Have you ever seen those programs on TV with the before and after photo shoots and wondered, “Is that real?” only to then convince yourself, “There’s no way that happened. Naw…gotta be a scheme.” But in the back of your mind, you’re left wondering if you, too, could acheieve that change.
No, this isn’t an infomercial (relax, relax!). 😉 Instead, it’s simply sharing some fun I had over the weekend with a dose of inspiration in the mix. Sounds corny but it’s true! The program I alluded to at the top is, of course, P90X, one that Mikey and I did for about 30 days before he was diagnosed with cancer, we moved back to Calgary, and he traded in dumbbells and snowboarder jumps for chemo and radiation (if our story is new to you, check out the background on our story here!).
I happened to catch a tweet not too long ago asking if anyone in Calgary was interested in working out with Tony Horton. I jumped at the opportunity and found myself walking down to the Telus Convention Center Saturday wondering what I’d gotten myself into!
The event was a Beach Body kickoff in Canada – coaching just became available to Canadians as of October 1st, 2012, so it’s still very new up north whereas people have been acting as coaches in the States for years. I’m still learning about all that it entails, but it’s something I’m thinking about after learning more this weekend…it’s not gimmicky or all about sales, but about hard work and using the Beach Body programs (P90X, P90X2, TurboFire, Insanity, Brazillian Butt Lift) to change your life and live healthier! …that’s something I can get behind. 😉
But before I wax on about that possibility, you probably want to see a little of Tony, right?
(Me deciding what to wear earlier that morning) That’s what I thought. 😉 After hearing from a few high-level coaches and being inspired by their stories, we took a break to try their Shakeology product (which I actually liked!) and then waited for the room to be cleared for our workout. As we got closer and closer to the workout starting, my energy was growing. I was really going to workout with a room full of people and Tony Horton himself?! …It’s a good thing I had some oatmeal with egg whites and blended up spinach to kick off my morning. 😉 (looks weird, tastes good!)
Then, Tony Horton himself came out.
If you’ve done P90X, 10 Minute Trainer or P90X2, then you know about Tony’s funny, intense and corny ways on video…and he is JUST like that in person! Pretty hilarious, down to earth, but also full of himself in an endearing way…
I guess he kinda has a right to be: 55 years old and abs of steel! I positioned myself as close to the stage as possible and was dead center in front of Tony. I was ready to bring it! We did a great 5-round workout of 4 exercises, each 1 minute long. The first move was some kind of push up, a cardio/martial arts move, a core/balancing move and a plyometrics move. I loved the workout, the energy, the group of about 100-150 ish people and the fact that Tony touched my arm and said “Thanks for being here.” Here’s a quick glance at the workout we did:
After the workout we got to take pictures with Tony and the event was over. We took some together and then, since I had time to kill before the next bus, I stuck around for my favorite kind of pictures: jumping pics!
And here’s a few words from Tony as we chatted after the event as a group:
It was an incredible event. I loved it and am so glad I stumbled into it (thanks, Kristen!). I’ll keep you updated about my thoughts on the company and my position going forward, but I went into it looking for a fun workout and got a lot more (a connection with a new friend who knows friends of mine in California, Carolyn and connection with others I’d met in past Can-Fit-Pro events too). I’m so grateful for the chance to participate in this fun event!
Have you ever worked out with a celebrity trainer? Who could you workout with if you had the chance? If I could workout with someone else, it’d be Bob Harper a la Stuft Mama (lucky duck!). 😉 But it was super fun working out with Tony; I think a one-on-one would be even better because of his dynamic personality and great motivation skills. Moreover, he’s all about fitness that helps your daily life – that helps you ski better and live longer and have more fun!
Until next time, live well & be well!