As many of you may have read in my latest blog post I started Heather Robertson’s (HR) 12-week Program. As of today Wednesday, July 22, 2020, I completed week 2 of 12.  Here’s an update on how I’m coping so far. In case any of you are interested in joining the program, keep reading to see what you’re in for.

Week 1

Each workout is between 25-30 minutes. Inclusive of a warm-up and a cool down. There is no equipment needed except a mat.   There are about 6 different types of exercises that do you for 30 seconds each with 3 repetitions.  There are 5 workout videos so you have the option to rest for 2 days.  The beauty of this online program is you can do it according to your schedule, just as long as you try and get the 5 days in.  Now for those of you that are exercise aficionados, these exercises will be a breeze. For those who are beginners, or who have been skipping/ avoiding/missing exercise for a while (like me!!)  it’s going to be a challenge from day one.

Before starting the program, I was familiar with HR’s workouts, so I knew what to expect.  I completed all 5 workouts and I managed to do an additional 30 minutes of walking for two of the days.  Some exercises like planks and burpees or other exercises that require you to use your body weight as resistance really tested my stamina.

TYPES OF EXERCISES

  • SQUAT & LEG LIFT
  • WALKING PLANK
  • CROSS OVER JACKS
  • ONE LEG DEAD LIFT
  • SUPERWOMAN
  • BURPEES

TYPES OF EXERCISES

  • JUMP SQUAT
  • T-PUSH UP
  • TRICEP DIP
  • CURTSEY LUNGE
  • BODY SAW PLANK

Typically, I exercise in the evening after work. However, when I know my schedule in advance and I know I’s going to be a long day I try to get my workout in the morning.  Some

Week 2

In week 2 we incorporated weights. Luckily, I have a pair of 10-pound dumbbells. (#Protip, for those of you you don’t have weights on hand you can fill plastic water bottles with dirty/sand and use them as weights) I noticed this week I’m able to last longer without stopping or pausing as much while doing some of the exercises. I also had a major achievement. One of the exercises (plank jacks) I was able to move both legs at the same time without stopping. For me, that’s a major accomplishment. However, there are a couple of exercises that I  can barely do, for example, Renegade Row and Inchworm. My form is off and I last less than a few seconds no matter how many times I attempt the moves. Which just proves there’s still more work to do.

For this week I realize I really need to focus on maintaining form and focus less on time and repetition.

Luckily I am taking pictures and videos as you have seen to document my journey to help the process. Physically I have not seen the changes but I feel more svelte and obviously I am getting stronger just based on my endurance levels. Also, I must remember to purchase a stability ball, it’s needed on Day 5 of Week 2 and for the rest of the workout.

TYPES OF EXCERCISES

  • BICEP CURLS
  • PUSH PRESS
  • OVERHEAD TRICEP EXTENSION
  • REAR DELT FLYS
  • LAYDOWN PUSH UPS
  • FRONT SWING
  • RENEGADE ROW

TYPES OF EXERCISES

  • LUNGE & TWIST
  • PALMS IN ROW
  • INCHWORM
  • GOBLET SQUAT
  • PLANK JACKS
  • POWER JACKS

For those of you who might be interested, I really think you should give it a try, it’s free, you can go at your own pace, pause, to drink water, catch your breathe and start whenever you’re ready again. The point is you are in control. That’s it from now peeps, for updates follow me on my Instagram page @thehealthy_makeover

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