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Maxin’ Out My Brittle Bones

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As I sat in the room designated as my office over the Summer, I could hear her grunting, breathing hard, and letting out sounds that honestly no words could describe. She was pushing and pulling and jumping. Squatting, punching, and twisting. I wasn’t watching her but I knew she was putting her body through the wringer.

But it was for good reason.

She was testing her physical limits by pressing play and pushing through an intense 30-minute workout every day to see just how long she could go before she “Max’d Out”.

Of course, I’m describing my wife, Teemaree, and what I was experiencing of her 8-week journey doing the Beachbody program, Insanity Max :30 by Shaun T.

Admittedly, I had attempted to get in on the goods and joined her for a couple sessions. But I just couldn’t hang for more than one day. I would be so sore for the next two to three days after my feeble attempts, that I would end up sitting it out and plopping my behind right down into my chair to spend time working on video editing.

But even though I sat most of the day, the energy she was creating radiated through the walls did something magical.

It’s not just that Tee completed the 8-week challenge and completely upped her physical wellbeing, (CHECK OUT HER RESULTS HERE) but after watching (and listening to) her go through the experience, being motivated and inspired by her, and seeing first-hand how it changed her, I knew there was something there for me too.

I knew I had to do it.

But when?

To be honest, it hasn’t been easy since I went through my initial transformation which was just about 8 years ago. (Full story in my book, Disable Your Disability) I’ve been up and down in weight, on and off with working out and exercising, and of course, the stressors of life and work are always there to suck the life-force from me.

But through it all, I’ve remained determined to NEVER GIVE UP! Not just for myself, but for those closest to me and for those who I help as a coach and source of motivation.

At the beginning of September, Tee and I were fortunate enough to spend a week at a fitness resort (yes, those exist) and that kick-started some weight loss and gave me the energy boost and motivation to KEEP GOING ON THIS JOURNEY!

When we got back home, we both went through a Beachbody boxing program called 10-Rounds. We both always wanted to try boxing and this was a great introduction to the sport. Tee finished first as I sustained an injury half-way through and had to take a few days off to rest. When that happened, I felt my Insanity Max :30 days were even further off. But I did finish 10 Rounds and was proud of myself for getting through that program.

But there was the beast that was Insanity Max :30 still waiting for me.

At the end of October, after completing the boxing program, I knew I couldn’t take too much time off before starting Max :30, so I printed out my tracking calendar and prepped to start the program.

And so I did. And yes, it was ‘insane’ right out the gate.

There I was, diving into what Beachbody describes as an “Advanced” program, ready to push my body to its limits.

The first week… I questioned my choice.

The next two weeks… felt ok, but still tough.

At the end of the first month… I was excited to have made it that far and was MORE THAN READY to kick month 2 right in it’s keister!

Month 2 was… well, still insane! The whole game got turned up a few notches. Just when you think you know, you realize you don’t know. And your body starts to feel things that it’s not quite sure it should be feeling.

Again, it’s all for good reason!

So there I was. Grunting, breathing hard, and letting out sounds that no words can describe. I was pushing, pulling, and jumping. Squatting, punching, and twisting!

I was now the one!

And I was loving it! Every single time I pressed play, I felt empowered, strong, energetic, focused and ready.

Ready to prove that I can still move my body. Ready to show myself that at 49 years old, I can function like a 30 year old. Ready to, yet again, disable my disability! Osteogenesis Imperfecta (brittle bones) WILL NEVER GET THE BEST OF ME!

The best of me is #UNBREAKABLE!!!

On the final day, I just about cried at the end of that last workout.

But I didn’t. Instead I struck a silly pose with the virtual Shaun T.

Now that I’ve completed this ‘Advanced’ workout program, I’m excited to see which program I choose next.

If you have a physical disability and you think you can’t do a Beachbody program, please give it a second thought. There are modifiers for every workout in Max :30 as well as their other programs. Trust me, I couldn’t do a lot of the moves full out and had to modify. But the magic was when I found that I started to do the moves fully as I progressed through the program!

Feel free to hit me up with questions you might have about working out and exercising with a disability.

I MAX’D OUT MY BRITTLE BONES and they survived!

Be #UNBREAKBLE

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A quick intro to everything Tony...

Tony is the author of Disable Your Disability, a book about learning how to live the healthy life you deserve despite your physical limitations. He was born with Osteogenesis Imperfecta (brittle bones) and has endured 70+ fractures throughout his life. At the ripe young age of 42, he had to embrace his disability to save his life, so against all odds, pushed himself through an 8-month physical transformation that ended up being just as important mentally and emotionally.

Tony also loves music. He’s been an emcee and DJ since the mid-80’s and has DJ’d professionally since 1996 (and continues to do so!). He’s created and released independent hip hop music, and found most of his success when he and his wife, Teemaree, released 3 albums as Dynamite Jive in the early 2000’s.

In addition to all this, Tony has worked professionally in the television/film industry since 2001, and created his own company, Egg Sandwich Media, to work as a one-man-production-band; wearing the hat of Producer all the way to Video Editor.

He currently lives in Joshua Tree, CA with his wife and they enjoy their empty-nester life in the desert.

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