People always ask me which program I recommend the MOST out of all of the beachbody programs I have done. It's definitely a loaded question. I have done SO MANY full programs, and sampled even more at great events like the annual coaching summit, where I've worked out with Shaun T, Tony Horton, Chalene Johnson, Autumn Calabrese, and more. Alas, everyone's gotta have a favorite, right? Well, I've picked out my top 3 for you here. They really are all great, and to this point, there hasn't been ONE that hasn't given me great results, but these are my top 3 recommendations!
I never thought that I would say this, but the program that I pushed back against the hardest when it first came out is the one that's my absolute fave. The 21 Day fix has gotten me the best results, sculpted my body, taught me how to eat properly, and never left me bored. There's no secret that this is the program that I recommend most to the people that come to me for help. Yes, I'm a coach. Yes, I get a commission when someone orders through me. But if I'm being honest, I feel like if this program were purchased by the government and implemented in schools, our country would not be suffering from such an obesity epidemic right now. There's really NO ONE that this program has not worked for, aside from the one person that I had purchase it and leave it in the box. If you're looking for something to start working towards your health and fitness goals, this is the one. Follow this link to order!
I have had a few other programs that have grabbed hold of my heart throughout my Beachbody journey though. The one that started it ALL for me as a coach, was Turbo Fire. True, TF is geared more towards the ladies (though I have known a few guys to get GREAT results from using the program). It's dancey and fun and features such tunes as "boom I got yo boyfriend." It's great for any girl that likes to shake her booty and I GUARANTEE that if you stick with it for 90 days you will have GREAT results. It also incorporates HIIT workouts, which are short but leave you feeling like a total badass (these are the ones that the guys like!) and give an you INSANE cardio workout. You ready to get in shape and build that confidence? Click here to get started.
Another program that I HIGHLY recommend is the new P90. Tony Horton calls this one the "on switch" to fitness. It really is very adaptable and virtually any fitness level can jump right in. If you aren't confident yet, you follow the modifier, and if you are more advanced, you follow the more "extreme" cast members. It combines a little bit of weight/resistance training, fun cardio, and even a few MMA moves with Tony's silly ad libs. If you're ready to jump in and get fit, this is the program for you. Click here to check it out!
I've never before shown this photo to anyone outside of a very small group of my most trusted confidants. This is the photo that changed my life. This was it. I could be mad at my photographer for putting me into an unflattering pose all I wanted, but when it came down to it, the fat was all mine. I have talked a little bit about my "fed up" moment in the past, where I knew that I had to make a change, but I really can't put into words the emotions of seeing these two photos together. The first signifies a desperate time, where I knew that I wasn't happy with the way that I looked, but I didn't really have the desire or energy (so I thought) to put in REAL work to change it, and what's worse, I actually convinced myself that I WAS putting in work, and had no idea why I wasn't seeing any results. To be totally honest, I can barely look at it without tearing up. It hurts to see that I tainted the memories of what was supposed to be the happiest day of my life by not making myself a priority and just letting myself go. The second shows me at my best, standing next to the woman that helped me RECLAIM my life, Chalene Johnson. She taught me that I COULD feel good again. I could feel sexy. And that it wasn't selfish to make MYSELF a priority in my own life! Just two and a half years later, I have not only taken control of my health AND the rest of my life (yay to financial freedom!), but I'm helping OTHER women do the same! Never before has an armpit meant so much...
There I was, up at 7am, doing my 21 Day Fix Pilates workout. I couldn't believe I had actually rolled out of bed when the alarm went off, but I had made a commitment to get up early and work out with my husband before he went to work. So were on the floor, at 7:22am, doing our scissor lifts, when suddenly, I felt a sharp pain in my shoulder blade. I finished the move and sat up. It felt like I had woken up with a severely stiff neck, only minutes before I was just fine! I must have pulled something. I finished my workout and got into a hot shower. It helped, for sure. "Ok", I said to myself while getting out of the shower "that was the worst of it." I rotated my head all around and felt very little soreness. I got dressed and plopped in front of the computer screen to do some work. I heard something outside after a few minutes and turned my head to look out the window...OUCH! The pain was back. I spent the rest of the day trying to stay in motion, because everything felt better until I stopped moving. I went to sleep that night hoping that I would wake up in the morning and feel better. No such luck. Another hot shower and I was feeling good again. I consulted facebook (obviously) as to what to do and whether I should exercise. I got exactly what you would think I got in response...Lots of differing opinions. Some saying use ice, some saying heat. Some encouraging exercise, and others cautioning to stay away. I sat back and decided to really think about my situation. When I got out of the shower, I had full range of mobility in my neck and shoulders. Only when I sat stationary did I tense up and start feeling pain. So, instead of opting for a workout where I would be using lots of shoulder and back strength, I decided a run might warm me up and get some blood flowing to the area. I got dressed, laced up, and headed out, thinking I'd just go a mile or so. I got about a quarter mile from my house, and looked to my left...no pain. Right? None there either! Up at the sky? Nada. Down at my feet? You guessed it! No pain anywhere! Here's what I'm getting at folks. I could have used this "injury" as an excuse to lay around all day wrapped up in a blanket watching E!. But I knew that I WASN'T injured. I knew that it was a sore muscle. Inconvenient place for it..sure...but still just a sore muscle. While enjoying the rest of my triumphant 4 mile run that day, I was reminded of the excuses that people give themselves. I say that because when you give an excuse about your fitness, it's not anyone else that you're bullshitting. Just you. The person that you are spouting your excuses to, about why you can't do what they do could not care one bit, so you're better off just saving your breath or commiserating with other bullshitters.
"But MY excuse is different..."
No. It's not. Before you call the gratitude police here, I realize that my sore muscle affliction was not a serious disease or life threatening injury. I am not, by any means, attempting to call out people who have legitimate medical problems that truly prevent them from incorporating some form of exercise into their life. I realize that my sore muscle doesn't compare to some of the ailments that I am fortunate enough not to have, so please don't get it twisted. Who I'm talking to, are the bullshitters. The people that say they "wish" they could exercise, but they have "a bad back" and use that as their reasoning for being out of shape, instead of calling it like it is, and saying "I don't have the motivation to find a workout that I CAN do with my issues." Why am I saying this? Because I WAS a bullshitter. I had "bad knees"...I still do! But nowadays, instead of using it as an excuse, when I power through a Turbo Fire workout, I do everything I am capable of, and when we get to that certain move where something just doesn't feel right for me, I MODIFY. What I don't do, is quit. I just keep moving, changing up the move however I need to, in order to make it less painful for me. Trust me, we ALL have issues. We ALL have aches and pains. When I first started running, using the"Couch to 5K" plan, I was 210 pounds with severe sciatica pain. I would literally not be able to walk upright after a run. I did all of my runs in the evening, ate dinner, and got right into bed, because I knew I would be out of commission until the next day. My DESIRE to run and get my weight down, was greater than my excuses. These issues, compounded with a lot of knee pain began to effect me less and less as I got fitter and lighter. My sciatic pain went from every night, to once in a blue moon. Again, I'm not trying to make light of anyone's reasons for not exercising, as long as they are legitimate reasons. However, if you tell me you have "bad knees", I'll tell you about one of my challengers who has the same problem, yet got a membership at her local "Y" so that she could swim (swimming is a great workout for people with injuries). If you tell me you're "too old", I'll tell you about one of my friend's fathers, who took up running at age 68 and trained for and ran his first half marathon while he was undergoing chemotherapy (Check out his amazing story,here.). If you tell me that you have kids and are too busy, I'll tell you about countless women I work with DAILY that make the time for themselves to exercise, even if it's just 25 minutes a day after the kids go to sleep. I have challengers with thyroid issues, and fellow coaches with MS and fibromyalgia. They exercise on their good days, and rest when things flare up. EVERYONE has an excuse. EVERYONE has an ailment. And if you don't want to exercise or eat healthy, that's just fine...Honestly! It's your health, and your life. What drives me, and I think a lot of other people who strive to be in good shape crazy, is the excuse spouters. Please just stop offering up excuses, because not only do we mentally "check out" of the conversation once we realize what you're doing, but you just may be giving a lame excuse like "bad knees" to someone who has recently lost 150lbs, or continues to work through a potentially debilitating illness to get into the best shape of their life. Instead, please just say that your WILL to get in shape is not strong enough to OVERCOME your excuses, because that's all it is. If you have a MODERATELY healthy body, you have every ability in the world to get out there and do SOMETHING, even if it's just walking. If you are ready to quit giving in to those excuses, and you feel that WILL inside of you saying that you need to make a CHANGE, now is the time to strike. Put an end to your excuses and focus on that DESIRE! There is no reason why YOU can't be a success story. You CAN be someone who overcomes their situation. All it takes is belief in yourself and the desire to get out there and get started. If you choose to believe in yourself and need some support or help modifying your exercise routine to INCORPORATE whatever your excuse is (age, injury, or time), reach out to me. I'm here, and happy to help you, because I've been there too.
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.