Tyler Robbins Fitness

B.Sc. Biochemistry, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), Certified CrossFit Trainer (CCFT/CF-L3), USA Weightlifting Level 1

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Day 336 - Motivation Saturday

Even Shaun T has problems with that workout!

Quote of the day:
"It is surmounting difficulties that makes heroes." 
~ Louis Pasture

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Day 332 - Live Beachbody Event Featuring Shaun T

I had the pleasure of attending my first ever Beachbody event as a Coach this past Saturday (March 16th 2013). One of the first things that came to mind while at the event was, "Wow, this company is GROWING!"

Considering the fact that Beachbody has only "pre-launched" their Coaching opportunity in Canada as of October 1st 2012, there were several hundred people in attendance at this event. Sure, not all of them were Coaches, but a good majority of them were. Those in attendance who are not Coaches, are probably thinking about the opportunity following the event because of the amazing presentation given.

We had the chance to not only see videos of the lives being changed by the company, but also a first-hand look at at least 12 people in attendance at the event who have all lost over 80+ pounds! Beachbody is right, the obesity epidemic is growing, and we are here to help "End the Trend!"

Of course, one of the main draws to the event was the appearance of Shaun T himself! Shaun T led us through about an hour-long workout, similar in nature to what you would experience with his Insanity and Asylum workouts. I personally thought I was in much better shape than I fared at the event. I think the combination of just finishing up Body Beast (not very cardio-intensive) and an annoying little stomach bug I picked up had me clutching my knees gasping for air a few times. But hey, it's Shaun T, I wouldn't have expected anything less!

Following the workout, Shaun held a Q&A session where he answered questions from his fans. Here are some notable tidbits from the questions that I will share with you. Please keep in mind that I am para-phrasing and reciting these from memory only.

  • Shaun T claims that he does not go to the gym to lift weights. He says that he is far too busy with his schedule. The only resistance training he does is with his own workouts, including maximum 25lb dumbbells when he does Asylum Strength occasionally. Other than that, he enjoys using his own programs (Insanity, Hip Hop Abs, and Rockin' Body). He stresses the fact that majority of his body image comes from genetics and diet alone!
  • He does have a new workout or program coming out. He didn't release too many details because there were some Beachbody execs. there asking him to wait, but he did say that the program will be very motivational and focus on "being in the moment".
  • When asked about an "Insanity 2", he said that there is not current plan for it. He said that he didn't even think it would sell that well since it really is insane, but his fans just keep coming back for more. He went on to say that in order for us fans to make it happen, that we should "get in Beachbody's ear."
  • He weighs 190lbs
  • Most days he sets an alarm to make sure he eats every 3 hours.
Following the event, Shaun T then hung around for over an hour making sure those who wanted a photo with him could get one. I have to admit that he really does seem like such a genuinely nice guy!

I have to say that it was also a genuine pleasure to meet some people at the event that I have only ever communicated with online. It really is so motivating and exciting to be in a large group of folks who all have the same desires and passions for this industry that you do. I also met a couple whom approached me to say, "You do not know me, but I know you. I watch all of your Youtube videos and I want to thank you as they have been such a help to me!" It is great to know that something as simple as some basic Youtube videos that I started as a hobby as blossomed into something that is helping so many others. I also can't believe that I am about to hit the '1 million Youtube views mark'!

This was such a fantastic opportunity, and I have to admit that I am so excited to be a part of the Beachbody family now. I have been waiting to be a Coach for years, eagerly waiting for the opportunity to come to Canada. Now that I am signed up, I am loving where this company is going, and look forward to more events like this in the future!

If you have any questions regarding becoming a Beachbody Coach, or are interested in the opporunity, you can check out my website here, or e-mail me with any further questions/comments/concerns.

Quote of the day:
"Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal."
-Henry Ford

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Day 163 - Beachbody Coaching

It has been a few years now that I have been waiting for this opportunity. I have spent countless hours filming reviews and workouts. I have written and edited hundreds of blogs. I have answered hundreds, if not thousands of e-mails. All of these things, to help others become better educated, motivated, and inspired to lead healthier lives.

Today, I take another step in that direction to helping all of you achieve your goals! For those of you who have followed me over these past few years, you will know that I have a passion for helping others, and am passionate that Beachbody products can help you get there.

Beachbody products are great, and are useful tools to leading a healthier life, but there are other things involved. You must have a desire and will to succeed. You must have the proper informative tools to help you maximize your goals. And finally, you must have motivation and inspiration to put all of your tools together.

I am here to help you put all of your tools and resources together. Contact me to learn how you can join my team and build "A Better You, to Grow Younger Every Day!"

Quote of the day:
"He who conquers others is strong. He who conquers himself is mighty."
~ Lao Tzu

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Day 159 - Canadian Beachbody Coaching Opportunity Written

Here is the written summary of the video I posted yesterday. I figured I would post the written summary for any folks who wish to refer back to this list, either for themselves or for others. Enjoy!

Hey Everybody

Tyler here again with some HUGE news! Beachbody coaching is coming to Canada on Monday October 1st, 2012!

For those of you who know me, or have been following my online, you will know that I have been waiting for this opportunity for quite some time now.

I have been waiting for an opportunity like this for a few years now, so I am glad to announce that I am FINALLY going to become a Beachbody coach, and I am looking for some passionate, motivated individuals who wish to build a team with me!

My goal is to be the biggest coach in Canada!

Having said that, I don't want to just alienate myself from the rest of the world. As much as I love Canada, and wish to help as many Canadians as possible, I have also gotten to know many passionate, dedicated individuals from the United States and abroad who are also excited and willing to help folks achieve their goals just as much as I am.

So, in order to spread the word, and to recruit some of you, dedicated, passionate individuals who may be looking for a coach, I am giving you my Top 10 Reasons to Make Me Your Coach, so, on with the list!

#1 CSCS Certified

I am CSCS Certified!

I have my undergraduate Bachelor's Degree in Biochemistry: Pre-Medical. This degree allowed me to qualify, write, and attain my Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist certification from the National Strength and Conditioning Association in the United States.

What is CSCS you ask?

Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists (CSCSs) are professionals who apply scientific knowledge to train athletes for the primary goal of improving athletic performance. They conduct sport-specific testing sessions, design and implement safe and effective strength training and conditioning programs and provide guidance regarding nutrition and injury prevention. Recognizing that their area of expertise is separate and distinct, CSCSs consult with and refer athletes to other professionals when appropriate. This certification is the ONLY strength and conditioning certification recognized by the 

How does this help you?

My knowledge base in exercise science can help me assist you in many different ways including explaining the training principles and theories behind the programs offered by Beachbody. I can also assist you to tailor or modify programs to suit your exact goals and needs!

#2 Lifetime Athlete

I have played competitive sports my entire life and played soccer at University-Level on scholarship
Growing up, I have played a wide range of sports, from hockey, soccer, volleyball, basketball, golf, track, and most recently "mud runs".

Fitness and an active lifestyle is what I am all about. I love the fact that an active lifestyle is such a large part of my life, as it brings me great joy. My goal is to help others see the love for an active lifestyle as well!

#3 I Use Beachbody Products

I have been using Beachbody products since 2008.

I started out using P90X, and have later branched off to use Insanity, Insanity: The Asylum, Tony Horton's One on One series, and of course P90X2.

I have used the products consistently over the past 4 years, so that experience, as well as my educational background, I can educate you on the ins and outs of the programs to help you achieve your goals!

#4 World's Toughest Mudder

I am competing in the World's Toughest Mudder 2012!

Over the past several years, my fitness level has increased due to using Beachbody products as well as pursuing my own fitness strategies.

This year, I took part in my first ever Tough Mudder event. I managed to finish in the top 5% of my race, so I was invited to participate, and compete in what is known as the "World's Toughest Mudder"!

For those of you who are not familiar with this event, it is an 8-10mile obstacle course, filled with diabolical things like electricity, ice water, quarter pipes, etc. The goal is to do as many laps of the course as you can.

Oh yeah, and the event is 24 hours long...

Oh yeah, and it takes place in New Jersey...

In November...

#5 Honest Reviews

I review products fairly and honestly, letting you know what I personally feel is worth your time and money.

I have nearly 800k youtube views from my reviews of Beachbody products. I get compliments all the time on how much folks enjoy my fair and honest attitude towards the programs.

Moving forward, I will continue to be honest with how I feel about products and programs that interest you!

#6 Passion for this Industry

I have a real passion for the health and fitness industry.

I have worked in a Pharmacy setting that services assisted living and long-term care facilities. I have experienced the state of health many individuals deal with on a day to day basis. This is one of the many pieces of fuel I use for my motivation. I wish to live a long, happy, and most importantly, healthy life. I wish to share this passion with all of you!

#7 Blogger

I am an avid health and fitness reader/writer.

Not only am I reading about health and fitness ALL the time, I am writing about it too!

In case you haven't seen it already, go and check out my blog over at trobbinsfitness.blogspot.com
There you will find close to 300 archived blogs that I have written. These blogs are there for your use and personal gain. I would suspect there is something useful there for nearly everyone!

#8 Experience

I am an actual personal trainer, with extensive experience training folks of ALL ages, ALL skill levels, and ALL levels of fitness.

I have worked with and trained middle aged women. I have worked with trained children. I have worked with and trained athletes of all levels. I have the experience behind me to assist me in helping others. I know that any health and fitness plan starts with a goal. Once I learn YOUR goal, I can start to design and tailor a program that will help you get to where you want to be!

#9 Team Ripped

I am joining forces with TeamRipped and Coach Wayne!

Maybe you know who Coach Wayne is, maybe you don't. If you DON'T know who he is, let me enlighten you.

Coach Wayne is the Top Beachbody coach of 2011, and leading the way in 2012 as well.

By joining my team, you are not only joining me, but you are joining one of the top Beachbody teams in the world!

#10 Contest

If the 9 points before now haven't enticed you enough, let me tell you one more. I am giving away a FREE copy of Insanity: The Asylum Volume 2!

That's right. Throughout the month of October, anybody who signs up through Team Beachbody, with myself listed as their coach, will be entered for a chance to win a FREE copy of Shaun T's Insanity: The Asylum, Volume 2!

This does not mean that you have to sign up as a coach under me. Any and all coaches and general customers who are registered through Team Beachbody, with myself listed as their coach, by the end of October, will be entered in the contest.

At the end of the month, I will throw all the names in a hat, and do a draw and award one person the winner!

Well there are my Top 10 Reasons to make me YOUR coach, folks. I am not messing around here. As I said, I have been chomping at the bit to get this opportunity, I am here to help all of you!

If you have any questions/comments/suggestions, please do not hesitate to contact me at t.robbins.fitness@gmail.com

You can also find my on Facebook at facebook.com/TylerRobbinsFitness

Or on my blog at trobbinsfitness.blogspot.com

I look forward to hearing from all of you soon!

Quote of the day:
"Yesterday does not equal tomorrow. Forget the past and move towards your goals."
~ Tony Robbins

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Day 106 - My Current Fitness Progress

Today is the last day of week 2 of my Tough Mudder Training. This also means that I will be racing in exactly 2 weeks today. Since I haven't done a training update in a little bit, I figured I would keep everyone up-to-date with my progress thus far.

My training program right now essentially consists of 2 programs. Firstly, I am using Shaun T's Insanity Asylum program. For those of you who follow my blog and/or follow me on Facebook/Youtube, you more than likely are already familiar with this program. On top of that, I am also dabbling-in some distance running, ratcheting up in distance.

Last year, I used Asylum, in combination with some distance running to train for my half marathon. Although Asylum helped my 10k time in the half, I came to the conclusion later that Asylum truly is more meant for anaerobic conditioning as well as sports performance, both of which aren't entirely needed or beneficial for a distance of 21km.

So, the question then arises, why use Asylum to prep for Tough Mudder if its total distance is approximately 18km and a half marathon is 21 km?

A half-marathon road race is straight running. Depending on where the race is held, most marathons are fairly flat-terrained as well. Because of this, the race is almost entirely aerobic-based. Primary training should therefore be distance running with some various intervals and pacing runs dabbled in. Not only that, but upper body strength is essentially not required.

With Tough Mudder, however, not only is upper body strength needed to complete many of the obstacles, but some anaerobic power is also required to be able to power through some of these obstacles, namely scaling "Mount Everest".

A program like Asylum, combined in training with my distance running is currently allowing my to train multiple energy systems at the same time, while also maintaining my upper body strength. I personally feel as though I am some of the best overall shape I have been in my life and am incredibly excited to put that to the test 2 weeks from now!

Quote of the day:
"Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat."
~ F. Scott Fitzgerald

Day 100 - My Top 10 Blogs

To be honest, I am quite proud of myself for reaching 100 straight days of blogging! I can honestly say that when I started out with this goal to write 365 blogs in a row, consecutively, I knew it was going to take some time and dedication, but didn't realize it would be this time-consuming.

Having said that, I feel as though I am in a good rhythm and routine now and am looking forward to at least 265 more days in a row!

Since 100 straight blogs is a bit of a milestone, I am going to do something a little different today. I am going to post my Top 10 Most Popular Blogs. Below, you will find a list of my Top 10 blogs, according to number of views recorded by blogger. These are not necessarily part of my 365 "Grow Younger Every Day" blogs, but my Top 10 none-the-less. This is a great opportunity for any new readers out there to see what all of the fuss has been about in the past.

I would like to thank those of you who have stuck with me and continue to read this blog. I have seen a pretty tremendous increase in readership over these past few months, and am hoping to continue that trend. So thanks!

Top 10:

10. March 26th, 2012 - Warrior Training

9. October 13th, 2011 - Calories

8. February 20th, 2012 - More Discussion into Morning vs. Evening Exercise

7. April 25th, 2012 - Think Like an Athlete

6. February 3rd, 2012 - My Thoughts on Crossfit

5. March 16th, 2012 - Mass Phase Progress - End of Phase 1

4. April 19th, 2012 - Warrior Training Revised

3. March 30th, 2012 - Mass Phase P90X Chest, Shoulders, and Triceps Modifications

2. February 15th, 2012 - Time to Move Some Weight

1. January 3rd, 2012 - Reader Question - Should I do Insanity if I'm a skinny guy and can't keep weight up?

Quote of the day:
"Never leave that till tomorrow which you can do today."
- Benjamin Franklin

Day 69 - Shoe Selection for Insanity Asylum

Would recommend the Vibram Five Fingers for Asylum workouts or am I better off with running shoes?

I wouldn't use running shoes for Asylum as running shoes are primarily designed for forward movement only. Cross training shoes have lateral support for doing agility training like what you would find in Asylum.

Having said all of that, I have used Vibrams for the Asylum workouts and have been fine with them. First of all, you need to be used to Vibrams. I wouldn't go buy a pair, slap them on right away and jump right into Asylum. Secondly, you will still want a fairly padded floor, especially for routines like Vertical Plyo since you do quite a bit of jumping.

So, short answer: Cross training, court shoes, or basketball shoes if you want to use shoes, and only use Vibrams if you have experience with them and are experienced at exercising "barefoot". Hope that helps.

Quote of the day:
"Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it’s always your choice."
-Wayne Dyer

Day 53 - Warrior Training End of Phase 2

Due to my left elbow injury, I have decided to shut down Phase 2 a week early and reschedule my training leading up to Warrior Dash.

I made some great gains during Phase 2, and hit some personal bests on some of these strength routines. I am looking forward to getting into Phase 3 and maximizing my performance.

Quote of the day:
"Pain is temporary. Quitting lasts forever."
-Lance Armstrong

Day 48 - Insanity Asylum Preparation

I am a week away from starting Insanity Asylum; any suggestions on what I can I can do during my week prior to starting Asylum? Any suggestions would help, thanks!

Good luck with Asylum, it is a very intense program! A couple things you can do to prepare yourself:

1. Preview the workouts. Some of them require a fair bit of floor space due to the nature of the agility ladder, so make sure you have enough room at home.

2. Practice with the jump rope. It is not essential to be great at it to start, as the speed rope is only used here and there, but the better you are with it, the more you will get out of a couple of the workouts.

3. Practice with the agility ladder. I forget which disc, but one of the workouts has a bonus feature on it that Shaun T takes you through some practice drills so you can familiarize yourself with using the agility ladder.

4. Take the Asylum Fit Test

5. As for workouts themselves, I would just do some light cardio and yoga/recovery/stretching to allow your body to adapt and recover from any previous activity that you have been engaged in so that you will be ready for Asylum.

Good luck, let me know if you have any further questions

Quote of the day:
"If you're doing your best, you won't have any time to worry about failure."
~H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Time to Move Some Weight!

I will admit that I was originally planning on documenting my mass phase plans on my youtube channel but sometimes it is much easier to articulate and explain yourself via text, so here we are. I will also be including pictures of my schedule so my written blog seems to be the appropriate choice.

Why Build Mass?

First of all, let me explain why I wish to put on a bit of mass. I really do not have any problems with my body size/type as it is, in fact I am quite comfortable with how I look and feel, but sometimes it is nice to change things up. On top of that, since I am a trainer myself, I enjoy using myself as a guinea pig sometimes to test out some of my own theories/teachings that I can then share with others.

I essentially have 1 day remaining in my P90X2 schedule. This program has been great in increasing my athletic performance and core stability, but I feel I have lost a bit of strength and size along the way. I am certainly not complaining as a trade-off for increased sports performance generally means a leaner, quicker, more agile body anyways.

Let's not forget that the human body would much rather be streamlined in order to not only improve survival traits, but having fast, efficient, but smaller muscles also carries over well into the sports world. Your body basically doesn't wish to carry around any more weight than it needs to.

Which brings me back to my original point...what's the point? Well, I would be lying if I said that I don't wish to look good. Let's face it, almost any guy (and some girls too) that exercise and workout, wish to grow their muscles. Plus, I am in my twenties still, which is a great decade for muscle growth, so I might as well try and get, while the gettin's good!

Small disclaimer here, however. I do not wish to ever look like that gentleman at the top of this blog. Not that there is anything wrong with his physique, but that takes extreme dedication along with, *ahem*, additional help. Without further ado, let's jump into the schedule.


My schedule will be a total of 9 weeks long - or 2 'blocks' of 4-week phases, separated by a transition week. All of my workouts come from either the P90X series, P90X+ series, or Tony Horton's 1 on 1 series. Many of these workouts have modifications to them as my goals are different than the videos are intended.

Phase 1

Day 1 - Chest & Back (modified) - Rep Goal: 8-12 reps
Day 2 - Super Cardio or Kenpo Cardio Plus (alternating weeks)
Day 3 - Core Day*
Day 4 - Diamond Delts and Just Arms - Rep Goal: 8-10 reps
Day 5 - Yoga**
Day 6 - Upper Plus - Rep Goal: 12-15+ reps
Day 7 - Off/Recovery

*Core day will consist of a rotating pattern of Beachbody core workouts that I have paired together. They are: Iso Abs/Ab Ripper X, X2 Ab Ripper/20-12 Abs, Killer Abs/Cardio Abs. I have designated a specific 'core day' so that I can attack my core more intensely for 1 complete day rather than short ab routines after resistance days. Not only that, but I can then also spend more focus and energy on my resistance workouts.

**Yoga will consist of whichever yoga routine I feel like doing on that given day. I may also turn this into a stretch/recovery day with foam rolling based on my tired/sore I am.

My Chest & Back modification - I will record this routine and put it on my youtube channel so that those interested can either follow along or take ideas from it. It is loosely based on Chest & Back from P90X, but I will be using additional weight for pushups as well as adding in some dumbbell bench press variations. My rep range will be aimed at the 8-12 rep range, specifically targeted for muscle hypertrophy (growth) of type-2 muscle fibers (fast-twitch).

My day 2 or cardio day will be very light for a reason. The intention here is to not necessarily gain any cardio stamina, but to increase blood flow to improve recovery from the previous day's resistance routine. In order to maximize strength and hypertrophy gains, cardio routines should be kept fairly minimal anyways.

Diamond Delts and Just Arms - This is one of my favorite workout combinations. Both routines run about 45 minutes, so by the end of the 90 minutes or so, my shoulders, biceps, triceps, and forearms are annihilated. These routines will be completed essentially as-is. They are structured around more standard weightlifting routines so I will not be making any modifications. I will aim for 8-10 reps on almost every exercise, except for some of the more 'fine-tuning' exercises on the shoulder's rotator cuff, and the forearm exercises, those I will be aiming for 12+ repetitions.

Upper Plus - Many of you may be wondering why this workout is here during a mass phase. While days 1 and 4 are aimed at type-2 muscle fiber hypertrophy, Upper Plus will be aimed at type-1 muscle fiber hypertrophy. Type-1 muscle fibers do not have as much potential for growth as type-2 muscle fibers, but they can still grow a little. Not only that, but by lightening my resistance, and increasing my repetition range within the same week, it allows me to grow much more well-rounded and strong muscles. Another bonus here is that this will somewhat act as a 2nd cardio routine for my week as I will be aiming for 12-15+ repetitions per exercise with little break, so my heart rate will be increasing while working my muscles!

I am not working my legs directly in Phase 1 because I will be giving them a bit of a break while still 'coasting' from my gains made during P90X2. I will begin to work my legs again in Phase 2 which will lead me into future plans.

Transition Week

Day 1 - X2 Core
Day 2 - X2 Recovery & Mobility (foam rolling)
Day 3 - Asylum's Back to Core
Day 4 - X2 Yoga
Day 5 - Insanity's Cardio Recovery
Day 6 - X2 Recovery & Mobility (foam rolling)
Day 7 - Off

Pretty simply recovery/transition week here. The main focus being just that - recovery! Some days I may add some very light cardio based on how the weather is, as I may be able to get outside for a short, easy run.

Phase 2

Day 1 - P90X Back & Biceps - Rep Goal: 8-10 reps
Day 2 - UBX (modified) (Chest, Shoulders & Tricep) - Rep Goal: 12-15+ reps
Day 3 - Plyo Legs***
Day 4 - Core Day*
Day 5 - V Sculpt (Back & Biceps) - Rep Goal: 12-15+ reps
Day 6 - P90X Chest, Shoulders & Triceps (modified) - Rep Goal: 8-10 reps
Day 7 - Off/Recovery

Plyo Legs - I will be doing this routine for 4-straight weeks, each week with a little bit more resistance via a weighted vest. My goal here is to not necessarily increase the size of my legs, but to increase leg strength.

I cover the entire upper body twice each week, both with lower rep ranges (type-2 hypertrohpy), and higher rep ranges (type-1 hypertrophy). The higher rep-range workouts also act as 'somewhat-cardio' days as this is circuit training with higher rep counts and shorter breaks, inherently increasing my heart rate.

For those of you familiar with UBX and P90X Chest, Shoulders & Triceps, I will be filming my modifications to these routines when I do them and putting them on youtube as well for your interest.


Ah, yes, diet. The make-or-break piece of any health and fitness puzzle. As the saying goes, "You can't out-work a bad diet!" This applies to mass phases as well for those looking to put on some muscle because if you don't eat enough (or the right stuff) you are not going to get the results you want!

I have done some research on this and have found many different theories as to what works best for building mass based on your macronutrient ratios. I have decided that I will aim for 40-50% carbohydrates, 25-30% protein, and 25-30% fats. I will actually be trying to keep my carbs as low and as close to the 40% mark as possible, but when increasing calories the way you need to in order to build mass, carbs are generally an easy way to get your calories up.

I will try and keep my carbohydrates as 'clean' as possible - no white or refined sugars, only minimal whole grains, lots of fruits and vegetables.

There is no real way for me to post exactly what I plan on eating on a day-to-day basis as of yet because my caloric numbers may and will change from a day-to-day and week-to-week basis. Instead, I will work away on my diet, and if I end up with results that I like, I can post more diet details at the end of the 9 weeks.


I will be supplementing with creatine. I will start with a 'loading phase' during the first 7 days of 20g/day (4 x 5mg doses). I will then continue with a 'maintenance phase' of approximately 4-5g/day for the remainder of the schedule. Creatine will be taken every single day, even on 'off' days to keep muscle stores topped up.

My Goals

As of right now, at the end of P90X2, I am sitting at 170lbs even. I will be aiming to gain around 0.5-1 pound of mass per week. The first week, I am anticipating a pretty quick weight gain because of the creatine loading and water retention, but the gaining will then slow. All in all, I am hoping to gain about 5-9lbs of lean, muscle mass.

Future Plans

The reason this mass phase is only 9 weeks in total is so that I can complete a full 13-week schedule in preparation for my Warrior Dash in July. I can post details about that schedule later, but you can expect it to include P90X2 combined with Insanity: Asylum! Stay tuned...

***UPDATE*** End of Phase 1 results here

***UPDATE*** Final Results can be found here

Photo 1: http://gaintruthmuscle.blogspot.com/2011_03_01_archive.html

Reader Question - Should I do Insanity if I'm a skinny guy and can't keep weight up?

Should I do Insanity if I'm a skinny guy and can't keep weight up?

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First of all, if you don't know what "Insanity" is, you can check it out here. Insanity is a very intense at-home, high-intense interval training program from Shaun T and the company Beachbody.

I often get asked this question, especially on my youtube videos/reviews. No doubt, individuals see the results in the infomercials and want to, "look as good as those guys/girls do". A few things before I start off, yes it is entirely possible to get infomercial-like results from certain home-workout programs. However, everyone's results will be different depending on a slew of criteria including how hard you push yourself, your diet, your genetics, your personal abilities, your history of fitness, etc.

No matter where you begin your health and fitness journey, it is important to set goals for yourself. Goals can range from something cosmetic like, "I want to lose 15 pounds" to something more competitive like, "I want to run 5km in under 25 minutes."

By completing a training program like Insanity, there is no doubt that many calories will be burned during each and every workout. For a skinny guy/girl that wishes to put on some body weight, this may not be the right program for them. Having said that, there are other benefits to be gained from a training program such as Insanity such as aerobic stamina, anaerobic power, etc.

When referencing a skinny guy (or girl), one needs to evaluate exactly why that person is skinny and also what their goals are and why they wish to gain mass (assuming that is their goal). Often times, skinny people can be more genetically predisposed to a leaner frame. These people are often referred to as "hardgainers" or the fact that they have a hard time gaining mass. If an individual truly is having issues keeping weight on, despite being very sedentary, then there may be other factors at play and a visit to the doctor would be highly recommended.

Putting all of that aside and getting back to the topic, being skinny isn't so bad either. I know many guys (and some girls) don't like to be skinny and want to put on weight. I was the same way as a teenager as I really struggled to put weight on and keep it on. At the end of the day, your muscular size is not always directly correlated with your strength, power or athletic ability however, and a skinny person doing a program like Insanity can yield some tremendous athletic benefits such as aerobic conditioning and spatial awareness (balance, coordination, etc.)

It actually would be entirely possible for a skinny person to actually gain mass by doing a program like Insanity as there is a tremendous amount of body-weight resistance exercises here that can stimulate muscular hypertrophy, but it would be incredibly hard for an already skinny person to keep up with the caloric demands, especially if they are already genetically predisposed to have a fast metabolism.

If one would approach this question based on how I am assuming it is to be interpreted, I would say that someone looking to put on body mass in a strictly non-athletic way, then they should stay away from Insanity and look towards more traditional weight lifting routines that stimulate muscular growth (hypertrophy).

-Tyler Robbins

2011 My Year in Fitness

Well, 2011 has come and gone and many of you may be waking up this morning with a hangover. I never really understood why people would want to start a year off that way, but I guess that's the fun(?) of New Year's...

Now that we are starting a new year, it is sometimes nice to reflect back on the previous year to think of moments you were proud of and other times where you wish you maybe made better choices. The same can be done for health and fitness, and that is where I feel many people end up making their New Year's Resolutions.

2011 was a great year for me, I managed to complete many of my fitness goals that I set out for myself. On top of that, I spent a good part of 2011 studying for, and attaining, my Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) certification from the NSCA. If all of these aforementioned things weren't enough, my wife and I also welcomed our first-born child Evan into our family.

To quickly summarize all of my achievements from this year, I have listed my events and accomplishments below:


-Started my first-ever "Constant Confusion" hybrid consisting of mixing and matching workouts so that no 2 weeks were the same.


-Completed "Constant Confusion"

 -Started studying for my CSCS


-Started, and completed Insanity: the Asylum


-Plan and start "Constant Confusion 2.0"


-Compete in my first ever Warrior Dash


-Finish up "Constant Confusion 2.0" and start my Half-Marathon Training


-Complete my 2nd Half-Marathon (while fighting a pretty bad cold)
-Start training for my 1st-ever birthday Challenge


-Complete my first-ever Birthday Challenge


-Birth of my son Evan :)
-Receive my CSCS certification
-Start P90X2!