core is going to be sore.  Shaun T doesn’t repeat this enough in Focus T25 – but hold your core.  Seriously.  Just like INSANITY and many other workouts in the world, holding your core tight helps stabilize your body during moves and helps strengthen those muscles.  I think I’m in the habit of doing it after INSANITY but it’s a reminder to you if you aren’t.

Okay so after I was toast from Lower Focus, I took a few sips of water, caught my breath, skipped the Lower Focus cool down and popped in the Cardio disc.  Then I went into it and did my best.  Cardio is to me the easiest of the workouts so far in Focus T25.  Do not confuse easiest with easy, but it’s certainly the best workout to have on the schedule in my opinion for the first double Friday.  Doing it back to back with Lower Focus, I found myself searching for Tania so I could figure out how to modify a LOT.  I pushed as hard as I could, but the Cardio workout is a LOT of jumping and a lot of leg moves and a lot of high knees. So after Lower Focus, whew, lol.  But I pushed and pushed and did all that I could do and I felt awesome at the end.

This is getting REALLY long – so I’ll save my week 1 overall thoughts for tomorrow’s blog.  If you have any questions about the program so far, leave me a comment and I’ll try to address it tomorrow or soon!!  If you are ready to take the plunge, pick up your Focus T25 Challenge pack here.  It’s on sale until the end of August 🙂

Total Exhaustion

Today was Total Body Circuit.  Yesterday I said Speed 1.0 was the hardest one.  I lied.  THIS is the hardest one.  Squats, squats into burpees, pushups.  Honestly, it felt like 25 minutes of INSANITY with zero breaks.  It was hard.  Jump here, punch, hop hop squat.  When he said total body, he means total body.

Okay so first the one complaint about this one – I do wish that before the minute started of an exercise Shaun T or somebody showed the next one.  Because this was my first time doing the workout I feel like I lost valuable time watching him to figure out what to do next.  Now – the names of the workouts are pretty self explanatory at times – so it could be me at 5 something AM being confused for no reason.  And Tania wasn’t always shown first, either, so I know I wasted some time.  BUT I felt like I got my butt kicked anyway, so maybe I didn’t lose at much time as I thought OR this workout is just that insane.

What I loved was the fact that it was total body.  This felt like OG Shaun T and a lot like INSANITY.  I definitely had to fall back to Tania’s mods often because I was just exhausted by the end of this one.  I also really loved how the moves built again.  The progression I say again is GENIUS.  It really helps you focus on the form – which we know is the MOST IMPORTANT thing with these workouts.  The form keeps you from getting injured and makes sure the moves hit the right spots on the body.  This helps you shrink in inches, not just lose lbs but be flabby still.  By focusing on the progression I was able to really get a bomb workout 🙂

Tips for this workout?  Do not be scared to drop to a Tania mod when the ish gets hard.  Focus on form.  And keep FOCUSED!!!

So far I’m also digging the Fast Track recipes.  I made the roasted tofu last night and I thought it tasted great (just add a wee bit more Bragg’s than the recipe tells you to use).  So far this week I’ve lost a few lbs and I feel back in a groove.  The foods in this plan are magic to my body apparently 🙂