Getting Started Right

The key to gaining momentum and keeping that momentum up has always been getting started right. Look at any type of race and what do all the leaders have in common? They all get started right. Whether its NASCAR and you qualified to start in the front of the pack, or its a motocross race and you get the hole shot. Even in track and field’s 100m race, the key to winning is getting started right and being quick off the blocks! The same principle applies to getting started with your journey to a new, healthy, fit body! I want you all in RIPPEDCLUB to get started right so that you have the best chance for success and are able to stay out in front of the pack as well!!!

When making the decision to change old habits and develop new habits that promote the healthy, fit lifestyle that you want; it can be very intimidating. Almost to the point where you never even start for the fear of difficulty and your lack of knowledge. This article will serve as your guide on how to get started right, right out of the gates, so that you can build the momentum and confidence you need to finish strong with the fit body that you deserve!



STEP-1: Choose a Workout Program & Get a Coach

You may have already done this. If so, perfect! Move on to STEP-2. If not, be sure you make me your coach. It’s free, doesn’t cost you a dime, and entitles you to be part of RIPPEDCLUB so that we can help you every step of the way on your journey to reach your fitness goals. Do that by clicking the “Join RIPPEDCLUB” tab.

So now you are trying to decide which Beachbody program fits you and your goals best. Honesty, there is something for everyone. If you are looking for something a little less extreme while still getting a great workout, then you might try something like 10-minute trainer, Slim-in-6, or Tai Cheng. If you want to go extreme and take your fitness level to its limits, then something like P90X or Insanity might be up your alley. If you are feeling super confident, you can go with an advanced program like P90X2 or Insanity: The Asylum. You can also get something in between like; Power 90, TurboFire, Chalene Extreme, or PUMP. Be sure you click the “Programs” tab to see what program is a right fit for you and your goals. Obviously if you want to get ripped, then Slim-in-6 is not the best choice. So take a look at what each program offers and make the choice based on your desired results along with what you think you will have the most success with. You might not be ready for a program like P90X, so maybe a single round of Power 90 is in order before you step it up to the next level with P90X.

Some people like to get everything lined up for success before they even start. Beachbody has something for you too and even SAVES YOU MONEY in the process by bundling together your workout program, supplements, a VIP Club Membership, along with FREE SHIPPING on everything. Beachbody calls these “Challenge Packs”. These are a great option for getting started right for sure!

STEP-2: Choose the Equipment You Will Need

If you have chosen a cardio based program such as TurboFire or Insanity, then you wont be needing anything as far as equipment except a DVD player and a towel to mop up after yourself. If you wanted to do a program that involved resistance training, like Power 90, P90X, or Chalene Extreme, then you will want to pick up a set of resistance bands or dumbbells. I prefer dumbbells simply because they offer more resistance, but bands are an awesome choice as well. I did 1.5 rounds of P90x with resistance bands and they worked great, but I soon hit the ceiling of their resistance capabilities as my strength increased. As for dumbbells, there is a huge selection from regular hex dumbbells to adjustable ones offered by companies like bowflex and powerblock. These are very convenient in keeping up with the fast pace of P90X and P90X2. You will also want a pull-up bar for the more extreme programs, but of course you can substitute with bands. There are also lots of other “nice” peices of equipment to have that arent absolutely necessary, like Powerstands, Jump mat, medicine balls, stability ball. All of these items are available under the “Gear” tab.

STEP-3: Document Everything

It is so important as a measure of your progress that you document everything! With each program Beachbody offers, they include a fitness guide that has a “fit-test” to document your measurements, physical abilities, weight, body fat composition and photos. Photos are a must, every 30 days! Its important that you document where you started so you can physically see the changes you have made. Not only can you use this as motivation for yourself, but you can use your results to help motivate others as a Team Beachbody Coach if you wanted. Your photos could even land you a spot in an infomercial!

STEP-4: Nutrition is EVERYTHING!

It is important that you know what to do on the nutrition part, as this is where 80% of your results will come from. You can do every single workout and never miss a day, but if your nutrition is off, then you wont have the physique you have worked so hard for. If you want extreme results fast, then you have to be precise! Here is a bullet list of how to go about planning out your nutrition.

  1. Calculate your calorie intake needs to meet your goals – CLICK HERE to learn how.
  2. How to plan your nutrition – CLICK HERE to learn how.
  3. Create a meal plan that fits your nutrition goals – Here is “My 1900 Calorie Diet” along with my “Round-1 Nutrition” must-do’s.
  4. Track your nutrition!!! CLICK HERE to learn why tracking you nutrition is so important.
  5. Be sure you are reading everyday. I am updating articles all the time, adding new info and tips.

STEP-5: Make a Plan to PLUG IN!

It’s so important to be part of a team when taking this journey. A team will help hold you accountable. A team will keep you motivated. You will become more passionate about your journey as you share it with others. That’s one of the best things about RIPPEDCLUB — we provide each other with the support, encouragement, and kick in the butt that we all need sometimes. You can connect on many levels with me and the members of RIPPEDCLUB. First, you need to be sure that I am your free coach which makes you a member of RIPPEDCLUB. You can click here to sign up if you havent done so already. Once you are a member, you will have full access to the exclusive RIPPEDCLUB facebook group where all the crazies gather to share successes, failures, motivation and team spirit! Another awesome way to get plugged in and be a part of a sure fire way to get MAXIMUM RESULTS is by joining a monthly challenge group. These are small groups of 5 people within RIPPEDCLUB that commit to 90 days of a workout program, nutrition, and the support of their teammates. If you would like to be a part of a RIPPEDCLUB challenge group, just email me at for more info.

STEP-6: Expectations

These workouts are NOT EASY. Eating super clean is NOT EASY. Breaking old habits is NOT EASY. Are you getting the pattern here??? If you come in to this journey with expectations of getting super fit without some sacrifice, without some blood, sweat, and tears, then maybe you should go back to your electric abs belt…If you want a body that you have never had before, then you are going to have to start doing things that you have never done before. Its easy to get bogged down, but if you keep doing your best each day and take the right steps, then you will get closer to your goal! You will have your ups and downs, but as long as you are moving forward, you WILL reach your goal!!! Be sure you read the “RIPPEDCLUB Motivation” section to learn how you can stay on track and mentally prepare for what ahead.

STEP-7: Set Your Goals BIG!!!

I set a goal of getting ripped! At 228 pounds that seemed impossible, but for 180 days I set my eyes upon the prize and never looked away for a moment. If you want something bad enough then there is no reason why you cant pave the way to acheive the type of goals that seem impossible. Beleive you can do it! Check out our “RIPPED RESULTS” page and check out the others who have made it happen as well! It IS POSSIBLE…You just have to want it bad enough!

I expect great things from the members of RIPPEDCLUB, so LETS GET IT DONE! NO EXCUSES!

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