DIG DEEPER to run faster!

Improve your run time and endurance drastically with INSANITY
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Shaun T – INSANITY: The Asylum

As you may or may not know, Max Interval Training is the principle behind INSANITY. This method is super effective because I specifically call on you to train for longer work periods with shorter recovery times. When you train this way, your heart health improves and so does your lung capacity. So when transitioning to a steady state activity like running, your body is able to adapt much quicker and experience even better gains…even though you’re not technically “running.”

Put it to the test!

Don’t believe me though…I dare you to try it! Go for a run and time it. Record that number. Then, do INSANITY or ASYLUM and after you graduate, go for that same run and see if your time improves. More importantly, see if you FEEL better doing it!

If you’ve experienced an improvement in running from Max Interval Training, please leave a comment and share it below, because nothing motivates someone more than real life testimonials. I can talk about it till I’m blue in the face but when YOU experience it first hand, then you understand why we DIG DEEPER to run faster!




Holiday Eating: Do You Have to Indulge on Special Occasions?

A friend posted this article on Facebook and I thought is was just perfect for today’s holiday!

Article Courtesy of: http://www.stephensweightloss.com/weight-loss-blog/holiday-eating-do-you-have-to-indulge-on-special-occasions

Independance Day is here for those of us in the US, and along with it comes the celebrations, fireworks, and food.

Unfortunately, for some, the food part of this equation has become the most important.  I love holidays and celebrations, but when indulgence becomes the main part of each holiday, it can really sabotage those of us who are desperately trying to be healthy.  Today, I’m going give you permission to forget the indulgent food and just enjoy the holiday.

I know what some of you are thinking… “Lighten up, it’s just for the holiday and then we’ll go back to healthy eating”.  I agree! It is good to occasionally lighten up about these things, but the problem is that holidays and special occasions are not occasional anymore.

A Special Occasion…… Every Week!

Here’s a non-exhaustive list of holidays that I just came up with off the top of my head:

  • New Years Day
  • MLK Day
  • Valentine’s Day
  • Presidents Day
  • St. Patrick’s Day
  • Easter
  • Cinco De Mayo
  • Mother’s Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Father’s Day
  • Independance Day
  • Labor Day
  • Halloween
  • Veterans Day
  • Thanksgiving
  • Hanukkah
  • Christmas
  • New Years Eve

Now, add in your birthday and the birthdays of all of your family and friends…

With 52 weeks in the year, you could easily celebrate a holiday/birthday at least every other week. And this is not even accounting for other “celebration worthy” occasions such as vacations, work promotions, sports team victories, music or dance performances, etc.  Add those in, and it is possible that you could literally celebrate something every week of the year.

Stop Celebrating?… Or Change The Way We Celebrate

My solution to this is very simple: Stop making celebrations all about eating and drinking.  Take time to think about what you are celebrating and actually celebrate it. Spend time with family and friends.  Enjoy the company of others and have great time celebrating.  You can even have a meal together…

Just don’t use a holiday or other special occasion as an excuse to eat awful, unhealthy food.

Give it a try!  Personally, I did this on my last beach vacation in April.  I spent the whole week eating healthy and being active with my family.  And you know what?  I had one of the best vacations of my life.  We think that we will be missing out if we don’t indulge, but the truth is that in the end it is really not that important.

If you are able to do this, you will most likely realise just how unimportant these indulgences really were to you.  And my hope is that by removing these unhealthy foods, not only will you be maintaining your health, but, in the end, you will actually focus more on the real reason you are celebrating.

Happy Independance Day!


Written by Kimberly Caspari
Food has many roles. It’s a source of fuel, energy, and nutrients. It affects body weight. It alters health and vital indicators like cholesterol and blood pressure. Food is social and food is emotional. But the primary purpose of food is fuel. The body needs fuel to function, and this fuel comes in the form of proteins, fats, and carbs. The goal while doing INSANITY is to eat healthy, learn about balanced nutrition, and feed the body what it needs to survive such an extreme fitness program. Hopefully, your clients can apply these principles to eating healthier and living healthier every day. To get an elite physique, they must fuel their bodies with elite nutrition.

It’s not about quick fixes or fads. It’s about eating and using food for its intended purpose—as fuel. When digging into this ultra-extreme fitness regimen, your clients can’t go low-calorie or low-carb. They need to fuel their systems with balanced and nutritious meals and snacks. This isn’t a diet; it’s a plan that will teach your clients how to eat healthy for the duration of INSANITY and for the rest of their lives.

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Written by Denis Faye
Some people try to avoid fat as if their lives depend on it, but actually, we need fat for survival. Dietary fat is a fuel source, somewhat like carbohydrates. You need it for almost every human activity, including brain function. It also adds structure to cell membranes and acts as a regulator for several hormones.

There are a couple “essential” fatty acids that you need to survive (which we’ll get to later) but other than that, do we need fat in our diet? Absolutely, if for no other reason than it acts as a transport for fat-soluble nutrients such as vitamins A, D, and K, as well as several phytonutrients. Furthermore, it helps with satiety and slows absorption of carbs.

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5 Surefire Ways to Help You Stay on Track with Your Nutrition Plan

Written by Haley Perlus, PhD

A trainer once asked me if it was appropriate to fire a client who wasn’t conforming to healthy eating. My response? Rarely do I believe firing a client is the best solution. Instead, I do my best to support my client’s intentions of staying on track on their diet.

Through my education and experience as a Doctor of Sports and Exercise Psychology, group fitness instructor, and health enthusiast, I have discovered five specific tips that help people follow through on their nutrition program.

Before we dive into these five tips, it’s important to understand that, despite an intense desire to look and feel great, for many people committing to healthy eating is a challenge. In fact, Steve Edwards, vice president of results for Beachbody®, stated, “So many people consider the diet the toughest exercise—but it is absolutely key to achieving your best results.”

Obviously, as a Certified Instructor, you cannot be with your class participants 24/7 to make sure they toss the junk, eat every few hours, and stay in control of their overall diet. However, during your time together, there are ways to help them adhere to their nutrition plan.

As I mentioned above, there are five specific tips that you can pass along to help your members get results, ultimately making you a significant hero in their Success Stories.

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