What to Expect from Shaun T & INSANITY®

Insanity Challenge Pack INcludesYou’ve probably seen those infomercials for INSANITY® – who hasn’t? The ads and the name really drives home the idea that these exercises are, well, insane. Before you get too intimidated, I’d like to tell you what to expect from Shaun T & Insanity by giving you a more beginner-friendly perspective on this body transforming, life-changing program.

What Makes These Workouts “Insane”?

The Max Interval Training structure of the workouts is what most people find crazy. Going against the norm, INSANITY® requires you to do intense and demanding workouts for longer intervals, take very short breaks, and then jump right back into another long interval of exercise.

This type of training is difficult to get used to, to say the least. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t take the workouts at your own pace. The point of these demanding intervals is to push your body to its limit and get the best results possible in the shortest amount of time. According to the Insanity website, people have burned as many as 1,000 calories in an hour by doing these extreme routines.

How Will You Feel?

You are going to feel the results from the program from day one. Your muscles will definitely feel sore, but each day focuses on a different muscle group, so you are able to continue. As with any workout, the longer you stick with the program, the more stamina, energy and endurance you will have.

Who Will Like this Program?

Even though it is extremely challenging, people consistently call INSANITY® one of their favourite workouts, if not the best. Is it because these people are insane?

 

Megean and the boysMeagan is a 30 something year old wife, mom, and fitness enthusiast (fanatic?).She loves being a boy mom, fitness, cooking healthy food, and working from her dining room.   In the last year and half she helped over one hundred people lose hundreds of pounds & inches.  Her goal is to help women, and especially women with post-baby bodies, live happier lives with more self-confidence than ever before. She knows that once there is some fun put into fitness (with a little bit of family), the sky is the limit!  Her mission is helping people become healthy, fit, and financially free so they can lead fulfilling, vibrant lives. If you’d like to know more about becoming or staying fit physically or financially, e-mail her today!

PiYo: The Hottest New Weight Loss Program Anyone Can Do

 PiYo: The Hottest New Weight Loss Program Anyone Can Do

You may have heard by now that Chalene Johnson, creator of TurboFire® & ChaLEAN Extreme ®, has created Piyo: the hottest new weight loss program that anyone can do, being released at the end of this month through Beachbody. It’s going to be a huge hit because anyone can do it, and everyone who does it will see great results. Carve an intensely defined physique without jumps, without weights, and without joint strain. Who doesn’t want that?

What is PiYo?

Chalene Johnson took the very best Pilates and yoga-inspired moves and cranked up the speed to give you full throttle cardio, strength, and flexibility training all at once. PiYo packs it ALL into each workout so you can build lean muscle mass as you’re burning crazy calories.

You’ll carve every inch of your body using your body weight to perform a series of continuous, targeted moves, to burn fat as you redefine every single muscle. No weights. No jumps. Zero Impact Just hardcore results.

The result? Problem areas disappear. You’ll get sleek, long arms, sexy, flat abs, a tight, lifted butt, and the confidence that comes from knowing you’re at your best!

Weight loss before and after

How long is the program?

PiYo is 60 days long and comes with a day-by-day guide to help you get the best results possible. The workouts range in length from 25 to 45 minutes. You don’t have to workout for an hour with fancy equipment to get the body you want!

When will it be released for purchase?

PiYo will be available for purchase through me sometime between June 23 and June 24th. I won’t have the exact date until it gets closer! The program will not be available to the general public until two weeks after the initial release to the community of Beachbody Coaches.

How can I order it and be entered to win a FREE copy?

The only way to get notified immediately of the program’s availability, pricing details, ect. is to get on my mailing list HERE . You’ll also be automatically entered to win a FREE copy of the program at the same time. I respect your email inbox and promise that there will be no spamming – so get entered to win ASAP!

How do I get into an online support group?

I’ll be hosting an private, exclusive support group on Facebook just for PiYo fans. Space is limited but those on my mailing list  will get first priority as I fill the spots.

This is your chance to define exactly how you want to look—and how you want to feel. You’re in control.

 

Megean and the boysMeagan is a 30 something year old wife, mom, and fitness enthusiast (fanatic?).She loves being a boy mom, fitness, cooking healthy food, and working from her dining room.   In the last year and half she helped over one hundred people lose hundreds of pounds & inches.  Her goal is to help women, and especially women with post-baby bodies, live happier lives with more self-confidence than ever before. She knows that once there is some fun put into fitness (with a little bit of family), the sky is the limit!  Her mission is helping people become healthy, fit, and financially free so they can lead fulfilling, vibrant lives. If you’d like to know more about becoming or staying fit physically or financially, e-mail her today!

Get Fit By Making Time, Not Excuses

 pink bikini mom

Everyone wants to be in great physical shape, but no one seems to have the time to get to the gym, go running, or get in a good workout. “I’m just so busy!” I hear all the time. Heck, I say it some times! But look at the people you know who are in great shape. Do they magically have extra time in their days that you don’t? Nope. They have jobs, social lives, and kids, just like you, but they find the time. How do they do it?

Find Something You Love

Just joining the gym or signing up for a 5k won’t get you where you want to be. You have to really commit to doing something active every day. How can you do that if you hate going to the gym or you’d rather eat raw earthworms than go for a run? Why not sign up for a spin class instead? Or order a workout program like P90X3 or T25 that you can do at home? Whatever you do, make sure it’s something that appeals to you and that you enjoy doing. You’ll be much more likely to stick to a workout that you look forward to.

Get It Done

Don’t wait until the end of the day, when you’re tired out from work to exercise. You’ll have a ton of stuff at home to distract you, and you know how hard it can be to get back up off the couch once you sit down. Instead, get up just 45 minutes early every day. This will give you time to go for a 30 minute run or bike ride or do a short at-home workout, like T25, before you shower and get ready for work.

Make Fitness a Lifestyle

If you want to get fit and stay fit, you aren’t just going to workout for a few months and stop. Fitness and health are a lifelong journey. If you make diet and exercise a priority in your life, you’ll see major results. And you can do it in ways you never even thought of, like parking at the far end of the lot when you go to work or the store. Anything you do on a daily basis that adds motion to your routine will burn calories and keep you fit.

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Personal Experience

Megean and the boysMeagan is a 30 something year old wife, mom, and fitness enthusiast (fanatic?).She loves being a boy mom, fitness, cooking healthy food, and working from her dining room.   In the last year and half she helped over one hundred people lose hundreds of pounds & inches.  Her goal is to help women, and especially women with post-baby bodies, live happier lives with more self-confidence than ever before. She knows that once there is some fun put into fitness (with a little bit of family), the sky is the limit!  Her mission is helping people become healthy, fit, and financially free so they can lead fulfilling, vibrant lives. If you’d like to know more about becoming or staying fit physically or financially, e-mail her today!

Throw Away Your Scale: 3 Better Ways to Measure Progress

Throw Away Your Scale: 3 Better Ways to Measure Progress

A lot of people, when they start eating better and exercising, will say that they’re “losing weight.” Not exactly! What they’re trying to do is lose fat. If you replaced a significant portion of your fat weight with muscle weight magically one day, you’d notice a HUGE change in your appearance. Your “body composition” would be completely changed – smaller waist, tight abs, toned arms & legs – but you would notice little to no change on the scale. This is why it’s so important to use measures of progress other than the scale.

Measure in Inches

As you workout and gain muscle mass, you may notice that the number on the scale stays the same or actually starts to climb. This is because muscle is denser than fat and therefore weighs more. If you’re weighing yourself regularly, when you start to workout, you’re going to get discouraged when you don’t see the number on the scale going down. Instead, measure your progress in inches around your waist. Make a note of where the tape measure falls on Day 1. Then do it again on Day 7, Day 14, and so on. You’ll notice real, significant change that the scale can’t measure.

Take Pictures

Your Facebook friends may make fun of your gym selfies, but they actually serve a really great purpose. You don’t have to share them all on Facebook and Instagram, but after a few weeks, you’ll start to see serious differences in your pictures. You’ll know what people are talking about when they approach you and ask if you’ve lost weight.

Make Fitness Goals

Is your goal to run your first 5K? Or is it to beat your time on your last 5K? Whatever you’re doing to exercise, make goals for improvement. You can work on getting faster at running or cycling, lifting heavier weights, or getting through a workout with Shaun T without feeling like your core is on fire. You’ll feel great about yourself as you meet and exceed each goal.

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Personal Experience

Megean and the boysMeagan is a 30 something year old wife, mom, and fitness enthusiast (fanatic?).She loves being a boy mom, fitness, cooking healthy food, and working from her dining room.   In the last year and half she helped over one hundred people lose hundreds of pounds & inches.  Her goal is to help women, and especially women with post-baby bodies, live happier lives with more self-confidence than ever before. She knows that once there is some fun put into fitness (with a little bit of family), the sky is the limit!  Her mission is helping people become healthy, fit, and financially free so they can lead fulfilling, vibrant lives. If you’d like to know more about becoming or staying fit physically or financially, e-mail her today!

Get Fit in 5 Minutes

Get fir in 5 minutes

I know what you’re thinking. Get fit in 5 minutes. It sounds too good to be true. Getting fit and healthy takes a lot more than five minutes, or everyone would look like fitness models. Well, you’re right. It does take more than a few minutes, but you can make huge improvements in your health and fitness with 5-minute workout breaks throughout the day.

I’m not talking about going for a 5-minute run or getting all suited up for just 5 minutes on a bicycle. I’m talking about adding activity to your day in 5-minute increments. Here are some great tips that won’t feel like you’re adding any extra effort to your day, but will add up quickly for better fitness and weight loss. Yipee!

Stand Up

If you work in an office, you may have to sit down for most of the day. However, it’s been proven time and again that standing up and moving around helps with circulation and weight loss. Whenever you get a call at your desk, stand up to take it. While you’re on the phone, do a couple of lunges and/or squats before you sit back down to loosen your legs and build muscle. Sounds silly, but those few minutes start adding up quickly!

Walk It Out

Instead of heading straight for the break room for a cup of coffee at your mid-morning break time, take a walk around the building. As you stretch your legs and get your heart rate up, you’ll feel more awake and alert. Do the same thing in the afternoon. In fact, whenever you get stuck on a problem or just need to clear your head, take a walk. This adds to your movement throughout the day and keeps your metabolism engaged.

Work Those Arms

If you Google “5 minute arms workout”, you’ll find tons of results that take only 5 minutes to complete for firmer, more toned arms. Repeat one of these activities a couple times every day, and you’ll notice your arms start to get more toned. Hello Summer!

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Personal experience

Megean and the boysMeagan is a 30 something year old wife, mom, and fitness enthusiast (fanatic?).She loves being a boy mom, fitness, cooking healthy food, and working from her dining room.   In the last year and half she helped over one hundred people lose hundreds of pounds & inches.  Her goal is to help women, and especially women with post-baby bodies, live happier lives with more self-confidence than ever before. She knows that once there is some fun put into fitness (with a little bit of family), the sky is the limit!  Her mission is helping people become healthy, fit, and financially free so they can lead fulfilling, vibrant lives. If you’d like to know more about becoming or staying fit physically or financially, e-mail her today!

Workout Secrets of the Fit and Healthy

 

Workout Secrets

When it comes to working out and getting fit and healthy, we can use all the help and tips we can get, right? Well, I have a few for you today that you’ll love as you set out on the journey to wellness and a firm booty.

Consistently Build Endurance

Going from zero exercise to two hours a day on a treadmill is the fast track to burn out, discouragement, boredom, and frustration. In fact, you’re probably going to get hurt if you continue doing that. You need to build your cardiovascular and muscular fitness, as well as your endurance, to be able to complete long and/or strenuous exercise. Doing a little bit every day will help you out a lot more than doing a lot over night. You didn’t gain the weight overnight, it won’t come off over night!

Bring a Buddy

Chances are, you know at least one or two other people in your circle of friends who want to get fit. If not, encourage them to want to be healthier! Why not invite them to go workout with you? You could join the same gym and go workout together, or you could make a pact to send each other motivational messages and pictures for accountability and inspiration. There is no doubt that the ladies in my online 30 Day Slim Down love the buddy system and are much more likely to succeed because of it!

Fit for Life

Make fitness part of your lifestyle, not something you stress about short term. Make changes slowly, not all at once, so that your body gets used to your new habits. If you change one thing per week, you’ll have a whole new, healthy and fit, lifestyle in no time at all. All of your fitness role models didn’t just wake up one morning with a 6 pack, it took time, consistency and dedication to a life style.

Inspiration

When you’re feeling down and unmotivated, do a quick Facebook search for workout and fitness inspirations. Join my support group, or follow me on Facebook . The more you see people getting fit and feeling great, the more you’ll want to keep at it. It starts to get into you subconscious and you won’t be able to keep it out!

Me and the boysMeagan is a 30 something year old wife, mom, and fitness enthusiast (fanatic?).She loves being a boy mom, fitness, cooking healthy food, and working from her dining room.   In the last year and half she helped over one hundred people lose hundreds of pounds & inches.  Her goal is to help women, and especially women with post-baby bodies, live happier lives with more self-confidence than ever before. She knows that once there is some fun put into fitness (with a little bit of family), the sky is the limit!  Her mission is helping people become healthy, fit, and financially free so they can lead fulfilling, vibrant lives. If you’d like to know more about becoming or staying fit physically or financially, e-mail her today! 

What is Max Interval Training?

Max Interval Training

 

If you are considering completing one of the Beachbody fitness programs, there is a good chance that you will encounter the term max interval training or high intensity interval training (HIIT), as it is sometimes called.   And chances are you’ve heard of Insanity, the program that really put max interval training on the map!  Tabata workouts also incorporate this type of training.

 

Most exercise programs include some form of interval training. The program will require you to alternate between lower and higher intensity workouts or resting periods. For example, you might be asked to walk for a few minutes and then sprint for one, and then return to walking.

 

The difference with max interval training is that these actions would be reversed. You would sprint for several minutes and only rest for one. Most of the Beachbody max interval fitness programs are actually much more intense than that example.

 

Why Choose a High Intensity Interval Training Program?

 

These programs optimize your workout time. They require you to spend more time doing the higher intensity exercises and/or require more of these intervals. The end result is that you burn more calories than you would if you were doing lower intensity workouts for the same amount of time.

 

Max interval training is usually a favorite among people who want to really feel and see results from their workouts in a short period of time. This form of training is also great for people who want to improve their fitness, but do not have a lot of time to devote to exercising every day. Ace Fitness reports that high intensity exercise has also been linked to improved cardiovascular health.

 

Drawbacks of Max Interval Training

 

The obvious drawback of this type of fitness program is that it is challenging and requires dedication. To reduce the soreness that you will feel after doing one of these workouts, and to reduce the chance of injury, you should always stretch, warm up your muscles before beginning and do cool down stretches after each session.  You can also use Beachbody’s Results & Recovery  drink to help reduce soreness – it is specifically formulated to help you recover from tough workouts!

 

Source: http://www.acefitness.org/fitness-fact-article/3317/high-intensity-interval-training/

 

 

Meagan NorrisMeagan is a 30 something year old wife, mom, and fitness enthusiast (fanatic?).She loves being a boy mom, fitness, cooking healthy food, and working from her dining room.   In the last year and half she helped over one hundred people lose hundreds of pounds & inches.  Her goal is to help women, and especially women with post-baby bodies, live happier lives with more self-confidence than ever before. She knows that once there is some fun put into fitness (with a little bit of family), the sky is the limit!

Her mission is helping people become healthy, fit, and financially free so they can lead fulfilling, vibrant lives. If you’d like to know more about becoming or staying fit physically or financially, e-mail her today!

Tracking Your Weight Loss Progress Without Getting Discouraged

Tracking Weight Loss

When adopting healthy nutrition and exercise habits in an effort to lose weight, you want to see your hard work pay off almost immediately. You are putting in a lot of effort, and it can be discouraging to not see the results you want. The key is to know how to monitor your progress in a healthy and accurate way.

Tracking Your Choices

While it is not necessary to write down every single calorie you take in or burn off, food and exercise journals can be helpful. Make a note of when you are eating, what you are eating, and the portion sizes, and also keep track of your workouts.

These journals are not to cause you to criticize every little thing that you do. They are there to help you identify trends that could be helping or hurting your progress. These journals also hold you more accountable to yourself. You are going to be less likely to skip a workout or have a snack you don’t need, if these decisions are going to be recorded.

Give Yourself Time

One of the easiest ways to become discouraged is to weigh yourself every day; some people even weigh themselves multiple times each day. It takes time to change your body. You should wait a minimum of a week between weighing yourself. It is also important to note that your weight may be deceptive because you could be burning fat but building muscle mass as you tone your body.

Use Measurements To Track Your Progress

As alluded to above, the scale can be very misleading. The scale may not budge for 3 weeks, but chances are your measurements are changing. It’s important to know how to properly take your measurements so you can accurately track your progress as your body fat decreases and your muscle mass increases.

Assess Your Lifestyle

If you are working out, eating well, and still not seeing any change in your progress, you need to take a hard look at your lifestyle. Are you getting enough sleep? Drinking enough water? Are your stress levels high? All of these things affect your metabolism and ability to lose weight. It may be time to re-prioritize things so that you can take care of you.

Plateaus Happen

If you do not see the results that you want, this is still not a reason to become discouraged. It simply means that it is time to change your routine in some way. This is a time for you to look over your journals and look for a small, but significant improvement that can be made. A change as simple as extending your workouts by five minutes or eliminating something from your diet could be just the push you need to get over the plateau.
No matter what, remember that this journey is about progress not perfection. Stay positive and keep educating yourself. As long as you continue to make good changes in your life, you can’t fail!

 

Meagan Norris- Beachbody CoachMeagan is a 30 something year old wife, mom, and fitness enthusiast (fanatic?).She loves being a boy mom, fitness, cooking healthy food, and working from her dining room.   In the last year and half she helped over one hundred people lose hundreds of pounds & inches.  Her goal is to help women, and especially women with post-baby bodies, live happier lives with more self-confidence than ever before. She knows that once there is some fun put into fitness (with a little bit of family), the sky is the limit!

 

Her mission is helping people become healthy, fit, and financially free so they can lead fulfilling, vibrant lives. If you’d like to know more about becoming or staying fit physically or financially, e-mail her today!

 

Fitting Exercise into a Hectic Schedule

Fitting exercise into a a hectic scheduleIn the winter months when the temperatures are low people find plenty of excuses not to get the exercise they need (my hand is raised too!). It gets dark early and it’s just COLD outside.

One common complaint is that going to the gym is simply too much work. You have to set aside a huge block of time to go, work out, shower and drive home. The problem is, if you want to live a healthier life and have more energy, you need to find ways to fit in exercise.

The good new is, there are many easy ways that you can boost your activity levels throughout the day. You’ll feel better, lose weight, and sleep well!

Get Moving

Think of all of the opportunities you have to walk, but you do not. Instead of just letting your dog out into the yard, take him for a short walk around the neighborhood. If you are running errand, choose the parking spot that is farthest from the door. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Do 5-10 squats every time you use the restroom (I used to do this when I had a desk job!). Start looking for little ways to get in extra movement in your day and you’ll be surprised by how many openings you have!

Stretch and Flex at Work

Find some simple stretches that you can do at your desk at work, or any moments when you have a break. Stretching is just as beneficial and important as other types of exercise. Bend over to touch your toes for a few seconds, stretch your arms and shoulders, or do neck rolls.

You Do Not Need a Gym

A gym is awesome, but only if you A) have the time to get there, and B) know what the heck to do with all that equipment once you are there. There are many top-of-the line workouts that you can perform right in the comfort of your home. You can incorporate a 25 minute workout Focus T25  workout in the morning, when you get home from work or nearly any other time. These programs (and others like them) literally put some of the best personal trainers in your living room every single day for a fraction of what it would cost to hire someone with far less experience at the local gym.

Say goodbye to those excuses and hello to the new you!

 

Meagan Norris- Beachbody CoachMeagan is a 30 something year old wife, mom, and fitness enthusiast (fanatic?).She loves being a boy mom, fitness, cooking healthy food, and working from her dining room.   In the last year and half she helped over one hundred people lose hundreds of pounds & inches.  Her goal is to help women, and especially women with post-baby bodies, live happier lives with more self-confidence than ever before. She knows that once there is some fun put into fitness (with a little bit of family), the sky is the limit!

Her mission is helping people become healthy, fit, and financially free so they can lead fulfilling, vibrant lives. If you’d like to know more about becoming or staying fit physically or financially, e-mail her today!

Advantages of Having a Beachbody Coach

Advantages of having a Beachbidy CoachWhen people decide to do a Beachbody fitness program, one of the benefits that they enjoy is that they can workout in the privacy of their homes, with a top trainer, and easily fit exercising into their schedule. However, if you are using these materials as you work out, why do you need a coach?

Ensuring that You Have the Best Materials & The Best Price

There are dozens of amazing Beachbody programs to choose from so how do you decide? Choosing a program that is a great fit for your goals, current level, and preferences is key to your success. Your Coach will help you pick the program that is right for you so you don’t waste your time or money! She can also clue you in on the best deals on training materials. If it is possible to get a deal on Beachbody DVDs, she will be the one who can let you know about it.

Answering Your Questions

When doing any type of physical fitness routine, it is important for your safety that you are completing all of the exercises correctly. If you have any questions about the training or any particular routines, your coach can provide the guidance you need in order to get the best results. Additionally, you may have questions about which variation of the schedule to follow or questions about the nutrition guide. Those questions will get answered by your Coach.

Keeping You Motivated

When completing these fitness programs, it is essential to stay on track. The people who do not get the results that they wanted are often those who convince themselves that it will be okay to miss a days. Your Coach will plug you into an accountability group that will ensure you are staying on track daily so that you can reach your goals. When you do experience setbacks, your Coach will be there to show you how to get back on course.

Eating Healthy

To see the best long-term results from your fitness program, it is important to adopt healthier eating habits, as well. Many people find it difficult to follow the nutrition recommendations when completing these programs because it can be difficult to adjust and plan ahead. Your Coach can provide you with nutritional guidance to ensure that your body has the fuel it needs to succeed.

Don’t wait any longer to start working with your Coach! To make Meagan your Coach, click HERE

 

Meagan Norris- Beachbody CoachMeagan is a 30 something year old wife, mom, and fitness enthusiast (fanatic?).She loves being a boy mom, fitness, cooking healthy food, and working from her dining room.   In the last year and half she helped over one hundred people lose hundreds of pounds & inches.  Her goal is to help women, and especially women with post-baby bodies, live happier lives with more self-confidence than ever before. She knows that once there is some fun put into fitness (with a little bit of family), the sky is the limit!

Her mission is helping people become healthy, fit, and financially free so they can lead fulfilling, vibrant lives. If you’d like to know more about becoming or staying fit physically or financially, e-mail her today!