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How to get in the best shape of your life without going to a gym

When I started my fitness transformation the only thing I knew is what I didn’t want to do… go to the gym. I already felt bad enough about myself I sure as hell didn’t need to see Greek Gods walking around all smiling and happy and poking fun at me because I had no idea what this machine was or how to use it. I didn’t (and really still don’t) understand half the crap that most fitness fanatics were talking about. But I know one thing, I lost 15 pounds in 5 weeks, my endurance went through the roof, my IBS cleared up, I feel like Superman, and I did it all  at home in less than an hour a day, thanks to Beachbody.
My SO and I had been talking about it, and one morning about 3 am I finally just did it. I bought Focus T25. I had to shut the commercial up. “Get in the best shape of your life in only 25 minutes a day”, “creator of insanity Shaun T”, “30 day money back guarantee”. It just would not stop!
It was the second best decision I have ever made. Deciding to do Kung-Fu was the first, but holy crap has Focus T25 really been a good decision.
It was such a good decision in fact that I have decided to help others by becoming a Team Beachbody Coach. Coaching is a free service offered by Beachbody. Your coach can help you decide which program is right for you, help keep you motivated and offer suggestions. Team Beachbody Coaches are not fitness experts they are just “products of the product” they are just a couple of steps ahead of you on the same journey.
As a coach I now am thinking about everyone else and how to make the their body transitions easier. Being a complete novice when it comes to fitness I really could have used some more info on clean eating. That is why I try and get every person starting out on this journey to first do Autumn Calabrese’s 21 Day Fix or 21 Day Fix Extreme [hinsforth 21DF(X)]. These are the same program but the extreme one has a more challenging workout set. The workouts are:
•    Total Body Cardio Fix. Rises your heart rate, boosts your metabolism into overdrive for long-lasting weight loss benefits.
•    Upper Fix. Specifically works the back, shoulders, arms, chest and abs for a great swimsuit body.
•    Lower Fix. Works the thighs, calves and butt for the rest of your beach-ready body.
•    Pilates Fix. Uses core strength moves to tone and elongate the torso and tighten up your thighs, butt and hips.
•    Cardio Fix. Insanity cardio workout that kicks the first workout into overdrive.
•    Yoga Fix. Boosts flexibility and relaxes your muscles to keep them in perfect tone.

This is a great well rounded workout, has a little bit of everything and will let you know where you you might like to go after 21DF(X).
The other reason I think 21DF(X) is there is a great portion control system that will help you learn how to eat cleanly. The 21DF(X) system is not a diet it’s an eating plan.

The eating program uses a color coded system of containers and a Shakeology Shaker Cup to give you perfect portion control every time with zero mistakes. If it fits in the container, you can eat it, and you’ll lose weight.
1.    Green Container (8oz): For vegetables
2.    Purple Container (8oz): For fruits
3.    Red Container (6oz): For proteins
4.    Yellow Container (5.3oz): For carbohydrates
5.    Blue Container (2.7oz): For healthy fats and cheeses
6.    2 Orange Containers (2oz): seeds and dressings
7.    Shakeology Cup: For mixing drinks

Believe it or not this is my next round after I finish Focus T25. 21DF(X) is really the foundation for anyone serious about their body/lifestyle transformation. I know for a fact that I am still over eating and counting calories is driving me slowly crazy! 21DF(X) will help me start a clean eating habit, maybe I’ll become lucky enough to be a clean eating addict! 🙂

If you are interested in a fitness transformation go to https://kungfuwithwashu.com/team-beachbody/join-tbb/ to fill out a quick questionnaire so we can both hit the ground with both feet running, and then sign up at http://beachbodycoach.com/washu

Namaste!

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5 Activities of Martial Arts and the Elimination of Illusion

There are a lot of ways to participate in Martial Arts. All of these boil down to 5 Categories.

  1. Health and Fitness
  2. Art and Entertainment
  3. Sport and Competition
  4. Combat and Self Defense
  5. Self Improvement and Enlightenment

I would like to talk about these from the bottom up. This list in no particular order and no part is more important that the others.

Self Improvement and Enlightenment

This method is obtainable through any of the other methods or a combination of methods listed above. When done correctly all of the methods should be done as a meditation. Meditation means nothing more than focused practice.

Combat and Self Defense

Self defense means “protecting oneself with reasonable force in order to escape”. This is a legal construct, if you hit anyone for any reason you will have to talk to the police at some point.

Combat means “destroying ones ability to attack” this often ends in maiming or killing your opponent.

This is what our general program is based around at Meng’s of Richmond. We teach the curriculum based on combat so that you can “scale back” to defend yourself instead of leaving you out to dry if you need to escalate up the use of force continuum.

The use of force continuum goes like this

  1. avoidance
  2. interception
  3. redirection
  4. injure
  5. maim
  6. kill

I will discuss this in another post.

Sport and Competition

Sport and Competition includes everything from the UFC to your local open martial arts tournament. This is why you will find me describing people as [insert martial sport activity] players. If you are in a Jiu Jitsu Competition you are a Jiu Jitsu Player. If you are in the Olympics competing in Tae Kwon Do or Judo you are a Tae Kwon Do or Judo player, if you are in a cage to win the UFC Women’s Bantumweight Title (good luck Ronda is a BEAST) you are a Mixed Martial Arts player. A person is only a fighter when they are in a fight. Even if you are training for a fight you still don’t want to train as a fighter. I may get into this in another post.

Art and Entertainment

Forms (or Kata for my Japanese MA brothers and sisters) as performance art (not being judged) and choreography for movies fit in this realm. The Shaw Brothers, Bruce Lee, Jakie Chan, Jet Li, and so on have made this aspect of martial arts once of the most lucrative aspects. They are just as much martial artists as anyone else.

Health and Fitness

Qigong, Tai Chi, Tae bo, Cardio Kickboxing, Insanity, P90x, Focus T25 all fit in this aspect. Martial Arts movements are starting to show up in more and more workout systems because they are some of the best ways to access certain muscles, but remember this is not fighting and you do not want to bet your life on it. The movements in these systems are exaggerated so that you get a better workout. Low heel kicks with your toes pointing strait up, almost any kick with a locked leg, Huge sweeping round kicks, and elbow out “chicken wing” punches are all tools to get you fit not to save your life.

I sound like I am putting these systems down, but I absolutely am not. The last part of this title was and eliminating illusion. I just want to make sure that everyone is training properly for their intentions. Wow this post has opened up so many other possible discussions.

Comment if you are interested in seeing where there discussions go.

Namaste!