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 :)

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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!”

 



Focus T25: Exercise Review The Workout For Those With No Time To Work Out

“Focus T25 is a slightly easier lower-impact version of Insanity that’s been condensed into a 25-minute workout.”

Our thoughts have been trimmed to 140 characters, our videos have been clipped to 10 seconds or less and now our workouts are next in line to be pared down. After all, who has time nowadays?

Meet Focus T25: one of the hottest new workouts, courtesy of hitmaker Beachbody, which is like the Disney of at-home fitness programs. They continue to pump out winners, and their latest hit is Focus T25. All it takes is a 25-minute commitment and you can get yourself in the peak physical shape you’ve been hoping for.

We all know that between YouTube, Twitter and various other internet black holes, you can burn 25 minutes without even noticing the time pass you by. Well, you can do that or you can spend those same 25 minutes burning calories with Focus T25 and becoming a better, stronger and healthier person today. The choice is yours.

What Is Focus T25?

The best way to describe Focus T25 is a slightly easier, lower-impact version of Insanity that’s been condensed into a 25-minute workout. Brought to us by Shaun T and Beachbody, who crafted Insanity, this is an intense total-body training program that pushes your cardio to the limits.

The highlight is that it’s only 25 minutes. It doesn’t require equipment and can be done from anywhere. That eliminates any possible excuse for not exercising. Don’t have an hour to spare in the gym? Don’t feel like doing a boring workout routine? Don’t want to pay an exorbitant membership fee? Well, here’s your solution.

“We recognize that people out there are busy. They don’t have a lot of time,” says Shaun T. “In fact, the No. 1 excuse people have for not exercising is they do not have time. We felt it was about time to create a workout that’s fast and that works. A program that anyone could do. That’s T25.”

You’ll find yourself doing a lot of jumps, lunges, squats and running moves. It’s an unrelenting workout, but time really flies. Before you know it, you’re done the 25 minutes, soaked in sweat and have burned big-time calories.

“It’s an intense 25 minutes — there’s no rest. You’ll be sweating and you’ll be challenged,” says Shaun T. “The goal was to condense an hour-long workout into 25 minutes, and I bet you get a better workout in those 25 minutes than with your typical gym workout.”

How Challenging Is It?

It’s very challenging. It is less extreme than Insanity, but by no means does that make it easy. It’s a jam-packed 25 minutes of cardio, total body and core work with no breaks. Even people who are in prime shape will find themselves hitting the pause button to catch their breath.

“I designed these workouts like a circuit,” says Shaun T. “It’s called focus interval training. We focus on one part of the body at a time and then move on to another part of the body, so you do get to rest that area. For example you may do a minute of lower body like a lunge, then when your legs are tired, we go to upper body for a minute, then an interval of cardio, then abs, then back to the legs. So the focus is always changing and you get to rest one part of the body while you work another part of the body.”

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A common complaint seems to be that workouts like Insanity or even CrossFit are too difficult. That sometimes you need to muster the willpower just to get up and do it — let alone finish it. While Focus T25 is going to test workout fiends no matter what shape they’re in, at no point does this workout feel like an insurmountable task. It’s only 25 minutes long and it’s a lot of basic moves that you’ve done before. It’s just one after another and there are no breaks, so you’re going to feel the burn.

Who Is It For?

Focus T25 is for someone who is looking to shed some pounds and get cut. With this program, it won’t take long. You’ll build a little bit of muscle doing Focus T25 but this is not a bulk-up workout. This is more about cardio, stamina and sweating it out.

“It’s for males, females, all ages, shapes, sizes and fitness levels. If you’re in great shape, you’ll love it and I promise you’ll be sweating and challenged,” say Shaun T. “You get cardio, upper body, lower body, abs, core, stretching. And there’s a modifier, so no matter what your age or fitness level, you can do this.”
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If you’re new to exercise, it’s actually a fairly good entry point. Think of it as that pump class you’ve been meaning to take at the gym — only this is more intense and will make you push yourself harder. However, if you hit your limits early, you can modify until you get comfortable. When you get better, you can try to stick with Shaun T and his crew.

As for those who are more advanced in the gym, this is a great sweat prior to weightlifting. If you normally hop onto the treadmill or bike to warm up, try Focus T25 and you’ll achieve your goals much faster. “Focus T25 is the perfect workout to build your base fitness level and then progress onto any Beachbody program,” says Shaun T.

With Focus T25, you’ll get your cardio, but it also adds some resistance training to your regiment, which will add a strength component to your warm up before you get to the heavy lifting.

How Does It Compare To Other Products?

As far as the actual workouts, they’re similar to the Plyometrics workout from P90x. It’s not the same intensity as a CrossFit Workout of the Day or Insanity Asylum, but without question, you’ll be soaked in sweat by the time you’re done. It also requires a lighter commitment. While P90x, Body Combat and some other Beachbody workouts ask you to be dedicated six or seven days a week, Focus T25 has a shorter commitment of five days a week.

The main selling point of Focus T25 is that it’s 25 minutes and that makes this product unique. It’s a niche of its own and it’s hard to find a product that compares. It takes excuses like “I don’t have any time” out of the equation. While some people might not want to pay the exorbitant fees of a personal trainer and others might not have an hour to commit for spin class/weights/getting to the gym and back, those factors don’t really come into play with Focus T25 — everyone has 25 minutes.

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Inspirational Mom Tania Ante Baron: T25 Changed My Life

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Any Insaniacs out there?

The 39-year-old New York woman is proud mom to son Benjamin, nearly 2, and recently lost the 60 lbs. of pregnancy weight gain with T25 – a fitness program she worked on with her BFF, celebrity trainer Shaun T.

We’ve seen Tania front and center with Shaun T in Insanity – and mostly all of his workout DVDs – and we’ve envied her six-pack abs. But the woman known as ‘The Machine’ admits that maintaining her weight loss is a constant struggle.

As a former backup dancer for none other than popstar Britney Spears, Tania says struggling with body image was “a norm” in her field. And it wasn’t until she met Shaun T and started Insanity that she got control of her life.

While Insanity is called the “hardest workout ever put on DVD,” T25 is being called “the smartest.”

“I was the biggest skeptic when Shaun asked me to do the T25 focus group,” Tania shares. “I was actually terrified. I was afraid that I would not meet his expectations and I was afraid what everyone would think about ‘The Machine.’…After all of the workout programs that I have been in, Focus T25 is my only workout now.”

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Continue reading Tania’s inspirational story, and also hear from her BFF, Shaun T…

Tania’s story:

“Contrary to popular belief, I have struggled, and I still struggle with weight. Growing up as a dancer kept me fit, however my diet was extremely unhealthy. The poor diet caught up with me when I got to college. Freshmen 15? How about Freshmen 40! I went up 4 sizes in 6 months.

Again, I was still working out every day as a dancer, but never adjusted my diet. One day, I realized that I couldn’t afford to buy all new clothes in bigger sizes, and quite frankly, I was miserable. I decided that I had to make some changes and after a long year of hard work, I lost the extra 40 lbs.

Struggling with body image was a norm in my field. As a professional dancer, I was constantly scrutinized for my body. I learned to get a thick skin and I just dealt with it as best I could, but I was never truly satisfied with my body image because let’s face it, the industry is BRUTAL!

The irony is that now that I’m just months away from being 40 and post baby, I can finally say that I am in the best shape of my life and I really love what I see looking back at me in the mirror.

I helped Shaun T create Insanity. I was involved in the 60-day test group where we develop and test the workouts on a group of people who dedicate 60 days with us and get put through the torture [laughs]. During this 60-day period, my body completely transformed.

Shaun T and I met in 2004 on a job where we were both dancers in The Ten Commandments musical starring Val Kilmer and Adam Lambert.

After seeing sketches of our ‘barely there’ costumes, all of us dancers decided to workout every morning before rehearsal and Shaun T said that he teaches fitness classes so he offered to train us all.

Since then, I have worked side-by-side with Shaun on every single workout program he has ever created — as his BFF. The only videos I am not in are the Asylum 1 & 2 workouts because I was pregnant.

I was completely uneducated about nutrition when I was dancing. I just figured that I could eat whatever I wanted because I was young and working out all day long. I used to eat cookies or chips and soda for breakfast. ICK! Then I went to the opposite extreme of yo-yo dieting before a big dance gig came around.

It wasn’t until I entered the fitness industry did I finally take control of my diet and indulge myself in nutrition. It’s amazing how much better your body feels when you treat it well.”

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Tania goes on to talk about being transformed by motherhood.

“My little Benjamin is my life and my heart (as well as my husband!). Motherhood suits me well. It truly is my biggest accomplishment and it is absolutely better than any other feeling. Benjamin is a healthy and happy boy who is approaching his second birthday.

I can’t believe little ‘ole me gained 60 lbs. [during pregnancy]. When I stepped on the scale the day I delivered my son, I saw 185 and was flabbergasted.

To be honest, I wasn’t worried at all about gaining weight. I loved being pregnant and I loved my body being pregnant. My son was always measuring on the larger size at each ultrasound but my doctor was definitely monitoring my weight because I was getting pretty heavy.

After my son was born, I had no idea what was going to happen to my body. Honestly, I thought that I would never ever get back to my pre-pregnancy weight! I just figured that this was my new mommy body and that was that.

Then, Shaun kept saying that he couldn’t wait for me to get back in shape so I could get back to work and be in his videos again — he said it didn’t feel right not having me there. Each time he would say this, I would just agree and say, ‘Oh yeah, I’ll be back in shape!’ But deep down inside, I was really sad and always said to myself, ‘I will never be in your videos again.’ I would get really emotional and heartbroken.

Having a C-section was not ideal for me. It was not planned at all. At my final ultrasound, my son was measuring over 10 lbs. and my doctor was getting concerned that my son hadn’t dropped at all and he was just going to get bigger and bigger now that I was at 40 weeks.

We discussed a C-section but I was adamantly against it but after weighing the pros and cons, I opted for the C-section. Here is the funny side of the story: it’s now 2pm at the doctor’s office and it’s Rosh Hashanah. My doctor was leaving shortly to observe the holiday and wasn’t returning for a few days so he says to me, ‘We can do this today or you’ll have to wait three days.’

Another three days seemed like an eternity when you’re at the end of your pregnancy. So, we opted for that same day. We had to go home, grab our bags and head to hospital by 4pm and we lived clear across town and had to face horrible L.A. traffic. So, it was basically a mad dash and chaos trying to make it to the hospital. All the while, I’m trying to call my family and Shaun to let them know that I was having a baby!

Shaun immediately booked a ticket to fly out from New York to be by my side. At the hospital, while the nurse was hooking me up the monitors, I kept complaining about gas pains and she looked at me and said, ‘Um, that’s not gas honey. You’re in labor!’

WHAT?! I’M IN LABOR?

Then I immediately changed my mind about the C-section, called my doctor in and told him to change plans and that I wanted to go through the labor and deliver on my own. Then I changed my mind again — so many emotions run through you that I couldn’t get my thoughts together.

Fast forward to the operating room…the anesthesiologists are literally seconds from giving me the spinal to prepare for the surgery and I yelled, ‘STOP! I don’t want a C-section!’ Oh my, what a day. My doctor, who is the kindest man, made everyone halt and freeze while he just talked to me to try to calm me down. Then I opted for the surgery after all. The cons outweighed the pros and I didn’t want to chance it especially after having a late miscarriage in my second trimester prior to this pregnancy.

In the end, we definitely made the right decision because my doctor said that it would have been an emergency C-section anyway because the umbilical cord was wrapped around my son’s neck and he hadn’t dropped at all. It would have been a long and hard labor for both mommy and baby that was potentially an emergency surgery anyway. Phew!

Recovering from a C-section is gnarly, for lack of a better term. I couldn’t believe how weak my core was! I went from having an ironclad 6-pack to 60 lbs. of weigh gain and having my abdominals cut. It was painful and quite a struggle. I didn’t think I would ever get my strength back and realized I was going to have to settle with a post C-section tummy which meant no more workout videos and definitely no more sports bras.

I was the biggest skeptic when Shaun asked me to do the T25 focus group. I was actually terrified. I was afraid that I would not meet his expectations and I was afraid what everyone would think about ‘The Machine.’

It was an extremely difficult and sometimes treacherous road. I was emotional and my priorities were different. I needed to focus on being a mother and not on being a Machine. I couldn’t even hold a plank for 2 seconds much less get through an entire workout. I felt awful and out of shape.

It was pretty emotional but my husband did it with me so we had each other for emotional support. After the first month, I couldn’t believe the results! I was starting to feel like my old self again, much to my surprise. It was pretty unbelievable.

I lost 16 lbs. and look and feel even better than I ever have. My body became long and lean, not bulky. My before and after photos don’t even look like the same person! After all of the workout programs that I have been in, Focus T25 is my only workout now!

I work full time and I am a mother. I have zero time but there are no excuses with T25 — everyone can find 25 minutes. Honestly, it’s the only thing that motivates me to workout everyday — it’s only 25 minutes total of my day. To be in the best shape of my life post pregnancy, and almost 40, by just working out 25 minutes per day — why would I do anything else?

Be patient with yourself. Don’t compare yourself to those you see on TV. Everyone is different and every body is different. There is this absurd obsession with being bikini ready in less than 3 months of having a baby. In the first 3 months, you’re barely sleeping and never have time for yourself but that’s okay. Your priority is your baby!

It took me nine months to put on the weight and it took me exactly nine months to get it all off. Those last 15-20 lbs. were the most difficult and T25 was the answer!”

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Shaun T also adds his thoughts on Tania’s amazing transformation from T25 and his best advice to busy moms who think they don’t have the time to workout.

“Tania really did it herself. She helps me create the workouts. She helps me keep my life in order too. She’s a great mom. Like I always say, ‘I’m just a tool in the toolbox for workouts and if people choose my method I am very happy about that.’

But Tania was still a Machine. She had to modify the workouts and that was the key. She was able to build her body back. Slowly and effectively by staying dedicated.

My best advice is to find the time. Make fitness a part of your day as you would do anything else. I think fitness gets lost in the ‘chore’ category. Health is very important. It should be like brushing your teeth.

Find something that you want to do, something you enjoy and you will succeed. T25 is perfect for women because they can do it in the time that the baby is taking a nap. It is only 25 minutes and a lot can happen in 25 minutes. All you have to do is pop in the DVD and before you know it, its over.

I work every body part with this program and of course, Tania is modifying for those who are just jumping back into it. It is so well rounded and fun. And you will see results — I promise!

I had a time in my life where I had to struggle to lose 50 lbs. of fast weight gain. I know what it’s like to go through the process of losing weight. I think thats why I can relate to so many people and their stories.

It’s sometimes really tough to start a workout program and lose weight, but dedication to self is key.

What drives me to help people reach their fitness goals is that I want people to be happy. I want people to have energy. I want people to feel confident and powerful.

I think when people are happy with themselves inside and out, there is so much positivity in the world. It breaks down some insecure barriers that cause internal strife.

I know I can’t reach everyone, but my goal is to reach as many people as possible and help many more people smile when they think of themselves and when they look in the mirror after putting on a hot outfit before going to a party or out with their significant other.”

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