How to save money on Shakeology

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How to Save Money on Shakeology #1:  HOME DIRECT

When you first order Shakeology, be sure to choose the Home Direct option to get free shipping (you can cancel that anytime).  You can also modify your shipping dates and flavor options at any time in your Teambeachbody.com account.

How to Save Money on Shakeology #2:  ORDER A SALE CHALLENGE PACK

When you get a Challenge Pack through teambeachbody.com, it comes with a full program and a month of Shakeology at a reduced rate.  There is usually a Challenge Pack on sale for $140 – just a little bit more than Shakeology alone.  For example, right now Shakeology is $124.95. For just $15 more, you can get one of these challenge packs:
-PiYo
-21 Day Fix
-21 Day Fix Extreme

To me, it’s a no-brainer.  I’d rather spend $15 more to get a program I don’t have already AND Shakeology.  As a customer, you will only have one opportunity to purchase a challenge pack.  However, the best option is below (#3).

How to Save Money on Shakeology #3:  SIGN UP AS A COACH

Beachbody coaches get 25% off Shakeology, so if you’re going to order more than one month you’ll recoup your coaching fee of $39.95 in two orders.

BY FAR THE BEST DEAL:  Your coaching fee is waived if you buy a challenge pack when you sign up.  By far the best deal is to sign up with a $140 Sale Challenge pack, get a program AND Shakeology, and start getting Shakeology at a discount month two.

Don’t let the term “coach” scare you!  Many people sign up to be a coach for the sole reason to get the Shakeology discount.  Beachbody set up the coaching opportunity in such a way that even for those who don’t want to do the business, can save 25% on products like Shakeology.   The Shakeology discount alone is worth it if you plan on using Shakeology on a regular basis. There is a one time fee of $39.95 and a monthly account maintenance fee of $15.95. The monthly fee covers your two web sites that Beachbody provides to you, your coaches online office (COO).

Of course if you’d love to do more with your Beachbody business than just get a discount on Shakeology, I’m here to help you with that as well.  This is why I decided to become a Beachbody Coach.

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How to MAKE MONEY on Shakeology #4: EARN THROUGH REFERRALS

Also, as a coach, if you decide to recommend Shakeology to others you will earn a 25% commissions on every sale.   Once your friends see your success, they will ask you what you’re doing – so it’s easy to just give them your link to order when they do. The commission isn’t just on the first shipment either, it’s for every month your friend continues with Shakeology.  Start referring them to the challenge groups as well, start earning even MORE.

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Budget Friendly Home Gym

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One of the biggest excuses that I get from people who want to get into working out is the cost. They either don’t want to pay for a gym membership or think that having a home gym is too expensive. WRONG. A gym membership is expensive but working out at home is more convenient, cheaper, and no pressure/intimidation. Here I am going to bust the budget conundrum of working out.  

Most of the Beachbody programs require little to no home equipment to get an amazing workout in and get amazing results. However, there are a few that require some weights etc., such as P90X programs, 21 day fix and Body Beast. So, how do you build your home gym/supply the equipment that you need for these workouts without breaking the bank? Basically, in this post I’m going to go over how I have built my Budget Friendly Home Gym!

My first and favorite equipment that I absolutely love and recommend to everyone is to get a good set of high quality resistance bands. Beachbody   has a great set and I love them. The great thing about bands is the wide range of resistance that they provide and also the portability. I love being able to toss my {small} bag of resistance bands into my travel bag and take them anywhere. It means I can get a great strength training workout in wherever I go no matter what! There are different set options for you to get depending on the amount of resistance you need. Or you can get the ultimate kit that has 10 bands with 5-50 pounds of resistance. So, For $40-120 you can have a set of bands that covers all of your strength training needs. These are all anyone truly needs, honestly. I can even do Body Beast with bands instead of weights. Which is awesome!

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Now you might be wanting to progress from bands to weights or you might not like the idea of bands. Hey, that’s fine, to each their own. I feel like there isn’t as much value in weights as the bands so to do a budget friendly home gym bands are the way to go. BUT , if you are like me and absolutely love dumbbells (I truly do) then what I recommend is shopping around for the right price. In my area, Academy Outdoor and Sports has the best price per pound for dumbbells so that is where I am getting all of mine from. Keeping the budget friendly home gym aspect in mind. I don’t recommend going out and buying a full set of dumbbells all at once. A) you don’t get them at a better price per pound doing this so it isn’t worth it and B) you don’t need all of those weights all at once. What I have been doing is I started with buy a pair of 5lb and 8lb dumbbells. After I started to outgrow those I bought a pair of 10lbs. Buy your dumbbells as you need them and grow in strength. Simple as that, no need to go out and spend $200+ all at once for a set when you don’t need them all right now. You will end up spending that much in the end but you will spread it out over a year or two more than likely.

Here is what mine currently looks like:

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Keep in mind I have been building mine up for about 2 years now so I didn’t buy this all at once. Also the orange things are my dad’s home creation of a Lebert Equilizer! He is pretty awesome. He also made me my pull up bar that is not pictured as well.

I also have a t-grip bar that I got for my birthday last year. I use this instead of the ez-curl bar. I love it’s versatility. However, it is a little more pricey than the EZ curl bar that Beachbody has. Or click HERE to get your own t-grip barbell!

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Additionally to the t-grip bar, weights, homemade equilizer, an resistance bands I have a stability ball which is irreplaceable! They are really inexpensive at Walmart or target….like under $10.

Must Haves:

1. stability ball

2. resistance bands

3. a few dumbbells

that’s it. Nothing fancy. Not a whole dumbbell set. Just a few things that you can probably spend less than $100 on to get you started. That would be less than 2 months of a gym membership. Add in a little beachbody on demand and you are ready to go!

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Review of Week 1 Body Beast

So I decided to do a review of week 1 body beast for you!! I absolutely love this program! For the most part I have been using a combination of both resistance bands and dumbbells for the program which is working great for me!

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I’m not going to post any progress pictures etc until  later but so far I am down 1″ in my waist and 3 pounds! Not too bad for dialing in nutrition and strength training for a week!

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Build chest and tri’s:  I loved this workout! One of my favorite body parts to work is the tricep! This is one of those muscles on me that builds quickly and shows up leanness fast hitch is always a plus for me. For most of this week o have been using my bands instead of weights. However, on this particular workout I used dumbbells more due to the majority of the lifts being on your back/laying on the ball. I find it easier to use dumbbells instead of resistance bands for these moves, especially the incline press/fly. Total workout time: 48 min

Build Legs: I have to admit, I love working my legs as well. What can I say, I love lifting weights. This workout is going to burn your legs out. Make sure to check your form with some of the moves. Keep your body safe! This workout I definitely used dumbbells a little more similar to chest/tri’s. The main move that you won’t be able to use your bands on will be the step up with reverse lunge. The nature of the step up makes resistance bands impossible. I plan on doing some research to see if there is an alternative that can be done for this move! Total workout time: 38 min

Build back/bi’s: This workout is great for the resistance bands. I actually like the resistance bands better for back and biceps due to the continuous pull that they give compared to the dumbbells. One tip, a modification from the one and only Tony Horton, hammer curls with the bands is hard on your hand if you do it the traditional way. Instead, for a hammer curl turn your hands so palms are face down to work the same muscles but not squish your hands. Total workout time: 50 min

Build shoulders: Just like the back/bi workout this is another that works really well for the bands. Your shoulders will definitely be burnt out at the end of this workout. Tip for after this one, don’t try to do your  hair after because you won’t be able to hold your arms up! With the resistance bands there really isn’t any modification needed to convert these moves from dumbbells to resistance bands! Remember to use lighter weights! Total workout time: 38 min

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Squats, the right way

Squats, the right way.

If you look at any fitness program, beachbody or another, they will have some form or multiple variations of squats in them. Bodyweight, goblet, barbarian, sumo…the list goes on and on. But the foundation behind them all is the same. You need good squat form and to do them the right way to prevent injury.

Let’s back up a little though. Why is it that every single exercise program includes a squat you ask. Great question!

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Squats are a compound exercise powerhouse!

Squats are a compound movement — this means that they work multiple joints and multiple muscles at the same time. In fact, squats work your core, back, legs, and hips just to name the major groups. If you add a weight you get your arms in there too. Now that is a powerhouse awesome working exercise.

Okay now, how do you do one?

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1. Stand with feet a little wider than shoulder-width apart, hips over knees, and knees over ankles.

2. Roll the shoulders back and down away from the ears. Keep the spine in neutral to prevent back problems! Don’t arch your back or round you back. Just don’t do it, it is bad. Very very bad.

3. Extend arms out straight so they are parallel with the ground, palms facing down.

4. Start by sending your hips back like you are going to sit in a chair.

5. With your butt sticking out, make sure your chest and shoulders stay upright. Remember to keep your head facing forward with eyes straight ahead for a neutral spine.

6. The best squats are the deepest ones your mobility allows. Ideally you want to have your thighs at the very least parallel to the ground, again if you have enough flexibility. I don’t.

7. Keep your weight in your heels always. You should be able to lift your toes up off the ground. Then push back up into start position with your core engaged.

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There you have it! How to do a standard body weight squat. Once you have mastered this the options are almost limitless! Stay tuned for squat variations on another day!

 

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