See How I Gained 20 Pounds of Lean Muscle with P90X

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Michael D. gained 20 lbs. in one year with P90X. He entered his results into The Beachbody Challenge, and won the $500 Daily Prize for September 14th!

Tell us about your life before you started the program. How did you feel about yourself and your body?
I was in high school at the time I started P90X and had zero confidence. I felt terrible and was always hard on myself. I played sports in school and my size always held me back, even though the talent was there, especially in football. I was already shorter than a lot of guys being only 5’8 and no matter what I did to try to gain weight and build muscle, nothing worked like P90X.

What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey?
My dad passed away a little before I started P90X and we always talked about doing the program together. I felt like it was my duty to complete this program for him and he was right there with me every step of the way. If that wasn’t enough motivation, I always felt like I was never reaching my full potential. I always prided myself on my work ethic in sports and in the weight room with the team and in life overall. So when I wasn’t building the body I know I could, I became discouraged but P90X changed that right away.

What is the greatest challenge you faced before beginning the program? How did the program and Beachbody help you overcome that challenge?
The passing of my father. We always planned on doing the program together so before we got to start, when he passed, it was pretty hard in the beginning to do it without him. But I knew it’s exactly what he would want for me and I know he would be proud of the transformation I have made.

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What in particular did you like about the program you chose?
Everything is detailed in a specific plan. You don’t have to wonder if the program is going to work. As long as you push play and bring it everyday while following the diet, results are going to come and you just have to keep believing that in the beginning.

Describe the results you achieved with your Beachbody program. Which achievements are you proud of?
My body completely transformed. I ended up doing P90X four rounds and now I look like a different person people tell me. I am much stronger and I graduated this past year being one of the biggest guys in my school, if not the biggest — which two years ago would be crazy thinking about.

How has your life changed since completing your Beachbody program?
My confidence has increased dramatically. I feel so much better about myself than I did before. I go through life with a certain energy now excited for the day and the next workout, and overall I’m just a much happier person. I feel so much healthier and my energy is through the roof. Beachbody completely changed my life inside and out.

You can change your life, too. Take the Beachbody Challenge for the tools you need to Decide, Commit, and Succeed! Complete any Beachbody program, and enter your results for a free gift and a chance to win cash and prizes.

CIZE and Shakeology: Fun. Nutrition. Results.

If you’re over every day workout moves that don’t get you the results you want, then it’s time to check out CIZE, Shaun T ‘s latest and greatest dance-based program. Shaun T went back to his dancing roots and put together an incredibly fun and effective workout that truly is for everyone, regardless if you have two left feet.

CIZE is not about doing pushups. It’s not about doing jumps. It’s about moving your body and grooving to the beat. The moves are all the things you’ve done with your body before. It’s just that Shaun T put them into a rhythm so you know exactly how to do it. And doing it is what gives you results. The bottom line is, CIZE will change the way you workout—forever.



CIZE is a really cool way to dance of the pounds, and when you add a dose of nutrition to help you fuel your body during the program, you get maximum results. Try it and see with the CIZE  and Shakeology Challenge Pack—which is on special this month for only.

Also, when you purchase CIZE, you’ll be entered into a drawing to win a free 1-year membership to access hundreds of workouts on Beachbody® On Demand! We are giving away a free membership each day for a limited time!

I’ve never had so much fun doing cardio!”

“CIZE IS changing my life in more ways then one. The biggest change is happening on the inside because CIZE is helping me learn how to let go and freely express my whole self. My favorite thing about CIZE is how freakin FUN it is! I LOVE the way I feel when I get a routine down, especially if it looks particularly challenging. When I’m in it, I’m like, Yah girl, WORK IT!

I think everyone should try CIZE because it’s too fun not to! So many people dread working out, but when you’re having so much fun doing it, you actually look forward to it. Plus, it doesn’t even feel like work. CIZE isn’t just ‘The end of exercise’—for me, it’s the start of a new journey of self-discovery and living in the present moment. I’ve never felt more alive.”

“In 30 days I lost 21 lbs. and 31 inches total, and I never felt like I was exercising!”

“CIZE is the first fitness program that’s helped me achieve my goals beyond the scale. When it’s time to CIZE it up, I just let go and have fun. Before I know it, I’m drenched in sweat and burned a ton of calories—yet I never felt like I ‘worked out’. Each routine has its own flavor and style, which not only challenges my brain but also my body. Now I have a better attitude at work and live each day feeling happier, healthier and lighter.

CIZE is unlike anything else out there! If you never want to feel like you’re working out again, then CIZE is the program for you. You get to learn professional dance routines to incredible music and it’s paired with an awesome nutrition plan. If you want to sizedown your waistline, you should definitely start to CIZE it up!”

“If I can move my body in ways I never imagined, I can handle anything life has to offer!”

“CIZE was so much fun and has given me confidence and swag in all areas of my life. The music is current and the choreography is actual dance choreography; I was not just being taught to do the two-step and throw my hands up in the air. My body moved in ways I never imagined and I was truly dancing like the professionals

Prior to CIZE I’d always find ways to disrupt my workouts. I’d check my phone, tie my shoe, answer text messages, etc. But with CIZE, there was no time for distractions. I had to concentrate to learn the moves. My mind, body and soul were completely engaged and I sweated more, and pusher harder, than ever before.

There’s nothing else like CIZE on the market. It doesn’t matter if you know how to dance or not, you’ll get so much out of this program—weight loss, happiness, confidence, and LIFE!”

 



Follow These 9 Tips to See Success on Your Fitness Journey

Beachbody-blog-10-diet-tips-ignoreIt’s January! Time to dust off those sneakers and dive in to that fitness routine so you can get ditch those holiday pounds and get down to your goal weight.

Whether you’re following a routine for the first time (or for the first time in a long time) or just refocusing your efforts in the New Year, here are some of my favorite tips on what to keep in mind as you get started. These tips will help you stick with it when you’re feeling grumpy or tired or frustrated or hungry.

Do: Before you start, log your weight, your measurements, and take your photos.
Don’t: Freak out over what you see.
No one likes his or her Day 1 photos or measurements. But, by capturing all of the basic information (how much you weigh, how big your waist is, what you look like shirtless or in a bikini), you’ll establish a starting place. Then, when you take down all this information again (we usually recommend taking them every 30 days, unless you’re doing the 21 Day Fix), you’ll see how much you’ve changed. “I can’t tell you how many times one of our Success Stories has told me that their ‘before’ picture on the fridge saved them at some point along the way,” says Steve Edwards, Beachbody’s VP of Fitness & Nutrition.

Do: Weigh yourself once a week
Don’t: Weigh yourself every day
Full disclosure – I break this rule. I weigh myself every morning just after I wake up. I don’t recommend it, but helps me stay on track. Your weight can fluctuate every day based on how much sodium you consumed the day before, how much you sweated during your workout, whether you went to the bathroom, what time of the month it is, etc. If you’re the type who could get discouraged from seeing your weight go up a pound or two (or more) in 24 hours, then I recommend weighing in approximately the same time each week. It’ll give you a better overall sense of the trend your weight is heading in. Just keep in mind you might gain a few pounds during the first few weeks of beginning a program.

Do: Eat for the body you want – not the one you have
Don’t: Cut out all of your favorite foods
If you really want to be miserable and set yourself up for failure, cut out everything you like to eat. If your diet is really bad, a lot of stuff you like might have to go. Soda, fried food, super sugary coffee drinks…Think of this new journey as a boot camp. You’re training for the body you’ve always wanted. So feed that body with the food it needs. Lean proteins, complex carbs, and lots of nutrient-packed vegetables. We have tons of healthy recipes on this blog that will fit your new lifestyle. We even have healthier version of some of your favorite foods, including pizza, fries, and burgers. Think about your diet as an 80/20 split. 80% of the time, eat “clean.” The other 20% of the time, don’t stress about it. If you really want that beer or that cookie, have it. One cookie or one beer, isn’t going to be your downfall.

Do: Plan your meals and organize your kitchen
Don’t: Wait until the day of to figure it out.
By planning your meals, like one of our social media ambassadors, Amanda Meixner  does every week, you make it easier to eat healthier because you don’t have to think about it every day. You just grab your breakfast and/or your lunch and go. We’re going to start posting her meal plan photos each Monday to keep you inspired.

Do: Push through the soreness
Don’t: Push yourself to the point of injury
Whenever I start a new fitness program, I assume I’m going to be sore for the first two weeks. Even if the soreness doesn’t last that long, it helps my mind get in the right zone. “Soreness is a right of passage, but it’s still difficult to deal with,” says Edwards. “Don’t go 100% on day one, and ramp things up each day based on how you feel. If you do get sore, back off but don’t stop. Doing a workout at 50% is a lot better than nothing. It will also help your soreness fade quicker.” Here are some great tips on how to avoid soreness.

Do: Expect to be a little hungry and maybe a little grumpy in the beginning.
Don’t: Fall back into old bad habits.
No matter what change you’re making – whether it’s a new fitness routine or a cross-country move – there are bound to be growing pains. Change is uncomfortable. Prepare to feel a little out of sorts – you might be hungry, you might feel sore, you might be a little grumpy in response – and it’s more likely you’ll have an easier transition into your new lifestyle. “Soreness and hunger go hand in hand”, says Edwards. “When you’re sore you’re broken down and that incites hunger to repair your body. They’ll subside together. To speed things up, consider targeted nutrition or supplementation. The right food and the right time will minimize your desire to over eat.”

Do: Follow your workout calendar
Don’t: Don’t wait until Monday to start again if you miss a workout.
If you missed a workout because of sickness or travel or you just didn’t feel like doing it, don’t worry. Just get back to it. Not sure where to pick back up? This article will tell you.

Do: Get back on program if you fall off.
Don’t: Don’t beat yourself up, feel like you’ve failed, or wait until the next day/week/month to start over.
No one is perfect. Not me, not you, and not our trainers. Everyone has an unhealthy meal sometimes or misses a workout. Don’t let that define your day, your week, or your month. Just get right back on track. You’re on a journey and along the way, there are going to be a few misses. If you pick yourself right back up and keep going, you’ll get there.

Do: Share what you’re doing and find people who will keep you accountable
Don’t: Listen to the haters.
If you share what you’re doing with those around you, there’s a greater likelihood you’ll succeed because you’re creating a social support system that you’re accountable to. There might be people who pooh-pooh your journey, but ignore them. They have their reasons for doing so (usually the reasons stem from jealousy or fear), so just stay positive and reach out to your support system when you need help. We’re here for you, so don’t hesitate to reach out!