It’s true….I have a new love and boy, does he make me sweat! Who is this new man? None other than Shaun T! For those of you who do not know him, he is a pretty big deal in the fitness and dancing world. He created fitness programs such as Insanity, Hop Hop Abs, Focus T25 and now….Insanity Max: 30.
Now hear me out. I’m sure you are thinking, ‘Insanity?! There is NO WAY that I can do that program!’…but trust me when I tell you that this program is for ANYONE! Got five to a hundred pounds to lose? Are you a person that needs to see results NOW? When you diet do you become bitchy and you end up binging and then gaining it all back and then some? Then yup…this program is for you. I have made one of my 2015 goals to lose 100 pounds and this program is going to help me get there.
Here’s what I love about it. Workouts are only thirty minutes a day….thiry minutes! Everyone can definitely find thirty minutes to show up to this workout. The second thing that I love is that it comes with a complete meal guide. I’m not talking about fancy recipes that cost a fortune or something that you never heard of. I’m talking about REAL FOOD, that people who live on budgets (this is me!) can totally stick to. You also get a dine out meal plan for those times that you are on the go and may need to eat out but not quit sure what to get. The third thing that I love is the Shaun T encourages you to MAX OUT during this program. What does MAX OUT mean? It means that you are pushing as hard as you can for as long as you can from the time you begin. That first moment when you need to take a break, this is your MAX OUT time. You write this time on your workout calendar and the next time you do this workout you try to beat it. You beat it by lasting longer by still pushing has hard as you can NOT slacking. You are only in compeition with yourself…no one else…LOVE THIS! The next thing I love is that when you put this program on the modified option, the screen splits into two sections. The left side showing the normal workouts and the right side showing the modifier the ENTIRE TIME. By following the modifyer you are not slacking in your workouts….they are still intense, just not intense on your joints. The last thing that I absolutely love and this is probably my all time favorite is you see people taking breaks. Normally in a fitness program DVD, you see people do the program from beginning to end with no stops unless there is a scheduled one. In Insanity Max: 30 you see people taking a 10 sec break during a plank or pushups or jumps…you get my drift. It’s awesome to know that you are not alone and that others need a 10 second break. You take your break then come right back into the workouts when you can…it’s AWESOME!
I am personally inviting you to my next Fitness Success Group that will be beginning on January 5, 2015. This is a great way to start the New Year, be accountable and start or continue your health/fitness journey. In this group we will check in daily, workout at home and use this group as a way to push ourselves and SUCCEED! If you are interested in joining me, please complete the below form and I’ll be in touch so that we can chat.
Friday was the end of my second week taking CrossFit and all I can say is that I’m totally addicted! As you know from my other posts I mainly get my cardio from programs such as running, kickboxing, or bootcamp style workouts. I decided that it was time to incorporate strength and with the minimal amount of weights that I have at home I figured I would give CrossFit at Indian Trail a try.
What exactly is CrossFit? The classes are done usually in an industrial like building where you have a wide range of equipment. CrossFit promotes strength, cardio endurance and flexibility while using aerobic exercises, gymnastic moves and Olympic weight lifting techniques. Several movements may include however not limited to air squats, burpees, handstand push-ups, ring dips, toes to bar, deadlifts, kettlebell swings and many more. Some of the workouts are even named such as ‘Fran’, ‘Jackie’ and ‘Cindy’.
So far the only hangup with CrossFit (if it’s even a hangup?) is my soreness level. I enjoy being sore however since Friday it has been a little overwhelming. Different muscle groups are constantly being worked therefore something is always sore. I have been doing a lot of yoga and stretching exercises on my ‘off’ days in order to stay limber. Icing and putting on heat also helps. Many people are scared of CrossFit and it can be dangerous IF proper technique isn’t used. This is why the programs enforces you to go through a 4 week ‘on ramp’ training to learn proper form so that you DON’T get hurt. Also as with any workout….always listen to your body!
Here is what I have done thus far:
Monday October 14, 2013:
Fit in as many rounds within a 15 minute time frame (I completed 5 rounds)
200 meter run
10 Air Squats
10 Push ups
20 Jump Ropes
Wednesday October 16, 2013:
Fit in as many rounds within 13 minute time frame (I completed 5 rounds)
125 meter row
10 Step Ups with 10 lb dumbbells
10 Shoulder Press with 10 lb dumbbells
10 Abmat Sit Ups
Friday October 18, 2013
50 Air Squats
40 Abmat Sit Ups
30 Push Ups
20 Ring Rows
10 Cleans with 30 lbs
Completed in 9 minutes
Monday October 21, 2013
8 Rounds of Tabata Squats
4 minute Ring Rows
2 min max row
2 min max Farmer Carry for 15 meters each with 20 lb Kettlebells
Wednesday October 23, 2013
1000 meter Row
50 Thrusters with 10 lb dumbbells
30 Pull Curls
Completed in 13:50 minutes
Friday October 25, 2013
3 Rounds of the following
10 Dumbbell snatches – Right 20 lbs
10 Wall Balls 15 lbs
10 Dumbbell snatches – Left 20 lbs
10 Wall Balls 15 lbs
I would love to hear about your thoughts on CrossFit. Please leave me a message below and tell me about your experience if you have had one and if not what’s holding you back?
I usually don’t post things like this however I’m super excited! Shaun T just came out with T25 and I can’t wait to get started. I will be getting this soon and I’m looking for 5 people to join me. What’s so exciting is you only need 25min in your day to get an hour’s worth of results. That’s HUGE!! Click here ASAP for details to join this exclusive group!
Ugh…the word healthy has so many meanings. Unfortunately many people look at the word healthy as a never achievable thing. Why? Because we are taught from society that being healthy means being a certain number on the scale. That’s right the SCALE…..I personally hate that word. We let the scale define us, control our mood, and make us feel like failures. Do me a favor…..GET RID OF THE SCALE! I don’t care if you have someone hide it or you toss it in the garbage, just get rid of it. I know, I know, some of you will say “I can’t do that, how will I know if I’m losing weight?”. Come on people, wake up!! You will know that you are losing weight when your clothes get bigger, you have more energy, you can do more activities, and your fat turns into fab. If you are a numbers person and need some time of tracking then use measurements. Measure your chest, waist, hips, thighs, calves, and biceps and track these numbers on a monthly basis. No matter if you are losing weight or gaining muscle those measurements are going to go down.
Notice I said if you are gaining “muscle” then those numbers will go down. What happens when you gain muscle and you weigh yourself? You GAIN weight!! Why? Because muscle weighs more than fat. We all know this but when we see that number on the scale go up we freak out (myself included) and we forget about all of the hard work we have been putting into our workouts and nutrition and can only focus on that damn number. So again, get rid of the scale!
Being healthy means feeling good about yourself, loving the way you look, not living a stressful life. It’s also means not smoking, drinking excessively, lowering that cholesterol and so much more. Don’t let the number on the scale dictate your healthfulness and influence how you feel about yourself.
I’m interested on your views of the scale. Are you like me or are you totally fine with with the scale tells you. Please let me know your thoughts in the comment section below.