FITfluence Launch Event

I love being a blogger. Not only have I made friends all over the world, but I get invited to exciting events like this and that. And last week I attended the launch of the FITfluence event at YouTube Space LA.
YouTube Space LA, Fitfluence
The panel was made up of influential YouTubers, including a couple of my favorites, Tony Horton of P90X and Cassey Ho from Blogilates.
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This event was spectacular – there were a tons of vendors on hand, giving out goodies. Just look at this incredible goody bag! It’s stuffed with awesome gifts.

LeSport Sac backpack
Free Le Sport Sac bags?! Yes please!

BeBit YouTuber
YouTube Channel BeFit
had these workout accessories.

LVFT steel water bottles
I don’t know about you, but I always need these steel water bottles – one for my desk, one for my night stand, they’re just really handy to have around.

Hickies elastic shoelaces
How awesome is this concept – elastic lacing system from Hickies. Since I don’t wear shoes in the house, this is really convenient for slipping lace-up shoes on and off at the front door.

exo made with cricket flour, PB&J
Hmm. I don’t think I’ll eat this. I have nothing against cricket flour, but I am pestacarian and this doesn’t really fall into that category.  That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

exofab.com, selfies
ExoFab.com
was giving away this selfie system…I haven’t used it yet but I’m keen to try it!

Tarte Park Avenue Princess, Lights, Cameras, Splashes mascara
Woot! Waterproof mascara and bronzer from Tarte!

And the highlight of my evening:

Tony Horton, Bring It! P90X

BRING IT!

Do you follow any YouTubers? Who’s your favorite?


Wendy

Humpday Confessions – The Gym Edition

Vodka and Soda

I’ve got a lot to say about this category, so no dithering around – we’re going to get right to it.

  • People who comment on my food choices, be they healthy or indulgent. Please also see my earlier rant about assigning moral value to food here.

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  • Butt sweat on the bench. Clean that nasty mess up!
  • People who workout RIGHT IN FRONT OF THE WEIGHT RACK. Yes, I know there’s a mirror there and you like to see yourself curl and flex your biceps, but other people need access to the dumbbells, too!
    people who work out in front of the weight rack
  • I’m not the gym truancy officer! I like to work out, maybe you hate it. None of my business, so no need to offer up excuses why you don’t exercise.
  • Workout partners who bail.
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  • I’m annoyed with myself for getting on the scale this week.
  • Gym selfies – are you there to work out or to model?! Oh wait, that’s me.  But I only took it to show the dude working his biceps in front of the weight rack. Yes, that’s the reason.
    gym selfie
  • How cool is this?! Tony Horton and Dreya Weber from the original P90X workout. My little heart raced with excitement! Or maybe it was racing from the workout.
    Tony Horton, P90X, Workout Wednesday, Dreya Weber, Westfield

 What bothers you about the gym? Lay it on us!

 
Shakeology Vegan Tropical Strawberry, Chocolate Shakeology, taking Shakeology to the airport


Wendy

Vitamins and Supplements

I bought this pill box at Rite Aid for my nightly vitamins. Sometimes I’m far too disorganized to get them all out of the jars when all I really want to do is get to bed, so I thought of parceling them out once a week. Even a lazybones like me can manage that!
Monday through Friday pill box

Here’s what I take:

Gloucosamine – Tony Horton said everyone doing P90X or over 40 should take this. Okay then! Gloucosamine is good for joints and helps keep arthritis at bay. The pills are pretty big but easy to swallow. I buy them at CostCo.
Kirkland Signature Glucosamine, Tony Horton

Calcium – I don’t drink milk so I worry that  I don’t get enough calcium (never mind how much cheese I eat). I do not like these pills – they’re huge and hard to swallow. When I’m done with this jar I’m switching to those chocolatey chew things.
Calcium and Vitamin D supplements

Allergy pill – I stopped taking this for a while because Shakeology seems to have controlled my allergies (superfoods baby!), but this dry weather makes my eyes puffy and deep breaths difficult, so it goes back into the nightly routine.
Kaiser Permanente Loratadine Tablets, Shakeology

Vitamin D – My doctor says I have a vitamin D deficiency. I was flabbergasted with this news since I live in Los Angeles and I walk everywhere. I do like to pile on sunscreen, though.
Kirkland Signature Vitamin D, Vitamin D deficiency

Multivitamin – I don’t know if  I really need it a multivitamin since I drink Shakeology and I eat 5-7 servings of fruits and veggies everyday. However,  I once read that you’d have to eat THREE apples today to get the same nutrition you got from ONE apple 40 years ago. I do love apples, but three is a bit excessive so multivitamin it is.
Kirkland Signature Daily Multi

CoQ10 – co-enzyme is supposed to support aging and I’m vain so there it is. Helping in exercise recovery is a bonus!
Coenzyme Q-10

Here they all are – easy peasy.
Monday through Friday pill box

Do you take vitamins and supplements or do you think they’re hooey?

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Wendy

It’s Finally Here! P90X3

P90X3 was released today! I had a sneak peek of P90X3 in September – you can read about it here.

P90X3, Tony Horton, Beachbody, Shakeology

Here’s some info about P90X3:

  • All P90X3 workouts are 30 minutes long. This is perfect for people who want an intense exercise program but don’t have the time for regular P90X.
  • P90X3 is a 90-day program, split into 3 Blocks. Blocks 1 & 2 each consist of 4 weeks, while Block 3 lasts 5 weeks.
  • All orders of P90X3, purchased on TeamBeachbody.com, through a Coach or through a Challenge Pack, from 12/10/13 through 12/31/13 will include a free P90X3 hat. Imma rock that hat.
  • The meal plan includes a vegan option!
  • I’m giving away a Shakeology shaker cup for anyone that buys the challenge pack through my store.

Here are details of the workouts:

P90X3 DVDs Tony Horton, Beachbody, Shakeology

Prices depend on which P90X3 kit you buy, but the base kit is $120.  The best deal is really the Challenge Pack that is on sale for $180 until December 31. The challenge pack includes the base kit and a month of Shakeology (you all know how I feel about Shakeology).

Let me know if you want more information – you can email me at blushandbarbells@gmail.com or leave your question in the comments.

Thanks for reading this and sharing in my excitement!

 


Wendy

Sneak Peak of P90X3

I recently signed up to be a Beachbody coach (click my link to get a free Team Beachbody account! You don’t need to buy anything). This weekend was Super Saturday, a kind of conference for local Beachbody coaches to learn more about the company.

And what did we learn? That there is a new version of P90X coming out! Now if you’ve been reading my blog for any time at all you already know how much I love P90X. Love love love til my daddy takes the T-Bird away (that’s a Hortonism, in case you didn’t know. And that was another one!).

P90X3, Warrior Workout, Tony Horton, Beachbody, new P90X

Get ready, cuz it’s coming!

I cannot tell you how excited I was alllll week for this conference, mainly for the sneak peak of P90X3! The preview was exclusive for Elite Coaches, but the organizers shared it with us!

I took a few sneaky snaps during the workout. We did the Warrior Workout, a video version of the workout that Tony Horton does with US troops here at home and overseas.

P90X3, Warrior Workout, Tony Horton, Beachbody, new P90X

The moves in Warrior were about a minute each, and each move alternated from chest to core to legs and then back again, so it’s a full body workout. The exercises seemed familiar from P90X, but then there’d be a twist (literally, in the case of Fifer Scissors) to throw you off and make you work. Here’s what I can remember from the workout, but my descriptions might be a bit off since I was sweating more than note-taking.

  • Jump Squats – squat, then jump!
  • Hook, Upper Cut, Sprawl – Tony Horton’s favorite new move. Like Hook Upper Cut from Kenpo, but then you sprawl into a wide plank. There was a second, similar move. My sister loves Kenpo so she’ll be all over this.
  • Level 1 Thinking Drills – you might be familiar with Level 1 drills from Insanity, but in the Warrior workout, be prepared to move your arms too!
  • Standing Crunch – from downward dog, you move your knees in various angles to work your abs. I really feel this today.
  • Warrior Squat – this includes a lunge!
  • Super Burpees – a lot like Prison Cell Pushups from Core Synergistics, but with a back kick! Or not, the modified version skipped the kick.
  • Sphinx Plank – like the Sphinx Pushups from Core, but fully extended into a plank. Yowsers.
  • Elevator Pushups – similar to Plank To Chaturanga Iso from Core, but with more up and down. A LOT of up and down.
  • Basketball Jump Shots – sort of like what you do in the Plyo X bonus round, but from each side.
  • Speed Skaters – we know this from Legs & Back…but there’s a double hop. Yikes.
  • Spiderman Squats – these reminded me of Run Stance Squats from Plyo X, but there was more rotation. I got dizzy!

Now, don’t think you must first do the original P90X for this workout – you can absolutely learn these new moves even if you’re an exercise newbie. I used P90X exercises as a reference since I’m very familiar with them…but I still had to stop to watch a few reps during each to try to replicate. I’m not sure I got them right, but that comes with time.

Here’s a shot of the group working out. I love the beads of sweat dripping off their faces (yep, another Hortonism). The crowd reaction was pretty positive – lots of cheers and shouting. I sure had a lot of fun and I think the others did too.

 

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A few more things about P90X3:

  • each workout is only 30 minutes long.
  • the cool-down is a short 2-3 minutes after the 30 minute workout. I can’t quite remember if the warm-up was included in the 30 minutes. In any case, you’re looking at ~35 minutes.
  • the workouts are shorter because there are fewer breaks and less chatter – but you’ll still get your Hortonisms. In the case of the Warrior Workout, from the cast members quoting from the original P90X!
  • there is a separate warm-up DVD in case you’ve got more time and/or you need it. I’d probably use this DVD since I’m no spring chicken I work out in the morning.
  • it’s not a graduate program like P90X2, so you really only need a baseline fitness to use it.
  • don’t wear running shoes while doing it. I don’t know why, but Tony Horton said it twice during the workout. He recommended court shoes…I’ll just wear my pink Chucks.
  • there are other workouts in the program that will require weights or bands and a pull-up bar.
  • it will be released on December 1o. Sign up here to get an email reminder when the program is ready and give it to everyone on your holiday gift list!

I pretty much loved the Warrior Workout. P90X2 seemed like more of a challenge than I was willing to try, but P90X3 is right up my alley. I.Can’t.Wait until it’s available.

Who’s with me? Which cameraman? (I just can’t stop with the Hortonisms)


Wendy