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Core de Force… is it worth it??

Hey guys!

So I wanted to do a quick post on the current ‘Beachbody All Access‘ pass, and more specifically, the Core de Force workout.

  

I know I’ve spoken briefly about the Beach body programs… why I like them (or maybe what about them I didn’t like) and which ones are my faves.

Greg and I did Insanity back 5 years ago (omg, where did that time even go!?) before our wedding to help us to get into great shape. This was back when we were living in BC and before we started teaching at Golds Gym. So we did have some equipment in our super modest home gym… but we wanted a program that was going to kick our butts and that we could do anywhere. Enter, Shaun T.

This program (Insanity) was just that… Insane! Really amazing workouts that you could really do anywhere. You didn’t need any equipment, and you really didn’t need much space at all. We got through them, we saw great results too.

Following Insanity, we started teaching at Golds Gym… so we were doing a mix of some home workouts and gym workouts. We did some of Shaun T’s next program, T25 (only 25 minutes a day)… but I am not too sure we completed it. We didn’t like it as much as Insanity. We DID however, do the NEXT workout from Shaun T as well, called Insanity Max 30… and OMG. Once we did this one, we looked back to the originally Insanity workouts and thought.. yea, those weren’t that bad after all!

Insanity Max 30 was my favourite of all the programs (Until Core de Force came out!). It is honestly SO hard… such a great challenge, and it’s only 30 mins a day. But let me tell you.. if you do these workouts all out like you’re supposed to and really push yourself… 30 minutes is MORE than enough.

SO, December of this year, my Beachbody coach Lauren Francois told me about the All Access promo she had going. It was $100 (Canadian) for the year.. and that included any of the Beach Body workouts that were already out, PLUS any new ones that are released in 2017. I was going to purchase the Core de Force workout anyway, which I believe was $75 dollars… so for an extra $25 I have access to literally hundreds more workouts? No brainer.

Just to be clear… This is a totally non biased review because I don’t have any affiliation at all with Beach body… but seriously guys… best $100 you can spend. I mean, maybe for people that have a gym membership and go to the gym daily and just do their own thing… fine. Not for you. But a LOT of people even if they DO have a membership often don’t have time/don’t make the time to go. So this is a really great option. You can do these workouts in the comfort of your own home/hotel room/yard/office… whatever you want! And many of them you don’t need a single piece of equipment.. better still, the ones that DO use equipment always show modifications so you can do the exercises with nothing but a resistance band. I mean seriously… you just don’t have any possible excuses to NOT do these workouts. 

My sister, brother and I all did a month of Core de Force together! It was honestly SO awesome.

I am a huge fan as I mentioned above of the Shaun T style… high intensity, jump squats and push ups like they’re goin outta style kind of training… but it’s really nice to switch it up every now and again. Not to mention SO good for your body… to always keep it guessing!

 

These Core de Force workouts are all MMA style workouts. Sure they have some that focus a little more on strength (hello 20 different types of push up and lunge jumps), and some that are super heavy on the cardio (ground to fighter stance will be your nemesis)… but all in all, they are all inspired by MMA training and there is a crapload of punching and core work in these videos.

Honestly, who knew punching at nothing for 30 minutes could leave you so exhausted. The first work we did these.. I was so sore ALL week. Especially through my back and shoulders.

So in a nutshell… why do I recommend the Beach body all access pass?

✔️ Very reasonably priced for all the workouts you’re getting

✔️ TONS of variety so you never get bored

✔️ Easy to follow programs

✔️ Something for EVERY fitness level

✔️ NO excuses. You can do these ANYWHERE

And secondly, is Core de Force really worth it? … ABSOLUTELY without a doubt!
In this case, it obviously was included in the whole package I purchased ($100 all access) but I would have paid $75 for the program along and been totally pleased with it! Why?

✔️ COMPLETELY different than any training I’ve ever done before

✔️ The videos are easy to follow and actually really fun

✔️ There is a lot of variety in the workouts – not all the same stuff every day

✔️ Once you complete the first month, there are 2 alternate calendars you can follow to challenge yourself and do something a little different in months 2 and 3 (if you want)

✔️ Joel and Jericho are HOT. Seriously! They have an awesome dynamic between them and they’re great at keeping you going!

And remember… ALWAYS STRETCH when you’re done!! 🙂 haha

If you guys have any questions at all about any of the beach body workouts, shoot me a message… I’ve done a lot of them.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

xxx
Andrea 

#riseandsweat February is here!

Hey you guys!
IT’S ALMOST FEBRUARY. Holy crap!

    

I figured it’s pretty much the PERFECT time for a little workout challenge because it’s a month after the New Years resolutions have started, and that’s usually when people are thinking about falling off the wagon (if you haven’t already!). So… I thought I would blow up your facebook/insta feeds with some motivation and a chance to win some cool prizes while increasing your energy and feeling great!

Alright guys … here are your instructions for the February #riseandsweat. The concept couldn’t be simpler. The point of the challenge is to be more active than you are right now! This doesn’t mean crazy intense workouts every day (unless that is what you’re into, and if you are, I can totally point you in the right direction where to find some!). But if that’s not your jam, then just get up and MOVE. Go for a walk, do a little yoga or just a nice 5-10 minute stretch, try out a new class at your local gym, or challenge your kids (or pet) to a race around the couch. I really don’t care what you do, just do SOMETHING to get the blood circulating and ideally get your heart rate up! Just get your booty up a little earlier each morning and do something active!!!! Your future self will thank you.

Here are a few reasons why I’m promoting AM sweat sesh’s vs evening.
* Boost your metabolism and gets your digestion started
* Boosts your mood! Exercise gives you endorphins and endorphins make you happy — why wouldn’t you want to be in a great mood to start the day
* You’ll ACTUALLY workout – If you wait til later in the day, the chances of something ‘getting in the way’ are pretty good
* You’ll sleep better! – If you workout later in the day, those same endorphins that are putting you in a good mood in the morning can disrupt your sleep at night (if you save your workout until too close to bedtime!)

OK, so hopefully I’ve convinced you to try sweating first thing in the AM… 
Now, how does this challenge work? … Easy.
>Get up and start your day with some form of activity. (Anything from a walk, to yoga, to stretching, to a full on workout)
>Take a pic or video of what you’re doing for your #riseandsweat. *Note: This can be a pic of your workout equipment, your    space, your recovery drink… anything you want! It doesn’t have to be your face! haha
>Tag me (@andreagnys) and hashtag#riseandsweat



Every time you post, you get an entry to win any of the awesome prizes we have going throughout this challenge!

**FOR EXTRA ENTRIES
>> Share challenge (repost it on your facebook or insta)
>>Tag friends that you want to do the challenge with you!!
>> You get an entry for every post… so if you’re feeling extra ambitious, do a double header! Yes I want you to workout in the AM, but if you’re wanting to do something else in the evening, you’ll totally get credit for it! 

I am going to be posting 1 exercise each day. I will post it the night before (Eg: Tomorrow night, Jan 31st I will post the exercise for Feb 1st)

IMPORTANT info:
👉you DO NOT have to do the exercise that I post – this is just a ‘move of the day’ I’ve chosen… these are simply guides or ideas for those of you that aren’t really sure what to do and want some inspiration
👉You DO NOT have to do something every day of the 21 days to win – each time you post you get an entry. Of course – the more you do, the more likely you are to win!

I will be drawing a winner on Feb 21st for the Under Armour prize pack. There will be some random prizes throughout the 21 days, so be sure to be as consistent as you can, and always tag me (@andreagnys) and hashtag #riseandsweat!! 

Can’t wait to sweat with you guys for the next 21 days ! You know… 21 days form a habit, so get on it!!!!

Any questions – let me know! 
xxx
Andrea

PS. If you’re looking for somewhere to start with workouts, I’ve got a couple options for you! 
👉Beachbody On Demand – my fave option! I’ve been doing CoreDeForce for a month and I’m ADDICTED. But there’s tons of options and there’s a ridiculous deal going on right now – for 100 bucks you have access to every Beachbody workout out there
👉Tone it Up – these gals are wicked. And a lot of the workouts on here are free!
👉Kayla Itsines – Haven’t done these myself but I’ve heard amazing things.
👉And then of course, there are some options right here, on andreagnys.com! 🙂 

#riseandsweat July

Alright guys … here are your instructions for the July #riseandsweat. Pretty straight forward. It’s simple. Get your booty’s up a little earlier each morning and do something active!!!! Your future self will thank you.

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#riseandsweat starts on Monday!!!

HAPPY FRIDAY y’all!!!! 

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FINALLY!!!! I’ve got another #riseandsweat challenge comin atcha starting on Monday – Which also happens to be my 30th bday! – what a way to celebrate! This is going to be my biggest one yet with a BUNCH of kick ass prizes and hopefully with our highest participation numbers yet!! 

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Joga in the AM & a rainy day outfit

Happy Tuesday!

Hope the week is off to a good start for you guys. 
I’m doing a ‘reset’ week this week, before Greg and I start hard into our training again.

We’re going to be doing the Insanity Max 30 workouts again. We’ve done them once before and absolutely loved them. Well – love/hate. But they’re killer workouts, so I’m excited to get back to them. Anyway, more on that next week.

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For this week, I’ve downloaded Joga with Jana from iTunes to do at home, and I am STOKED. I’ve been wanting to do the teacher training for this, and incorporate it into our workouts, but haven’t had the guts (or $$$) to pull the trigger, yet. Anyway, I am doing to do these in the mornings for the rest of this week.  Check out her page for more info on what Joga is all about.

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