The last week has been quite boring since I have injured my right foot. Luckily I have a doctor and a physiotherapist in my class, so I got the right treatment. But still I have to wait at least until monday before I can start working out again. And then the Fit For Fall Challenge is almost over. I'm actually a little bit disappointed in myself as I started so strong and then the exams came and now the injury. It was the first time I really committed to a challenge and now I'm sitting on my bed and eating chocolate because I'm so frustrated.
So I was looking for a workout program I could committed to the next weeks which I can follow in my own pace and found: Fresh Body, Fit Mind by Amanda Bisk which is an Australian former athlete and now trainer, yoga instructor and Instagram inspiration. You definitely can see parallels to the Bikini Body Guide by Kayla Itsines (which I still don't know how to pronounce :D). It's a 12 week program, it's mostly based on a HIIT/Circuit training and it's just AUD 10 cheaper than the BBG.
Let me tell me what I don't like about the whole Kayla movement:
1) I didn't like the workouts. If I do HIIT 20 minutes is max. I just don't like to fight through every single workout.
2) My knees started hurting after week 6. Yes, maybe I did something wrong, yes maybe I had the wrong shoes, but at that point I was working out for more than a year never experiencing pain in my knees before.
3) The nutrition guide is a joke. It's just a summary of the Australian guidelines to healthy eating and I don't think it is worth the money.
4) I don't want to see her abs on every second picture on Instagram. I know, she's taking more other pictures today, but it was different last year when I stopped following her.
5) The guide is not very flexible. It's actually really strict. And they repeating every second week which I thought was really annoying. And what I can see in many forums: Because it's so inflexible people start the program over and over again and never reach the end.
6) Many workouts weren't doable at home. There was just too much equipment required.
I'm pretty sure there are many girls who succeeded with this guide, but I assume there were even more who didn't (including me).
So, what are my first thoughts on the Fresh Body, Fit Mind Guide?
1) It's a less professional layout but that makes it more personal I think.
2) The weekly schedule has more workouts but is more flexible. So this has its advantages and disadvantages. Two 20 minute workouts per day is difficult to implement I think. Because it's not just 40 minutes in total. It means four times changing your clothes, maybe two times taking a shower, two times to prepare and to tidy afterwards (if you are doing the workouts at home). I might going to combine the workouts as I'm going to the gym anyway. But I like the My session section where you can choose your own workout. There is more variety and I still can do some of my favorite TIU workouts.
3) There is a bigger focus on stretching which I really like. Since I'm doing a yoga routine every night I really appreciate this.
4) There is more focus on the inspirational/motivational aspect of a workout program.
5) Every workout is different, no repetitions (except the test workouts to track your progress).
6) Recovery weeks.
7) More focus on warming up and stretching afterwards.
8) Less equipment. These workouts are designed to do them at home or in the park. I will take some of them to the gym, but I could do them at home too.
9) It misses a nutrition part. I don't need it. But as nutrition is a big part of becoming fit and healthy I'm sure it would be helpful for some people.
Overall it looks like a really nice and cute guide. I wished I had the money to print it out and bind it, because it's so motivational to look at it everyday.
So, that's it for today. I will let you know when I start the guide.