October 24, 2013 posted by

2 Chats in 1

2 Chats in 1

A man much wiser than myself once said, some days you eat the bar. Some days, the bar eats you. You can learn about that, Bill Lumberg’s managerial style, and perhaps even some stuff on fitness and nutrition by checking out not one, but two video chats that Denis Faye and I did over the last two days. First took place at the Beachbody North offices in our own test kitchen.

The second in Denis’ flat, more specifically his test kitchen.

That’s all I’m going to write since it’s pushing midnight, and this need to post today, and I still have a fair amount of exercise to do before I can sleep and a massive weekend starting, well, it’s already started. Now the numbers.

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Beachbody Workout of the Day

X2 Mobility sort of – The TVs in the gym were busy so I foam rolled on my own.

Synopsis – Tuesday’s big day has bothered my shoulder, which is always a little dicey in general. With a massive weekend beginning in the middle of the week, today was an active rest day with only a bit of cardio.

 Reading & questions answered: /2809 (53/day) –   7 & 0 (223 questions and 932 pages),No time today to read and barely any to answer questions. Amazing how little time I have to work when I’m in the office. How odd.

Servings of Shakeology: /53 – 2(24) – w/ water, as well as some of Ani’s Shakeology energy bars
Days of Ultimate Reset: /5.3 0(0)
Days taking supplements: /53 – 1(23)
Days of no alcohol: /53 – 1(21)**
Days of no meat: /53 – 1(23)
Coffee Cycles (more on this later): /5.3 – round 3.
King Pin fritters: /5 0(0)

Beachbody workouts: /53 – 1(23)
Push-ups: /5300 – 0(1,920)
Jumping jacks: /5300 – 0(2,000)
Leg lifts: /5300 – 0(2270)
Crunches: /5300 – 0(2290)
Ab Ripper X Moves: /5300 – 0(2650)
Beast back day: /53,000 lbs. 0(54,000) 
Beast chest day: /53,000 lbs. 0(53,000)
Beast shoulder day: /53,000 lbs. 0(53,000)
Beast leg day: /53,000 lbs.
Beast arm day: /53,000 lbs. 0(53,000) 
P90X2 functional warm-up: /53 – 1(22)
Running drills: /53 – 1(21)

Neuro-integrating stretching: /53 – 1(22)
Iron Mind gripper and extensor band reps: /10600 0(4900)
Breath hold sessions: /53 – 1(22)
Stabilizer sessions: /53 – 1(23)
Internal Organ Training: /53 –  1(23)

5.11 Climbs: /5 0(4)
5.12 Climbs: /3 0(1)
5.11 Boulder transverses: /5 – 0(5)
5.12 Boulder transverses: /3 – 0(2)
Campus board movements: /530 – 0(371)
Climb-specific pull-ups: /530 – 0(175)
Cycling on road bike: /53 miles 0(0)
Cycling on mountain bike: /53 miles 0(20)
Cycling on cyclocross bike: /53 miles 0(26)
Cycling on time trial bike: /53 miles 0(0)
Cycling on fixed gear bike: /53 miles 0(0)
Cycling on single speed bike: /53 miles 0(51)
Cycling on tandem bike: /53 miles 0(0)
Hiking: /53 miles –0(32)
Running: /53 miles 0(16)
30 minutes of rowing: /5 times 1(3)
30 minutes of elliptical: /5 times 1(2)
30 minutes of swimming: /5 times 0(0)
Hours of travel 1 (28.5)

Tasks for his wife: /53 – 0(22)
Chores around the house: /53 – 0(25)
Tasks for his dogs: /53 – dogs are basically sidekicks so this one’s a freebie

Blog posts: /53 – 1 (24)
Team Beachbody Instructional Videos: /5 0(0)
Team Beachbody Video Chat /5 0(2)
Days keeping these stats: /53 – 1(23)

A Few Challenges of Yore

2000 – 40 Days of Hell
2003 – Get Back To Reality
2006 – This is Gonna Hurt
2007 – My Blood Must Be Fully Replaced Each Year
2010 – Birthday Tribute from 67 friends
2012 – Making Lemonade


  • Beans and rice – a staple for us as well. I found some great variations at No Meat Athlete . In a rush, I do rice, beans, hemp seeds, hot sauce, yogurt, salsa.

    Veggie burgers – I went crazy and made 4 or 5 different ones in the past month (beet + brown rice, sweet potato + black bean, celery root + potato, curried eggplant). I found a few great cookbooks:

    -The Best Veggie Burgers on the Planet by Joni Marie Newman Veggie
    -Burgers Every Which Way by Lukas Volger –

    Basketball – I don’t cycle but it was great to hear the sport specific advice. Perhaps you can touch on other sports in a future chat. Basketball’s my go-to. I try and do an insanity-esque warmup. But after you mentioned rolling before cycling, I’m wondering what kind of benefits it would have for bball (reduce soreness in the quads? more agility?). I’ve been trying to roll the morning before and after since I started a new round of X2 a few weeks ago.

    On a related note, I thought Insanity would do wonders for my game but I’m finding X2 is having a greater impact for my drive and dish style.

  • Cool comment. I try and do sports-specific articles at times and, on the Boards, we answer a lot of question. I both played and coached basketball so that is a particular specialty. For sure X2 is going to be the best training for it. Asylum is a lot like basketball practice, and it will also help, but the biomechanical changes X2 forces on your body are going to ultimately have a greater impact. Talking to Tony the other day and he was rattling off stories of athletes who’ve done X2 and had it fix life-long issues and even injuries, like low back disc herniations. Makes sense, given it was developed with P3, so you’re doing the same workouts many NBA players are doing.

    • Thanks! I may have to start bringing it to the court. Just what I needed…a longer warmup…hah..(ankle braces…jammed finger buddy taping, etc.)

      I was bummed that Insanity didn’t do more for me, but I’m happy to hear you confirm that what I’m feeling recently isn’t all in my head. In regards to Asylum, I think I’ll work in some of the ladder workouts in place of plyocide.

  • and, oh, yes, at P3 all the athletes foam roll as a part of their warm-up, including the NBA guys. So, yes, prior to playing I’d highly recommend it.

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