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!

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Tyler Robbins
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Weekly Newsletter

Hey Everybody

We are now less than a month away from the launch of P90X3! The holidays are also right around the corner, which also means the start of a New Year! Without further ado, let's get right into this week's topics of interest:

1. As mentioned above, P90X3 launches in less than a month - orders start on December 10th. Remember that if you order before December 15th, Beachbody will have it in your hands by Christmas. If you are interested in doing the program yourself, and want the motivation of a Challenge Group, join us here.

2. A real quick heads-up. My next Beachbody Coach Training is slated to begin on Monday December 2nd. I have had a ton of interest for this training already, and am already starting to plan ahead for yet another group to start on Monday January 6th, so if either of these dates sound appealing to you, let me know. December is a good time to start because you will already have a month's worth of training under your belt prior to the health and fitness rush at the beginning of the year. On the other hand, if you wish to start 2014 off with an exciting new business opportunity, then that option is open too.

3. Here is a good laugh for you (in case you missed it from Facebook). I am sure this is what people think of when I tell them I workout at home...

4. Great article from Men's Health Magazine - 4 Exercises Trainers Hate.

5. Another great article, this time from the Business Insider - 9 Lies About Fat that Destroyed the World's Health.

6. This week's blogs:

The best time to workout is?...
INVESTING in your health!
"But what do you do for cardio?"

7. And from the blog archive:

Build Muscle, Lower Body Fat
Pull-ups/Lat Pull-downs Hand Positions
Resistance Training for Runners
Sign of Overtraining
My Thoughts on Crossfit

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!





Why I dislike the P90X "Certification"

Wait, I am a Beachbody Coach...so that means I have to love everything Beachbody right? 

No, it doesn't. When I set out to become a Beachbody Coach, my goal was to help others, yet also keep my honesty and integrity, because I want people to know my personal opinion about what I recommend/suggest. This goes for workouts, supplementation, education, research, etc. 

I have done my fair share of ragging on Crossfit in the past, so I think it is about time I share my displeasure with Beachbody as well. The similarities as to why I dislike the P90X "Certification" are eerily similar.

What has become strikingly apparent during my time as a fitness professional and learning more and more about the business of health/fitness is that, like any industry, in order to grow your business, you need to 'sell' through as many avenues as possible. I don't necessarily fault anyone for that. We must all remember that at the end of the day, Beachbody is a business. Businesses make money. That is their goal. What I enjoy about Beachbody is that I believe they produce some great products, especially at a great value!

P90X is, from what I understand, the highest-selling home workout program of all time. It is a great program, one that can be used by a wide variety of skill levels and ages. I am a Beachbody Coach largely due to my start with home workout products like P90X. That is not the topic of interest here, however. 

I know why Beachbody wishes to expand their P90X brand, it is to get their name into gyms across North America to share with folks just how great of a product P90X really is. There are some problems, in my opinion, with this model. 

Similar to Crossfit, there are no requirements to become P90X "Certified". The reason why I put "Certified" in quotes is because this isn't actually a certification that is recognized by any of the major governing health and fitness bodies in the USA. Sure, it is recognized as a continuing education credit or course, but that does not mean that it is considered a full-blown certification. 

To become Crossfit certified, you pay your fees, take a weekend course, and boom, you are free to use the Crossfit brand to go and market yourself to individuals who wish to, well, do Crossfit.

Although a 'dilution' effect can be present in any field of health and fitness, certain aspects can exacerbate this issue. For example, allowing essentially anyone and everyone to become P90X "Certified" can muddy the waters when potential clients are searching for trustworthy, viable options for their health and fitness.

Just as with Crossfit (or any personal trainer certification, really) you have the potential to be 'trained' by someone who is either uneducated, or lacks the knowledge and/or experience to help you reach your goals safely and effectively. Sure, there are some great trainers out there, but as a "Certification" becomes diluted, your likelihood of coming across a 'bad' trainer increases.

So what happens when more and more people come across 'bad' trainers? The name becomes tarnished. There are some very knowledgeable, skilled, and trustworthy Crossfit (for example) trainers out there. I follow a number of them and enjoy reading and watching what they have to say. However, as their business model grows, so to does their risk for injury and malpractice as injury rates increase from the bad trainers.

I can see P90X "Certification" heading in the exact same direction. The goal right now seems to be finding as many trainers to get that P90X logo into as many gyms as possible, causing a dilution, and no doubt allowing some very bad trainers to go and tell folks what to do. Similar to any other form of training, P90X is and can be very dangerous, especially under the watch (or lack thereof) of a proper trainer.

Not only that, but I see many individuals using P90X "Certification" as their introduction into personal training. If you were to go apply for a personal trainer position at a gym or fitness facility, saying that you are P90X "Certified" on your resume, you will be looked at like you have 2 heads. 

Basically all the certification allows you to do is teach P90X classes and legally attach that trademarked logo to your class. I would rather see folks go, purchase their learning materials, study, learn, and write and attain a more reputable starter certification from a trustworthy governing body (NSCA, NASM, etc.) so that their certification can actually mean something, with broader horizons.
 
 *It should be noted that the P90X "Certification" strongly encourages individuals to have at least a 'baseline' certification along with their P90X add-on, and I also strongly recommend those interested should do the same. You will learn a more broader spectrum if you become certified first, then, if you are still interested, become P90X "certified".*

Not to toot my own horn, but there is a very specific reason why I chose to become a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with the NSCA. I knew that their governing body mandated very specific criteria in order to even qualify to write their exam. One such stipulation, for example, is to ensure all qualified participants have a Bachelor's degree.

That, along with other stringent guidelines and testing procedures keeps the CSCS name reliable and trustworthy amongst gyms and strength facilities due to their reputation. 

I am not saying that I know everything there is to know about health and fitness, but the choice I have made to become CSCS certified has put me in the right mindset to constantly study and evaluate current health and fitness trends, and to be a reliable, honest, and trustworthy source for everything health and fitness. 





Day 365 - A Year's Worth of Blogs

Well, a year ago today, I set out with this crazy goal/mission to post a blog every single day for 365 straight days. Today, marks the successful completion of said goal with my 365th straight blog!

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