My encounter with Tony Horton (creator of P90X!)

Hey all!

This Saturday Jesse and I took the day and went up to Long Island to meet, workout with and learn from the awesome Tony Horton. We were so excited and to top it off, it was day 90 for Jesse! How cool to finish your 90 day program with the actual instructor! We woke up nice and early, 4:30am so that we wouldn’t have to spend the night anywhere. The meeting went from 9-5. It was great!

When we got there we really weren’t sure what to expect. I mean, we did know that we were gonna have 2 workouts, one being yoga, lunch and 2 talks. What we didn’t know was how hard the workouts were gonna be, how long they were, or what he was gonna talk about. We went with an open mind and open heart ; at the end we were more than happy with the outcome.

The morning started right off with the first workout. Not sure if you know this or not, but there is a new Tony Horton workout coming to Beachbody in the summer called, P90X:MC2. Our workout we did that morning was a combination of  moves going into the new program and others from his U-C-L-A  (upper-cardio-middle-lower) workout that he made for Usher and others. Man, it was killer! I was pretty good at keeping up, but he through some things at us that I was definitely not ready for 🙂 I did however get the chance to write down all the moves… now only if I could read my handwriting.

After the first workout (about 1 hr, 5 min), we got to sit down and take-in Tony’s vast knowledge on working out and eating right; he called it Tony Horton’s 11 Laws of Health & Fitness. He basically gave us a wonderful blueprint to being healthy. Here are his 11 laws. I will expand on them (probably one/week) over the next 11 weeks:

Tony Horton’s 11 Laws of Health & Fitness:

  1. Variety
  2. Consistency
  3. Intensity
  4. Purpose
  5. Reality
  6. Sport
  7. The Plan
  8. Stress & Sleep
  9. Love It
  10. Flexibility
  11. Food & Supplement

After the Health & Fitness talk, we ate lunch and then I got a little nap 🙂 Leave to me to be able to pass out for 15 mins on a yoga mat in the middle of a gym floor. Anyway, we then were blessed with more of Tony’s brains and jokes for another hour and half and man, is he funny. Not only did he get everyone there laughing throughout all his talks, but he even had an audience of grown adults making crazy beaver/bunny like faces. It was ridiculously funny. One thing you can catch on very quickly when meeting Mr. Horton is that he is super down to earth. I think that is why his program is so successful. People don’t mind being around his day after day. Even if they can’t stand him, he feels like that uncle you don’t like, but you still stick around.

Then came YOGA!!!! Jesse, my husband, was dreading this point. I however, was pretty excited. Yoga is so awesome, when taught by good instructors. And IT IS NOT EASY!! Hence the reason why Jesse doesn’t like it 🙂 He gave us a good 1 hr 20 min yoga session. I wish I would have taped it so that I could do the workout at home. You can tell he has a passion for it. Maybe not for yoga itself, but for what yoga does for people. As seen above “flexibilty” is the 10th law on his list. He takes it very seriously and credits his youth (he is actually in his 50’s) to his yoga experience. He is also the only instructor who makes you laugh while trying to hold half moon, which is pretty cruel.

The best part was after yoga… picture time!!! NO ONE was going to leave without a picture with Tony and he knew that. They set aside a time for EVERYONE to get their photo with him which was very nice. I also got my hat signed 🙂 thanks to the guy who had a silver sharpie marker… talking about being prepared.

I would highly recommend meeting Mr. Tony Horton when you get the chance. It is absolutely worth it!! I will post up more of the info he gave us in the weeks coming so stay tuned, subscribe to my page & tell others about it too.

Oh yeah, I forgot to tell you that Tony’s first ever published book is being released on Dec. 21st. You can get it reserved on Amazon.com and is called Bring It. How appropriate.


My INSANITY journey:

By: Regina Scarselletti

The Beginning….

Well it all started after my sister became a Beach Body Coach. She was so pumped about getting back in shape and getting healthy that I felt a little pathetic that I wasn’t on that train with her. So I was at her house one night and her and her husband were showing me some new programs they had gotten, one being Insanity. They were talking about how they were planning on starting P90X the following week. So this REALLY made me feel pathetic that they were going full throttle despite their busy lives and here’s little ‘ol me sitting on my bum eating potato chips. So, I looked at the workouts of this program because Jesse told me that he was straight up scared of it, and that was the beginning of the end.

I wanted to dominate it. I wanted to be able to say, “Yeah, I’ve heard of insanity. I did it!” I wanted to accomplish something that would be visible to everyone around me. So I got in my little pink bikini, and took before pictures that night. I started the next week. I had no time to even think about what I was doing; just that I knew once I started I couldn’t stop.

My first workout almost made me cry, and that was only the fit test. I had to sit on the floor of the shower for a good ten minutes after my workout that day. I had no idea what I was getting myself into, but I started so I couldn’t stop. That first week was absolutely brutal. I went from not working out at all to working out about 40 minutes to an hour a day, maxing out with everything I did. I couldn’t walk up the stairs the first week, but it was a great feeling knowing that I was on a journey to feeling and looking great.

Getting Results…

The next week was much better. My body was over the shock of moving again, I was getting used to what I had to eat, and I was noticing that I was keeping up better with the beastly ripped people in the DVDs. My third week I did the fit test again and took all my measurements. I was SO stoked! I had made huge strides, and I didn’t even know it! My reps increased by over ten in most of the exercises, I had lost a few pounds and a few inches. This is after me telling my sister that I couldn’t see or feel a difference. It was on from then on out, now that I knew I was unknowingly being transformed.

I was so excited after that. The third and fourth week I really pushed myself. By this time I was basically keeping up with my sexy DVD friends and my new lover, Shaun T. I still didn’t feel like I looked any different, though. My brother-in-law and sister wanted 30 day pictures of me. That was part of the deal for me to use their program. So that weekend I went to their house and got back into my little pink bikini. They were telling me I looked great, but I didn’t understand until I saw my pictures. I looked great, and I didn’t even know! I was so happy to actually be able to see a difference. My body was changing, bit by bit. I was trimming down and toning up. I actually have noticeable biceps now-that’s a first in my life! This obviously made me want to keep on going.

More Results…

My next week was my recover week. We wanted to try the Shakeology 3-day cleanse. So I took 3 days to do that, having some pretty crazy results. I dropped a total of five pounds and two inches. I was super excited. I noticed the difference when I was walking up the stairs to class and felt like I was flying up them. Then I looked around and saw all the kids next to me basically panting try to get to the third floor. I must admit I giggled to myself a little bit! I also got some awesome new workout sneakers because mine were so old and starting to hurt my shins. They are fantastic! This was a great week, minus me being sick.

“I think I can, I think I can, I think I can!”

I went into the second round scared to death. I still wasn’t feeling well and I knew that the workouts were supposedly way harder. Although I was nervous, I went into it full steam ahead (“I think I can, I think I can, I think I can!”), again starting with the fit test. Once again I was seeing huge improvement. I even doubled some of my sets since I started the program, and was about 9 pounds lighter since when I started and lost about 6 inches all over.

So here it was, round two. Let me tell you, it kicked my butt! There are basically all new workouts in round two, so I didn’t know any of the moves yet. I stood there, watched what I was supposed to do, laughed, cried a little bit inside, and then did it. The only way to go about it is to just do it. It was a rough week, but I was so excited. I loved the new workouts even though they were much more intense than the first round. They were intense in a different way. I feel like you just have to find the power to get through the exercises, then you have to sit on the floor like a pile of mush for a couple minutes, take a shower, get something awesome to eat, and then you are good for the rest of the day.

No Turning Back…

I just started week two of round two yesterday, and yes, it still hurts. But I’m going to definitely keep up with it. I’ve made it this far. There is absolutely no turning back. I want this bad. End of story.

In all honesty, this work out program has helped me out so much. I’m not just talking about looking sexier, although I do. I’m talking about just being happier in general. I’m in my third year of a professional doctorate of physical therapy program. School is getting more challenging. I have had to do a lot of extra work for all my classes this semester. This has helped me so much with my time management because I know I need to make time for it, which means I need to get everything else done in some sort of an efficient manner. Also, I’m eating healthier, so I’m feeling better in general and have more energy than I usually do at this point in the semester. All my friends seem to be burning out, and here I am going strong and powering through. It’s really exciting! I’ve never felt so good about myself in my entire life; Insanity is a huge part of that. I have two more weeks left after this one, and I’m already planning on starting the program again. I don’t want it out of my life quite yet!

To check out Insanity click here.


Getting Children to Move

Want to know how to get your children inspired, motivated to get of the couch, to achieve something?

Children are natural followers. They soak up everything you do and twist it to fit in their style. I see it everyday. If a parent is polite all the time, most likely their kids are too. On the flip side, if you know a parent that always curses and is rude, no doubt their kids are gonna have potty mouths also. We have to realize that our children are little images of ourselves.

Within the last two days I read two articles about early teenagers who did EXTRA-ordinary things. One child, Jordan Romero, at the age of nine, created a goal of climbing the highest peaks of all seven continents. With his persistence, he and his father set out to accomplish his goal. By the time he was 14 he had climbed 13 of those mountains including Mount Everest! The other boy I read about, Hunter Lussi, was a 12 year old triathlete, swimming, biking and running over 70 miles! Hunter has talked to children in over 600 schools to help get the message of health and fitness out and had written a book, “America, Get Off the Couch!” Both of these children didn’t just get these ideas out of thin air. Both had parents who set the example. One parent was an ultra-marathoner and triathlon Iron Man. The other continually challenged himself through running difficult races through trails and mountains called adventure races. They showed their kids, through their own actions, that health and fitness were a high priority in life.

This pertains in every area of life whether it be health and fitness, finances or plane work ethic. We must be the leaders and show our children what is important. Get the junk food out of the house. Go for a walk with your children and turn off the TV. All these things will motivate and inspire them.