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Fit Moms For Life DVD

I am humbled…

By | Fit Moms For Life DVD, Fit Moms for Life Six Week Challenge, Health, Lifestyle, Six Week Challenge, Uncategorized

1 Live CoachingI am humbled and honored by the response to our new live coaching program that leads people through our 6 Week Challenge. I’ve had so many emails telling me how excited you are about this program—how you’ve been waiting for just this kind of support and accountability.

→Click here to learn more and reserve your spot←

Here’s what some of you have had to say about this video series and our 6 Week Challenge program:

“It is still very early on in the 6 week challenge for me. However, so far there have been some huge changes. The main one is definitely the change in mindset that I have experienced. I really want to treat my body right by eating the right foods and being as active as possible. I also feel that I have been able to help my whole family focus on being even more healthy (nutrition wise). The third biggest success is definitely the confidence I have in my belief about myself. I am also much more mindful of how important I am as a person.”  Daisy

“I absolutely love the program. Reading Dustin’s book has been a joy. To actually see real people doing the same thing has helped because it doesn’t happen over night. It has really helped me control my a1c and allow me to better control my blood sugars with my type one diabetes.” Kathryn

“Thank You” just doesn’t seem sufficient to express the gratitude I feel for the past 6 weeks. The entire FM4L program has far exceeded my expectations!

I think the greatest of the 4 pillars is the Community and it’s the one I am afraid of. When we first talked about it, I felt very alone…my ‘community’ was very small. I am thankful that my accountability group is continuing into the 12-month alumni sessions. It’s not a large number of people; however, Meagan and Beth are so encouraging and truly understand – we keep each other accountable.

I have learned so much in the past 6 weeks, yet it’s not yet a habit. You mentioned that going through a full year of holidays, seasons, celebrations, weather…and learning the program is important.  In looking back at the initial goals and motivation for the 6-week Challenge [it was:] “I want more energy. Doing Weight Watchers has helped me lose weight, but I am still tired a lot.  I don’t feel healthy.” MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!! Thanks to you and your team!  

I have received so many blessings from this program. I have returned to ‘myself’ – my body is stronger, I feel amazing, I have energy and a positive attitude!! I have been using the Attitude for Gratitude Journal app on my phone – finding at least 3 positive things to be grateful for each day! This is working, the negative thoughts still come through – and move through more quickly as the positives overshadow! Aaaahhh!  I am proud to be a part of FM4L – I AM a FM4L!! Connie

“Thank you for all you have done for moms, myself included. I am finishing up a 6 week challenge with a group led by Christy Shaffer-Belisle and I have to say that in the beginning I never thought I would enjoy exercising (it was more a “necessary evil”). Since I am seeing results (muscle definition I didn’t know I could develop!), I now try to find ways to fit in the exercises each day.

I have a two and a half year old and a 9 month old, and my two and half year old tries to exercise with me, which is pretty adorable, and an encouragement to me that I am showing her a healthy lifestyle at a young age. My 9 month old thinks it is pretty hilarious when I use the exercise ball, so at least I am providing entertainment while I get in shape. 🙂

Still working on improving my eating habits, but my husband has started reading food labels with me and seems willing to change eating habits alongside me, so that is a great bonus! (He actually told me to throw out something a few weeks ago that he usually enjoys eating, because he read the ingredients label and was slightly appalled at all the chemicals). 🙂

Thanks again for starting Fit Moms for Life! I hope to share it with others! Emily

“I got your email and I know it is a mass email but somehow it always feels personal.  You made me reminisce over this last year since I am only 2 weeks short of my one year anniversary of doing your program.  I am choosing to measure my success in these moments rather than pound or inches (which I have lost a whole lot of!!!!).   I smile all the time.

  • I have tons of energy and play with my kids.
  • I do your work outs religiously 3-4 times a week for the last 12 months.  
  • I out plank girls in their 20s from work.
  • I won the limbo contest at the roller rink.
  • I entered a spartan race that I am doing in August (let me assure you, I would never have had the guts to do this.  Not sure I can complete it but I can try).
  • I wore a bikini and was proud.
  • I wear clothes I wore 15 years ago.
  • I can see myself again as how I remember. 

I am not perfect by any means.  I still eat too much sugar and carbohydrates. I still want to lose these last 10 awful pounds, and I still want to be more agile/fast on my feet so to speak but I AM SO HAPPY with myself.   Thanks for giving me the tools to change my life, Beth 

Want to make the same sort of change in your own life? Click HERE to join us now.

Your questions answered…

By | Challenge, Fit Moms For Life DVD, Fit Moms for Life Pledge, Fit Moms for Life Six Week Challenge, Health, Uncategorized
I’m still blown away by your great questions, comments, etc. I thought I’d take a minute to answer some of the most common questions I’ve been getting.

When will the live coaching calls start?

The live coaching group will meet on Tuesdays, starting on May 19.  Emily will reach out to participants to set a time for the calls that works for the greatest number of people.

What will the coaching be like and how will it help me succeed?

We are purposely limiting the size of this coaching group so that Emily can give individual attention to everyone who signs up.  She will be asking you about your goals for the program and how she can best help you, so it may look a little different for everyone.

At a minimum, there will be weekly group calls, regular email/text check-ins, food journal review, etc.  Our goal is to give you the tools and the accountability to help you really make the most of the program over the next 6 weeks and get on track for life.

I am very out of shape and nervous to try an exercise program. I have seen infomercials for workouts that seem really hard.  I am afraid of hurting myself.  Will this program work for someone who has considerable weight to lose and hasn’t exercised in over a decade?

Yes!  Having worked with so many people, we have perfected the art of creating workouts that are gentle enough for the beginner yet challenging enough for the avid exerciser.  The secret is in variable resistance, and exercise modification and progression.  We have people needing to lose 200 lbs doing the workouts.

What equipment will I need for the workouts?

Two workouts are body weight only.  The others only require a set of hand weights (8-15 lbs) and a stability ball (55cm-65cm).

If you are ready to start your own transformation, and get an incredible level of support to ensure your success, click here now.

LAST CHANCE–Don’t miss our best price EVER on the 6 Week Challenge!!! SALE ENDS TODAY

By | Behavior Change, Challenge, Fit Moms For Life Book, Fit Moms For Life DVD, Fit Moms for Life Pledge, Fit Moms for Life Six Week Challenge, Uncategorized

Don’t miss our best deal ever!

This is the first time we’ve ever offered the Fit Moms for Life 6 Week Challenge at a sale price… and we may not put it on sale again!

Get our digital only or full (hard copy) version of the 6 Week Challenge at 40% off! Today only!!

FM4L_Template3This deal expires at midnight tonight, so check it out here and enter the code CYBERDEAL at checkout.

You may feel tired or overwhelmed by holiday stress, as so many of us are this time of year. Or perhaps you over-indulged at Thanksgiving and your clothes are already feeling a bit tight.

Either way, we can help you get through this busy holiday season feeling amazing.

Imagine how it could feel to start the New Year already on track to meet your weight loss goals! You could wear that holiday dress on New Years Eve and be proud of what you accomplished.

What if you breezed through the busy holiday season, feeling well-rested and with energy to spare? What if you had the guidance and the energy to focus on the things that are most important to you, letting the rest go and feeling good about it?

Don’t miss this chance to lose weight, get stronger, and feel better, all with the support of the amazing FM4L staff and community!!

Learn all about the program here and enter the code CYBERDEAL at checkout.

At 40% off, the digital version of the 6 Week Challenge is yours for just $28!

For less than $1/day you can transform your body and your mindset over the next 6 weeks. You can learn how to make positive changes that you stick with for life.

Chose your option (digital or full version) here and enter the code CYBERDEAL at checkout.

I look forward to seeing you in our private, members-only area!

This is the first time we’ve ever offered this program at a sale price, and I cannot promise that we will do it again. Don’t miss this chance to get this incredible program for an absolute steal of a price.

Check it out here and enter the code CYBERDEAL at checkout.

This is a no risk offer. If for any reason you are unsatisfied, just let us know and we will refund your money, no questions asked.

 

Did you miss it? Webinar replay available now…

By | Behavior Change, Challenge, Fit Moms For Life Book, Fit Moms For Life DVD, Fit Moms for Life Six Week Challenge, Health, Mindset, Moms, Mothers, Transformations, Uncategorized

Did you miss last week’s webinar, with my top tricks and tips for losing weight and staying in shape for life? It’s not too late. You can watch the recording below, or by clicking here.

You’ll learn the 4 most important things you can do to lose weight and build toned, lean muscle (without ever looking like the woman below, in the snapshot of the video!) regardless of your age and current fitness level.

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This was a sold-out event, and we had some great discussion. Check it out here!  Even if you don’t watch the webinar, try to do one thing for yourself today. Put yourself first and do something to take care of yourself for a few minutes today. I know it’s hard, but if you don’t take care of yourself, who will? You take care of everyone else around you—you deserve to take care of yourself too.

This Made Me Cry…

By | Fit Moms For Life Book, Fit Moms For Life DVD, Fit Moms for Life Six Week Challenge, Health, Nutrition, Transformation Center, Transformations, Uncategorized

1 UncleThis past Monday at 1 AM my brother’s wife’s water broke and I headed back for a day trip to MN to meet this new member of my family! I am a proud uncle of a beautiful niece! I am especially excited for my mom who has waited for 65 years, (at times impatiently), for her first grand baby. This new addition to our family added to an already amazing weekend! This past weekend made my top three list of most amazing experiences of my career…

For many months, the Fit Moms For Life team has been planning our first annual Fit Moms For Life world-wide Leaders Retreat and we held it right here in Madison, WI at the Transformation CenterOur Fit Moms For Life 6 week challenge program has 106 leaders around the world right now, and close to two dozen of them drove and flew long distances to be part of our three day retreat, (I wish you could have joined us).

Over the course of the weekend the leaders built deep connections with other women, experienced some awesome workouts, ate incredible food prepared by our team of chefs, learned how to prepare quick, healthy meals for their families, got pampered with massages and other little treats, and best of all, were able to experience a weekend with everyone on their side- cheering and supporting them along their journey of health and leadership.

  • No doubters…
  • No discouraging jabs…
  • No “you can’t do this” comments…

This supportive environment is the reason women came up to me at the end of the weekend with tears in their eyes, thanking me and the team – saying it was one of the greatest weekends of their lives. Next year, hopefully you can join us for this amazing experience!

I hope your life is filled with people who believe in you, encourage you to be your best, and are also trying to live their healthiest, happiest, and fittest lives. I would like to share with you my three big takeaways from this weekend and the various speakers I listened to, sessions I attended , and conversations I had with the incredible Fit Moms For Life leaders…

#1 Each of us are on our own journey. Someone who is fitter than you or runs faster than you is not better than you… they have just been on the journey longer than you have and are further along in the process. Be inspired by others’ successes, but don’t compare their journey to yours.

#2 Strive for progress, not perfection. About 30% of the women who attended the retreat had lost between 40-152 lbs from the Fit Moms For Life programs. A common theme among these women was consistency, but not perfection.

When they “fell off the wagon” they found they weren’t actually back to square one. They are different people than they were when they first hopped on the weight loss and healthy lifestyle wagon. The knowledge and new techniques they’ve learned while on their journey make it easier to get right back on that wagon again. Don’t get down on yourself if you haven’t been as consistent as you know you should be. Get back on track and realize you are better, stronger and more knowledgeable than you were a month ago or a year ago.

#3 You should never be the fittest in your workout or peer group. Surrounding yourself with some people who are significantly fitter than you can inspire you to see, understand and accomplish what is actually possible.

Many of these leaders have been the fittest in the FM4L groups they are leading, but when they experienced my workouts in person with some others who were fitter than they are, it showed these leaders there is much more progress that can be made in their levels of fitness. One moment that really inspired me involved a woman named Chanel. She is a mother of 4 and was about 260 lbs before starting the FM4L program. Since then, she has lost over 70 lbs and is planning on hitting triple digit weight loss by the end of the year! Chanel was one of the first women to the top of the massive hill that we run at a local park. To witness her transformation from very obese to one of the fitter leaders, was just amazing and the huge smile on her face at the top of the hill – priceless!

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Fit Moms For Life is on a mission to create 14,000 local support groups around the world, one for every McDonalds in America. Help us make being healthy as convenient and affordable as fast food! We are looking for more leaders to join our incredible team (and you will get paid to lead a group)! If you want to facilitate a group in your community click here to learn more about creating a 6 week Fit Moms For Life challenge in your town. As a Fit Moms leader you will receive more direct access to myself and the FM4L team, lots of great resources on helping you and your group get stronger, leaner and healthier as well as access to our amazingly supportive community!

All the leaders who attended our retreat had one thing in common: they all lived full, busy lives but still found a couple hours each week to lead and workout with their FM4L groups. If leading a group is not for you but you are interested in joining the over 600 women who have been a part of the FM4L 6 week challenge click here to learn more and to join as a FM4L participant.

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Don’t think you need to have everything figured out or be in great shape to become a Fit Moms for Life leader. Our leaders come in all shapes and sizes and some are just starting their health and weight-loss journey. Becoming a leader is an exciting way to get and stay motivated to live your healthiest life! ->->Click here to get started today<-<-

 

Dear New Girl at the Gym…

By | Behavior Change, Body Assessment, bootcamps, Fit Moms For Life DVD, Fit Moms for Life Six Week Challenge, Mindset, Transformation Center, Uncategorized

“Why wouldn’t someone feel comfortable coming to the Transformation Centers or invest in my DVDs?”

One of my clients shared an article from a woman named Erica Millard. It is beautifully written and I think conveys what makes our Transformation Center and the community that we have created so unique. We don’t judge, we encourage and accept. Same goes with our leaders that lead our community groups around the world through our Fit Moms For Life home programs.

At some level we know where you are and where you have been and meet you where you are. We all have struggled, we all aren’t perfect nor do we pretend to be (it is noon as I am writing this and all I have eaten is two bowls of rocky road ice creams 🙁 ). Before I share with you this story, I want to let you know that this upcoming week we are opening our doors to all of our fitness locations to let you come for FREE and see if you feel loved, cared about, and understood.

Click here to check out all locations

Thank you Erica for writing this…

“Dear New Girl at the Gym,

You stand across from me in boot camp or on the treadmill next to me or a few bikes over in spin. I have never seen you before, but here you are. I can tell by the look on your face you are embarrassed. Embarrassed that you can’t do a pushup or don’t know how to adjust your bike or that you walk on the treadmill when the girl on the other side of you runs for a full hour at the speed of a cheetah. You look around and wonder what on earth you are doing here. You glance at me and I smile, but you look away pretending you didn’t see, because that would mean I noticed you. Maybe you are discouraged. Maybe you tell yourself this was a huge mistake and you’re going to ask for your money back. Maybe you wonder if I’m judging you.

I am not.

I want you to know how proud I am of you. You see, even though it might not seem like it, none of us are judging you. Why? Because so many of us were just like you. We know what it is like. We know how hard it is, especially in the beginning. Really we do. Maybe you woke up one day weighing forty pounds more than you did five years ago. I have been there. Maybe you stepped on the scale at the doctor’s office, had the nurse cluck her tongue, and then had the doctor say something like, “Now let’s talk about your weight.” I have been there. Maybe you recently had a baby, and you wonder if there will ever be a time when you don’t have to tuck your stomach into your pants. I have been there. Maybe you get half way through the warm up in a group fitness class and wonder if you are this out of breath now, is a full hour going to kill you? I have been there. Maybe money and time are tight and the idea of spending $30-$70 a month and an hour a day on yourself feels awfully selfish. I have been there. So many of us have.

You see us running or biking or lifting weights, and may feel discouraged or that we are judging you. Please, please, PLEASE know that we are not, because so many of us have been in your same shoes. You see us for what we are now, but many of us started out just like you, on a journey to find our best selves.

Please come back. I know it is hard, but it will get better, I promise.

And then you will wake up one day and wonder when you became that person. You know that person who can jog a few miles or do a whole spin class or even do boot camp without being sore the next day. And you will be the one, standing across the room, smiling at the new girl hoping she knows how lovely and wonderful and brave she is. Hoping she knows she is worth all the work. Because you are. You are so worth it. You deserve to be your healthiest self.

Now there might come a time and a place where someone will judge you, even someone at the gym. Maybe they make rude comments or give you that look. Maybe they have never known what it feels like to struggle with their weight. Maybe they have low self-esteem. Maybe they have never eaten an entire pan of brownies by themselves (I have) or an entire bag of Halloween candy before a single trick or treater came to their door (I have). Maybe they forgot what it was like to be the new girl. Please, don’t waste your time on them. You are on a journey to be your best self, and they don’t belong on your journey. Find people and a place where you can begin where you are.

Come back. You are so worth it.”

It breaks my heart and frustrates me when I hear of people who know they need to do something, but just don’t have the confidence or belief that they can do it. All it takes is that first step. So I would ask you today, are you willing to take that first step? That might mean throwing away some of the unhealthy food in your pantry, going back to the gym that you haven’t been to in 5 months, or having a talk with a loved one about what YOU want for your life.

Check out a short video that just might make you shed a tear but more importantly help you take action. Click here to see the longer version of the video.

Start the process, it is a journey that you can’t predict how it will turn out, but I would ask you to trust the process, it might just be the best thing you have ever done for yourself.

If you are ready to get others involved and lead a group in your community and get paid for it, click here to learn more.

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.

How To Have More Energy and Clarity

By | Fit Moms For Life Book, Fit Moms For Life DVD, Uncategorized

Losing weight is awesome…

Can we agree upon that? Everyday activities become easier, you can buy smaller clothes, and people give you nice compliments.

But…

Is there something even better then weight loss? I believe so. Having energy for the day is even more important then losing weight. That is why the title of my first book I wrote was Fit Moms For Life: How to have Endless Energy to Outplay your Kids. How about clarity of mind? When we are irritated, stressed, tired, hormonal, and hungry our mind can become cluttered, our thoughts become mushy, and we aren’t at our peek mental performance.

I recently asked in a survey “What specific benefits do you experience when you exercise?” I had over 350 responses and one of the most common answers was to have more energy. Exercise alone can have a profound impact on the way you feel. Walking alone can boost your energy. When asked why people don’t go to a gym, the #1 reason was lack of time, followed by no place convenient to go, and third not knowing what to do and feeling stupid.

Gyms can be an awesome place for the right type of person, but sometimes it just doesn’t work. This was the reason why 5 years ago (man time flies), I launched my Fit Moms For Life monthly DVD program. This was a home based exercise and nutrition program that was delivered monthly to their door. Fast forward a few years and over 15,000 DVDs are in use around the world from this 12 DVD set. I have lost count on the hundreds of transformational emails and thank you letters I have received from those on the program. This monthly program goes for $39/month with thousands who have happily invested in it.

Last week I filmed 12 more workouts for our new Fit Moms For Life programs and in order to make room for these new ones, I am doing something I have never done in the 5 years of the program.

I am going to discount these DVDs to just $25/DVD. The only “catch” is there is a 4 DVD minimum. Each DVD contains:

  • fm4l30 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. Another great option is you and a friend go in and get all 12 and you split it up and trade off DVDs. These also make great birthday gifts.

 

The Best Thing You Can Do For Your Kids

By | Behavior Change, Fit Moms For Life Book, Fit Moms For Life DVD, Fit Moms for Life Six Week Challenge, In-home workouts, Kids Fitness, Kids nutrition, Mindset, Nutrition, Uncategorized

As a mom you will do anything for your kids. You will stay up all night when they have a fever, you will take off work to get them to a doctor’s appointment, and you will sacrifice your personal money and time so that they have everything they need and want.

I just saw a study that said pregnant moms are 96% more likely to eat healthy. This is awesome since the newer research coming out shows that the nutrition of the mom through the placenta plays a large role on how healthy, and possibly whether the baby will have a predisposition towards obesity.

Once your baby is born and begins to grow, the attention continues to stay on your child and that is when many moms begin to slowly lose important parts of herself, and her health.

1 Actions_not_words!I was recently on a 90 minute call with over 200 thought leaders from around the world and one of the primary topics talked about was the idea that when YOU (moms), take care of yourself, you are modeling that behavior to your kids. Your kids will see that mommy makes time to cook healthy meals, read labels, workout with weights to become strong, and finds time to read a book or create a couple minutes for “mom” time.

I don’t need to tell you that your kids watch what you do and learn from what you do much more then what you say.

So on this call, we talked about the deep guilt that you feel as a mom when you are trying to decide between going for a workout for 30 minutes or playing with your kids, or between making a tasty and healthy 20 minute meal when a frozen pizza can be popped into the oven and you could clean your house instead.

But if we are to step back a moment and really think about it…

Knowing that our kids watch what we do…

We should actually feel MORE guilty if we aren’t taking the time for ourselves.

You might be reading this and 100% agree that you would be a better mom, wife, friend etc, if you carved out a little time in your crazy busy lives to help yourself (I have over 300 survey responses that basically say just that).

Awesome! You are one step closer to achieving that.

Others still might not buy into that premise, so I hope over the next months and years to provide you with so much data, case studies, experts, and so on that you too might become a part of this paradigm shift.

Since the release of my Fit Moms For Life DVDs nearly 5 years ago, and over 15,000 DVDs sold later, I can’t tell you the number of emails and FB messages I receive of stories from moms about how their kids are seeing them workout and want to join in.  Their kids like to play the role of me (the trainer), and tell the mom what she should be doing. The stories, videos, and pictures are adorable and heartwarming, but they go much deeper then that. Those kids are laying a foundation and belief that exercise and healthy eating is what is part of a normal life, and that it is something they should do too since the person they admire most (their mom), is leading the way and setting the example. This of course isn’t a 100% guarantee that this child will grow up to be healthy, but it is an incredible start.

This past week at the Fit Moms Transformation Center we had to cancel classes for two days because of the cold temps and school was also cancelled which caused moms1 a Open Gym to be stressed out and kids to have too much energy.

I had an idea to offer an open gym for two hours. We wrote a workout on the board that the adults could do and the kids could do whatever. We announced this only a couple hours before the scheduled time and ended up having over 40 parents and kids show up.

It was so special to see these kids using the rowing machines with their mom, or carrying medicine balls, or trying to do pushups and enjoy it! The older kids raced (and lost), to their moms on the rowing machines, while others threw balls around and played tag.

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I would like to end this by encouraging you to incorporate your kids into your workouts sometimes, and make sure that they see that you are taking your own health and wellness seriously. This can also apply to grandmas with their grand kids.

This is the best thing you can do for your kids.

The Fit Moms For Life 6 Week challenge is a program that a lot of moms are doing with their kids as young as 4 years old. The DVDs are easy to follow and some of them are body weight only so any child can be part of the workouts. We have groups starting in person and online in about a week, so join the over 300 who are already completed their 6 Week Challenge.

Click here to get started

We will be sharing with you more about the program and getting those interested signed up if you haven’t already.

Check out this story about Betsy… can you relate?

By | Behavior Change, Fit Moms For Life Book, Fit Moms For Life DVD, Fit Moms for Life Six Week Challenge, Uncategorized

I recently spent over 9 hours in two days pouring over and responding to the 337 surveys that had been submitted about personal choices.  I’ll be sharing all the all the results from the survey soon.

Betsy is a 36 year old, married, mother of two (3, 5), who lives in a relatively small town in Wisconsin. She works part-time to help pay the bills, but is first and foremost a mom to her two young children. She loves being a mom, but also feels that she has lost a bit of who she is. She never lost the baby weight and is not happy with how she looks or feels. She has tried to make changes in the past, going on various fad diets or trying a new workout trend, but she hasn’t been able to stick with anything long term. And in her small town, there aren’t many options for her in terms of fitness centers, health-related services, etc.

She has reached a point where she really wants to change, because she is worried about her own health and her ability to keep up with her kids. She hates how she looks and feels alone and depressed–she does not love who she is right now. But she is terrified that she will not stick with whatever she tries, leaving her to fail once more. She also feels guilty about the idea of spending time and money on herself, rather than on her family. And she has no idea how to fit anything else into her insanely busy days.

Does this sound familiar? Betsy is actually a made up person based off the hundreds of stories people shared in the “Personal Choice” survey. We have created a program that meets Betsy’s criteria.

It is…

  • affordable (under $2.50 per day)
  • time efficient (20-30 min workouts)
  • convenient (can do it at home)
  • has accountability (in person and online)
  • easy to follow delicious recipes (that your family will LOVE)
  • isn’t a quick fix or diet fad (Fit Moms only teaches things that you can do the rest of your life

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The program is called the Fit Moms Six Week Challenge, and we are launching a new six week challenge locally in Madison next week, and (online) for anyone in the world starting in a couple weeks.

Click here to learn more and to invest in your challenge kit 

In December, I personally had 30 ladies in my group and they lost an average of 10 lbs in the six weeks. Some lost as much as 22 lbs and those who only lost a couple pounds still lost at least 5-6 inches.

But forget weight loss for a second and lets talk about what these ladies gained.Women

  • They gained confidence that they found a program they could stick with instead of a fad they go on.
  • They began to see changes in the way their kids and husbands ate.
  • They actually ENJOYED going clothes shopping and wasn’t confused what to get at the grocery store.
  • They found simple to make recipes that the entire family loved.
  • They discovered how effect and fun short amounts of exercise can be.
  • They made new friends and have kept in touch with them and created accountability groups.

If you are someone who wants even more accountability, join the 80 leaders from around North America who lead their own FM4L Six Week Challenge in their community and earn money. Some in the first couple months have made close to $1000. The leaders also get much more access to myself and our team dedicated to helping the leaders grow.

Click here if you are interested in being a leader

I would like to challenge you to find 3 others to do this program with you. This time of the year people are feeling guilty about what they did to their bodies through the holidays and you can provide them with a fun and affordable solution that will bring you closer together.

If you have any specific questions about the program please e-mail me at dustinmaherfitness@gmail.com, and I will answer your questions.

Are You Proud of 2013?

By | Fit Moms For Life Book, Fit Moms For Life DVD, Fit Moms for Life Six Week Challenge, Killer Kurves, Transformation Center, Uncategorized

There are only 2 days left in 2013, which gives us a great opportunity to look back on the past year and give the year a rating. Chances are there were areas that were awesome, while others really sucked. Only you know how the past year has been for you. Just like myself, I challenge you to take a “life inventory” of 2013 in the following areas of your life (no particular order)…

-Health

-Wealth

-Relationships

-Career

-Spirituality

-Happiness

-Any other metric you are interested in 2013 2014

2013 2014This can be a painful process. There are areas in my life that 2013 was the best year ever and there are other areas that I wished never happened. That will probably be the case for all of us. It is up to you to decide if you want more of the same or something better.

I would encourage you to set at least 3 goals for 2014. Come up with at least one in each of the following areas:

-Physical achievement: this could be a weight loss goal, a strength or speed goal or something else.

-Relational: is there a relationship you want to deepen? Maybe a relationship you need to end? Or possibly a relationship you want to start.

-Spiritually: this can mean something difference for everyone, but tapping into the higher powers and our “soul” can help ground you and put life into perspective more.

Fit Moms For Life and the Transformation Center are offering more programs and solutions then ever before beginning in 2014. Our Killer Kurves program starts locally January 6th. Click here if you are looking to lose 40 or more pounds of weight. Limited spots are available for Killer Kurves so click here to sign up today. We have FM4L Six Week Challenges starting all over North America through our DVD, book, and journal based community programs. Click here if you want to join or learn more.

Feel free to email me dustinmaherfitness@gmail.com, and share your story with me. I have heard it all and will cast no judgement on anything. I will commit to answering you personally and providing a solution that I think is best.

My friends over at Prograde Nutrition are offering their biggest discount I can ever remember at 40% for any capsule based products including krill oil and multi vitamins. Click here to grab them up and enter “caps40” in the shopping cart.

Cheers to making 2014 your best year yet.

 

 

Choosing a Fitness Program | One Of The Biggest Tips I Can Give You!

By | bootcamps, Fit Moms For Life DVD, Fit Moms for Life Six Week Challenge, In-home workouts, Killer Kurves, MamaTone, Transformations, Uncategorized

One of my small group clients made a comment to me that got me thinking. She saw another one of my clients (extremely hardcore and dedicated), getting pumped up for his next workout. She asked me, “When does this ever stop? Don’t you get to a place where you are happy with your results and then just stop?” Unfortunately, some think that this whole eating healthy and exercising is a kick someone can go on for a bit, and then go back to their old poor choices and expect to keep the benefits that they saw. If you are on an eating plan or workout plan that you couldn’t sustain (or slightly modify), for the rest of your life, I would stop doing it ASAP. You are setting yourself up for failure.

Burnout and when people aren’t consistent are two big problems. You must learn to enjoy how eating healthy makes you feel, and how the act of exercising pumps you up! If you ask those close to me, they will tell you I get SO excited for a big crisp salad, with a can of tune and vinaigrette dressing!  Please check out my latest blog post in which I talk about this subject of consistency, and getting back on track when you fail.

FitMomTransformationCenterOct13-45 I would like to give you my top 5 things you should look for when choosing a fitness program.

1. It should be fun! I have found that if a person hates what they are doing, they will eventually quit. There might be times in the workout that aren’t pleasent, but as a whole, you must get excited and look forward to the workout. You might enjoy the actually exercises, the muscle burn, the cardio, the stretching, the socializing, the comaraderie, the muscle soreness the next day, or some other aspect, but whatever it is, you must enjoy some parts of it.

2. The instructor must be well likable and someone you can trust is knowledgable and you get along with. Similar to the first one, if you can’t stand the person who is telling you what to do, you will most likely hate it and quit. The instructor must be good at finding those buttons in you, to push you past your comfort level and do things you never thought were possible. They should be a role model for you and someone who inspires you to be your best!

3. The program must have variety and progressions. Variety is important for two reasons. First, it keeps you guessing and prevents you from getting bored with the workout. Second, it keeps your body guessing and limits the likelihood of plateaus. Progressions are so key, and one reason why places like curves will begin to struggle to keep their customers satisfied. The body needs progression, as the body gets more fit, it also begins to get more efficient at what it does and burns less calories. In order to keep moving toward your goals, larger and larger stressors need to be put on the body to continue the process towards change.

4. A combination of cardio, core, strength training, and stretching should be part of an effective program. If fat loss and muscle toning is your goal (which is seems it is for FitMomTransformationCenterOct13-4895% of the people I work with) all of these components are necessary to have to reach your fitness potential.

5. Must fit your budget: It is best to find a fitness program that fits your budget and one that is convenient for your schedule. If a program takes a long time to get to, or costs too much for you to continually be part of, you need to find a better program!

I hope these 5 tips help you in choosing the right fitness program for you! Of course if you are in the Madison area, I would love to get a chance to work with you! I hope you will find that all of my programs meet these 5 points. I believe they do, and is the reason why I get to work with about 150 clients each week to help them reach their fitness goals and feel strong and healthy.

My programs include Fit Moms, Fit Fun Bootcamps, and Killer Kurves.