TGIF Everyone! Hope you had a great week and are ready for a nice weekend. I had a new mom that is a fitness-coaching client of mine now ask me what got ME started in my fitness journey- what was my why, what did I do in the "early days" etc. And I thought it might be fun to share with you all what I started doing when I took my health more seriously and decided I didn't want to become that corporate slug-- the folks I saw around me all the time, the folks that had just "let themselves go" and had no energy, no life enthusiasm, they were heavy, many were alcoholics, and they all looked 10-20 years older than they were. That is no way to live, I decided way back when.
So here goes- when did I FIRST start getting in to fitness and why?
I was about 24 I think, when I moved back home to Columbus, OH to finish college (I had moved to Pensacola FL to chase a boy LOL) at Ohio State, and while I was in FL, let's just say the endless partying and eating southern food had NOT paid off for me. I was the heaviest I'd ever been in my LIFE. I came home and stepped on the scale and at 5'5 I was 178 pounds and wearing a size 12. I was MORTIFIED. I bought that book by Susan Powter (which I will not link to because-- we know NOW that the methodology she promoted is very flawed, I wouldn't want any of you to follow that approach.) I embraced the "all carbs, no fat" diet and started doing STEP AEROBICS- yea, back then it was called AEROBICS LOL. My first loves were Cher Fitness, yes, Cher Fitness and Step Reebok.
This VHS tape- (yes, a VCR!) was awesome and I can tell you- take a peek here, at the abs section, it's a killer workout that is led by Keli Roberts as the trainer:
Actually most of this video is now uploaded on YouTube. Welcome to 2015 where almost everything is on YouTube. Please note- when I started my fitness journey- NO ONE HAD CELL PHONES. Or email. LOL!
Step Reebok, led by Gin Miller, was awesome and frankly still is. I am not that in to step workouts and I am not adept at fancy choreography but this workout is not complex. Of course the Cher workouts got me obsessed with Keli Roberts and her muscular physique- she put out some workouts that I LOVED:
THEN- I started to see some infomercials about The Firm workouts....in the late 90's, infomercials were THE THING- remember this was before the internet that we know and live by today-- people actually watched TV for information! I bought more crazy things on infomercials but- they led me to two of my favorites in fitness- The Firm workouts and TAEBO!
Here is a sneak peek at one of the early volumes-- beware, a lot of high cut lycra with nude hose, and even men in spandex and hairy chests and mullets.
Here is the thing- these workouts for real, are AWESOME- they are all what I'd consider to be circuit based, with bursts of cardio/plyo in between weights and -- even though TODAY we chuckle at those 90's fitness fashion choices, the material is GOOD.
If you are thinking of testing one of these oldies but goodies, I mean oldies but AWESOME-IES, I'd get Tracie Long, The Tortoise and The Hare. CLICK HERE to buy on Amazon.com.
And The Firm workouts kept me hooked for YEARS- and I really came to love Tracie Long- who now makes DVDs on her own. She is fantastic. Peek at her stuff below and catch up with her new site by CLICKING HERE.
Then, I fell IN LOVE WITH BILLY BLANKS AND TAEBO and I kid you not, I still have Taebo Live Advanced on DVD-- I searched high and low to find them on Amazon.com and they are KILLER--
Ok y'all- it appears that the DVD set I have is not on Amazon.com- and anyone that has used the original VHS tapes-- will testify these are some of the best ADVANCED KICKBOXING sweatfests out there-- I am NOT JOKING, seriously considering getting a VCR and buying all the VHS tapes so I can do the workouts again-- they are THAT GOOD. I collected some links for you below to the VCR tapes on Amazon.com but you might want to try eBay too if you are like me and want to diversify your collection.
- CLICK HERE For a 4 set Taebo Live.
- CLICK HERE for Volume 5 of the 12 set Taebo Advanced Live series that is THE BEST ON THE PLANET. This is the one I am thinking of buying all on VCR tapes-- for real.
- CLICK HERE for Volume 2, one of my favorites for sure. Again-- you can find all the tapes on Amazon.com and probably some sets on eBay if you want to track them down. I may be doing this this weekend LOL!
I just found one entire 51 minute video on YouTube-- see above. I'll probably do this one this evening! ;-) Not lying- OBSESSED. Dear Billy- please republish this on DVD!!!
After I spent a lot of time doing Billy Blanks' workouts and the Firm, I wanted MORE and I mean more intensity in my weight training and that's when I found CATHE FRIEDRICH, and I am IN AWE OF THIS WOMAN-- every single one of her advanced dvds (and now she has online streaming at just $19.99 a month) is KILLER-- she is never repetitive and she is so creative and each workout has an additional like 5-10 PREMIXES- SHORTER VERSIONS or longer versions or more intense versions. OMG!! I own so many of Cathe's DVDs and seriously- every single new one she comes out with , she keeps getting better!!!!!!!!
If you want to check out Cathe's workouts- her YouTube Channel let's you preview her videos- up to 10 minutes of each workout which really lets you get the handle on what the workout includes. Here is one of my all time favorites, and so hard to pick, I am like a school girl with her workouts, they all rock:
Anyone that has known me for years knows how obsessed I am with Cathe. If you want to work out at home and KILL IT- this is definitely a huge component of your arsenal that you want. Here is her latest release series- Ripped with HIIT, OMG I am drooling:
I've spent a lot of time working out solely from home. And I highly recommend it. Yes now I also love my gym workouts but-- having a home option or doing both is great- but do not kid yourself that you cannot get a killer session done at home.
Fast Forward to RECENT years and today- I have now added more diversity and love my training even more. I dove in to some Beach Body dvds years ago (Please note, full disclosure I am now an independent Beach Body Coach- so you can purchase from me, and I'm also offering fitness coaching on a limited basis as well-- email me firstname.lastname@example.org if this interests you- I have no spots for this month but a couple for next month.)- I started with P90x but I gotta tell you that is not my favorite- personal choice. I FELL HARD for Insanity of course- HOLY COW this is another world of sweatfest.
As much as I LOVE LOVE LOVE Insanity, I am surprised it was only recently that I bought - literally, all the rest of Shaun T's workouts and HOLY BALLS OF FIRE - when I did my first T25 session and then Insanity Max 30 I was on the floor, had to press pause a LOT. Shaun T, there is something about his personality that makes you want to please him, you know? I LOVE to work out "with" Shaun T. We did a Twitter chat with him for our client Kohl's (that's a whole other obsession y'all-- have you been to Kohl's lately? For fitness gear? You need to get all over that, thank me later)
You think I am kidding?? Seriously- check out the preview below, I LOVE That Max 30 is the intensity but not a full hour, that was something I found challenging for me is I want to do both cardio and weights, so doing a full hour of insanity plus an hour of weights, too much. I use Max 30 when I have just 30 minutes or less. Some days I might want to do more cardio or only cardio and I'd do Insanity then.
Y'all know I am a HUGE FAN of massive sweatfests. And this is what Aunt Kelly loves.
I don't know why I didn't pay attention to these workouts when they came out- probably because in the past, I wanted ALL MY WORKOUTS to be an hour. (Perfectionistic Mindset) Now, I know that HIIT training-- means you do not need an hour and even with weight training, some sessions are 45 minutes, sure some are 50-60 but the most I do now even with both cardio and strength is 90 minutes-- vs. the old days I would do 2-2.5 hours I am not lying- I was living in Overtraining Land.
I was also a late adapter to Chalene Johnson's Turbo Fire- BIG MISTAKE. Some of my favorite workouts and they GET MY ARMS CHISELED FOR SURE-- but I tried one dvd at first and thought the moves were too complex. LOL. all I needed to do was watch her instructional dvd OMG HELLOOOOOOO-- then I fell in love.
Can you see why I finally dove in this year and decided what the heck, to join Beach Body as a coach? DUH. Obsessed with their workouts, love mixing them up with my other moves that trainers have taught me and with my other DVDs and -- so many of the BB workouts are - GREAT FOR WHEN I TRAVEL!! no or minimal equipment is needed. WINNING. Here are a few more of my favorites.
Do you see a theme here, that I love kickboxing and anything boxing and martial arts related? Yea. And then, I just got the Body Beast progam that I think is one of the most KILLER ADVANCED WEIGHT TRAINING programs- and I love that it is led by MEN with MEN working out- this is a well needed thing in the home fitness space. TOO many dvds are all women, I think dudes might not buy in to that. This guy is hard core and no joke. LOVE these dvds and my muscles are thanking me all the time -- he is just too funny to listen to as well. Love that I am smiling and laughing with these people when I am at home.
I shared my love for HIIT training above- and earlier this week or last week I shared how I am making all my workouts different and branching out- not buying DVD sets like these and only doing the first DVD session over and over again because I love it so much. Bad Habit! Diversity Rules! So- I had purchased this Ruthless DVD set by Weider end of last year and ONLY DONE THE FIRST DVD. MISSING OUT. Now I am moving on to the others and LOVING THEM.
Seriously- these are all 20 minute sessions and so many of them humbled me and defied my original assumptions.
I saw some workouts that used things like planks or pushups and thought "how can THAT make me sweat??? that's not HIIT!!" - I WAS SO WRONG!! LOL. the diversity rocks. Highly recommend it.
And last but not least, my dear friend AND THE MOST KILLER Celebrity Trainer in Hollywood- the one that trains, um, this girl
Yes, Valerie Waters. I'm telling you, I was very skeptical when I received her first workout program because - like Ruthless, I thought "this LOOKS too easy for me" HOLY CRAP I WAS WRONG. Valerie is not kidding around and she knows her stuff-- I did a video recently for her new private bootcamp offering (she's sold out this month, but you can get on her waiting list- it's about $20 a day for ONE MONTH, she only takes 25 people max each month to get them direct attention and she transforms women's bodies....she is LEGIT.)
I am telling you- I've shared before- I take her Valslides and Valbands with me on every trip- and Val's workouts are KILLER and -- KEY KEY KEY-- her diet coaching and instruction are ON POINT. She's the one that got me moving in the right insulin resistance diet approach- gamechanger!! thank heavens she saw me eating my Ezekiel Toast and said something, I would never have thought I was doing anything incorrectly for my issues.
ALL OF HER WORKOUTS should be in your arsenal. Pick one to start with and thank me later- and if you really want to be serious- HIRE VAL- DO HER PRIVATE BOOTCAMP FOR ONE MONTH. No one comes out of that unchanged and without a massive transformation. I have RED CARPET READY, I have BIKINI BODY, I have ACTION HERO BABE and I have Hot in a Hurry, and frankly I don't know what I like best.
OK OK OK ONE last thing, I cannot forget to add how much I Love - barre workouts. They are so much more intense than you think-- they shape your legs and buns and strengthen your back. LOVE!! My favorite is Suzanne Bowen Fitness - and she is now writing for us at FitFluential.com and head over there and search, we have several barre workouts pinnable too- from Suzanne. (don't forget to subscribe y'all!)
Suzanne's site has monthly streaming workouts too- and her DVDs with the "shake to change" approach will make you do just that. OMG!! I AM ALWAYS DYING EVERY TIME!!!
So== tell me - what is your flashback for fitness? What did you get started with? What are you loving- training at home or gym or both? Are you interested in trying anything new that I shared here? (please note, I should tell ya, if you are loving the Beachbody workouts, please email me about signing up with me to get a discount on all Beachbody products, sweet deal right? WORD. email@example.com) I challenge you to branch out and diversify-- it will make your training much more fun and your body will show awesome results, I promise you.
If you loved this post and feel some of the workouts would be loved by your friends online, I'd always appreciate the shares love. Thank you in advance friends- now go have a great weekend!
Disclosure: Kohl's is a client of my company, FitFluential. All opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links for some Amazon products and I do earn a commission with Beachbody products. All obsessions and ravings are 100% genuine. ;-)