“Tough Mudder” – The Experience

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Let me start off by saying that having never done this before, and knowing that I have panic attacks when I am in water that I even THINK may be deep enough to be over my head, I was a bit scared of this endeavor I was about to take on. The only comfort I had going into this was knowing that I was doing this with people who genuinely cared about me and I KNEW I could count on them if I needed them…and guess what, it turned out..I NEEDED THEM! When taking something like this on, you need to be able to count on your team to get you through..NO ONE can do this alone. For this one, my team consisted of my brother John, my brother Jason, my sister-in-law Megan, and my husband Scott, and Jason and Megan’s friend, Justin. We were “The Swampy Donkeys”!

On February 25, 2012 we set out for The Tough Mudder, in Temecula, Ca. at Vail Lake Resort..B-U-Tee-Ful place!! I would love to take a trip there if I were traumatized by this last experience…just kidding…it is gorgeous and I would love to spend some time there doing something other than the Mudder. I wish I had been able to take a picture from the top of one of the climbs because the view was amazing!

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This challenge and that is what it is…they even say so, “This is not a race, this is a challenge!” I found it interesting when the man with the mic said that, In my head I couldn’t help thinking, “ just like life.” I don’t know why that popped in at that time, but it did.  We were off…through the mud and up the first “Death March”(this was the first of many uphill dusty dirty mountain climbs. I have to admit that I was pretty proud of my efforts…my success AND my failures. I did well! Somewhere along the way I managed to bang up my knee a bit..I have no idea when or where it happened.

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There is a lot of good that can come out of a “challenge” like this. Finding out who you can depend on, who you can’t(glad I didn’t have any of those kind of people on my team), you have mental barriers to break through (one for me was during one of the “death marches” was having to think to myself, “If a Marine with only one leg can do this..I sure as hell can do it with two!” Let us also not forget that this is a fundraiser for “The Wounded Warrior Project” so not only are you doing something for yourself mentally and physically, but you are helping our American Heroes when you sign up for this.Image

“Quit whining and start running”… (Another sign to be read along the Mudder route),I think this is the approach we should all take in life. We can go slow…walk and whine, or we can move forward and know that the next challenge. Whether it is a “success” or if it is an “opportunity for improvement” (which is what I see every success attempt is).  There were some obstacles that although I was very proud I attempted, I did not complete (Chernobyl Jacuzzi), I know what to expect for next time…yes, NEXT TIME!

I’m interested in putting together teams for future Tough Mudder Challenges and other obstacle course challenges across the USA , if you want to be on one of the teams in your area, let me know…this could be truly an AWESOME, AWESOME…event for all those who commit to completing these challenges! I’d love to have you join us!

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Active Military Members- WE WANT (to help) YOU, and your families!

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Good afternoon! Welcome! Welcome! Welcome!

My name is Jenni Whipple and as you know if you read this blog or are a member of our Facebook Fan page, (www.facebook.com/jenniwhipple), I am a health and fitness fanatic! I genuinely care about people and their health, and there is NOTHING that makes me feel better than helping people reach their health and fitness goals or improve their health so they can live a better, healthier, happier life!

While I enjoy helping people this way, and understand that weights, cardio, and nutrition are KEY elements for desired results, the fact is, some people just don’t have the money, the time, or the schedule which allows them to get to the gym and workout or pay $35-$60/hr OR MORE for individual sessions with a Personal Trainer. This is one of the main reasons I teamed up with Beachbody and the professionals on Team Beachbody.

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I can still provide fitness and nutrition along with support on my clients schedule…even if they work odd scheduled hours and it allows me to help ANYONE because the programs offered are VERY cost effective and the programs are proven to work!

Chris..Before and After!

I am also leading he charge in the fight against obesity by pledging to help get military families fit and “joining forces” with ACE (American Council on Exercise) Certified Personal Trainers, ” Our goal is to pledge 1 million fitness training service hours to enrich the quality of life of our service members and their families, and help expand their access to fitness resources and programs. We are confident that with your help we can meet this overarching objective!”

 

As you can see, by being a Team Beachbody Coach, this creates an amazing opportunity to help those military families access to additional fitness resources. By being a Beachbody Coach I don’t have to worry about the over head costs or rent of a facility, or travel issues to and from where my clients want to workout. It is convenient for myself, yes! BUT it is also VERY convenient to YOU, my client and your family!

If I haven’t mentioned yet…I strongly recommend getting yourself healthy but also get the rest of your family involved! Have them to the exercises with you, learn and teach them what you are learning! This is how the epidemic is halted! How can anyone NOT see this as an exciting opportunity?!

I believe what makes it a little “more special” to myself is the fact that my Step-Father, my Father-In-Law, my Husband, and my Brother are all military veterans. I, unfortunately, was not allowed into the military due to “moderate hearing loss” in my left ear when I attempted to enlist in the Air Force. Regardless…I am still part of a military family, and this allows me to help those who are also military or in a military family! That, is a GREAT feeling!

We are all aware Father’s Day is coming up, but, not only “Fathers” are in our military..regardless of what upcoming holiday may be approaching, why not just say, “I Care!” to your loved one or family member? To me, it is those unexpected gifts for no real holiday that means the most to me, those surprise gifts.

As a way of saying, “Thank you!” to our active military personnel, if you’re Active Duty Military your Start up fee of $39.95 is waived AND your monthly back-office fees of $14.95 are ALL waived for the entire duration of your active-duty!

Not a soldier? Well think about this – how many soldiers do you know though, who would be interested in Free Beachbody Coaching for Active Duty Military?

This is a great way to earn some extra money promoting our top-notch line of proven fitness, weight loss, and nutritional products – PLUS you receive a 25% discount on all Beachbody product purchases. Enjoy the following programs at a significant discount: P90x, Insanity, TurboFire, or the new P90x2, Asylum, or Body Beast bodybuilding program coming out soon!

Worried about shipping? Team Beachbody ships to APO/FPO!

Not sure if this is the business for you, or maybe you’re too busy saving the country to ‘work the business’ aspect – that’s completely understood – THAT IS WHY the “Free Beachbody Coaching for Active Military” offer is extended to your spouse as well. There are military wives earning thousands per month as Beachbody coaches, marketing it to other Military wives.

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I think it’s an honorable thing that Beachbody is doing for servicemen and women and their families. I can’t think of anything better than providing a solid income opportunity for soldiers and their spouses so that they can come home from saving our country and manage their own successful business.

We want to help keep you and your family, as healthy as we can…and we want to Thank you and your family for your sacrifices!

If you are interested, please contact me through my Fan Page listed above or click on the picture below. We WANT you to be successful and your CAN start a career with Beachbody!

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ACTIVE MEMBER FAQ:

Wow, this sounds awesome! I’m Active Duty Military and would like to become an Independent Team Beachbody Coach, How do I signup?

Please complete the Coach application, and submit the completed Coach application, together with a copy of your active duty orders and verification of your active duty status – such as a military ID or your BIR, to Coach Relations for review and processing of your application. Submit paperwork via fax at: (213)201-7225 or by email to coachrelations@teambeachbody.com.

If they need more information they will contact you directly.

My spouse and I are both active duty military, may we both enroll as Independent Team Beachbody Coaches and have our fees waived?

Absolutely, yes! If you and your spouse are both active duty military and serving our great country, then by all means you both may enroll as Independent Team Beachbody Coaches, and you will each be eligible to have the enrollment fee of $39.95 and your monthly service fee waived. Both of you will need to fill out and complete our Coach Application and submit the application along with verification of your active status.

My husband/wife is active duty military however I would like to enroll as an Independent Team Beachbody Coach. Is this possible?

This is definitely possible. If you’re active duty and not a Beachbody Coach, your spouse is more than welcome to take advantage of this great benefit. Just be aware that your spouse will still have to submit a copy of your active duty orders and proper identification along with the application forms to qualify for the waiver, simply make sure to put the enrolling spouse’s name as the name on the Coach account.

If I’m active duty military, can another person other than my spouse enroll based on my Active Duty status?

Sorry, this is not available at this time. Also note that if only one of you are active duty, but you both want to join, only one of you will qualify to take the benefit. You will have to decide who gets to opt-in to the waived membership.

What do you mean when you say I have to be active duty military to qualify for the Free Beachbody Coaching for Military?

At the time that you submit your Coach application, we will also need you to include a copy of your active duty orders and verification of your status from your branch of service. Your active duty orders will generally include a start and end date. Based upon the end date given, your monthly business service fee will be waived for the duration of that period. If you are later reassigned to active duty please contact Coach Relations for further instructions.

Contact me if you’re ready to take advantage of the “Free Beachbody Coaching for Active Military” special offer!

“Tough Mudder”- The Experience and the rise of the Obstacle Course Competitions..now accepting applications!

I remember seeing “Ninja Warrior”, watching with anticipation to see if the competitor would make it through the course. Then “Wipe Out” and their “ooohh!”, “ahhh!”, and ouch!” moments. Laughing when someone flopped off one of the big red balls into the water only to try, try again! Here is a great article about these obstacle course races and their popularity in The Washington Post. Why? Because they are not only challenging, THEY ARE FUN! These obstacle courses are a great way to reconnect with our inner youth as well as getting a sick cross-fit type of full body workout. This was my first,yes, my competitive obstacle course cherry was popped and I liked it!Image

On March 21st I will be hitting my 41st Birthday! I work full time outside the home, part time as a health and fitness Coach, have a husband and 3 active kids…so just like everyone else out there, I am busy, busy, busy! I choose to not watch TV and use that time to get in my workouts, read, listen to positive audio recordings like MorningCoach.com (which you can listen to the free Monday morning recording on iTunes) on my way to and from work, because there is way too much negativity out there being forced down your throat daily by people and media already.

Like I said, I had never done this before, and knowing that I have panic attacks when I am in water that I even THINK may be deep enough to be over my head due to a childhood water accident, I was a bit scared of this endeavor I was about to take on. As a former Firefighter I am aware of the mental games that a person can play with themselves to get through some pretty scary situations, but still, the panic attacks are a reality in my life, but something I was willing to face head on.

The only comfort I had going into this was knowing that I was doing this with people who genuinely cared about me and I KNEW I could count on them if I needed them…and guess what, it turned out..I NEEDED THEM! When taking something like this on, you need to be able to count on your team to get you through..NO ONE can do this alone… not even the creepy weirdo man who thinks he is a real life super hero! For this one, my team consisted of my two younger brothers, John and Jason, my sister-in-law Megan, my husband Scott, and Jason and Megan’s friend, Justin. We were “THE SWAMPY DONKEYS”! Jason came up with that name. He is third from the left in that pic below. Our team was incredibly awesome. We kept going, left no one behind, and had fun the whole way through.

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On February 25, 2012 we set out for The Tough Mudder, in Temecula, Ca. at Vail Lake Resort..B-U-Tee-Ful place!! I would love to take a trip there if I were traumatized by this last experience…just kidding…it is gorgeous and I would love to spend some time there doing something other than the Mudder. I wish I had been able to take a picture from the top of one of the climbs because the view was amazing!

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This challenge and that is what it is…they even say so, “This is not a race, this is a challenge!” I found it interesting when the man with the mic said that, In my head I couldn’t help thinking, “ just like life.” I don’t know why that popped in at that time, but it did.  We were off…through the mud and up the first “Death March”(this was the first of many uphill dusty dirty mountain climbs. I have to admit that I was pretty proud of my efforts…my success AND my failures. I did well! Somewhere along the way I managed to bang up my knee a bit..I have no idea when or where it happened.

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There is a lot of good that can come out of a “challenge” like this. Finding out who you can depend on, who you can’t(glad I didn’t have any of those kind of people on my team), you have mental barriers to break through (one for me was during one of the “death marches” was having to think to myself, “If a Marine with only one leg can do this..I sure as hell can do it with two!” Let us also not forget that this is a fundraiser for “The Wounded Warrior Project” so not only are you doing something for yourself mentally and physically, but you are helping our American Heroes when you sign up for this.Image

“Quit whining and start running”… (Another sign to be read along the Mudder route),I think this is the approach we should all take in life. We can go slow…walk and whine, or we can move forward and know that the next challenge. Whether it is a “success” or if it is an “opportunity for improvement” (which is what I see every success attempt is).  There were some obstacles that although I was very proud I attempted, I did not complete (Chernobyl Jacuzzi), I know what to expect for next time…yes, NEXT TIME!

I have no doubt P90X and Insanity helped me with getting through this course and Scott agreed with me on that. We will continue to use the Insanity for the next prep and maybe add in P90X2 and/or Insanity Asylum! Bring out the BIG GUNS..Oh yeah! 

We are interested in putting together TEAMS for future Tough Mudder Challenges and other obstacle course challenges (Warrior Dash, Spartan Race, Mud Run etc for those who are a little timid about stepping head on into the TM.) Why these obstacle courses? Because…well…read this: About the Tough Mudder because I couldn’t have said it better myself! I am hoping that we will get teams going all across the USA! If you want to be a Team Leader or would like to be on one of the teams in your area, please let me know..this could be truly and AWESOME, AWESOME event for all those who commit ( and I mean COMMIT) to competing in these challenges while having a great time too. Of course, I’d love to have you join us! What do you say?! YES!

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