I write a fair amount on here about the gym. Exercise plays a big part in my life but recently it’s been feeling a little repetitive and stagnant in terms of progress. So to mix it up and keep my cardio fun in the lead up to summer I thought I’d invest and try out a program designed by one of my favourite Instagram PTs Carly Rowena.
I bought just the downloadable version as I don’t like to take too much with me to the gym, and it cost £30. So far it feels like money very well spent. The design is beautiful; so feminine and summery with pictures of Carly in her favourite gym wear on the beach. The added extras like pep talks, a shopping list, information about what you should be doing for your body shape and space to track your progress are a fantastic way to start the guide, really setting out the vibe for the fitness adventure (could I BE any more cliché?) you’re about to embark on.
The nature of the workout program is a 12 week challenge, so I thought it may be nice to log my experience here on a (hopefully) bi-weekly basis. I’m now two weeks down which is 6 sessions in total – 2 legs, 2 upper body, 2 core. 3 workouts a week is a fair bit less than what I’m used to and the plan doesn’t really include heavy weights or machines so I’ve also been filling the days in between each workout with weight or cardio sessions.
The Get Gorgeous Guide is designed to be completed either in the gym or at home so is super flexible around your routine, wallet size and personal preference. I personally still like to do the guide at the gym so that I don’t have to buy my own weights. For me, being at the gym makes me more likely to work hard anyway, it must be the feng shui. To complete the guide the only equipment you’ll need is a step, resistance bands, dumbbells, kettlebells, a ball and a skipping rope, all of which you could easily get for cheap on Amazon but gyms usually have most of this equipment anyway.
So far I’m loving the guide. It’s a super sweaty one, and you have so much control over how hard you work with your weight and rep choices. You can also choose to do each individual workout one at a time, or to run through the workouts in a circuit which I love on days I’ve got that ounce more determination! The fast pace and non-repetitive feel to the guide has really added a little kick of excitement in my workout routine and the warm-ups and dynamic stretches are great to discipline somebody like me who consistently forgets to do both. I feel super happy that the guide has also reintroduced me to the beauty of a good resistance band, and the skipping is such a great challenge and flashback to my school days.
I have 10 whole more weeks to go until I’ve completed my first round of the guide, but I’m hoping it’s one that I can start all over again when it’s done!
Are you doing any fitness guides at the moment? Let me know in the comments!