max30 review

So I’ve completed the first 3 weeks of INSANITY MAX:30 and I think I can say, hands down, this is my favorite program of all time. I’ve completed ChaLEAN Extreme, Focus T25, half of the original INSANITY, P90X3, 21 Day Fix, and parts of PiYo, P90, Les Mills Pump, and Body Beast…and I haven’t loved any of those programs as much as I love this one.

I am a competitive person, which I never really realized before. But with this program, you’re competing against yourself. You do the workout the best that you can, and when you start to lose form or need a break, that is your “max out” time. You take that break, write your time down, catch your breath, and get back in it to finish the workout.

Here’s the progression of our times for Cardio Challenge throughout month 1 — you’ll notice that we didn’t increase each week! But on the days that we maxed out sooner, we actually modified less. Pushing harder and maxing out earlier is ok because we get STRONGER!

Check out that hair.

Check out that hair.

Well, yeah. It kind of is. It’s Shaun T, so what do you expect? But I do have to disagree somewhat…even though it is INSANITY, and it IS pretty much a butt-kicking workout, every move is modified. You can do the entire program with zero-impact. So if you have bad knees, bad ankles, or can’t do one single push-up…you can STILL complete IM30. Don’t believe me? Here is a video of my friend, Allyson, and me doing all of the moves in Cardio Challenge. I am doing the full range of motion with each move. She (on your left) is doing the modifications.

**caution – there is music, so turn down your speakers if you’re in a library…or church**

Well, I haven’t finished the program yet, so I can’t give you specific stats on how well it is working for me yet as far as weight loss and looking hot. Check back at the end of February for that post. But I can tell you that my fitness has greatly improved. I am doing more pushups than I was in the beginning, more jumping jacks (yes, I have even had to modify some of the jacks because my calves burn!), and I am able to push harder for longer amounts of time before I have to modify. That tells me it is WORKING. I doubt I have dropped a significant amount of weight, but that is no fault of this program. It uses the same containers and a similar nutrition plan as the 21 Day Fix (which is awesome, and you can see my results here if you missed them). My problem is I have let work stress and life get in the way, and I haven’t followed my meal plans as closely as I would have liked. Boo. But this isn’t a diet. There’s no finish line. This is a lifestyle, and I’m not beating myself up because I got off track. I still have a month left to finish this program and I’m ready to get back in it! Besides…how could I quit when I know this cutie is watching me? ūüėČ

My 5yo finished all 30 min of Tabata Power. If he can do it, YOU can do it.

My 5yo finished all 30 min of Tabata Power. If he can do it, YOU can do it.

Well first, you need to have a coach. Yes, you do. A coach will be able to give you the support you need to finish the program, help you with meal planning, and give you tips on modifications if you need them. If you don’t already have a coach, I would love to be yours! You can add me as your coach just by going to and get your free account.

If you’re ready to jump on the INSANITY MAX:30 train, you can go here to get your kit.¬† ¬†Then I will be in touch with you to get you set up with your program. Let’s MAX OUT together!

INSANITY MAX:30 – One Week Countdown!

Doesn't this picture just get your heart pumping?

Doesn’t this picture just get your heart pumping?

It’s here! It’s here! Well, almost. In one week, December 2nd, INSANITY MAX:30 will be released and you will only be able to get it by ordering through your coach (me!). Want to know more about Shuan T’s latest program? Here are the deets:

WHAT? – INSANITY MAX:30 is full of 150 new moves (as if they weren’t insane enough) to help you dig deeper and get your body in the very best shape of your life. This workout combines cardio and strength moves without using any equipment at all. Your body is your only equipment for this workout! The program is 60 days – broken into month 1 and month 2. ¬†The workouts are all 30 minutes each with a 10 minute ab workout. ¬†The idea of this program is not to make it through the entire 30 minutes, but to push yourself as hard as you can until you have to take a break – that’s when you “MAX OUT”! ¬†You want to fail; it’s not a bad thing. ¬†You track your daily progress by your max out¬†times and aim to increase that time with each workout.


WHO? – MAX:30 is for everyone. Haha, don’t laugh. Yes, it’s for everyone. If you have finished Focus T25, if you’re an INSANITY or ASYLUM grad, or even if you didn’t finish (or try) any of those programs…MAX:30 is for you. It has a no-impact modifier to show how to adjust every move so that anyone can do them! Even modifications for tuck jumps and burpees. Don’t believe me? Watch this:

This program isn’t about how fit you are. You don’t even HAVE to be able to do one burpee. What you DO have to do is be able to stick with it and do the best you can for the longest amount of time. Then tomorrow you have to do a little bit more. And the next day, a little bit more.

It's all you, baby.

It’s all you, baby.

SO, WHAT’S IN THE KIT? – The base kit comes with the workouts on 10 DVDs, calendar, restaurant guide and nutrition guide. When you order from your coach, you get a bonus “Sweat Fest” DVD – haha, doesn’t that sound like a fun time?

Come to mama!

Come to mama!

Month 1:
Cardio Challenge: ¬†1st workout and you use it as your guide and your first fit test per se. ¬†It’s all cardio, its 4 1/2 minute interval 30 second rest.
Sweat Intervals:  Cardio type intervals that you ridiculously sweat with the same interval training.
Tabata Power:  Plyometrics, and comes down to where you are not jumping and is meant to generate power in your core. Great ab block in there!
Friday Fight:  Killer!
5 day a week program!
There is a Pulse workout for Saturday and it’s optional. It’s more of a pulse, balance, modifier type workout. ¬†Focus on core, balance and form.
Month 2:
All the workouts are still 30 minutes.  Now you have Max out cardio & Max out Sweat with power moves to 5 1/2 minutes and then the break.
Tabata Workout- Max out Strength and Max Out Power
45 seconds on 15 second rest and 6 rounds and at the end an extra something!
Friday Fight Round 2: ¬†It’s just killer round 2.
Insanity Max30 Product Launch, Now Available, Get it first, Exclusive Coach Test Group, Top coach, Nutrition Plan, Workouts, What is it?
If you want the Deluxe Kit, you get all that’s in the Base Kit plus¬†3 extra workouts and the portion controlled containers (Look familiar? Hellooooo 21 Day Fix portions! Yes, you can have your INSANITY and eat your containers too!)
This is only going to be released for purchase through a COACH on Dec 2! So if you want to get this program, go ahead and create your free account with me – – and you will be able to order ASAP when it is available!
Oh, did I forget to mention that part? I will be running a private, exclusive test group for MAX:30 with workouts starting Jan 5. There are a few requirements because I have high expectations for this group:
  • You must purchase MAX:30 through me as your coach.
  • You must replace one meal per day with Shakeology, for the entire 60 days. Why Shakeology? Because your body is going to NEED the nutrition to give you the fuel for max results.
  • You must make the commitment to yourself to give it your best!

That’s all I need from you…here’s what you get from me:

  • Access to a private Facebook group for support and motivation for the duration of the program
  • Coaching tips from me on how to track your progress, meal plans, recipes, additional modifications (I am an INSANITY certified instructor, so I know my stuff!)
  • My complete attention and support to help you be successful and complete this program so that you can reach your personal goals!

Does this sound like a group for you? Get registered NOW before the group is full! I will only be accepting a select group of challengers, so that I am able to give my time and attention to those who are ready for results. Comment below or email me on facebook if you want to join in!


Are you ready to MAX OUT??!

My loyal followers probably know by know that I’m a Shaun T lover. Yes, he and I could be BFFs if he just lived closer to me. I prefer an INSANITY Live workout over any other. I listen to his podcasts and INSANITY mixes in the car on my way to work, and he motivates me to push myself harder…more than any other Beachbody trainer I’ve used.


You think he knows I love him?

So of course you know how PUMPED I am that the new INSANITY MAX 30 is coming out in December! Yayyyy, Christmas for me!!! I will be ordering my copy on the day it is available. But you know what? You can actually WIN your own FREE copy! Why pay for it?

Click this link, slap your email address in the box, and win some free stuff. Seriously, who doesn’t like free stuff??


But there is a downside…this program doesn’t release for another month. BOOOO. I have the worst patience. I seriously hate waiting. So…I’m going to be doing my own MAX OUT group based on the INSANITY MAX 30 program. Two weeks, a variety of exercises for each day, and pushing yourself to your max. That’s right, failure is a GOOD thing. It means you went as hard and as far as you possibly could before you quit. And that is when you get your results.

Want to join in my free group? Easy peasy. Here are the steps:

1. Make me your free coach. I won’t spam you, I won’t make you wear spandex, and I won’t sell your info to another country.

2. Add me as your friend on Facebook. (I’m not a creeper, I promise. Look at my face…do I look like a creeper? Facebook has this rule where it doesn’t allow me to add non-friends to a private group. Now THAT would be creepy.)

3. Either shoot me a private message and say “Hey girl, I want to be in your MAX OUT group!” orrrr you can scroll through my page and find my recent post about my MAX OUT group and comment there. Option A is most likely quicker.

4. On November 17, our super awesome group will begin and you will see a daily video of your exercise. Do the move until you can’t do it one more time. Don’t stop when you are tired. Don’t stop when you hear your phone ding (you know you do it). You stop when you have absolutely burned up all of your power and energy and the only thing left to do is tap out. That’s when you know you’ve MAXed OUT.

Think you won’t be able to participate because it’s based on INSANITY workouts? Think again. What, you don’t like burpees? That’s ok…they don’t like you either. Modify. This is about YOU. You’re working out in your space, on your time, and to your ability level. You are maxing out your own body, not competing against anyone else.

Ohhh…I almost forgot. Remember when we talking about winning free stuff earlier? Yeah, you can win something here too. And most likely your chances will be much greater. All you have to do is participate in the group and rack up some points. Only I’m not going to tell you what the prize will be….yet. ūüėČ I have patience when it comes to surprises. Ha.

See you on November 17 – be ready to dig deep!!

MAX 30 promo pic 1

Focus T25 Results!


First off, I need to be honest about some things. I completed this program, but I wasn’t always excited about it. I LOVED that it was an intense workout that only took 25 minutes per day, but sometimes I just didn’t want to do it. Most days I did. A few days I had to miss because of vacation or waking up late. But I will say that 90-95% of the time, I did my workouts as prescribed. I modified A LOT. Especially in the beginning, I couldn’t hang with Shaun. I had to stick with Tania and do a lot of modified moves. I couldn’t jump as much as I was supposed to. It did get easier, and I was able to modify less by the end of Alpha (and then Beta slammed me!), but even some things like the pike-ups never did get easy for me.


I also didn’t follow the nutrition plan very strictly. I tried a lot of the foods in the fast track guide and in the nutrition guide, but we ate a lot of our typical foods at home. We are pretty clean eaters, but I ate more breads and sweets (hellllooo birthdays!) and restaurant foods than I should’ve. There was also a beer or (twenty)two during those 10 weeks that I probably could’ve done without. But life happens, right?

So as I went through the program, I began to get discouraged when the scale didn’t really move. But we all know the scale is a dirty liar (even though I went as far as to buy a new one that I thought would lie less), so I took my measurements often. Not much change. It’s frustrating when you feel like you’re giving your all for 10 weeks and you aren’t seeing numbers move. A little bit of movement, but not much.

So I wasn’t very on-the-ball with getting these pictures taken. I didn’t take them right away when I finished T25. It wasn’t until a week later when I was ready to start Insanity that I decided it was time to take pics. Because I was determined to get the results I wanted with Insanity, and I wanted proof that I had made some changes to my body.

Tonight, I decided to upload my pics so I could submit them to Beachbody in order to get my free Focus T25 t-shirt (who doesn’t love a free shirt?!). After everything I’ve just said, you can imagine my surprise…MY SHOCK…when I looked at my pictures. I had forgotten what my before pictures looked like, and I really didn’t think I even looked that much different now. I was wrong.

Slide1 Slide2 Slide3Ummm…WOW!! Right?? I mean, even my HAIR changed colors! LOL! No but really, can you believe it?! Hardly any weight change, not much change in inches, but my BODY looks totally DIFFERENT!! Look at those guns! And where did my butt go? It almost makes me cry to see those muscles. If you don’t know me and don’t know how I used to be — I was the wimpy girl! I couldn’t do much of anything. No strength. No energy. No endurance. And now I have muscles! I love feeling strong. It’s amazing.

So here are my results. Real person, real teacher, real mom – spending just 25 minutes per day working out, 6 days per week. No pills, no crazy diets, not giving up all of the foods I love. Just eating and drinking in moderation and being consistent in what I do – drinking Shakeology every day and working out.

If you want to try this program, I can help you! I have a new challenge group starting up each month, and my next one starts soon. You can be in my group and get tons of support, motivation, and accountability. I’ll give you meal plans, grocery lists, and nutrition advice.

To make me your FREE coach, go here:

To check out Focus T25 and order it for yourself, go here:

If I can do it, you can do it.



Quick and Easy Home Workout

Hey everybody! Things are busy busy busy around here, finishing up some MAJOR home projects as well as getting ready for school to start. Work begins for me tomorrow, but I wanted to pop in and post this!

Last weekend, I made my first ever workout video. It’s completely amateur, and there isn’t much to it, but I wanted to be able to give you guys a quick 5 minute workout that you can do at home. Some of my followers don’t go to the gym or don’t have an exercise plan, or maybe just aren’t sure where to start. Hopefully the workouts are pretty universal, although they may either be too easy or too difficult for some.

Here is this week’s workout, the second video in this series. (Excuse the poor videography – that’s my child assisting me, haha.) All of these moves were taken from or inspired by the Alpha phase of Focus T25 by Shaun T.


And if you want to see last week’s video that I forgot to post, here it is.

I will be posting new videos each weekend, so be sure to subscribe and check back! You can follow me on Youtube if you like, and if you want to join our FREE workout group on Facebook, click here and request to join!

I WILL make a difference.

This is a very spontaneous blog post in the middle of the day on a Tuesday, but I have so many thoughts in my head right now that I just have to get them out. This is as much a journal entry for myself as it is an announcement to my blog readers.

I am doing something that scares me. It’s not worth doing if it isn’t a challenge, right? Well here goes.

Oklahoma is one of the top states for obesity. According to a report in 2012, it ranked 43rd out of 50 (with 50 being the worst), which is up from where it was in 2011 at the 46th worst state. We can not afford to let the trend of obesity continue. I have two children, and I vow to raise them to be healthy adults so they don’t have to struggle with their weight, their body image, or their health.

Unfortunately, not every child has a parent with that mindset. Not every child has a parent who cooks healthy meals every night (or even most nights), or who encourages physical activity and sports. Even our schools, both public and private, have lunches and snacks that do not give our kids the nutrition they need, nor do they encourage healthy eating habits for the future.

As a teacher, I am saying right now that I WILL make a difference in the lives of my students. I am paid to teach core curriculum, and I am paid to make sure that my students get the education they need to be successful in subsequent grades. But I’m not stopping there. I’m going to also teach them about healthy food choices. I’m going to encourage them to be active. I’m going to invite them to run one-milers and 5k races with me outside of school. I’m going to find SOME WAY to get them active in my own classroom. We will have a time during the day to get our heart rates up. What child is going to perform well in class if they are tired or falling asleep anyway?! Getting their blood moving can only help them to perform better academically – which is a win-win for all of us. Here’s some more info on that.

That doesn’t sound scary, you might be thinking. Well it’s not. But for me, this is:

Some of you may have seen me post on Facebook about going to see Shaun T in September. I’ve registered to attend SHAUNTERVENTION, and I am SUPER stoked about going. But now I am excited for a different reason – Shaun is having a model face contest for all of the SHAUNTERVENTION participants, and I am about to enter. Still not scary? Well this is my goal – I want to win. And I don’t want to win for me; I want to win for these kids. My hope, my dream, is that I will win this contest. Shaun and his crew will choose ME and use MY face as the next model for Shaun T Fitness. I want my students in my class, my school, my DISTRICT to say, “Wow, look at her! She’s a teacher! And she got recognized by Shaun T because she exercises and is healthy every day! I want to be like THAT! I want to exercise and get to meet Shaun T too!” I want to INSPIRE these kids, their parents, their teachers. I want my ENTIRE SCHOOL DISTRICT to say, “Hey – this could be a great thing here. Let’s take it and roll with it to get these kids healthy.” We have a new superintendent this year, and one of his areas of focus is to have fit and healthy kids. Well, Mr. Superintendent, I want to focus on that too! I would LOVE to be a part of getting our kids and our community more healthy. We need to turn this obesity trend around and get Oklahoma to the TOP of the list of states for fitness!

So that’s my plan. I may only be taking a picture of myself and sending it in, but my area of reach could multiply drastically if I actually get chosen. Regardless, I will be making an impact in my own classroom, and with everyone I possibly can. I will always encourage healthy choices. But the bigger the reach, the more lives I can change. And that will forever be my goal.