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 324 - Tough Mudder Training 2013

Yes, it is true, I am running Tough Mudder Toronto again this year. Since I competed in the World's Toughest Mudder 2012, I automatically qualify for the 2013 event. Because of this, I am using this event as less of a 'qualifier', and more of a 'prep' or 'tune-up' race. Plus, I am running the event with my wife, Nicole, who is a Tough Mudder newbie, so I will be helping her with some of the obstacles along the way. I hope I don't slow her down too much, as she is a fantastic runner!

My training for this year's event is scheduled to begin on Monday March 11th. That gives me 7 weeks of training, followed by a lighter week prior to the May 11th race date. I have changed my training strategy this time around, to go for less runs, but longer runs, working on my aerobic metabolism.

I am coming off Body Beast, so I have been resistance training for the past 3 months. My strength and endurance levels are actually quite high, so I should be able to make a relatively efficient transition to perform better and increase stamina.

One of my primary objectives during my training, as it was last year, is to improve my core strength/stability while also increasing my upper body strength/endurance. There are a lot of obstacles requiring upper body strength in Tough Mudder, so I want to be ready for them. Let me know if you have any questions/comments/concerns. If so, you can e-mail me here.

Weeks 1-3 (Strength/Preparation Phase)

P90X2 Chest, Back & Balance and additional core work
P90X2 Plyocide
P90X MC2 1on1: Shoulders & Arms MC2
Yoga & Core
P90X2 Base & Back

Weeks 4-8 (Performance Phase)

Asylum Speed & Agility
Asylum Strength
Yoga & Core
P90X2 P.A.P. Lower
P90X2 P.A.P. Upper

Yoga and core days will be used as I see fit. I have a plethora of both yoga and core workouts to use, so I will be subbing in what I see fit.

Quote of the day:
"Failures do what is tension relieving, while winners do what is goal achieving."
~Dennis Waitley

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Day 171 - Asylum 2 Details

I took part in my first ever Beachbody National Coach Call today, and what a great first call it was. The special guest for today's call was Shaun T, creator of programs like Insanity, Asylum Volume 1, and of course the pending release of Asylum 2.

I have a few details regarding the program that I would like to share with you, and remember that the program launches this Thursday October 11th, pre-orders can be placed through my website www.trobbinsfitness.com.

Asylum Volume 2
7 workouts, 6 DVDs
40-60 minutes per workout

There was a short question/answer period with Shaun T. When asked what his favourite workout is in Asylum 2, his response was "X Trainer" because, "it covers the whole body in such a short amount of time."

When asked what his least favourite workout is, he said, "Power legs, but the reason why it is my least favourite is because of how hard it is. It is fun, but in a weird sort of way!"

Shaun T also went on to say that he feels as though he is 'nicer' in Volume 2 compared to Volume 1 because he has sympathy for what your body is going through this time around.

He ended the conversation off by answering the question, "what's next?" with a little tidbit about how he is already producing what he calls his, "next situation..."

*IMPORTANT* if you pre-order Asylum 2 through me, you will get the workout "Pure Contact", a $19.95 value, for FREE!

More Asylum 2 info:

In THE ASYLUM Volume 1, Shaun T trained you inside the Athletic Matrix to amp up your agility, speed, and power. Now Shaun takes your skills to the next level with his INSANITY: THE ASYLUM VOLUME 2 workouts—the next 30 days of pro athlete training designed to get your body leaner, faster, and stronger than ever. So you not only defeat the
competition. You CRUSH IT!

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7 New All-Star Workouts and More!

X Trainer
Each of THE ASYLUM Volume 1 workouts tested your speed, strength, power, OR agility. THE ASYLUM Volume 2’s X Trainer tests it ALL! Challenging your mind and body on every level, this action-packed drill sequence will have you swimming in a pool of sweat. (50 minutes)

Upper Elite
Develop a superior upper-body with Shaun’s dynamic training sets. This progressive workout is designed to chisel your shoulders, biceps, triceps, chest, and back—intimidating your opponents before the game even begins. (60 minutes)

Ab Shredder
This ab-torching workout will leave your entire body trembling. No sit-ups or crunches—just the most insane midsection shred moves of pro athletes. Your abs will be screaming for mercy. (20 minutes)

Power Legs
A quick, strong, responsive lower body is key to a dominant performance. Gain that elite competitive edge by punishing your quads, hammies, glutes, and calves with this maximum muscle-recruitment workout. (55 minutes)

Back & 6-Pack
Build a lean, strong center with this 360-degree workout. Your back and abs working together at a high level is key to delivering elite performance. These core-crushing moves help you blow past your limits. (40 minutes)

Championship + Bonus! Fit Test (Sudden Death OT)
You raced to Game Day victory in THE ASYLUM Volume 1. Now, compete for THE ASYLUM Volume 2 Championship. This time. . . Shaun puts you through the Fit Test at the END! Good luck. (60 minutes)

Off-Day Stretch
Maximize the abilities of your inner athlete. This elite stretch routine will relieve your aching muscles, improve your flexibility, and refocus your mind—so you’re ready to crush it in your next competition. (30 minutes)

Agility Tutorial
Shaun T gives you a step-by-step breakdown of his 8 mind-twisting agility moves, so you’ll be a pro when it comes time to hop in the ladder. Don’t be fooled by the title. . . This “tutorial” is a competitive workout in itself. How fast can you break out? (25 minutes)

Bonus! Game-Changing Tools

30-day ASYLUM Volume 2 Wall Calendar
Stay committed to seeing exceptional results by crossing off each day’s workout as you go.

60-day ASYLUM Volume 1/Volume 2 Hybrid Calendar
If you’re crazy enough to take on more, then double your championship efforts with this results-accelerating schedule of THE ASYLUM Volume 1/Volume 2 workouts.

The Playbook
Map out your next 30 days of extraordinary transformation with this step-by-step smart guide.

3-Step Quick-Start Guide

Get Shredded Volume 2
Don’t just train elite. EAT ELITE. Here’s more of what you loved about THE ASYLUM Volume 1 meal planner—Shaun’s favorite recipes. You may even get abs like Shaun T. Or at least your very own 6-pack.

Quote of the day:
"Winning isn't everything, but wanting to win is."
~ Vince Lombardi

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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 113 - Shutting Things Down

Asylum's Strength has caused me a bit of trouble in the past, so I try and make sure I am careful, but it has bitten me again.

I hurt my back on the first round of "Jump Squat Rotations". The exercise where you hold a dumbbell between your hands, crouch down so that your elbows touch your knees, then jump while rotating. I have had troubles in the past with the dumbbell rotations.

For those of you with lower back problems or may have troubles in the future, it is exercises like these that can be dangerous. Traditional heavy squats where you have a barbell resting on your shoulders is far safer in my opinion because you are adding weight to your frame down your centre of gravity. Attempting to add too much weight with exercises where you are just using dumbbells can be dangerous, especially the moves in Asylum, because the weight tracks out in front of your body, placing additional stress on your lower back. (I hope that makes sense)

Anyways, my back isn't too bad *knock on wood*, after I felt my back tweak a bit, I finished the workout, making sure I was very careful with any exercises involving the back, but I can definitely feel some tightness, so of course I skipped Overtime. These past few weeks of training has been tough on me, and my back just adds to the list of a few other little nagging injuries I have (left elbow, muscle tightness in my neck/trap) so like my wife said, maybe this is the last straw for my body telling me to shut things down.

So...no more Asylum for me before Tough Mudder. I am planning on doing 1 more long run, my final Asylum Fit Test, and some very light cardio work/stretching/foam rolling throughout the week.

Quote of the day:
"We cannot do everything at once, but we can do something at once."
~ Calvin Coolidge

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 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 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.