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P90x3 Coming This Year!

P90x3 Coming This Year!

Oct 8, 2013

Hi Gang! Check out the video above.  That’s right!  You heard it right here!  I am SUPER excited to announce that P90x3 is launching by the end of this year.  Beachbody is starting to share some details on this program and here is what I know as of right now: 1.) WHAT IS P90X3? Tony Horton calls P90X3 the ultimate excuse buster.  The original P90X program was a game changer in the fitness industry and introduced “muscle confusion” and “periodization” so average people could get extreme results. For myself, I ended up losing 100 lbs. using this program!  P90X2 was a “graduate program” for veterans of P90X.  It had stability balls and med balls, balance moves, etc. that can be mastered but will take some time.  Tony loves the P90X2 program but found the advanced moves intimidated many people. With P90X3, they condensed and simplified many workouts and packaged it all together in only 30 minutes.  Simply put, the goal is to get the same insane results in a shorter period of time.  Tony says that science is showing that the bulk of the results people get in a 45 to 60 minute workout is the first 3o minutes.  There will be NO BREAKS!  So, get ready to “Bring it”! 2.) WHAT ARE SOME OF THE PROGRAMS?  IS YOGA AN HOUR AND A HALF AGAIN? The base kit has 16 workouts and the deluxe kit has 20 workouts. Some of the new programs include: Pilates, MMX (based on MMA fighting) CVX Cardio, Agility X, Isometrics, and so on.  The best news for me and many others is that Yoga is now ONLY 30 minutes! LOL!  Like the original P90X, there are several program schedules to choose from: “Classic”, “Lean”, “Doubles”, and a brand new one which interests me a lot because I love the Body Beast program: “Mass”. 3.) NUTRITION: P90x3 has a simplified nutrition plan more in line with eating “healthier” and “choosing” healthier foods.  It is similar to the original Power 90 program that Tony Horton launched in the early days of Beachbody.  Something accessible for everyone.  Still, there will be plenty of information for those of us that like to track...

Are you sore or injured?

Are you sore or injured?

Aug 3, 2012

Are you feeling sore or injured? I sure am! I just finished another round of P90x and I unfortunately tweaked my right shoulder a little bit. Ouch! It hurt at first. I did it a few weeks back. Luckily, it is not major but it definitely effected my ability to do the workouts. So, what to do? If you would have asked the “old Fred”, the answer would have been a simple “quit working out”. I would have not hesitated quitting. But, the “new Fred” is a different person. The “new Fred” doesn’t give up so easily. This reminds me of something Tony Horton said when he hurt his bicep muscle a little while back. He said, “If the top is broken, work on the bottom. If the bottom is broken, work on the top. If the top and bottom are broken, work on the core.”. The key is to not let anything stand in your way. Modify, modify, modify. Just prior to hurting my shoulder, I was crushing my workouts.  I was up on all weights and reps.  After my shoulder felt hurt, I couldn’t do many of the moves.  It was so frustrating.  I decided to leave my ego behind and modify my moves so I could complete the workouts with my injury. If it was pull ups, I used a chair assist. If my arm hurt doing push ups, I would do them on my knees. I even lowered my weights on all my exercises. The key was to not let my injury get in the way of making progress. Another thing I have learned on my fitness journey is that some soreness and injuries can be fixed with massaging the sore area.  I still had the foam roller from my round of P90x2 so I took it out, dusted it off, and got to work on massaging my shoulder. After about an hour my shoulder felt better, but the funny thing was that not until I worked on the surrounding muscles (bicep, triceps, and chest muscles) that the soreness in my shoulders subsided. The human body is so amazing.  All the muscles are connected like a chain.  My whole body was cramping up. Once I worked on the surrounding...

Body Beast Is Here!

Body Beast Is Here!

Jul 31, 2012

          Hi Team Dragon fit! As some of you already know, I am super pumped to be getting ready for this new program called Body Beast! Take a look at the video below!     I just finished another round of P90x and I continue to believe it is one of the best all-around programs to get in shape and stay that way. My new goal is to start bulking up and there is already a lot of buzz around this new program called Body Beast. I am super excited to be starting it in a week on Aug. 6. So, like all new programs I start, I spend time first reviewing the videos ahead of time. In that way, I can sample some of the moves and get mentally prepared. Then, when August 6th hits, I can spend more time “crushing” the workouts instead of trying to learn them. I recommend you do the same when you start a new program. Don’t forget! I am starting a new Challenge Group on August 6th! If you would like to join, email me at fred@teamdragonfit.com. Here’s to your health! Keep “bringing it”! Or as Sagi Kalev says, “Do whatever it takes!” -Coach...

When Is The Best Time To Workout?

When Is The Best Time To Workout?

Jun 3, 2012

Hi Gang! One of the questions I get asked most often is what is the best time to workout. For me, the simple answer is that it depends. We all have different schedules. Some of us have kids and some work early in the morning or have early classes to attend. The most important thing when embarking on your fitness journey is that it must be a time that you can commit to. “Life” always seems to get in the way. When I weighed 300lbs. I always had a ton of reasons not to exercise or eat right. The biggest excuse was that I could never find the time. As My doctor said to me once, “Don’t let LIFE get in the way of your HEALTH”. I know it seems easier said than done, but the truth is that all of us have 24 hours in a day. There is no more and no less. The key is to carve out about an hour a day to take care of one of the most important things in your life: your health. The best time that I have found to workout is in the mornings. It is the first thing I do in the day and I always feel a sense of accomplishment when I get it done. Of course, with a busy job and 3 little kids, “life” will get in the way and I will be up all night taking care of a sick child or have to get up early and be the one to open the restaurant at 6 am. On those tough days, I do my best to get up even earlier and get my workouts done. It’s not easy to turn off the beeping alarm at 5am and it is even harder to not push the snooze alarm at 4 am, but I have done it many times over the last year and a half on my fitness journey. It is that level of commitment that has gotten me great results and allowed me to maintain them. It may be hard to fit a workout in your busy schedule, so I challenge you to go to bed one hour...

What program is right for you?

What program is right for you?

Feb 11, 2012

Beachbody has so many programs to choose from that it can be difficult to decide which program is right for you.  Personally, I have completed P90x, Insanity, and am now undertaking P90x2.  I wanted something easier for my mother-in-law so I purchased Power 90 so she could work out while she visited us to help with our newborn for a while.  The great thing is that Beachbody has so many programs to meet different goals and fitness levels. Beachbody.com has an online tool that can help you choose which one is right for you.  The link is: http://www.beachbody.com/category/fitness_programs/compare_fitness_programs.do#1 Just choose the following options from the top of the screen of that website: Best Sellers Weight Loss Advanced Express Abs/Core Dance Extreme Results Cardio/Fat Burning Specialty Programs Getting Started   From my experience, P90x, Insanity and P90x2 are world class programs that can help you get extreme results.   However, these programs may not be the best place for everyone to start.  These are intense programs.  I weighed 275 pounds when I first started P90x.  It was an extreme program and it required a lot of modification on my part just to keep up.  At times, it got easy to get discouraged.  However, like Tony Horton says in the video “Just show up and keep pushing play” and that is exactly what I did.  In the end, I got great results.  However, I was truly committed this time to getting in shape and I did not let anything stop me. It is crtical to pick a program that you feel comfortable doing and will commit to completing.  The worst thing to do is pick a program that you are unable to keep pace with and then quit because you get discouraged, so be sure to do your homework first.  Take a look at the many different options.  I am glad to help if you have any questions. Click the image below to visit the website and the online tool.                               Here’s to your health!  Keep “bringing it”! -Coach Fred          ...

Insanity Review

Insanity Review

Nov 10, 2011

  “Are you ready to dig deeper?” – Shaun T.   After 2 rounds of P90x, I was ready to take my performance to even higher limits.  I decided to take on Insanity by creating a hybrid workout with P90x for my Round 3.   Insanity is famous for being one of the most intense cardio programs offered by Beachbody.  I can tell you firsthand that it definitely lives up to its hype and is not for the faint of heart. My hybrid consisted of following the 3 resistance days of P90x each week and replacing the cardio days with Insanity.  I still remember putting my first DVD in for Insanity and following along the program.  Shaun T. said we would be starting with a little warmup, which ended up feeling like a full-fledged cardio workout.  I thought to myself, “This is a warmup?”  Wow!  Well, to be honest, things only get much tougher after the warmup and stretch.  I never knew how much I could push myself in a workout until I took on Insanity.  The cast that follows along with Shaun T. are constantly taking breaks, and some even sideline themselves for a short period of time.  The workouts are that intense!  I firmly believe that if you are not feeling the need to take breaks, then you are not pushing yourself hard enough during these workouts. Insanity has become one of my favorite cardio workouts and has greatly improved my athletic performance, but it does not have any resistance training like P90x.  Insanity focuses more on using your body weight with intense plyometric and pushup routines.  If your goal is to gain mass, then I believe that P90x is the better option.  That is why I chose to do a hybrid P90x and Insanity program.  If your goal is to shed fat and get ripped, then Insanity is another great option.  In either case, if you are ready to take on one of the most “insane” cardio workouts of all time, then Insanity is for you.   WHAT’S INCLUDED? When you receive Insanity, you will get 10 DVDs, which are held in a very nice CD case, and also receive the Elite Nutrition Book to help...