Women’s Body Beast Hybrid Schedule

by Jen on July 30, 2015

Combine the strength benefits of Body Beast with your favourite HIIT cardio program for amazing results!

It’s not secret that I love to lift weights! I used to be afraid of weight training, I seriously thought it would turn me into the Hulk! But 5 years ago, when I started my health and fitness journey, I quickly learned that strength training was super important.

I was 221 pounds when I started ChaLEAN Extreme. I lost my first 60 pounds doing that program, which combines lifting heavy weights with cardio. I then stepped up my cardio and added TurboFire, which when I combined that with ChaLEAN Extreme, I lost my last 30 pounds!

So I’ve come to learn that strength training combined with HIIT cardio is the best recipe for my success.

Fast forward a couple of years and I’ve now completed programs like Body Beast and Insanity Max:30. I had great results with both, so I’ve decided I want to create a hybrid program to get the benefits of strength training with the benefits of HIIT cardio.

As you can see, I’ll be doing one day of Body Beast and one day of Insanity Max:30. What I love about Insanity Max:30 is that you still get a strength workout, it’s just using your own body weight rather than dumbbells. But please feel free to substitute any HIIT-type cardio you have. I personally don’t do any steady state cardio like running, jogging, or elliptical. Here’s why.

I’ve also added in the HIIT cardio because I get a lot of women messaging me about Body Beast and the lack of cardio. Let me first emphasize, you CAN get amazing results just following the program like it is, focusing mainly on just lifting weights. However, if you’re like me and love to have a good sweat now and then and get your heart rate soaring with high intensity cardio, then this hybrid schedule will do just that!

I’ve started this hybrid this week, and I’ll be posting Month 2 in a few weeks, so stay tuned! Also, follow me on Facebook for more tips on how to live your best life :)

Body Beast Insanity Max 30 hybrid month one. From TheFitHousewife.com



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Apricot Glazed Chicken

by Jen on July 27, 2015

Simple chicken gets a boost of sweet flavour with a delicious & healthy glaze made from apricot preserves!

Apricot Glazed Chicken from The Fit Housewife. A healthy recipe the whole family will love!

Don’t you just love meals that are so simple to make but they taste like you spent hours in the kitchen?! This is one of those meals. Sometimes I never know what to make when company comes over for dinner. I fret about making something spectacular, spending hours preparing all the food, hoping it’s restaurant-worthy. But really, a simple dish with a lot of flavour is all you really need to impress!

Of course, kids love this one too because anything that tastes like fruit is a winner in their eyes…or should I say mouths 😉

I’ve used chicken breasts and chicken thighs for this recipe, so it’s totally up to you. You could even use pork chops if you like! Also, feel free to use peach preserves instead of apricot, they have a very similar flavour.

I hope your family loves this recipe as much as we do!

Apricot Glazed Chicken


Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: serves 4

Serving Size: 1, 4 oz. chicken breast

Recipe slightly adapted from The Dinner Fix


  • cooking spray (my favourite is Spectrum Coconut Oil)
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour (can use gluten-free blend)
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp Mrs. Dash Original salt-free seasoning
  • 4, 4-oz. boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/2 yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 3/4 cup apricot preserves
  • 3/4 cup organic BBQ sauce (look for one sweetened with honey)
  • 1 Tbsp Bragg liquid aminos (can use low-sodium soy sauce)


  1. Preheat oven to 425F. Spray a square baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. Mix the flour, pepper, and seasoning in a bowl. Place chicken in the flour mixture and turn to coat. Place coated chicken on prepared pan and place in hot oven for 8 minutes. After 8 minutes, flip chicken over and set timer for another 8 minutes.
  3. While chicken is crisping, slice onion and set aside. Combine apricot preserves, BBQ sauce, and soy sauce in a small bowl. Set aside.
  4. When timer rings for chicken, take chicken out and reduce oven temperature to 350F. Pour sauce over chicken and scatter onion on top. Return to oven and cook for 15-20 minutes, or until chicken is completely cooked through.


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