I Am Thankful

Just some brief, random thoughts as I sit and reflect on this quiet Sunday morning…

I am thankful for my family, that I have them here with me daily.
I am thankful for my home that I was in the process of purchasing one year ago.
I am thankful for my health so that I can run and sweat and motivate others daily.
I am thankful for my job, which doesn’t even feel like work.
I am thankful for my friends and coach family for inspiring me to be who I am.

November is the month of Thanksgiving, and I just have so much to be thankful for each day. We often get caught up in life and forget to appreciate the small things. Take a few minutes to ask yourself… What are you thankful for today?

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More Protein, Less Candy

That’s what I’m telling myself anyway. Protein is good, candy is bad — right? I mean, it is almost Halloween anyway. And the chocolate just seems to be staring me down every which way I turn.

Chocolate never listens to me.

Chocolate never listens to me.

Luckily, the friendly people at NuZest sent me some packets of protein to try (they must have heard of my struggle!) and I played around with some different recipes while I fought my chocolate craving.

The first recipe I tried was a mocha recipe with their cappuccino flavored protein powder. I had never tried coffee flavored protein before, and since I love ALL THE COFFEE, this one had to be first.

It's like a 50V battery... in a drink.

It’s like a 50V battery… in a drink.

I mixed about a cup of cold brew coffee with the cappuccino protein powder and a splash of milk. Threw in a few ice cubes and blended. The directions on the packet say to shake in a shaker bottle, but we all know how well I follow directions…

The flavor was great. Not gritty, no weird aftertaste, and the best part — the ingredients list is very short. This is possibly the cleanest protein I’ve tried so far. The shake ended up being “frostier” than I like, which sometimes happens when I blend protein with just liquid and ice. I predicted adding fruit to a shake would help with that, and I was right.

The next recipe I tried was with the smooth vanilla flavor. I added some orange juice and a very ripe banana, plus a little ice. Oh yeahhh, that gave me the smooth consistency I like. The flavor was amazing. Like an orange dreamsicle without all the extra calories and junk ingredients.

Finally, I decided to step outside of the box with the chocolate protein powder and make a snack instead of a shake. My kiddos love “energy balls” and I was thrilled to be able to make a snack for them that didn’t have extra weird ingredients.

I mixed one packet of NuZest rich chocolate  protein, 1/4 cup rolled oats, 1/4 cup crunchy peanut butter, and 1 Tbsp honey in a bowl and stirred until the spoon was no longer effective. Then I used my hands to mash it all together and form little balls of yumminess.

These won’t last long at all…

My completely un-uniform method of rolling out these energy balls ended up making about 10 bites. That’s just enough for us to snack on for one day. Normally I would double or triple the recipe and save some for later. I would also refrigerate them so the peanut butter and honey became a little more solid… But when your snack smells and tastes this good, you just skip the whole refrigeration step. 😉

Thanks to NuZest for allowing me to try out this tasty, clean, vegan, soy-free protein! I am always looking for a great protein product to try since I don’t typically eat a lot of meat. This is a great protein powder, and one I would highly recommend! If you want to check out NuZest protein for yourself, head over to their website. They have a lot more recipes, and their own version of energy balls as well. 😉

Phoenix Fitness wants to know: What’s your favorite protein snack? 

Beachbody on Demand Challenge Du Jour Contest!!

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Remember that time I flew to LA to film a P90X Live workout for Beachbody on Demand? Well it is finally being released on BOD tomorrow!! I’m anxious to see it, but at the same time I am SO nervous to watch. It’s like hearing yourself on a voicemail…. only worse.

But to celebrate the occasion, I am having a little contest on Facebook and Instagram! Join the #PhoenixFitnessCDJ contest and win; here’s how:

1. Find my P90X Live Challenge Du Jour on Beachbody on Demand, starting tomorrow 10/14/15.
2. Complete the workout and post a selfie and/or video on FB or IG with the hashtag #PhoenixFitnessCDJ and tag me (Amanda Edenfield if we are friends on FB, @bephoenixfit on IG) in your post.
3. Enter by midnight MT on Friday, October 23rd, to be randomly selected as the prize winner.

The winner will receive a super sampler of Shakeology and 3 months of Beachbody on Demand FREE!! Go to http://bit.ly/PhoenixClub to get BOD free for 30 days!

I’m excited for this and I hope lots of you join in with the workout! I can’t wait to see your pictures and videos! 🙂

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**Contest not open to coaches or those who are actively working with another coach. Winner must agree to register with me as their coach to receive prize.**

#TransformationTuesday of Sorts

My last blog post was about being strong, not only physically but mentally and emotionally as well. Since writing that post, I have really reflected on where I am currently in my life, and how that compares to the person I used to be.

I’ve written before about my fitness journey, how my life changed since I became a Beachbody coach 2.5 years ago, and how I’ve grown throughout the process. But I don’t really talk much about the person I was even before then.

Growing up, I remember being very shy. I was a smart, quiet girl who had good grades in school without needing to study, but had very few friends. I had no idea how to talk to kids my age and often felt like an outcast. I was the very definition of a “painfully shy” child. Assignments that required speaking in front of the class made me turn beet red and sweat buckets. I came very close to having a panic attack in college when I had to give my first speech.

Even into young adulthood, I continued being socially awkward. I wanted friends, and I had a few who were close to me, but I was never comfortable in new situations or when meeting new people. My self-esteem was so low that when one boy gave me attention, I wasn’t sure whether to grab on for dear life or run far away. I married my high school sweetheart and had my daughter fairly young. When our marriage went sour, I had an extremely difficult time getting out of the relationship. I struggled with anxiety and depression, and didn’t see value within myself. I was an emotional wreck without the strength I needed to pick myself up and move toward a more positive place. I hit rock bottom. I tried to take my own life because I truly felt that my daughter would be better off without me. Luckily, I failed.

I went to therapy for a year, and felt like I had some strength and control of my life. I moved on, dated a string of men, and tried to find someone to be my “other half.” I needed attention and needed to feel like I was loved and wanted. While I knew that I needed to be mentally well on my own, I still couldn’t stand to be alone. Eventually, I met my second husband and we got married. I was jealous, anxious, and untrusting of him… mostly due to my own insecurities. I never felt pretty enough, smart enough, thin enough, or good enough. I ended up in therapy again, and tried to really practice the healthy thinking that I knew I needed. But it was always a struggle to keep my mind in a positive place.

Then I found Beachbody, and my life slowly changed.

Today, I stayed at home while my kids were in school. I practice a new PiYo workout because I am teaching fitness classes in two separate gyms on Thursday. I created a video to share on social media of me – in my perfectly imperfect body – doing a portion of a workout. I supported my online challengers and lead my team of coaches. I applied to be a contributor to a running blog as a guest writer. Sure there was a tiny voice that said I may not be good enough and I may not be the type of writer they are looking for…but I applied anyway. Just a few days ago I broadcasted my first ever Periscope — seriously?! Live video!! Of a workout! What if I messed up, what if I did it wrong… and in the end…so what. What if I didn’t?

Posting videos of myself online, teaching fitness classes in 4 gyms/studios, flying to LA to be filmed for a P90X workout, training for a bikini competition, being an entrepreneur and running my own coaching business, applying to be an ambassador for a local marathon (and being selected!), and continually taking risks in my life… These are things that make me emotional when I really think about what I’m doing right now. This was NOT the type of person I was, and isn’t even CLOSE to the type of person I ever thought I would be. There are times I get scared, times I get nervous and sweaty and red in the face, and times I get the urge to crawl under the blankets and hide because I am afraid.

And then I look at how far I’ve come, and I hold my head up, and run straight forward into my future. Because I am strong and I am worth it.

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Freekeh with Swiss Chard, Tomatoes, and Garlic

So this happened last night.

I got some swiss chard in our CSA share this week, and it is one vegetable I haven’t cooked before. Of course I went to Pinterest to see what to do with it, and it seemed that most recipes called for it to be sauteed or wilted and served with other veggies for flavor. So that’s what I did!

It’s kind of pretty, right?

So I washed the swiss chard, and removed the leaves from the stems. I chopped the stems into small pieces and roughly chopped the leaves as I would kale or collard greens.

I decided to use my last bag of freekeh with this dish, because it’s what I had on hand. You could easily substitute rice, quinoa, or couscous and have a very similar recipe.

I sauteed the chopped stems and onions in some olive oil first, then added some jarred tomatoes we got from a previous CSA share. Fresh tomatoes would work as well – about 2 or 3 if they are small or Roma tomato size. Just dice them up and toss them in!

After the tomatoes are warm and the stems and onions are softened, add in the garlic and swiss chard leaves. Cook until garlic is fragrant and leaves are wilted. Then serve over a bed of freekeh and eat!

This is a super yummy meal with plenty of protein and slow-digesting carbs, not to mention the nutrition from the veggies! You can play around with the ingredients and add some extra veggies like mushrooms, zucchini, or carrots, or maybe add different spices. If you do, please leave a comment and let me know how it tastes!  

Here’s the recipe for your viewing (and cooking) pleasure.

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Summer Vanilla Shakeology

I wasn’t really sure what to name this recipe, but it seems like a great drink for summertime – so there you go!

For this recipe, I used:

  • One container of coconut water
  • Half a banana
  • Half of a watermelon Chobani  yogurt (you could use the full cup)
  • Vanilla Shakeology
  • Ice

I blended it all up with some ice – DONE! It was pretty tasty!


A friend recommended a similar recipe, but she added fresh mint leaves before blending. I didn’t have any fresh mint — and I checked by biting some of the herbs I had in my fridge. Definitely NOT mint leaves. Yuck.

If you try this one, I’d love to hear what you think! Drop a comment or send me a message on Facebook. Enjoy!

Even Coaches Struggle…

We all fall off the wagon from time to time. A cheat meal here, an extra drink or two there, a skipped workout… but sometimes… it’s more than that.

It's real, y'all.

It’s real, y’all.

I have been struggling lately and I’ve had a pretty hard time dealing with it. I have plenty to be thankful for – a healthy body, an extensive workout DVD collection (haha), equipment and a gym membership, live classes I can teach, a family that supports me, nutritious food in my kitchen. And yet, I struggle.

I get frustrated with a workout when I feel like my body isn’t strong enough. When my brain tells me it doesn’t want to stick to my meal plan, I get a “f*** it” attitude and I just want to eat junk. Changes at the gym don’t happen in one day, and our eyes tend to focus on the negative parts of our bodies instead of the positive progress. So I justify my choices and I tell myself one day won’t matter. One skipped workout or one day of eating what I want won’t affect me.

Thank God for spandex, or I'd be naked.

Thank God for spandex, or I’d be naked.

My hip injury was a huge mental setback for me, and I have a shoulder injury from last summer that still acts up. I feel weak when I can’t squat or bench the reps/weight I want to or when a workout is really hard. I get mad and walk out of the gym when cardio leaves me gasping for air. I feel like my body is failing me. I want to be strong and I want to work hard and it’s just frustrating when my body isn’t able to do what my mind wants it to.

I sometimes feel restricted by my meal plans. I want freedom to enjoy foods and drinks I love but they don’t fit my goals and I don’t like it. It sounds childish to even type this out, but I’m just being honest with myself. Sometimes I just want Doritos and 3 beers and half a pizza because it tastes SO GOOD and I get angry that I can’t have it. Sometimes I feel disgust at the thought of eating more meat or drinking a protein shake. I’d rather eat a bunch of fruit and nuts and veggies. I don’t want to do the workout that is planned for the day; I want to do what I WANT to do. Period.

These are all things I poured out to my coach – yes, this coach has a coach too – because I need her help, and I can only get help from her when I’m honest. Honest with her…but more importantly, honest with myself. She challenged me to think of some positives in my life. Things I’m proud of in my fitness life. Things that motivate me. Short and long term goals that I REALLY want to focus on right now. A daily affirmation that I will tell myself and BELIEVE when I say it.

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It may not seem like much, but thinking about the questions she asked and really reaching inside myself to answer them helped me. Rethinking my goals, realizing what motivates me and acknowledging the GOOD and POSITIVE things I’ve accomplished… they were things I knew already but things that my mind didn’t want to think about. I was focusing on the negative and giving too much power to what I did wrong or what I couldn’t do, and not allowing myself to be proud of what I did well and what I CAN do.

All of that. Love yourself.

All of that. Love yourself.

I am so thankful I have my coach, my boyfriend, my friends and family, my coach family, and my challengers to keep me grounded and motivated. Without their support, I would let my brain take over. And while I have a very smart brain haha, it doesn’t always think what it should. But for now…for tonight…it’s back on track.


Amanda

Trouble Losing Weight? How to Deal with the Dreaded Weight Loss Plateau

A weight loss plateau has to be one of the most frustrating, discouraging things in the world. Even worse than trying to recreate a beautiful Pinterest recipe or craft, which you know will ultimately end up on Pinterest Fail. Accept it.

This is typically my luck. Darn you, Pinterest, for making me feel like a failure!!

This is typically my luck. Darn you, Pinterest, for making me feel like a failure!!

While a stall or plateau can make you want to throw in the towel and say “WHY EVEN TRY ANYMOOOOREEE?!!!”…let’s try to keep a few things in mind:

  • Why did you start? Is it enough to keep you from quitting? Don’t be a quitter. Those guys are no fun.
  • What was your ultimate goal? Are you trying to reach a specific weight because someone held a gun to your head and told you to? Or do you want to be healthy?
  • Exercise and eating well should be a lifestyle change, not a short term fix so you fit in those jeans.
  • A successful journey rarely travels in a straight line. There are bound to be curves, detours, hills and valleys. Don’t sit down in the middle of the road just because the path you’re on isn’t a direct one with the most scenic route and Ryan Gosling cheering you on all the way.

Although…that would make it oh so satisfying.

Anything you say, Ryan. ::swoon::

Anything you say, Ryan. ::swoon::

Ok, back to reality. Ryan Gosling may not “Hey Girl” to you as you sweat away those calories, but you can look at some different reasons for why you may not be progressing to try to get things moving again:

  1. Look at what you’re eating. And I don’t mean watch the cupcake as it enters your mouth. Really – WHAT are you eating? Are the foods clean? Are you drinking more soda or juice or coffee than water? Are you snacking on food that your kids leave behind? (We all do it, trust me.) Did you have one, two, five, or ten cheats last week? If you aren’t consistently fueling your body with proper nutrition, you probably won’t reach your goals.
  2. In addition to WHAT you’re eating, how MUCH are you eating? We all know that eating too much will cause you to gain weight, but also eating too LITTLE will make you gain weight. Seriously! It seems counterintuitive, but sometimes increasing your calories will actually let your body know it isn’t starving and it will go back to burning fat again instead of holding onto it like a 2 year old with a death grip on his new toy.
  3. Your macros may be out of balance. By that, I mean that your body works best when it has a proper balance of carbs, proteins, and fats. There are 50 bajillion diets out there, and I honestly don’t recommend ANY of them except portion control. Again – that doesn’t mean limit what you eat to the point that you are starving, but it does mean you should eat the proper foods in proportion to each other. Pair complex carbs with protein. Don’t avoid healthy fats. Eat foods from EVERY group. If you need help with portion control and knowing how much of each type of food to eat, the 21 Day Fix or the Portion Control program is perfect to help with that.
  4. Drink more water. You should aim for half your body weight in ounces of water per day. If you weigh 140 pounds, drink 70 oz of water. If you’re 200 pounds, drink 100 oz. Get it? Simple math. When you’re dehydrated, your kidneys can’t function properly, so the body turns to the liver for help. Because the liver is working so hard, what you consume is stored rather than burned off. Also, if you don’t drink enough water, your poop isn’t going to exit quite as much as it should. Not only will you feel bad, but you will hold onto that weight. Not fun. Drink water and poop it out.
  5. You don’t have the right vitamins and minerals to make your body work properly. Did you know vitamin deficiencies will cause you to not lose weight? Yeah, the girl who had super low levels of B12 and D3 can tell you firsthand. At the very least, make sure you take a good multivitamin daily. If you can, ask your doctor to check your labs to make sure you aren’t deficient in one area or another. And of course I’m going to recommend Shakeology daily, because it’s what has helped me to raise my B12 levels to a healthy range so I was able to stop my weekly injections. (Did you know Shakeology was clinically proven to lower A1C levels and cholesterol too? True story.)
  6. Moving beyond nutrition…you may need to alter your workouts. If you’ve been doing the same types of exercise for a while, your body may have gotten used to it. Try something different and see how your body responds to a new challenge.
  7. Lift heavy. Many people think that cardio is what they need to burn fat and get skinny. While you rarely see many overweight Kenyan marathoners, cardio isn’t the most efficient way to lose weight and reshape your body. Strength training will actually skyrocket your metabolism and help you to burn fat even AFTER your workout is over. Want more bang for your buck? Lift weights with very little recovery time between sets, so that your heart rate stays elevated even while you strength train. And YES, women need to lift heavy weights. NO, women won’t get bulky without actually TRYING to get bulky. Get over that fear.
  8. Sleep. Relax. Take a day off. Do NOT work out every single day. Your body builds muscle and repairs when you sleep. Aim for at least one day per week with no workout.
  9. Be patient. Your thighs weren’t built in a day, and they aren’t going to look like Giselle’s in a day either. Sometimes your body stalls just as it is preparing to start dropping weight again. It takes time and consistency. Don’t quit, don’t give up, and don’t let your mind get in the way. Even the 21 Day Fix isn’t a 21 day FIX. It’s 21 days to build a habit so that you end up living a healthier lifestyle. No quick fixes here, people. Hold your horses, change is gonna happen.

One final note…I often have clients and challengers who are in my private support groups who worry that they’ve been exercising for a week or two or five and they haven’t lost any weight. I know it concerns them, but that in itself doesn’t immediately raise red flags for me.

Here’s why: Weight by itself does NOT tell your story. A better indicator of progress would be inches, pictures, how your clothes fit, how you feel, how much energy you have, and your medical records (cholesterol, blood sugar, etc). It’s possible to drop more than one dress size but actually GAIN weight because muscle is more dense than fat! It takes up less room, so your body is getting smaller and tighter, but your weight is increasing. The scale can be beneficial in some ways, but in some ways it can derail your progress by making you stress unnecessarily.

Also, if you are working hard and exercising to the point that your muscles are getting sore (DOMS), your body is most likely holding on to water while it repairs your muscles! Again – that can appear to be weight gain but it isn’t like you just packed on 5 pounds of fat overnight. Keep pushing forward and it will work itself out in the long run. I promise.

A great article I stumbled across recently is here, and is one that I recommend to everyone. If you want my help with meal planning, tweaking your exercise program, or figuring out what is going to work best for you – contact me! The contact tab up there is full of ways you can find me, or just email me at amandaedenfield1@gmail.com and I’ll get back to you!


Amanda

***Disclaimer – I am not a nutritionist/dietician/doctor, and I am not in any way trained to diagnose or treat medical problems. I am a personal trainer and coach who is only sharing knowledge and experiences that I have gained from research, my own fitness journey, and that of my clients/challengers. If you have serious difficulties with weight loss that isn’t receptive to proper nutrition or exercise, please seek the advice of a medical professional. You may have a hormonal imbalance or other health condition that is interfering with your metabolism and ability to reach a healthy weight.***

8 Week Half-Marathon Training with Strength and Cross Training

...cheaper than therapy...

…cheaper than therapy…

Have you ever run a race? Any race — a 5k, a 10k, a half-marathon, or maybe a full marathon (in which case, kudos to you because dang that’s a long way!)? I’ve done a sprinkling of 5ks, a couple of 10ks, a quarter marathon, one 10 miler, and one half-marathon. So far, the half-marathon has been my favorite race…it hurt the most, and I got the WORST burn from my sports bra elastic rubbing on my chest, but that race was the most satisfying, empowering, and just 100% FUN.

It was in November 2012 and was the Rock N Roll Half Marathon in beautiful Savannah, GA. I had just moved back to Georgia after being gone for 5 years. I was happy to run my first “major” race in a city I loved. And that was one of the best parts! I ran through parts of the city I had never seen, as well as parts that were familiar to me. We finished in Forsyth Park downtown, and even though I was in pain, I was HAPPY. Full of pride.

Official time: 2:38:09

Official time: 2:38:09

Backstory: I was never a runner before. I couldn’t run longer than 60 seconds without stopping to walk. Well, I probably could’ve, but I didn’t want to. Once my chest started hurting and breathing got difficult and uhhhh my body was tired, I was ready to quit. One day, I just decided I wanted to run. I have no idea where I got that goal, but it’s what I wanted to do. I wanted to be able to run longer than 60 seconds. Longer than a mile. I wanted to run 3 miles…and then I wanted to run more than that.

Never a marathon though, haha. Nope. I’m only “half” crazy. 😉

So I got the Couch to 5K podcast and started using it. Before I knew it, I had worked up to being able to run the full mile, a full two miles, and finally 3 whole miles without walking! I rewarded myself with a new pair of shoes and sports sunglasses. I signed up for the Triple Crown of Running, because I lived in Kentucky at the time. After I finished those three races, I was hooked and I wanted more. The Rock N Roll half marathon just seemed like the best one for me, so I committed. And I did it.

You know what else I did? I inspired these two awesome kids right here. I know they watch me. I know I have an effect on them. But I didn’t know that they would want to do what mom was doing. And that just motivates me to want to do more. How can I quit when I know they are watching?

Hunter's first 5k race - 2nd place!  Kaiden's 1 mile Superhero Run.

Hunter’s first 5k race – 2nd place!                  Kaiden’s 1 mile Superhero Run.

So now I’m training for my second half-marathon. I haven’t run a race since Fall 2013 when I did the Spirit of Survival quarter marathon (6.55 miles for you non-math people haha). I got a wild hair a couple of weeks ago and decided to sign up for the Colfax Half-Marathon in Downtown Denver. The only problem…it was 8 weeks away. So my training is going to have to be SERIOUS. Super serious.

I immediately sat down and wrote out my training plan. There aren’t many 8-week training programs, so I took a few popular schedules and made a plan that would work for me. I know I can’t run every day, so I am incorporating some cross training that I can do at home, as well as strength training. I don’t want to lose my upper body strength while I focus on endurance running, and I am well aware that lower body strength workouts will not only enhance my running abilities but prevent injury. (See articles here, here, and here for more information on that.)

8 week half marathon training, using cross training and strength exercises

8 week half marathon training, using cross training and strength exercises

As you can see, many of my days have two workouts a day listed. I’ll be honest though…my first/early morning workouts are the ones I am more focused on. The second workout of the day doesn’t always happen (it’s life), but is more of a “it would be really good if I can work this one in too” plan. So far, I’ve only done two-a-days a couple of times this month. Then again, it has been spring break and instead of having all this extra time to workout, I’ve been packed with appointments and events. Figures, right?

On the top of the calendar, you can see where my focus lies with my workouts. Obviously, not everyone has the extensive Beachbody DVD collection as I do (although there is Beachbody On Demand, so it’s available for everyone!). It doesn’t matter WHAT program or plan you use, as long as you have a solid plan for working your body and preparing for the big day.

Are you training for a race? Have you found a plan that works for you, or do you need help designing a training schedule? I would love to help you come up with one if you need it! Drop a comment or email me at amandaedenfield1@gmail.com and we can get started. But for now….it’s time to lace up and hit the road before the snow blows in.

Deuces!!
Amanda ❤

P90X Live Certified Instructor – that’s me!

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Last Monday, I had a conversation with my friend that went something like this, but less abbreviated:

Leigh: I signed up for the P90X cert!
Me: This summer?
Leigh: No, in April.
Me: Oh. I just saw there’s a local one this Sunday. That’s too soon. Maybe I’ll catch the next one.
Leigh: DO IT.
Me: But I’m scared! Let me think…ok, I’ll do it! Eek!!

And that’s how it all started. Because of Leigh, I got INSANITY Live certified last summer, and now I’m P90X Live certified as well. I can pretty much kill anyone in a gym, no matter what class they take haha.

I’m not sure why I was so nervous. Maybe because I haven’t even done the original P90X, or maybe because I’m still shy in new situations when surrounded by people I don’t know. But I had no reason to be nervous at all! The workout moves were ones that I was pretty familiar with anyway, and the people…the people there were awesome. So what if they were people I didn’t know? We were all there for the same reason — to learn a new format that we thought would be exciting so we could teach group exercise classes that would motivate our participants to continue exercising with us and being healthy.

And honestly, these trainings are FUN! We get there, we get to know each other a little bit, then we get right into the workout. That was brutal, but felt so good. After we are all dying, we learn about the program. How each round is broken down into different blocks. timing and cueing, types of exercises we may see, and proper form to make sure all participants are exercising safely no matter what their age or ability level. Here are some fun shots from the day.

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Wacky Jacks – I really hate those.

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Upper Body – bicep curls and tricep kickbacks. I didn’t go ambitious! Just 5 lbs for me, thanks.

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Rear lunges with arms up – my shoulders were so tired!

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Oh, the Death Star. Those sucked haha.

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Plank Jacks – reminded me of INSANITY 🙂

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Working with my group after our workout

So…if you take a P90X Live class, what should you expect? Oh, good thing you asked. I was about to tell you.

The class is formatted to last 55 minutes, but there are 45 and 30 minute options. For the full class, you will start with a warm up, followed by a cardio block, lower body strength, upper body strength, core, and a cooldown. You may use weights or bands for the strength exercises, but not all moves are weight based. Some just use body weight, like with push ups. If you’re afraid of pull ups from the P90X DVDs, don’t fear! No pull ups in the live class. In fact, anybody can do this class. Yes, I’m serious. Anybody. A certified instructor will be able to assist participants with regressing any moves to make them easier, as well as progressing moves to make them more difficult for advanced participants. So no matter if you’re 16 or 61, male or female, fit or ready to get fit…this class is for you.

So what are you waiting for? Let’s break the gym!!

A fun and silly way to end our day. :)

A fun and silly way to end our day. 🙂


Amanda

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