Rss Feed
Tweeter button
Facebook button
Digg button
Stumbleupon button

TRN is now Thrive

January 30, 2013 - If you have noticed, I have not been blogging alot as of late. That is because I have been busy completely revamping this community.  Background When I started my journey back in December 2009, I had no foresight into what impact it would have on me. Similarly, when I...

Thrive in 2013 Challeng...

December 21, 2012 - JANUARY 7, 2013 What is the “Thrive in 2013″ Challenge? This is not your run of the mill challenge. This is a true solution to being healthy and fit! And this will be the start of a lifelong journey no matter where you are today. The key is to...

3 Years!

December 20, 2012 - Today is a very special day for me. On December 20, 2009, I pressed play for the first time on P90X. Now I had been an active person for most of my life up to this point. I enjoyed playing around with weights in the gym , going for runs and signing up for a race or...

Newsletter-11/20/12

Volume 2, Issue 40 - Week of November 18. 2012 Team, I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day. I am working on gratitude becoming a daily practice. As we become thankful for the blessing around us, we have less focus on what we “don’t have”. I am very thankful...

Newsletter-11/13/12

Volume 2, Issue 39 - Week of November 11. 2012  Team, We are  coming into the holiday season. The average American gains anywhere from 6 – 20 lbs during this time of  the year. And then comes the ever predictable “New Years Resolution”. And it concludes with...

Insanity Asylum, Volume...

November 10, 2012 - As of today, I have finished Day 12 of  Insanity: The Asylum, Volume 2. While Volume 1 is entitled  ”Sports Performance“, Volume 2  is entitled “Elite Training Series“. If you have not downloaded my CUSTOM Insanity Asylum, Volume 2...

Ultimate Insanity Asylu...

November 8, 2012 - A new Asylum requires new worksheets! Insanity – The Asylum, Volume 2 is HERE and this one is just as much fun as Volume 1. There are obvious workouts like Elite Upper where a worksheet is a necessity. However, others like X-Trainer may not be as obvious....

Hungry For Change!

October 12, 2012 - A new movie was released this year called “Hungry For Change“. (See their website HERE.) Now I have to admit that I love these kind of documentaries. I have done reviews on Food, Inc, Killer At Large , and Forks Over Knives. I have done some reviews on Jamie...

Insanity-The Asylum Vol...

October 11, 2012 - 10.11.12 – Mark it as a cool date and more importantly the release of more craziness! That’s right!  Insanity: The Asylum Volume 2 is now available to order.  You can order it when you click HERE. I have already ordered mine. I did Insanity: The...

Newsletter-10/07/12

Volume 2, Issue 37 - Week of October 7. 2012 It’s October! The leaves are turning early here. I dont think we will have any left by Halloween! I know I can be a bit wordy in these newsletters so I apologize that the engineering background in me cannot help but be thorough! However,...

Combat: Pre-Order Now!

October 1, 2012 - The Les Mills Combat Pre-Order is NOW OPEN! You can order Les Mills Combat in the Shopping section of TRN’s website. Just click HERE. What does “pre-order” actually mean? Between October 1st and October 31st, customers can ONLY pre-order COMBAT from a...

Body Beast-BEAST Review...

September 28, 2012 - The 3rd and final Block of Body Beast is called “BEAST“. Body Beast is a bit different than say P90X where each macrocycle is around the same amount of time.  As laid out in the “HUGE BEAST” schedule, it lasts 3 weeks. The 1st Block was...

Newsletter-09/25/12

Volume 2, Issue 36 - Week of September 24. 2012 Happy Fall Team! I think the older we get, the faster time seems to go by. It truly is hard to believe we are already closing out September and we are into fall! There is alot of good stuff to cover this week. I know everyone is not...

Combat-Pre-Order Detail...

September 24, 2012 - It is right around the corner, Les Mills Combat will soon be available for pre order. If anyone owns Les Mills Pump, you know that one of the deluxe discs was a 45 minute Les Mills Combat DVD instructed by Dan and Rachael. These are the same instructors for this new...

Canada Beachbody Coachi...

September 24, 2012 - Yes, this has been a LONG Time coming! But fresh out of the Leadership Summit, there is some AWESOME news regarding Team Beachbody Coaching moving beyond the US borders! Canada Beachbody Coaching is opening October 1st There are alot of Canadians in TRN, so I am...

Supermarket Survival Ti...

September 20, 2012 - Today’s post is prompted by a trip to the grocery store. One of the things I learned about a year ago was to ignore the nutritional facts and look at the ingredients on anything that has a label. I eventually look at the nutritional facts, but companies have...

It’s Time To Upgr...

September 19, 2012 - The health and fitness industry is a multibillion dollar industry. And unfortunately, there is alot of crap out there. It is all show and no go. How many gadgets, gizmos, pills, and potions have been advertised as the magic solution? Get great results, with less...

Failure is Required to ...

September 17, 2012 - I don’t like to fail. I just don’t like it. And it seems the older I get, the more I wince at the thought of it. Why is it that when we are kids, we have no problem with failing? Go ask a 5 year old to sing you a song, draw you a picture, play make...

Breakfast of Champions

September 14, 2012 - The rumors are true. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. I used to always skip breakfast. I was just in too much of a rush. (ehem…excuse!) So this was a big change when I started P90X. I gave myself plenty of time to make myself a good breakfast. In...

Power of Visualization

September 13, 2012 - 15 minutes before arriving at an opponent’s field, my high school soccer coach used to tell us to visualize ourselves in the game. Visualize what we will do when we are dribbling the ball and a defender approaches us. Visualize ourselves making a goal. Visualize...

Pyramid Things-The Trut...

September 12, 2012 - When I first became  a Beachbody coach in 2010, I really did it to save 25% on the products. After all, if you on Shakeology Autoship, it is better to be a coach from a pure financial perspective. But soon the 25% discount faded away in the background and I felt a...

Newsletter-09/09/12

Volume 2, Issue 35 - Week of September 9. 2012 Hello Team! The kids are back in school, fall sports are in full swing, and everyone is starting to get back into the daily routine. So have you made time for yourself? What are your goals? What do you want to accomplish? How is this school...

P90X vs. Insanity vs. B...

September 11, 2012 - I have been asked the  ”P90X vs. Insanity”question more times than I can count. So I wanted to address it once and for all. And  although Body Beast is a newer program, I have no doubt that this will become one of the top Beachbody programs. So I have...

SunWarrior Protein

September 7, 2012 - I used Whey Protein exclusively for the first couple years of my Life Balance journey. (I did a review of some different Whey Proteins HERE.) And while Shakeology Chocolate and Greenberry both contain Whey Protein, the new Vegan Chocolate and Vegan Tropical...

Too Extreme?

September 6, 2012 - I get alot of comments from people who say,” I can’t do all those extreme workouts you do”. Outside of my feelings on the words “I Can’t“, not all workouts have to be extreme to get results. I am an extreme guy who is very...

The Domino Effect

September 5, 2012 - Momentum is one of the most powerful forces in success…and failure. When you move  closer to your goal, your heart lifts up, your mood improves, and you believe a little bit more in yourself. Unfortunately, when you take a step back, the same can happen, but in...

Newsletter-09/02/12

Volume 2, Issue 34 - Week of September 2. 2012 Hello Team! I hope everyone had a restful and safe Labor Day weekend. And if you maybe ate a bit too much at all those picnics, know that this is a new week to Bring It! I have lots of news this week, so let’s get started! Carl...

Body Beast-BULK Review ...

September 4, 2012 - The 2nd Block of Body Beast is called “BULK“. Beast is a bit different than say P90X where each macrocycle is around the same amount of time.  As laid out in the “HUGE BEAST” schedule, it is the longest of the 3 Blocks and lasts 6 weeks. The...

Using Science to Maximi...

September 3, 2012 - In the July 2012 Issue of Wired Magazine, they have a great article on how much science is playing a role in Olympic Training. After all, races are won by hundredths of a second. And science is now providing a flood of data to analyze every movement of an athlete. (You...

Body Composition and Me...

September  2, 2012 - The scale is a very deceiving and very often counterproductive tool to measuring our  success towards our goals. While our overall weight is important, our Body Composition is just as important. Body Fat You can see in the picture to the right the size of 5lbs of...

Knowing Your Body Type

September 1, 2012 - Body Type is an important piece of information to know about yourself. And it isn’t so that you let it define you. Rather it is so you know what your natural strengths and weaknesses are. It may answer other questions for you as well? Why is it so hard for me to...

Asylum Informercial (Mi...

August 30, 2012 - I documented my Insanity Asylum Journey better than any otherprogram. 30-Days of intense training in the Asylum! I was already in shape from P90X, Insanity, and my hair-brained crazy Hybrids I had developed. So. my mission for this program was simple! Get real / tangible...

Create Your Tribe, Insp...

August 28, 2012 - Back at the National Coach Summit in June, we were lucky enough to have Seth Godin come in as the marquee speaker. I read Seth’s book “Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?” to prepare to see him in person. I am so glad that I videotaped his speech because...

Newsletter-08/27/12

Volume 2, Issue 33  - Week of August 26, 2012 Hello Team! It has been a bit of crazy past few weeks for me so I apologize for not getting a newsletter out last week. By the way, if you are new to the team or missed a newsletter, i am starting to post them on my website. A New Chapter A...

Quiet Your Mind –...

August 26, 2012 - I forget which P90X video Tony Horton says it, but he exclaims “Get Your Mind Right!”. Our Life Balance Journey is made in that 3lb mass lodged in our skulls. We live in a very noisy world and unless we make a conscious effort, we will not find time to quiet...

P90X2-X2 Yoga Review

August 25, 2012 - I know so many of you LOVE Yoga. Okay, so there are alot of you who don’t like Yoga at all! Well, love it ot hate it, it is the Fountain of Youth. It is your most important workout of the week! If you work as hard on your flexibility as everything else, you will...

Les Mills Combat –...

August 24, 2012 - This past June at the Beachbody Summit, a new addition to the Les Mills’ line was announced. It was no surprise to me that Les Mills Combat was chosen given the popularity of Body Combat. I have embedded the entire video fo the announcement below, along with some...

Tracking Food with MyFi...

August 23, 2012 - I have to start out this post by thanking Steve MacDonald at Practical Social Media University because he is the one how lead me onto the great program that allowed me to do this tutorial. I have talked numerous times about creating a Baseline Food Plan. This is...

Eliminating “I Ca...

August 22, 2012 - “I Can’t” is one of the most self destructive phrases in the English language. In today’s day and age, the words “I Can’t” should simply fade away. It’s a cop-out. A white flag of surrender to yourself. Why? Because the...

A New Chapter…in ...

August 21, 2012 - “Everything happens for a reason”…or so they say. (Whoever this infamous “they” is.)  In 1997, I graduated from Purdue University with my Bachelor’s of Electrical Engineering and no more than a few weeks later, I was a productive...

Shakeology Taste Test

August 12, 2012 - With the release of Chocolate Vegan and the Old Whey-Based Formula recently  being replaced by the New Superfood Formula, I thought it was a perfect time to have a little fun and conduct an impromptu Chocolate Shakeology Taste Test in the Roberts family with all (3)...

Newsletter-08/06/12

Volume 2, Issue 32  - Week of August 6, 2012 Hello Team! It is a new week and with it brings new opportunities! No matter where we are in our lives journey, a new day always gives you a fresh start. So let’s jump in! Body Beast Review – Phase 1 (BUILD) Review Body Beast is a...

Body Beast-BUILD Review...

August 6, 2012 - There is so much to talk about with Body Beast. It is the first program from Beachbody that is a program 100% targeted at muscle mass. There are 3 phases to the program and I have completed the first phase (called BUILD). This phase is only 3 weeks long, but I am quite...

NEW Chocolate Shakeolog...

August 2, 2012 - As announced at summit there were (2) changes in the Shakeology product line. 1) Vegan Chocolate was introduced as the 4th Flavor! (Click HERE for more on that.) 2) The original Chocolate (Whey-Based) has received a new formula which adds new superfoods, among many other...

The Making of P90X

July 31, 2012 - At P90X Certification this past weekend, they played a few of the  clips from YouTube. If you ever wanted to get a behind the scenes on how the #1 Fitness Program was created, here it is!! 1998 – Beachbody founded by Carl Daikeler and jon Congdon 2001 – Power...

Congrats Wayne!

July 3, 2012 - I have to dedicate a post to my coach (and all of our coach) Wayne Wyatt. He crushed the field and nabbed the 2011 Top Coach of the Year Award. (By the way, he is in the lead in 2012 as well.) If you have not come across his home at teamRIPPED.com, you need to check out...

Shakeology Trial Packs

July 2, 2012 - I have been having Shakeology as one of my five meals per day since June 2010. I have been offering FREE single serving Shakeology Samples for people who are serious about improving their health, but want to taste Shakeology first. (You can order your FREE sample...

Ultimate Body Beast Wor...

June 29, 2012 - A new program requires new worksheets! Body Beats is HERE and the team is starting on monday, July 2. We have Sagi in our Facebook group and everyone is amped up. The worksheets for Body Beast actually take some time to complete, so I will be updating everyday with at...

Vegan Chocolate Shakeol...

June 26, 2012 - I have heard rumors of Vegan Chocolate Shakeology from before Vegan Tropical launched. Well, on Friday at the 2012 Coach Summit, it was confirmed! Vegan Chocolate is available today! You can order it through the Shakeology Store link HERE. It will be available in...

Derm Exclusive

June 25, 2012 - One of the announcements at Summit was a new beauty product line called Derm Exclusive. There is alot of information on Derm Exclusive, so I have included all that below.  She had one treatment done at summit and said it felt really great. She ended up buying a 30 day...

2012 BB Summit-Get Read...

  June 20, 2012 - The 2012 Coach Summit has not officially started until tomorrow. However, registration opened today and there is P90X Certification going on. One of the nice surprises from today was seeing Tony Horton. (Thank You Brian Nopper over at GetRippedNation.com for the...

Body Beast is Here!

June 20, 2012 - Well look here, we have an EARLY release of Body Beast! Woohoo! Well, Coach Mike has already ordered the “Beast Stack” Package. I am sure there will be more info at summit. I have it all setup to order here on the page. Just go HERE and you will see the...

UR-Week 3 / Final Revie...

June 19, 2012 - Week 3 is Complete and The Ultimate Reset is in the books!! This is the “Restore” Phase where you introduce the Revitalize supplement. If you have not seen my Week 1 (Reclaim) Review, check it out HERE. If you have not seen my Week 2 (Release) Review, check it...

UR-Week 2 Review

June 12, 2012 - Week 2 is Complete! This is the “Release” Phase where you introduce the Detox supplement. If you have not seen my Week 1 (Reclaim) Review, check it out HERE. I want to use a similar format as I did last week to review Week 2. - Hard Data (Can you tell I am an...

UR-Week 1 Review

June 5, 2012 - My wife and I started the Ultimate Reset on May 29. If you haven’t seen “My Why” and “My Fears” on Day 0, you can check it out HERE. As I go through my weekly reviews, I want to highlight a few different things on the program: - Hard Data (Can...

Ultimate Reset Workshee...

June 5, 2012 - Now that I have started “The Ultimate Reset“, I have found that tracking your meals, supplements, and timing throughout the day can be tricky. So on Day 1, I used the basic format that Beachbody used in the Nutritional Guide and added in the actual meals for...

Body Beast Supplements

May 30, 2012 - Even though I am getting my zen on right now with “The Ultimate Reset“, it doesn’t mean that I am not super excited about the upcoming Body Beast. Read more about this program HERE. Beachbody published a new YouTube video on what Supplements will go along...

My Ultimate Reset Why

May 29, 2012 - If you do not know what The Ultimate Reset is, click HERE to get all the details. So why am I doing the Ultimate Reset? Well, I wanted to explain to the team in this video why I am doing this (and one of the reasons is all of you). I also explain what my fears are about the...

Ultimate Reset-Box Open...

May 29, 2012 - If you do not know what The Ultimate Reset is, click HERE to get all the details. I have created a short video to highlight what is in the Ultimate Reset Kit. Enjoy my Box Opening! Make Me Your FREE Coach. Just click the “Free Coach” logo *Note – If you...

Round 10

May 21, 2012 - With P90X2 completed, I have created my Round 10 Hybrid. Yes, this is my 10th 90 day round of Beachbody workouts. I really love creating hybrids. I am like a kid in a candy story, especially since I have so many workout programs. Well, this one is a doozie and I have...

Plant-Based Protein

May 16, 2012 - I have been on a Whole Foods Plant-Based Diet since October 1. The #1 Question I get asked is “Where do I get protein?”. The article below was posted on the Shakeology Blog and it has been the best, most succinct list of plant-based protein I  have seen. I was...

Ultimate P90x+ Workshee...

April 29, 2012 - Given my other customized worksheets, I have finally created the P90X+ worksheets. I have done this in the same form as I have done P90X, P90X2, and so many others. I have developed comprehensive workout sheets that allow you to see  how each workout is organized and...

P90X Certification

 April 11, 2012 - I am really excited to announce that Beachbody has started 2 new training programs. One that will make you P90X Qualified and one that will make you P90X Certified. They have started a new team at Headquarters that will be looking at more programs and be bringing more...

TRN-No Excuse Zone

April 11, 2012 - So what is “Team Right Now” all about? I mean, it is kind of a strange name, right? When I went back and forth on names and what I wanted this fitness team to represent, this is the one that stuck for two main reasons. 1) The song “Right Now”...

Courage

April 6, 2012 - When I hear about someone embarking on a new program, I always stand up and applaude. It takes serious courage to dedicate and commit yourself to a 90 day journey of self improvement. And let’s be honest, all us are not quite sure how we are going to do. All of us at...

Fire Starter Pack

April 4, 2011 - I have tried Turbo Fire and I can fully attest to the fact that I have no coordination whatsoever. I was frustrated as I have never done an choreographed movements in my life. I hung in there for about 4 workouts just to give it a fair chance. And while I sweat like crazy...

Chest+Back+Balance Revi...

April 3, 2012 - Chest+Back+Balance launches you into the Strength Phase of X2. For those of you who did P90X One-on-One Volume 3, this workout is almost identical to the more edgier titled Chest, Back & Balls. There are no “regular” pull-ups and standard width...

Ultimate Reset

April 11, 2012 UPDATE – The Ultimate Reset is now available to purchase. Click HERE to see more on the product and pricing. April 3, 2012 - The Ultimate Reset is coming soon! In fact, many elite coaches and people at Beachbody Corporate are going through it right now. This program...

Tai Cheng – Now A...

March 22, 2012 - Tai Cheng was originally announced back at the 2011 Beachbody Summit as a 1Q 2012 launch. (For more on the announcement, click HERE). Well, as promised, here it is! You can  download the full product training guide HERE. Tai Cheng is also up and running in the TRN Store....

Arnold-6 Rules 4 Succes...

March 19, 2012 - Arnold Schwarzenegger is far from perfect, but I really liked this “Secrets to Success” speech from USC’s graduation in 2009. You can’t argue with Arnold’s success and he has defied the odds at every step of his career. Here are his 6...

Have A Strategy

March 12, 2012 - “Have A Strategy” This is the Tip of the Day from P90X2 Base + Back. Why? Because it is one of the hardest P90X2 workouts. It combines Pull-Ups and Plyo in a 30 minute session (excluding warm-up and cool down). And after you have completed 5 rounds and are...

Day 91

March 8, 2012 - Congratulations. You have finished your 90 day program (or however many days your program is)! If you did P90X, you are a select few as less than 25% of the people who start the program, finish the program. If you have cleaned up your nutrition, been consuming Shakeology,...

Building Mass with P90X

March 6, 2012 - As you know, Steve Edwards is Beachbody’s Fitness Guru. He hits it right on the head in his article, there is something about us guys wanting to build mass. Well, I can for one tell you, that this is a very challenging thing for me. My body type is  Ectomorph, which...

Get Angry…

March 5, 2012 - Anger is a very powerful emotion and we must recognize it as such. To claim that we can rid ourselves of it is unrealistic. After all, even Jesus Christ got angry. After making His triumphal entry into Jerusalem with crowds cheering and palm branches waving, Jesus...

X2 Balance+Power Review

March 1, 2012 - X2 Balance + Power is another challenging workout in the Foundation Phase. For those of you who did P90X One-on-One Volume 3, this workout does not have a direct correlation. You will find some moves from various 1-on-1s, but for the most part, this is a never before...

SO Tropical is Here!

February 13, 2012 - We have all been waiting since June 2011 when Shakeology Tropical was first announced to place our first order. While the official date was February 14, the links are now live to order Shakeology Tropical Strawberry today. I have switched my Home Direct order and...