Shakeology vs. Body by Vi

10 Jul

As a fitness coach, I get asked my opinions on everything from workout shoes to organic eggs. What I feed my family, what I suggest for weight loss meal plans….you name it, I’ve been asked! Recently I had an interesting conversation in one of my challenge groups on Facebook after a group member asked the difference between Shakeology (something I drink daily) and Body by Vi. While I am of course biased to Shakeology, I in no way think Body by Vi is a bad product, I just prefer Shakeology because of the benefits I know it has provided me after two kids, a csection and weight gain.

You’ll see “Words in Pink” highlighting extra costs, snacks, and differences between the products!


Body by Vi- $49 – $250 per month, depending on which “level” of program you buy. (this means you don’t have a set cost)

Shakeology- $90-120 per month (If you’re a coach, you get a discount!)


Body by Vi- 2 shakes per day, plus snacks (EXTRA, not included in the above pricing)

Shakeology – 1x per day. Good for your healthy choices. Good for your wallet! You can buy in bulk or individual packets.

Glycemic Index Ratings

*This is very important for people who have diabetic conditions, as spikes in sugar and insulin levels are never healthy!


Body by Vi – Yes, it’s just not on the label.

Shakeology – All the way! It’s right smack dab on the front of the package. Gotta love that!

Does it have any of that “fake” stuff in it?

Body by Vi – Yes – sucralose. This is nasty, nasty stuff! Steer clear.

Shakeology – Not one ingredient! Shakeology is also gluten free and they have 2 Vegan formulas!


Body by Vi – 90 calories + milk and/or fruit

Shakeology – 140 calories for green berry, 150 for chocolate, plus what you add (try almond milk for 40 calories!)

Customizable Shakes?

Both are a yes on this one! I’ve tried all 4 different kinds of Shakeology (Chocolate, Vegan Chocolate, Tropical, and Greenberry) and can say you can add just about anything to these shakes.

Return Policies

Body by Vi-30 day money back

Shakeology-30 day money back

My experience with Shakeology is that it takes 30 days to create a habit. I tell all my group members and clients about this theory. Shakeology is like an assistance tool that feeds your body, fuels it and creates a solid foundation for your good choices. It’s very easy.

What mom out there wouldn’t love to have at least ONE of her meals accounted for everyday? Throw it in the blender or a shaker bottle and you’re set. It’s customized to you, peanut butter, bananas, fruit, OJ….even add in a little flax seed meal or protein powder if you wish. It’s YOUR drink. Make it how you like it. I guarantee Shakeology will not only change how you feel physically, it will change how you look when coupled with some exercise and determination.

I never want to be a sales pitch type of person on my site. I truly believe in these products because I have been the recipient of the results. Now, a lot of that was my own sheer determination and sweat, but your eating is 70% of the body battle. If you have any other questions about these two shakes, would like a sample of Shakeology, or want to get started in one of my free challenge groups, feel free to contact me!

Beachbody Before and After Success Story: Kimberly Hogan

14 Jun

How do you sum up a best friend? Here’s my shot at it in 140 characters:

Wife. Mom of 2. Commercial Leasing Agent. Former Police Officer. Faith Driven. Classically Trained Vocalist. Mom on a Mission. Success Story!

I’ll let Kimberly tell her own story…there are some “Awww, shucks!” moments in here that make me thankful for a friend like her! Get ’em girl! You look great! I’m so proud of you.


My name is Kimberly Hogan, and I work full time doing Commercial Leasing and reside in MI, with my husband, Joe, of 5 years. Joe is a Police Officer, and we met in the Police Academy. Before we had children, I was a police officer too…you can call me a “former” :) We have 2 BEAUTIFUL children. My little boy is sweet, compassionate, outgoing, conversational, and rugged. And well, my little girl who will be 2 in July is my shot of life – a firecracker with the greatest personality. She is a goofball who is super girlie and she goes after what she wants…NOTHING stands in her way. Guess you could say she reminds me of myself a bit!

I am a part of a large family, so I always knew having a family was a must in my life. Along with the importance of my family and my faith in Christ, is my passion and sisterly bond with the FRIENDS who are closest to me. I’ve always heard, “You are the 5 people you surround yourself with the most.” Christina is my best friend and we inspire each other in different ways. Who doesn’t want a best friend who makes you WANT to be better? We’ve known each other for a little over 3 years and this is about the time I started my fitness journey. Christina was a big part of that. She’s the sister I never had (no, literally, I have 2 brothers and have always wanted a sister!)

To sum up my “Who are you?” I have a long list of folks that I love. They’re the first part of who I am. But more importantly, I’m something to someone and want to be the driving force in their life that makes them a better them.


Before and After Insanity - Success Story Kimberly Hogan

I started using Beachbody products because the key to squashing skepticism is actually doing what you’re talking about doing. I figured with Beachbody products, the proof is in the pudding, so why not give it a shot? With my 5’10 tall frame, I can EASILY mask weight gain. After having 2 children, I didn’t feel like a spring chicken anymore. Enter Insanity, Shakeology, Insanity: The Asylum, Energy and Endurance, and Results and Recovery. I choose higher interval workouts, because I knew from my Police Academy training that my body responds much better to in-your-face, drowning-in-a-pool-of-sweat workouts. Mix that with a great meal replacement shake, you have yourself a success.


First and foremost, the biggest thing that was always nagging my mind was my “stop and go” fitness. Who hasn’t experienced that awfulness? An example of this is: you start off with great motivation and great intentions, only to find it dwindling down a few weeks later. The worst part? Most likely you didn’t just fall off the wagon, you face planted off that wagon.

Side View - Insanity Results

For me, what finally pushed me to my breaking point in my success was forming a CHALLENGE GROUP. I had a group of 5 people, ALSO doing Insanity and Shakeology, who had the same goal as me. I was the leader. They were watching me. That was it for me. I wanted to be the one walking around in a bikini this summer and not have to suck in my gut.

I wanted to create MY victory. And I did. I want it for everyone else too. No one makes your victory happen except for YOU. You can stare at the success stories, and read reviews on products for hours. The main ingredient most people are missing is the constant DRIVE. I’m just like every other mother out there wanting to create something GOOD for themselves. It wasn’t easy. It took hours of blood, sweat, tears, and planning, but every time I felt the need to quit, skip a day, eat pizza, I went back to my original WHY.

What’s Your WHY? I encourage you to find it!

Back Side - Insanity Results

And one classic shot!

Classic Pose - After Insanity Results

Want to be my next success story? Join me today!

Christina Volk began teaching group exercise classes and workingout while in college. She obtained a Bachelors of Science degree in Exercise Science from Central Michigan University in December 1999. She worked as a Fitness Consultant, Personal Trainer and Group Exercise Coordintor for a massive corporate fitness center; Dominos Farms in Ann Arbor, MI for 4 years. After experiencing success personally using the Beachbody programs, she became an Independent Beachbody Coach and started her fitness consulting business in April 2009. Currently she helps others achieve their fitness goals by leading them to the programs that will best match their needs. She is also a certified TurboKick instructor.


12 Jun

Last weekend, I got to spend a wonderful evening with some amazing ladies who are my core fitness support system. Even a fitness coach needs a group! This was a wonderful evening spent with wonderful people. There is always one person that stands out when we get together as a group. She inspires me as a woman and a fitness coach. That person is Jenelle Summers.

Jenelle (top row, second from the right) is my business mentor and my Beachboady coach. She’s also the sister of fitness celebrity Chalene Johnson (Chalene Extreme, Turbo Jam, TurboFire). If you’ve done any of her videos, you’re bound to have seen her. She kicks butt in those classes. Once a year, as a special treat, Jenelle invites her coaches who are ranked Diamond and above, to celebrate what we have achieved in our business’, with a fabulous evening out on the town. This year was just that…FABULOUS!

Jenelle Summers - Diamond Coaches Team Dinner

Before I launch into how wonderful Beachbody is and the fact that I’m a WAHM (Work at Home Mom), let me first say that it’s changed my life personally. I’ve used the products, I’ve gotten the results from hard work, and I’m committed to women getting fit and healthy.

I love the fact that I can stay home with my kids, while promoting a healthy lifestyle and running a business supporting that mission. Many people say this on their blogs, in fact, how am I different than any other coach? Questions that might run through your mind when you stumble across my blog are, “Aren’t you out to just sell me a “shake-in-a-bag” or get me signed up as a coach?” Yes. I wouldn’t be being honest if I didn’t say I’d hope you’d choose me to be your coach and try Shakeology (“shake-in-a-bag.”) But… this isn’t the reason I love my job.

I love my job as a fitness coach because it changes people’s lives! I love helping people get fit and healthy!

Yogurt Stop! Diamond Coaches Dinner

Our evening started with a limo bus ride to Yogurt Vi, a very delicious yogurt bar. Girls gotta eat! We then ran down to Lady Foot Locker (not literally, it was a non-workout get together) for some shoe shopping. We’re fitness people; we get excited over a great pair of shoes! After our shopping spree, we arrived at Dick’s Sporting Goods where we were gifted with exercise apparel!

Japanese Steak House Diamond Coaches DinnerLast stop: Dinner. We indulged at Nagoya Japanese Steak House. YUM!!! It was a great night of food and fun, but more than anything, it was a great night with friends; friends that encourage and support me to be a better, happier, healthier person. I dream of the day I can take my Diamond Team to dinner! Not for the money, but for the camaraderie and support of other women just like me. We’re changing lives, one workout at a time!

Thanks for a great night ladies!

Interested in joining my team? – Here are some FAQ’s!

Skinny Girl Summertime Drinks – Healthier Beverage Options for BBQs

28 May

Are you still thinking about getting skinny for the summer? Well, we’re just around the corner from sweet summertime and we all know that with summer comes lots of gatherings, food, and ALCOHOL. If you are on a mission and losing weight and want to continue doing so, I’m here to help you “Get Prepared” for all those summer parties

Step 1: Create an action plan!

  • How long will you be at this event? You’re going to get thirsty & hungry. Do you know what food will be served? What about drinks? The regulars are Pop/Soda, Beer, and a Sweet Tea or Lemonade. Bring a bottled water, Shakeology or even R&R if you want something sweeter. That way, you’re getting your daily water and/or protein, without all the extra calories in SUGAR. Sugar is a Fat and Carbohydrate. Not good for losing weight.

FACT: Alcohol should be avoided if you are trying to lose weight. Alcohol is metabolized and quickly absorbed into the body. Other than using alcohol for energy, the body will break it down and store it as a fat. It provides ZERO nutritional value. Knowing this means we have to make smarter decisions if we are not willing to avoid the temptation.

If you are going to consume do so occasionally and in moderation. Think about it, when we do have a drink, how many do you normally consume? Sometimes its not the drink itself that is high in calories but it’s the number of drinks consumed.

Step 2: Know Your Calorie Count!

How many calories are in a drink is dependent on what type of drink you have.

  • Your common beer is going to be around 110 calories a bottle. That number will change based on light vs regular and the brewing type. Drink a 6pack and you wont have a 6-pack.
  • Wine is about 100 calories a serving. Again this number changed depending on the type of wine consumed.
  • For liquor, lets look at Vodka since its so popular. Theres 97 calories in a 1.5 fl oz serving of Smirnoff Red Label vodka. That’s a typical shot serving.

So lets be honest with one another and admit that most people are probably not willing to eliminate this indulgence all summer long. But, let’s make a deal. There is always a balance to everything and modifying your beverage choice, makes it what I like to call a “better bad”. Meaning its still not a great option, but it is better than the other option.

Here a few tips to help you:

  • Keep it simple! – Stay away from the fancy mixed drinks that are calorie loaded & will defeat your hard work
  • Order your drink “on the rocks” or “neat”
  • If you prefer to have it mixed then add a calorie smart mixer. Choose Crystal Light, Diet Cranberry Juice, or Seltzer (I try to keep all POP/SODA away from my clients)
  • Drink light beers
  • Use caution when consuming marketed low-calorie beers. If you look at the alcohol volume they are lower. If you are just enjoying 1 drink, this is a great choice. Many people don’t realize this and they drink more and consume more since the alcohol percentage is less and they aren’t “feeling the effects.”

Check out this list of 10 Highest and Lowest calorie Beers

ImageFor a refreshing mixed drink here’s my best friend Erin’s Lemon Spritzer

1 ½ ounces (approx 1 shot) of vodka
5 oz of Minute Maid Light Lemonade
Topped off with soda water

Served on the rocks or blended
Garnish with fresh fruit like lemons, limes, and a strawberry.
Serve in a dispenser for parties and sharing.

Insanity Before & After Results

22 May

When I last checked in with you guys we were going through the trenches of starting Insanity once again and those Fit Tests. Who can ever forget those fit tests? Did you complete it with me? I’d love to know your stats!

Just because I’m a fitness professional doesn’t mean I’m off the hook of accountability and frankly, it pushes me harder knowing others are doing it with me and then waiting to see my results. I’m here to report in. Here is my Insanity Before and After Results Pictures!

Christina Volk – Program: Insanity (Round 2)

Christina Volk - Before Insanity Christina Volk - After Insanity
Exercise Day 15 Day 30 Day 60
Switch Kicks 61 66 67
Power Jacks 55 61 66
Power Knees 107 122 127
Power Jumps 50 74 63
Globe Jumps 13 14 14
Suicide Jumps 19 20 24
Push Up Jacks 23 27 30
Low Plank Obliques 48 60 90

And one more for kicks!

How Did You Guys Do?

Let me know. Email me below or post a comment!

Insanity, Turbofire, Slim in 6, Brazil Butt Lift – Before and After Results!

30 Apr

I’m constantly amazed at how fabulous all of my challenge group participants are. They never cease to go above and beyond. Not only did they push themselves by ‘Pressing Play’ everyday, but they supported the other team members in their groups and some of them even became coaches! I’m a one proud Beachbody Coach right now!

So, without further adieu, I’d like to announce four of my Challenge Group Graduates for 2012!

Kiersten Mickla – Program: Turbofire

Kiersten Mickla - Before Kiersten Mickla - After
Before After
Chest 45.5 42
Waist 47.5 41
Hips 49.5 43.5
Arms 15 13.5
Weight 219 185

Doing this challenge has giving me the willpower to succeed. Knowing that the other group members are working hard to obtain their goals pushes me to go as hard as they do. I have gained so much knowledge about nutrition and fitness and it is something that I find myself sharing with others everyday. I will continue to work hard to reach my goal even after the challenge is over.

Jocelyn Cumo – Program: Brazil Butt Lift

Jocelyn Cumo - Before Front Jocelyn Cumo - Before Side
Jocelyn Cumo - After 1 Jocelyn Cumo - After 2
Before After
Chest 37 35
Waist 32 30
Hips 40 35

I have always had this goal in the back of my head (but its pretty much always stayed there). What body type I want to be, how I want to look. This has been my first time saying I want something and sticking to it. Not only have I lost weight & inches, I gained so much wonderful muscle tone and strength.

Anyone can say they are going to go home and press play on their TV and get there workout done, but can’t you always find something else to distract you from accomplishing that goal, the group made me want to be accountable, made me want to do that work and post it. I did not want to let them down as much as I did not want to let myself down.

Cori Oliver – Program: Insanity + 2nd month Marathon Training

Cori Oliver - Before and After Insanity Results

Before After
Waist 28 27
Hips 38 36.5
Thighs 20.25 20
Weight 139.6 129.2

In April 2011 I had my 3rd baby by c-section. Shortly after childbirth and weighing the most I have ever in my life at 172 lbs in a size XL, I was able to loose all my baby weight on my own between my post-partum checkup on June 1,2011 and Thanksgiving. I did this the only way I knew how, consistant cardiovascular exercise and moderate dieting. On Thanksgiving Day 2011 I finally got in my size 8 jean and weighed around 145 lbs.

I wanted more…not necessarily a huge weight loss number, but I wanted to flatten my beat up abdominal muscles. My challenge started January 2012. At first I had no idea of which workout video to claim as my own because I had never done a workout video in my life! Exercise to me was all cardio, and there was nothing else, period. It took me a few weeks, a little trial and error, before I finally settled with INSANITY. Although it was difficult, it was easy to follow, and I found myself sweating like never before. I have finished my 60 days of INSANITY and now have good defination in my abdominal muscles. I have also gained noticeable back muscle defination.

My jean size shrank from a size 8 to a size 4 and I can honestly say now I buy smalls instead of extra large:)

Beachbody, and my personal coach, Christina Massey Volk, have taught me there is more to exercise than cardio! Despite the fact I still consider myself primarily a runner, I will continue to use beachbody videos to crosstrain and to hopefully one day turn my new “four pack” post c-section abs to a full “6 pack” post c-section abs! I will also continue to drink Shakeology daily, because I honestly believe it has been a contributing factor to my success…not to mention it tastes good and is super good for you! Why would I give that up?

Cheryl Gorski – Program: Slim in 6 + Insanity

Cheryl Gorski - Slim in 6 + Insanity
Cheryl Gorski - After

Before After
Waist 32 28
Hips 38 35
Chest 36 33
Weight 128 118

I really wanted to do Insanity, but didn’t feel I was fit enough to dive right into it, so I did Slim in 6, worked out on my elliptical trainer, and about once a week did an Insanity workout. The next month I plunged into Insanity and I haven’t looked back! I lost 10 pounds, 4 inches off my waist, 3 inches off my chest and 3 inches off my hips. I also went from wearing a tight size 10 to a loose size 6! I’ve got more energy and I feel and look stronger. As the mother of 3 small children, it hasn’t always been easy finding time for my workouts and eating right, but the payoff has been so worth it! I saw some friends tonight that I had not seen in several months and they gave me so many compliments on my new look. One of them is even interested in trying Shakeology! This is only the start of my fitness journey and I couldn’t be happier!


I’m SO proud of my challenge graduates you see here as well as the others that aren’t highlighted. I couldn’t have asked for a more willing group of participants. They stuck with it and are now reaping the benefits and seeing fabulous results. While they aren’t finished (none of us are!) they now know what needs to happen to maintain their healthy lifestyles. Are you ready for a challenge?

Let me know your thoughts! Comment or leave me a message! :)

You’re Too Late!

16 Apr

Words nobody wants to hear! I had to get your attention because this challenge is filling up and the sign up date is coming to a close!

Butt, *pun intended…

I can’t leave you behind. The deadline is Friday 4/20! Don’t wait until the end of the week, I might be full by then!

So, here’s what you need to do:

  1. Contact Me ASAP! No later than Friday 4/20/2012 ||  4 Different Ways
  2. Anxiously Await My Response  – I’ll be in contact with you the same day and get you enrolled in one of my online challenge groups.
  3. If you don’t already have a Facebook, this quick video will show you how! Then add me as a friend! Search: Christina Volk

Challenge Workout: BBL (Brazil Butt Lift)


Starts: May 1, 2012  |  Ends: June 8, 2012

What You Get: With this challenge group you get my personal one-on-one attention and I’m available to you all the time so that you stay on track to achieve your fitness goals.

Deadline to Sign Up: April 20, 2012 – Contact Me Below

A few Before and After results from Brazil Butt Lift (the program we will be using)

Yes! I want to get bootiful! How Do I Get Started?

  1. Contact Me Now!
  2. Await My Response 


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