Everyone has a love/hate relationship with working out, right?
We know it’s good for us and we know we’ll feel good after we do it, but actually doing it is the hard part. That’s half the battle. The other half is finding a workout you actually enjoy doing.
Maybe I’m just describing myself here, but I feel like most people can relate.
I’ve never been someone who consistently worked out. I go through phases. There was a spinning phase, a pilates phase, a running phase, a hot yoga phase…I think that’s about it. Nothing ever lasted or kept my attention for too long (except hot yoga, I do still love attending a class every now and then). Once I was over whatever phase I was currently in, there would be a pretty long break until I found the next thing I enjoyed.
However, turning 30 came with what felt like a whole new body. It’s honestly weird, but I swear there were definite changes. They were gradual, but, to me, noticeable. Then there is the obvious fact of the slowing metabolism. It’s real. It’s not cool.
Realizing all this, I went into this year determined to stick to a routine and find something I enjoy doing. So in January, I downloaded the Sweat App from Kayla Itsines, an Australian trainer who is huge on Instagram. I had heard great things about it and I liked the idea of it being a lot of body weight exercises. The weight area of the gym intimidates me. Always has and I’m pretty sure it always will. I liked that the exercises on this app allowed me to just stay in the stretching room and keep to myself. 🙂
To be completely honest I was in love after the first workout. I started in mid January of this year and have been consistent with the BBG workouts, going to the gym 5-6 times per week. There are 5 different programs to choose from on the app; BBG (the most common), BBG Stronger, Body & Mind (yoga based), PWR, and Post Pregnancy.
Starting with BBG on the Sweat App
I decided to start with the basic, which was BBG. The BBG workout consists of 3 “Resistance” days (legs, arms/abs, full body) that are each 27 minutes long with 2 circuits repeated in 7 minute increments. When I first started, I did not think those 27 minutes were going to do much for me. Eventually though those 27 minutes kicked my ass. There are also 3 cardio days which consist of 2 days where they encourage you to walk for 35 minutes and one optional HITT day (think running intervals). Then one rest day.
As I said above, the exercises consist of mostly bodyweight type moves. As you get farther into the weeks free weights are added. It’s a lot of polymeric type workouts (burpees, jump rope, jump lunges…just a lot of jumping). Even though it is broken down by day, each exercise works pretty much every muscle in your body. The best part is that it’s something new every week and even every day. And it’s only 27 minutes which is pretty doable no matter what your day looks like.
So, as I said, I started with the Sweat app in January and was about 22 weeks deep into BBG when I decided to switch things up. I’m a huge proponent for the BBG program, BUT I found myself getting tired of all the jumping. Plus I felt that I had kind of reached my peak with it. I was looking for a little more and was also wanting to work in more weight training.
As of two weeks ago I switched my program up and I am now doing PWR on the Sweat app. This program follows the same layout as BBG (3 Resistance days, 3 Cardio days and a rest day). However this program is less time restrictive as some of the circuits are based on reps rather than minutes. It is much more weight training focused, so you are using a lot of the machines at the gym rather than just body weight and free weight exercises.
I think the PWR program is going to be a great way to gain more muscle, continue to keep me interested and help with my continued consistency with going to the gym.
My biggest goal, at this point in time, with working out is to keep up the consistency. I’ve honestly never enjoyed working out as much as I currently do. It’s never been something I’ve wanted to do on a daily basis. However since using the Sweat App, and using my Tips for Early Morning Workout Motivation, I’ve been motivated more than ever to keep it up.
If you are just starting a workout routine, I would definitely recommend trying out the Sweat App. It is $20/month, which I know sounds kind of pricey, but you are basically getting a personal trainer, plus 5 different routines you can switch up at any time. Also, BBG is a great at-home program! The majority of the exercises are body weight exercises, so you don’t have to add a gym membership on to that monthly app fee.