How To Bulk

Are you looking to put on weight but don’t know how to bulk or are getting frustrated with your efforts so far?  I know many people think you have to go to the gym and do a bunch of squats and deadlifts to put on some muscle, and while that can work, I don’t think it’s...

Listen To Your Body!

As I’ve learned more about how your body operates and how my body responds to different foods, workouts, etc I’ve found that your body can really tell you quite a bit if you’re listening.  I think naturally our bodies crave healthy, nutritious foods.  Your body wants...

Track Your Progress

If you read my posts you know I strongly encourage everyone to make goals, and write them down.  I think that’s very important to you seeing success.  If you don’t know what you want to accomplish, how will you ever know if you’re successful?  You won’t know,...

My Vegan Review

As some of you know, for the last 3 months of 2011 I experimented with eating a vegan diet.  For those of you unfamiliar with what that means, it basically means I didn’t eat any meat, eggs or dairy.  I concentrated more on a whole, plant based foods.  Now I know, some of you...

Sample Vegan Diet

I get tons of questions from people when I tell them or they find out that I follow a vegan diet.  A common question is around the specific foods I eat, and that’s what I want to address here.  I’m still working on another post that will be my review of my experience with...

My Year in Review

A year ago, I was in the worst shape of my life.  I wasn’t working out consistently and my diet was poor.  I had just stepped on a scale to see the highest number I had ever seen, 217 lbs.  I knew I wasn’t in great shape, but I didn’t know that I was at my heaviest...

Eggplant Marinara

Before transitioning to a whole foods, plant-based diet I had never really eaten eggplant and didn’t know if I would like it or not.  It never looked particularly appetizing so I never gave it a try.  But now I have tried it numerous times and have to say I really like it!...

Is Shakeology too Expen...

When it comes to Shakeology there are typically two kinds of people. People are either skeptical and think it’s too expensive or they’ve given it a try and know that it’s worth the money.  Now obviously there are exceptions to this, but I find this to be true in most...

90 Day Challenge

I’ve alluded to this in a couple posts recently, and I wanted to officially give you all the details on a 90 Day Challenge I want to start with our team.  I want to do this because I’ve been involved in challenges before and I absolutely love them!  It is incredibly...

Your Attitude Matters!

How do you react when things are tough or don’t go your way?  When people question what you’re doing does it fuel you or discourage you?  Do you assume you’re going to reach your goals or do you not really think you’ll ever get there?  Why am I asking all those...

Why I’m a Team Be...

I get questions from time to time from friends and family about why I’m a Team Beachbody coach.  They might think I’m a little crazy about my workouts and nutrition (which might be true!), but they don’t fully understand the coaching aspect all the time.  So I wanted...

Creating Habits

We all have habits, whether good or bad.  Some people are more habitual than others, but to an extent most people have a general routine, a set of activities they do every day, or will have a common reaction to different situations.  Take a minute to think about your day today.  Which...

Ditch the Scale!

You’ve been working hard for 2 weeks, but you still haven’t lost a pound, or worse, you’ve actually gained weight!  Does that sound familiar?  I see it all the time on the message boards.  People get discouraged or think that programs like P90X or Insanity don’t...

Starting Insanity?

I see questions from people starting Insanity all the time whether it’s on the message boards or from people on our team. I get questions about what to expect and when you should start seeing results. Since these questions are so common I wanted to write a post for those who are...

Bulking Pt. 2 (for wome...

I find that women often have the exact opposite concern than the guys do when it comes to bulking up.  I’ve heard it a ton, and you might even be thinking it yourself, “I don’t want to lift weights because I don’t want to look like a man.”  Often times...

Bulking Up Pt. 1 (for g...

I know there are lots of guys out there who are looking to bulk up and often find it frustrating trying to add muscle mass.  And there are some people who think you can’t do it with P90X or other Beachbody workouts.  So I figured I would write about how you can add lean muscle...

Getting Enough Zzzzzz&#...

I’m writing this post to myself just as much as everyone else out there.  I am definitely guilty of not getting as much sleep as I should.  But it’s incredibly important to get your sleep because your body needs rest!  Especially if you’re doing an intense workout...

Rochelle’s ChaLEA...

When I started thinking about doing ChaLEAN Extreme this winter, I was a gym member struggling to make time during the week to get to the gym for a good workout. I had been fairly consistent, mostly doing cardio, but NEVER weights. It’s easy for women to be intimidated of weights at...

New Beachbody Challenge

Want to get paid for working out?  The new Beachbody Challenge is a great way to do just that and can serve as motivation for the workouts!  It’s basically a competition to reward the people who really commit to living a healthier lifestyle and achieve great results.  The top...

6-pack Abs

I think we’ve all seen plenty of infomercials for products promising to give you the 6-pack that you’ve always wanted.  Usually all you have to do is put this big strap around your stomach and in no time you’ll look like the people on the screen.  They even show you...

Protein Basics

When doing intense workouts like P90X or Insanity, it is extremely important to make sure you’re fueling your body with enough protein so that your muscles can repair and grow.  But it can be confusing as to how much protein you really need and where you should get it from.  I see...

Getting Started

When you’ve decided to make a change and get back in shape, lose some weight, or build some muscle, I think a difficult thing can be knowing where to get started.  What equipment do you need?  What should you be eating?  How often should you eat?  What supplements should you...

Team New Body on Facebo...

Having a motivating and encouraging team can play a huge factor in keeping up with your workouts and nutrition, so I thought it was about time for Team New Body to get on Facebook!  I created our very own Facebook page so that it’s easier for you all to post questions and bounce...

Dealing with Injuries

Getting injured is never fun, but it does happen from time to time.  It’s incredibly important to not skip the warm-up and stretch to each workout to each workout, and during the workout you need to attempt to keep good form even when you’re super tired.  Doing those two...

4th of July weekend

First off, I just wanted to say happy 4th of July to all the Americans on our team!  I personally love the 4th of July because I always get to spend it with extended family which is a blast.  But one incredibly tough thing is trying to stick to a diet or nutrition plan when...

P90X vs. The Gym

    After many years of working out at the gym and now having experience with Beachbody workouts like P90X and Insanity, I thought it would be good to let you know why I prefer P90X to working out at the gym.  As a disclaimer, I am by no means saying you can’t get in...

P90X2

In case you haven’t heard about it yet, P90X2 has already been filmed and is scheduled to be released this fall.  There aren’t a ton of details out about it yet, but it’s going to be 14 discs total with all new workouts.  I know Tony and the other creators have been...

Summit Updates

There were so many great things to come out of the Coach Summit conference this year that I wanted to break down the news into a couple of posts.  There are some really great opportunities coming and some are already here, so I wanted to make sure you were all aware of them! The first...

Black Bean, Avocado, Ch...

I wanted to begin to add some recipes for some common meals that I eat that I think are not only very healthy, but really tasty too!  So here is my recipe for black bean, avocado, chicken salad: Ingredients: -2 cups of baby spinach -1/4 cup of black beans -1/2 cubed avocado -6 oz. of...

Round 2 Hybrid

So now that I’ve completed Insanity, P90X, and Asylum as stand alone programs, I’ve decided that for my next round I want to incorporate what I see as the best workouts from each program to make my Round 2 Hybrid.  I think all of the programs are great, but they all have...

Best Time to Workout

A common question that I hear a lot is around when you should workout.  Should you workout in the morning?  Should you workout at night?  Should you workout on an empty stomach or after a meal?  These are all really good questions, and I really don’t think there is any hard and...

Intro to Beachbody Coac...

When I got started working out with Beachbody programs, I didn’t even know what a coach was.  I really didn’t even know who Beachbody was.  I knew about P90X, then saw an infomercial for Insanity and decided to start with that to get in shape.  I really had no concept of...

Calorie Tracking Resour...

I know I say it a lot, but I really believe tracking what you eat every day is crucial to getting great results.  When I read the message boards and see that people are frustrated with not seeing good results, often times they are not tracking their calories.  Sometimes they mention...

Asylum Review

After completing Insanity and then P90X, I was eager to jump at the chance to be one of the first people to tackle Asylum.  My coach actually put together a competition with another team to see who would get the best results from this 30 day program.  Asylum focuses on sports...

Healthy Snack Options

Snacking is important, but can often be the culprit for ruining people’s diets.  It’s the time between meals when you get hungry and those salty and sweet foods look so tempting.  It’s easy to grab a bag of chips to “just have a few” when that turns into...

Be Prepared

It seems a lot easier to stick to any workout program or nutrition plan when you’re on your regular schedule, but often times workouts don’t happen or any sort of nutrition plan goes out the window when a special event happens.  And it can take 2-3 days to make up for one bad...

Your “Why”

Finding the motivation to stick with the workouts and nutrition plans can be tough at times.  I am definitely not immune to this.  There are days when you get tired, you’re busy, or you just don’t feel like working out.  Or maybe some of the moves in particular workouts are...

Tips for Eating Out

Going out to eat at restaurants can be very difficult if you’re trying to stick to a nutrition plan.  There are so many tempting foods that you’ve always loved to eat and the portions are usually enough to feed 2-3 people at least.  My first advice would be to try to limit...

Who is Beachbody?

Most people I talk to have heard about P90X or maybe Insanity, but most times they haven’t heard of Beachbody, the company that makes the workout videos along with workout equipment and supplements like protein powder, multi-vitamins, and Shakeology.  Carl Daikler is the awesome...

SMART Goals

One thing I’m passionate is setting and reaching goals, especially when it comes to fitness and your health.  I think many people like to start off with a goal too, but having often times their goals are not specific enough or aren’t really measurable.  I really believe...

Supplements I use

I often get questions around supplements, so I figured I would just write an article about the supplements I use that I think are very effective.  There are a couple things to consider when thinking about supplements.  The first is the question of if you really need them or not.  To...

Day 150 Transformation ...

So here is a video I put together highlighting my results from Insanity and P90X to this point.  To read more about my story, go here. Total, I have lost 27 lbs. and went from 23% body fat down to 8%.  I’m in the best shape of my life and I have more energy than ever!   I...

Shakeology 3-Day Cleans...

Want to Jump-Start your weight loss ~ and feel GREAT??? Try this… SHAKEOLOGY 3-DAY CLEANSE Shakeology is a meal replacement shake designed to be enjoyed every day, one meal a day. But for this cleanse, it will be used three times a day for three days. The Shakeology Cleanse is...

Obesity in America

We’ve all heard that America is an obese nation, but do you really know how bad it is or what obesity can really lead to and how much it’s costing America??  The trend is shocking and the implications are very frightening.  This has been a huge motivation for me to be a...

My P90X Results

So far, P90X is my favorite program because it’s got great cardio and great lifting routines all in one program.  Plus the diet guide is very robust and super helpful!  These are my (almost) 90 day results.  I had to cut it 2 weeks short because I’m involved in the...

Naysayers

“You can’t keep it up” – “You’ll quit eventually” – “You’re obsessed” – “Why are you doing  that?” – “Why are you eating like that?” – “That’s not going to...

Secret to Success

What’s the secret to success?  What will allow you to really see the results you are looking for?  Well I can’t take credit for this, but I think Albert E.N. Gray has some extremely insightful words that apply to getting in shape as much as they did to the life insurance...

How Many Calories Shoul...

How many calories should you be eating??  This is a common question that I hear all the time.  First off, you need to be tracking what you eat.  If you’re not tracking what you eat, then it’s nearly impossible to know what adjustments you might need to make.  So if...

My Shakeology Review

Is Shakeology really as good as everyone says it is??  My simple answer, yes!  Is it right for you?  Now that’s a more complicated answer, and I say it depends.  There is no getting around the fact that it is not cheap, so you have to make a good financial decision about...
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