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“I Am So Happy With My Body Now”

August11-KatieF

Meet Katie F.! She participated in The Beachbody Challenge and won the $500 Daily Prize for August 11!

Tell us about your life before you started the program. How did you feel about yourself and your body?
I never had to worry about weighing myself because I was a cheerleader and was pretty active. I was happy with my body. I started to date my now husband my senior year of high school. You get into that “comfortable” stage with them and you feel like you can kind of let yourself go. I went to college and I definitely packed on the freshman 15…plus more. I got a job where I was on my feet a lot, always moving, so I still wasn’t too worried about my weight. But, then I got a job sitting behind a desk and used to eat Taco Johns or McDonald’s on a daily basis and I gained at least another 20+ pounds. I hated my wedding pictures, I hated taking pictures, and I hated shopping for clothes. I just hated my body all together.

What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey?*
My breaking point was when I stepped on the scale and it read 223lbs. I cried. I was devastated, how could I let myself get this big? That was the turning point for me. I knew something had to be done or I was going to be unhappy with my body and image for the rest of my life. If I didn’t start then, I probably wouldn’t have ever started.

What is the greatest challenge you faced before beginning the program?
I wanted to drop the weight as fast as I could and be thin again. But, I always told myself that it took years to put on and it’s going to take years to lose. That really helped me get through it and take it one day at a time.

Describe the results you achieved.
The results I have received from the 21 Day Fix are amazing. I couldn’t believe I could transform my body even more with just using my own body weight and not having to go to a gym. I am so happy with my body now. I love to shop for clothes. I love taking pictures. I have never felt this comfortable with my body in so long and it feels great!

“People Ask Me If I’m a Model!”

August4-AdamK

Meet Adam K.! He participated in The Beachbody Challenge and won the $500 Daily Prize for August 4!

Tell us about your life before you started the program. How did you feel about yourself and your body?
I was using the Beachbody workout programs and having really great success. However, I had some injuries from sports that forced me to stop working out. I had a hernia surgery, tore my groin muscle, strained an oblique muscle, and tore the tendon that connects from your knee to your pelvic bone. Because of this, I wasn’t even allowed to stretch for 7.5 months due to the recovery process. Over that time, I stopped eating healthy as well. I became a couch potato, shut myself out from everyone, and became depressed. I’d never experienced anything like this before. I didn’t feel good about myself at all. I could hardly help out at home because of my restrictions. It made life very hard.

What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey?
I took a look in the mirror and didn’t like what I saw. I was also a wrestling coach and I’m a Beachbody Coach. I knew that people were counting on me to help them. Most importantly, my family was counting on me. So, while I wasn’t cleared to workout yet, I started drinking my Shakeology for the next 2.5 months to kick start my health. Then once I was cleared to workout, I completed one round of Body Beast to get to where I am today. Sagi is amazing. Between him, Shakeology and my Coach, my life is forever changed.

What in particular did you like about the program you chose?
The thing I liked about Shakeology is that with Shakeology I not only received help in weight loss, but I gained overall health benefits. I felt like I had more energy. With Body Beast, what I liked most about that is it’s an intense weight lifting program. A program that I can do at  home and not need $10,000 worth of equipment to get results.

Describe the results you achieved with your Beachbody program. Which achievements are you proud of?*
I have my life back. My wife and kids are the most important thing in my life. I’m able to do even the small things again with my girls, such as play games with them or run around with them. Being able to pick them up and not be worn out from it is a great feeling. On top of that, I lost a total of 10″ around my hips and waist. I lost 12% body fat and 20 pounds! I gained a total of 19 inches between my neck, shoulders, chest, arms, and legs.

How has your life changed since completing your Beachbody program?
Shakeology and Body Beast have completely changed my life. Because of the success I’ve had using these, I entered my very first ever physique competition and had a blast! I never thought I would do one in my life. Always thought they were cool. I’ve also had people asking me if I’m a model. When I tell them I’m not, they generally ask me why not?! The other cool part is my friends and family have taken notice of my new look. They continue to ask me what I’m doing to gain so much success in my health and fitness. My goal is to help as many people as I can with their health and fitness. It has changed my life and made me a better person. I want to do everything I can for the next person.

from Beachbody Blogs

7 Moves for a Flatter Stomach

woman with flat stomach lying on blanket

Spring is finally here! The birds are chirping, the sun is shining, and clothing appears to be getting . . . smaller. While the warmer weather and the reemergence of the sun make for happier brains, they make it harder for you to hide that muffin top underneath sweaters and jackets.

Unfortunately, your stomach is often one of the first places you gain weight and one of the last places you’ll lose it. Belly fat is not only bad for the beach; it’s downright dangerous. A study published in the American Journal of Hypertension revealed that “A larger waist measurement predicts the development of high blood pressure, regardless of total body fat.” Other studies have found that visceral stomach fat (versus the subcutaneous fat that you can pinch) is linked to higher total cholesterol, insulin resistance, colorectal cancer, and diabetes. It’s time to get serious about losing the spare tire around your waist—not only for aesthetic reasons, but also for your long-term health. And with just a few more weeks until beach season is here, there’s no better time to start shredding that fat so that you can reveal a flat, defined, sexy stomach.

A healthy diet—full of fresh fruits, vegetables, lean protein, and healthy fats (like avocado and olive oil)—is critical to getting a flat stomach. Ever heard the phrase “your abs are made in the kitchen”? It’s true. This, coupled with the Harvard Women’s Health Watch recommendation of at least 30 minutes of moderately intense physical activity a day, is the key to getting a flat tummy.

If seeing a flat stomach comes down to reducing your body fat through healthy diet and exercise, then why bother doing ab-specific exercises? One good reason is that “ab exercises” also strengthen your core, and a strong core can improve your posture and make you less prone to injury. Another is that the abs—like your biceps—are muscles. They’re comprised of 6 different muscles: the transverse abdominal that wraps around your torso, the internal and external obliques (one of each on each side), and the rectus abdominis (see the diagram). The rectus abdominis is the “six-pack” muscle. But strengthening all of them is important. Doing exercises that target these will strengthen them so they appear defined when your body fat percentage is low enough for them to be visible. With that in mind, here are 7 of my favorite ab-sculpting moves.

  1. Training Camps from TurboFire: Chalene Johnson leads this fan favorite. Start in a seated position on the floor with your heels on the ground and toes facing 45 degrees toward the sky. Lean back until you feel your abdominals engage. Twist toward your right side, lean back, and touch your right elbow to the ground. Engage your abdominals, sit up, and repeat the move on the other side. This is an oblique killer and will help you create those little “fingerlike” muscles on your sides.
  2. Sprinting: Remember when you used to sprint around the playground as a kid? Those short, explosive bursts of energy do wonders for your midsection. Think back to the Summer Olympics when the sprinters were waiting on the starting line for the 100-meter dash. Every single one had a six-pack. Sprinting is an anaerobic activity that targets almost every muscle in your body, and especially the abdominals. When you have to quickly drive your knees up while staying in an upright position, you’re forced to use your core. Just make sure that you’re well warmed-up before going full bore.
  3. Fifer Scissors from P90X: This move from Tony Horton hurts so good. Lie flat on your back with one straight leg extended so that it is perpendicular to the floor. The other straight leg should hover just off the ground. Switch legs every 10 seconds and don’t let either leg touch the ground.
    Note: If you find that your back is coming up off the ground or if it starts to hurt, place your hands underneath your lower back.
  4. Stability Ball Roll-Outs: This is a real core burner! Start with your knees on the ground and a stability ball in front of you on the floor. Place your hands and wrists on the top of the stability ball and slowly roll the ball out in front of you. Keep your arms straight while rolling out the ball and keep your back straight. If your back starts to sway or if your butt drops, you’ve gone too far. Slowly roll back in.
  5. Tuck Jumps from INSANITY: And you probably thought jumping was only for your legs! This tummy tamer gets your heart rate up, works your entire body, and tones abs all in one. Start with your feet shoulder-width apart. Drive your arms up into the sky and lift your knees to your elbows. Like with sprinting, you’ll want to be fully warmed-up before trying this exercise.
  6. Stability Ball Knee to Chest: Place your hands on the ground and the tops of your feet on the stability ball so that you are in a push-up/plank position. With your core engaged (good luck trying this without it engaged!), bring your knees to your chest and then move them back out to a plank position. Do not let your back sway or your butt drop.
  7. Hip-Up from Body Beast: Spot-burning fat through exercise is impossible. But this exercise will help strengthen the lower half of your rectus abdominis muscle. Lie flat on your back with your feet flexed toward the sky and your hands at your sides. Engage your stomach, lift your hips up, and drive your feet straight up. Lower your hips back down to the ground in a slow, controlled motion.

For extra support in achieving that toned stomach, follow these 5 gut-busting tips:

1. Ditch the refined sugar! It may look good and taste good, but refined carbohydrates and sugars wreak havoc on your midsection. It’s OK to have a treat once in a while, but try to keep these waistline killers to a minimum.

2. Stand up straight: The more you slouch, the more your stomach pooches. According to WebMD, you should “align your ears over your shoulders, shoulders over hips, hips over knees, and knees over ankles. Keep the fronts of the shoulders open like a shirt on a hanger. Draw your navel to your spine and keep your weight even on the balls and heels.” This posture will help you look much leaner and, over time, this isometric contraction of your abs will help strengthen them.

3. HIIT Training: Engage in High Intensity Interval Training (also known as HIIT) and you can see more results in less time! This type of exercise, done in short bursts with brief recovery periods between sets, can help spike your metabolism so you burn calories for hours after you’re done working out.

4. Sleep: Getting the right amount of shut-eye can help you get the flat tummy of your dreams. When you skimp on shut-eye, your body undergoes physiological stress, which causes your body to store fat. Strive to get 8 or more hours every single night. Scientific American reports that “even short-term, partial sleep deprivation could pave the way for weight gain and other negative metabolic consequences.”

5. Reduce Stress: Stress can be good or bad depending on how we deal with it. We need stress to change and progress, but too much of it can cause our bodies to enter a “fight-or-flight” biochemical process. According to WebMD, this makes “our bodies store fuel, slow down metabolism, and dump out chemicals [such as the stress hormone cortisol] which are more likely to cause . . . obesity in the abdominal region.” When we’re stressed, we also tend to reach for comfort foods. If you lower your stress levels (through time management, yoga, meditation), you won’t need to self-medicate with food and your hormone levels will be much healthier.

From Beachbody Blog


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