P90X Live Part 2 – Filming Beachbody On Demand Challenge Du Jour

Surreal. That’s the one word to sum up my experience in filming a P90X Live workout for Beachbody. It was crazy, exciting, intense, exhausting…and I would do it again in a minute if they asked me.

Here’s how it went down.

My girl, Leigh, had a connecting flight in Denver so we were able to meet up at the airport and fly to Burbank together. There, we rented a car and drove to Van Nuys to find our hotel and the studio. Of course, I had to take a picture with the Beachbody van when I saw it.

Sorry, Tony! Shaun T is my man.

Sorry, Tony! Shaun T is my man.

We arrived a little earlier than we needed to, so we waited around for a while and chatted with the other cast members as they arrived. We met the other two coaches who were going to be filming P90X with us, as well as the master trainer who was leading the workout. Rawlins Apilado was hilarious, full of energy, and made me feel instantly comfortable and confident that the shoot was going to be awesome.

Two additional sets in the "waiting" area of the studio.

Two additional sets in the “waiting” area of the studio.

We eventually got to practice some of the moves and go over details for how the shoot would work. We went on set and got a feel for the layout and what to expect the next day. Our call time was the earliest one on the schedule, so we needed to return bright and early and ready to work(out)!!

That night we ate (carb loading is what I would call it), walked around Universal Studios in Hollywood, and met up with some friends. We went back to the hotel and crashed, amazingly able to sleep without the anticipation and excitement keeping us awake.

Yay hotel. A little scary on the outside, but the beds didn't have bugs. I call that a win.

Yay hotel. A little scary on the outside, but the beds didn’t have bugs. I call that a win.

The next morning we showed up right on time, ready to rock! We had to do a couple of wardrobe changes before the shoot began; luckily we were prepared with extra clothes! We got to test out Energize, the pre-workout drink from Beachbody’s new Performance Line of fitness supplements. Surprisingly, it had a good taste and didn’t make me feel jittery!

Leigh's #sameface

Leigh’s #sameface

After we got energized up, we were ready to shoot! One more wardrobe change for me at the last minute, and we began. Danielle and Darren Natoni were two other master trainers who were participants in the workout with us. Joseph and Velani joined us as cast members in the back. We shot the workout in one continuous take, no pausing to fix mistakes or take breaks. It was tough!! I modified to protect my hip (didn’t want to cause further injury) and I was STILL dying in the middle. By the time we got to the calf jump squats, I wanted to fall in the floor. And of COURSE that was exactly when Rawlins called attention to me and told everyone I was doing an advanced move and was keeping my heels off the floor the whole time! Owwww, my legs were total jello. It was tough, but I did my best! Fear of looking silly on camera kept me going haha. Although…I’m a little anxious to see what crazy faces I was making….

That's post workout glow right there.

That’s post workout glow right there.

After the workout, we hydrated and took a bunch of pictures. We all wanted to capture this moment forever!

Rawlins being SILLY again!

Rawlins being SILLY again!

We finished early, so what else was there to do but eat some amazing food and see the sights?! We grabbed some yummy brunch at BLD in LA and then drove up to the observatory to get a good view of the sign!

Spanish omelette for me and french toast to share! YUM.

Spanish omelette for me and french toast to share! YUM.

Look, it's the famous sign!

Look, it’s the famous sign!

We spent the rest of the day in Hollywood checking out the Walk of Fame, the Chinese Theater, shopping, and driving down Rodeo Drive. It was so amazing and we can’t wait to go back! I never before thought my life could be anything like this, but this experience felt so….right. Like it could be “normal” for me. I am thankful that being a coach and an instructor has provided me with the opportunity to experience this…

…and I can’t wait to see what else is in store.

Remember that time I was in a P90X Live workout video?

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You don’t remember that? Funny…neither do I…but pretty soon I’ll be able to answer that question differently.

Right now, as this blog post is being published, I am on a plane to Los Angeles, California. Yes, I ACTUALLY am going to be in a P90X Live workout video!! This is how it all went down…

Calling all Beachbody LIVE and Challenge Du Jour fanatics! Whether you’re a Beachbody LIVE Instructor, or just love our classes, here's your chance to be cast in an exclusive filming for Beachbody On Demand's Challenge Du Jour (#CDJ)!

Calling all Beachbody LIVE and Challenge Du Jour fanatics! Whether you’re a Beachbody LIVE Instructor, or just love our classes, here’s your chance to be cast in an exclusive filming for Beachbody On Demand’s Challenge Du Jour (#CDJ)!

About a week and a half ago, I saw this picture posted on Facebook. I immediately felt a pull in my gut and really wanted to do it! They were asking instructors (which I am) or lovers of Beachbody Live classes (which I also am) to submit their picture and info to be considered to participate in filming a Live workout. I took a screen shot of the picture and shared it with my team….

…and I told them I couldn’t go. I don’t have my steady income from teaching, and I haven’t yet fully replaced that salary with coaching. I am already flying to TN/GA next week, and one more trip didn’t seem like a good idea. And I had a hip injury, so I probably couldn’t even work out. And yet…

My friend Leigh (the one who enables me to make all kinds of crazy decisions) said she was thinking about doing it too. We both wanted it. She was going to talk to her husband. I was going to talk to my boyfriend. I had SUCH a strong feeling that I needed to at least apply…I mean, I at least needed to find out if they even wanted me to do it. Right?

Leigh applied. I applied. We both got invited to CA. To film P90X Live. At the same time. WE WERE GOING TO BE IN THE SAME WORKOUT!!!

This was TOTALLY me. Skates and all.

This was TOTALLY me. Skates and all.

I was so excited I couldn’t sleep. Seriously, I maybe closed my eyes for 4 hours that night. I couldn’t believe they actually invited me (both of us!!) to fly to LA to film a workout!!! Ahhh!

It took a few days to get the final details (days, times, workout, wardrobe requirements), but I decided I was going to make this happen. Was timing the best? No, but when is it ever? Was it going to cost money and a couple of days away from my family? Yes, and neither one of those things makes it easy. But they are excited for me and have encouraged me to go after my dreams…so…here I am, flying after them.

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I posted this picture on my fitness page yesterday, with this experience in mind. Yes, it scares the living crap out of me. I am worried, nervous, excited, happy, and a billion other emotions all in one. And what is going to happen? I am going to return home proud of what I have done, and a whole lot stronger because of it. I’m going to blossom.

“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”
Jen Sincero, You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life

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