About a year and a half ago, I decided to take a huge plunge. I joined Beachbody as a coach. I had done Insanity (at almost 200lbs!), and had amazing results...then stalled. Then I tried Turbo Fire (my soulmate workout!) and started to lean out but hadn't changed a lot with my "shape"! I was finally ready to really sculpt my body after getting rid of some of that excess fat and getting into better cardiovascular shape. I had heard about Les Mills Pump and KNEW that this program would work for me, so when I signed up as a coach, I ordered it and shakeology. I had tried shakeology before, and didn't commit to it so I didn't get any results. I saw the people in my challenge groups seeing these AMAZING results, and I knew that they were drinking shakeology, so I decided that I had to try it again and if I wanted to get results I HAD to go all in. If I was going to be a coach and represent this company, I had to trust them with my health, so I committed to a full 90 days of Shakeology with my program. Even before the package came I was picturing myself winning the $500 daily Beachbody Challenge.
I started the program with a challenge group, and I gotta say, it was SO helpful. I needed that support from people that were going through the a life change WITH me. The program starts off slow. Just a 20 minute "Pump Challenge" to get you acquainted with the movements and get your muscles used to lifting weights. People who are not new to fitness may be tempted to skip ahead here to the 2nd week, and that's totally ok as long as you are confident that you will not injure yourself. After that, you'll spend the remainder of the first month on "Pump and Burn", which is about 30 minutes.
What I immediately loved about this program is that it's only 3 days per week. I am most definitely a warm weather runner. I had started running after finishing Insanity the year prior, but went on "hiatus" for the winter and decided to try Turbo Fire until the weather was warmer. When I started LMP, since it was only 3 days, I spent two days per week focusing on increasing my mileage, one day doing "Flow" combined with "Hard core abs"(both of which come with the LMP dvd set), and finally one day as a full rest. For someone who is not a runner, the program suggests a 45 minute walk...You could also incorporate a cardio dvd like Turbo Fire's Fire 45 or T25 Alpha Cardio during those days.
I also loved the fun, upbeat nature of this program. Even though you're lifting weights, it's not all serious all the time. They play popular songs like Pink's "Raise your glass" and the trainers rotate every few sets, so you always have a different personality to look forward to. My personal favorite is Dan Cohen. He is goofy, but also super intense and motivating. There really is a "favorite" for everyone and there are tons of motivational quotes sprinkled throughout the dvd's.
So, moving on to Phase 2, you'll start to jump up the intensity a little bit with "Pump & Shred", which is 45 minutes. This is where I started to notice a good bit of progress in my body. I was feeling stronger and leaner, even though the scale had not moved too much (just about 3lbs in the first month, which one of my friends who had done the program before me had warned me was TOTALLY normal and to be expected when gaining muscle). After about two weeks of these workouts, you really kick things into high gear. In the last 6 weeks of the program, you phase out the 45 minute workout and are alternating between "Pump Revolution" and "Pump Extreme", both of which are about 55 minutes. THIS is where the MAJOR changes take place. I still hadn't had much movement on the scale, (about 6lbs total in 6 weeks), but I was SO much leaner. I almost let the scale defeat me, but with the assurance of my challenge group members who were going through the SAME thing, I kept going, but STOPPED weighing myself. I vowed not to weigh until the end of the 90 days. On day 90, I stepped on that scale and did my measurements. I was devastated. All of that work for only 8 measly pounds and a small handful of inches. Then..something incredible happened. I took my pictures. I decided to load them onto my computer and do a side by side comparison...HOLY CRAP! Here is what I saw!
This was 3 months worth of work. Not strenuous, back breaking, "crawling into bed at the end of the day because I can't function" work either! It was drinking Shakeology, lifting weights for at MOST 3 hours a week, and either running or walking my dogs for maybe another hour total per week. That's IT! I didn't change my diet drastically. I still went out on my weekly date night at a local mexican restaurant which had an ALL YOU CAN EAT NACHO BAR during happy our (!!!!) I still had pizza on Saturday night after my husband's home games and partook in "living room tailgates" with my fellow football wives during away games. I still got to go have drinks with my friends, and occasionally ate a donut or cupcake if there was one in the break room at work. But I DID commit to my workouts and shakeology. THOSE were my major life changes. I still cannot believe that I had SUCH great results in such a short amount of time, and thinking back to the way I felt during those last few weeks when the scale wasn't moving, I can remember feeling SO bad about myself. When I finally stopped thinking about it and stopped worrying about the scale...the magic happened. And no, I didn't win the $500 daily prize that I had envisioned myself winning, but (at the risk of sounding cliche), I really won the ULTIMATE prize. Looking at these pictures, then and now, reminds me of that saying that says "the time will pass anyways". It truly will, but if you COMMIT to at least TRYING to make changes, you WILL eventually find those results that you desire. You WILL look back and be so proud of how far you've come. Are you ready to invest a little bit of time into your health and fitness? Contact me. I'm here, and I've been there.
Hi! I'm Andrea Cummings. I am passionate about living a healthy lifestyle that I can MAINTAIN and that still lets me feel like I'm not being deprived. I like to exercise, but I also love to eat (nachos!). My main focus is to be healthy, not skinny, and to help others do the same! I love Jesus, but I also say fuck a lot, so if you're offended, I may not be the gal for you.