For many of us the motivation to workout takes quite some time. Years of accumulated 'health' around the abdomen, thighs and arms isn’t easy to part with. The follow up to those initial motivational urges are very much needed. And these come in different shapes and types.
It has been almost a year since my last blog post here. In all honesty, I was burned out on writing about anything health and fitness related. I started this blog back in 2006 (if you'd like to know more about me, read here). Not only has this blog aged but so have I. I don't view fitness in the same way I did back in my early 30's. Now that I'm approaching 40, I've come to realize that fitness doesn't have to be about achieving 6-pack abs or working hard to attain a fitness model physique. Now, all I want is to maintain a healthy weight, be able to enjoy my favorite activities, and do my daily routine without feeling tired and winded.
For some people age 40 and over, it's about getting to a healthy lifestyle and having fun while doing it. I've also come to a point in my life where the mind and soul are just as important to me as the body.
In the past, I've written about almost every topic imaginable. I intend on continuing to write about what I find interesting, however, I will be gearing posts towards where I am in my life. These posts will probably cater more towards my age group. I do hope my articles will still benefit everyone at every age. I plan on cleaning up my categories section and focusing a lot less on fitness for the sake of physical beauty. I will do my best to write articles that are actionable, helpful, and positive. I also plan on including posts which focus on happy living. Being happy starts from within but many of us need to come to that realization. I will share my personal journey as I not only get my body fit but my mind as well.
I hope that you join me on this new blogging adventure. If you'd like to stay up to date of when new posts are added, subscribe to my newsletter on the right or below this post.
There is no denying that P90X is an exceptional workout. It is one of the top selling home video workouts in history. If you are not familiar with it, it is a home fitness program created by celebrity personal trainer Tony Horton. What makes it unique is that it is set up to work within 90 days time. If you follow the eating plan and perform the workouts consistently, you should have very good results in terms of weight loss and muscle definition. Video proof can be found all over the internet and YouTube. The program works if you work it.
Pros and Cons of P90X
However, P90X isn't a $10 dvd you can pick up at your local Best Buy. It costs about $100 or so and your investment can increase if you decide to purchase an indoor pull-up bar, yoga blocks, yoga mat, and other equipment. The program is very much worth the investment as you pay for it one time and have it to use over and over again. Unlike expensive exercise equipment many people purchase only to sit in their garage and collect dust, this home fitness program takes up no room and can be done in a small amount of space.
Another thing to consider is that to get the extreme results many users have obtained requires following the program for 90 days. That means exercising 6 days a week which can be a hassle for many individuals. It isn't unlikely to feel the burn-out and want to give up. It requires time dedication and while it can be fit in (even with the busiest of schedules), it can still prove mentally challenging to do so for 90 days straight.
Turbulence Training - A Less Expensive Alternative to P90X
I purchased the Turbulence Training program years ago and enjoyed using it. What attracted me to the program most was the fact that it consists of a lot of bodyweight routines and doesn't require a whole lot of fitness equipment. The most I ever had to use were dumbbells and a stability ball. The interval training portion of it can be done with a jump rope, treadmill, or even sprints outside. Turbulence Training was created by personal trainer, Craig Ballantyne as a way to fit in fitness while maintaining a hectic work schedule.
Craig designed the program so that you're not spending a ton of time working out, yet you're still reaping all of the benefits of exercise when you do. The workouts only need to be done at minimum 3 days a week and last no more than 45 minutes at a time. Imagine all the time you free up for yourself to do other things. You're not burned out on working out and it doesn't cost nearly as much. I believe the program still sells for about $40 or so. Plus, there is a support forum where Craig answers questions himself.
Both programs offer certifications now where people can then train others on how to use the programs. If you need guidance on how to eat right and exercise, both options are great. However, if you are on a budget and still need an awesome workout program, Turbulence Training may be just what you need.
I am a huge fan of Dwayne Johnson so when he has a new film being released, I definitely want to know more about it. The Rock is a cool dude and following what he does health & fitness wise is quite interesting. If you haven't already, check out my previous articles about The Rock's legendary cheat meals and his clean-eating plan:
I learned about his most recent film from his Facebook and Twitter pages. It is called Pain and Gain. While the film does seem fitness related because it revolves around bodybuilding, the true story it is based on is quite unfortunate. Check out the trailer:
Pain and Gain is a new movie starring Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne (The Rock) Johnson. The story is based on a 1999 series of Miami New Times articles by an investigative journalist about "a couple of Florida steroid-abusing knucklehead bodybuilders who become criminals involved in an extortion ring and a kidnapping plot that goes horribly wrong."
Daniel Lugo (Mark Wahlberg) is a regular bodybuilder who works at the Sun Gym along with his friend Adrian Doorbal (Anthony Mackie). Sick of living the poor life Lugo concocts a plan to kidnap Victor Kershaw (Tony Shalhoub), a regular at the gym and a rich spoiled business man, and extort him by means of torture. With the help of recently released criminal Paul Doyle (Dwayne Johnson), the 'Sun Gym Gang' successfully get Kershaw to sign over all his finances, but when Kershaw survives an attempted murder from the gang, he hires Detective Ed Du Bois (Ed Harris) to catch the criminals after the Miami Police Department fail to do so.
I'd watch this movie simply because of Dwayne Johnson. It does seem to throw in some humorous parts and it seems like it would hold my interest.
Do you think it is a film worth checking out?
Back in June, I wrote about Drew Manning's journey on being fit and getting fat within a 6-month time span. His purpose is to gain 50 - 60 pounds of fat and then teach people how they can get fit and stay fit. It is now October and the transformation is quite shocking. Here is how he currently looks:
Starting weight was 193 lbs. He is now at 263.4 pounds.