Phillip M. – P90x Transformation

I would like to welcome Phillip M. to the 25 lb club! He lost 28 lbs in his first round of P90x. Phillip was a consistent member of his Challenge Group, posting his worksheets each day along with his crazy calorie burns on Kempo X!

I can’t help but look at this transformation and think of someone I know. The start weight, the end weight, the body type, all remind me of my first round of P90x. Which is pretty cool because Phillip will start his 2nd round on Monday and enter the world of 10 reps, where he will have what I call “10 rep problems” which include having to buy heavier weight. I really enjoyed 10 reps though…no more having to feel rushed because Tony and the others are doing 8 reps, and it just feels good to lift heavier weight!

Going into your 2nd round of P0x is a lot of fun because now know what to expect. No more surprises in Yoga, Warrior 3 starts to become obtainable (at least for me), ad it’s really cool to look back over your worksheets from day 1 to day 90 and see how far you have come, then you can just imagine would it would be like to see that kind of improvement AGAIN!

Well done Phillip! I look forward to see how you progress in your 2nd round!

Phillip Merrit Round 1 Resized

Successful People Find a Way

I hear so many excuses from people talking about why they can’t make a change in their life. I just want to show everyone what in an inspiring person has been doing to achieve a fitness goal. Previous attempts at P90x and Body Beast have been unsuccessful do to previous injuries flaring up, so I asked this person, “What CAN you do?” The response I got, “I love riding my bike.”

You just need to be at a deficit in calories to lose weight, and riding a bike is one of many ways to burn calories. Nutrition is also key in reaching fitness goals, but so is consistency. Daily tracking in fitness and nutrition can ensure that weekly goals with weight loss are obtained, but you must track them. The image below was recently posted in one of my Support Groups to show everyone how one can lose weight from simply riding a bike around the neighborhood. If it sounds simple, it is because it is. Weight loss is just a numbers game. The image below shows the work of an individual who refuses to quit, who will not give up. Successful people find a way.



Law of the Mirror

I made this video to talk about one of my biggest takeaways from reading John C Maxwell’s “The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth.” I had the privilege to listen to John C Maxwell’s speak at the Coach Summit this year in Vegas and he went over the first 6 laws of this book. The “Law of the Mirror” really resonated with me not only in my own life, but in the life of the people I am coaching. If you are struggling to grow in your life, whether it be in your relationships or your fitness, or something else, I would encourage you to plug into personal development and start with this book.

Rick S. – P90x Transformation

I thought it was so cool when Rick told me he worked out to P90x with his daughter. What an inspiration and example to follow as Rick started his P90x Transformation at the age of 51 and lost 36 lbs in two consecutive rounds! At 33 years old with two young boys of my own, I aspire to follow Rick’s example as I grow older to be an example to my sons. I hear so many excuses for why people will not start, or complete P90x, and I even get the age excuse: “Oh you’re young so of course you can do P90x!” I’m sorry, but that excuse is invalid. Rick is 51 years old, and Tony Horton is now 55 years old and I could not keep up with him during the group workout at Summit this year. The transformation pictures you see below represent 6 months of dedication.

Rick S. P90x Transformation

Day after day, week after week, month after month, Rick posted his P90x worksheets to my Challenge Groups. Through consistency, nutrition, and accountability, Rick lost 36 lbs in two rounds of P90x, with his 2nd round being a hybrid of Insanity and P90x, and he’s not stopping at P90x. Rick is currently in a Focus T25 Challenge group and has lost a few more pounds in his first few weeks. If you are interested in joining one of my Challenge Groups, and you are in the United States or Canada, please e-mail me at and feel free to connect with me on Facebook.

Josh P. – P90x Results

I’ll never forget my first conversation with Josh when I asked him WHY he wanted to do P90x.  His answer was that he just wanted to complete something.  I told Josh that I knew more people who have tried, trained for, and completed marathons than who have tried and completed P90x, so completing P90x would be quite an accomplishment!

I placed Josh into a strong challenge group and he quickly became the drum beater of the group.  He was the most consistent person posting in the entire group posting EVERY worksheet and posting up his front pose picture along with his weekly weigh ins.

I NEVER heard Josh complain.
I NEVER heard Josh make an excuse….EVER.

He only expressed slight dissapointment when he went a week without gaining any weight, but he was willing to adapt and we reviewed his nutrition and found a way to get in more calories busting through his plateau. The result is what you see in the 90 day transformation below. Josh says he plans on being Wolverine for Halloween, and I look forward to his continued success in my Halloween Challenge Group!

P90x Results P90x Transformation

MaryJane’s Favorite Shakeology Recipe

strawberryDo to the response from the the T25 Challenge Group I thought I would make another recipe video for those who chose the Strawberry flavor in their T25 Challenge Pack. Since we got back from Summit, MaryJane has been replacing her lunch since it is her most inconvenient meal with the kids at home, and it also gives her energy for her Body Beast afternoon workouts. I happened to be home for lunch one day when she made her recipe and it reminded me of a smoothie I used to pay $8 for at Smoothie King. It was called the Strawberry Hulk and it had > 900 calories! This recipe taste even BETTER than that recipe and comes in at half the cost and has only 290 calories! If you use 1/4 cup of fruit instead of 1/2 cup of fruit that this recipe calls for then the total calorie value of this shake drops to 243 calories.

  • 1 scoop Strawberry Shakeology
  • 1/2 cup of blueberries
  • 1/2 cup of watermelon
  • 5 strawberries
  • 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk
  • 1.5 cups of ice

Calories from carbs: 172
Calories from protein: 74
Calories from fat: 44
Total Calories: 290


My Favorite Shakeology Recipe

If it were up to me…I would eat Reese’s peanut butter cups 24/7. But that is not going to take me to my fitness goals. So my breakfast satisfies my craving for Peanut Butter and Chocolate. I have been making the “Banana Nutter” recipe for a while now, but my brother in law recently put me on powdered peanut butter (pb2). Love this stuff! Has 150 less calories per serving than regular peanut butter and gives me that peanut butter taste!

Banana Nutter (modified)

-1 scoop Chocolate Shakeology
-1 Banana
-2 Table Spoons of PB2
-6 ounces off unsweetened almond milk
-8 ounces of water

Grams/Calories from Fat Grams: (6.5g / 58.5):
Grams/Calories from protein: (24g/ 96)
Grams/Calories from carbs: (51g / 204):
Total Calories: 358


Focus T25 Challenge Group Inivtation!

I am looking for people who want to lose 20 or more pounds to be in my next challenge group for Beachbody’s new Focus T25 program.  Focus T25 is a 10 week program with 25 minute workouts for 5 days a week.  That’s right…JUST 25 minutes per workout. I had a chance to preview this at the Coach Summit in Vegas and I really believe this WILL WORK. I have two Insanity success stories committed to this Challenge Group so you will be in good company…plus my wife and I plan on doing this program as well.  Please e-mail me at if you are interested.



Dream Big – Coaching Opportunity

Wow!! What can I say? My wife and I just returned from the Coach Summit at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas where we got to meet the trainers for Beachbody and here some amazing success stories (both physical and financial). But one of the best parts about this trip was meeting one my of clients in person who lives in Las Vegas. I had the honor to take him around to see the trainers and get him an advanced copy of the new T25 workout program at my discount. Hearing his weight loss success in person is just AMAZING and just puts a huge smile on my face…over 30 pounds in two months on Insanity!

If you believe in making a difference in peoples lives and you have a passion for fitness then please contact me about the Coaching Opportunity and we can see if it is right for you…as the Dedicated Republic is growing and I am excited about the difference we can make over the coming years!

The Beast Himself

Dream Big!

Getting there…

202 lbs last night. I have been doing extra workouts with Beast Cardio and I can tell it has been paying off.  My cut has been slow but I appear to be preserving my winter gains.  Going to start tightening up on the diet a little more and maybe throw in some light morning cardio on my Concept 2 rower.  Summer is getting here and we just got our Aquatic Center Memberships, so I might add in some swimming to my regimen.

202 lbs