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“Bring It” This Holiday Season with Tony Horton and P90X3

Written on December 12, 2013 at 3:27 pm , by

Running is outside of the gym junkie’s comfort zone. That’s why he hopes finish a sub 24:30 5k in 2014. Cheers to speed! (Photo courtesy of Beachbody)

Shape up your 2014 slimdown in half the time—yes, seriously! The highly anticipated third installment of P90X is here so you can continue to “do your best and forget the rest,” as fitness guru Tony Horton always says, in just 30 minutes.

Beachbody’s new 90-day program cuts the killer 60-minute routines down without sacrificing intensity. “A lot of people were saving themselves during the first half to get through the second, so we thought, ‘Let’s eliminate all of that and sequence things just right,” says Horton. “There’s 16 workouts, four more than P90X and two more than P90X2. They’re shorter; have a lot more variety with all new moves. It’s not P90X shorter—it’s brand new, on its own.”

So what can you expect from the plateau-busting sweat sesh? For the first time, Horton introduces Pilates into the mix, as well as a separate warm-up/stretch DVD, Cold Start. “What I’m trying to do is introduce Pilates and yoga to men and more resistance training to women,” he says. “Exercise science shows that if both sexes begin to understand how the other half lives, then they will ultimately be stronger, more flexible, leaner, more cardiovascularly fit and well-rounded. There’s a little warm-up [in each routine], but we get right into it to jam-pack as much as we can.” Who doesn’t like the sound of that?

Horton’s notorious muscle-confusion is also taken up a notch in X3 by introducing his breakthrough “Acceleration System” and different ways of approaching the program overall. “There’s a lean option for people who want to burn more calories and do less resistance,” explains Horton. Don’t be fooled, though—this is not a graduate program. “It’s for everybody and anybody that just wants to get in shape, maybe for the first time, and be able to sustain it.”

Shipping and handling is free if you order in December! Place your order before Sunday to get it in time for the holidays. (Photo courtesy of Beachbody)

With the holidays quickly approaching, P90X3 is the perfect gift for both yourself and fit friends looking for big changes in the new year. Just remember, your dream body won’t happen over night, says Horton. But your results will be “off the chain” if you put in the time, eat right and stick with it long-term. “If your purpose and your plan are aligned, then it doesn’t become this short-term goal of losing weight or shaping a body part to look good in clothing. Ultimately, the goal here is more of a bigger picture, focusing on the things that you can control today so you’re more consistent.”

What does the 55-year-old former stand-up comedian have on his resolutions list for 2014? “I’d like to hold a handstand for a minute—a free handstand without a wall,” he says. Get this: He’s held one for 59 seconds before – twice. So close! But setting achievable goals are the key to success, Horton advises, adding that 40 pull-ups in a row is another thing he’s working on. “I’ve done 37. I think I was a monkey in a past life!” We’ll stick with a goal of one…maybe two.

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Turn Fitness From Hobby to Career with Beachbody

Written on September 25, 2013 at 10:42 am , by

You could be on camera next. (Photo courtesy of Beachbody)

Written by Alena Hall, editorial intern

When watching your favorite workout DVD, do you ever look at the fit crew sweating it out behind the trainer and think, “I could totally be one of them?” Well Beachbody, the fitness company behind popular at-home workout programs like P90X, Insanity, Brazil Butt Lift and Hip Hop Abs, thinks you can, too.

The company has announced a nationwide casting call for the 2014 Beachbody Talent Team, aka the group of sculpted athletes you see sweating it out in the workout DVDs, infomercials and professional P90X and Insanity certification programs. They are inviting everyone (seriously, everyone) to audition for a spot on the team, and what better way is there to show off that summer beach body – and keep in tip-top shape for fall – than motivating others to get just as fit? Plus, you get to work out with the top trainers in-person and show them what you’re made of.

All applicants must be certified in a Beachbody program including P90X, Insanity, Turbo Kick, PiYo Strength or Hip Hop Hustle, and be a member of Beachbody’s VIP or Pro Team. For more information about the casting call, check out their website. Do you think you’ve got what it takes?

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Music Monday: Power Through Anything Playlist

Written on December 10, 2012 at 9:29 am , by

Tunes to help you get those abs of steel. (Photo by Alex Palombo)

Written by Deanna Cioppa, editorial intern

Long-term home workouts like Insanity and P90X have been around for a few years now, but their appeal hasn’t faded since they hit shelves. Interested in giving one a whirl? In Insanity, a fun, fast-paced diagnostic test is recommended to help determine your starting level so you can watch your progress soar over the next 60 days. And yes, you’ll be repeating the test periodically to gauge how quickly your fitness level reaches rock star status. The test is plyometric madness (they call it Insanity for a reason!), but don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.

Various studies prove that music can boost performance, so we’ve rounded up six of the strongest tunes to help you muscle through that 25-minute diagnostic test, ready for anything Shaun T throws at you. But if six just isn’t enough, we’ve added four bonus tracks to keep you working hard for 40 sweat-dripping minutes. Now punch play and crank out those reps!

Now you tell us: How do you get pumped for a tough workout?