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Brazil Butt Lift Master Series Ipanema Booty Review

Brazil Butt Lift Master Series Ipanema Booty Review

Ok, I was totally worried that this workout would be the dancey workout of the series – isn’t there always a dancey one in there somewhere? As you will see in my video below, I really have no dance skills whatsoever. Don’t ask me to dance, you’ll be sad you did. I run or do other sports where I’m moving forward – simple. FORTUNATELY, after the warm-up, this workout is all focused leg and glute work. YES!

This workout is all about the legs and booty. Leandro dispenses with the stability ball and gets back to using just ankle weights and dumbbells. There isn’t really anything new or terribly creative, but it is all effective work. I find that combined with the other two workouts in the series, Brazil Butt Lift Master Series is rounded out with Ipanema Booty. HA!

The girls in the video use 15lb dumbbells for the squat and lunge work, but use whatever you have or suits you. I paired up some 5s and 3s because that’s what was handy and it was sufficient for a first-viewing. I also used 2lb ankle weights. I think having adjustable weights is the way to go with these workouts since you’ll want to gradually add more as you get stronger.

Does Brazil Butt Lift Master Series work as a standalone?

Brazil Butt Lift Master Series is marketed to be a standalone program to follow the original BBL. Another 30 days to build upon what you’ve done the first 30 days. It comes with 3 workouts and the schedule rotates through them in various ways, however, for me, it might get old to do just the three workouts for 30 days. I like a lot of variety in my home workouts. BUT, I LOVE that there is a hybrid calendar for the Master Series and the original BBL! I think with all of those workouts put together you’d have an awesome total package that would feel fresh and have a lot of variety. I am super happy Beachbody has added these extra workouts, and that they aren’t torturing the non-dancers but rather offering booty workouts that get right to the point. Read and see my reviews for Higher and Tighter and Bikini Body.

Brazil Butt Lift Ipanema Booty Video Review

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Brazil Butt Lift Master Series Bikini Body Review

Brazil Butt Lift Master Series Bikini Body Review

Here we go, day 2! Are you sore from day 1? I’m hearing a little “howdy” from my booty and inner thighs! Fortunately, Brazil Butt Lift – Bikini Body, today’s workout, was much gentler on the bum bum. In fact, I found it to be pretty gentle overall. Considering it has been awhile since I’ve done ab and upper body work, this was a nice “come back to me” workout.

Bikini Body is a 25-minute head-to-toe workout. You need the stability ball and 2 pairs of hand weights – they recommended 3lbs and 5lbs. I listened and used the super light weights, although I can see moving up very quickly. The focus with this workout is the stabilizing muscles while simultaneously working on arms, shoulders, abs, back, and just a little of the legs. The challenge doesn’t lie in the moves themselves, but the fact that you’re on the stability ball, or using it in some way. Again, Leandro worked to include the ball in any way possible (Is this a theme I’m detecting in this edition of Brazil Butt Lift?) – this, for me, led to a really strange warmup. Those not familiar with using a stability ball in a workout will enjoy the change of pace and the new challenge to the core and general balance. And, those looking for more of a challenge, modify! Go one-footed when seated on the ball. Do the pushups with your toes on the ball. Get creative! (I’ll show some of these next time.)

Brazil Butt Lift workout without much booty work?

What’s the big idea here? Other than a few squats in the warm-up, there’s not much booty work in Bikini Body. I think the title says it all, though. Bikini Body. Emphasis here is on the REST of the body, so you have that complete package when you’re done. And the workout is efficient since you’re not just isolating the muscles that you’re working on with the dumbbells, but rather you’re working your entire body synergistically by using the stability ball. Leandro also throws in a chest fly move that will help lift the boobies, ladies! He’s the anti-sag king! :-P

Who is Brazil Butt Lift Master Series for?

Great question! I’ll start with who I think it is NOT for. Definitely not for pregnant women. There is so much stability work with your belly on the ball, that would just not work out at all. Additionally, your balance changes while pregnant so I think it’s best to wait until after baby. This program is also probably not for those that are looking for something intense and seriously sweat-inducing. I found it to be fairly light. It IS for people looking for head-to-toe work that won’t build bulk, those looking for stability work, and those looking for new variety to add to their library.

The full kit does not come with ankle weights or dumbbells, so you’ll need your own. Here is a picture of what you get with the kit. (The included foot pump for the ball is not pictured.)



Tomorrow is Day 3, “Ipanema Booty”. I am SURE this one will include dancing so please forgive what you will be seeing from me! The Brazil Butt Lift dancing workouts are always a hoot, and definitely not something I’m good at!

Learn how to get your own copy here!

And watch me work through today’s workout here:

Brazil Butt Lift Master Series Higher and Tighter Review

Brazil Butt Lift Master Series Higher and Tighter Review

Beachbody has JUST released the follow-up program to the original Brazil Butt Lift – Brazil Butt Lift Master Series! I quickly ordered a copy and got started today. I have to say – OUCH!!

OK, I fully admit that I haven’t done any glute work at all in the last six months, but I have been running between 35-120 miles per week, so I’m certainly not out of shape. All that running has left my booty a bit flat so this was just what I’ve been waiting for!

This first workout is slow, focused work. I used the stability ball and ankle weights, although I HIGHLY recommend starting with no ankle weights! There are three sets of the focused work that left my booty CRYING! This workout uses the stability ball with nearly every exercise, including the warm-up and cool-down. I found some of the cool-down stretches to be awkward with the ball, almost as if he was hell-bent on having the ball be part of the move regardless of the less than favorable form. I opted to modify these with better form in mind.

Maybe it is because I was on the floor focusing, but Leandro seems to be less flamboyant, except for the funny stability ball figure eights. HA!

What is the big idea with Brazil Butt Lift Master Series?

The original BBL was such a hit, fans were ready for more and for more difficult challenges. Plus, Leandro is always busy cooking up more fun and interesting ways to blast the butt! The idea here is to pick up where you left off with BBL and go even further. Or, if you’re brave, jump right in to the Master Series. If you’re looking for a super lifted booty, you’ve come to the right workout! Leandro gets deeper into the work with the “Triangle Training”, working the angles even more. This will help fix flat bums, bubbly bums, saggy bums, no bums, every bum. Working the three glute heads together will give you the best, most efficient booty workout!

What comes with the Brazil Butt Lift Master Series kit?

This is a 30-day workout that comes with three discs, four if you order through a coach, like me. It also comes with a big blue stability ball and ball inflating pump, a 30-day calendar plus an additional 30-day hybrid calendar to be used with the original Brazil Butt Lift series, and a few food guides. All you need for this first workout is your own ankle weights (optional), floor space, and a DVD player.


Tomorrow is Day 2, “Bikini Body”. I have no idea what to expect, so stay tuned for another post and video! If it involves dancing of any kind, be prepared to laugh at me becauce I cannot dance! In the meantime, click the link below to learn how you can get your own copy.

Here is my review video from Day 1. Brazil Butt Lift Master Series, please take me from flat to fabulous!

Goals and Gratitude

Goals and Gratitude

I hope you’ve been having a great Summer! It has been exciting and busy at our house! I woke up a few days ago to find an article that had been written about me. ME?! It was so humbling and eye-opening to see part of my life story through the eyes of someone else. This is the article –

It is not like me to share so much about myself because I’d much rather be learning more about YOU, but this gave me pause to have gratitude for the effect my life can have on others, so I want to share more about an extremely special goal that has occupied almost this entire past year and perhaps explain why you haven’t heard as much from me. I hope it will ignite a spark for setting some of your own goals.

 TransRockies Run 2012 – SETTING GOALS!

This coming week, my husband David and I will be competing in the TransRockies Run. It is a 6-day stage race across the Rockies, run as a team of two. We must run together each day – beginning together, coming to each aid station together, and finishing each day together. It is 120 miles long and has over 20,000 feet elevation gain. We just spent the last 11 months training with a coach to meet our goals – train injury-free, train smart, be prepared to do our very best.

WHY are we doing this? Have we lost our minds??

We work with coaches and customers every day on setting and achieving goals, but we also seek to live it. No matter what, we will always set high goals for ourselves, reaching beyond what we imagine to be our limits. We want to live by example, especially for our kids.

Training for this was no laughing matter! We made a video of every single workout, to share and for our own accountability. (You can see our journey here – and here’s a recent fave:

We racked up over 1,500 miles and over 150,000 ft of elevation gain. We came through with lots of bumps, bruises, bloody crashes, injured toes, a concussion, and other minor injuries, but a HUGE sense of accomplishment and passion for helping people more than ever because if we can do THIS, we can certainly help people achieve the goals that mean something to them.

But what is super awesome is that because of the level of fitness we had both achieved prior to diving deep into the run training, fitness levels we achieved ONLY thanks to Beachbody programs and products (David lost 70 pounds!), we were able to do this at all. Also, because of the time afforded us to train thanks to our Beachbody businesses, we were able to train at a high level, travel to and train in unbelievable locations, and share our journey with the message of setting high goals. The journey has been a catalyst for change for so many people we’ve met, and within our teams. While Beachbody offers outstanding lifestyle solutions, it also opens the door to so many more experiences. TRULY INCREDIBLE and HUMBLING!!

Now it comes down to a few more days of training and then we’re off to put the polish on the entire experience. Some steps will be fun and easy, many others will be muddy and painful, but no matter what, we have gratitude for the support we’ve received from everyone around us during the entire journey.

Set Your OWN Goals!

Continue to set high goals for yourself and please connect with me to share! I want to help you reach YOUR goals, no matter the size. If it is important to you, then it is worth working for! Send me a message!

And please follow us this coming week at and pray we don’t fall off any mountains! THAT is definitely among our goals!

Photo by Dan Dalstra

Chocolate Vegan Shakeology Review

Vegan Chocolate Shakeology Review

Have you tried it yet? The long-awaited Vegan Chocolate Shakeology is finally here and it is making a huge splash! I had the great fortune of getting a sneak preview taste test before the official release and was thrilled with what I tasted. Of course, my reviews are always more thorough and completely sugar-free, so I’ve waited until I’ve spent more time with it to give you my full review. You can count on always getting my 100% honest feedback!

So what’s the big deal? And, why vegan? What is the protein source and what else is in it?

Vegan Shakeology Superfoods and Protein Sources

Beachbody has put a lot of thought and time into this new Shakeology formula and it shows! There are over 70 whole foods in the bag, but I want to highlight the new ones:

Coconut Nectar – Provides natural sweetness, delivers amino acids, vitamins and minerals
Luo Han Guo – Used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for thousands of years, aids digestion
Himalayan Salt – Contains 70 trace minerals, delivers essential electrolytes
Moringa – Five times the amount of vitamin C as oranges, more vitamin A than carrots and tomatoes, more chlorophyll than chlorella
Konjac – Used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for thousands of years, aids digestion, absorbs water resulting in the body feeling fuller

And the protein sources? They are 100% plant-based! Bio-fermented sprouted brown rice protein and pea protein are the main protein sources. These two together create a balanced protein. Other protein sources within Vegan Chocolate Shakeology include Sacha Inchi, Chia, Flax, Quinoa, and Amaranth. WOW! Your total protein per serving is 16g with just the product alone. These vegan protein sources are much easier for the body to digest, provide significant nutritional benefits that whey does not, and they open the door for dairy-intolerant people and vegans to enjoy Shakeology.

How does Chocolate Vegan Shakeology Taste?

As you’ve likely seen in my previous reviews of other Shakeology formulations, I’m super picky about both taste and texture. I’m VERY happy to report that I am really enjoying this new formulation! While not quite as smooth as the non-vegan whey protein due to the nature of the vegan protein sources, it isn’t so present as to bother me. The flavor, in particular the level of sweetness, is what struck me most. I really didn’t feel that the non-vegan formula was sweet until comparing them side by side. The new vegan formulation is a richer, deeper chocolate that has a deep earthy flavor. They are quite different. We have gone through two bags at our house now, and have found a fun way to make the switch from non-vegan to vegan. Have a look to see my initial taste test review and what we’re doing with it:

So, what are you waiting for you? Shakeology offers a Bottom-of the-Bag guarantee; you can use it for 30 days and if you’re not happy, return the empty bag for a refund!

To read more about Beachbody workouts to go along with your Shakeology, read my last blog post.

P90X Back & Biceps/Ab Ripper X

Post Birthday P90X Back & Biceps/Ab Ripper X

We had the BEST time on my birthday at our first Tough Mudder! As much as I love doing P90X, the Mudder trumped it. Sorry, Tony!

So, are you looking for a really great, classic moves, back and biceps workout? If so, this workout, one of the main discs in the P90X series, is the one for you! Alternating between back and biceps moves, it will leave your arms and back a floppy puddle of mush at the end.

Is P90X Back & Biceps appropriate for women?

I asked myself this very same question when I started, especially the first time when I couldn’t do a more than a few pull-ups without a chair. And then I asked myself again the next day when my arms hurt when driving the car! Ha! Anyway, with patience and practice, I’ve gotten stronger and so can you. Unless you’re taking steroids or something, you will not bulk up into He-Man and you will feel so accomplished and proud to see those guns popping in a very feminine way. Also, it will strengthen your back and really give beautiful balance to your entire body. Don’t be afraid to do this work! Many women shy away from P90X in favor of working on just the lower body and abs. Guess what? A great upper body accentuates everything you’ve got going on!

Another fantastic option for learning proper pull-up form is the pull-up assist band. Unlike a chair, this keeps your body aligned properly, is safer, and allows you to adjust how much of your own weight you are lifting. Very cool! I got one recently and can’t wait to play with it more. While I’m able to bust out a bunch of pull-ups now without assistance (thank you P90X!), I think this tool will help accelerate my progress even more. You can connect, one, two, or three of the red bands you see here, adjusting the tension.

P90X Ab Ripper X

Get familiar with this one because you’ll be doing it a lot in P90X! It is short, to the point, and oh so effective. I LOVE core workouts, so this one is really fun for me. If you are doing this part of P90X on a hard floor, I HIGHLY recommend a super soft mat. In a pinch, grab a bathmat, towels, anything soft and put it on your yoga mat. I use a really great mat from, but only for floorwork. It is far too soft for the P90X standing work and will get torn up from your shoes.

Want more abs? Read my last blog post.

Are you ready to dive in? Let me help you get started with P90X!

Insanity Insane Abs

Insanity Insane Abs

Part of the Deluxe Kit that came with my Insanity, Insane Abs is no joke! Having done it a few times, I thought I’d do a video review of it. As you know, I have a lot of fun making video reviews of products, particularly Beachbody products. David films and then I edit and do the rest. Super easy production paired with royalty-free music (most of the time) and away we go. Never in a million years did I think this review would turn out to be my most popular – most views and most comments. I have the strangest song with it that gets the funniest comments – “Sweat On Ma Face” by Cipre. I have no idea who they are but the song made me laugh.

Is Insanity Insane?

What is the workout like? 30 insane minutes! There are cardio moves that will get you into the fat burning zone while targeting the core, but there are also plenty of slower, focused moves that will leave your core ON FIRE! Plan to not laugh for a few days afterwards if you aren’t used to challenging core work. Otherwise, if you’re looking for a great addition to your core workout rotation, Insanity Insane Abs is a must!

Buy Insanity Deluxe Kit

You can see the details and get your own copy of this workout paired with Insanity MAX Interval Sports Training here – Insanity Deluxe Kit.

Read my last blog post.

Are you ready for Insanity, Insane Abs?


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