Push Up Challenge for June

I am so excited to have joined a Challenge that appears to be too hard at first but I feel like it is the perfect challenge to complete for those P90 grads who are doing weekly Hybrid workouts like myself. I am up and ready for it. Got a Beach Trip scheduled at the end of June and would love to say I did it. So here is the challenge.

MEN: There are women who will complete this challenge. Will you???
WOMEN: Show the men that you have what it takes to STEP UP and GET IT DONE!!

This is a 6000 Push-up Challenge on JUNE 1st! The idea is to do 6,000 push-ups in one month! Ideally you’ll do 200 a day and you can break them up into whatever is a manageable amount for you. I’m going to wake up and knock out 50, do another 50 at lunch, do another 50 after work, and finally do 50 before I go to bed. I don’t care what kind of push-ups you do. You can do them from your knees, you can do them leaning against a wall. The point is to just BRING IT and do them anyway you can! I want to get as many of you all doing this with me so we can all feel better and know we are doing something to contribute to a healthy life.

What matters is who can do more collectively, the men or the women. 6000 is just a goal to shoot for. If you can do more, great! If you can only do half that, GOOD FOR YOU! That is an accomplishment in itself!

Message me if you are up for the challenge as I am really excited to get this started.

Turbofire and Hockey, what?? Yes even Men’s Hockey!

Ok, so I posted a while back how p90x has made an enormous difference in my Hockey Game.  I would also post how a round of  Insanity has made an enormous difference in my Hockey Game but the day before I was scheduled to do the entire 60 days, I blocked a Slapshot with my Kneecap.  Guess my very heavily padded shinguards need to be replaced. So I attempted a couple weeks of Insanity until I realized it was doing me no good, considering I was competing in the Womens National Hockey Tournament in Green Bay, WI in a few weeks, I needed to heal my injury, so upperbody work was emphasized.  I used P90x, P90x+, and some Insanity (skipping the deep knee moves).  By the time Nationals came I was still in tip top shape, I could skate for days even with a bum knee.

Fast Forward to now and I am finally able to maintain deep flexion in my knee (oh didnt mention, that my knee that was hit with the puck fractured and healed but I overcompensated and injured my other knee 🙁 that has been my nemisis).  Still cant kneel completely but I am able to do Insanity without any pain.  So, the reason I am writing this post is because of the much anticipated TURBOFIRE, created by Chalene Johnson and Steve Edwards (one of the creators of P90x).

I am not a fitness “class” type person, I have always been “one of the guys” that is why I was turned onto p90x originally, great I can do it at home and not look like a goofball trying to get choreography down.  So, when Turbofire was originally mentioned I didnt think anything of it.  Until, I spoke with Steve Edwards at the 2010 Coaches Summit about the program.  He basically said P90x is going to be a game changer.  With this High Intensity Interval Training or HIIT you can burn calories 9 times faster, proven.  Boy my ears perked up with that comment and thought of Insanity.  Well Insanity is Interval Training as well and a killer cardio workout, where you are just dead.  The Insanity program is 60 days straight.  Here is the most exciting part of the upcoming TurboFire, YOU WILL BE ABLE TO — USE IT WITH OTHER PROGRAMS SUCH AS P90x and Chalene Extreme.  YES!! I can still do my muscle/weight resistance training and burn calories on these HIIT days.  How cool is that.

HIIT workouts  “will involve some bursts of “all-out” training followed by periods of lower intensity that allow for active recovery (this means your body can recover somewhat even though you haven’t completely stopped exercising).” from naturalphysiques.com .  We all know that Hockey is exactly that sprint to the puck, then skate, sprint to the puck, then skate.  So not only will the P90x help in strength but TURBOFIRE will help with endurance and you will be able to skate FOREVER.

Now for you MALE hockey players out there, don’t be afraid, really, and I will tell you why.  Because I subscribe to Tony Horton‘s One on One workouts I received a free preview TURBOFIRE 15 min HIIT workout.  The first time I plugged it in I did it by myself without my hockey playing Husband.  Oh My gosh, my heart rate was through the roof and I was literally “burning up”.  Chalene’s ALARM went off and it was go, go, go, then recover.  I also had my BodyBugg on to really see what the calorie burn was like.  Unbelievable, I burned 240 cals in 15 min, what????? I thought there is no way, so next time I was going to enlist (force) my husband to do it with me to see what his take was on it.  Put it in and yes once again, over 200 cals burned in just 15 min most importantly, my husband loved it.  His quote “I like this one because its short and you really feel like you are doing something”, which of course brought a smile on my face.

So, come June 18th when the TurboFire program will be on Sale Officially, I will be first in line.  I can’t wait to use the workouts with my p90x and Skate circles around those men I play with on Thursday nights.  Hello Turbo Fire!!



My Story


I am a 37 year old, RN, mother of 2 little girls adopted from China. I have always struggled with

weight or the idea of weight my entire life. I was never small as a child and always considered myself as “big boned”. When I got married 12 years ago I did as most do, become comfortable in life. I was in love and enjoyed being in love so much that I never once made a good food choice and endured horrible fast food eating habits. Next thing I knew my weight crept up uncontrollably. I continued to eat horribly and my excuse seemed to be “well I am still playing sports so I am still healthy”, WRONG!

Time came to try and have babies and after many rounds of InVitro fertilization and an Alaskan Cruise I stepped on the scale to reach 205.  (See bottom of page).After completely freaking out, I was introduced to Weight Watchers and dropped 75 pounds, I was able to get to the gym 3 days a week and continued to play sports so I was able to maintain the weight loss for a while, but still had a substantial amount of body fat and very little lean muscle.

Anna Final 90 results

Now you would think since I never became pregnant I should have been able to keep off the weight. WRONG! After adopting our girls and in a span of 5 years I had packed on 30 lbs of nibbling on toddler food-weight. So I was ready to make a change because I refused to go up another size. I chose to do what I knew best and go back to Weight Watchers which worked for 10 of the 30 pounds and then I plateau’d, and not where I wanted to be.

I needed more! Something I knew would decrease the body fat that has always haunted me and wanted to feel better than I ever had. I was not so concerned with the number on the scale but the way I feel in my skin. Along with this I wanted the self-confidence I had lost. My husband and I found p90x and we could finally focus on us and still enjoy each other.

I chose to become a coach because I love sharing my story and more than anything, love to help others stay focus and remain on track for their goals. You can visit my website at or email me at coachannagray@gmail.com. If I am your coach please drop me a line and let me know a little about you and your goals.

I began p90x on June 10,2009. I am now a p90x Graduate! . I have completely I have dialed into the P90x lifestyle with Nutrition and Exercise and my body feels it everyday. I am still looking forward to continuing on the quest for those abs I have never had in my life. I have inspired others to join and continue with this journey. There is so much variety that Home Fitness DVD boredom is a thing of the past.

Anna 2000 and 2010

UPDATE___Me 10 Years Ago and 2010


My Day 1 and Day 90 Success Video

My Wonderful Husband’s P90x 90 Day Results

Jeremy p90x final

Plyometrics Safety Tips

Plyometrics Safety Tips | Hockey Off Ice Training | Dryland Training | Sports Conditioning

What are Plyometric Exercises?

……Pieces taken from Sports Medicine on About.com


Plyometric exercises are specialized, high intensity training techniques used to develop athletic power (strength and speed). Plyometric training involves high-intensity, explosive muscular contractions that invoke the stretch reflex (stretching the muscle before it contracts so that it contracts with greater force). Plyometrics exercises typically increase speed and strength and build power.

You can find Plyometrics in many Beachbody workouts including: P90x, Insanity, and TurboFire

1. Plyometrics are recommended for well-conditioned athletes

2. You should start with a good base of lower leg strength prior to performing plyometrics

3. Warm up thoroughly before starting

4. Start slowly with small jumps and gradually build upLand softly to absorb shock

5. Allow plenty of rest between plyometric workouts

6. Stop immediately if you feel any pain in your joints

7. Pay attention to Injury Warning Signs

8. Use footwear with plenty of cushioning

9. Perform plyometrics on soft or cushioned surfaces only

Remember if you are looking for ideas for some great Plyometrics workouts, here are some great ones.