Annual All-Access Beachbody On Demand and Shakeology CP

Annual All-Access Beachbody On Demand and Shakeology CHALLENGE PACK

 

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Get unlimited access to every Beachbody program on Beachbody On Demand, including all new releases. With this Challenge Pack, you get 24/7 streaming access on your smartphone, laptop, tablet, or TV, anywhere you have internet access. Instantly stream every single workout from popular new hits, like the fun and easy beginner health and fitness program—YOUv2, the line dancing-inspired Country Heat®, the mixed martial arts-inspired CORE DE FORCE®, plus our full library of proven fitness programs, like 21 Day Fix®, INSANITY MAX:30, 3 Week Yoga Retreat, and more. Plus, you’ll get a 30-day supply of Shakeology that helps support healthy energy levels and reduce cravings, to get the best results possible, even faster.

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You get everything you need for your best results:

  • Your first 30-day supply of Shakeology – the superfood supplement shake with dense nutrition to help support weight loss, healthy energy levels, and reduced cravings, Shakeology is your catalyst for change to simplify your nutrition without compromising on taste—delivered on Home Direct, our monthly automatic shipment delivery program which you can cancel at any time.*
  • Annual Membership to Beachbody On Demand (70% off with the purchase of this Challenge Pack, limited time only!) includes unlimited, total access to every single program, even all deluxe and Beachbody On Demand exclusive workouts. Your Membership also includes access to Beachbody’s newest Cooking Show – FIXATE. There’s nothing more to buy, and all future programs are also included. When a new program launches, you get it, FREE. When it’s time to renew your membership, you’ll automatically be billed annually until you cancel. Cancel anytime!*
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Choose your monthly autoship* Shakeology option. Bag = 30 servings; Packets = 24 servings:

Your Challenge Pack Includes:

A 30-DAY SUPPLY OF SHAKEOLOGY—Your Daily Dose of Dense Nutrition®.
Shakeology is your catalyst for change. Treat your body to the delicious daily dose of superfoods and protein to help you build lean muscle as part of a resistance training and healthy eating program, support healthy glucose metabolism, and help you maintain good health. A nutrient-dense combination of premium proteins, antioxidants, phytonutrients, adaptogens, and superfood-based ingredients gives your body nutrients you can’t easily get from a normal diet–Shakeology is nutrition simplified, 100% dairy-free, vegan options also available.

ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP to Beachbody On Demand*
Get unlimited access to Beachbody on Demand, a one-stop shop for all your digital workouts with something for everyone:

  • Start streaming now! Instantly commit to your Challenge by choosing the program that’s right for you from our massive collection of world-class programs, like 21 Day Fix, Core De Force, Country Heat, 22 Minute Hard Corps®, and PiYo®.
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No matter which workout program you choose, you’ll reach your goals faster with the 24/7 tools and support:

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Portion Fix
Portion Fix makes portion control so simple, anyone can get great results. This easy-to-follow system includes seven color-coded containers and a Shakeology shaker cup, plus a nutrition guide that tells you how much to eat to lose weight—without feeling deprived.

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Former Competitive Bench Presser Loses 28 Pounds in 60 Days

Jeffrey B lost 28 lbs in 60 days with INSANITY MAX:30. He entered his results intoThe Beachbody Challenge, and won the $500 Daily Prize for September 10th!

Tell us about your life before you started the program. How did you feel about yourself and your body?
At one point in my life, I weighed over 300 pounds. I was a competitive bench presser on a world record level. I retired from the sport in 2012 and began to look for ways to transform my physique. It has been a long journey but I feel I am making progress. I have used the original INSANITY program before, but it wasn’t until MAX:30 that I really started making the gains I wanted to see.

What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey?
My inspiration has been my family. I want to constantly challenge myself and set a solid example for my 3 children.

What is the greatest challenge you faced before beginning the program? How did the program and Beachbody® help you overcome that challenge?
Getting started, and learning that daily improvements are what it’s all about.

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What in particular did you like about the program you chose?
The fact that it was only 30 min, and that I could always find 30 min to improve my life.

Describe the results you achieved with your Beachbody program. Which achievements are you proud of?
Single digit body fat.

How has your life changed since completing your Beachbody program?
Changing… I’m not finished yet :)

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.

How ‘Maxing Out’ Can Take Your Fitness to the Next Level

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Regardless of your fitness goals, the surest way to success is, ironically, failure.

That’s what research in recent years has revealed about the relationship between reps and results, which progress in sync with one another.

Momentary muscular fatigue—also known as training until failure or “maxing out”—simply demands performing movements until you can’t do them anymore. Rather than setting an arbitrary ceiling for yourself and hoping to, again arbitrarily, increase that ceiling over time, maxing out uses your body’s current capabilities to decide the variables (weight, reps, etc.), whether it’s high-intensity cardio, weight training or any combination of the two.

Once that ceiling is reached, you achieve failure, with the gains coming in the form of your body’s ability to go just a bit further the next time. “If you never fail at a set, you aren’t pushing hard enough,” says Steve Edwards, Vice President of Fitness and Nutrition at Beachbody.

But beyond a red-blooded sense of accomplishment, why is it important to press the limits? Edwards says, “Pushing towards failure is the only way to derive all of the benefits of a workout as it’s designed.” Most workouts, Edwards says, target energy systems, which, to be simplistic, are the physiological processes that facilitate the conversion of fuel into fitness. To make these systems more efficient—which is the very definition of fitness—Edwards says you’ve gotta fail.

“It’s the founding principle of all athletic training, or really, all physiological processes in the human body.”

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Turning it up to 11

Anaerobic activity (including interval and weight training) is designed around the body’s failure point in one of the aforementioned energy systems. In resistance training, this is represented by the amount of weight needed to fail at a given number of reps. In the case of cardiovascular workouts—most often interval training—this is represented by the use of body weight, speed, jumping and stopping to achieve failure.

“Training, philosophically, is about putting your body in environments that it’s not entirely adapted to,” says Dr. Marcus Elliott, Founder and Director of P3, a facility that applies scientific research to athletic performance. “Training to failure suggests taking your body as far as it can go. That is what your body responds to: being challenged.”

Resistance training has long been known to stimulate muscle growth, but recent research finds that there are diminishing returns to simply adding weight. A 2010 study commissioned by Canada’s Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council found that low-load, high-volume resistance exercise (i.e., less weight, more repetitions) is more effective at building muscle than high-weight, low-rep resistance training. The researchers determined that muscle growth is dependent not only on weight, but also the number of reps performed.

The result are greater strength, muscle endurance and, of course, mass. But the benefits aren’t limited solely to muscle development. “In addition to muscle adaptation,” says Elliott, “you also increase adaptive response to lactic acid,” the chemical that builds up in overworked muscles, creating that burning feeling. “When you take a workout to failure, you can become more efficient at utilizing lactate (lactic acid) as energy.”

Adapting to lactate means that, instead of gasping and vomiting during intense exercise, you breathe more easily. You also develop blood buffers, which help maintain a healthy blood pH and prevent nausea. “How that shows up in terms of fitness is if you’re climbing or on a run and the guy next to you is suffering and you’re not” explains Elliott.

While not all of the particulars explaining the effects of “maxing out” are clear, Dr. Francis Stephens at the UK’s University of Nottingham, says, “It likely has to do with metabolic and mechanical stress associated with fatigue within the muscle signaling for the adaptation.” Translation: burn it down.


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Fail, recover, repeat

A vital component here is rest (also known as recovery). The harder the workout, the more muscle fiber and neuron groupings—known as motor units—are recruited. Outside of long-distance running, most workouts target the moderate and high motor units. The more those units are recruited, the more recovery is required.

“This is why almost all training is broken into microcycles (weekly training schedule) and macrocycles (longer schedules) so that your recovery is properly balanced between your training,” says Edwards. That explains why weight training is staggered by muscle group and why very intensive training (plyometrics, et al) is done only once per week.

Edwards says there was a time when professionals were afraid to use programs like high intensity interval training (HIIT) with out-of-shape subjects. “This started changing in the early ’90s as studies began on highly deconditioned people and saw them respond much quicker to HIIT than traditional low-level aerobic work.” That means the only people to whom maxing out doesn’t apply are those with an injury or physical limitation that might prohibit it.

Still, Edwards advises that maxing out should constitute the bulk of training for most people. As he says trainers always say, “Failure is not an option.”

How Santa Claus and 8 More of Your Favorite Fictional Characters Can Get Fit

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Jessica Rabbit famously once said, “I’m not bad, I’m just drawn that way.” But not all fictional characters are so lucky. Many are created overweight, out of shape, and in need of a good workout. But that doesn’t mean they can’t change…We spoke to Steve Edwards, Beachbody’s VP of Fitness and Nutrition, to figure out which program would help such characters as Santa Claus, Homer Simpson, and the Blob get into shape.

HOMER SIMPSON
AGE: 40
HEIGHT: 6’0″
WEIGHT: 239 lbs.
One night, after being thrown out of an all-you-can-eat seafood restaurant for eating too much, Homer drove around until 3 AM looking for another all-you-can-eat seafood restaurant. His compulsive eating is matched only by his compulsive drinking and his compulsive aversion to exercise.
WHICH PROGRAM IS RIGHT FOR HIM? “I’d probably start him with 10-Minute Trainer because he needs to do something suited to his short attention span that will change his habits without a lot of time investment. Homer’s the kind of person who will find any excuse to not exercise. But ten minutes a day? Pretty hard to find an excuse not to do that.”

GARFIELD
AGE: 35 (in cat years)
HEIGHT: 3’2”
WEIGHT: 30 lbs.
Garfield’s diet consists of lasagna (which he eats by the pan), coffee, and the occasional houseplant. His only exercise comes when he smacks Odie across the nose, smushes a spider, or tries to mail Nermal to Abu Dhabi.
WHICH PROGRAM IS RIGHT FOR HIM? “Cats are athletically gifted, even if they’re out of shape, so I’m thinking we’d want to start Garfield on a basic-level movement-based program like FOCUS T25. It’s basically twenty-five minutes of movement-based, high-intensity training. Then, when he’s done, I’d move him into THE ASYLUM, which would help him in his fights with Odie.”

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THE PENGUIN FROM BATMAN
AGE: mid-60s
HEIGHT: 5’2”
WEIGHT: 175 lbs.
Because of his height and weight, the Penguin typically waddles when he walks, which is not conducive to regular exercise. He also has a business to run, and Batman to run from, so he doesn’t have a lot of time.
WHICH PROGRAM IS RIGHT FOR HIM? “I would give him P90X3 because it’s a diverse fitness program. He’s often fighting off Batman, so the more versatile he is, the better chance he’ll have to escape. Plus, the program is only 30 minutes a day, so he’ll be able to squeeze that into his busy schedule.”


MARIO FROM SUPER MARIO BROS.
AGE: 40
HEIGHT: 4’9”
WEIGHT: 200 lbs.
Though he does a lot of running and jumping, and has a healthy, mushroom-based diet, this portly plumber still has the Buddha belly he’s had since 1981.
WHICH PROGRAM IS RIGHT FOR HIM? “He does a lot of cardio, so what he needs to do is lift weights so he can change his body composition. I’d put him on Body Beast, which is a bodybuilding program. He’s already fit, we don’t need to get him fitter, but we need to change the way he trains and get his metabolism moving in a way where he’ll burn more calories.”

BOMBUR FROM THE HOBBIT
AGE: 44
HEIGHT: 4’5”
WEIGHT: 100 lbs.
Often referred to as “Poor Fat Bombur,” this dwarf did get some exercise when he joined his friends on a quest to free the Lonely Mountain from the dragon Smaug. Though, sadly, this was the only exercise he ever got.
WHICH PROGRAM IS RIGHT FOR HIM? “He’s kind of in a similar situation as Mario, since he walks around a lot. But he’s a lot less athletic. So he needs more movement-based training. I’d put him on P90X2 because it would not only help him change his body type, but he also wants to get ready for adventure, and P90X2 is our ultimate performance program.”


ERIC CARTMAN FROM SOUTH PARK
AGE: 10
HEIGHT: 4’2”
WEIGHT: 90 lbs.
Besides living in a constant state of denial about his weight—”I’m not fat,” he often says, “I’m big boned”—Eric also lives on a steady diet of Cheesy Poofs, chicken pot pie, and fast food, while avoiding most exercise.
WHICH PROGRAM IS RIGHT FOR HIM? “With a guy like that, you want to find an exercise he’ll like to do. So I’d give him LES MILLS COMBAT, which is a martial arts program. It would be good for someone like Cartman because COMBAT would make him forget that he’s exercising and think he’s working on his fighting moves.”

LES MILLS COMBAT. Work out like a warrior. Get shredded in 60 days.

RALPH KRAMDEN FROM THE HONEYMOONERS
AGE: 40
HEIGHT: 5′ 10″
WEIGHT: 250–300 lbs.
As a bus driver, Ralph sits eight hours a day. As a man constantly trying to come up with get-rich-quick schemes, Ralph also sits for a different eight hours a day. You can see the problem.
WHICH PROGRAM IS RIGHT FOR HIM? “He’d also be a candidate for 10-Minute Trainer, but since his wife wants him to go dancing and do more active stuff, and he’s resistant to it, I’d give him Hip Hop Abs instead. He’s out of shape, and almost any of our programs would work for him, but Hip Hop Abs gives you a little more rhythm, which might get him to take his wife dancing.”

THE BLOB FROM THE BLOB
AGE: unknown
HEIGHT: varies
WEIGHT: increases with every meal
After landing in the woods outside a small town in Pennsylvania, the Blob proceeded to eat an old man, a doctor, a nurse, a car mechanic, a janitor, a movie projectionist, and a bunch of movie patrons in a single night. Which isn’t healthy (or a good way to make friends).
WHICH PROGRAM IS RIGHT FOR HIM? “The Blob didn’t like the cold. So I’d go with Brazil Butt Lift, which was shot on a beach set. It’s an indoor video program, but you’re looking at people on a beach. If the Blob can look at the beach all the time, it would probably be pretty motivated to exercise.”

SANTA CLAUS
AGE: 1,743
HEIGHT: 6’0”
WEIGHT: 5 clouds and 10 stars
While he works hard on Christmas Eve, old Saint Nick spends the rest of the year sleeping, fishing, and playing World of Warcraft. He also, on Christmas Eve, eats tons of cookies but only drinks half of the milk that kids leave out for him.
WHICH PROGRAM IS RIGHT FOR HIM? “I think he needs P90X because it builds a functional fitness base that can see you through for a long time. And because the program trains you so thoroughly, you can keep your results for a long time. It’s a little more of a time investment up front, but for his schedule, it would be the best thing.”

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Let me Help You! I would love to Be YOUR COACH. Pick a Program above and let’s Get started. Which Fictional Character are you most like??

 

Insanity 60-Day Total Body Workout Program Review

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The Insanity Workout series, by the makers of P90X, tests every cardio limit you have with 10 high intensity and self-described insane workouts. There’s no equipment needed and there are a wide variety of cardio moves, from burpees and football runs to jumping jacks and suicides. The schedule maps out 60 days of increasingly intense interval workouts and the work-to-rest ratio (3 minutes on, 30 seconds rest) keeps you in the anaerobic zone for most of the workouts, making this a series that will appeal to experienced exercisers who want to push their limits.

The Basics

What It Is

The name of this workout series, Insanity, says it all. This 60-day cardio-based program includes 10 workout DVDs with one goal in mind: To kick your butt with high intensity aerobic and anaerobic interval training. To that end, many of the workouts follow the same basic formula: High intensity exercises for 3 minutes, followed by 30 seconds of rest, which isn’t nearly enough time to recover. This very short recovery time combined with such high intensity exercise makes for very challenging workouts that quickly sneak up on you.

The program also includes a basic nutrition plan (not reviewed) and a calendar mapping out your 60-day schedule, which includes 3 weeks at a high intensity (workouts are scheduled every day except 1) followed by a week of recovery workouts.

The Program

For the first 30 days, you do up to 6 cardio workouts a week, each with a different focus – Plyometrics, power and resistance, pure cardio and circuits along with core workouts as well. The last 30 days follows the same schedule, but your workouts increase in both time and intensity. Though they include different exercises, many of the workouts follow the same format: 3 to 5 high intensity exercises in a row for 3 minutes, rest for 30 seconds and then repeat the series for a total of three times, working harder each time. The workouts are led by Shaun T, a lean and motivating instructor and there are a gym full of exercisers that he pushes along the way. Though they’re all very fit, they do take breaks throughout the workouts so you’re not the only one coughing up a lung.

The Workouts

If you don’t like high impact exercise or gasping for air, you won’t be a fan of these workouts. The exercises are straightforward and athletic, requiring no equipment and you’ll recognize many of them, such as jumping jacks, burpees and suicides. There are unique moves as well – Side burpees, combination pushups with jumping jacks, frog jumps and more. It’s hard to believe someone could come up with that many high intensity, killer exercises with no equipment needed, but they managed to do it. The DVDs include:

  • Dig Deeper Fit Test – You know a workout is going to be hard if you have to do a fitness test before attempting it. The Fit Test gives you a taste of what’s to come with high intensity exercises like jumping switch kicks, plyo jacks, power knees, power jumps and burpees. You do as many as you can in one minute with, thankfully, a minute of rest between exercises. The fit test is about 30 minutes long, but is a workout all on it’s own.
  • Plyometric Cardio Circuit – This 40-minute workout may seem short, but it’s long enough to kick butt with explosive moves like power squats, ski jumps, pushups and mountain climbers. There’s a tough 10-minute warm up, a 5-minute stretch and then about 20 minutes of the intervals – 3 minutes at high intensity followed by 30 seconds of rest.
  • Cardio Power & Resistance – This 40-minute workout feels similar to the plyo cardio circuit and it is – It has same format, but with different exercises and a focus on muscular endurance. Some moves include power jump squats, squat kicks, shoulder pushups, dips, hurdle jumps and moving pushups.
  • Cardio Recovery & Max Recovery – There’s no cardio here, but there’s plenty of challenge and variety with a mix of planks, squats, lunges, pushups and stretches.
  • Pure Cardio – This workout is 40 minutes of hell…er…cardio with no rests. You do move after move such as suicide drills, switch kicks, power jacks and frog jumps without breaks. Even the video exercisers look ready to drop.
  • Cardio Abs – This 20-minute workout starts with high intensity cardio and ends with core moves. You hold the same position (a v-sit) for a number of variations followed by leg raises, planks and more.
  • Core Cardio & Balance – This recovery workout includes a series of cardio exercises that get increasingly difficult followed by standing core and conditioning drills such as knee lifts, extensions and arm moves.
  • Max Interval Circuit – During the second month, your workouts jump to 60 minutes, following the familiar format, but with even harder moves such as side burpees, pushup jacks, plyo lunges and more. Fatigue sneaks up quickly in this workout, but wearing a heart rate monitor can help you manage your intensity.
  • Max Interval Plyo – By the time you make it to this 60-minute cardio extravaganza, you really will start to question your own sanity. You follow the same interval format, but this one is all about plyometrics, which means you do quite a few powerful pushups, squats and core exercises.
  • Max Cardio Conditioning – This non-stop cardio workout (meaning all cardio, no breaks) is possibly the hardest with everything from switch-kicks and sprints to suicide jumps and planks with punches.