When news broke Sunday that Mitt Romney had chosen his vice presidential running mate, Paul Ryan, no one expected the focus of the campaign to shift toward Ryan’s extreme fitness routine. But as with most things in politics, we should always expect the unexpected.
Ryan has been a member of Congress since 1999, and has made somewhat of a name for himself by becoming the ‘fitness buff’ of the political world. The vice presidential hopeful eagerly wakes up at 6 a.m. to meet several members of Congress in the Congressional gym where he leads them through intense P90X workouts.
P90X was created by fitness expert Tony Horton, and is no walk in the park no matter what level of fitness you’re at. The at-home workout DVDs demand extreme physical effort on behalf of the participant, sometimes requiring hundreds of push ups or pull ups in a single session.
This likely explains why Ryan, who stands at 6’2”, weighs just 163 pounds and claims his body fat is between 6 and 8 percent. (more…)
I love to workout and always have, which is why I stay active five to six days a week doing a challenging workout of some kind.
While it varies from week to week between running and weight lifting, I just enjoy the sheer act of exercise. So when my friend recently told me she was planning to do P90X at her house, I jumped on the chance to give it a try.
P90X is a three-phase, 90-day fitness program that promises to transform your body into a lean and ripped muscle machine in the comfort of your own home. It requires minimal equipment – dumbbells, a pull up bar and/or resistance bands – and includes 12 DVDs that are to be completed in a certain sequence in each phase of the program.
The workouts range from upper body to lower body to yoga and abs, to ensure you’re focusing on a different area of the body each day.
Tony Horton, the creator of the program, is a stern yet encouraging leader throughout the workout. I never once felt discouraged or that I wasn’t giving enough – he only pushes each person to their individual limit. (more…)
If you’re a fan of getting in shape at home then you’ll love this guy! Tony Horton was born on July 2, 1958 in Westerly, Rhode Island, and is the creator of America’s best selling at-home fitness program, P90X. He attended the University of Rhode Island where he graduated in
1980 as a member of the Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity. After graduation, Horton moved to Los Angeles, California, with high hopes of becoming an actor.
You may be surprised to find out that Horton wasn’t raised in the healthy environment one might think. He used to enjoy fast food, lacked motivation to exercise and had a small frame to prove it. After getting his foot in the door of the show-biz industry, Horton’s agent informed him that if he wanted to succeed he was going to have to “get fit.”
Horton didn’t take this order lightly and began working toward this goal by becoming a member of the World Gym in Venice, California, where he came in contact with famous bodybuilder Arnold Schwarzenegger and actor Lou Ferrigno. (more…)
Fans of intense fitness rejoice! Today is the official release date for P90X2. Developed by fitness guru Tony Horton and Beach Body Fitness, the original P90X has been a wildly popular workout and nutrition program that advertises significant improvements in your physical fitness over a 90-day period.
The P90X series brings results with an emphasis on “muscle confusion,” a phrase the fitness community uses to describe a routine that involves constant change in exercises to avoid the body’s tendency to slow progress when it gets used to repetition.
Like P90X, P90X2 comes with a 90-day program that split up into three training packages, based on what the company states was two years of research and development. Here are your options: (more…)
What is the P.I.N.K. Method? That’s the question on everyone’s mind since its debut this week on the Dr. Phil show. Just in time to fight the post-Thanksgiving bulge and New Year’s resolutions, Cynthia Pasquella released the lifestyle program she’s been working on for the past five years. We spoke with her yesterday, just a day after P.I.N.K.’s big announcement, and she sounded energized by the explosion in interest. “It’s super exciting for us,” she said, and added that they’re absolutely enjoying the whirlwind. She even noted it’s been a bit of an emotional roller coaster.
Pasquella explained to us that the P.I.N.K. Method was “designed by women for women to produce rapid weight loss without giving up health benefits. P.I.N.K. is a fusion diet blending workouts with food.” It’s a three-phase plan that gradually introduces your body to better nutrition and sustainable workouts. For the nutrition side, Pasquella explained that the custom meal plan you gain access to upon membership takes away all the guesswork, giving you a daily meal plan (known as the Blueprint) for breakfast, lunch, dinner and even snacks. She also told us “There’s a reason for every single food” that was included in the P.I.N.K. Method, as she explained that the food was researched to find those that specifically spike metabolism, boost energy, and burn fat.
For the workouts, there are three phases, each led by a different member of the P.I.N.K. Method training team – Jenna Phillips, Lisa Christie and Basheerah Ahmad. Each of these women focus on a different area of training, whether it be laying the groundwork to help start your fitness regimen or building strength and endurance for the long term. Pasquella explained as an example that in Phase 1, you might do an intense 20-minute workout that starts building the major muscle groups. Then, in Phase 2, you’ll move on to exercises that require more strength and use more intense cardio. (more…)