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Cardio Workouts

6 Tips For Increasing Your Daily Energy (Do these now!)

By | Balance, Behavior Change, Cardio Workouts, Challenge, Health, Lifestyle, Nutrition, Strength, Uncategorized

I am writing this to you on Sunday evening, having thought back on the past 48 hours and how much I have packed into life. I realized I don’t think I could have done this when I was 21.

Now at 31, I have WAY more energy then I did at 21. I will try to not bore you with my entire weekend details but here are a couple highlights with a few pics.

pumFriday night we celebrated, with over 60 kids and families, the one-year anniversary of our Fit Moms For Life Transformation Center. We had pumpkin decoration stations, games, and lots of great, healthy food.

pum1Saturday morning I was up before 6 AM to train a small private group that is part of our Fit and Fabulous over 50 training program. I then headed to the American Heart Association walk as I was asked to be one of Madison’s local ambassadors. I had the honor of warming up the crowd of over 3,000 people!

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After a quick trip to the farmers market, I drove 90 minutes to Milwaukee with my stair training team to climb 155 stories up and down (no elevators). I then quickly headed back to my place where I hosted a party for about 10 of my friends and family.

Got up at 5:30 AM Sunday and went to the Transformation Center and filmed 8 full workouts for my monthly Fit Moms program with 8 awesome clients of mine. I followed that with the hosting of a free 90-minute exercise and anti-aging workshop for anyone 50 or older (click here to register for Wednesday night’s similar workshop) and finally followed that with playing an entire basketball game.

It got me thinking about what I am doing differently now to give me more energy versus when I was 21 years old . I came up with 6 things:

#1 I am exercising 6 days per week. I used to workout longer 3 times per week but this past 6 months I have switched to 6 times per week for about 30-40 minutes each day and it has really changed the way I feel.

#2 I am eating more vegetables. I try to get in veggies with at least 3 meals per day for a total or 6-10 servings daily. Veggies fill me up, keep me lean, and keep me healthy.

#3 I eat more fat. I use to eat all low fat everything until about 5 years ago. It seems like the more good fats I eat, the more energy I have and the healthier I feel.

#4 I eat WAY fewer carbohydrates. 10 years ago I would consume massive amounts of oatmeal and a couple pieces of bread each day . Now I have found that I do much better without bread or healthy carbs like oatmeal. This isn’t to say these healthy carbs are bad, just that eating them doesn’t work for me as well.

#5 I do more burst training. Back at 21, I only lifted weights and didn’t do any cardio. Now I train stairs 4X/week or use the rowing machine and do 500M sprints. Short bursts seem to boost my cardio output without the need for long sessions, which can wear out my adrenals. These workouts usually only last 15-25 minutes.

#6 I practice gratitude most days. I took a lot for granted at 21, but now I look back on each day and find things I am grateful for and notice the daily little things much more often. Being a little more at ease and happier can go a long way to creating more energy.

#7 ??? I want to hear from you! What habits do you incorporate into your day to increase your energy?

In one week we are launching a new 6 week challenge in McFarland and Oregon called “Pay to Lose” where we PAY people to lose weight. It is an experiment. We have 3 spots still remaining.

->-> Click here to learn more and sign up <-<

Since this is a beta test, I would love to hear if you have participated in a program where you were financially incentivized and let me know what you liked and didn’t like about it. I want to make this program amazing!

Why running sucks… and causes you to gain fat

By | Behavior Change, Cardio Workouts, Health, Mindset, Nutrition, Six Week Challenge, Uncategorized

Have you ever gone to a “big box” healthclub or gym? They are filled with treadmills and cardio machines. And you see infomercials and ads for ellipticals and treadmills, to help you lose weight. You see skinny people running, and it seems like what you need to do to drop a few pounds.

But I have news for you.

Running, while not a bad thing, is not a good way to lose weight. In fact, if you run too much and don’t fuel your body properly, your body can go into a fat-storage, “starvation” mode that actually causes you to retain and even gain fat.

I can’t tell you how many frustrated clients come to Fit Moms For Life having tried the long bouts of cardio… There is a much more effective way to trick your body into getting and staying in a fat-burning mode, and it takes much less time than running!

Burst training is the key—very short, very high intensity intervals of any cardio exercise, followed by a short period of rest. In order to do this right, you should work as hard as you can at whatever you are doing (running, swimming, burpees, biking, etc) for an interval of 10-60 seconds, followed by a rest interval that is 1-4 times as long as your work interval. Repeat these intervals 6-8 times and, in less time than a 20 minute run, you will raise your metabolism and put your body into a fat burning mode for the following 48 hours.

If you are a runner, biker, etc, this kind of training will improve your long-distance speed and endurance. Burst training is very effective, but it is not even close to the most important strategy to get your body into a long-term fat-burning mode.

You will learn more about that soon…

We’ll share that in our upcoming LIVE webinar on July 24, telling you more about burst training and how it can fit into a highly effective workout plan that takes just 20-30 minutes, 3 days per week.

Join us on July 24 at 8pm Central to learn how to maximize your workouts in a minimum amount of time, and keep your body in fat-burning mode!

Sign up here—space is limited!

Fed Up!

By | Behavior Change, Body Assessment, Cardio Workouts, Health, Healthy Snacks, Kids Fitness, Kids nutrition, Moms, Mothers, Uncategorized

I hope you’ve had a great week and are enjoying the start of June!

You may have heard of the documentary that recently played in theaters called Fed Up. In the past few weeks, 50 clients of my clients have gone to see this film. This was the best documentary I have ever seen on the obesity epidemic. Yes, even better then Food Inc. The main focus of the movie is the fact that sugar and processed foods are more addictive than cocaine. The movie also sheds light on the fact that the food manufacturers are in bed with the government to make this addictive concoction of sugar and processed food so prevalent, that willpower alone isn’t always enough to fight off obesity.

The nutritional enemy in this movie is refined sugar that comes from processed foods and liquids. I definitely agree that this is the #1 culprit in our nation’s obesity epidemic. Fed Up shares the heart breaking stories of a handful of kids from around America who are morbidly obese. These children are trying to lose weight, but fight an uphill battle because their families are uneducated on proper nutrition and not very supportive in their kid’s efforts.

I am glad this documentary hit main stream theaters and I hope that it gains some traction because I believe it is much more important and life changing than the next Hunger Games or Harry Potter flick. This is a must watch with your kids who are 8 or older. For many years, I’ve felt that the government should stay away from regulating corporations and allow them to sell what the consumers want (even if it is killing them). But seeing what is happening nutritionally in the schools today not only shocked me, but made me angry.

Kids don’t have much of a chance of living a healthy lifestyle if they are eating poisonous, processed food both at home and school and are having this garbage “food” marketed to them wherever they go – commercials, sporting events, convenience stores, their own schools! Taking on the billion-dollar food industry and the government seems like such an impossible task, that we have no idea where to even start.

I was trying to think how I could make a difference in regards to the schools, and the best thing I believe I can do is to inform you of what’s really happening in the food industry and encourage talk about it around the dinner table and then possibly take it up with your school board. Questioning the status quo and then trying to change it, isn’t an easy task, but it’s clear that our society will need to change so the children of today will not be looking ahead to a shorter life expectancy than their parents!

I feel strongly about nutrition and wellness because helping others improve their health is why I believe I was put on this earth, but nutrition really and truly is crucially important to the quality of your family’s life! A healthy lifestyle and eating plan will add years on to your life and the lives of your kids, and it can also raise your family’s levels of self-confidence and self-esteem that generally come with being healthier, fitter, and fully living life each day.

-2At Fit Moms For Life we are committed to doing whatever we can to encourage and empower you to pave a path of health and vitality for you and your family’s future.

If you don’t live close enough to join our in-person programs in Madison WI, I encourage you to try out our Fit Moms For Life 6 week challenge. This 6 week home based DVD challenge has radically transformed the lives of over 600 women in the past 8 months! This program is different than anything else you have tried because it addresses 4 key lifestyle areas: mindset, fuel (food), movement (exercise), support/accountability. To create lasting change, all 4 of these areas of your life need to be in play. Click here to get started on your own journey.

If you want to bring this to your community, work place, Bible study, or book club, click here and join us as a leader and get paid to help others find health and vitality!

5 Exercises You Can Do To Burn Fat This Summer

By | Abdominal Training, Body Assessment, Cardio Workouts, Core Training, In-home workouts, Lowerbody toning, Mindset, Moms, Mothers, Uncategorized

Finding fun and new exercises that will burn fat can be challenging. I want to take the guess work out of that for you by sharing a video that I filmed awhile back on CBS with Mary, one of my clients. Pay attention especially to the first exercise, I think it will make you laugh. These exercises can be done indoors or outside, so you can get out and enjoy the beautiful weather.

Since this aired on CBS, Mary has become a holistic nutritionist and has created insanely delicious, simple, and local menu plans for her clients, as well as mine. Mary has created dozens of recipes that are designed to coincide with the timing of all the great fresh produce coming out at our Madison area Farmer’s Markets. Along with shopping lists for the farmers market, she also provides grocery store lists in case you can’t always make it to the local farmers market.

This collection of recipes form a well-balanced, customized menu plan –just like the healthy, balanced eating plans I recommend in my book.

In Madison we have a huge 28 Day “Fresh Start” Summer Challenge that begins this Saturday, May 31st! Click here if you are local to Madison and want to join the challenge and receive her recipes as well as, unlimited workouts, prizes, daily challenges, accountability groups and so much more.

Is there a virtual option? I wasn’t planning on offering a virtual option, but I have been receiving emails and FB messages pleading for a virtual option, so I have come up with a virtual option to the “Fresh Start” Summer Challenge.

In this virtual option you will receive:

  • the “Fresh Start” Farmer’s Market eating plan
  • access to 8 online bodyweight workout videos from my trainers (same as previous challenges)
  • access to our daily challenge calendar and point system
  • private access to our Facebook group where you can share, ask questions and be encouraged during your challenge.
  •  support from an accountability partner
  • other fun bonuses!

This eating plan that Mary created would probably be over $100 if you had her personally create it for you! In this challenge you can get the eating plan plus all the workouts from my awesome trainers, along with the support of our community. This virtual program will be offered for a one-time payment of only $19.  Join the Virtual Fresh Start Here!

Most of these workouts are less then 10 minutes in length and we even have a yoga routine in there for you. You will receive points for doing things that support your healthy behavior, to increase the fun and competition factor.

Click here to get started right now 

 

Avoid This One Thing If You Want To Live Longer (and lose more weight)

By | Behavior Change, Cardio Workouts, Fit Moms for Life Six Week Challenge, Health, In-home workouts, Uncategorized

More than any other time in history, we humans spend a lot of time sitting.

  • We sit when we drive.
  • We sit when we work.
  • We sit when we watch TV, surf the web, and text or play games on our phones.

Numerous studies have come out recently that have found excessive sitting has become a risk factor for heart disease, obesity, diabetes, etc.

About 4 years ago, I noticed a big shift in my own life and health when my work schedule changed. I went from training clients about 40 hours a week and spending about 20 hours sitting in front of the computer, to where I am now – training clients about 18 hours a week and 40 hours on my butt in front of a computer.  With this change in schedule and increased sitting time, I gained weight without changing my eating, and felt less energetic and much lazier-NOT how I want to feel or live my life!

So, what can we do about this sitting epidemic?  If you have a career that requires a lot of computer and sitting time-here are some ways you can alleviate all that sitting time:

it_photo_192409_521. Set a timer to alert you every hour and do 1 minute of exercise at your desk. This is one of the top tips I ask companies to implement when I am invited to speak at corporate lunch and learns and wellness programs. Even one minute on the hour can boost your mood, increase your alertness and metabolism, and improve your focus.

2. Find “relaxing” activities that don’t require sitting and staring at a screen. Playing sports, going for a bike ride or walk, or playing in the backyard with your kids are all great ways to relax and stay active.

3. Use an adjustable desk. An adjustable desk can easily transform from a seated workstation to standing workstation. I truly believe these desks will become very common within the next decade. Treadmill desks will likely increase in popularity as well, and hopefully variations of the treadmill desk will become more affordable in the near future.

As the seasons change and weather warms, let’s all try to sit less and move more and boost our chances of living longer, more energy filled lives!  Starting a short but intense exercise program is a great way to start sitting less. Click here to get started today.

 

How Healthy of a Lifestyle Are You Living? Take This Test

By | Body Assessment, Cardio Workouts, Health, Killer Kurves, Mindset, Nutrition, Transformation Center, Transformations, Uncategorized

There is a test I like to give people to help them discover just how healthy of a lifestyle they are really living. I call it the vacation test. The type of vacations you enjoy taking are often telling of the type of person you are. Do you plan and search out fun, physical activities to do, or do you prefer to sit and relax waiting only to enjoy your next meal and drink?

1 blogOn our private FB page for Killer Kurves Jeanne posted a picture (see below) with the following caption. “Look at me, running on the beach! Wouldn’t have imagined this 12 weeks ago. Another goal down! Thank you to all my K2 friends!!”

Jeanne’s post really touched me because this really is what true transformation is all about! Transformation is not just about sweating it out in the gym and losing weight. Transformation is about the many joys in life you can experience as a result of losing weight – feeling physically and emotional stronger, having more energy than you ever thought possible, and really owning confidence in ALL your abilities and talents that have been present all along but were likely suppressed when you carried that extra weight.

I believe life is all about exploring and that using our earth suits (our physical bodies) is the only way we can really get around and explore. As many of us have likely discovered at some point in our lives, if our health isn’t dialed in, many other aspects of our lives suffer, too.  

The very same day Jeanne posted her inspirational photo on Facebook, I received an email from a woman who joined our brand new personal training program 5 weeks ago, working with Liz, one of our amazing trainers. She sent us this message with the following picture. 1 blog2

“Just a note to let you know I’ve not stopped moving just because I’m on vacation. Four mile walk up Sabino Canyon (Tucson, AZ) this morning. Felt great thanks to all of your fantastic training!”

I have been especially passionate over the past year helping those who need to lose 50 lbs or more. I guess I feel like these people have so much to gain. If you are in that boat and just need a little guidance, send me an email dustinmaherfitness@gmail.com, and share with me your story and a phone number and I will do my best to personally respond to each and everyone of you. Very few things bring me as much joy as seeing someone put themselves first for the first time in a long time.

 

What does eating processed food and inactivity costing you?

By | Cardio Workouts, Fit Moms for Life Six Week Challenge, Health, Nutrition, Uncategorized

1Healthy EatingIt is so easy to live in denial about the costs of inactivity and poor nutrition. We can justify to ourselves that healthy food costs us more, or we don’t have time to exercise. If we only had a magic ball to show us the extremely small little decreases our body experiences each day when we make these poor choices, that in reality it costs us SO much more.

Check out these commercials about smoking. We all know the smoking is stupid, dangerous, and gross, but our society doesn’t YET see inactivity and unhealthy food in the same light.

Pinks Workout Routine (Grammys)

By | Abdominal Training, Cardio Workouts, Core Training, Fit Moms For Life DVD, In-home workouts, Lowerbody toning, Mindset, Transformations, Uncategorized

Pink 2Did you watch the Grammy awards last night? I only flipped by it to see Pink have an incredible performance (youtube it). Many of my clients went to see her recently in Milwaukee and confirmed what everyone saw last night. Pink’s body is insanely strong, toned, and athletic.

As someone who has trained thousands of moms, I am always curious to find out what others have done to bounce back after having a baby. So I did some research and here is what I found. I have good news and bad news for you.

Bad news…

Pink workouts 1.5 to 2 hours 6 days a week.

Good news…

Based on my experience she could still look and perform like that in half the time or less. In other words, I believe she is spending an extra 45 to 75 extra minutes per day that she could be doing something else. My guess is that because this is her life and career she doesn’t want to leave anything to chance, hence the extra time spent at the gym. Each day Pink breaks up her body parts for strength training. One day might be chest and triceps, then the next shoulders and back. This allows her to spend more time on each body part and also allows her to lift 5-6 days per week.

Pink also spends about an hour each day doing cardio. I would guess this cardio is reduced on days where she is performing since that is a tremendous amount of exercise in itself. It looks like she mixes her cardio up with steady state cardio and HIITs (speed intervals). Pink also puts a big focus on short core circuits to tighten her stomach muscles after her baby. Very similar to my Got Core DVDs. She supplements all of this with kickboxing and hot yoga.

Two hours per day just isn’t practical for most moms, considering time is their #1 reason why they don’t exercise. This is the reason why none of my workouts last more then 30 minutes. I believe 80-90% of the same results can be achieved in that amount of time than a 90-120 min session.

A couple days ago I announced that I just filmed 12 more workouts and that I am offering a huge discount on the original 12 DVDs I created a couple years ago to make room for the new ones. The new ones are only going to be made available for the alumni of our Fit Moms For Life 6 Week Challenge. The original DVDs sold for $39 each. I am going to discount these DVDs to just $25/DVD. The only “catch” is there is a 4 DVD minimum.

Each DVD contains:

  • 30 minute muscle toning strength training workout
  • 10 minute fat torching burst training workout
  • 12 minute tummy toning core workout
  • 5-7 minute stretching routine
  • 15 minute nutritional session
  • 10 minute interview with the mom who you have just worked out to

This deal will only last one week, so take advantage of this right now if you are looking to add some great workout DVDs to your collection. These DVDs progress from #1 up to #12. If you want to have one of the 100 sets that are available reply to this email and let me know if you want all 12 or which ones you need. If you order 6 or more I will cover the shipping for you.

If you have any questions feel free to email me at dustinmaherfitness@gmail.com.

Here is just one of the many 100’s who have seen life changing results from these DVDs.1 Pink

Whether you are looking to have a body like Pink, or just more energy and a clearer mind, I would love to help, so feel free to reach out.

If you like the idea of very short body part training workouts. I have created 12 workouts that are body part specific that last 8-15 minutes each which allows you to lift everyday. This program is called Bun Guns Back and Shoulders and you can click here to order it.

Next week I will sharing with you what Pink eats and talking much more in depth the following two weeks on nutrition.

Why Women Should Weight Train

By | Body Assessment, bootcamps, Cardio Workouts, Transformations, Uncategorized

1_BulkI receive quite a few emails from my subscribers asking fitness and nutrition questions.  One common question is related to women being afraid to resistance train because they believe they are going to bulk up! I think this stems from the periodic viral emails that go around showing women who look like men.  These bulky woman have been taking steroids!!

One specific question I received was, “I have been hearing two different stories for years that I’m hoping you can shed light on. I’ve had some people tell me that if I don’t lose weight before exercising I will just turn the fat into muscle and be bulky.  I’ve also heard the opposite in which you need to work out to lose weight and thin down.”

Their are plenty of women I work with who are extremely strong, lean, and sexy, and all wear a size 4 or smaller. I have a couple of women who were small to start with, but had extremely low strength and muscle mass. Once they started to weight train, their body fat dropped 6-8 % and they became very toned and lean. Then I started hearing them complain that they couldn’t even fit into size 0, and were having to shop in the kids section. Both of these woman are moms with two kids, and are both under 100 lbs. My point isn’t suggesting that women should weigh under 100 lbs or be a size 2?  What I am saying is women who lift weights will NOT get bulky, but rather get toned and lean no matter your size.

My philosophy is lift heavy and hard… Women have 30 times less testosterone then men, and can’t really develop much muscle even if they are lifting hard. If a woman isn’t weight training, but just dieting and doing cardio, she is actually breaking down the little muscle tissue she possesses in the first place. Muscle burns fat, period. If you are constantly losing muscle, you are going to be on an upward battle to stay lean and tight because your metabolism will slow down and you will be forced to eat less and do more cardio to burn those calories. When weight training is combined with short bursts of cardiovascular exercise and proper nutrition, not only will a woman lose weight, but also get long and lean. I see women come to me who are cardio junkies, they are in the healthy weight range, but complain everything is loose and sagging. Most of these women have high body fat %’s and low muscle mass.

Just eating better without exercise can cause good weight loss, but for most who try it with diet alone, they gain the weight back. Weight training will give you a much higher success rate.

If you are in the Madison, WI area check out any one of our 5 Fit Moms Transformation locations and come for a “FREE WEEK” by just mentioning you found this deal off this webpage. Also sign up for our free fitness newsletter by visiting www.madisonbootcamps.com.

 

 

It is OK To Be Scared…

By | Behavior Change, Cardio Workouts, Core Training, Fit Moms For Life Book, Lowerbody toning, MamaTone, Transformations, Uncategorized

DustinI can’t tell you how many times I hear, “Dustin, I really want to get in shape and feel better,  I’d like to join one of your programs but I am scared I will (fill in the blank).”  The most common answer is, I am scared I will fail or I will give up. Doing something different or uncomfortable is scary, stressful, and nerve-racking, but the alternative to that comfortable, boring, stagnant, isn’t pleasant either.

An example from my own life. I am scared…

If you have been reading my newsletters for the past few months you are aware that I have launched a brand new facility called the Fit Moms Transformation Center.  At the same time my team launched the FM4L 6 Week Challenge in 65 communities around North America.  I’ve been coordinating all this while still teaching 20 plus classes each week.  In one week alone I hired 8 new people.

I am scared…

-I am scared I can’t keep up the 16 plus hour work days that I am putting in.

-I am scared that I won’t be able to generate enough new clients to pay the very high rent at the beautiful space (for the past 7 years no fitness place has been able to pay their rent).

-I am scared that I have people joining my team/mission who are leaving cushy 6 figure careers to pursue a dream of longing to help as many moms be as healthy, connected, and happy as possible.

I am scared of failure…

Can you relate to this in any area of your life?  So what can you do, and what am I doing to get through this challenging time in my life? I first ask myself the question, “What is the worst thing that could happen?”  If you are scared to start a new eating and exercise program, the worst that might happen is that you fail again, your friends think you are crazy, your kids complain about the healthy food, or you waste a few dollars.  To me all these things aren’t too serious compared to the potential and highly probability towards the upside.

Second question I ask myself is “WHY” do I want to do this?

You need to have a HUGE why.  People who are close to me were shocked when I decided to open up such a large Transformation Center.  They knew this wasn’t my first desire, but I felt I owed it to all my long-time clients.  I wanted  to give them the space they deserved, and they had been requesting it for some time now.  I also felt I owed it to my community (Madison), which has been so good to me.  I wanted to offer a safe place for the family to come in such a way that I didn’t see being offered other places.Fit MOms

For the FM4L 6 Week Challenge and everything that entails my “why” is even more massive…  I know based off of research, personal conversations, and experience that we are “starving” for meaningful relationships in our lives.  Being unhealthy, overweight, low-energy sucks, but if you have great relationships it doesn’t suck nearly as bad.  Fit Moms For Life is all about creating nutrition and exercise programs that connect women to one another and help facilitate those relationships.

One other big question I ask myself is who can I talk to, work with, hire, or get mentored by who has done what I am looking to do?

This one is so huge…

I would rather take someone’s painful and expensive lessons and learn from them instead of having to go through them myself.  Each year I invest upwards of 50K in seeking mentors, coaches, seminars, books, etc.  I would rather live in my small one bedroom apartment at 30 years old and be able to invest in coaches rather than live in a 6,000 square foot home and not be able to continue to grow as a person through personal development.  My coaches and mentors have been where I have been earlier in their lives. They provide me the tools and confidence though advice and a systematic plan so I too can get to where I want to go.

Same thing goes with fitness.  Investing in a program that you know has a great track record and gives you an “UNFAIR ADVANTAGE” compared to anyone trying to do it on their own. This could mean joining a gym, investing in some DVDS, hiring a personal trainer, a nutritionists, or a wellness coach just to name a few. Seeking the advice of someone who lives it day to day, and has studied it will help you progress in making changes you want to make.

As I wrap this up, I want to remind you that feeling scared is OK.  We all experience it.  Asking yourself the questions above and then surrounding yourself with others who have been successful in the area that you want to improve upon will help you gain the confidence needed to be successful.  For me, I am confident that with a couple more months of super long hours at the Transformation Center membership will pick up.  I’m confident it will become a household name in Madison, and the go to place for moms and families looking to transform their lives to healthier, happier, and more connected.  I will continue to hire a team that believes in the same things and are all there to support that mission.Women

The Fit Moms For Life movement, which I believe is in the stage of being a spark, will be taking off life wild fire over the next 18 months as moms find out how much fun and incredible life can be when healthy, fit, and connected, and how much better of a mom they will be to their kids if they themselves feel successful, full of energy, and empowered.

If you want to start that journey with me (as opposed to other great programs out there) I have a couple programs starting up in Madison and also a national program.  I have a 28 Day Skinny Jeans Challenge starting Monday at my 5 fitness locations.  Three spots remain.  Click here to learn more about this, close to $3/day.

I am also launching FM4L Six Week Challenge groups on Tues/Thurs nights in Madison as well as anywhere around the world.  You can sign up by clicking here.  If you are in the Madison area, let me know if you want to come to the Tuesday or Thursday 7 PM session.  Here is a pic of all those that signed up a couple days ago at our 6 Week Challenge open.

Fitness Should Be Fun

By | Behavior Change, Body Assessment, Cardio Workouts, Fit Moms For Life Book, Fit Moms For Life DVD, Nutrition, Transformations, Uncategorized

CEOEvery speaking engagement I do, I get everyone moving and interacting with each other. I have never had a group that I couldn’t get to laugh like we did when we were kids… Seriously, I have worked with lawyers, accountants, engineers, and high powered wealthy CEO’s and it is always awesome to lighten up the atmosphere with laughter.

Learning should be about FUN, and doing things that you normally wouldn’t do.  I think having fun is what is missing in today’s society, and also the fun in today’s workouts. I don’t believe Zumba is the best workout around, but for people who like to dance, it is FUN for them, and for that I say go for it!

I was reflecting back on our FM4L 6 Week Challenge groups in Madison, WI, a program that has taken nearly a year to develop and 10 years worth of experience that has gone into it.  I was speaking with a woman who is doing the challenge with her mom.  She said her mom laughs through the entire workout. That was great to hear, because I intentionally had a few good guy friends apart of the group workout DVDs to make things goofy and fun.  Nutrition shouldn’t be hard and complicated either. It should be simple, straight forward and fun. My natural-nutritionist Tracie Hittman-Fountain, who I have been working with for 6 years, and who is the mastermind behind the eating plan, made it as simple as possible for moms or anyone else to cook and prepare.

This morning I received an inspiring email from a woman named Laura. I want to stress her results are NOT typical.  I also want to show it is possible for some whose bodies aren’t in a healthy homeostasis balance when following the the Fit Moms for Life plan exactly, results will happen!

Laura Loses 9 lbs in One Week on the Fit Moms for Life 6 Week Challenge.

1000020_10201810699255528_249945312_n“When I was down to only 2 pairs of shorts that fit, I was ready for a change. I cut out all the really bad stuff: pop, doughnuts, cookies. But I was still working out as usual and having the occasional frozen pizza, maybe 2 servings at a time. After 2 weeks of doing it alone there was no change in the scale. What was wrong?

I had been receiving Dustin’s newsletter for 2 years and knew he would be able to help me. I emailed him, introducing myself and asking what he could do to help. I also started scouring his newsletters, gleaning all I could. I noticed there was a 6 week challenge coming up and thought this might be what I needed! Dustin answered my email within a day and told me about the challenge: new exercises for me, a meal plan, and a support group that meets once a week (plus Dustin to answer all my questions, inferred).

I signed up, picked up my materials, and I tried his fit moms’ workout right away, where we got to push an SUV around the parking lot, just like on The Biggest Loser! Then I went to his Elver Park boot camp. That hill is hard even for someone who exercises a lot! The meal plan is just what I needed. You just pick a breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks from the list, and there are recipes for the main dishes. I said to myself, “Where are all the big salads?” There are some salads, but mostly, hearty, healthy foods. In a week, I have lost 9 pounds. When you sign up, be sure to try the sweet potato souffle and the spinach quiche. Mmmm!?”

-Laura K

Thanks Laura for sharing and for your commitment and excitement for the program.

There are a couple great lessons we can learn from Laura, no matter what type of program or routine you join/start.

#1 A problem… Laura was down to two pairs of shorts that fit her. This was her pain point that made her take action.

#2 Do what she knew how to do… Laura eliminated the obvious things that we all know are bad. This is a great first step, but in her case didn’t get her to her desired outcome.

#3 Asked for her… Laura reached out to me for help

#4 Became educated… Laura went back to the probably hundreds of newsletters I had sent her over the past few years to glean as much as she could.

#5 She took action and purchased the FM4L 6 Week Challenge for just $99.

#6 She followed the program and didn’t waiver from it.

Like I said this is a great recipe to follow for awesome results no matter if you do any of my programs, P90X, CrossFit, Zumba, or the hundreds of other programs out there.

Due to the large response in Madison for the FM4L six week challenge that I am holding, I am going to add a second time slot on Thursday nights at 7 pm! I have my first kickoff party this Tuesday (Oct 22) night at 7 pm at the Fit Moms TC, 202 South Gammon Road. Everyone who has signed up or wants to hear more about it before making a decision can come and hang out with me that night. We will be watching a short powerful video, getting to know each other and having a lot of fun. THEN the next week we will officially start, so nothing on Thursday the 24th, but we will meet on the 31st (Halloween).

Click here to go directly to the shopping cart to sign up,

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Click here if you want to hear more about the program. At the end of the month we are starting a virtual FM4L 6 Week Challenge program for anyone in the world, which you can sign up the same way by clicking here and learning more about it.

If you have questions simply email me at dustinmaherfitness@gmail.com.