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I am a huge fan of Beachbody.
I am going to be transparent with you.
When I started college, I was a part of a beach body coaching program. I am not getting paid by Beachbody currently (I’m too busy at the moment to do a coaching program. Though it was fun being a part of one) so this isn’t me getting commission from them to write this post.
I have personal experience, and have had great results from doing the Beachbody programs. They are fun, as well as have a great set up for their 30 day programs.
My dad had bought the first P90-X video set when I was pretty young, so we always had the DVD’s in the house growing up. I was also in Tae Kwon Do between the ages of 10 and 21, so I was used to cardio and strength training from a young age. I like that there are so many options with their different programs. They have everything from Yoga to Weightlifting, cardio based exercises to martial arts workouts. I love the diversity because it keeps me on my toes.
How I got results
I have heard both stories. There have been people who say that the programs didn’t give them results(not very many that I could find, but they do exist). There are tons of people who said they got great results.
The key, as with any exercise or dieting program or really anything else, is consistency.
Rule #1. Do the program the way its set up.
If you don’t do the EXACT program how the trainers tell you to do it, you cannot expect great results.
Keep it simple.
Follow the rules.
Rule #2. Eat Well
When doing a workout program, what you eat is just as, if not MORE, important than the workouts you are doing. If you are eating a lot of carbs and sugar during the day, you may see results from your workouts. If you are eating leafy greens, protein and healthy fat you WILL see results from your workouts.
Rule #3. Don’t quit if you see your weight/progress stall.
There will almost always be a stalling point when losing weight. If losing weight is your goal and you are within the last 10-20 lb range, it is likely that the weight wont fall off as fast as it did when you had more weight to lose.
You may think, Man, am I doing something wrong?
You’re probably not.
Your body typically slows down the weight loss process at this point and you will either need to trudge on, or increase intensity. Either with your eating(cutting sugar/bread), or doing more intense workouts(higher weight or longer reps/more cardio). Use good judgement with this, and always get a licensed professionals guidance when doing any new fitness or diet program.
Programs I have done:
P90X 3 is my favorite because all of the exercises are 30 minutes, and I can squeeze a 30 minute workout into about any part of my day. The work outs are also exceptional, with great instruction and structure, as well as a modifier for every exercise.
Les Mills Combat: Les Mills combat, ah how I love it. My Martial artist roots crave exercise that is intense and combative, so THIS is where it’s at for me. A fun mixture of Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Kung Fu, Krav Maga, Tai Chi and kickboxing will kick your butt into shape and make you sweat buckets. It’s incredible, and I really enjoy it.
Brazil Butt Lift: This workout is meant to lift saggy butt muscles with dance moves and lots and lots and lots of squats. It is fun, especially if you like dancing. Over all, not my top favorite, but I did get good results from it.
Tony Hortons 10 minute trainer: Another Tony Horton program, this one is really good for if you are tight one time during the day, and don’t have much time to work out, OR if you like mixing and matching different types of workout together because hey, the videos are only ten minutes, and everyone has ten minutes.
Programs I am going to try:
3 week yoga retreat: I love yoga. Yoga has helped my flexibility, strength and confidence and this workout program looks like such a fun time.
Core De Force: YES. This program looks amazing, like a brother/sister to the Les Mills Combat program. It has the mixed martial arts aspect as well as great moves for core strength and toning. I am SO pumped to try this!
A thing on Nutrition:
Believe me on this: Shakeology.
This is Beachbody’s main nutritional supplement. It is a meal replacement with everything you need nutritionally that most people are not getting in their diets. Thing’s that I definitely don’t get in my diet without it. Honestly, I can’t afford to buy it right now. And I do get that its expensive. I’m in college and paying off some minor debt, but as soon as I have the opportunity to use it again I would love to.
It add’s up to be around 1 Starbucks drink a day though, so when you think about it that way it isn’t that bad. It gives you energy, and makes you feel very clean and healthy, and I highly recommend it.
Have you ever done any Beachbody programs, or any other fitness programs that you would recommend?
Tell us about them in the comments!
As always, have an awesome healthy day.
author of a Natural Endeavor