What is a Challenge Group?

Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Posted by Jameson Durall

I mention Challenge Groups a lot and I'm often asked for more details.  Hopefully this will give you an idea of what a Challenge Group is and how it can help jump start you toward reaching your fitness goals.


What exactly is a Challenge Group?

The Quick answer is that it's an online accountability group where participants learn and encourage each other toward their personal fitness goals.  I participated in one some time ago and it's what showed me that I wanted to be a fitness coach and help others get the same results!

The best part about these groups is that it's a SAFE place to work on your own fitness goals, because everyone else is in the same boat.  Also, the accountability factor is huge for so many people. It's the daily kick in the butt they need to stick with it and see results.

How can a Challenge Group help me?

I spend time with each person before the group starts to nail down some real, attainable, goals based on what's important to them.  We write them down and then compare them to how the feel at the end of the group.  Do you want to lose some weight?  How about inches from your waist?  Want more energy? Greater Focus?  These are all results that participants notice by the end of the program.

How long does a Challenge Group last?

The groups take place over the course of four weeks and generally start at the beginning of the month.  I use the first week to give preparation information so you know what kinds of foods to buy and are mentally prepared for the work that's coming.  Then the next three weeks are where the real work takes place.  They say that 21 days to make a habit...well I can at least assure you that you'll come out with noticeable results and a plan for a healthy lifestyle going forward.

What do I have to actually do during the Challenge Group?

Each day I post health and fitness education to read and then each evening you post how your day went.  Did you get in your exercise for the day?  How about drinking all of the required water?  Then you get to talk about why you didn't hit every goal that day and how you might be better prepared for overcoming that obstacle going forward.

Are you going to be perfect every day?  Of course not!  But the goal is to learn to recover from those bad days and come out with the tools to make the right decisions every day going forward.  This is not hard stuff, you just have to be willing to do it.  I'll teach you everything you need to know :)

What comes after the Challenge Group?

Well, that's up to you!  You'll have all the tools you need to continue toward your fitness goals and make the right food choices.  Some people want to participate again down the road, the accountability is always nice.  Maybe you'll decide that you want to run Challenge Groups on your own!

How can I join!?

This is the easiest part!  All you have to do is sent me a message on Facebook or Email me and I'll get you all the details about my upcoming group.  Let's get you started on your fitness journey today!


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A Lesson Learned

Thursday, July 07, 2016
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CONFESSION TIME:
Over the last few months, while I have been working out, I haven't been as consistent and at the intensity that I know I need to be.  But, the worst part is that I haven't been taking my own advice when it comes to nutrition.  Even though I KNOW that proper nutrition and water consumption is key to a healthy lifestyle, I've been a little lazy...and my waistline is starting to show evidence of this.  It's so easy to not get that last glass of water in or to have that cupcake that everyone else is having.  I promote an 80/20 healthy eating lifestyle and I've not always been practicing what I preach.

So, now to get back on track!  How am I going to do this?  I'm using July as a time to actively participate in my Challenge Group because I know it works!  I just need to get back on track always drink enough water, eat clean foods and exercise daily...in addition to my Shakeology.  I'm also planning to do another 3 Day Refresh at the end of the month to get a final push before Beachbody Summit in Nashville.

Then, I'm going to take it to the next level and my August Challenge Group will be focused on the 21 Day Fix!  I've seen huge results from the program, so I'm looking forward to leading a group with a common focus and dedication.  Why not join me on this journey?  August can be your step toward a healthy lifestyle and I'll be right there by your side!  The program is at a BIG DISCOUNT this month, so contact me on Facebook if you want more details.

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Beachbody PT Sandbag

Sunday, June 26, 2016
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Once I hit the half way point in my 60 days of 22 Minute Hard Corps, (and after a two week break from a sports injury) I decided it was time to up the weight I was using and push myself a bit further for the second half.  I don't like using the adjustable dumbbells I have, because the grips are metal and aren't comfortable for the types of moves that are required.

I decided to order the PT Sandbag since it is made for the program and all of the videos show how to use it.  It sounded like a fun way to improve my performance and boy does it do that.  It holds 20 pounds of sand (you can fill it less if you like) and the grips are really nice and comfortable.

I did one of the first month workouts just to see how it would go and I could tell a difference in the muscles activated and improved form.  I'm anxious to see how it goes over the next 30 days!

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After a long time of avoiding questions about my current project, I'm excited to finally say that Agents of Mayhem has been announced!  Check out the trailer on IGN :)



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22 Minute Hard Corps - Half Way Check-In

Wednesday, May 25, 2016
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I just finished week 4 of the program and it's time to do my mid-point fit test and measurements! If you remember from my initial post, I had to see how many of five exercises I could do in 60 seconds.  I was pleased to see increases in every category:

  • Pushups + 50% reps
  • Squat Thrust + 25% reps
  • Pull-Ups + 50% reps
  • Jumping Jacks + 35% reps
  • Plank Hold + 44 % seconds

I'M STOKED...that's way better than I expected in that amount of time.  I also decided to take my measurements and found some good results there as well:

  • Waist - 2.5 inches lost
  • Hips - 2 inches lost
  • Chest - 3 inches lost

I had only lost a couple of pounds, so this is yet again proof that there is so much more to consider than weight.  My clothes fit better and I'm getting more muscle definition.  I can't wait to see my results in another 4 weeks!  I might even post some before and after pics ;)  Let me know if you're interested in joining me on a journey like this.


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HTC Vive - First Impressions

Sunday, April 24, 2016
Posted by Jameson Durall

Now that I've had a few days to actually experience my HTC Vive, I wanted to take a few minutes to give some first impressions.  Setup was easy to follow, but did take a while.  I mounted the room sensors in my bedroom where I have about 6.5 x 10 feet of clear space...which luckily just fit the minimum dimensions after the tests.  Eventually, I'll move it into a larger space.

All of my experiences so far have used Room Scale, which allows you to move freely in the space you've allocated.  The first type is what I'd call a passive VR Experience, like The Blu, where the scenario is happening around you and you get to be in the middle of it.  None of my actions affect what is happening, but it is a very impressive way to experience something.


Where the Vive REALLY shines is in the active VR experience, like the Budget Cuts Demo, where your actions are integral to the experience.  It is impossible to describe what this is like without experiencing it.  As I played this demo, which is a stealth game, I had to peak around a corner to see an enemy.  So, I literally, physically leaned around and looked.  It's so natural and makes you feel completely like you are in that world.  Check out the video of my son to see just how immersive it can be.

All of this amazing aside, it does get tiring using Room Scale for extended periods.  Something I have not experienced it is sitting in my chair and playing something from a cockpit or FPS perspective.  I'm told that Dying Light has this option and I'll likely pickup Elite Dangerous soon...but I'd love to hear some suggestions on what to play :)  I plan to do posts about individual games as I spend time with them, so check back for those soon!

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22 Minute Hard Corps Begins

Saturday, April 23, 2016
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On Monday I'll be kicking off my 60 days of commitment to 22 Minute Hard Corps!  Tonight I did the Fit Test which has you do five exercises (Push-up, Squat Thrust, Pull-Up, Jumping Jacks, Forearm Plank) for 60 seconds each.  I had to log how many reps I was able to accomplish for Day 0 and it's obvious I have some work to do.  I will retest at Week 4 and Week 8 and am anxious to see how far I've come.

I then decided to do a sneak peak with the first workout...I can see how the improvements are going to be made.  It was a very high intensity workout and just what I've been looking to add into my routine.

Want to join me in 22 Minute Hard Corps or another new workout routine?  Send me a message on Facebook!

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So You Want to Work In Video Games?

Wednesday, March 23, 2016
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I came across this the other day and absolutely love it!  Anyone in the industry will get a kick out of it and it's good insight for those that are interested in making games.



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Designing a More Powerful Game

Saturday, March 19, 2016
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A panel with fellow Game Developers Grant Shonkwiler and Elbert Perez where we talk about how to impact your players in today's games.



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Q&A session with Full Sail University students about how to build a career in Game Development.


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A Panel with fellow Game Developers Rusty Sempsrott and Ryan Paradis about Technical Design in today's games.  Moderated by Rob Coble.



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A panel with fellow Game Developers Chance Glasco, Elbert Perez, and Cordy Rierson where we talk about the current console generation.  Moderated by Rob Coble.



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A short interview with tips on using your time at Full Sail effectively and preparing for getting your first job in Game Development.



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Induction speech from when I was inducted into the Full Sail University Hall of Fame in 2011.



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Presentation at Full Sail University in 2011 where I talk about my first 10 years in Game Development.  The Powerpoint presentation I used can be found HERE



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Full Sail Hall of Fame 2011 - Favorite Moment

Sunday, February 14, 2016
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Just as I was struggling to hold it together, Garry Jones finds a way to keep me going.  Love this man, love my school.

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Full Sail Hall of Fame Itinerary

Thursday, February 11, 2016
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It's time for my favorite week of the year!  I want to see as many of you as possible, so I'm including my scheduled time below.  Click the links for more detailed info.  My time outside of these events is pretty limited...it's a hectic week!  But, I'll do my best to make time for anyone that wants to chat :)


Wednesday, February 17th 2016

11:00AM - Gaming Greenroom
Open Session Meet & Greet w/ Students
Full Sail Building 3F, Room 111A

2:00PM - Workshop: Life After Full Sail
Hosted by Larry Katz
Full Sail Building 3F, Room 112A

4:00PM - Gaming Greenroom
Open Session Meet & Greet w/ Students
Full Sail Building 3F, Room 111A

Thursday, February 18th 2016

11:00AM - Gaming Greenroom
Open Session Meet & Greet w/ Students
Full Sail Building 3F, Room 111A

2:00PM - Panel: Beyond Mechanics: Designing a More Powerful Game
Moderator: Fernando De La Cruz
Full Sail Building 3B, Auditorium

4:00PM - Gaming Greenroom
Open Session Meet & Greet w/ Students
Full Sail Building 3F, Room 111A

Friday, February 19th 2016

11:00AM - Gaming Greenroom
Open Session Meet & Greet w/ Students
Full Sail Building 3F, Room 111A

2:00PM - Panel: 48 Hour Game Project Presentations
Hosted by Robin Koman
Full Sail Building 3B, Room 113


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3-Day Refresh - Final Day!

Saturday, September 26, 2015
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Day 3

I woke up a couple of times last night, but was still able to get 9 hours of sleep overall which is great for me.  At first, I thought I was just sleeping longer to catch up from my trip...but two days in a row makes me feel like this process is giving me better rest!

Breakfast - Shakeology
Today I decided to have the Vegan Chocolate Shakeology along with half of a banana and a few ice cubes.  The taste is very similar to the regular chocolate, which is my favorite, but without the milk it's hard for me to tell just how similar.  Still, this tasted really good and I'm glad I saved it for the last day.

Mid-Morning - Fiber Sweep
As they recommend, I downed that stuff fast today :)  It still tastes good, lemony...but man it's way better before it starts to thicken like Day 2!

Lunch - Vanilla Refresh
I used half a banana and blended the Vanilla Refresh with Ice today and it was the best version yet!  I wish I'd been doing that the whole time.  I also tried some super spicy hummus with my carrots today and it was delicious.  I'm still stuffed after each small meal, which is amazing to me :)

Dinner - Vanilla Refresh
This meal doesn't allow the use of fruit with the Vanilla Refresh, so I just blended it with some ice which was still good.  Enough ice and it almost comes out like a milk shake.  Once again, I went for the green bean dinner and wasn't hungry after.  I can say I'm ready for real food tomorrow, but healthy options sound great.  I was surprised when I went grocery shopping today, because I wasn't lunging at everything on the shelves...I felt good and made good choices.

RESULTS

It's been a productive and interesting 3 days!  I was never really hungry, which is great, and the shakes were all at good to drink.  I'm down EIGHT POUNDS!  But, the best part is that this kicked me back into gear for healthy living.  I had gotten into a rut for a couple of weeks and wasn't drinking the right amount of water and was eating too much crap.  I started this with a bloated, gross feeling...and that is now gone! I'm really excited about these results and totally recommend it to anyone that wants to get a great kickstart to their healthy lifestyle.

Want to try this 3-Day Refresh journey for yourself? The PiYo & 3-Day Refresh Challenge Pack is on special this month!  PiYo is by far my favorite Beachbody workout and is perfect for anyone, regardless of their current level of fitness.  This is the perfect pack to pair with one of my 4-week Online Accountability groups.  Let me know if this sounds interesting :)

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