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What’s all this about Beachbody?

Lately you may have seen some of my posts about Beachbody, Beachbody on Demand, coaching, and the new The Good Life Fam Facebook page that my sister-in-law Andrea and I started as a central hub for our new fitness and health coaching endeavors. So what is this all about?

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I’ll rewind a bit first. If you’ve been reading the Los Rodriguez Life blog since 2012, you may remember when Javier and I documented our experience doing the Beachbody P90X workout program. We initially decided to try P90X because we realized we were paying for a gym membership at the YMCA that we weren’t using because of the time it took out of our day to actually get there. It was usually a 2-hour ordeal – driving to the gym, getting our stuff situated in the locker rooms, actually getting to work out (sometimes we’d have to wait for equipment etc.), then gathering our belongings and driving back home. At the end of our work days, that all seemed like such an enormous effort just to get a quick workout under our belts.

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From 2012 doing P90X – we used to workout in our dog room / pantry room. All you need is enough space to do some lunges and squats.

Javier first came to me with the idea to try P90X because he knew a couple of friends who had tried it, but I was highly skeptical of any home workout program. For a long time I thought the only workout that would work for me was running, even though I HATED to run. I asked two friends of mine who work in the fitness industry whether they thought the P90X workouts were worth buying, and they both told me the same thing: if you actually do the workouts and eat right, yes of course they’ll work. Same goes for any workout. Eat right, move more. Just find what works for you.

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Just look at those instagram filters!! If that doesn’t scream 2012 I don’t know what does…Anyway, I remember being super stoked about getting some arm muscle definition for the firs time ever.

^^ Javier would use a pull-up bar, but I just used resistance bands in the door for the pull-up moves in P90X. It worked perfectly for both of us.

P90X was our first foray into Beachbody, and we loved it. We stuck to the 90-day program, followed the nutrition plan, and saw the results. We also grew to appreciate home workouts. The P90X workouts ranged from 45-90 minutes, but we’d just roll out of bed in the morning and get them over with, and then we’d have the rest of the day to enjoy ourselves.

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From 2012 – Javi was really good about organizing our diet to follow the P90X nutrition plan that came with the workout. After a couple of weeks we didn’t need the little notecards anymore – eating right just became a habit.

We went on to buy the DVDs for Insanity, T25, and Insanity Max 30. When I started traveling with Humming House, I was able to continue my workout routines because my gym was portable. Although P90X does require weights, there are tons of Beachbody programs that do not require any equipment. Insanity and Insanity Max 30 are two programs that don’t use any equipment at all, so all I would need was a small space in a hotel room to get my workout in.

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Our collection – and now that we have Beachbody on Demand, we have access to every single Beachbody workout available. It’s pretty damn awesome. If you want to try it, follow this link for a 14-day free trial (annotated guide to the website at the bottom of this post).
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This is a screenshot of an instagram post from last year of me doing a Beachbody workout in the basement of one of our Humming House hosts in Uxbridge MA. Like I said, all you need is a little bit of space no matter where you are. I set up my computer on their ping pong table and got to work!

What I never realized in all my time using Beachbody products was the level of Beachbody community that exists out there. I never created a profile on teambeachbody.com, or tried the Shakeology, or even knew that Beachbody coaching was an opportunity available to me. I was essentially a BB coach already; blogging about Beachbody programs and telling people about how much I loved them. I never realized I could actually make money by selling the products through my own website. When I learned a little bit more about coaching through my sister-in-law, who got back in shape after two pregnancies by using different Beachbody programs than what I had used (Cize, Core de Force) I decided to sign up. It made sense to me because I already love the products. I wouldn’t ever want to push a product on people that I didn’t use myself, or that I didn’t think actually worked.

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A screen shot of an instagram post of mine from 2015 – after one week of Insanity Max 30. I think this program is probably my favorite of all the Beachbody programs I’ve tried, mostly because it has the intensity of Insanity but it’s only 30 minutes a day.

There aren’t any lies behind these workouts, and they aren’t a magic solution either; you get results if you put in the work. They have helped thousands of people get in shape and feel better about their health. If you do a little exploring under #beachbody or #shaunweek hashtags, you’ll see the number of people who have found their groove in health and fitness thanks to these workouts. Each program comes with a nutrition plan, and those plans are included in the “program materials” in Beachbody on Demand (more on that soon). Javier is currently doing a workout called Core de Force, and I’d be doing it with him if I weren’t pregnant. Because I need slower, more controlled workouts with my pregnancy, I’m doing modified versions of T25, Insanity Max 30, and Piyo. There’s even a pregnancy workout program that I use from time to time. If you are ever interested in trying a program, follow this link (see my annotated website map below) to a 2-week trial of Beachbody on Demand for free, which gives you access to every single Beachbody workout program available. You can do the workouts from your computer, your phone, or your TV via Roku, Apple TV, or Amazon Fire TV. I’ll also tell you how to find a workout program that best suits your needs if you need some guidance. Comment here or message me on social media with any questions!

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Here’s an annotated version (my edits) of the website the link goes to – the green pack is the best deal and includes a month of shakeology (delicious) and a year of BOD. The $99 option is the next best deal for the price but does not include the trial. If you want a 2-week trial, pick the quarterly all-access.

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