Beachbody Workout-It’s Not Easy

Interestingly, when I made the comment that it’s easy for me [to get in shape], Jason jumped into the conversation and emphatically stated… “It’s not easy. No way. It’s simple!” And you know what? He was right.

It’s not easy to get into shape. To eat better. To train harder. To set a plan in place. Rather, it’s simple. It’s simple to make such small changes in your lifestyle. And as a result, create such incredibly satisfying and rewarding changes in your physique by using BeachBody workout.

I told Jason he was right. Building a better body and getting into tiptop shape isn’t easy.

Beachbody Workout-My Perspective

What I got from our conversation was a little perspective on the beachbody workout subject. That is, whenever I decide I am going to get into better shape, it is easy for me because I know what to do. That’s the difference.

See, most people, when they make the decision to get into their best shape (whether it’s their first time or a second, third, or forth time trying), simply don’t know what to do. For that reason, for them, it’s not easy.

“It’s simple to make such small changes in your lifestyle. And as a result, create such incredibly satisfying and rewarding changes in your physique.”As Jason and I talked more, we found there were many other things we had in common. One of which was that we both agreed that most people tend to make this topic more complicated than it needs to be. And if people really knew how simple the changes they need to make to build a better body are, many, many more people would do it.

So, after dinner I promised Jason I would start by sharing my personal view on building a leaner, healthier, more muscular body in our upcoming newsletter. To help others understand how each lifestyle change works together—along with how simple weight training, diet, and supplements really can be.

Beachbody Workout-What Works For Me

Therefore, what I’d like to do is take you through a typical day for me. Using specific examples with beachbody workout, I’ll guide you through how I follow my own Power90 training. Basically, I’ll show you how, when, and what I eat; which supplements I use; and how I follow the exercise plan.

But before we start, there’s something I need to tell you. There are plenty of ways to gain muscle size and strength and build a head-turning body, and in no way am I proclaiming that my way is the only way. (Far too many self-professed “experts” do this already!) What I can honestly say is these techniques and tools are simply what have worked for me—year after year—and continue to work for countless others. And if you follow them, for at least four weeks, you will absolutely, positively achieve greater gains in strength and size and lose more bodyfat. Results you can be damn proud of. I promise.

Are you ready? Great. Let’s get started.

First, I can’t understate the importance of planning. Before I even consider anything else, I always, always make sure I have my entire day planned in advance. For me, there could be nothing more integral to my success. In fact, whenever I don’t plan my days, I notice that everything feels “out of control” the next day. And it is. (Maybe this has happened to you?) That’s why I always take about 15 to 20 minutes each night, before I go to bed, and plan out my next day’s workout, prepare my meals, write my most important “To-Dos,” and as corny as it sounds, pick out my clothes to wear. I can’t tell you how much time the next day this nightly ritual saves me. I’d bet over ten times.

“…whenever I don’t plan my days, I notice that everything feels “out of control” the next day.”If you’re already good at planning, then you’ll certainly agree. If not, then I’d encourage you to start tomorrow and adopt this results-producing, fantastic habit. Remember, the only thing that separates those who are successful from those who are not are habits. It’s easy to see those who follow good habits are much more likely to be successful, and those who follow haphazard, free-spirited habits, are usually less successful. You get the point.

Beachbody-A Closer Look

So now let’s take a closer look at exactly how I apply these techniques and tools to my new, improved Power90 training (which, by the way… has been completely updated and revised with a full 12-week Program, new diet plans, weight-training routines, and even a section which provides explanations and pictures of each exercise.

Luckily, a great deal of the planning “work” has already been done in the videos. Laid out are the days you should work out. Pointed out exactly which body parts to train. We’ve even planned the exact number of sets, reps, and time to rest for each workout. On top of that, we included seven full sample meals—from breakfast, to pre-and post-workout, to nighttime meals—so you can easily put together your daily eating plan.

Believe me, when you look at how much of the guesswork we’ve taken out of building muscle and gaining strength with the Power90 training, you’ll realize it doesn’t get much better than this. In fact, if someone had offered me a Program like this one when I first started out, I would have paid a couple of hundred dollars for it, easily.

(To me, it seems no one wants to really help you like this any longer… they just want you to buy their supplement, shake your hand, say “good luck,” and send you on you way. I don’t agree with this approach. I feel it’s much more important to provide a plan, a path, and every bit of assistance I can to help you reach your goals. I honestly really care about people).

Once I’ve planned my Weight-Training journal sheet, I move onto my nutrition plan. From the first to the last meal, including the supplements I’ll take and how much water I plan to drink. I don’t like to leave anything to chance, and as a result, I usually stay right on course each day. I’ve found the closer you follow your plan, the faster you reach your goals. There are really no two ways about it. Provided beachbody workout blank Daily Meal Plan Sheets here, so you can print out copies and use them to plan and write out your meals each day.

Or, you can simply look at the daily sample meal plans we’ve provided for you. From there, you can pick and choose which meals most closely match your likenesses for particular foods and then adjust the portion sizes to meet your calorie and protein needs. If you have trouble figuring out how to do this, I encourage you to give me a call (anytime), and I will be glad to help you out.

Now that I’ve written out the meals I plan to eat the following day, I’m about 50% done with my planning. Next I prepare the meals I am going to eat. Since tomorrow is going to be a busy day for me (and I have a luncheon meeting), I plan on eating two whole-food meals and three nutrition shakes… so I’ll need to make the meals in advance. After preparing my tuna pita sandwich and putting my cooked brown rice in a Tupperware bowl, I grab the rest of my fruits, bottled water, and supplements and put them in my shoulder bag to take to work with me the next day. I always double-check my supplement case to make sure I’ve got enough supplements to last me the entire week.

Beachbody Workout-Prepare Yourself

Now that I’ve written out my goal weights for my next beachbody workout; written out and prepared the meals I plan to eat tomorrow; made sure I’ve got the supplements I need to use, the final thing I do is prepare my clothes. Since I work out in the morning, I make sure I’ve got a comfortable T-shirt, a pair of track pants, some socks and underwear, and my tennis shoes and baseball hat laid out.

“There’s nothing more refreshing, and important, than a tall glass of water first thing in the morning.”The next morning, just like I do every day, I wake up at 5:15 a.m. Without hesitation, before getting dressed, I head for the kitchen and pour a large glass of water. There’s nothing more refreshing, and important, than a tall glass of water first thing in the morning. Especially considering your body hasn’t had any food or liquids for about seven to eight hours. Typically, most people would make a cup of coffee at this point—to help them “get going.” But I don’t feel this way. I think coffee actually robs your body of energy, instead of really giving it to you. As you know, when you drink coffee, the increase in energy only lasts about an hour, until it wears off, leaving you feeling worse than you did before. This is called the “crash.” I hate the way this makes me feel.

Today’s weight-training workout should take no longer than my scheduled goal of 45 minutes. While it’s not my goal to always finish under my scheduled time, it is important to stay within it by a couple of minutes. After my workout, I sit down on a bench and take a couple of minutes to record my final actual reps and then run a quick glance over my goal to actual planned weights and reps for each exercise. Today everything was pretty close.

Remember, when you do your workouts, you might use less or more weight than I do. That doesn’t really matter. What matters most is that you keep a constant record of the actual weights and reps you did, and pay close attention to the time you rest between sets. This way, you’re sure to keep your intensity levels up and make the most of your time spent training. I also use this time to jot down a few notes about the workout. For instance, today I repeatedly noticed how pumped my arms felt. I got a great burn, and I was very strong. In fact, I’ll need to make a note for the next time I train chest that I should increase the weights used—since I hit a new six-rep max today! This is all very important information to record.
And this is it for the weight-training portion of my day. Pretty simple, eh?

“…there is absolutely, positively no better way to start your day than with an intense, focused weight-training workout.”After I finish my early morning workout, it’s usually around 6:50 a.m.  By the time I’m ready to start my day, my mind is refreshed, and I’m ready to take on the day’s challenges.

Beachbody Workout-Keep It Simple

Following the Power90-training Program means I train with resistance bands  3 days a week. I follow the calendar to the letter. In fact, like I said earlier, the closer I follow my plan, the faster I see results… and the greater my progress.

By the way, there is really no need to do cardio exercise any more than three times during the week and for no more than 30 minutes at a time. Any more than this will only be harmful to your muscle-building progress.

Because I just worked out, my body is primed for quality nutrients to help it recover and start rebuilding new, lean muscle mass. (Besides that, I haven’t eaten now for nine hours, so I’m extremely hungry too!) This time is called my “open window.” My muscles will literally suck up anything I feed them during this state. That’s why it’s critical we combine our post-workout meal into a specific three-to-one ratio of carbohydrates to protein.

I start off by making a Shakeology replacement shake. I simply combine 20 oz of water into the blender, add three ice cubes and two rounded scoops of my Eat-Smart Base formula. Then, because I’m going to have my favorite post-workout Fruit Smoothie Shake,  This “meal” will keep me satisfied for another two and a half hours, at least. So, I take a shower, get dressed, and start my work day.

In between my first and second meal, I’m continually drinking water from a large bottle I keep at my desk. It is really important to stay hydrated, especially since I just trained as well (and lost a great deal of water through perspiration).

At 10:00 a.m. I’m ready for my second meal. I take a quick look at my nutrition plan, and I’ve got “tuna pita sandwich, brown rice, and half an apple” written down. So, I head back to the kitchen to eat just that.  With this meal, I make sure I drink two tall glasses of water as well.

I have a luncheon meeting today, so I won’t need to prepare anything in the kitchen for lunch. At 12:20 p.m., my appointment arrives 10 minutes early. We head to lunch at a favorite nearby restaurant of mine. I like this place because the servers, managers, and owner know me very well. (Keep this in mind the next time you go out to eat. Try to choose places where you can visit regularly and employees can begin to become familiar with your healthy eating habits.) I find this helps. A lot. They don’t look at me like I’m crazy when I ask for egg whites and extra chicken, with no butter. This is important, because you don’t want to miss out on being able to socialize and have breakfast, lunch, or dinner with your family, friends, or people you work with. It’s easier to become familiar with restaurants that will happily accommodate your “healthy” eating requests. If they don’t, then I wouldn’t eat there any longer.

Today, just like most days when I visit , I order the Rambler Skillet. This dish consists of sliced potatoes, diced chicken breast, egg whites, topped with roasted pecans. It’s a perfect combination of complex carbs, good quality proteins, and even essential fats (from the nuts). With lunch, I drink a glass of iced tea with a packet of Splenda and a glass of water as well.

At 3:00 p.m., I head for the kitchen to make another shake. Only this time, I make a different flavor, mixing it up. Man, these shakes are tasty. I know I’m a little biased, but they’re almost too good if you ask me! A lot of people have emailed to tell me how much they love the flavors of Shakeology and that it contains such high-quality ingredients. That makes me feel good.

As you can see, it’s important to feed your body with protein, carbohydrates, and essential fats it needs. That’s why I eat every two and half to three hours during the day.

At 5:30 p.m. I have what I call a “snack-meal.” It’s not really a full meal, and it’s definitely more than a snack. So, while I don’t want to spoil a fantastic dinner, by eating too much too soon before I eat dinner, I don’t like to go home starving. My snack-meal consists of a bowl of low-fat cottage cheese, some fruit, and a overloaded spoonful of  peanut butter. This gives me just the right amount of protein, carbs, and some healthy fats. This type of meal will also digest more slowly and therefore I won’t feel as hungry when I get home, which keeps me from overeating (which, if you ever come over to visit and eat at my house, is easy to do.

Plus, one of our goals as parents is to help our children learn healthy eating habits, early on, so they can live healthier lives too. Always makes sure protein is the center of your meals, whether it’s chicken, fresh fish, or red meat.

“…there is nothing overcomplicated about my beachbody workouts, my eating habits, nor the supplements I take. There is no magic.”Now, it’s close to 10:00 p.m., so I sit down and review my notes from today and start my planning for tomorrow.

And that’s it! That’s how I put all of the basic pieces together to build the best body my genetics will allow. It’s pretty simple, and best of all, it’s worked well for me, and I’m certain it can work for you too!

Beachbody Workout-It’s Not Magic

As you can plainly see, there is nothing overcomplicated about my workouts, my eating habits, nor the supplements I take. There is no magic. To be honest, I’d say most people make it way more complex than it needs to be. Now, make no mistake about it, I’m not saying it’s easy. Rather, I believe it’s simple. It’s simple to follow a plan—as long as you’ve carefully thought it out. The most important thing is to be consistent and treat each day as another step closer toward reaching your ultimate goals. Put enough steps together and you will not only begin to feel better about yourself and the changes you’re capable of making, but you’ll certainly look better too… as you steadily increase your body’s ability to build muscle size, strength, personal power, and confidence.

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