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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I'm Back on Google Helpouts

I gave this a go last year with pretty good success. Now that I have a more concrete schedule and time to spare to help others online, I am giving this one another shot! If you are interested in getting some advice or help with anything health and fitness related including programming, dietary advice, scheduling, etc. please visit the following link to schedule an Helpout with me! I am also able to take my webcam into my home gym to help with form advice and cuing.

Weekly Newsletter

Hey Everybody

Well, we are less than a week away from the release of P90X3!!! I hope you are all as excited about this as I am. Lots of information coming out about the program these past few days, and I have been doing my best to collect all of the information into one spot for you all to learn all there is to know about the program. So, without further ado, here are this week's topics of interest:

1. All the latest information about P90X3

2. If you're interested in P90X3, make sure you join my P90X3 Challenge Group. It is a great way to stay motivated and accountable as you make your way through the program with a group of us!

3. My next 60-Day Coach Training Academy starts on Monday January 6th. If you are at all interested in Coaching, I am willing to arrange a video chat discussion with you to discuss the opportunity. Keep in mind that anyone who purchases a Challenge Pack has the option to upgrade to Coach status for free ($39.95 sign-up fee is waived), so if you are interested in the P90X3 Challenge Pack when it goes on sale on the 10th, this would be a great opportunity to sign up as a Coach and hit the ground running with your business!

This week's blogs:

My next 3 weeks of training
P90X University: Shoulders and Arms

From the blog archive:

10 Great Health and Fitness Tips
Tough Mudder Tactics: Cliff Hanger
How to lose weight video
Tough Mudder Tactics: Hangin' Tough
What does it mean to be "fit?"

And 2 favors that I ask:

1) If you like the hard work I put into writing my blogs and videos, PLEASE help me out by sharing them.  Click the share links below them and share them on FB, Twitter, etc.  It really helps me get more exposure and grow our team!

2) Also, as always, remember that the way I benefit from being your coach is that I earn a commission from any Beachbody products that you purchase, as long as you buy them through my site, tylerrobbinsfitness.com. It helps with the amount of time I spend answering all your questions, writing my blogs, filming my videos, and helping you out. Thank you! I really appreciate it!

Everyone have a great week!

Tyler Robbins
Independent Team Beachbody Coach
2013 Challenge Group - Team Fitness for Life


"But what do you do for cardio?"

I highly recommend you head over and check out Tony's post because it is a great, quick read! It also summarizes what I have been thinking about over the past year - year and a half, but have finally gotten my thoughts together to articulate what I wanted to say.

I get questions from people ALL the time, especially when it comes to doing a program like P90X  - what about the cardio? Don't even get me started on the people who are coming off of doing a program like Insanity...I think these folks think that their hearts are going to shrivel up and die because they don't have their beloved jumping up and down at a million miles an hour.

Let me state this one thing loud and clear. If you are looking for a challenge, a way to improve your cardio conditioning, a way to lose weight, etc. Insanity is pretty hard to beat. It is a great (albeit, HARD) home workout program. It really does test you physically. However, don't for a second think that it is the only way to get "fit," nor is it right for everyone.

One of my most popular blogs of all time is: "Should I do Insanity if I'm a skinny guy and can't keep my weight up?

 Dec 20 2012 - 170lbs.

Keep in mind that cardiovascular exercise is determined to be doing something that elevates your heart rate to a level above resting for a certain period of time. You do NOT need to get your heart rate to pound through the roof in order to lose weight. In fact, unless you are specifically training for a specific cardiovascular-specific event (5k, marathon, hockey, soccer, etc.) then lifting some heavy things, and getting your heart rate up a bit will work just fine to keep you healthy and at a reasonable weight. 

Want more proof? Over the past year and a half, I feel as though I have drastically cut back on how much "cardio" I do. I have grown up playing soccer and hockey, and have enjoyed training for Tough Mudders and the World's Toughest Mudder, and I was definitely in great shape, but it didn't really change the way I look all that much, nor did it need to be done to make me "healthier." 

So, since I have cut out a lot of my "traditional cardio," I have substituted in more heavy lifting, compound lifting, all in attempt to work towards new goals - gaining weight and muscle. I think I have changed a lot during this time and still feel great! 

Another misconception that I come across all the time is; I need "cardio" to lose weight. Not true at all. Remember that exercise is great for your body, and it can help  you lose weight, but weight is largely controlled by what you consume. If you want to gain weight - eat a lot. If you want to lose weight - eat less....

Oct 25 2013 - 188lbs

At the end of the day, what I'm saying is, don't be so attached to the idea of "traditional cardiovascular exercise." As Tony Gentilcore mentions in his post, just try and do 20 heavy squats without getting your heart rate up.