Here's my verdict
I'd like to get in shape for summer, but after getting a promotion (dream job!), between the late nights at the office and taking care of my family, I just don't have time to drive to the gym for long workout classes. I asked my friend Laura if she had any tips to share with me because she always seems to be in really good shape. Laura surprised me by suggesting a work-from-home program called BodyBoss. I didn't think I could be motivated to work out at home and was surprised she got such good results without all the big gym equipment. Laura explained that BodyBoss uses HIIT workouts, which stands for high-intensity interval training. These are exercises designed to have the biggest effects in the shortest amount of time, and by going back and forth between types of exercises (thus, interval) your body keeps burning more calories for up to 24 hours after you workout!
I checked out the BodyBoss Facebook page and saw for myself what a great community support system they've created. It was filled with inspirational messages and pictures from real women of all different ages and body types, sharing progress photos, tips, snack ideas and encouraging each other not to quit. The Facebook group is where I learned that the BodyBoss program only requires working out for 24 minutes a day, 3 days a week. I really loved the idea of having people to keep me motivated and accountable, and thought I could manage the short workouts, so I decided to take my best friend's advice and order the book and online videos.
When I received my BodyBoss 12-week program, I was impressed by how well the workouts were broken down. They also included an easy-to-follow 4-week Pre-Training plan for anyone who recently had a baby, or hadn't done much physical activity lately. They go into a lot of detail about how to do each exercise exactly, and the clear instructions with pictures made it easy to know if I was using correct form. I also found it easy to follow along with the videos. My first BodyBoss workout was the perfect level of challenging without being overwhelming. I kept it up in the following days and even completed 4 workouts in the first week.
Usually, I can't stay interested in fitness routines for more than a week, but with BodyBoss I was seeing results fast, so I actually wanted to stick to it. I surprised myself by how motivated I was. After each workout, I had more energy and felt really healthy and happy. Doing the workouts from the comfort of my home meant I never had to waste time driving to the gym, or worrying about some creepy guy staring at me while I used the elliptical! Slowly but surely, I was breaking through my workout rut and actually sticking to something. Several women in the online community were so sweet to me and complimented my progress or shared tasty brownie recipes. They were all about "progress not perfection!"
I've been using BodyBoss for 2 months now, and it's the first workout I've ever stuck to for this long. Laura and I keep each other motivated, we love the sense of community and find coach Kim Lyons from The Biggest Loser super inspiring. Kim does a free live online show and Q & A every Monday that really helps keep me on track. I've already toned up and lost three inches from my waist, and am feeling beach-ready! The structured plan has made it so easy to stick to working out, and I no longer feel that pre-gym dread. I haven't looked or felt this good in a really long time. I have more confidence in myself, and I can't wait to see what kind of results I achieve in the next few months!
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