He Knows You Personally

Posted: 26th November 2013 by FitCoachTina in Fitness
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Letting God Shape You

Posted: 6th September 2013 by FitCoachTina in Fitness
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I’ve been thinking about this since we are getting ready to head out for an extended vacation. It’s Summer and you’ve worked hard to get some results up to this point, but how do you maintain those results (or better, continue to get results) while you’re enjoying some fun recreation? Here’s a few ideas:

1) Plan Ahead!

For me, this meant planning out meals while we go camping and try to make them easy and healthy. Forgo the S’Mores and take a couple squares of delicious (and healthy) dark chocolate. Or, better still, make some Shakeology No-Bake Cookies to take and curb those chocolate cravings (it’s what I did). It’s enough to satisfy but not derail me completely. Eating at restaurants? Look online for the healthiest places near your locale. Most restaurants have menus online so you can plan accordingly. Always stick with plenty of vegetables; you can’t go wrong with those! Keep your eye on calorie counts and don’t allow yourself to splurge too much more than you planned before leaving.

2) Find Healthy Alternatives!

If you’re staying in a hotel, you can usually enjoy the services of the gym or pool for a nominal fee (if any). Be sure to take advantage. If you’re using a Beachbody program and have access to your laptop or a DVD player, take your workout with you. No weights? Take a resistance band. Going somewhere where there is no equipment or gym? That’s okay, God’s provided us with an entire world of opportunities to work the body He gave us. There are lakes and oceans to swim in, hikes to take, and forests to explore. Try something new. We’ve gone kayaking in the Monterey Bay and Boogie boarding in Santa Cruz. We’ve taken hikes over dunes and hills to see elephant seals and raced each other up and down mountain stairs and done yoga on the beach (there is nothing more soothing!) Be creative!

3) Relax!

There is a time to workout and a time to relax. If you’ve done the first two things I advise, then you can take time to enjoy your vacation. For me, I scheduled my 5 T2workouts this past week, forgoing my “rest” days, so that I can take my rest on our trip. I know that we are going to take several hikes, have fun swimming in the lake and running the trails in the morning; however, because I have healthy meals planned and have already completed my workouts for the days I’m away, any exercise on vacation will be extra workouts. The activities we will be doing will be considered FUN, not forced workouts.

I hope that these easy suggestions help you plan for your next vacation. Let me hear how you keep on track when you’re going on vacation. Post your comments below!

Do the Hard Thing…

Posted: 10th July 2013 by FitCoachTina in Fitness
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We all know that I’ve tried (and failed) at Insanity. Sure, I DO the workout but I feel like I’m bending over, gasping for air like a trout on shore more than I’m actually moving with Shaun T. So fast forward a few years and I was quite worried when I heard he was doing another workout (Asylum). However, this one, I LOVED! So when I heard about Focus T25 I thought, “25 minute workouts, no breaks, Shaun T…I’ll try that.”

Let me tell you, after trying Cardio this morning (which should be renamed “Looks so simple but burns your legs like hell!”) I’m definitely a believer. It was AMAZING! While I kept expecting a modified Insanity, it was pleasantly surprising. The moves start off with a march…that’s right, a MARCH in place. Each move progressively gets harder every 30 seconds and just when you think you can’t do another rep, he changes the move and gives you a “break” of sorts.

Don’t get me wrong, I took pauses but they were very short (to shake some cramps out of my feet, pat my quads, etc) and then jump right back in. I mean, each move is only about 30 seconds so even if you don’t want to focus, you HAVE to in order to know what you’re doing. And then there’s “The Burnout” where you go all out in a long interval for a short period (repeating several of the moves you’ve just done.)

There was no boredom, no staring at the timer and LOTS of sweat. But here’s the kicker, when I was finished, even after pushing myself, I didn’t feel exhausted like I did in Insanity and Asylum. I felt like I could still go about my errands and chores for the day without dreading them or wondering how I would ever find the energy to DO them. And that was with only 3 hours sleep last night. It was really surprising and sort of unheard of to workout that hard and still have energy left.

The other thing that was different with T25 from Insanity and Asylum was that there is a modifier. Tanya (of Hip Hop Abs, Rockin Body, and Insanity) is in each workout showing you the modification. Usually this means an easier version of the moves…not with T25. Some of the modifications actually looked harder than the move itself! All in all, I’m really impressed. The food plan has some really good food on it too with several vegan options. Definitely one for your fitness library! Plus, when you order from a Coach, you get a bonus program for free! We have a challenge group starting July 15th so if you order your copy now, you can join in! In only 10 weeks, you could look completely different!



For those of you who wonder, yes, I DO have a job besides being a Beachbody Coach. As much as I love my coaching business and it pays my bills, I am also an author. Being an author does NOT pay the bills, nor does being a mother escorting teens all over creation but it does fulfill several of the joys in my life in spite of the large quantity of time it eats up. However, they also keep me torn in several directions. Much like most of you.

Trust me, I am not complaining about my life. I love my life, just like most of you. But the morning grind (getting kids up, fed, dressed, and off to school/daycare/etc) can wear you down and send you wanting to scurry back to bed like a field mouse spotting a hawk. Then, just when you think you are ready to head to work, someone calls, a letter comes in…something happens that throws your perfectly organized day off track and sends it spiraling out of control. Sure, you claw and fight to regain some of that control, all the while wishing you’d managed to get up early and workout rather than hitting the snooze button again. If only you’d known, right?

But, this will still work. You can workout when you get home. And you really DO intend to workout when you get home. You have to because the stress of the day “made” you grab lunch from the fast food place on the corner (so what if you packed a salad that morning…you can eat that for dinner!)

But when you pick up the kids, they forgot to tell you that you were volunteered to bring 4 dozen cupcakes tomorrow. With a sigh, you hurry to the grocery bakery counter to find that they closed five minutes ago and there are no cupcakes left. Fast forward to finding yourself, covered in cupcake batter and icing at ten-thirty at night, no workout AND no dinner (what did I do with that salad?) wondering how you’ll ever get up at 5 a.m. to workout tomorrow. And when the alarm goes off…

Sound familiar? Me too, obviously. Don’t think that working from home is all rosy either. Here I am even more available to everyone. Try sitting at a computer when 3 kids and a husband run through the room, all at different intervals, every 5 minutes. Each one needs something, each has a question. It’s enough to drive us to say, “Forget it! It’s easier to stay like I am.”

But reality is, we can’t. I simply MUST workout each and every day. That’s right, 7 days a week. They might not all be from the same program and it might not always be 60 minutes but I have to keep myself in the habit of at least 30 minutes of workouts daily. That might look like a Turbo Fire video on Monday and a Tony Horton One On One Yoga on Tuesday followed by Insanity on Wednesday and Brazil Butt Lift on Thursday. Or, who knows, I might find a ton of time and fit in a 90 minute Yoga X. I might even just go walk/jog the dog. Is it pretty? No. Is it perfection? No. But I am not striving for perfection, I want to see progress!

There are a couple of tricks I’ve learned in addition to having a flexible workout routine:

1) Workout when you have the most energy & can be consistent. For some this is first thing in the morning. Others, it’s right after work. For me, I have a very varied schedule but I’m usually home midday, so this is my workout time.

2) Make working out a habit. I’ll bet you don’t forget to brush your teeth. Make your workout time, YOUR time. It’s non-negotiable. If you must “reschedule” it, make sure you set a different time that day to get it done. For example, I had a birthday party that fell during my regular workout time. I knew I wouldn’t do it when I came home (despite my intentions) so I got up early and worked out BEFORE the party.

3) Variety is your best friend. I don’t do well in gyms. They are boring to me, but I love my videos, until I get bored of the same ones. For years, I only had a handful and never saw results for long. When I finally realized that my workout videos were an investment in ME, I had no problem buying several. Imagine if I bought one pair of pants and expected them to look great forever and with every outfit. I’d be in trouble! But because I have a lot of variety in styles and types of workouts, it’s like having several closets full of clothing and all of it in fashion. I have an arsenal of workouts to chose from to fit any mood, need and function. The only “rule” I have is that I must do 3 strength training days, 3 hrs cardio and 1 flexibility training minimum per week.

That’s it! Looks simple right?

Sure, it’s better to follow a program from Day 1 to Day 90, to follow the meal plan 100% as it’s written. But, I know my life doesn’t always fit in a mold. It isn’t “one-size-fits-all” and I find a way to make fitness and health work. That means doing SOMETHING every day while still making sure to get some stretch/recovery in, plenty of cardio and strength training and always remembering to have fun. Just like most things in life, it’s better to follow the spirit of the law, rather than the letter, to remain consistent and balanced.

What about you? What are some ways that you modify fitness to make it fit your lifestyle?

For those of you who are friends with me on Facebook, and those who follow my Twitter feed, you’ll already know how I feel about Les Mills Combat. I’m a big fan of Les Mills Pump which uses lower weights and high reps and I remember the first time I tried the Combat workout that comes in the deluxe pack. I LOVED it. When I found out that there was going to be an entire program based on the workout I was so excited I could barely contain myself.

When I started Combat, I remember my first thought was that this was just as intense of a workout as Insanity, Turbo Fire and kicked Kenpo’s butt (P90X). The HIIT training was incredible but even with that said, every workout has a modifier so even a beginner can do them. I know that Combat is my soulmate workout. This is the one I will pick when I want something fun, powerful, when I’m angry, when I’m tired to wake me…pretty much any time I want to have a great workout, get sweaty and see results.

Right now, you can get the Les Mills Combat Challenge Pack for $70 OFF (of the individual purchase price). But it’s a limited time offer. Until June 30th you can get the Challenge Pack for $140. That means you’ll get the workout program as well as a 30 day supply of Shakeology as well as a 30 day trial of the TeamBeachbody Club. Shakeology alone is usually $129! This means you’ll have the workout to get you into shape as well as the nutritional support and Coach support. That is a recipe for successful weight loss.

And, if you’ve been thinking about becoming a Coach, you can get the Coach Challenge Pack for the SAME PRICE! :) To order yours go to the Shopping Cart You won’t be sorry for taking the first step and unleashing your inner warrior!

Due to circumstances outside of my control, this year I wasn’t able to attend the Beachbody Coach Summit. BUT, they have made it easy for other coaches (like me) and people who weren’t aware to see what is happening in Las Vegas this weekend. Sure, we don’t get to see all of the training sessions (thank goodness for a great team who are going to help me out there and take great notes!) but you can see the general sessions, the training and feel the atmosphere. Don’t miss it!

Beachbody UStream Live from Summit

If you want to be a part of the action, email me (fitcoachtina@Beachbodycoach.com) and we can see which Challenge Pack might fit your needs! Or, if this looks like something you want to make a career of, I can help you do that as well!

I’m also thrilled that, starting in July, we will have a T25 Challenge Group! What is T25? Here’s a quick overview:

While this program is only available to Coaches at Summit first, then Beachbody Coaches on June 24th. Want to be the first to get it AND with a discount? Join as a Beachbody Coach this Monday!!!! Email me today (fitcoachtina@Beachbodycoach.com) to set up an appointment and I’ll walk you through the process on Monday! We can change lives together!

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Ok, I know I’ve been gone A LOT lately…life has its way of interrupting and changing even our best laid plans and something had to take a back seat the past couple of weeks. Unfortunately, it was my blog…But now that things seem to have leveled out a bit, at least, enough that I have been able to set aside time for my blog again, I wanted to update everyone.

I AM beginning a 12 week fitness Challenge group for those interested. Yes, it IS still happening. Beginning April 1, 2013 and running through the end of June 2013, we are committing to make it our best 3 months ever and see HUGE fitness changes. Each week there will be a new “Weekly Challenge” that we will focus on as well as the basics during the entire duration of the challenge (weight, inches, and fat percentages lost, size changes, goals met, daily workouts, eating habits, etc).

So what do you have to do to join in?

1) Commit to a workout program. This MUST be some sort of set program either by videos or classes. If you really believe that you have a rotation schedule that you can stick to, send me a copy and we can talk about whether or not it qualifies. There must be at least 3 30 minute cardio sessions weekly & 3 weight/resistance sessions weekly as well as 1 “recovery” day. Most programs have this set up (Les Mills for eg. has cardio and weights in every workout).

2) You must follow some sort of eating plan. This isn’t a fly by the seat of your pants deal. This is a commitment to follow an eating plan for 12 weeks. It can be the plan that came with your program or another eating plan you chose to follow (Eg. Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, NutriSystem, etc). This doesn’t mean you can’t alter it for allergies and emergencies, but you must follow the tenets of the program as it is set up.

3) Replace 1 meal per day with a health shake. While I recommend you use Shakeology (and you can get it at the lowest price if you lock in your order before the 31st!) I’m not limiting this to ONLY Shakeology. As I said, I do recommend it as it is the healthiest way to get all of your nutrients in when watching what you eat, you can also replace one meal or snack with a protein shake or other shake of choice, provided it has less than 15g of sugars (read your labels!)

4) You promise to check in at least 2x/week with the Facebook Group – Finally Fit in 2013. You don’t have to stay and “chat” just let us know what workouts you have done, if you’ve followed your meal plan (or where/when you deviated) and your stats for that week (whichever you are using, eg. weight, inches, body fat %)

5) You commit to finishing this 12 week Challenge NO MATTER WHAT! Even if you miss a few days, or a week, you won’t give up and throw in the towel because you know others in the group are relying on you to show up as well. You will be inspiring and encouraging others in the group. Don’t take that commitment lightly. I’m not asking you to be perfect. I’m asking you to be consistently committed.

Want in? Be sure to join our Facebook group and send me a message that you’ll be joining us! If you don’t already have a program, check out our Challenge Packs. We have some great March Specials that are just about to run out!

This is my workout tomorrow and I LOVE this workout. Definitely my “soul mate” and I feel like a MONSTER when it’s finished. I don’t miss a day with Les Mills Combat! MMA style workouts with results and fun you want!