PiYo Define: Upper Body

I had no plans on making a video today. I thought yesterday’s was enough but HOLY COW. I am drenched and my upper body is shaky… all in 20 minutes. I can’t even believe it. Check it out below.

My FunFitChic PiYo Challenge starts on July 7th. Get on it. Apply here.


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PiYo Review

Alright guys and gals,

I am trying  something a little different here. I finally got the courage to put together a workout review ON VIDEO for you. I have reviewed many home workouts for a very long time but its always been pictures and images. The problem is that I haven’t had much time to actually get that done.

Now, I can get my workout done and sit in front of my computer or phone and tell you what I thought.

Here it goes:

If you enjoyed the video, let me know and I will definitely do more of these!

If you want to take on the PiYo challenge and have me as your coach. Fill out the form at http://funfitchic.com/funfitchicchallenge/

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Bear Mountain Hiking Trip

On Sunday, a bunch of friends ( from Zumba Fitness and Beachbody challengers) and I went on a group hiking trip to Bear Mountain. We did what I believe was the Perkins Memorial Tower Loop. It was a hard work but such a rewarding view at the top. I loved it and highly recommend everyone to enjoy the local hikes that the Hudson Valley has to offer. We are so lucky to have such beauty right in our backyards. Check out the pics below and if you have hiking related questions, check out the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference or NYS Parks.





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The Struggle

Hey ladies and gents… I am struggling here!  Partly due to allergies, another part to laziness and lastly to not having a schedule.

How do you guys and gals workout without a set schedule?  I need to know what I am doing  and when or I am not doing it. That’s the truth. A couple of weeks ago I completed P90x3 and then I started Body Beast but I never stuck to that calendar. I started working on PiYo moves and then Zumba and I lost track of the calendar and everyday I just wake up and I’m like hmmm what am I gonna do… will I run, will I bike, will I pop in a dvd… and some days I do and some day I don’t.

I don’t like that feeling. I like knowing that when I wake up, I have XYZ to accomplish with my workouts. It’s how I succeed, its how I accomplish what I have accomplished so far.  I have Mudderella this Saturday and I have not gone for a run! I’m afraid to because of allergy season. I am making excuses.

I really need to get my butt into gear. Seriously, this is a real whiny post and I hate whiny posts but I did want you to know that even I struggle with this from time to time. For me, the solution is to pick up a program, paste the calendar on my wall, get some fun stickers to use as “rewards” on my calendar and stick to it!

Do you have similar issues and have you figured out a solution?


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Brazilian Butt Lift Challenge

I have decided that because Brazilian Butt Lift is the most searched Beachbody program on my blog, that I would put together a challenge group.

If you haven’t been part of my challenge group yet, you are in for a treat because they are lots of fun! Not only fun but you will receive accountability, support, recipes, meal plan suggestions, and consistency from me. I don’t let my challengers fail. No way! 


I am opening a challenge group for three special women who want to commit to the challenge. We start May 5.

If you are a Shaun T fan or want to give Focus T25 a shot, I am also opening a group up for three women to the program.

I have done both programs and could help you decide which is best for you. Matter of fact, I have knowledge in all of Beachbody’s programs and completed most of them.

If you live in the US, Canada, or Puerto Rico and are over the age of 18, please fill out this form and lets get to work! Serious inquiries ONLY!

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Giveaway Alert!


Les mills combat giveawayGiveaway alert! I just received notice that I won the Les Mills weighted gloves. I want to pay it forward so the next new customer that purchases a Les Mill Combat Challenge Pack from me, will receive the weighted gloves to enhance your workout! I will mail it directly to you as soon as I receive them. Please email me. I will not entertain comments or direct messages for this promotion. Melthecoach@gmail.com

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PiYo Strength Certified

Alright my lovely friends, I am certified in PiYo Strength!


YAY!!! But what the what is PiYo Strength?

I knew you would ask. This is PiYo Strength:

PiYo is a music-driven, athletic workout inspired by the mind/body practices of Pilates and yoga that also includes flexibility training, strength training, conditioning, and dynamic movement. It includes modifications for the group exercise environment, yet offers exercise progressions to challenge all levels. As a mainstream alternative to traditional practices, it does not involve chanting, meditation, Sanskrit terminology, or expressed spirituality. However, fitness enthusiasts who participate in PiYo classes regularly can gain the same benefits individuals seek from Pilates and yoga: Improved strength, flexibility, balance, stress reduction, and overall fitness level improvement.

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Picture credit goes to Kara Buono, PiYo Strength Master Trainer

I thought this was a great class for me to start teaching because I love yoga and the benefits of Pilates but I also enjoy teaching cardio and strength training classes. The fusion of all of these styles was very interesting to me.

It was definitely a fun training to take. I seem to always end up in New Jersey for my trainings. I feel like programs are introduced much faster in NJ than they are in my area of New York so its nice to learn new programs and introduce them to my area.

Kara Buono was my Master Trainer and she’s great! Her energy definitely kept us awake and motivated for the 8 hour training. She’s also super helpful, entertaining, and informed about the health and fitness industry.

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Kara Buono and Melissa of Fun Fit Chic

One of the things I enjoy most about stepping out of my city, county, and state for a training is meeting new people. The other instructors and fitness enthusiasts in the room were lots of fun. PiYo is gaining popularity and we were 30 people deep. When your mats are as close as ours were, there’s no way you’re not going to become instant friends. Although, I didn’t get to meet everyone,  the folks in my corner of the room were fun and we had a good time learning from one another.

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Picture credit goes to random lady at the gym. However, creativity credits go to Kara Buono, PiYo Strength Master Trainer

Allow me to give you a little idea on how those eight hours were spent: When we first arrived, we received our PiYo lessons which include choreography and a brief introduction from Kara. She discussed with us her background and how she became a Master Trainer and also the history of PiYo. We read through a number of pages in the 90 page manual. Two hours later we got to sweat and take the class ourselves with Kara as our instructor.

I love yoga but I’m not equally in love with Pilates so I was a little hesitant about the class. The warm up was great and by the second song, I was sweaty! I was also smiling the whole time. You can’t stop smiling even though you are in pain and working hard! We didn’t do any of the Pilates moves I dislike but we did do lots of Sun Salutations which is my favorite part of yoga. One of the things I noticed immediately was how great the workout was for opening my hips. Lots of movement to open up the shoulders and the hips which are typically tight because we all work sitting down while staring at our computers for most of the day. All class participants will receive great benefit from the program, especially in the areas of balance, posture and core strength. Who doesn’t want a stronger core?

After the Master Class, we reviewed some of the harder moves with Kara (aka, lots of time in Chatarunga). This was a good way to learn modifications and also review our form. After lunch, we got to work on a song in smaller groups. I liked the opportunity to practice.

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Picture credit goes to Kara Buono, PiYo Strength Master Trainer

Usually the song you learn at a training ends up being your favorite song. (Zumba instructors know what I am talking about….. FUEGO!!!!!) We worked on the choreography to Summertime Sadness! Yes, PiYo Strength is done to contemporary music and not traditional yoga or Pilates music. I think this program was made for me!

Overall, I like what I saw and I am looking forward to practicing, learning more about the program and introducing it to fitness facilities in Westchester County. I also like the fact that we can teach anywhere because all a participant needs is a yoga mat, their body and gravity. I’m thinking, PiYo at the beach? Are you with me?

Check with me soon as I start developing my master plan to take over the circuit with PiYo!

And if you own a gym or other fitness facility and think you want PiYo or you want a demo, feel free to reach out to me! funfitchicblog(at)gmail.com


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Fun Fit Chic Beast?

Ay ya yay. I am so sore. One week down of Body Beast is done and I am so freaking exhausted. I have said this many times, but you are never too fit to start a new program.


I just completed P90x3 and let me tell you Body Beast is so different. You are lifting heavy weight and several sets of an exercise. This really feels like having a personal trainer without going to a gym. Now that the weather is nice, I like doing my cardio outdoors so now I can do that and keep to my strength training schedule.

I am doing the Lean phase and will continue to share with you as I build a booty and arms :-).

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P90x3 Before and After

It is officially OFFICIAL. I have completed one full round of P90x3. I stuck to the 90 days exactly as set out on the calendar. When I fell back, I doubled up. When I felt tired, I made it happen. If I knew I was going to have a busy day, I did it in the morning and vice versa. I NEVER cheated. Well, except yesterday when I had some frozen custard. Otherwise, its been all clean eating, ALL THE TIME.

Everyday I drank Shakeology in the morning, ate 6 meals a day, and worked out. Very simple and the results I got were just crazy.

I can do pull ups and push ups, including plyo pushups, and my flexibility has improved!

What I’ve learned:

  1. A fitness program needs to have a little of everything. You can’t just do cardio and you can’t just do strength work and absolutely ignore everything else. Definitely never ignore stretching.
  2. Push ups and pull ups are essential. So what you can lift 100 pounds over your head, but can you lift yourself up?
  3. Balance, Balance, Balance. Its the key to life and the key to a workout program.
  4. Eating 6 meals a day and drinking water is so important. The days I failed, my workout suffered.
  5. Food logging is king when trying to stay on track. How else will you stay accountable.
  6. Letting people know about your routines is important as well. People keep you accountable when they ask, “how’s that thing you were doing going?”
  7. When it comes to food, keep it interesting. The internet is full of ideas.
  8. Tony Horton is the MAN! I love the guy and he is a mentor to me although I have never met him. Can’t wait for the day when we cross paths.

Oh and now for the big reveal:


Off to BODY BEAST with some added yoga next week! 90 days of the beast.

To Take the FunFitChic challenge, click here and tell me your goals!

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Confused over Muscle Confusion

So here it goes, I have TWO weeks left of P90x3. This is freaking crazy.  In January, I set out to complete this workout. I also set out a number of personal goals. Keeping on schedule with the workout has helped me stay on schedule with my other goals.

This is why I think creating a workout schedule or following a workout program is essential. Showing yourself that you can set a goal, follow a schedule everyday, and reach your goals, is very much indicative of what else you can accomplish. I feel like I can do anything. As I was telling one of my challengers, I never thought I could do a push up or a pull up and now I am doing pull ups and military pushups!



I can’t say I am absolutely in love with the schedule with month three.

The schedule alternates every other week and it has me completely out of whack. I can’t memorize it and I have to check my schedule like a madwoman every morning to remember what I have to do because I seem to always get it wrong. This is beyond muscle confusion, my mind is equally as confused.

The primary principle behind any of the P90x workouts is muscle confusion. This keeps your body stimulated over time so it doesn’t get used to and exercise routine or go through a plateau. According to the P90x3 guide, “Muscle confusion is achieved by training in a series of blocks that are interrupted by transition (aka recovery) periods to maximize a training law called Progressive Overload.” Basically, your body responds to a workout, you adapt, master, and then right when you see some gains, they switch it up. The mastery phase is so short that it keeps you guessing and regardless how in shape you felt the week before, you feel like you are back in square 1  the following week. It gets harder, trickier, and more intense every week.


I appreciate all the gains I am seeing from Muscle Confusion, I just wish I wasn’t so overall confused over the schedule!

If you want more information on my challenge group, fill out the form on this page. 

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