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Solid Fitness Program
on May 20, 2013
When I began the 8 week program I had no idea what HIIT (high intensity interval training) was, and I could not do a "real" push up. I don't do gyms, and while I could collect several exercise DVDs and rotate them, I like having a program with structure because it gives me a goal - to complete it, make it all the way through. I challenge myself, I tell myself that I have to finish it, that I can do it, that I will do it. The program was very good about upping the difficulty each week and making sure that you knew that you were being challenged. I will note that while the program came with nutritional guides and such, I did not follow them. It seemed like a nice, solid, and balanced plan, but I do my own thing in terms of nutrition, and my methods work well for me. I could never follow a plan that said "eat this now, and eat that then," while that method works for some, it does not work for me.
Just following the work out portion of the plan, I dropped a total of 24 pounds and lost a total of 11 inches (4.5 from waist, 3 from hips, 2.5 from thighs, 1 from upper arm for those of you who are curious). I dropped to a size 6, and can reliably do a set of push ups. The program was not always easy, but it was very rewarding, and seeing the numbers at the end give me a feeling of accomplishment and make me very happy for all those days that I got up and worked out anyway, even though I really didn't want to, or was not in the mood.
The trainer is good, he is very enthusiastic about exercise, and his attitude shines through, and also makes you enthusiastic about it. He is very hyper, uplifting, and encouraging, but not to the point of being annoying. If you don't like trainers like Jillian Michaels, you will probably love this guy - his style is almost exactly the opposite. (No offense, I rather enjoy Jillian). As one reviewer said, he comes across as though he cannot imagine the workout not being fun, but this attitude is contagious, and it helps you begin to view the workouts as fun. I actually looked forward to getting up and doing them every other day. And note, I am the type of person who will not do a workout if I dislike the trainer.
Each week you get the same warm up (5 mins) and then two circuits of six moves, followed by a five minute stretch/cool down. The circuits got progressively harder each week, and certain moves would build on previous weeks movements. (For example, a side plank one week, advanced to a side plank with a hip raise the next week). Weeks 1-4 are focused on burning fat, while 5-8 are focused on building muscle. You'll need about 45 minutes each day to complete the workouts.
I'm sure that eventually I'll go through this program again. Don't get me wrong, it was not without it's flaws (thus four stars and not five) - some of the moves I could not do (bothered my back), the trainer sometimes did not cue well, the warm up and cool down was the exact same every week, and two of the exercise demonstrators had really horrible form (Lauren and Ethan. The other three + the trainer did a fine job with beautiful form).
But despite these flaws, the program was - at least for me - worth investing $30.00 and eight weeks of my time. It has also elevated my fitness to a level that makes me feel confident to take on other programs and challenges.