Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Interview with Stephanie Oram: X-TrainFit Home Workout Systems Founder

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I have been a long time fan of X-Train Fit workout systems and cannot say enough good things about them: Well rounded systems, EXCELLENT price points, SO much variety, and fantastic instructors. I am currently reviewing RIPT90 Fit and Circuit Burnout 90 and am LOVING them both! I was introduced to X-Train Fit when I had the pleasure of reviewing Stephanie Oram's own XTFMAX. Stephanie has over 24 years in the fitness industry and has been involved in the production of so many fabulous at home workout systems. Read below to learn more about Stephanie & X-Train Fit. Dont forget the discount code above that is good through June, so act fast!



Lindsey: You are the founder of X-TrainFit - what was your motivation behind creating these awesome at-home fitness systems? 
Stephanie: Thank you for your kind words, I am so glad you enjoy the workouts! To date, I have been in the fitness industry for over 24 years. My husband has had about the same amount of time in the media industry. About 10 years ago, we saw a big rise in $100+ at home programs and thought we could create comparable products at a much more user-friendly price point. In addition to caring about the customer’s wallet, we also wanted to make programs that were accessible to most via an ability level, so the user could feel safe in spending the money as well as successful in completing the workout. Because of this, we worked hard at creating sets around the $30-40 price point and offer multiple participants in most of our workouts that demonstrate different ability levels for each workout. We have found that the public has been very appreciative of this, which further adds to our motivation to continue to bring more content out.


Lindsey: X-TrainFit has so many excellent instructors, yourself included, how do you go about selecting your instructors and designing your workout systems? 
Stephanie: Having been in fitness for over 2 decades, I
have come across many great trainers and instructors, as well as learned from some of the best people out there. When I created my first program, X-TrainFit At Home, I used a lot of the trainers/instructors who trained/taught for me at my gym as participants. When we branched out to additional product lines, I asked my best instructors to create programs that I felt were their area of expertise. We launched X-TrainFit Yoga with Carrie, X-TrainFit Toning with Karen (who makes appearances in multiple programs), and Circuit Burnout with Monique. We all worked together on what we wanted to program to consist of – i.e. How many workouts the set will include, what print we will include, the types of workouts (cardio, circuit, strength, etc.) and duration; but I gave the instructors full autonomy to build their workouts. I was only on set to provide “directorial” guidance on how to approach the exercise and/or modify an exercise up or down if needed, which rarely was needed. I then went back into the studio to film XTFMAX while we also filmed RIPT90 with Jody. Jody was the first trainer that I had not worked with in the past that I brought on board. I was looking for a male trainer to lead a program and had known Jody for a few years and approached him about creating a product around him. Again, he created his program completely, we just worked together to outline what the program would consist of. After the RIPT90 production, I was back in the studio for two more sets – XTFMAX One on One and Personal Trainer. We learned that people also loved the trainers we created products around and have filmed additional workouts with them. We have more yoga workouts with Carrie as well as a Shred program with Karen that we will be launching on our digital channel soon. We have also filmed and released an additional set with Monique called Circuit Burnout 90 – her first set was a 30 day program and people wanted more, so we built a 90 day program together. Likewise, we just released a second set with Jody, RIPT90 FIT. If you pay attention in the CB90 workouts, you will notice one of the awesome participants, Zoe. We have just wrapped a program with her and it is going to be unique to anything we have done previously, but I am reserving those details until later – however anyone that follows me on social media will already know about this program. :-) Lastly, we are also in post production on a new set with another new trainer to the XTF team, Shawn. I met Shawn when his team trained me for my Ironman a few years back. Shawn’s program is runner-specific and again, more details to come on that front real soon. In regards to how I design my programs – I think about how long the set will be (30, 60, 90 day) and what workouts I will need to create to be included in the set in order for it to A) be well rounded and B) provide the user with the right workouts in order to reach his/her goal. I then draft out what each of the workouts will consist of – there many, many pages of hand written notes, as well as digital notes on my phone, iPad and laptop. I basically keep a running journal of exercises I want to include and when an idea hits, I make note of it. Then I collate my various exercises on pages under the workout it makes the most sense for. For example, if I have a twist of a pushup exercise, it gets written down on the Chest workout page, the Total Body page, etc. I then start scaling it down from there, trying to make sure the same exercise(s) are not used repeatedly in different workouts. Once I think I have a workout designed, I run through it myself and find I have to edit a lot more and the process continues until I get the workout I want. 

Lindsey: Do you have any new workout systems on the horizon that you can share with us? 
Stephanie: I mentioned the programs with Zoe and Shawn above, and am in the note taking phase of my next set. I will be hitting the studio sometime this year to film another 90 day, full body program, as well as content for our digital channel.


Lindsey: What is one piece of health or fitness advice that you wish more people took heed of? (BOTH responses below apply SO much to my life!!!)
Stephanie: Here are 2 things I wish I knew at a much younger age, as well as constantly remind myself today – 1) you cannot out train a diet and 2) you cannot stretch too much. I fall into the “I worked out hard today, so I can eat a little more” pit a lot and I rarely stretch. I am now convinced that my back issues are due to lack of stretching and am working out course-correcting. I am also trying to be cognizant of portions as that’s my pitfall.


Lindsey: Lack of time is a reason that we often hear why people don't work out. Your personal & professional responsibilities must keep you very busy. What advice can you offer to "fit it all in.(LOVE and so agree with the response!!!) 
Stephanie: Here’s one thing I know for me – I watch more TV then I should and I am guilty of saying I don’t have time for this, that or the other. I think if we are all honest with ourselves, we have time, we just don’t make it. I would challenge people that say they don’t have time to exercise to keep a journal of how much time they spend watching TV and/or are on social media for 1 week. If we are honest with ourselves, imagine what we could accomplish, fitness wise, if we realigned our priorities a little and only looked at social media while on a stationary bike or watched our favorite show while on a treadmill? When I worked in the corporate world, I would use my lunch time to fit a workout in or get up earlier than I wanted to in order to get a sweat session in. I truly believe we have time, we just are choosing to use it doing other things.

For More Information, Visit: 
X-Train Fit on the web
X-Train Fit on Facebook
X-Train Fit on Twitter
X-Train Fit on Pinterest
Stephanie Oram on Facebook


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I received samples of these products to review. I was in no other way compensated for my honest reviews. All thoughts and ideas expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. Please see my disclosures page for details. Do not copy, in whole, or in part any portion of any postings on my blog. Do not repost my content on any other site without my explicit consent. All of my postings belong solely to lindsey8.blogspot.com.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Must HAVES For All Your Summer Outdoor Workouts: Body Glide Anti Chafing Stick and Sun Screen Balm



It is finally outdoor workout season for most of the country! With warm summer weather upon us, many of us are heading outdoors to take advantage of the nice weather & get some vitamin D while we get our sweat on. With warmer weather comes sun burns, chaffing feet or thighs, and sun damage. Well I have some essentials for your summer workouts to tell you about: Body Glide Anti Chafing Stick and Body Glide Sun Screen Balm. Keep both with you in your running belt or gym bag to keep your skin pain free and safe from UV damage. Keep reading to learn more!



Body Glide Anti Chafing Stick:
We have all been there- blisters on our feet after a long run, or chaffed thighs from wearing shorts on a warm jog. With Body Glide you don’t have to let blisters and chaffing sideline your workout! Made with plant-derived wax, Body Glide anti-chafe balm provides a smooth barrier on the legs, arms or chaffing occurs to prevent skin-on-skin and skin-on-clothing chafing. Easily apply it before putting on clothes, to any of the places your skin is vulnerable to irritation from rubbing, and get moving! Its non-greasy, water-resistant formula comes in an easy to use stick and stays exactly where it’s applied, while still allowing skin to breathe and you to move easier!

The original anti chafing, anti blister balm™ is perfect for summer swimming if you have every worn shorts over your suit, you know what Im talking about. The inner thigh rub on wet shorts is not fun. Now you can protect your skin against rubbing that causes chafing, irritation and raw skin. The balm forms a dry, invisible barrier, effective wherever skin is rubbed by clothing, footwear or skin. Never wet or greasy!

Super easy to use, just apply before you get dressed, on thighs, neck, arms, and anywhere skin is rubbed. Stops trouble before it starts! So much easier to use than other messy, wet creams, gels and powders. No petroleum, lanolin or mineral oils-all things we do NOT want on our bodies. It is made with allergen free, plant-derived ingredients. Vegan approved and never tested on animals. It is safe for the whole family: Child safe!

It protects you all-Day from chaffing and works great in humid and dry conditions for a pain free active life. It is sweat Resistant and keeps pores clog free, allowing sweat to escape while letting skin breathe. Clothing, footwear and wetsuit safe. Skin Safe: . 


We all know how important it is to protect our skin from sunburn and with this easy to use stick- protecting your skin couldnt be quicker or easier. It also helps protect from the rubbing that causes chafing and raw skin while being active. This broad spectrum, advanced formula won't run into your eyes, making it perfect for all of your outdoor activities this summer.

It is an advanced Formula that is waterless, greaseless, non-messy,  does not evaporate, and it stays on your skin where you apply it. I love that it is paraben and fragrance free and is vever tested on animals.

Keep your skin safe from the harmful rays of the sun with this SPF 30+ Broad spectrum UVA/UVB formula. Perfect for hiking, biking, swimming, and running it is water and sweat resistant and it won't come off for up to 80 minutes! Won’t clog pores. Sweat escapes. Skin breathes. 

The Stick is super easy & quick to use: Apply directly from the stick. Never wet or greasy. No sticky petroleum, messy oils or lanolin. Apply liberally 15 minutes before sun exposure, again every 80 minutes or after swimming.




For More Information, Visit:
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I received samples of these products to review. I was in no other way compensated for my honest reviews. All thoughts and ideas expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. Please see my disclosures page for details. Do not copy, in whole, or in part any portion of any postings on my blog. Do not repost my content on any other site without my explicit consent. All of my postings belong solely to lindsey8.blogspot.com. 

Monday, June 26, 2017

REVIEW: KatNap Fitness Work It! 3 Fun Workouts on One DVD

KatNap Fitness: Work It!
Kat Napolitano, 2017

This DVD contains three 30 minute workouts and it is ONLY $9.95 (+ $3.50 shipping) -seriously amazing deal!!!! Kat leads these routines with 2-4 backgrounders in a spacious living room set. You will need dumbbells for the 2 cardio sculpt routines and no equipment for the cardio routine. Three intensity levels are shown throughout, so pick your level and make the workout your own. Each workout includes a built-in warm up and a cool down/ stretch.

Three Level Me: You alternate cardio & sculpt exercises in this routine. Exercises include dip & overhead raise, lunge & bi curl, jump rope, jacks, knee raises, kicks, squat & overhead press plyo squats, punches, mt. climbers, sumo squat & overhead tri drop, cross country ski, side lunges & upright row, upper back fly, criss cross jacks, fast feet, lateral squat & hop, pushups, burpees, weighted donkey kicks, & renegade row.

Kat Squad: This is a fun dance style cardio routine, you will learn a few moves and put them together for a few longer routines. Exercises include: grapevine, sidestep & clap, toe tap & hope, raise the roof, plyo hop, stamp, freestyle dancing, sweep step, tri-star, march it out, booty pop, spank  ride the pony, and step kick to touch down. 

Minute to Win It: Each cardio and strength exercises is one min each in this routine. Exercise include: knee strikes, lunge-dip-knee up-bi & front raise, weighted plyo jumps, hop & pec fly, squat hold, stationary lunges, repeater knee, walk out to plank jacks & up to jumping jacks, triple step, squat pulses, pike pushups, jacks & side lunges, weighted crunch series, and supine leg drops. 

The 2 cardio sculpt routines are high intermediates and the cardio is intermediate in terms of choreo and intensity. Kat provides great cuing & instruction and makes the workouts fun! I really enjoyed these routines & loved Kat's instruction style & energy. I look forward to more from Kat! The pace allows for lighter-medium weights (I used 8 pound dumbbells). Lots of great combo moves & you get cardio & toning -very efficient in only 30 minutes. Love the amazing value: three full workouts for less than $10! I received this DVD to review. 

For More Information, Visit: 
KatNap Fitness on the web
KatNap Fitness on Facebook
KatNap Fitness on Twitter
KatNap Fitness on YouTube
KatNap Fitness on Instagram

I received samples of these products to review. I was in no other way compensated for my honest reviews. All thoughts and ideas expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. Please see my disclosures page for details. Do not copy, in whole, or in part any portion of any postings on my blog. Do not repost my content on any other site without my explicit consent. All of my postings belong solely to lindsey8.blogspot.com.

Friday, June 23, 2017

DISCOUNT CODE & Review: RIPT90 FIT Arms & Shoulders by X-Train Fit


X-Train Fit has done it again - presenting RIPT90 FIT! This is a complete 90 day system incorporating resistance interval plyometric training, so you really get the most out of each workout. RIPT90 FIT includes 12 workouts on 12 DVDs and a BONUS Stretch workout on its own DVD, a complete training guide, a complete meal guide with recipes, a 90 day tracker, and a rotation calendar poster. The system is designed to provide maximum results in 30 minutes or less per day! Led by Jody Hendrix, RIPT90 FIT is designed to help you avoid plateaus and takes RIPT 90 to a whole new intensity! These are all new workouts that are more intense than RIPT90 but just as awesome! Read all of my RIPT90 FIT Reviews on the blog. 

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Jody Hendrix, 2017

Jody leads this 28 min arms & shoulder strength workout with 3 backgrounders in a gym set. You will need a pull up bar, dumbbells, and an optional PVC pipe or broom (used for the warm up only) for this routine. There is an onscreen timer so you know where you are at in the workout.  


After a warm up, you do 2 rounds of exercises and conclude with a burner circuit of 2 exercises repeated 3 times. Exercises include reverse grip chi-ups, overhead press, kickbacks, hammer curls, upright rows, overhead tri drops, clean & press and single arm over head tri drop. You do about 10 reps per exercise and can heavy up pretty nicely at this pace. Jody gives you about 30 seconds rest between circuits. 

I rate this a s high intermediate following the group. You can easily modify this up or down by adjusting your poundage, using assistance bands for the pull ups or subbing out the pull-ups. They do not show non-pull-up alternatives and encourage you to get a pull-up bar, but you can easily sub in rows or other back work if you dont have a pull-up bar. I used resistance tubing instead of the PVC pipe in the warm up and found this to be a great alternative. This is a solid upper body workout that accomplishes a lot in under 30 minutes. I received this DVD to review. 

For More Information, Visit: 
Read all of my RIPT90 FIT reviews 
RIPT90FIT on the web
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I received samples of these products to review. I was in no other way compensated for my honest reviews. All thoughts and ideas expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. Please see my disclosures page for details. Do not copy, in whole, or in part any portion of any postings on my blog. Do not repost my content on any other site without my explicit consent. All of my postings belong solely to lindsey8.blogspot.com.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Epsom Salt: A Safe, Natural, At-Home Remedy For Sore Muscles, Aches, Pains & So Much More


After a tough workout you often have sore & tired muscles. Epsom Salt offers a great muscle soothing option that you can take advantage of in your own home. No need for an expensive massage- just soak those tired muscles or feet in an Epsom Salt bath and you will feel the relaxation and muscle soothing benefits right away. Epsom is a safe and natural way to ease tired muscles and to get more magnesium in your life. 



For sore muscles, aches, pains, and bruises using Epsom Salt is easy: Add 2 cups of Epsom salt to the water in a standard-sized bathtub (double the Epsom salt for an oversized garden tub) and soak for at least 12 minutes. Its really that easy! The Epsom salt will dissolve quicker if you put it under the running water. Get in and relax those aches & pains away! For human use, the Epsom Salt Council recommends only Epsom salt with the USP designation.

Epsom salt is actually magnesium sulfate, a pure, time-tested mineral compound with dozens of uses. Most Americans in todays world are low on magnesium levels. We just dont use as much magnesium in our daily diets & lives than we used to. Using Epsom Salt is a great way to get more magnesium in our bodies. Keep reading to see all of the uses and benefits of Epsom salt.


Epsom Salt is a perfect ingredient for at-home recipes and remedies for health, beauty, gardening and crafts. I think you’ll be amazed with this natural alternative that has been used therapeutically for hundreds of years, and you’ll see why it’s gaining a new generation of fans looking for a safe, inexpensive alternative in a sea of pricier, over-the-counter remedies. I would much rather use natural Epsom Salt that is inexpensive & effective than a pharmaceutical alternative. 


Health benefits from either soaking your feet or taking a bath in Epsom salt, include: soothing muscle aches, treating sunburn, and removing splinters. For beauty uses from facials and hair volumizers to pedicures and exfoliants, many celebrities – and their beauty teams – use Epsom salt to look their best. You can even use in your garden - tests show that Epsom salt helps produce more flowers and makes pepper plants grow larger. Experts say it can increase harvests, make fruit taste sweeter. Epsom Salt is also great for itches and sun burn!
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Epsom Salt on Pinterest
Epsom Salt on Instagram

I received samples of these products to review. I was in no other way compensated for my honest reviews. All thoughts and ideas expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. Please see my disclosures page for details. Do not copy, in whole, or in part any portion of any postings on my blog. Do not repost my content on any other site without my explicit consent. All of my postings belong solely to lindsey8.blogspot.com.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Discount Code & Review: X-Train Fit Circuit Burnout 90 Total Body Circuit Workout

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If you are looking to scorch fat but are limited on time Circuit Burnout 90 is the program for you! These workouts accomplish a LOT in only 25-40 minutes a day. Monique St.Pierre and X-TrainFit bring you full body workouts that shred fat while toning muscle! The set contains 10 workouts + 1 bonus workout on 11 DVDs, a complete nutrition guide, a rotation calendar poster, and a training guide! Monique utilizes circuit training and alternates between strength & cardio with very little rest. Lots of fun & unique exercises and cardio moves that also hit the core- make this super efficient routines that will kick your fitness level up a notch! Keep reading to learn all about this fab set & stay tuned on the blog for detailed reviews of all of the Circuit Burnout 90 workouts.

Circuit Burnout 90 Total Body Circuit
Monique St. Pierre

Monique leads this 38 min workout in a nice studio with 2 background exercisers. Monique performs the intermediate intensity and the backgrounders each perform beginner and advanced versions. You will only need dumbbells this toning & cardio circuit routine. The workout consists of 4 rounds performed 2 X each. You will work for 30 seconds with a 10 second rest between exercises and get a 30 sec rest between rounds.

After a warm up exercises include: one leg tricep dips with knee crunch, low squat hops with rotation, weighted dead bug, fast feet & upper cuts, balance stick tri kickbacks, bridge & ribcage pullover, back kicks &  jacks, pushup & single leg raise, hi knees & buttkicks, reverse plank walk outs, travelling jabs & kicks, 3 leg dog to plank knee pull, stutter scissors, plie hold & hammer curl, table top hip circles, side plank & dumbbell raise, punches & jump rope, chair pose & lat pull down, scissor jumps & twists, 3 leg dog glute raise and a cool down. 

Done following Monique this is a high intermediate routine. You will hit every muscle group, but not work to failure so I consider this a lighter strength workout with some heart pumping cardio. Perfect for days when you are maybe a little sore still from previous workouts. Monique keeps you moving right along and does not waste any time. Like all the workouts, no fancy choreography, just fun heart pumping core targeted cardio & great multi muscle moves. I received this DVD set to review. 


For More Information, Visit: 
X-Train Fit on the web
X-Train Fit on Facebook
X-Train Fit on Pinterest

I received samples of these products to review. I was in no other way compensated for my honest reviews. All thoughts and ideas expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. Please see my disclosures page for details. Do not copy, in whole, or in part any portion of any postings on my blog. Do not repost my content on any other site without my explicit consent. All of my postings belong solely to lindsey8.blogspot.com.