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Proper Nutrition, 100% Of The Equation

What is the single most important part of your health and fitness? Hint… It is something you do every single day. It is your nutrition! Many “experts” or books will say that it is 50%, 75% of the total equation for a solid fitness foundation. However, these numbers couldn’t be further from the truth. Here is why nutrition is 100% of your life.

The foods you have, in the end, effect everything you do. They effect whether you sleep well, whether you have the energy to exercise, how you feel and perform daily tasks and whether or not you have the energy to make it through an average day. If you do not fuel your body if the necessary macronutrients then your body just won’t function at the highest level. Not just your fitness suffers but your health, your job and just daily living. So what is proper nutrition? There are so many books, articles in magazines and internet sites out there all claiming to have the answers! So how do you sift through all the bad advice?

Here is the reality. EVERYONE IS DIFFERENT! So if you see that bikini diet or that want to look like Wolverine diet in that magazine, chances are it is not for you. You will waste your time and money on all these diets and it is also the number one reason why nearly 80% of the people who do them don’t get the results they are looking for. So what do you do and what do you need to see results and be successful?

You need a personalized or custom nutrition plan. Secondly, you don’t need to follow the “I eat healthy” motto. You can still have pizza, burgers and burritos if you want! The idea here is that as long as you are feeding your body relatively healthy foods most of the time and are eating the correct ratio of macronutrients then you will get results! Yep, it is true! Say hello to cheat meals and still see body fat and those extra pounds melt away! So what are these macronutrients and how do they factor in?

Macronutrients are broken down into 3 main categories proteins, carbohydrates and fats. The idea is to track the foods you eat and see the amounts of the macronutrients you are consuming. By doing this, you can fine tune your diet and start getting the results you want! Eating the correct amount of calories in the correct ratio of macronutrients will cause your body to burn fat, build muscle and melt away extra pounds. Want to learn how to do this?

So if you want to fine tune your diet and build lean muscle, pack on pounds of muscle, melt away fat and those extra pounds here is a software program that I specifically use myself.


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Being A Beachbody Coach

Being A Beachbody Coach

Being A Beachbody Coach


Jarrod Ames Founder of

     What I want to share is my experience as a Beachbody coach and what it means to me and some of the people I’ve personally been able to help. First, let me start by saying that I didn’t start off as a coach, I was a customer with P90X first. I lost weight and had great results from P90X and was really excited about the prospect of sharing that with other people and making some extra income at the same time (see my story at ).

     Here are some points from my experience It hasn’t all been great, I actually quit once! Now maybe you’ll ask why would I want to coach again if I quit once already. My answer to that is sometimes in a network marketing business you get networked with people who only care about making themselves money and not about helping you or seeing you make money and worse of all not helping the customers the people who really need the help! I am very different in my beliefs about how a network marketing business should be run. I first and foremost am all about helping people lose weight and get health and be fit. I personally struggled with this and so has my family, therefore I have a deep connection with wanting to help people be fit. This is also the founding principle of a Beachbody coaching business and should be the priority of every coach. This should also be one of the biggest reasons to start a Beachbody coaching business. Now I began in Feb. of 2012 my second chance at being a Beachbody coach with people I personally know and are successful in helping people lose weight and building a successful network marketing business.

Being a coach for Beachbody is and can be rewarding. You get to help people change their lives by getting them in shape and be paid for your efforts! I personally like to here it when people say thank you for your help, I’ve lost weight when I’ve never been able too! Get a text message from someone, “Hey, just wanted to say I’ve lost 10 pounds in 4 weeks!”. To here how excited they are about their accomplishments makes me excited to be the person helping them. This is what I coach for, this is why I believe in what I do and why I choose Beachbody to help people. Their products P90X, Insanity, Turbo Fire, Brazil Butt Lift, Body Beast and Shakeology shakes track records speak for themselves. With literally millions of success stories and thousands more every year, it’s hard not to say that Beachbody is leading the way to a healthier and fitter world.

Thank you for reading this post. This is just my experience and not necessarily a typical experience. If you’d like to know more about being a Beachbody coach please contact me and we can personally discuss if it is something for you. Email me at or visit

Body Beast Phase 1 Build

Body Beast Review Phase 1


Jarrod Ames Founder of

     Recently I started the Body Beast 90 day program on August 6th, 2012. After finishing the first week of Body Beast I was very impressed by it’s difficulty and the way it challenged my muscles. This first week I purposely started off lighter in weights so I could judge how much I could possibly do and get a proper feel for the exercises. I was surprised at the pace of the workouts and how that pace made the workout so challenging. I also initially liked the fact that most of the workouts are under 50 mins. and that fits into my schedule more.

     The first Phase of Body Beast is a “Build” block, where the exercises and workouts are designed to help you build a solid and strong enough of a foundation to move onto the “Bulk” block or Phase. Very simple to follow plan of just 5 workouts then a rest day and then you repeat the 5 days. I found it important to always challenge yourself every week to try and go up in weights, so that you are keeping the difficulty up while helping to build that foundation.

     Within the Build phase of the Body Beast program, it uses straight forward muscle building exercises while using the dynamic set training philosophy implied by creator Sagi Kalev. Each workout is design to exhaust the muscle or muscle group you are working to cause hypertrophy, which is needed to induce maximum muscle growth. The Build phase also incorporates a separate approach to eating. The program guide book outlines how to calculate the necessary amount of calories to consume while in each phase. The guide also has a chart to follow once you have calculated your calorie goal, which makes it very easy to follow and doesn’t restrict you on your options. With the Build phase you will be consuming calories at a higher amount then you typically would. This is to help you fuel the new muscle growth and solidify that foundation before moving on to the Bulk phase.

     There are 5 workouts in the Build phase of Body Beast  and are as follows:

Build: Chest & Tri’s – Focused on the muscles of the chest and triceps, using a combination of Super, Giant and single sets to create strength and definition. Time is approx. 49 mins

Build: Legs – No more chicken legs! Focuses on building powerful quads, hamstrings, calves and glutes. Time approx. 38 mins

Build: Back & Bi’s – This workout is to help you create that “V” shape. This means building bigger lats, traps, rhomboids and biceps. It’s a pull and curl workout. Time approx. 50 mins

Build: Shoulders – Simple, focused and challenging. This workout is to create perfect deltoids. Time appox. 38 mins

Beast: Cardio or Total Body – The reason for one or the other is up to you. If you desire to be a beast and care about only getting big then total body is your workout. If you desire to lose some body fat and be a lean beast then cardio will be your workout. Either way you cant lose!

     Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed it. I also hope you got some information you were looking for in this post. If you’d like to learn more about the Body Beast program then please email me at or click here to view the program

First Thoughts About The Body Beast Program

First thoughts on Body Beast


Jarrod Ames Founder of

     Recently I purchased the Body Beast home fitness program from Beachbody. I have previously used P90X, Insanity, Asylum and P90X2 programs and gotten results. However, my struggle has always been adding muscle to my body. That’s why I was so excited to hear about the creation of this program from Beachbody. It’s the first ever home bodybuilding DVD workout series that takes you step by step to build a bigger and better body. From the guide book with an amazingly easy to follow nutrition plan to the easy to follow workout schedule this program is packed with getting you results.

     The DVD’s are arranged in a way that anyone can pick this program up and begin to build their body. The program is designed to help you build a foundation first, then bulk it up and then strip away fat to show the muscles you have built. A very simple concept and design I think. So far I am currently a week and a half in and love this program. I am finding that each routine is challenging and I enjoy how they all are under an hour which fits my schedule better. I personally find this program to be of great value to anyone looking to add muscle to their frame or just trying to get really fit. I definitely would recommend this program to other people if wanting to build muscle and get ripped is their goal.

     I will be adding a 30 day review of the program that will detail the DVD’s themselves and any changes or results I have seen in the first 30 days. Follow this blog for the updates and thanks for reading!

Quick Chicken Adobo and Black-Bean Tacos

Healthy Meal Ideas


Jarrod Ames Founder of

Here is a great meal tip idea from the pages of Men’s Health that I personally love and want to share. Serves 2

Ingredients needed –

  • 1 bunch of cilantro, stems and leaves separated
  • 1 can (14.5 oz) stewed tomatoes
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, stem and seeds removed
  • Two chicken breast baked and shredded
  • Salt and pepper for taste
  • 1 can (15.5 oz) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 4 corn tortillas
  • 1/2 cup sour cream

Pre cook chicken ahead of time (about 30-40 minutes or until there is no pink)

To Prepare –

  1. Make the adobo sauce – In a blender or processor, puree the cilantro stems with the tomatoes and jalapeno. Transfer the mix to a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over medium to high heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the sauce thickens and reduced by half, about 8 – 10 minutes.
  2. Remove sauce from the heat and stir in the chicken, season to taste with the salt and pepper. Heat the beans in a small skillet on medium heat, stirring and smashing the beans with the back of a large spoon, until they are slightly thickened (about 3-4 minutes). Season beans with salt and pepper.
  3. Heat the tortillas until warm. Fill the tacos with the adobo chicken, beans, sour cream and cilantro leaves.

P90X2 the Equipment Needed

Complete Review for P90X2

(The Equipment Needed)


Jarrod Ames

Independent Beachbody coach and founder of

The great thing about P90X2 is there are several variations to each exercise which are shown and explained to you so that whether you’re on the road in a hotel or on a tight budget you can do P90X2. The bare minimum essentials are some resistance bands, a door attachment and some furniture. Although this feature fully exist, to completely take advantage of the P90X2 system you should posses and utilize some or all of the recommended equipment. Here is a list of the equipment needed and some links on where to purchase these items. Images of products are available at the bottom plus a link on where to purchase them.

  1. Resistance Bands – The first thing needed is something that everyone should have already and a door attachment to go along with them. There a great tool to have on the road plus if you don’t have a chin up bar or struggle with pull ups and don’t have dumbbells. Workouts such as V Sculpt require the use of resistance bands for certain exercises.*
  2. Chin Up Bar – If you’ve already done P90X or are currently doing it and looking towards future goals with P90X2 then a Chin Up Bar or Pull Up Bar is a piece of equipment you should already own. P90X2 will have various core movements done while hanging from aChin Up Bar. These movements are some of the hardest to copy with the bands but there are very good variations shown for you. However, since these moves require you to utilize you entire body weight, using the bar will be the most effective.
  3. Dumbbells – While a set of bands are great, most of the exercises in P90X2 are easily performed with dumbbells. The amount of weight will of course vary upon how strong you are, although you will find that both men and women will need some light weights (possibly as low as 3 – 5 pounds). I use and highly recommend getting a pair of Powerblocks they are interchangeable free weights that go from 10 – 50 pounds. They are very easy to use and switch between weights and compared to the Bowflex brand similar system, will last you longer and of a better build quality (That is my personal opinion, however, before purchasing them I did research on both and went to a local sports store to try them both).
  4. Stability Ball – This piece of equipment is considered to be vital. If you’ve read previous posts (The Science Behind P90X2) then you know the importance of working with unstable platforms. You can substitute with your furniture or a hotel’s furniture but it will be more beneficial for you to use a Stability Ball. The two most common sizes used are 55cm, which is perfect for 5’0″ to 5’7″, and 65cm for people 5’8″ to 6’3″. Also keep in mind that you can use a smaller Stability Ball if you want, doing this adds difficulty because the less stable the platform will be. 
  5. Foam Roller – Stretching is great, foam rolling is better! Everyone should invest in a good foam roller, if not just for this program but just for general use. This myofascial release technique is a key component for many people doing this program. Foam rolling helps reduce muscle soreness, pain and joint pain. *Personal side note, I had a constantly inflamed right glute, and lower back muscles from an injury I suffered. Went through physical therapy with little help so I got myself a foam roller after reading a fitness book “The Body Impact Plan”. With everyday use, in a month I was back to normal and back to my workouts with no problems. I personally recommend foam rollers all the time and swear by them.
  6. Chin Up Max – Been using a chair as an assist for doing pull ups? Try this very clever device to help you complete more pull ups and as a bonus it positions your body to use better form on each pull up and chin up. You’ll become better at pull ups faster and your training program becomes that much more effective. Say you can do 15 – 20 pull ups already, now imagine using this as a training tool to get you to 30! *I started P90X2 and after the first phase I went ahead and personally purchased one. My pull up numbers have gone up, my strength in my back has increased and I’ve noticed that I cheat a lot less while doing pull ups now.
  7. Medicine Ball (2 -4) – You can substitute a lot of home equipment for medicine balls, however, using the real thing is going to be the most productive and effective. Many exercises use two medicine balls with options up to four. Med balls are more sturdy than a soccer or basketball ball allowing you to more easily master difficult balance movements, in turn allowing you to progress to more advance positions. Med balls, like weights, are available in different weights and sizes. Most people will find that 8 pounds is a standard starting weight.
  8. Push Up Stands – If you’ve done P90X, then you should be familiar with these already. Having these allow for greater range of motion and ease stress on your wrist while performing exercises.
  9. Yoga Mat – Should definitely have one of these by now. As Tony Horton says “Shouldn’t be doing Yoga without a mat!”, if you don’t have one then go and get one.
  10. Yoga Blocks – Some need them and some don’t have to use them. We are all different, however, if you are not very flexible then this will be a perfect addition to your fitness equipment. Blocks will allow you to get into difficult positions easier and can help ensure that you are doing each pose with proper posture.

To purchase these items please visit and select shop from the home page and then click on the fitness equipment tab on the left.

Thank you for reading!

P90X2 in review (The Science Behind P90X2)

Complete Overview of P90X2

(The Science Behind P90X2)


Jarrod Ames

Independent Beachbody Coach and Founder of

The Science Behind P90X2

  • The New Periodized Schedule

The new schedule allows for more individuality. P90X2 allows you to        arrange each Phase (3 total phases like P90X) the way you feel you need the most work/improvement. You may also choose to extend a particular Phase if you do not feel comfortable moving on. However, if you are starting to feel fatigued during the workouts and during the days, you could be over training and therefore should move to the recovery week.

  • Phase One – Foundation (3 to 6 weeks)

This is the base for the entire program (and a serious wake up call).  The Foundation period is focuses on complex movements and multiple muscle groups worked at the same time. Much like Core Synergistics, the entire phase is dedicated to building a stronger core or “foundation” to help prevent injury in the real world and in the following to phases of the program. DVD’s are arranged as follows –

  1. X2 Core
  2. Plyocide
  3. Rest/Recovery+Mobility
  4. X2 Total Body with AB X2
  5. X2 Yoga
  6. Balance and Power
  7. Rest/Recovery+Mobility

Now the next phase will look more like the classic P90X arrangement.

  • Phase 2 – Strength (3 to 6 weeks)

In this phase of P90X2 you will be introduced to new workout routines designed to not only build muscle but strengthen you muscles to improve performance. The movements in these routines takes the addition of instability learned from phase one and implies those principles to challenge your muscles with already familiar exercises. So instead of just doing push ups, now you’ll do push ups on medicine balls. This helps continue to build and strengthen your core muscles like phase one but at the same time challenges, builds and strengthens your other muscles to form a rock solid body! The DVD’s in this phase are arranged as follows:

  1. Chest, Back + Balance with AB X2
  2. Plyocide
  3. Rest/Recovery+Mobility
  4. X2 Shoulder’s and Arms with AB X2
  5. X2 Yoga
  6. Base + Back with AB X2 (Also known as Legs & Back)
  7. Rest/Recovery+Mobility

If you purchase or have purchase the Deluxe kit or Ultimate Kit you will receive the bonus workouts which may be substituted in for workouts 1 and 4. So instead of doing Chest, Back + Balance you would do Chest, Shoulder’s & Tri’s. Same for Shoulder’s and Arms would be switched out for V-Sculpt. You may also change the order by deciding to do V-Sculpt first instead, the choices are yours!

  • Phase 3 – Performance (3 to 4 weeks)

This next phase is where P90X2 separates itself from P90X and introduces the new form of functional training called P.A.P. (Post-Activation, Potentiation). This is the next evolution of full functional training and it is scientifically backed! Lots of research has been done since P90X’s release several years ago. There have been several new ideas and applications for training and conditioning the body. This form of training P.A.P. is currently being used by our U.S. Olympic athletes and developed for top athletes in the P3 training facility. This form of complex training focuses on specific muscle movements like weighted exercises that pre-fatigued a muscle or muscle group before performing an explosive exercise. The results is that you body induces a higher degree of nervous system stimulation, thereby increasing the amount of muscle fiber recruitment to perform the exercise. This leads to more muscle fibers being worked, leading to faster, stronger and denser muscles.

Also new with P90X2 is the addition of Recovery and Mobility and Neuro-Intergrated Stretching or N.I.S. for short. With hard training like what P90X2 offers your body will need some recovery. Each week features 2 rest days or days to use the Recovery+Mobility DVD to help prevent your body from injury. The Recovery DVD features a new piece of equipment which is in every DVD(except Yoga X2), the foam roller. The addition of the foam roller is a tool to Myofascial release your muscles. This is a form of self massage that allows you to release those knots we’ve built up for years and reshape the muscles back to how they should be. Foam Rolling is considered to be the most important therapeutic movement a person can do for themselves. N.I.S. is stretching that is done after a workout. Instead of traditional after stretching P90X2 uses N.I.S. to help recovery after a workout by contracting muscles one way and stretching an opposite muscle or muscle group the other way.

All information was provided by Beachbody, and some of my own opinion. Please feel free to ask me any questions about the program. If you are interested in this program please contact me for details and special offers.

My next post of the series will be a brief post on the fitness equipment needed for P90X2 as well as some optional equipment. Thank you for reading.