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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Team Fitness for Life Home Gyms

Lately I've been discussing the benefits of working out at home, and I have even shown you my own home gym setup. I put the word out to my Challenge Group for anyone interested in sharing their home gym to send me pics, so that my readers can get an idea just how versatile and unique people's home gyms can be.

Not only that, but understand the dedication involved for many of these gyms to double as other functions in the home. One of the themes or goals of my blog lately, has been to show people that almost anyone can find a bit of space in their home to exercise. The great thing about working out at home, is that even though you may not have a multi-million dollar facility, you also don't need to pay to rent their equipment. You can build your own gym over time and build something great!

John S.

Here are a few photos of my gym - just in a small spare bedroom (no I didn't choose the awesome paint colour and wallpaper!). Started with just the resistance bands for p90x in 2011-12 and a pull up bar (have since upgraded to beachbody pull up system). I purchased the med balls, gymnastic balls, and SelectTech 552s in Dec 2012 to have ready for X2 in January. Just added the SelectTech1090s and bench this week! All in about $1400 but thats just 2 years of gym membership here and I will have it all forever! Also have a fan, and the TV has built in DVD player, use the black bookshelf as a tabletop to "Write it down"

Jeff T.

Here is my workout area. Nothing special. I did all of Insanity/Asylum vol 1 & 2 in my living room. Then moved everything else outside when I started P90X

Jason T. (Part 1)

I'm 6'4" so I need quite a bit of space to maneuver around. Our old living room was too cramped so I moved the kitchen table back and sort of worked out between the kitchen and computer room in the hallway. Trust me, there were plenty of times I cracked my hands and head on those low overhangs you see there lol.

Jason T. (Part 2)

Here's my (current) basement setup. As much as I hate to say it, I'm planning on replacing that awesome orange carpet with some rubber flooring soon. Hopefully early next year.

Dan M.

Sister's old room. Bowflex bench, Power Blocks adjustable dumbbells, EZ curl bars, and workout mat.  Very steak and potatoes.

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Brenda M.

My home gym is my living room so I need a system where it can be tucked away easily. Everything is in my living room except the pull-up bar and chin-up assist.
Inventory: dumbbells (2, 5, 10, & 15s), medicine balls x4, resistance bands x6, agility ladder, rumble roller, roller, TV, DVD player, Audio player, yoga mat, push-up stands, Insanity, Asylum Volumes 1&2, P90X, P90X2, Power 90, 10 min. Trainer, TurboFire, T25, T25 Gamma. not pictured - pull-up bar (for doorway) and chin-up assist. I  also workout at least 2 times per week at work! There, it is a classroom, DVD/projector and a yoga mat!

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Brent G.

I workout in the 3rd car garage area of my house. I love it in this room. I have a large rug for cushioning and my TV is an old one with a built in DVD and VHS player. My other gear includes stability ball, bowflex select tech dumb bells, a couple free weight dumb bells, homemade medicine ball, yoga mat, ab roller, and the pull up bar hangs in the door frame. This room also holds all my other "toys". You can see my skis and my bicycles hang up behind the main picture.

Greg H.

Fridge has water bottles & shakers ready for pre workout & post / recovery shakes .
A Years worth of workouts already to go, beside the TV,
Love my garage, man heaven !

Robert G.

Here is my area. I think it's taken me like 4 years or so to get all the equipment I have. I still need to buy some heavier weights but maybe next year. Oh and I remember trying to sell the TV I use for the longest time but glad I never did.

Andrew B.

I started into fitness about 12 years ago.  I was overweight so I got a treadmill.  After losing a lot of weight it was time to bulk up.  For that I got a bowflex.  When I progressed beyond that I started to lift free weights.   Recently I have been getting into Beach Body programs to add dynamic training to my workouts.  This was a good excuse to buy a lot of fun equipment (pull up bar, bands, medicine balls, etc...).

Gary W.

Larry N.

Another interesting tidbit about my home gym that my wife and I put together. We actually met in a commercial gym, training at 4am. I figured anyone dedicated to their workouts like I am is worth dating! We are still together 17 years later!

Scotty C.

My home gym doubles as a living room. I had to modify the pull-up bar because my door frame is wider than all pull-up bars on the market, some PVC pipe, foam covering to ensure that it doesn't destroy my door frame and tape to hold it all together. Bowflex 1090's, 1 rumble roller, 1 foam roller, 4 medicine ball, 2 stability balls, a bench, resistance bands, e-z curl bar with 2 35's, 2 25's, 4 10's, 2 5's, and 2 2.5's, Tony Horton PowerStands, yoga mat and jump mat, I use both for yoga, because yoga mat on carpet doesn't work, and an Indo Board.

Scott N.

I converted one of the guest bedrooms into my home gym. It's a gradual work in progress and it gets the job done. Buddha's there for encouragement:)

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Weekly Newsletter

Hey Everybody

Holy smokes this year has been flying by...November starts on Friday! I hope you are all doing your best at staying away from the Halloween candy...or at the very least, limiting yourself to just a few treats.

Remember that from about this point, on, people tend to let things "slide" at the end of the year. And by slide, I mean all of that junk food and drink slide down their throats. From Canadian Thanksgiving in October, Halloween, American Thanksgiving in November, right on through holiday and Christmas parties throughout November and December, and of course Christmas/Kwanzaa/Hanukkah (and any other holidays) and New Year's. The very least you could do for yourself during this time of year with all of the indulgences, would be to consistently exercise and get as much nutrition into you as possible (Shakeology anyone?) beyond all of the junk you will be consuming.

Anyways, with November right around the corner, there are also lots of exciting things to discuss, so let's get to it!

1. You have until midnight on October 31st to take advantage of Beachbody's Current Promotions. Over $90 off both the P90X and P90X2 Challenge Packs. With the holidays just around the corner, even if you already have P90X and/or X2, you could pick up some Shakeology for yourself, and give the program away to a friend/family member as a gift!

2. Last chance to sign up for my 60-Day Coach Training course (starts Monday November 4th).

3.. Here is my latest post in P90X University: Plyometrics.

4. I have been hard at work finishing my basement, as well as the space here devoted to my home gym. I have had a lot of requests to see the new gym, and although it is not done (yet), here is a detailed post showing the progress so far.

5. My thoughts on downloading your workout programs...

6. For those of you who aren't following me on Facebook or Twitter yet, or for those of you who DO follow me, make sure to keep an eye out at 8pm on Mondays-Fridays. I have written so many great, insightful blogs that may get missed by so many, especially those of you new to the team, that I figured I would go through and post my favourite/most popular blogs and post from my archive. Here are the 2 I've posted so far:

Small Changes Add Up

Don't Forget About Your Sleep

7. Not really sure why, but Beachbody is announcing their November promotions a day early (October 31st). So, if you are interested in what's going to be offered at discount for November, make sure to check out my website tomorrow. (p.s. I honestly have no idea what's on sale, so just check back with my then!)

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!





Weekly Newsletter

Hey Everybody!

Well some very exciting personal news to get out of the way right off the bat! My wife had her second ultrasound this morning. The baby is healthy, which is awesome news! We also found out that we are having another boy! I better keep working out the way I am so that I can keep up with my 2 sons...holy smokes!

We are almost into November. Are you planning on finishing your year strong, or just limp towards the finish line as we head into 2014? Why do so many people think that they can just coast at this time of year and just "start fresh" in January? I can tell you right now, from my experiences with "Coaching" and personal training, the people who need a specific date to start something (i.e. January 1st) NEVER reach their goals. Your body and your health don't know what day it is, besides the fact that you just keep getting older. Stop procrastinating and get to it NOW.

Enough of the serious talk ;-)

Lots of exciting things to cover this week:

1. I have already had an amazing amount of interest for my 60-Day Coach Basics Training program, starting on November 4th. I have been hard at work taking the training material passed down to me from some of the top Coaches at Beachbody, including 2011 and 2012 TOP COACH, and my personal Coach, Wayne Wyatt, and organizing it into a comprehensive 60-Day training program. I have also been modifying some of the topics and adding my own input based on what I have had success with as a Coach. You will not only learn how to start and run your business, but also other nuances like making YouTube videos, websites, blogs, etc. I have all sorts of tips and advice to pass down to my team. So, if you have been considering becoming a Beachbody Coach, now is the time to do it, as you can hit the ground running with this training program. Let me know if you're interested.

2. I had another video chat with Google the other day, getting my "Helpouts from Google" listing all set up. This sounds like it's going to be a remarkable opportunity. I will be able to give folks help with their health and fitness problems via video chat for a small fee. What's nice about all of this, is that all of you get to pick my brain and get advice whenever you want since I am your Beachbody Coach. That will not change! In case you still don't know what Google Helpouts is all about, head on over to my blog about the opportunity, including Google's official trailer detailing the program (expected to launch first week of November).

3. Just over a week left to take advantage of Beachbody's October promotions - P90X and P90X2 Challenge Packs on sale for just $180, which is over $90 in savings. Remember, if you have been thinking about becoming a Coach and partaking in my 60-Day training course, any customer who purchases as Challenge Pack has the option of upgrading to "Coach" status for free!

4. Make sure to check out the latest course in P90X University. A comprehensive breakdown of Chest & Back.

5. We are already sitting at 19 members for my P90X3 Challenge Group! If you are at all interested in starting 2014 off with the latest program from Tony Horton himself, join us!

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

The air is getting colder and we are well on our way through October. The holiday season is right around the corner, and that also means a new year is fast approaching. Lots of exciting things happening as we count down the remaining days of 2013.

This week's topics of interest:

1. I have just given my website a bit of a facelift. Nothing too major, just a few cosmetic changes here and there to freshen up the appearance a bit. Let me know what you think!

2. I have been invited to be one of the founding members of a new service from Google called "Google Helpouts." For those of you who know me will realize that this holds a lot of potential for me, especially considering how much I have enjoyed helping so many of you online these past few years. I will release more details about this endeavour as they are made available to me, so stay tuned!

3. Check out my latest class for P90X University - The Science of P90X: Heart Rate Zones and Intensity

4. Surprise, surprise, exercise is the key to a long, happy life!

5. Don't forget about Beachbody's October Promotions: P90X and P90X2 Challenge Packs are both $180 this month (over $90 savings!).

6. Also don't forget that there are new Shakeology purchasing options available!

7.  In case you haven't heard, P90X3 is coming this December! Get up-to-date with all of the information we know about the program here.

8. If you're interested in P90X3, make sure to check out my X3 Challenge Group. There is already a great group of us who are ready to progress through the program together so why not join us!

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!

Exciting news from me this week. I announced on my Facebook page the other day, although I realize not all of you use Facebook, that now, I have officially become a full-time Beachbody Coach and Personal Trainer. I have been working very hard towards this goal, and I have all of you, along with my wife to thank. Of course all of my team members helped me get to this point, so I would like to thank all of you for your support, especially the outpouring of support lately! My wife has been adamant about me doing what I enjoy, so I am taking this step to do just that! So, I will be working, as a personal trainer at a local gym, also personal training clients on-location, and when I am not helping people that way, I will be working my Beachbody business, helping all of you.

It makes for a very busy schedule, but I really enjoy helping others, especially by sharing my knowledge on the health and fitness industry. I think I have made this pretty apparent, especially lately, and hope to keep all of your support as we move towards P90X3 and beyond!

This week's topics of interest:

1. Remember to join my P90X3 Challenge Group. As I am writing this, we are sitting at 13 members and continuing to grow...and the program doesn't even come out for 2 more months! Studies have shown that working out in a group setting helps individuals stay motivated, and although we will be working out at home, it is great to have that "group mentality" online to motivate you to keep pushing play!

2. Don't forget that both P90X and P90X2 Challenge Packs are both on sale this month, you save over $90! Great way to maybe pick up a program and/or Shakeology for someone as a gift for this holiday season. Don't forget that when you purchase a Challenge Pack, Beachbody will waive your $39.95 Coach sign-up fee. You can become a Coach and sell P90X3, which I have no doubts, will become one of the top-selling home workout programs of all time!

3. Make sure to check out the latest class at P90X University - The Science of P90X: Progressive Overload.

4. In case you were wondering, this is the hybrid schedule I have started this week and will continue leading up to P90X3!

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

Welcome to October! A new month always brings exciting new opportunities, and with just a few months left in the year, it is also time to start planning ahead to the New Year. Lots of new, exciting, but also some disappointing news from me today.

First off, let me get the disappointing news out of the way first. I am withdrawing from the World's Toughest Mudder. For those of you who have been following me will know, I have a heart condition known as "Atrial Flutter." To make a long story short, I have been cleared for exercise, but certain types of training seem to be causing my symptoms to flare up, and I really don't think I am physically able, nor is it safe, to continue on with my training and competing at such a rigorous event. This is disappointing for me, but at the same time, health always comes first, and I am focusing on getting the required treatment so that I can make plans to compete again in the future.

For those interested, I am currently planning out my next training blocks. I plan on doing a Body Beast/One on One Hybrid that will focus on a bit of mass gaining, but also strength improvements. There will also be some performance goals there as well since I am now back playing hockey.

Now on to the exciting pieces of info from the past week:

1. Beachbody has announced their October promotions. During the month of October, you can get P90X or P90X2 Challenge Packs for just $180. That saves you over $90! Even if you already own X and/or X2, this is a great opportunity to save some money and pick up a copy of the program for a friend/family member, and you could keep the Shakeology for yourself.

2. Beachbody now offers 2 new purchasing options for Shakeology. First, you can get a taste sampler, where you will receive a single servings of the following flavours - 2 chocolate, 1 vanilla, 1 greenberry. Keep in mind that these are limited to 1 per taste sampler per customer. For those of you who have been asking for it, you can now order chocolate/vanilla combo packs so that you can keep some variety with your healthiest meal of the day!

3. New P90X3 details!

4. I am going to be running a P90X3 Challenge Group to kick off the New Year! P90X3 is available for order on December 10th. If you order before December 15th, Beachbody guarantees that you will get it by Christmas. Take a few days off for the holiday season, and then join an already-growing group of us to start the program sometime between December 29th and January 11th!

This week's blogs:

Your genes are not your fate
 
P90X University - The Science of P90X: Your complete guide to sets and reps
 
My Thoughts on P90X3

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

A really quick check-in this week, as not a whole lot is going on. I have also been extremely busy lately with a number of things including prepping all of my courses for P90X University! I think you guys are really going to enjoy the depth of the training behind P90X as I am spending a LOT of time getting everything I can think of included.

If for some reason I seem to forget something, or there is a topic you would like to see covered but isn't, let me know and I can do my best to include it!

This week's blogs:

Weekly Fitness Minute - Diana Nyad
 
P90X University - The Power of P90X
 
Hamstring Injuries
 
Post Exercise Nutrient Timing

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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Intermittent Fasting Q&A and Follow-Up

This is a follow-up to my "A Diet I Can Count On!" blog that I wrote the other day. 

 *DISCLAIMER*  - The intention of this blog is not to tell any of you how to live your life or to preach about a diet plan that everyone should follow. I have received several requests about my "new" diet, so I am detailing what I have been doing. This diet plan is not for everyone. Diet plans should be tailored to each individual's needs similar to how different athletes train for different sporting events. No one diet is right for anyone, so you should find a diet plan that works for you, makes you feel good, and is sustainable. Any questions beyond this blog can be commented below, or you can e-mail me and I will either respond to your questions directly or will bring them up in a future blog.

   What is considered as a 'strength training day'?

In my blog, I detailed how I fast on non-strength training days. I consider a strength training day a day in which I am attacking one or a couple of specific muscle groups with multiple sets with muscle failure in mind. These would include my heavy lifting days, the Body Beast 'lifting' days, and even P90X or P90X2 workouts that involve resistance training or push-ups and pull-ups. 

This is kind of a vague answer, but everyone will be different. Some days I may choose to fast after a workout like P90X Plyometrics, for example, both other days I may eat immediately afterwards. That is one of the nicest aspects of IF for me, in my opinion, is how flexible it is. If I feel like fasting, a few hours after a workout is not going to make my muscles fall apart, but at the same time, if I am feeling weak or run down, then I will eat! 

 Why IF on cardio days and not strength days? 

Strength training causes muscular breakdown. Also, and potentially more important, is the fact that resistance training causes muscle glycogen stores to be depleted. Research has shown that there is a magic 60 minute window (approximately) following a strenuous resistance routine when the muscles are craving replenishment of sugar and a bit of protein. Having said that, that 'window of opportunity' is not absolutely set in stone, and nobody should be attached to that number. 

During cardiovascular exercise, there is some muscle breakdown, but it is generally not as severe, especially if you exercise regularly. As your body becomes more efficient from regular exercise, it also becomes better at meeting more of its energy demands through aerobic respiration. The more your body relies on aerobic respiration, the more it pulls from stored energy stores (fat, or adipose tissue) and less from stored glycogen stores in the muscles. 

 Do I IF on rest days? 

Absolutely I do. In fact, rest days are the best days to IF, in my opinion. A couple things to note, however. If you are 'bulking' or aiming to gain weight, your calorie intake should be the same on recovery days as it is on lifting days. Your body is rebuilding and repairing from the damage done to it during your lifting days, so you still need plenty of calories. The only difference here, is that you will be taking in the same amount of calories, just in a smaller window of eating. Happy eating! 

If, on the other hand, you are looking to lose weight, your recovery days should be slightly less than you are used to on your days of exercise, again, with a smaller eating window!





World's Toughest Mudder Training Volume 3

Well, here we go again! Some things have changed since Volume 2 of my training schedule.

Phase 1 - Hypertrophy/Strength

Phase 1 will be all about gaining some size and strength, not to mention putting on some weight! I will be doing a LOT of training over the next couple of months, so I will want to up my weight a bit before it (naturally) starts to fall back down again.

August 4 - August 31
Body Beast Build: Chest/Tris + 20/12 Abs
Body Beast Build: Legs
Body Beast Build: Shoulders
Body Beast Build: Back/Bis + 20/12 Abs
 5km/6km/8km/5km Run
Strength Training (more info below)
Off
 
Week 5 (Recovery/Transition): September 1 - September 7
Off
P90X2 X2 Core
10km Run
Yoga
P90X2 X2 Total Body
Off
8km Run

*Strength Routine
This will consist of 3 compound exercises, done "5x5" (5 sets of 5 repetitions). This will include: Squats, Bench Press, and Barbell Row
 
Phase 2 - Performance
As the title implies, this phase will be all about taking my size/strength gains from Phase 1 and transitioning my muscles to perform better. This means making them less injury-prone, as well as increasing their endurance capabilities. Recovery time is just as important as training time here, as I want to allow my body full recovery after each intense training session!

September 8 - October 5
3x5 Bench Press + P90X2 Chest, Back, and Balance
3x5 Squat + P90X2 P.A.P. Lower
X2 Ab Ripper + Stretch
Off
3x5 Deadlift + X2 Base + Back
3x5 Overhead Press + P90X2 Balance & Power + 20/12 Abs
8km/10km/14km/12km Run
 
Week 10 (Recovery/Transition): October 6 - October 13
Off
P90X2 X2 Core
12km Run
Yoga
P90X2 X2 Total Body
Off
17km Run
Off

Phase 3 - Polish
Also as the name implies, phase 3 is all about taking my performance from phase 2 and adding that last little bit of strength/endurance and also mentally preparing the event ahead! 
 
October 14 - November 10
3x5 Bench Press + 30/15
10km/12km/14km/12km Run
3x5 Squat + X2 Base & Back
X2 Ab Ripper + Stretch
3x5 Overhead Press + X2 Total Body (no pull-ups)
22km/27km/32km/10km Run
Off
 
Week 13 (final recovery): November 11 - November 17
Yoga
Off
Yoga
Off
Travel Day
World's Toughest Mudder 2013!

 





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.





Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) Stretching

Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) stretching was first developed to help rehabilitate patients by relaxing muscles with increased tone or activity. These principles can be applied to any individual, however, and although it is generally recommended to perform these techniques with a partner, using tools such as stretching bands or belts can help stretch certain body parts while still maintaining PNF stretch techniques.

PNF stretching may be superior to other stretch techniques because it facilitates muscular inhibition by using both passive and active movements (concentric and isometric) and muscle actions. The biggest downfall of these stretch techniques however, is that many body parts require a partner to help achieve PNF stretching, and they must be done with correct form and technique in order to work properly.

There are 3 main types of PNF stretches that I have detailed below. In each technique, the first phase incorporates a passive pre-stretch that lasts 10 seconds. The initial pre-stretch is then followed by a 2nd and 3rd phase which varies by technique.

Hold-Relax

Following the initial 10-second pre-stretch, a force is applied to the muscle in question while the individual being stretching "holds" the stretch isometrically. The "push" that is causing the isometric hold should be resisted against by engaging the muscle in question. The hold is held isometrically for 6 seconds and then relaxes. The last passive stretch is then held for 30 seconds and should be of greater magnitude due to the "autogenic inhibition" caused by the isometric active stretch.

Contract-Relax

Following the initial 10-second pre-stretch, and similar to the "hold-relax" technique, a force is applied in an attempt to stretch the muscle in question. In the hold-relax technique, the individual is instructed to not let the body part move and simply hold the muscle isometrically while resisting the force. In the contract-relax technique, however, the individual should actually complete range of motion, concentric contraction and then relax. A passive stretch of greater magnitude can then be performed for 30 seconds.

Hold-Relax with Agonist Contraction

This technique is performed exactly the same as the hold-relax technique in the first 2 phases, except in the 3rd phase, not only is the muscle in question being passively stretched, but there is an agonist contraction. For example, if the hamstrings were being stretched, then during phase 3, the quadriceps would contract to further accentuate the passive stretch.





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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Day 354 - P90X2 Base and Back Latest Numbers

Well, I posted my latest numbers for Chest, Back, and Balance, so here are my latest numbers for Base & Back as well:

Exercise - Round 1 reps, Round 2 reps

No Kip Pull-up - 15 reps, 13 reps

Plyo Frog Squat - 30 reps, 30 reps

Wide Leg Close Grip Chin-up - 15 reps, 13 reps

Chair Jump - 20 reps, 20 reps

Chin Pull - 16 reps, 14 reps

Plyo Lunge Press - 15lbs (each hand) 25 reps, 15lbs (each hand) 25 reps

V Pull-up - 12 reps, 10 reps

Surfer Spin (I do the "Run Stance Switch" from P90X Plyo-X) - 30 reps, 30 reps

Kippy Cross Fugly Pull - 16 reps, 16 reps

Jack-in-the-Box Knee Tucks - 25 reps, 25 reps

Quote of the day:

"If there is no struggle, there is no progress."

~ Frederick Douglass

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Day 351 - P90X2 Chest, Back, and Balance Latest Numbers

I had a request the other day to post my numbers from Chest, Back, and Balance. Since I already went ahead and typed the numbers out, I figured I might as well put them in a blog. I am not bragging, because I am sure there are many of you out there who could best my numbers, but I know some of you folks like to compare your numbers to others to either feel better about yourself, or see how far you can push yourself if you try. Either way, 

here are my numbers from my latest round of Chest, Back,and Balance (some modifications): 

Pull-up X -16 reps

Plyo stability ball push-ups - 24 reps

Core crunch chin-ups - 13 reps

Push-up side arm balance on med balls - 18 reps with leg raise when balancing

Levers - 8 reps

4-ball push-ups - 34 reps

Chin pulls - 16 reps

The impossible - 14 reps

L pull-ups - 8 reps

3 ball plyo push-ups - 18 reps

Vaulter pull-ups - 16 reps

Elevated stability ball push-ups - 22 reps

In & Out pull-ups - 12 reps (I do plyometric pullups, alternating between close grip and wide)

Swimmer's push-ups 18 reps

4 grip pull-ups - 12 reps (3 "rounds)

Double wide push-ups - 34 reps

Double wide pull-ups - 10 reps (ZERO kipping)

Chattarockers - 12 reps

Towel pull-ups - 12 (some kipping)

Med ball push-ups - 17 reps (I just do 1-ball pushups, no plyo)

Quote of the day:

"The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather in a lack of will."

-Vince Lombardi

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