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‘YOUv2’ Workouts Focus on the Fun

I had a few different fitness setbacks pile up, so between a cranky achilles on one leg and an IT band flare-up on the other, followed by dental surgery and a cold … let’s just say I’m a little deconditioned and in need of a good beginner workout to get me back in the swing. […]


I had a few different fitness setbacks pile up, so between a cranky achilles on one leg and an IT band flare-up on the other, followed by dental surgery and a cold … let’s just say I’m a little deconditioned and in need of a good beginner workout to get me back in the swing.

And I found it! I’m not sure where I first saw it, but a video of trainer Leandro Carvalho (he’s the Brazil Butt Lift guy) having the time of his life with a room full of “real-sized” women had me seek out his new YOUv2 workout DVD set.

I ordered it and promptly popped the first disc into my DVD player.

OMG, fun! Seriously, I’m in love with this workout set.

It’s not a big, complicated “system” — you get two discs with six 30-minute workouts. They’re primarily cardio but a couple of them focus on bodyweight sculpting.

You get a guide that goes over each workout, a four-week journal for charting your goals, “daily vibe,” and inspiration, a calendar to keep track of your workouts (with a cute backside of motivational sayings), and a Keep It Super Simple Meal Guide that features some good-looking recipes and a weeklong sample meal plan.

These aren’t intense, hard-body workouts by any stretch but that’s not what I was looking for. I glanced down at my Fitbit and saw that my heart rate was at a respectable 150 bpm while in the cardio phase.

Leandro is motivating and cheerful without being condescending — something that often crops up in workouts meant for the less fit. The background exercisers, diverse in age, race, and size, are freaking delightful — none of them fit the typical workout DVD mold, and they all appear to be having a blast. The music has a bit of a Baby Boomer vibe with songs like Love Shack, Hit Me With Your Best Shot, and Let’s Get Loud.

Best thing about these workouts — I promise you can complete them all without any modifications. That alone is a huge motivator. In fact, the only background exerciser doing anything different is the woman wearing weighted gloves for a little more upper-body resistance.

The set is available on DVD through Beachbody and Amazon and is also offered through its Beachbody On Demand streaming channel, which is available on many platforms, including Roku and Amazon Fire. One little extra in the streaming version is that there are kid-focused workouts, featuring younger exercisers.

How do you get back into the swing of exercise after a setback? —Gail



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The 10 Best Fitness Marshall Workouts

With more than A MILLION subscribers to his YouTube channel, the Fitness Marshall has a serious following. And if you love a good dance workout, it’s easy to see why. His workouts are insanely fun, super poppy, full of attitude and they make you sweat. So, pretty much the best thing ever, right? Right. While […]


With more than A MILLION subscribers to his YouTube channel, the Fitness Marshall has a serious following. And if you love a good dance workout, it’s easy to see why. His workouts are insanely fun, super poppy, full of attitude and they make you sweat. So, pretty much the best thing ever, right? Right.

While every Fitness Marshall workout we’ve done is awesome, these 10 videos are — hands down — our faves. Crank up your speakers and get ready to sweat (and laugh)!

Fifth Harmony: Worth It

There’s a reason why 17 million people have seen this video. Baby, you’re worth it!

Ed Sheeran: Shape Of You

Hilarious. All of it. Now, pat yo’ pancake.

Britney Spears: Work B**ch

Get to work … hair flip!

Sia: Cheap Thrills

For when you want to dance from your soul. (So, um, all the time.)

Anaconda: Nicki Minaj

You knew we’d love one about butts, right? OF COURSE.

Meghan Trainor: Me Too

The only thing better than his facial expressions are the background dancers tearing it up behind him.

Taylor Swift: Look What You Made Me Do

Kinda perfect for Halloween, huh?

Usher: Yeah! Feat. Whitney Thore

Can you imagine walking by and seeing them film this?! EVERYTHING.

Justin Timberlake: Can’t Stop The Feeling

Proof that The Fitness Marshall workouts aren’t just for girls.

Portugal The Man: Feel It Still

Look at you, you little go-go dancer. LOL forever.

Also, guys? He’s on tour! Later this month, Kristen will be at the Fitness Marshall event in Lakeland, Fla., put on by the PHEEL GOOD Foundation (a really cool non-profit started when the founder’s husband, Phil, was killed while riding his motorcycle to work earlier this year, and the mission is to bring communities together to enjoy quality events that make them ‘pheel good’ — physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually). Will we see any of you out there — or will you be hitting an event in your neck of the woods?

What’s your favorite Fitness Marshall workout? Hope we’ll see you at the concert! —Jenn



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Videos That Are Inspiring Me to Sweat Right Now

You guys know how I love turning to social media when I need a little inspiration to get my butt in the gym, right? Well, it’s not always me asking my Facebook friends and Twitter contacts to help me out — sometimes people just share videos that make me think, “Okay, closing the computer and hitting the […]


You guys know how I love turning to social media when I need a little inspiration to get my butt in the gym, right? Well, it’s not always me asking my Facebook friends and Twitter contacts to help me out — sometimes people just share videos that make me think, “Okay, closing the computer and hitting the gym NOW.”

And these three videos are the most recent examples in my life.

First up, we have a Very Good Dog who (along with his person) probably trained really, really hard for this competition, and, well. Ever been totally into your superset and going hard as can be … and then realized you have no idea what to do next, or that you just did a completely different exercise than you were supposed to do? Ollie here knows that feeling. But his enthusiasm is contagious!

Providing me with a completely different form of motivation is Thor. Shirtless Thor. Sharing part of his workout with his trainer. If just watching it gets your heart racing, does that count as a warm-up? Asking for a Thor — I mean a friend! Asking for a friend.

And if you guys think I don’t have this whole routine DOWN PAT due to practicing it daily in my kitchen while I wait for my coffee to brew? All I have to say to that is PAT YO’ PANCAKE.

Kind of a mix, but they’re all inspiring in their own way, right? Which one has you ready to rock a workout? And also, who’s gonna dance to Shape of You with me? —Kristen



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This Two-Minute Video Captures Your Cycle Perfectly

Here on FBG, we’re more likely to be talking about cycling on a Spin or road bike than we are your menstrual cycle. But, let’s be honest: your period can suck sometimes. And the same hormones that make your body a wonderland (thanks for that line, John Mayer) can also make you feel like a […]


Here on FBG, we’re more likely to be talking about cycling on a Spin or road bike than we are your menstrual cycle. But, let’s be honest: your period can suck sometimes. And the same hormones that make your body a wonderland (thanks for that line, John Mayer) can also make you feel like a hot mess. Which can totally get in the way of your workouts, make you crave unhealthy stuff or generally just not feel like your normal badass self.

Glamour magazine put together the coolest two-minute video that shows exactly what your cycle does to you each month — and how to make the most of each phase. Let’s just say it’s waaaaay better than the lecture you got in sex ed!

It’s kind of exhausting and amazing to be a woman, right?! —Jenn



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From 580 Pounds to Fit Bottomed Dude

Today marks the start of our annual Fit Bottomed Dudes’ Week. And while we’ll have some amazing posts coming up this week for the guys (and the ladies who love ’em!), we thought we’d kick this year’s week off with some inspiration. Some MAJOR inspiration. The kind that’ll give you all the feels, make your heart […]


Today marks the start of our annual Fit Bottomed Dudes’ Week. And while we’ll have some amazing posts coming up this week for the guys (and the ladies who love ’em!), we thought we’d kick this year’s week off with some inspiration. Some MAJOR inspiration.

The kind that’ll give you all the feels, make your heart swell and help you realize that you can do ANYTHING you put your mind to. (And that you should. Because you’re absolutely and totally worth it.)

Ken’s story is incredible.

He went from 580 pounds to fit, healthy, confident and in love. No dieting; nothing extreme. Just a commitment to himself and his health. Check. It. Out.

Guy or girl, if he can do it, YOU CAN DO IT!

How did you start your journey? Or, how WILL you start your journey? —Jenn



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This Video Will Make You Feel Unstoppable

There’s badass. And then there’s badass, LIKE THIS. Kyle Maynard, you are our hero. That 5 percent that doesn’t suck? Agreed, Kyle. Agreed. Kinda makes you want to go out and climb a mountain or do something epic, doesn’t it? DO IT. —Jenn Source link


There’s badass. And then there’s badass, LIKE THIS. Kyle Maynard, you are our hero.

That 5 percent that doesn’t suck? Agreed, Kyle. Agreed.

Kinda makes you want to go out and climb a mountain or do something epic, doesn’t it? DO IT. —Jenn



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Our Best Advice for Exercise Newbies

We love our readers. And we always want to help them any way we can. So when Eiri in Kansas sent us this video and an email saying, “I just started a vlog to document my journey to a healthier me because I cannot afford a gym or a dietitian or anything like that, and […]


We love our readers. And we always want to help them any way we can. So when Eiri in Kansas sent us this video and an email saying, “I just started a vlog to document my journey to a healthier me because I cannot afford a gym or a dietitian or anything like that, and I was hoping that by reaching out online I could get some people to give me some more tailored advice to help me achieve my goals,” we were like: we got you girl.

Here’s Eiri’s first vlog entry:

And here’s her big goal and motivation: “My biggest goal is just to be healthy and in shape, but I’d be lying if I said the idea of dropping 40 pounds by next summer doesn’t appeal to me. My biggest hurdle is exercise, though — I just don’t know how to ease myself into it, and what I’m supposed to be doing. I want to lose fat, but also put on a little muscle, but I am basically just going on long walks right now because I am at a loss for what to do!

I want to make these changes because there are a lot of things I want to do with my life. Adventurous things, like running a marathon and bungee jumping and hiking Zion National Park — BIG stuff. But I can’t do any of them if I’m not living the healthiest lifestyle possible.”

Inspiring, right? We think so — because we firmly believe that everyone deserves to create and live a healthy life that they love.

And therefore we answered her question in the same way she shared it with us: via vlog!

And here are some of our best bodyweight workouts that we think Eiri will love once her habit of exercise is set!

And now we turn the question to you readers. What advice would you give Eiri to reach her goals? Leave it in the comments and thanks in advance for helping a fellow reader out! Jenn



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Hilarious Spoof: How to Spice Up Your Water

For the record: We like infused water. We recommend it. We drink it. But, this spoof on how you can spice up your water is just too damn funny. Because, if you can’t laugh at yourself, that’s just no fun. Move over, Brad Pitt. My Ryan Gosling water is delicious. How’s yours? —Jenn Source link


For the record: We like infused water. We recommend it. We drink it.

But, this spoof on how you can spice up your water is just too damn funny. Because, if you can’t laugh at yourself, that’s just no fun.

Move over, Brad Pitt. My Ryan Gosling water is delicious. How’s yours? —Jenn



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7 Inspirational Videos From 2016 You Have to Watch (and Re-Watch)

FBG is all about fitness. But, we’re more than that too. Living a truly “healthy life” goes beyond exercise and making smart eating choices. We’re starting to see more prominence given to the mental health side of the equation, but that’s such a broad category as well. Healthy living includes how you view yourself, how […]


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FBG is all about fitness. But, we’re more than that too.

Living a truly “healthy life” goes beyond exercise and making smart eating choices. We’re starting to see more prominence given to the mental health side of the equation, but that’s such a broad category as well.

Healthy living includes how you view yourself, how you view others, how you interact with the world, and what difference you make each day, large or small.

That’s why I want to share these inspiring videos from 2016 with you. Yes, there are dozens of others that could be included on this list, but these seven offer a well-rounded look at what it means to live a healthy, inspired, meaningful life.

Enjoy!

1. Rise Up

I get it. Stuff is going to come up. Thing will happen. People will say stuff. There will be times when that noise in my head will scream at me so loud. “I’m on the wrong path. It’s too hard. I can’t do it. I’m not good enough.”… But, those moments are not going to stop me.

2. Overcome Depression, Anxiety and Hard Times

Life is unpredictable. Sometimes, even when we’re making all the “healthy” choices, life just feels hard. You don’t need to pretend that things are okay … but, do you have hope?

3. See Beneath the Surface

Take a quick look at Jasmine Elcock and you’d never guess she could do what she did on Britain’s Got Talent (you’ve gotta watch her video below).

What talents are you hiding that are ready to come out? What qualities can you see in others when you take a longer look?

4. Don’t Let Your Physical Limitations Limit You

“Remember to look up at the stars, and not down at your feet.”

5. Believe In Yourself

A healthy self-perspective requires that you believe in yourself. You recognize your value, see how you’re making a difference, and believe that you have great potential.

“The first step, before anyone else in the world believes it, is YOU have to believe it.”

6. Have No Regrets

Think about what you would do with your last day in life. What would that day look like? Does your current life reflect those same priorities?

7. Watch For the Good

News headlines tend to emphasize the bad. Apparently bad news sells more newspapers and captures more TV viewers. But, there’s a lot of good happening in our world, too, and your life will be enriched when you watch for it.

Any Other Suggestions?

What videos inspire you to live a better life? Post them in the comments. I’d love to get some inspiration from what’s been inspiring you! Dave

Dave Smith is a fitness and weight-loss coach who was chosen as “Canada’s Top Fitness Professional” in 2013. He works with clients from around the world using the Total Coaching training platform, helping each client institute the right habits that will lead to meaningful results. You can catch Dave’s weekly Q&A fitness podcast, or learn about all things health-related on his blog at makeyourbodywork.com.



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Freaky Core Workout

It’s that time of year. Everyone seems to say that regardless of the season, but in fall people really mean it. Fall means cooler weather, changing leaves, hot apple cider, Halloween decorations and, yes, FREAKY workout videos! Didn’t see that last one coming, did you? I put together this quick, body-weight only workout containing some […]


It’s that time of year. Everyone seems to say that regardless of the season, but in fall people really mean it. Fall means cooler weather, changing leaves, hot apple cider, Halloween decorations and, yes, FREAKY workout videos! Didn’t see that last one coming, did you?

I put together this quick, body-weight only workout containing some of the scariest exercises ever created. Be warned … this may be too intense for young children. When you’re busting out the “Vampire Crunch,” I don’t want to be held responsible for your child becoming scared and shielding their eyes. Exercise responsively and talk them through the exercises so it’s not so much of a shock when, say, you’re marching around the living room doing “The Walking Dead” exercise.

This workout may just be scarier than the first time I saw “The Shining” (1980) and was so spooked I had my dad put a padlock on my bedroom door so those twins couldn’t visit me at night. Remember the twins?! Thinking back, I believe they would have just passed right through the door as they didn’t have much trouble roaming unfettered around The Overlook Hotel. Hmmm, I lost my train of thought. Where was I. Oh yes …

This core workout features six exercises to tone and strengthen your tummy, core and the rest of your body. It’s so close to Halloween, so let’s get a quick intense workout and have some freaky fun. It was extremely windy when I filmed so that adds to the haunted quality. Or the windy quality. Oh, let’s just get down on the mat and give ourselves a workout!

Keep an eye out for my dog, Addie, as she roams randomly through the shots. She may be the cutest ghost we’ve ever seen in a core workout video. See the workout below or here.

Enjoy, my friends and have a safe and happy Halloween! —Sean Vigue



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A Look at How Good Canine Athletes Really Are

How much do you love watching the canine athletes of the Purina Pro Plan Incredible Dog Challenge on TV? A few years ago, I had the opportunity to attend the finals near St. Louis, and you guys, I don’t think I could’ve been more pumped up about it if it had been the Olympic Games. (It […]


How much do you love watching the canine athletes of the Purina Pro Plan Incredible Dog Challenge on TV? A few years ago, I had the opportunity to attend the finals near St. Louis, and you guys, I don’t think I could’ve been more pumped up about it if it had been the Olympic Games. (It would at least be close.) I love witnessing the close bonds between the dogs and their owners — the celebrations they have after every competition, regardless of performance, warms the cold cockles of my heart.

(FYI, this year’s National Finals actually just took place on October 1, so keep an eye out for news about when the footage will air!)

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As an athlete, though, I always wonder just how athletic these dogs are. I got a chance to see how tough the agility course was when I attended, but Misty May-Treanor one-upped me (like that three-time gold medal winning beach volleyball record setter is always doing — darn her!) when she went head to head with a few of the Purina Pro Plan Incredible Dog Challenge competitors to see how humans compared to canines in agility, speed and power.

The interspecies competition resulted in some rad Incredible Dog Science videos explaining the science behind the strengths and weaknesses of both Misty and the canine athletes. If you have any interest in body mechanics, dogs or just cool fitness facts, all three videos are well worth your time. (Of course, there’s a bit of an ad for Purina Pro Plan dog food in there, but that doesn’t make the rest of it any less fascinating!)

What’s your favorite Incredible Dog Challenge event? I am SO into dog diving.Kristen



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