Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Brazil Butt Lift

Here is a solution for everyone out there unhappy with their backside. This product is not just for the ladies out there.

Brazil Butt Lift uses cardio, dance, and a unique training method to work your rear end from every angle. You'll reduce your hips, slim your thighs, and lift your butt, shaping your "bum bum" (pronounced "boom boom" ) into the best booty of your life.

This program was developed by Leandro Carvalho using his signature training techniques to help sculpt some of the world's most beautiful bodies. Top supermodels count on him to get their "bum bum" in shape for a lingerie photo shoot or a revealing runway show.

Check it out for yourself. You won't be sorry but your "bum bum" might be a bit sore.

Tony Horton Kiss 108

Tony Horton was live on December 21st with Matty in the Morning on Kiss 108 here in Boston. Check out what he had to say about working out and P90X.

Click here to listen:

Tony Horton on Matty in the Morning

Tuesday, December 8, 2009


YES, you read that correctly. You can win $1,000 just for working out. Or other great prizes like an i-Pod Touch, Camera or $300.00. It is true they really give out prizes for working out. Pat has actually won $300. I'm still waiting for my day.

Every day that you log in to WOWY SuperGym™ and enter your workout you will be automatically entered in the Daily Sweepstakes. You could win a $300 cash prize or an electronic item such as an iPod, digital camera, or portable DVD player. And one day a week—the Mystery Day—someone will win $1,000.

See it's simple to win. If you don't have a free account all you have to do is go to my page and join for FREE:


The Daily Sweepstakes gives you 365 reasons to keep Pushing Play. Winning cash and prizes just for working out—now, that's motivation!

Beachbody is coming out with some new and exciting contested for 2010. Stay turned for new and fun ways to win!!

Hearty and Healthy Dips

It is the holiday season, which mean a time for cocktail parties and too many high calorie appetizers and snacks. So before you head out to one of those parties check out this article and bring a delicious dip so that you can have something healthy to snack on.

When aren't we going on and on about how you need to eat more vegetables? They're full of fiber, vitamins, antioxidants, and low in calories and fat. And one of the best ways to eat them? Raw. So you're trying to be a good camper, with your bowl of broccoli and cauliflower florets, baby carrots, and celery sticks, crunching your way to a leaner (and probably gassier) you. You know what would really make these veggies sing? Some dip! French onion dip. . . or guacamole . . . or hummus . . . or nacho cheese. Ha! Guess again! Nothing can make your healthy vegetable snack descend the rungs of Michi's Ladder faster than a few dunks in a bowl of fatty, salty, delicious dip. But we're not completely heartless. Here are some variations on some old favorites that are actually pretty good for you!

Hummus. It's a perfect dip. Made primarily of creamed chickpeas, it's like dipping your vegetable in another vegetable! But not all hummuses (or is it hummi?) are created equal. Many are loaded up with tahini (the sesame paste that gives hummus it's nutty flavor) and olive oil, which are almost pure fat. Granted, they're both healthy fats, so a little is OK, but too much will pack on the pounds. Try making your own from scratch. Just puree a can of chickpeas in a food processor or blender with lemon juice, garlic, and cayenne pepper to taste. You can add as much tahini or olive oil as you think your diet can handle, or none at all. If the hummus is too thick, you could thin it with a little vegetable broth or water instead of oil. Another delious option to add to the hummus is a sweet potato. Steam one sweet potato first until tender and add to food processor to make a new and tasty twist to the classic dip.

Guacamole. Avocados? They're in the Pious Tier of Michi's Ladder. And guacamole is just mashed avocados, right? Right, but as with olive oil and tahini, avocados are full of calories. One avocado has 227 calories, and 21 grams of fat. Instead, how about an easy-to-make avocado dip? In a food processor, combine one avocado, one cup of nonfat yogurt, and one cup of nonfat cottage cheese (all top-tier ingredients from Michi's Ladder). Blend until creamy and no lumps from the cottage cheese remain. Add cayenne pepper and ground cumin to taste. For extra flavor and texture, mix in some chopped fresh cilantro and onion before serving.

French onion dip. OK, nothing made of instant soup (essentially flavored salt) and full-fat sour cream is going to pass Michi muster. But onions are in the top tier, so that's a start. Instead of sour cream, how about tofu? It's not just that white brick that sits in the back of your fridge after a well-intentioned impulse buy. Puree 2 cups of extra-soft tofu in a food processor with a couple of tablespoons of white wine vinegar and Worcestershire sauce, and garlic cloves to taste. Meanwhile sauté some chopped onions in a little bit of olive oil until caramelized. Mix the onions into the tofu mixture and deglaze the pan with a little white wine and add that to the dip as well.

Spinach dip. Nothing's a bigger hit at a party than that hollowed-out sourdough boule full of mayonnaise-y goodness. Instead of mayo though, try pureeing some nonfat yogurt and cottage cheese. Thaw out some frozen chopped spinach and mix that in and add some chopped water chestnuts and scallions for crunch and flavor. For extra zip and color, try mixing in some curry powder. With all that going on, you'll forget the mayo's gone! And don't forget to use whole grain bread.

Article written by Joe Wilkes for Beachbody.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Cheer Gut

Here is a little something to get you in the Holiday spirit. Pay attention at about 1:30. Tony Horton would be proud.

December Fit Club

We hold a monthly Fit Club for people in the Southern New Hamsphire area. The fit club is FREE for all that want to attend.

Fit Club

We hold the Fit Club the second Saturday of the month.
Here is the information for the next one:
Date: Saturday, December 12, 2009
Time: 9:00am - 10:30pm
Location: Girls Inc, Manchester, NH
Street: 340 Varney St
City/Town: Manchester, NH

We are also holding Business Opportunity Briefings for those of you that maybe interested after the workout. We also hold a small workout and activites for the kids five and older, so please feel free to bring them. An RSVP is requested, but not required to attend.

If you have any questions or to RSVP please contact us at info@teamgranitefit.com. Just need a mat/towel and be ready to Bring It!!!

We hope to see you there. Pat & Vicky

Strenuous exercise may help slow aging process, study says

Here is a great article written By John Fauber of the Journal Sentinel .

What better motivation to workout than to live longer. Should make you want to pull out that P90X workout and Bring It!

For years, a mantra of medicine has been that you can't do much about your genetic makeup.
A new study has found, however, that strenuous, long-term exercise may have anti-aging properties by virtue of its effect on chromosomes.

"People automatically assume there's not anything you can do about your genetics," said Patrick McBride, a professor of cardiovascular medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. "We can exercise our chromosomes."

McBride, who was not a part of the study, said the new research helps explain on a cellular level many of the known benefits of exercise.
"Regular exercise is an anti-aging activity," he said.

While the study did not show that exercise can change genes, it suggests that exercise may have beneficial properties at a chromosomal level, specifically on telomeres, the ends of chromosomes that are believed to have an impact on aging.

"I think this is a blockbuster study," said Barry Franklin, a physiologist at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Mich.

Telomeres are like the biological clocks of cells, said Franklin, who was not a part of the study.
He said the study may help explain why exercise reduces the risk of so many diseases.
In recent years, telomeres, the DNA structures found on the ends of chromosomes, have been the source of an increasing number of studies. The 2009 Nobel Prize in Physiology of Medicine was awarded to scientists who discovered how telomeres protect chromosomes.
Telomeres have been compared with caps on the ends of shoelaces, protecting against genetic unraveling, which, in turn, can lead to diseases.

When telomeres become too short after repeated cell divisions, cells die.

As people get older, telomeres get shorter, and some research has linked shortened telomeres to higher rates of death from heart disease and infections. Shortened telomeres also have been associated with cognitive problems and certain cancers, although the relationship with cancer is not fully understood.

The new study, which was published online Monday in the journal Circulation, looks at circulating white blood cells in middle-age lifelong runners, healthy middle-age people who did not exercise and younger distance runners.

The study, which involved about 100 people, is one of the first to show a correlation between vigorous, lifelong exercise and the length of telomeres.

Ulrich Laufs, the study's co-author, who is a researcher at Saarland University in Germany, said one of the key findings was that lifelong exercise was associated with a significant prevention of telomere shortening.

Laufs said the study was not designed to answer the question of how much a person needs to run or exercise to live longer.

But exercise does appear to be a powerful intervention that can help regulate substances that stabilize telomeres.

The people in the study got a lot of exercise. The middle-age subjects, whose average age was 51, had a history of running since they were young, averaging about 50 miles a week.
They were compared with a group of healthy, non-exercisers of about the same age.
The middle-age athletes had less loss of telomere length than the non-exercisers. They also had substantially higher amounts of proteins that help preserve telomeres.
The study follows research from last year that also suggested a benefit from exercise on telomeres.

That study involved 2,401 volunteers who were twins. It found an association between telomere length and leisure time exercise. It concluded that a sedentary lifestyle may accelerate the aging process as the result of telomere shortening.

The most active individuals in twin pairs had longer telomeres.

Other research has shown an association between smoking and obesity and shorter telomeres.