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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Weekly Newsletter

Hey Everybody

Wow, what an opening day for P90X3 yesterday! I know for a fact that the Team Beachbody website is still reeling after the amount of traffic it saw yesterday. Things should be better today for those of you who had troubles ordering yesterday. The initial rush should be slowed down now, although there is still going to be a HUGE demand in the coming days/weeks/months!

I want to personally thank all of you who not only purchased (or are going to purchase) P90X3 through me, but any other purchases you make through me as well. That is how I make a small return for the hard work I put forth helping all of you stay motivated, accountable, and in my mind, the most important part (and one fact that a LOT of Coaches miss) - educated on everything health and fitness!

With the holiday season underway, or almost underway, we now start to look ahead to the New Year and the goals/improvements we all wish to make. I know for a fact that I am going to be chomping at the bit to get going with X3, so I will more than likely start it as soon as it arrives - hopefully no later than December 22nd. Yes, for those of you asking, I will be doing LOTS of video updates along the way.

Let's cover this week's topics:

1. If you tried to order P90X3 yesterday and were bogged down by the website, make sure you try again today. There should be a lot less traffic now that the original rush is slowing. Please remember, if you did NOT receive a confirmation order and e-mail at the end of your purchase yesterday then your order probably did not go through. If you are uncertain, let me know and I will check my records to see if your order went through. Here are your P90X3 purchasing options.

2. Make sure you check out all of the latest news about P90X3. Yesterday I added the various training schedules as well as the workout sheets - a good idea of what you're in for!

3. If you are still mulling over what P90X3 option to get, let me convince you on how great of a deal the P90X3 Challenge Pack is. You get the Base Kit, your first month of Shakeology, a free 30-day trial membership to a Club Membership as well as the option to upgrade to Coach status for free ($39.95 value). For those of you interested in not only that, but also joining my 60-Day Coach Training Academy, let me know as my next class starts on Monday January 6th 2014. It is a great way to learn the ins and outs of the business and hit the ground running.

4. If you haven't already, make sure you check out our P90X3 Challenge Group. This one will be rockin' with excitement/motivation in the coming weeks as everyone gets their copy of X3 and gets ready to do battle. We're currently sitting at 25 members strong!

5. One of the best reads about Crossfit you will find!

This week's blogs:

Neural Adaptations and more - What does this mean for you?
John's Awesome Body Beast Results

From the blog archive:

Tough Mudder Tactics: Mud Mile
Introduction to the Glycemic Index
Tough Mudder Tactics: Spider's Web
Interval Training
Tough Mudder Tactics: Trench Warfare

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
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John's Awesome Body Beast Results

Are you afraid of gaining weight because you don't want to lose your definition? Check out John's outstanding Body Beast results. He put on some muscle mass and didn't lose any definition at all. If anything, it looks like he got even more ripped!

Here are my results from Body Beast round 1 - gained about 7 pounds of muscle - lost 1.5" off waist, chest increased 1/2-3/4" - arms both up 1/2" - body fat down 1.5%. I really enjoyed this program, I am sure I could have put on more muscle but I kept my daily calories lower than recommended as I did not want to put on too much weight yet. At first I did not like how the schedule had a rest day every 5-6 days as I was used to having a scheduled day off on the same day each week, but as I got near the end of the program I realized it doesn't matter what day of the week it is anymore because I am up at 530am no matter what!

My measurements are as follows:

Weight: start=160lbs, end=168lbs

Waist: start =33”, end=31.5”

Hips: start=37”, end=38”

Chest: start=38”, end=38.5”

Right upper arm: start=14.5”, end=15"

Left upper arm: start=14”, end=14.5”

Body fat % start=9.5%, end=7.5%





My next 3 weeks of training

A real quick post detailing what I plan on doing for my final 3 weeks prior to starting P90X3. I am continuing with my mass/strength gaining theme. Lots of recovery time, but a lot of heavy lifting on working days. This may seem very different than what many of you are used to, so ask any questions if you find anything concerning.

My off/recovery days will be used to either completely rest, or do some light yoga/stretching if I am feeling stiff.

Sunday December 1st - Saturday December 21st

Sunday - Hockey
Monday - Workout 1
Tuesday - Off/Recovery
Wednesday - Workout 2
Thursday - Off/Recovery
Friday - Workout 3
Saturday - Off/Recovery

Workout 1

5x5 Back Squat
5x5 Bench Press
1x5 Deadlift
Body Beast Bulk: Chest

Workout 2

5x5 Front Squat
5x5 Barbell Row
3x8 Good Mornings
Body Beast Bulk: Back (no deadlifts)
3x5 Turkish Get Up

Workout 3

5x5 Back Squat
5x5 Overhead Press
Diamond Delts

One glaring omission to many of you is the fact that I do not have a single, dedicated leg day. Well, that's because I am squatting 3x/week. I will be using the back squat on Mondays and Fridays and the front squat on Wednesdays. This will vary where the load is placed on my body so that I will activate muscles slightly different each time.

You may also notice a lack of "core" work. Again, with squats, deadlifts, and overhead presses, my core will be gaining PLENTY of strength. Just for good measure, however, I will be adding some Turkish Get Ups on Wednesdays.

No "isolation" work here (biceps, triceps, etc.) as my triceps will get worked on chest day, biceps will get worked on back day. I will be moving plenty of weight to work both of those muscle groups.

Heavy squatting, as well as deadlifting works wonders to increase production of testosterone and growth hormone to grow my muscles. That is one advantage to having squats 3x/week. I also need more recovery time between workouts to allow for proper recovery/tissue re-building.

This then gives me a week of recovery/light workouts prior to starting P90X3 on Sunday December 29th.





Weekly Newsletter

Hey Everybody

Welcome to the last week of August! I can't believe it has now been over a year since I ran my first Tough Mudder! Time sure does fly. I know I sound like a broken record, but time just keeps on ticking by, whether you decide to get active and eat healthy or not...

This week's topics of interest:

1. You have until Saturday to take advantage of Beachbody's August promotions. TurboFire and Body Beast Challenge Packs are on sale for $160, and Focus T25 Challenge Pack is on for $180. I have mentioned in the past, even though it may seem early, the holiday season is right around the corner, so this could be a great deal to pick some gifts up for family and/or friends!

2. I have actually received a lot of feedback after my "Why I Dislike the P90X "Certification"" blog last week. One of the main reasons, it appears, as to why people decide to take the P90X Certification is to help educate themselves on the program. If you are a Coach, it can be a great too knowing more about P90X so that you can share that information with your clients/teammates. If you are just a fitness aficionado, then it could help you understand the program better to maximize your results. Either way, I am starting P90X University. Over the next several weeks, I will be educating all of those who are interested, on the program and the science behind it. This is a free 'course' to take, but I will also have some donation buttons live on my website soon just in case any of you wish to throw a few bucks my way based on the amount of time I am putting into this!

This week's blogs:

Weekly Fitness Minute
 
P90X University
 
Shaun T's Focus T25 Beta Dynamic Core
 
Exercise Alters Your DNA!

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
 
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Weekly Newsletter

Hey Everyone

Wow, I can't believe we are reaching the end of summer. For some of you, summer may already be over. Of course it isn't officially the end of summer for a few more weeks, but everyone knows that the unofficial end of summer is when the kids go back to school. 

Whether you have kids or not, the return to school is usually a time when people start getting back into a more consistent routine. Let's face it, summer tends to be a hectic time of year, as so many people take holidays or have different schedules. Not only that, but BBQs, get-togethers, campouts, picnics, parties, long weekends, etc. all add to either missing workouts and/or neglecting your diet. Be honest with me and yourself.

Not to fret, however, as I always find getting back into a consistent routine is great for my mind and body. My brain enjoys repetition, as does my body. It is comfortable. For some of you, you may not have exercised in a while now. Well, welcome back, now is the time to get your sh*t together and stop dragging your feet! Now is as good of time as any, to finish off the last few months of the year strong!

This week's topics of interest:

1. Here's a story I shared on my Facebook page the other day (in case you missed it):

I want to share a little story with all of you. I recently interviewed for a Personal Trainer position at a high-end fitness facility. To be honest, I was completely discouraged by their lack of interest in both my CSCS certification and my personal training experience (I have been training for a few years now part-time). Anyways, it was made perfectly clear to me that all they were looking for was a salesman to sell training packages.

One of their packages that really struck me was a 3-month, 3 day a week package for $2500....don't grab your calculator, I will do the math for you. That is around $55/1-hour session. That is on TOP of membership fees.

First of all, I cannot, in good conscience, work for a company like that.

Secondly, and I know it is tough to compare, but in 3-month's time, a person could purchase a P90X Challenge Pack (for example), all of the equipment they need, get free Coaching from me on their diet, and still have plenty of cash left over to replace all of their clothes that are now too large to fit them because of how much success they will have in 3-months time, when compared to paying $2500+...

End of rant...

2. A friendly reminder that P90X3 is coming this winter! I haven't heard any more details, but I hope you are all as excited as I am!

3. My Body Beast Transformation Video now has over 17k views! Another view/share/like to help keep my momentum going would be greatly appreciated.

4. The TurboFireBody Beast, and Focus T25 Challenge Packs are all on sale until the end of the month. Let me know if you have any questions about these programs.

5. Shakeology 10-Packs are still available and as popular as ever. Let me know if you're interested!

This week's blogs:

Weekly Fitness Minute - You need more protein bro!
 
Does muscle burn fat?
 
Shaun T's Focus T25 Rip'T Circuit
 
Why I dislike the P90X "Certification"

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
 
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Weekly Newsletter

Hey Everybody

I hope all is well! I officially kicked off my World's Toughest Mudder training the other day, so as I type this I am feeling extremely stiff/sore/tired. The perfect sign that training is new and going well!

Lots to cover this week, so here goes:

1. Probably the biggest announcement of the week (at least in my opinion) has been the official (or unofficial) announcement that P90X3 will be coming this winter! I am proud to say that I was one of the very first people online (from what I can tell) who brought this news to all of you. I was so quick on the draw, in fact, that Beachbody had initially asked me to remove the teaser trailer from my YouTube channel. I am guessing because I was getting more hits than their official P90X3 splash page! Anyways, check out this link for all of the latest P90X3 news. Not a lot is known as of yet, but you know I will share any and all information with all of you as I hear anything!

2. Unbeknownst to me, Beachbody has extended the Focus T25 Challenge Pack promotion until the end of August. So, until August 31st, you can get the Focus T25 Challenge Pack for just $180!

3. Beachbody's August promotion is not just one, but two Challenge Packs on sale! You can get either the TurboFire or Body Beast (with Shakeology, not the supplements) Challenge Packs for just $160! Considering Shakeology retails for $130, you are getting a program for just $30. Not only that, but if any of you are considering becoming a Coach, then Beachbody will also waive your Coach sign up fee ($40 value) if you purchase a Challenge Pack.

4. Since I am heading back to World's Toughest Mudder, I am asking (like I did last year) for any sponsorships or personal donations to help cover the costs of my training, travel and gear for the event. I spend a lot of my free time to provide a service to all of you (Coaching) for little to no cost to you, so if you would be so gracious to help me out with my trip to WTM that would be great. Better yet, purchase a program, Shakeology, or Challenge Pack, as you get something in return and I get the commission to help pay for my trip to New Jersey!

5. My latest shipments of Vanilla and Chocolate Shakeology samples have arrived, so if you wish to request a sample, or purchase a 10-pack, now would be the time to do so. I have Vanilla, Chocolate, and Greenberry on hand, so the choice is yours! The 10-packs have been a huge hit for a number of reasons. Not only do you get a better 'feel' for the product, but by asking you to help me cover the costs (I do not profit on these at all), but you can also try out more than one flavour before purchasing.

This week's blogs:

Weekly Fitness Minute - P90X3
 
The most liked/disliked P90X cast members
 
Patrick has lost over 200lbs!
 
Shaun T's Focus T25 Beta Core Cardio

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!

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Tyler Robbins
 Independent Team Beachbody Coach
 
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My Body Beast Success Story Photo Shoot

For those of you who don't know, when I attended Beachbody's Coach Summit in Vegas (June 2013), I was asked to take part in a testimonial to potentially be used in future Body Beast infomercials. Here are some of the photos that were shot on that day!





Dan's Fitness Journey

Meet Dan. By the age of 17, Dan was topping out at 200lbs! He has spent the past few years up and down and weight, but feels as though he finally has his goals properly focused on overall health, and is now maintaining his weight around 150-155lbs. Here is what Dan has to say: 

Before

Before

I have always been that guy amongst my friends.  But come university, I realized that my health and overall well being was, and is more important.
I began my journey on the wrong foot.  I under ate--to a dramatic degree.  Think a piece of broccoli for dinner.  Not cool.  I naturally gained whatever weight I "lost" back and then some.
Several years down the road, I started reading around and understood weight training and proper protein, carb, and fat intake was important when BODY RECOMPOSITION was the main goal.
That was back in 2005, and I'm still learning.  Only recently have I finally understood it's a delicate balance between workout intensity and your personal nutrient intake.  Which leads me to my fitness goals.  If I had to choose between aesthetics and function, I would rank them 1a and 1b.  That's it.  Having a low body fat percentage is... a close 2nd.  Or rank 0--before 1a and 1b.  What can I say.  It's nice to see a six pack the mirror.
As I get older, however, I'm sure my overall health will take precedence over physical appearances.

Dan is a Team Beachbody Coach on my team. He is passionate and motivated to help others achieve their goals. Make sure to check out Dan's Facebook Page "DMak Fitness" as well as his latest progress photos below!





How Did I Get My Body Beast Results?

A lot of people ask me "how" or "why" Body Beast? More specifically, how come my results were "better" with Body Beast than any other program I have done?

I will fully admit that my results were "better" with Body Beast than any other program. Here are my thoughts on that:

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1. I have never been a guy that has needed to lose a lot of weight. Actually, growing up, I have always been very skinny. Now, think of some of the greatest transformations you have seen with Insanity/Asylum/P90X/etc. and most, if not all of the stories you see are of people who have had a lot of weight to lose. I personally never really used any of my previous programs to get thinner, or "ripped" necessarily, but used the programs to boost confidence, stay active/healthy, and to train for the various events I participate in.

2. Body Beast is definitely a program suited for a guy like me. As I said, I have always been skinny, so I knew that I could get a great transformation (opposite to those who need to lose weight) if I really focused on the program and set my mind to it. Not only that, but...

3. I also REALLY focused on my diet during Beast. I made sure to eat a ton during the first 2 phases in order to build muscle, then "cut" the fat away during Phase 3. Also,

4. Shakeology helped me a LOT. I know this sounds like a sales pitch, but it did! I just started taking Shakeology in November 2012. I started Body Beast towards the mid-way point of December 2012. Shakeology helped me to put on mass (used as a healthy snack throughout the day) but to also cut away the fat when I needed to make every calorie 'count'.

5. Body Beast is definitely a "glamour" routine. As I said before, I focused more on my strength and performance gains in the past over vanity, but with Body Beast, the goal is to grow your muscles and get ripped, so that is what I went for!

6. I really enjoyed the workouts! I am always an advocate for doing the things you enjoy...assuming I don't just mean "enjoying" sitting on your ass watching TV all day! Find something that you enjoy doing, and do it often! If you like running outside, go do that! If you enjoy swimming laps in the local pool, go do that! I enjoy a variety of things, and Body Beast happened to strike a chord with me, so I really looked forward to working hard every day! 

Hopefully that helps shed some light on my Beast results!

 





My Fitness Journey (so far)...

I have been blogging and vlogging for a few years now, with many of you following me throughout, but I have also had a lot of you just recently stumble upon either my website, Facebook page, or Youtube Channel. A lot of people don't realize the fitness journey that I have been taking (thus far), so I figured I would give a refresher course as to where I am coming from, where I currently stand, and where I am currently heading!

I guess you could say that I have not been your traditional "Beachbody transformation success story", as I have never been one to need to lose a lot of weight. Growing up, I was always an active kid. Consistently, every summer I would play rep (competitive) soccer, and then in the winter I would play rep  (competitive) hockey. My diet wasn't the greatest growing up, but I was a naturally skinny kid (nicknamed "skin and bones" by my family) and was active all the time, so if anything, I struggled to keep my weight up.

Holidays January 2006

Holidays January 2006

My love and passion for soccer ended up taking me College, as I earned a scholarship to play NAIA Division 2 soccer. At College, I graduate in 3 years (2003-2006), earning my B.Sc. in Biochemistry: Pre-Medical. Playing Varsity soccer was not entirely successful, as I had to sit out my 2nd season with a debilitating back injury that ended up requiring surgery (December 2004). I worked hard to re-hab in the off-season, and returned for my 3rd, and final season, but soon after graduation, I started developing some pretty bad habits.

I never really worried about working out when I was younger, as playing sports naturally kept me active. Once I graduated and settled into a full-time job, my exercising definitely took a back seat, not to mention some bad eating and drinking habits. I ended up out of shape and not happy with my lifestyle.

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My poor lifestyle choices even lead to some pretty bad bouts of depression and anxiety! That moment clicked, when I realized that I could not keep continuing on my current path, so one morning, like so many others, I saw the infomercial for P90X!

September 2009

September 2009

When I first started P90X, I was totally and completely baffled by how "out of shape" I actually was. I always assumed that I was in shape, and a decent athlete, so I really didn't think that a home workout program would be this challenging! I worked hard at the program and made it through a few rounds, but my diet was certainly lacking.  Although I was in pretty decent shape, and was playing in a men's league competitive soccer, I didn't look the way I wanted to, and knew that there was something else that I needed to change besides just working out. I needed to start focusing on my diet, as that was just as much of a contributing factor, of not more so than exercise alone!

September 2010

September 2010

The P90X workouts started getting easier, and I was definitely improving. I went from being able to barely eek out 5 chin-ups in one set to cranking out 8+ every set during a workout. I was feeling good about myself, but still not looking the greatest.

I was starting to realize the importance of fuelling m body though. I started to make the connection between nutrition to perform, look, and feel better rather than to just fill my gut. In the mean time, I was growing my Beachbody workout library. By the end of 2010, I was starting to collect Tony Horton's One on One Series, as well as use the P90X+ series. I also competed my first ever half marathon in October 2010!

In 2011 I did Shaun T's Insanity series followed by Insanity: The Asylum (see my final results video here).

Throughout 2011, I dabbled with various hybrids, also training for Warrior Dash (July 2011), and then my 2nd half marathon in October 2011.

In December 2011, after my son Evan was born, I stumbled upon the promotional video for the World's Toughest Mudder from just a few weeks prior. I immediately knew that this was what I wanted to do next year!

February 2012 (post-P90X2)

February 2012 (post-P90X2)

A week after my son was born, my copy of P90X2 arrived, and I jumped into that program right away. P90X2 quickly became one of my favourite programs from Beachbody, due to the immense amount of thought and science that they put into it. I knew that this (P90X2) would be a great tool for me to use in my training goals to reach the World's Toughest Mudder in 2012.

August 2012, just a few days prior to Tough Mudder Toronto

August 2012, just a few days prior to Tough Mudder Toronto

I signed up for Tough Mudder Toronto, to compete in August 2012, and immediately began training it. I also competed in my 2nd Warrior Dash in July 2012, as a sort of lead-up to Tough Mudder. In the back of my mind, I knew I wanted to qualify for the World's Toughest Mudder by finishing in the top 5% of the participants, so I trained hard throughout 2012 in order to qualify. 

My goal was achieved when I received word from Tough Mudder Headquarters that I did in fact qualify for the World's Toughest Mudder!

There was no time to rest after I returned from Tough Mudder Toronto, as I almost immediately jumped into training to 'bridge' my fitness between Tough Mudder Toronto to the World's Toughest Mudder which was taking place in November. 

December 2012, following World's Toughest Mudder

December 2012, following World's Toughest Mudder

My training went well, although there was a lot of endurance training, and I lost more weight than what I had anticipated. I went on to compete at the World's Toughest Mudder 2012 and came home ready for my new goals.

November was also the month that I began taking Shakeology.  I will be honest, I was pretty skeptical of Shakeology before I started it. I have always been a fan of Beachbody and their products, but I got so sick and tired of so many different Coaches literally trying to pour the stuff down my throat!

When I became a Beachbody Coach myself on October 1st 2012, I didn't even sign up for Shakeology at that time. But after a month, I realized that there was no point bad-mouthing the product unless I gave it a good, honest, 30-day sample. I haven't turned back since! 

Since I had lost quite a bit of weight during my WTM training, as well as at the event itself, the timing to start Beachbody's program Body Beast, along with using Shakeology as a nutritional aide, could not have been better! 

Thinking back to when I was younger, I have always been naturally skinny, so I was really looking forward to a program like Body Beast to see what kind of results (if any) I could get with it. I became a huge fan of the program right away, and, well...I think the results will do all of the talking!

After I completed Body Beast, I have played around with a few different modifications to the program, and have recently started my own strength training program, combined with Shaun T's latest program Focus T25!

I go back and look at how far I have come over these past few years. Not only have I changed my physical appearance a few times, but I have also changed mentally. I now see exercise as not only a way to 'treat' myself, but to also challenge myself and to compete! I enjoy feeling good, looking good, and challenging myself in new ways possible. I hope that I encourage and inspire all of you to go out and do the same!

September 2009 - 180lbs.

September 2009 - 180lbs.

June 2013 - 176lbs.

June 2013 - 176lbs.





My Future Plans - Starting Strength

I am currently enjoying my trip through my second round of Body Beast (modified). Growing up, I have always been an active athlete, competing in various sports, so I have always been a pretty lean guy. My latest fitness endeavours have been a lot of fun, pumping weight and acting like a total meat-head, umm...I mean bodybuilder. 

As much as I have enjoyed Body Beast, the program is certainly not perfect, and it also has some limitations that I wish to overcome, especially as I head towards my World's Toughest Mudder training.

First of all, Body Beast is a mass-building program. It's intentions are to help folks build mass at home - traditionally a very tough thing to do. I feel as though Body Beast has been very creative in modifying workouts to suit the needs and capabilities of folks at home, but it inevitably lacks in some areas. 

That is why I went out and got myself a proper squat rack. By adding a barbell and weight plates to my lifting routine, I am/was able to kick things up a notch and dial up the intensity. The added weight has certainly helped my progress, especially by adding in more traditional compound lifts (bench, squat, deadlifts, military presses). 

Beyond adding more weight, however, most people don't realize that Body Beast is not really a strength-gaining program, it is a hypertrophy program. Sure, as with any training program, your body is going to adapt to the stimulus, so by increasing weights throughout, you definitely have the ability to get stronger, but, there are other ways to gain strength that are more scientifically-sound and proven to work. 
 
 A review of sets and repetition goals.

A strength training program is also nice to help me bust through some plateaus. I have now made it through 2 rounds of Body Beast, and both times I inevitably hit a plateau simply because my strength cannot match the speed and pace of these routines. Again, Body Beast is a hypertrophy program, so it is designed to move at a quick pace, never allowing the muscles to fully recover from a previous set, in order to create a metabolic demand, thus increasing muscle size.

Because of this, as I said previously, my current strength gained by muscles can only take me so far. Remember that muscle size does not necessarily indicate the force that can be generated by said muscle. So, even though Body Beast, or any hypertrophy training for that matter, increases the size of the muscles, they aren't as strong or efficient as they can be. 

So, by changing direction in my training, and aiming for more strength-based training, I can then take my newly-enlarged muscle fibers, and train them to be stronger. When they are stronger, I can then go back to another round of Body Beast later if I wish, and make gains beyond what I was capable of before. 

My program will be a hybrid of a "Starting Strength" program and a "Stronglifts 5x5" program. Both programs are similar in nature, but with slight differences. I have combined elements from both based on my desired needs.

Here is the program: 

Workout 1

5x5 Squat 
5x5 Overhead Press
5x5 Barbell Rows alternating with* 1x5 Deadlifts

Workout 2

5x5 Squat 
5x5 Bench Press
3x10 Hip Thrusts
3xFailure Chin-Ups (15 reps max**) alternating with* 3xFailure Pull-Ups (15 reps max**)
 
 *alternating with means that one full day will be dedicated to one exercise, then the next time that workout is used, the other exercise will be used (example below).

**Chin-Ups and Pull-Ups sets will be done to failure or 15 reps, whichever comes first. If I can hit 15 reps during a set, then I will add weight to the next set through either a weighted vest or a weighted backpack.

Deadlifts are kept to 1 set, as I will be lifting as much weight as I possibly can for 5 reps. Plain and simple, picking up and putting down that much weight places a lot of stress on the body, so one set will be plenty!
 
The numbers listed are "sets x repetitions". So for example, 5x5 = 5 sets of 5 reps. Recovery time between sets will be lengthy (2-5 minutes), as I will want to allow my energy stores to completely recover to allow maximal or near-maximal effort on every set. This is not circuit-training!

Each exercise will be completed in its entirety before moving on to the next exercise. So, for example, I will do 5 sets of Squats, with a 2-5 minute break between each set, before moving on to the 5 sets Overhead Presses.

I will lift on a 3-day-a-week pattern (M-W-F) with some light distance running and yoga in there to supplement on non-lifting days. 

So an example of what my schedule will look like:

Monday - Workout 1
5x5 Squat
5x5 Overhead Press
5x5 Barbell Rows

Tuesday - 5km easy run or other light cardio

Wednesday - Workout 2
5x5 Squat
5x5 Bench Press
3x10 Hip Thrusts
3xFailure Chin-Ups (max 15 reps)

Thursday - Yoga/Recovery/Stretching

Friday - Workout 1
5x5 Squat
5x5 Overhead Press
1x5 Deadlifts 

Saturday & Sunday - Recovery

Monday - Workout 2
 5x5 Squat
5x5 Bench Press
3x10 Hip Thrusts
3xFailure Pull-Ups (max 15 reps)

Tuesday - 5km easy run or other light cardio

 Wednesday - Workout 1
5x5 Squat
5x5 Overhead Press
5x5 Barbell Rows

Thursday - Yoga/Recovery/Stretching

Friday - Workout 2
5x5 Squat
5x5 Bench Press
3x10 Hip Thrusts
3xFailure Chin-Ups (max 15 reps)

Notes about the schedule: 

You may be looking at this thinking, "That's it? Where's the circuit training? Where's the core work?" 

This program is about intensity. Since I will be lifting a lot of weight and pushing my body to get stronger, I will need more time to recover. Not only that, but each of these lifts are compound lifts, utilizing multiple muscle groups and multiple joints at once. This synchronizes the body to work in a much more efficient and harmonized way. 

As for "core" work, there is no need to get on the floor and work my abdominals and core muscles by doing crunches and planks since the core is so heavily involved in each of these compound lifts. 

As for scheduling or length of the program, I am going to announce my World's Toughest Mudder training schedule very soon. This will play a part in that schedule, so I will announce more details on the length of this phase, as well as my plans.

Let me know if you have any questions/comments/concerns by commenting below!

 





Body Beast Testimonial in Las Vegas

Well, it is a bit of late notice, but I received word from Beachbody that I will be interviewing with Beachbody for my Body Beast testimonial. Here is the information I received from them: 

Hi Tyler,

We would love to do a testimonial interview and take some photos of you while you're at Summit this year.  

More details below, please let me know if this works for you!

When:

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

Time:

* 11:00AM* Hair and Make-Up Call Time
(You will be doing a Green Screen Interview & then Photos right after)

Photos:

After your green screen interviews you will be escorted to a photo area where we will take your after photos. This is where we will take additional after photos of you in your athletic gear.

So glad to have you a part of this and we look forward to your interview.

Talk Soon,

So, now I have just 2 weeks to get as RIPPED as I possibly can so that I represent in my photos well. I am going to be using the "Build" workouts over the next few weeks, as well as a run to work as my cardio and "recovery" day.

There will not be enough time within the next 2 weeks to put on any more mass than I already have, so instead, my efforts will be focused towards 'cutting' as best I can. Here is my schedule: 

June 6 - Build: Chest/Tris
7 - Build: Legs
8 - Build: Shoulders
9 - Build: Back/Bis
10 - Run

11 - Build: Chest/Tris
12 - Build: Legs
13 - Build: Shoulders
14 - Build: Back/Bis
15 - Run

16 - Build: Chest/Tris
17 - Build: Legs
18 - Build: Shoulders
19 - Build: Back/Bis

June 20 - 23 - Vegas





Beachbody Body Beast Bulk Legs Latest Numbers

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It was just one of those mornings. I had ZERO interest in pressing play this morning. Not sure if it was a crappier sleep, or the fact that I am on holidays in 2 days, but I was just not in the mood. But, like many of you, I kicked my shitty attitude out of the way and got to work!

What followed was pretty much what happens to me every time I have "one of those days", I ended up having an AWESOME workout, felt very strong, and was able to up a few of my weights. One of the main reasons for my interest in a proper squat rack was to work my legs like never before, and I definitely feel as though I have been doing just that. I have a few more rounds of Bulk Legs when I get back from Jamaica, but I just wanted to post my latest numbers for all of you here. All weights are listed as total weight - plates and bar. You'll also notice my modifications I have done to this routine to suit my goals.

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Front to Back Lunge
Reps 12-10-8
Weight 65-85-105lbs

Progressive Set Back Squat
Reps 15-12-8-8-12-15
Weight 95-125-165-165-125-95lbs

Force Set Back Squat
Reps 5-5-5-5-5
Weight 105-105-105-105-105lbs

Progressive Set Split Squat
Reps 15-12-8-8-12-15
Weight 95-115-135-135-115-95lbs

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Stiff Leg Deadlift
Reps 15-12-8-8
Weight 95-115-135-115lbs

Alternating Side Squat
Reps 10-10-10
Weight 2x25-2x25-2x25lbs

Single-Leg Calf Raise
Reps 12-12
Weight 60-60lbs

BONUS 2-Leg Calf Raises
Reps 15-12-8-8

Weight 155-175-215-195lbs





Weekly Newsletter

Hey Everybody

I hope you are all continuing to stay active and eating a respectable diet. Is there a goal or specific date that you have in mind that you are reaching for? I know that specific events help me train and stay focused on my goals. Maybe consider signing up for a fitness-related event. It doesn't have to involve running either. Look around for local events in your area. When you put the money down to sign up for an event, it definitely helps keep you motivated and on track to stay fit and active.

This week's topics:

1. Which brings me to my first point of the week. I have officially signed up for the World's Toughest Mudder 2013! That's right, I will be returning to Raceway Park in New Jersey for the 24-hour endurance event on Saturday November 16th 2013. It is a long way away, but my planning and preparation are starting as I write this e-mail. I will be discussing my plans and preparations over the coming weeks and months so stay tuned!

2. Today kicks off my 30-day Shakeology Challenge. Although you will be joining us a bit later, if you are still interested, let me know and I will add you to the group. The group is aiming to look and feel our best by the first official day of summer!

3. In case you missed it last week, Beachbody is now offering the Body Beast Challenge pack with Shakeology instead of the Body Beast supplements. I know a lot of people have been asking about this one (myself included) as I personally feel like this is a better deal and more worthwhile to sign up for. I am a huge fan of the Body Beast program, so if you are interested, let me know or check out the details here.

4. For those of you who are pumped for Focus T25, here is a snippet I received from someone last week:

"Tyler
Hope all is well. Tyler, i was part of the test group for this last summer. I have been doing beachbody programs the past 5 years, P90X, Insanity, Asylum, x2.

And this program totally rocked. And got to work out live with Shaun and Tania every morning for ten weeks. 

But this program totally kicked ass. Legit. 25 minutes without a 30 second break. Weights, circuit, cardio, abs, legs. All of it is there. People will not be disappointed with it. Changed my whole view on long workouts."

5. Speaking of Focus T25, remember to check out my Focus T25 contest. There is less than a week left to earn as many entries as possible, increasing your chances of winning. I will be posting the winner of the contest via video next Tuesday May 28th on my Facebook page, so stay tuned for that. Also, keep an eye on my Facebook page, as you will have opportunities to earn bonus entries between now and the end of the contest!

6. Remember to check out our Team Fitness for Life accountability group for motivation and inspiration.

This week's blogs:

More Focus T25 Information from Shaun T Himself
Beachbody's Body Beast Bulk: Legs Modifications
Beachbody's Body Beast Bulk: Shoulders Modifications
Tough Mudder Tactics: Glory Blades

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
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Beachbody's Body Beast Bulk Shoulders Modifications

Body Beast's "Build Phase" routines are quite well-rounded routines in my opinion, that is why I did not make too many changes to them. The "Bulk Phase" routines, on the other hand need a few more modifications to them. After each blog, I will explain why I made the changes that I did.

Bulk: Shoulders

Single Set
Standing Barbell Press


Super Set
Lateral Raise
Arnold Press

Progressive Set
Upright Row

Super Set
Alternating Front Raise
Plate Twist-Twist

Progressive Set
Reverse Fly

Single Set
Shrugs (Bar)

I was quite underwhelmed by Bulk Shoulders from my first round of Body Beast. In fact, I would say that as-is, Build: Shoulders is a better workout. So, I added two sets to this routine, bookending the routine.

At the beginning of the routine, I will do a standing barbell press with full chanting of "Arnold, Arnold, Arnold" (see video), and at the end I will add shrugs.

Any questions? Let me know!





Beachbody's Body Beast Bulk Legs Modifications

Body Beast's "Build Phase" routines are quite well-rounded routines in my opinion, that is why I did not make too many changes to them. The "Bulk Phase" routines, on the other hand need a few more modifications to them. After each blog, I will explain why I made the changes that I did.

Bulk: Legs

Single Set
Front to Back Lunges (Bar)

Progressive Set
Back Squat (Bar)

Force Set
Back Squat (Bar)

Progressive Set
Split Squat (Bar)

Super Set
Stiff Leg Deadlift (Bar)
Alt. Side Squat

Super Set
Single-Leg Calf Raise
Hanging Open/Close

Single Set
Calf Raises (Bar)


The alternating front to back lunges are a great way to start this routine. This exercise is actually a bit of an extension from the warm-up, allowing the legs, knees, and hips to track through their range of motion and prepare for the workout.

The progressive set of squats will obviously be done with the barbell.

The following force set, I will be swapping out the Sumo Squat for a traditional back squat because I personally find it is a better exercise. I will no doubt have to lower my weight a bit after the previous progressive set.

I have swapped out the core move at the end for "Hanging Open/Close". This is done by hanging from a pull-up bar, engaging the core, bringing your knees up towards your chest (knees kept at 90 degree bend) and you slowly open and close your knees for a desired rep range.

I have also added a bonus round at the end of the workout, with some calf raises (barbell perched on shoulders). All calf raises will be done with balls of feet and toes on a weight plate, to allow a great range of motion in the calves.

Any questions? Let me know!





Beachbody's Body Beast Bulk Back Modifications

Body Beast's "Build Phase" routines are quite well-rounded routines in my opinion, that is why I did not make too many changes to them. The "Bulk Phase" routines, on the other hand need a few more modifications to them. After each blog, I will explain why I made the changes that I did.

Bulk: Back

Single Set
Deadlift (Bar
)

Super Set
Dumbbell Pull-Over
Pull-Up

Progressive Set
Reverse Grip Row (Bar)

Force Set
One-Arm Row

Single Set
Back Rows


Super Set
Reverse Fly
Plank Rotation

I am not a fan of having the Deadlift towards the end of this workout. The deadlift is a full-body, compound movement that requires a great deal of strength, especially when done with a barbell. I am also a firm believer that all strength or heavy resistance-based workouts should start with one of your primary lifts - bench press, squat, deadlift, shoulder press.

Pull-ups in Beast are always done with some sort of weighted vest or weight in a backpack to increase intensity and keep volume down (# of reps).

Since I have moved deadlifts to the start of the workout, I then replaced them with back rows during the routine. These will be done, laying face-down on an inclined bench.

Any questions? Let me know!





Beachbody's Body Beast Bulk Chest Modifications

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Body Beast's "Build Phase" routines are quite well-rounded routines in my opinion, that is why I did not make too many changes to them. The "Bulk Phase" routines, on the other hand need a few more modifications to them. After each blog, I will explain why I made the changes that I did.

Bulk: Chest (changes in Bold)

Single Set
Flat Bench Press


Super Set
Incline Fly
Incline Press

Force Set
Chest Press with Rotation

Progressive Set
Incline Bench Press (Bar)

Combo Set
Close Grip Press to Fly

Multi Set
Decline Push-Up
Cobra to Airplane
Roundhouse

I added a set of flat bench press at the very beginning of this routine. The workout actually has a good level of volume in it as-is, but towards my last round of Body Beast, I was feeling as though Bulk Chest could use just a little bit more.

The Progressive Set Incline Press, I have modified to use my bar and weight plates. After coming off a set of Dumbbell Incline Presses, as well as Dumbbell Press with Rotation, I think a set with the bar is called for.

Finally, rather than using Russian Twist at the end of the routine as the lone core move, I have swapped it out for "Roundhouse" which is a move from Tony Horton's 20-12 Abs, part of his 10 Minute Trainer One on One workout. In this exercise, you hang from a pull-up bar and lift your straight legs up and over, traveling from one side to the other, almost as if you are trying to get your legs over a wall in front of you.

Any questions? Let me know!