December 14, 2017

Getting Lean with HIIT Workouts – High Intensity Interval Training

HIITHIIT, also known as High Intensity Interval Training, wind sprints, fartleks, whatever you like to call it is a form of exercise that has been proven to burn more fat.  It’s different than traditional cardio, ie 30min of jogging, elliptical at a moderate intensity. HIIT is basically short bursts of high intensity exercise separated by periods of lower intensity effort. It is the bursts of high intensity periods that brings the results.

You can find millions of pages on High Intensity Interval Training workout plans, but it all does the same thing. I like to keep it simple. High intensity bursts, then low intensity. I usually perform it on a track. Since I live about half a mile from a school, I would jog there and be warmed up for my HIIT workout. I sprint the straight aways and jog the turns, simple. I aim for 8-10 laps. By the 8th lap, I’m beat, I sometimes have to walk the turns for the last couple of laps, my lungs gasping for oxygen and my legs feel like jello, by the time stumble back home I feel like a zombie. I’d have my Shakeology and a scoop of P90X Whey Protein Powder , take a shower, and I’m ready for bed…

But running could be hard on my joints, plus it gets boring and could be un-motivating, so I often switch it up my routine by doing INSANITY workout on days that is too cold, raining or just don’t feel like running. Insanity is definitely a TOTAL body HIIT workout, especially the Max Interval Circuit DVD, excellent alternative and nice change of pace. I get the same satisfaction as if I get home from my track workout, except it’s my whole body that is beat. The only stumbling is to my kitchen, have my Shakeology + P90X Whey Protein Powder, take a shower, and I’m ready for bed…

Lisa suggested that I try the recently introduced TurboFire, She said that TurboFire is a HIIT gem, adding another option to my workout routine. I will definitely give that a try. Plus Chalene is more pleasant to look at than Shaun…

Long and slow is how a 30lb overweight person finish a marathon, great feat indeed, but our goal here is to burn fat in the most efficient manner, not run a marathon. So if you want to have the ability to raise your metabolism and fat burning capability, HIIT is much more valuable than just a cardio workout or a simple calorie deficit. Whether you try my track workout, Insanity, or the new Turbofire , you will burn more calories for many hours post exercise and more of it will be fat compared to low intensity cardio.

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Whey Protein and P90X

Protein can be found in many foods, like chicken,eggs, beef, fish, and soy. But of all proteins out there, P09X Whey protein is packed with the essential nutrients you need after a P90X workout. While other foods contain good amounts of protein, they do not compare to the quality of Beachbody’s P90X whey protein powder.

In comparison, P90X Whey Protein Powder contains more high quality nutrients needed in aiding recovery and building of muscle.

Whey protein comes from milk, a natural byproduct of when milk turns into cheese. Best consumed immediately after workout, it helps the muscles recover and replenish the nutrients it needs to keep that lean muscle mass. The high contents of BCAA (branched-chain amino acids) in whey are essential amino acids in muscle protein, and help reduce the amount of muscle protein breakdown during strenuous exercise like P90X, and retaining muscle tissue.

Whey protein is not just for P90Xers,bodybuilders or elite athletes, it is essential for everyone. It contains the highest biologically active protein known to measurably enhance muscle recovery after exercise, which is imperative after that intense INSANITY or P90X workout, which is exactly what that the BeachBody P90X Whey protein provides.

If you want to lose weight and some extra fat, whey protein can be very useful because a good intake of protein balances blood sugar levels, which keeps your energy up and keeps you from going hungry. This allows you to control your diet more effectively. P90X Whey Protein Powder is low in fat (2g), low in carbs (4g), which is perfectly in line with your diet. I like to add oatmeal into the shake for an extra boost of fiber. The Whey Protein Powder also comes in two delicious flavors: chocolate and vanilla.

While you don’t need hundreds of grams of protein a day like some people believe to build muscle, you do need a certain amount. Extreme consumption of protein is not recommended as it may cause liver to overload and not optimize the protein absorption. With the P90X Whey protein Home Direct Option, you can  get a shipment every 30 days, which is perfectly portioned for your protein consumption.

Have a Shakeology in the morning and a P90X whey protein shake after your p90x workout, or add a scoop of whey to a pack of Shakeology for the ultimate meal replacement. You’ll be melting off the fat in no time!

10 Minute Trainer

No time to work out? Check out Tony Horton’s 10-Minute Training system. The 10-Minute Training system is ideal for everyone from busy moms and dads to CEOs to traveling business professionals. 10-Minute Training system is also an excellent alternative for those on P90X when you don’t have the time to go through a whole P90X session.

This well put together 10-Minute Trainer DVD set is easy to navigate and comes with everything you need to get started. The hardest part is putting the DVD in the player, and Tony will motivate you though the 10 minutes! Tony does an excellent job of taking you through each program and instructing each movement with ultra-efficient workouts designed to tone and trim your body in just 10 minutes per day.

This no non sense 10-Minute Trainer comes with a workout schedule offering a mix and match approach from one to three routines daily for 4 weeks with one day off a week. Featuring the Super Stacking Technique–which employs resistance bands (included in the set!) for maximum efficiency—it is like multitasking for your muscles, so you get your total-body toning and sculpting, fat-burning cardio and ab workouts at the same time.

Included is also an easy-to-follow eating plan that helps you lose weight and tone your body that optimizes the results when done with the 10-Minute Trainer.

    The 10-Minute Trainer DVD Set comes with:

  • Total Body – Just 10 moves in 10 minutes to work your entire body from head to toe!
  • Cardio – Simple kicking, lunging, and punching moves get you in the fat-burning zone fast!
  • Lower Body – 10 phenomenal moves slim your thighs and lift your buns in just 10 minutes.
  • Yoga Flex – A total-body stretch routine for long, lean muscles!
  • Resistance Kit – Maximize the power of Super Stacking with a Pro-Grade Resistance Band plus Power Cardio Belt.
  • Customized workout calendar – Plan workouts around your busy schedule.
  • Rapid Results Guidebook – Your personal weight loss planner loaded with fitness tips.
  • Tony Horton’s 10-Minute Meals – Tips and recipes for making nutritious, tasty, low-cal meals and snacks in less than 10 minutes!
    Plus 3 FREE gifts to keep!

  • BONUS Abs Routine
  • On-the-Go Workout Cards
  • 10-Day Lean Jean Plan

Try 10-Minute Trainer out! It comes with a 30-Day Risk-Free Guarantee: 10minutes a day for 30 days, you WILL see results. You may love the results you see so much that you will be motivated to try P90X! If you don’t like it, return it, and you get to keep the 3 free gifts!

Here’s what Tony Horton’s 10 Minute Trainer is all about:

Shakeology Meal Replacement Shake

ShakeologyAll this hype about Shakeology, what is it?

Made to be a meal replacement or healthy snack alternative, Shakeology is packed with proteins and energy-providing carbohydrates, plus a combination of nutrients that are essential to the body’s well being. The high Fiber, prebiotics, and digestive enzymes help your body gently eliminate toxins more efficiently and promote better absorption of nutrients. Primary source of protein in Shakeology is from whey. You can always add a scoop of P90x Whey Protein for the additional boost, especially for after a P90X or INSANITY session.

With all natural ingredients, Shakeology is:
- Gluten free and caffeine free
- No refined sugars or artificial sweeteners
- Provides health-supporting chlorophylls, polyphenols, prebiotics, and proanthocyanins
- Optimal health in a glass

Click here to learn more about Shakeology ingredients.

Shakeology can help you:
- Lose weight
- Reduce cravings
- Increase energy and stamina
- Promote healthy digestion and regularity
- Lower cholesterol
and best of all, Tastes delicious, too.

I first tried the Greenberry as I was feeling adventurous; the green on the package made me skeptical of how it’s going to taste, but hey, it’s green, it must be good for you… I added the water, a little OJ, blended it up, and was pleasantly surprised. It was sweet, but not too sweet, since it’s sweetened with fructose (a natural sugar found in fruit and some vegetables) I don’t have to worry about my sugar level spiking because of the low Glycemic index. Another thing I was surprised at was it really did curb my hunger, too, which I was also skeptical about, so it ended up replacing my dinner for that night.

Though Shakeology is a meal replacement, it not recommended that you replace more than 2 meals a day. it is still important that you continue following your p90x nutrition plan and consume regular healthy meals. You should still always eat your veggies daily, as nothing compares to getting nutrients from whole fresh fruits and vegetables. Not wanting to munch on carrots or celery? Skip the cravings for a mocha, cookie, or soda, treat yourself to a shake, as Shakeology is definitely the best second option!

I usually have my Shakeology at 3pm, it gives me the energy and fills my body with the nutrients, so I’m more than ready by the time I hit the gym or my P90X after work.

Resistance Bands vs. Dumbbells

B-Lines Resistance Bands

Resistance bands are showing up more and more now in the fitness world, in gyms, and workout routines like P90X . Workout resistance bands have been around for almost a century. These workout bands were originally used as a fitness technique, and then progressed to be used as a rehabilitation device. Now, resistance bands are widely used for fitness and rehabilitation.

Dumbbells are excellent for resistance training, but dumbbells are only one dimensional, offering resistance against gravity. P90X B-LINES® Resistance Bands do not rely on gravity to provide resistance; this makes the P90X B-LINES® Resistance Bands’ movement more functional in simulating everyday activities and sport specific activities, opening up unlimited potential for use.

Because free weights rely on gravity for resistance, they only provide resistance in a vertical plane; this means if you use free weights in a horizontal plane, such as side twists, there is no resistance. With P90X B-LINES® Resistance Bands , if you were to anchor down one side and perform exercises such as side twists, sidekicks, punches, or even sport movements such a baseball swing, or a basketball pass, they provide resistance.

Both traditional dumbbells and resistance bands provide similar capabilities of resistance, and range of motion, which are critical for muscle strength and fat loss. P90X B-LINES® Resistance Bands are an excellent alternative to the traditional dumbbells, as resistance bands offers many advantages.

Benefits of P90X B-LINES® Resistance Bands:

  • Portability – lightweight and easily stored and transported. Use it anywhere, indoors, outdoors, in a hotel, anywhere.
  • CompactP90X B-LINES® Resistance Bands are as portable as they come, and you don’t need to take the whole set with you. They easily fit in a pocket of a suitcase, or a corner of your backpack or overnight pack.
  • Function – P90X B-LINES® Resistance Bands offers more functional strength, better injury prevention, greater ability to change muscle emphasis during exercises, and easier use.
  • Affordable – at $40 for the set, it is less than a month’s of membership at a gym!
  • Best of all, you can work out at your convenience, in the privacy of your home or take them along for travel.

    P90X B-LINES® Resistance Bands are a great piece of equipment that rivals the most expensive home gyms and health clubs yet fit in your workout bag!

    I currently use the Super kit, our most popular kit, which comes with range of 15-30lbs. It is more than enough of me when I do the P90X Shoulders & Arms workout. An excellent way to keep your self motivated it to get the next set up, which is what I have done. I’m struggling with last few reps right now, but I have already gotten the Extreme Kit (20-40lbs) because of the progress I’m making. For women, I’d recommend starting with the Standard Set (15-30lbs), then progress to the Super Kit.

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