I have mixed feelings about workout programs.
I like the idea of all my workouts being predetermined — it takes the planning out of the equation, putting it in the hands of experts. But on the other hand, I like the option to tweak my workout plan to whatever I’m feeling.
Also, I see the benefits of having an end goal (30, 60, 90, etc. days) and being motivated by results. However, I also think fitness is more than just a ‘fix’ and should be something you can sustain long term. Pros & cons, for sure.
While I’ve never done Insanity or T25 or anything intense, I’ve done Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred and Ripped in 30. My results were okay – nothing crazy. I also followed a plan when I was training for my first half marathon, but that’s a bit different.
When I first moved to Austin in May, I didn’t have a gym membership. Instead, I followed Blogilates April Abs calendar, and was actually really loving my results.
To be honest, I’m not a huge Blogilates fan. Cassey seems super sweet, but her videos can get on my nerves — haha. Buuuut there’s no denying that she’s a great trainer.
So since the holidays & the winter have decided to leave me a souvenir in the form of some extra belly fat (haha), I’m refocusing my goals. Starting on Tuesday, I’m committing to the April Abs calendar again. Yes, starting in the middle of February. :’) Who says you have to follow the actual calendar?!
The calendar requires an hour-long commitment per day. I’ll be working out in the morning, while keeping an open mind for running/walking/yoga in the evenings. I still plan to do Body Pump twice a week, which means doubling up on workouts some days.
In the next few days, I’ll also be talking about another commitment I’ll be making during Lent. I’ll keep you posted on that, as well as my ‘April Abs’ progress!
- Have you ever done a workout plan? Would you recommend or try one?
- Thoughts on Blogilates? :0)