I have had many clients ask me about which products and supplements that I recommend. Nothing is required for the program. However, I do not mind sharing some of the health and wellness products that I use and enjoy on a day to day basis.
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TRX Suspension Trainer
The TRX Suspension Trainer is one of the best workouts around, and is one you can bring with you anywhere! If you were to choose one piece of equipment to give you a full body workout for any level, this would be my recommendation. You can set it up virtually anywhere in less than a minute. You can set it up in your home over a door, from the ceiling, take it with you to a park, or pack it in your bag for a trip . Work out anywhere and on your own schedule. BURN FAT and BUILD LEAN MUSCLE. With 300+ exercises, the TRX will give you TOTAL BODY results, helping burn unwanted fat and build lean muscle and build a stronger core.
This is not required for the program but an option for more variety in the home workouts. There is only so much you can do with dumbbells. If you are planning to do your strength workouts from home, I would encourage you to consider the investment. It's basically like having an entire gym at your house with one piece of equipment. You will be given both a TRX exercise and a correlating dumbbell exercise to choose from in the workouts.
Below are 3 different demonstrations of TRX exercises from the Refine YOU YouTube Exercise Library.
Heart Rate Montior
MYZONE’s new MZ-3 physical activity belt—a Bluetooth enabled, heart-rate based effort tracking device. The MZ-3 provides you with immediate, motivating feedback on all of your physical activity by displaying your exercise progress and history via the free MYZONE app. There is a watch that you may purchase but this is not needed.
A heart rate monitor is optional and NOT required for the program. I have had many clients in the past ask for recommendations on heart rate monitors and this one is accurate, easy to use, compatible with the program, and affordable! I have also personally used this heart rate monitor for 3 years now!
If you wear your belt during all exercise activity, it will help you stay on track to get the results you want. As you have read by now, my program focuses on looking at your heart rate to gauge how hard you are working. We want you to work hard enough to burn the FAT but not too hard to cause too much stress to your body. This can increase cortisol, which will in turn, tells your body to store fat and not burn it.
With MYZONE’s new MZ-3 you are able to:
1. Set personal goals each month to stay challenged.
2. Compete with friends on a monthly leaderboard to keep your exercise fun.
3. View your workouts in MYZONE’s social network.
4. Encourage friends and stay accountable with those in your network.
5. Share your progress with the world via MYZONE’s social media integration.
Unlike wrist worn lifestyle trackers, MYZONE is extremely accurate and inclusive of all exercise efforts. Whether you are doing cardio, group exercise, push-ups, burpees, lifting weights or cycling outdoors, the MZ-3 will give you the fitness credit you deserve.
Enjoy using popular GPS tracking apps such as Strava, or using your own Bluetooth/Ant+ enabled devices, such as the Apple Watch or a Garmin bike computer. The MZ-3 and MYZONE app were built with versatility in mind so your heart rate data can be viewed through these platforms as well.
Normally valued at $149.99 friends of Refine YOU can use our Program Code REFINEUS001 to buy a MZ-3 belt online for the special member price of just $99.99.
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In The Refine YOU Program, the only equipment for the home workouts is 3 sets of dumbbells (light, medium, and heavy). You can purchase inexpensive dumbbells at many stores. If you don’t have a lot of space, I enjoy using these in my home. They are adjustable and the larger set is good for advanced women and men because you can get more weight without buying larger dumbbells which can also be more expensive.
Did you know that you do not need the Peloton Bike or Treadmill to enjoy Peloton classes? Don’t get me wrong, the Peloton bike is amazing but you don’t need the actual bike to get the amazing classes. You can use any bike, or treadmill for those types of classes. The Peloton Digital App allows you to take live AND on demand classes with a mix of cycling, running, bootcamp, yoga, strength and outdoor workouts available. You can filter by instructor, difficulty level, the type of music you like, and the type of class you like. You get an “in studio” experience in the comfort of your own home, gym, or even outdoors! You can even connect your heart rate monitor (including the MyZone) to the app!
Free trials are through the App Store and Apple Play. The cost of all these unlimited (live and on demand) classes is around $20 per month! I highly recommend it if you want to do classes anytime, anywhere.
I personally own the bike and feel that the investment in the bike is well worth what you pay for. The quality of the bike itself is amazing and the connectivity between the class you are taking and the bike gives you that class vibe and challenge with your workout. If there is a showroom near you, you can schedule a time to take a class on the bike or the treadmill to try it out before purchasing. At this time, Peloton is offering a 30 day trial period for the bike. You can purchase your bike, try it, and if you decide it isn’t for you, you may return the bike within the 30 days for a full refund. They will even pick it up for you.
If you are going to purchase a bike you may use this referral code YEP8HW to get $100 worth of accessories for your bike! (I recommend the mat and a set of weights if you do not already have some that fit on the bike)
If you are a person who enjoys going to classes, you should consider the ClassPass App if it is available in your city. You pay a monthly subscription fee and this gives you points to use at ANY participating gym. This is usually less expensive than booking the class directly through the actual gym and gives you the flexibility to visit multiple different gyms without having memberships or punch cards at every single one. You can do yoga one day, boxing the next, followed by a bootcamp the day after that! If you travel for work, you can also use this in other cities.
It is very easy to book a class using the app. I like the fact you can save your favorites and only search your favorites for classes around the time you are looking for. There is a free trial or you can save $30 by clicking below.
Interval Timer App
Some of the cardio workouts in The Refine YOU Program are interval workouts. This means you are doing an activity for a certain amount of time then moving on to a different activity or rest period. Instead of watching a stop watch or timer, it makes it much easier and enjoyable to use an interval timer app.
“Seconds” is the best one that I have found so far. There is a free version which will allow you to do a basic interval timer. There is no customization with the free version and you will have to create a new timer each time (it will not allow you to use a previous timer).
INTERVAL TIMER FEATURES:
• Large, full screen, color coded display that is easy to read from a distance. The display works in either landscape or portrait.
• Templates for HIIT, Tabata and circuit training. A custom template to create every interval. And the compound editor where you can combine many interval timers into one.
• Speaks your interval names so that you can follow a workout without seeing the screen at all. Seconds can even provide prior warning of the upcoming interval. Other alerts including beeps and bells are available.
• Coordinate your music with your Tabata workout. Each interval can have its own music assigned allowing you to match the intensity of your music to the intensity of your HIIT workout.
• Seconds runs in the background allowing you to either have your display off, or use other apps while the HIIT timer is active.
• Export and import. Share the Tabata timers with friends or download them from the web and install them in Seconds.
Make sure you are taking good quality supplements. Make sure they do not contain fillers, binders, coloring, waxes, etc. These are products that I use or have used in the past and recommend. These are not required for my programs. I am frequently asked my recommendations so here they are...
For my multi-vitamin I enjoy convenience and ease. It is hard for me to remember to take my supplements daily. The brand I take has a pack with all the pills in it that I keep in my car, purse, at my desk at work, etc. so when I remember I have them handy. Click on the link and go to daily nutrition to see full details on each product and to order.
Omega 3 Supplement
A daily Omega-3 supplement is beneficial in protecting us against cardiovascular and neurological disorders and reduces inflammation in our bodies. Click on the link to find more product information and to purchase.
Branch Chain Amino Acids are a supplement that I use during and after my strength workouts. They help build muscle, prevent muscle breakdown, and aide in muscle recovery after a workout. I buy mine from Amazon.
Collagen Peptides are a supplement that act as building blocks, renewing bodily tissues, such as skin, bones and joints. They can also help your body build muscle, loose fat, and they are an additional protein source. Most are a tasteless powder that can be added to any liquid or soft food. The primal kitchen brand has additional flavors that are good to add into coffee and smoothies. Here are 3 of my favorite brands…
Primal Kitchen Collagen Peptides see coupon code below
There are so very many salad dressings, protein shakes, bars, etc. out there to choose from. I lean more toward those that do not have artificial ingredients. Clients in my program get an entire sheet of some of my preferences. The Primal Blueprint brand is one that is great all across the board. Click the link to be directed to their site.
Primal Blueprint Pantry Items see coupon code below
Primal Blueprint Coupon Codes
Here are some coupon codes that you can use for the above recommended Primal Blueprint Pantry Items as well as the Primal Blueprint Supplements. They also have great Protein Bars and Shakes!
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I encourage my clients to drink plenty of water. To lessen waste I like to use a large water bottle to drink from throughout the day.
OuiFit 1 gallon water bottle Is a great 1 gallon bottle. It has fun time goals on the bottle to keep you motivated and also has a nice carry strap and handle, it is not insulated.
The EEGL half gallon bottle is insulated and will keep your water cold, even in a hot car. This is 64 oz and is basically a growler but works just fine for water.
Meal Prep Services
If you are busy, like most people, and don’t have time to prep meals every single week or need a back-up for meals, check out your area for meal prep services. There are more and more of these companies popping up because there is recognition of a need for pre-prepared healthy meals. Here are a few that I enjoy here locally in Indianapolis.
Arties On the Go
Artie's OnTheGo is a fresh meal prep service in the Indianapolis area for people who want to fuel their bodies with the best.
Choose from freshly made-from-scratch meals that accommodate Paleo, Primal, Macro, Keto and Whole30 diet plans. Just pick them up, heat them up, and eat them up.
Healthy, delicious, simple — your keys to success!
With the discount code refineyou you will receive 10% off every order! Click here to visit their site.
Herculean Meal Prep
Herculean Meal prep is another meal prep company in Indianapolis. They offer frozen meals and have a health food grocery. Their store is conveniently located between the Fashion Mall at Keystone and Castleton Square Mall, HercuLean Meal Prep’s first retail location offers our meals for pickup or shipped to your house, as well as carefully curated fitness oriented food products. You can think of us as a true “health food” grocery, where anything you find here to eat will help you get in shape. In their store they have products that you will not find at the bigger health food grocery stores.
Cauliflower should be your best friend. Cauliflower is a great substitution for breads, crusts, and pasta! It is healthier, gluten-free, and lower in carbs! There are two brands that I like for all my cauliflower products (and I have tried a lot). These are amazing, others are not. So if you have not tried one you have liked. Try one of these brands! (click the name to visit their site)
OuterAisle Gourmet-They have great pizza crusts and sandwich thins
Califlour Foods- They have awesome pizza crusts, flatbreads, and pasta. (I am not a huge fan of the crackers)