Well, of course it is, but you can guarantee success with one key…
…telling yourself to Never Give Up.
And in the video below, you’ll see what never giving up looks like.
Sometimes I get discouraged when I think I’m not progressing like I should be. It’s times like that when I like to look back and see how far I’ve come. It’s times like that when I’m reminded to Never Give Up.
You see, I started and stopped P90X more times than I could count. I was really overweight, tired all the time, and really uncomfortable around other people because of how I looked and felt. It wasn’t until I had a goal to lose 30 pounds by my wedding day in 2012 that it finally clicked. I pressed play and that was it right? No looking back? WRONG!
I crushed my initial goal by May of 2012 with P90X2, losing 38 pounds. But, once the honeymoon was over, I slipped right back into my old habits of missing workouts and not tracking what I ate. Over the next 6-7 months, I gained it all back. All 38 pounds. And what’s worse, I didn’t even realize it was happening. It’s a slow fade.
Anyway, 2013 rolled around and I was done being uncomfortable and overweight so in January I picked up P90X2 again and this time it stuck! Sure there’s been bumps in the road, but over the course of the last 3.5 years, I’ve been pretty consistent with working out and tracking what I eat. Check out the video below highlighting my transformation and don’t be like me. Don’t backslide and remember…
I hope you are all crushing it with whatever programs you are doing and are tracking your nutrition. If you do those two things then you will see great results. You may look at me now and think, “man it must be easy for that guy.” But that’s definitely not the case. Check out this quick video on my life before I jumped into the world of Beachbody.
“First a little background about myself. I always was involved in physical activities growing up, but when college came around, I didn’t do quite as much. I started my freshman year of college (fall 2006) at 185 lbs, yet graduated in the fall of 2009 at 230 lbs. And the worst part about it is that I didn’t even realize the huge difference in myself at the time. While in graduate school, I tried several times to do P90X and saw results, but I never really gave it my all – especially on the nutrition front. Greasy burgers and cheese quesadillas were daily staples in my diet. Something had to change! Three years passed by and starting in 2012 I was still completely out of shape at 230 pounds. I couldn’t walk up the stairs without getting winded. My diet was crap and my laziness even worse. I was out of control. I had no self confidence in myself and I remember picking out the clothes I was going to wear based on how much I could hide. I was uncomfortable in my own skin.”
The Year of the Beast Challenge Group is going really strong. We have a great group that is really bringing it! We are in the 6th week and halfway through the Bulk Phase so I thought I’d share my review of the Build Phase.
Prep Week (1 week)
The group leaders decided that a prep week would be beneficial to preview the workouts, get a sense of the pace, and set a baseline of how heavy we could lift. I had already completed one round of Body Beast so I knew what to expect and what weights to use. It was a great week to get back in the swing of things though and start focusing on nutrition. I decided during this week that I would increase my caloric intake to 2400 cals/day. I had been eating less than 2000 cals for quite a while and I wanted to start eating more to boost my metabolism. Overall, the prep week was awesome and it got me really pumped to officially start the program.
Build Phase (3 weeks)
These workouts are crazy good. I haven’t been this sore in a long time. The pacing, set layout, and schedule are all awesome. It’s a six days on, one day off type of workout with the rest day sort of floating through the week. I feel as though I am getting stronger everyday and am thoroughly enjoying myself. I’ve heard from some folks that they think that Sagi gets old quick, but I really enjoy his comments and banter with the crew. You can really tell that he is being himself and isn’t scripted in any way. I’ve always been a fan of Tony Horton and his jokes, but Sagi is hilarious in his own weird way. I think most of it has to do with English not being his first language.
I really enjoyed the Build Phase workouts (although I really like the Bulk Phase so stay tuned for more on that). I think I am finally getting used to eating more calories. The first week I was seeing the scale move up, but decided to stay the course. From then on I have been either steadily maintaining or even losing weight which is right where I want it. I did lose a little bit of body fat through this phase and expect the trend to continue throughout the rest of the program. I would really like to see myself sub 10% after this first 90 days.
Overall, Body Beast is not a beginner workout in my opinion. It’s a pretty intense, hard-core lifting program and those who may have not lifted before might hurt themselves with bad form. Sagi does a good job of demonstrating how to do each exercise, but it might be hard for a novice. One of the greatest things I like about Body Beast is that it isn’t just for gaining muscle. If you adjust your diet accordingly, you can actually burn a heck of a lot of fat in the process. Some people also get concerned with Body Beast’s lack of cardio, but Beast Cardio is a crazy hard routine. Plus, you can always go with the Lean schedule which incorporates more cardio. Or you could just do some T25 or Insanity on the side. I am really excited to see what the Bulk Phase has in store for me and will keep you all updated on the progress.
What’s happening guys? Still pushing play everyday? I sure hope so! To me, this is the best time of the year to workout since it’s so nice outside. As a bonus, it’s grillin’ season so slap some chicken breasts on the fire. I love cooking 8-10 at a time for ready-made lunches for the week. Can’t beat that! This time of year also seems to provide extra motivation with beach trips and other outdoor activities. But, it’s also really easy to get lazy and stop doing workouts this time of year for the same reasons. There will always be something else more exciting to do than workout and eat clean and that’s why it’s important to remember why you started in the first place. So what do you do when you’ve slipped up and missed a week of working out or eating poorly? No worries! You can either pick up where you left off in the program or start completely fresh (which if you’ve missed a week or more is what I recommend). Also, don’t forget to keep tracking your food intake. You hear it all the time, but abs are made in the KITCHEN! Just be sure to ask yourself what changes you need to make to prevent future slips. If you haven’t been slipping with workouts and nutrition keep up the good work!
Regardless of what group you find yourself in, commit to putting in 100% this week. I promise, the results will speak for themselves!
A little quick update about my current fitness plan. As you may know, my wife and I have been doing Body Beast and we both love it! There’s nothing like getting in a great lifting workout and feeling the pump. As a plus, the workouts aren’t terribly long either, especially in the second phase (Bulk). We did take a “rest” week last week because we were at Disney World for our 2nd anniversary. It wasn’t much of a rest though with all the walking! This past weekend, we ran the Warrior Dash. I was a little nervous about how I would do with my shoulder impingement coupled with the week off of working out. I did way better than I expected and thankfully there weren’t many obstacles that required overhead lifting. My wife will continue on with Body Beast this week, but sadly I won’t be doing it with her. Lately I have been having lots of trouble with my left shoulder (some kind of impingement) which is causing most upper body movements to be poor. So instead of sacrificing form, I will be rehabbing my shoulder and doing the Ultimate Reset and will keep you guys posted on how it goes. After that is finished, hopefully my shoulder will be completely healed and ready to start Body Beast again.
Anyways, keep up the good work gang and CRUSH this week!
Hey guys, my wife and I just recently finished P90X3 and throughout the 90 days, I lost another 10 pounds and am currently down to about 173 pounds. That makes 57 pounds overall with Beachbody programs and Shakeology! Who knew working out at home could yield such results. My current progress picture is below. Overall, P90X3 is a great program. I mean who can’t fit in 30 minutes a day? It’s there somewhere, you just have to find it. Success follows the dedicated so we are getting it done even if we don’t get finished working out until 11 at night. Now that we are finished (for now) with X3, what’s next? Well last week, my wife and I started Body Beast and we love it so far. We already feel stronger and seem to have more energy. We’ve decided to document the 12 week program HERE for those who are interested. My goals are to get down to 8% body fat at the end of this round. To do that I WILL dial in my nutrition every day! Which reminds me, write down your goals. This isn’t a,”write your goal down once a year and hope you hit it type of thing.” It’s a “remember your why everyday, so you don’t lose sight of the goal type of thing.” So set BIG goals!
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