Kill Mode Training videos

I finally got my videos to upload.  These are just some of the fun workouts you can do when you train with Kill Mode.

Pay no attention to me, just check out the guy behind me!!!  LOL

Flipping the tire was waaaaaay harder than I thought it would be.  I struggled getting back up and kept getting corrected for using my back.  Bad RFM!!!

Killer oblique workout!

For more Kill Mode pictures and videos please visit these posts:

Catching up  (my first Kill Mode session)

Session 2- TRX time! (Includes my very first blog video featuring me!)

Fun with Kill Mode Training

You’ll see me use the word “fun” a lot when talking about training with Kill Mode.  Why?  Because every session has honestly been fun!  If you’ve followed me for a year or are just joining you’ll know that I don’t sugar coat things and always give it to you straight.   One of the reasons I decided to start including pictures of me was to show you how real it is.  To take it a step further I even added the videos so you could see the struggle, the sweat and hear the laughter.  This could be you!

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Catching up

I have a lot of catching up to do! With the kids being home the week of Thanksgiving, getting ready for going to Sarasota to my parent’s house then getting the kids ready to go back to school (and of course shopping on Black Friday) I’ve been swamped! Add to that the mom website my friend Steffany and I started has really taken off and we’re doing our first major giveaway! Over 20 prizes for the month of December!

But, back to fitness. I know I still need to post my after pictures from the end of the Fitness Challenge as well as Erica’s. We decided we’d both worked hard and agreed to just go to a spa together! But the end of the Fitness Challenge was just the beginning for me. I’m now onto Phase 2- toning! I still want to lose a few more inches but am focusing on cardio and toning so they’ll come off easily. I started at a new gym in gorgeous Downtown Tampa called Powerhouse Gym (doing a whole post on it later). It’s owned by Matt and Gina Midyette and they have done an amazing job.

Gina (who is a friend of mine through my five year old’s dance class) set me up with her husband who set me up with Dan Long who is the owner of Kill Mode (sounds scarey, huh?). I met with Dan, took a tour of the gym (awe inspiring), chatted about my goals, injuries, fitness history then he set me up with my lovely new trainer Tiffani (and I hope I spelled her name correctly!).

She warmed me up for about four minutes then put me to work immediately with two sets of forty squats (those about killed me), twenty pushups, and thirty sit ups. Then she stuck me on the rowing machine which I didn’t really get at first. I know, how hard can it be to row? But I’d never been on one before so it took me a few minutes to get the hang of it. During my second set, a girl who was also doing circuit training walked over and asked how long we’d be. Not only was the way she looked a motivator to row faster, I felt bad I was going so slow so I picked up the pace!

Next we moved onto the ‘grass’ where we put my body through exercises that were tough but I was up for the challenge! I had a few issues with my hip which really pissed me off- I hate having a semi-debilitating issue while still in my 30’s but we’re working to strengthen it and stretch it out (stretching in my dance class helps a LOT). At the end, I was actually sweating which says a lot since it takes a great deal to get me to actually drip sweat.

I stretched when I got home and was extremely sore the next morning but it was a great sore feeling! I had a wonderful time and couldn’t wait to go back on Wednesday.

20111202-092627.jpg  This was harder than it looked!

20111202-092651.jpg  Hopefully soon I’ll be able to do 20 with no problems!

20111202-092721.jpg  Me and my awesome new coach at the incredible Powerhouse Gym Downtown Tampa.

A new beginning

Ninety days ago I was issued a challenge by my friend Erica.  It’s been a long three months but I’ve made a lot of very important lifestyle changes and am proud of how far I’ve come.

Before the challenge:

ACK!!  That’s bad!

Gone are the cravings for junk food.  Gone are the cravings for fast food.  Gone are the cravings for sweets.  I don’t even crave my beloved pizza!  <gasp!!>  I grew up on whole milk and soda insisting I’d never give either of them up.  They’re gone.  Processed foods?  Thing of the past (with the exception of an occasional ghetto mac and cheese- sorry Kristi!).  Phase two will include getting my family on the healthy kick as well.  We’ve already made changes like switching from honey wheat to whole wheat bread, whole wheat pancake mix and pasta, cutting back on whole milk consumption and drinking reduced sugar Capri Suns.  We will be making pizza at home thanks to inspiration from Necessary Indulgences and her amazing pizza creations. 🙂

With most of my weight and inches gone, this morning I had planned on starting an exciting adventure with my new Kill Mode family but it’s been put off a week for the holidays.  To gear up for this intense program started by Dan Long, I’ll be doing different JNL Fusion workouts depending on how I feel from the day before and what activities my kids drag me to (click here for the complete set).  Be sure to “Like” Real Fit Mom on Facebook to see which videos I do!  They’re all on Youtube and make me sweat more than when I do P90x.

I’m SUPER excited to tell you about Kill Mode and really want to spill the beans now but since I’ll be documenting my transformation from Day 1 (don’t worry, no more countdowns) I’m going to make you wait.

Here’s a little sneak peak though-

Kill Mode (‘kil . mōd) noun – a mental shift that occurs approximately halfway through a work set in which fatigue is ignored, adrenaline prevails, and all-out max effort world domination begins.

Their motto is “Go hard, or stay the same.”  Love it!

I’m off to tidy up the fitness room and get going but will be back later.  I’ll be going to a friend’s house to do my final measurements and ‘after the challenge but before Kill Mode’ pictures.  Stay tuned!!