Monthly Archives: March 2013

Mar 25

Team Beachbody Disney World

Josh Spencer Melinda SpencerLast night we got back from the Team Beachbody Disney World Success Club trip, and I just felt the need to write a post about our experience and why I am yet again so grateful to be a part of such an unbelievable company. Before I get into the trip itself, though, I first need to give you a brief overview of my story and what the Team Beachbody Success Club trip even is. First, my story.

I’ve been a Beachbody Coach for almost 5 years now, joining back in July of 2008. I joined for the sole reason of helping other people achieve what I was able to achieve with P90X. I’ve always had a passion for helping others, and once I finished P90X and got the results I got, I guess I sort of developed another passion for health and fitness, and at that point I thought it just made sense to become a Beachbody Coach and see how many lives I could impact in a positive way. Plus, it was a little escape from a career that I wasn’t particularly enjoying. Little did I know at the time that in just a few years Beachbody would become my full time career and create complete freedom for my family and I!

My life changed forever in the beginning of 2010. At that point I realized that I had the potential to build a massive Beachbody business and really hit the ground running, putting in countless hours and helping hundreds of people at a time. A year later I was named the Top Beachbody Coach 2010. Since then, I have been on countless trips around the world, seeing things that many people don’t even see in their lifetime, experiencing things that I could have never even possibly dreamed of, and wake up every single day thankful for what God has created for my family and I. I am living the dream, the life, and I have to pinch myself sometimes because sometimes even I don’t believe it’s real. I do know, though, that I have worked my tail off to get where I’m at, and will continue doing everything in my power to change as many lives as possible for as long as I live.

Now that you know a little bit of my background, let’s get to the Success Club trip. This Family and I at Downtown Disneyyear marks the 3rd year in a row that I have won a free trip because of making Success Club, an incentive program created by Beachbody rewarding those coaches who do some great things in their businesses. The first year was a cruise, last year was a trip to the Atlantis resort in the Bahamas, and this year was a trip to Disney World. This year was very special for me, though, because I was able to bring my daughter Madison with me for the first time. Maddie is just about to turn 4, and I swear she watches Disney movies every single day, and we have been talking about the trip to her for about a year now. Her excitement grew daily, and I just couldn’t wait to see the expression on her face when she saw Cinderella’s castle and the Disney characters for the first time. When that moment finally came, it was priceless. She was absolutely thrilled, and you could see the joy and excitement in her big blue eyes. It was a special moment for me as well, though, because I realized that we were experiencing that moment right there because of how hard Melinda and I have worked over the past few years and the amount of lives we have changed. It’s hard to put into words, but it’s one of those moments where you feel so proud that a feeling of pure happiness and joy travels through your body giving you goosebumps. If you have never experienced that before, I truly hope you do at some point because there’s not much better than it.

Team Beachbody Disney WorldSomething else that I love about these Beachbody trips are the friendships that you build. I swear that every time I go on one of these trips we come out of it with new friends. Many friends of mine are people that I have met through Beachbody, and for that I’m truly thankful. Something I’ve learned is that Beachbody Coaches are some of the most genuine, good hearted, and caring people I have ever met in my life, and you can’t help but become friends with them because you want to surround yourself with good people. That’s been the case on every trip I’ve been on, and this one is no exception. Even though we met a lot of great people on this trip, we got to know two particular coaches, Lindsay and Ryan, pretty well. Not sure how it happened, but we started talking to and hanging out with them while on the trip, and they eventually ended up coming to dinner with us and we spent time with them for the remainder of the trip. During that time we got to know them, their passion for changing lives, their stories, and their raw desire to be successful. It’s neat to see that excitement and desire in others because it’s something that I’ve always experienced myself, and it’s been my driving force to become successful in this business, but it’s also very rare to find in people anymore. They have it, and because of that passion and willingness to just flat out help people, there is no doubt in my mind that they both will be absolute Rock Stars! Lindsay is well on her way as a brand new 5 Star Diamond and Ryan isn’t too far behind her. ¬†Anyways, I am so thankful for the people that Beachbody has brought into my life, and I know that the friendships we are building now are ones that will last forever. I know I can speak for my entire family, but it was an honor to meet Ryan and Lindsay.

In conclusion, this Team Beachbody Disney Trip has been one of the best of my entire life, and one that I won’t ever forget. From the memories I created with my daughter, wife, and mother, to the friendships we established, we will forever be grateful that Beachbody allowed us to experience something so special. Thank you Beachbody from the bottom of my heart, and I can’t wait to see what other trips the future has in store for us! I do know, though, that the next trip to Vegas for the Team Beachbody Coach Summit will be CRAZY INSANE!

Mar 04

Body Beast Supplements

Body Beast Supplements

Because I have gone through Body Beast and got some pretty drastic Body Beast results, a lot of people have been listening to my recommendation and starting the program themselves and using the Body Beast supplements. First, though, for a little recap, I went through Beachbody’s new mass gaining program called Body Beast during the Summer/Fall of 2012, and ended up gaining about 15 lbs in 90 days! I followed the diet pretty closely and took all of the recommended Body Beast supplements, the Base Shake, Fuel Shot, Suma, and creatine. Anyways, since many of the people that I coach (make me your coach!) have started the program, most of the questions have been revolving around the supplements, so that’s what this post is going to focus on.

The Beast Supplements

When I first purchased the program, I ended up getting the Body Beast with Beast Stack, which comes with all 4 of the recommended Body Beast supplements. The first of those supplements I’ll spend some time on is the creatine monohydrate. ¬†Beachbody calls it the M.A.X. Muscle Acceleration Xtreme Creatine, but it’s basically just creatine monohydrate without all the added crap that a lot of other brands like to add into it. I’ve used creatine monohydrate in the past, and it’s worked very well for me, but I’ve always had some water retention from it, which is actually pretty normal. However, water retention or not, every time I use it I notice some DRASTIC muscle and strength gains in a pretty short amount of time! I will switch off and on taking it, though, according to what my current goals are. If I want to lean out, I stay away from it, but if I want to put on some muscle, that’s when I’ll use it. When do I take it? Usually I take 2.5 grams of it stirred in with 8 oz of natural no sugar added non-acidic fruit juice (apple or grape) about 20-25 minutes before my workout. From doing research, I learned that if you use a high acidic fruit juice, it will break down the creatine and it won’t be as effective. I then do the exact same combination (2.5 g with non-adicid fruit juice) after my workout as well.

The next of the Body Beast supplements is the Fuel Shot. The Fuel Shot is pretty much a post workout recovery drink, and is very similar to the P90X Recovery Formula. It contains simple carbs that help replenish the glycogen stores after you have an intense workout. I usually just mix it in with my Base Shake right after my workout, and that’s the next one I’ll talk about. The Base Shake is a protein supplement that I guess would be similar to your typical whey protein, but again, without the added crap to it. Anymore, too many companies will add a lot of crap ingredients to make the protein taste better. It might taste good, but who knows what it’s doing to your insides. Companies tick me off, but that’s a whole other post. Anyways, I would actually take the Base Shake right after my workout and occasionally blend it with my Shakeology for lunch as well. The last of the Beast supplements is the Suma pills, and I took those with my creatine pre-workout. I do know that taking both the Suma and the creatine seemed to give me enough energy to get through my workouts, and I always had great “pumps” during them as well. I also never really seemed to get too fatigued either. To this day, it doesn’t matter what my current goals are, I still use the Suma pills.

As you probably know from my other blog posts, I HIGHLY ENCOURAGE you to do research on every supplement before you purchase it! Don’t take my word or anyone else’s word for it, and do yourself a favor and find out what you’re ingesting. The majority of the time you will be SHOCKED to find what’s in the supplements you use! I know I was, and it stopped me from taking many of the supplements that I used to take, like Jack3d and certain whey proteins. Remember, it’s not worth consuming something if it has potential to be harmful. I’m a huge believer in only taking quality supplements, and I hope that you are or will be as well. BE SMART about what you purchase!

When it all comes down to it, I do believe that these Body Beast supplements helped with my results! In fact, I know they did. I was stronger and bulkier than I have ever been before. If you have any questions about the supplements I mentioned above, feel free to reach out to me. Also, before you use ANY supplements, always consult your doctor to make sure they are safe for you! I’ve never had any issues with them, but hey, you never know.