Hey Fitties!

Quick check in to discuss the goings on in these parts. Yesterday, one of the clubs where I teach hosted a R.I.P.P.E.D. training and I was fortunate to go.

You know who else attended the training?  This guy right here:

Couple of muscle studs, that’s what we are.

That’s me with my youngest brother in law, David. He’s also my newest Beachbody coach and a P90x graduate and current Insanity sufferer. You can photo stalk his before and afters on his coach site and contact him for coaching if you’re so inclined.  He’s the best kid and I had a blast having my ass R.I.P.P.E.D. up with him yesterday. These trainings are so much funner (shut up, it’s a word) with someone to goof around with. And share snacks with (thanks for the protein bar, Kid!)

So if R.I.P.P.E.D. is new to you, quick run down:

  • HOT HOT HOT Music. The creator, Terry Shorter, has a background in the LA music industry. According to R.I.P.P.E.D’s official website:

Oh and by the way, Terry didn’t leave his music talents completely behind… R.I.P.P.E.D. is one of few classes you’ll find that integrates original tracks. The class features music written, produced and sung by Terry himself, accompanied by Tina, his youngest brother Timmy, and Tawnie too.

The energy and some of the moves reminds me a lot of Turbo Kick, which is my favorite format, and it turns out that Terry and his wife are no strangers to Turbo — they were cast members in the Turbo Jam vid! WILD!

  • R is for resistance (light weights, high reps and moves that hit the muscles from different angles at different tempos). The “R” portion of the class hits the littler muscles (bis/tris/shoulders)
  • I is for intervals. The cardio is bangin’! LOVED it. It was unique but had a familiar feel. If you’ve been doing Body Rock or Insanity or Turbo Kick or P90x plyo, you’ll have a sense of the moves, but R.I.P.P.E.D isn’t just a copying what’s already been done. It’s very fresh. My favorites were 2 star jacks followed by high knees, but not just regular high knees. If you’ve ever seen a drum major go running across the field, that’s what it felt like.
  • P is for Plyo — again, fresh and unique but moves you’ll know if you’ve done Insanity or BodyRock. I loved the burpees with a front push kick! And later in the Power section the push-up series into a Brazilian twist (it’s a side plank where you kick your bottom foot out and pull the foot towards your arm pit). Great flow and creative combo of very traditional moves.
  • P is also for Power. This is the weighted section for the big muscles (chest, booty, legs, back). Oh my goodness. This was another innovative section (this was where we did the pushups with the side planks). We also did a great compound move that I can’t wait to use in my chisel classes: holding 2 light weights in front of your belly, sumo squat, hinge forward at the hips slightly and feel the glutes engage, then open the weights out to the sides for a reverse fly. Does that make sense? Don’t try it if you’re not 100% sure you know what I’m talking about. My ass still hurts doing this combination.
  • E is for endurance. More cardio, this time steady state (but hard as @#!!@). The Plyo and Intervals were more explosive, HIIT type work. Endurance is where you get your martial arts and MMA moves. By this time in the class I was usually doggin’ it, but it was a blast. You can do anything as long as the music is up there right?
  • D is for diet/nutrition. R.I.P.P.E.D has a segment on their site with diet recommendations. Cals look a little low for really active people and it’s kind of standard advice (Eat small regular meals, focus on protein, vegs and complex carbs and small bits of healthy fats at each meal). The macronutrients look a little Zone-ish. Still, not crazy advice and I’m happy to see an exercise program address the diet component. Because we know that 80% of how we look is how we eat. Eat crap, look like crap.

There you have it! I can’t say enough positive things about what this program delivered. Our presenter (they call them “Master Trainers”), Billy, was an absolute rock star who kicked our butts but was a great entertainer. I think R.I.P.P.E.D is a relatively new-ish program (they’ve released 9 DVDs and they do 4 per year) but it’s extremely polished and professional. I’m so happy I took this training and I can’t wait to teach it. As soon as I can walk again. 😉

Just kidding. It wasn’t THAT painful, but 2 master classes in a day did hurt a little. I swear I can see a difference in my body today though. Maybe I just feel smokin’ hot because of the endorphins, but I just felt like a complete goddess today. And if that’s not the mark of an awesome program, I just don’t know what. The bonus core section we did just made my soul dance for joy. FOR JOY fitties!

xoxo Fitties, hope you get to check out a R.I.P.P.E.D class soon. I want to hear from you if you’re teaching it or taking it. What’s your favorite season? Did you also feel like you could wear booty shorts in public after you took the class?