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I’m not one for reaction-diets and fitness regimes, or anything that has a ‘quick-fix’ in front of it.
What I am totally for, however, is something of quality that will lead to a sustainable and balanced, healthy lifestyle. Fitness guides out there on the market now are a mix of both; some are fantastic, some good, some bad and some just plain ugly!
So, when I started seeing women using BodyBoss and people posting about it on social media, quite honestly, my first reaction before I had even had a look was ‘here we go again, another fitness guide with no substance’.
But then, a few close girlfriends started using it and I dived in a little deeper asking what they thought … “Sustainable” was at the tip of all their tongues.
Okay, I thought, that works for me.
Despite the fact that I’m a qualified PT, and admittedly do enjoy creating my own sessions much of the time, there are occasions (and plenty of them!) when I’ve been training all week and the thought of having a session already there, ready and waiting for me to smash out in just 24 minutes is so much more appealing.
To cut to the chase, I’ve since got the BodyBoss fitness guide, I took it to both the Seychelles and Moscow with me and actually really commend what they’ve written and what they’re encouraging, as well as the workouts themselves – Jack can be testament to that as I’ve had him join in on a few!
What is it?
It’s a 12-week fitness guide with 4 cycles, increasing in intensity as you go through them. Note! It’s not 12 weeks and then never workout again! 12 weeks is just a very good (and healthy) length of time to change both your body and fitness levels and then you can take your training a step further as you see fit.
There’s a bonus 4 week pre-training guide for any beginners or people easing back into exercise.
The workouts are four types; HIIT sessions, “Power-up” workouts, cardio and recovery and each workout is just 24 minutes (IDEAL!) with little to no equipment needed.
Workouts are 3 times per week, Tuesdays are recovery days and it is recommended to do some light cardio on Thursdays for maximum effect. Saturdays and Sundays are off.
Who is it for?
Honestly – everyone (providing you’re physically in the clear to exercise). I’m using it, maybe in a slightly different way to others would be, but I consider myself a fit person and I still find the workouts challenging. It’s certainly suitable for beginners who want a clear guide to ease them into a great training regime, that isn’t going to be super heavy impact on joints and of course also for intermediates who have trained before but want something to follow and feel motivated by. I would say everyone and anyone can expect to see positive body and cardiovascular fitness changes – no matter what level you are starting at. (Minus Usain Bolt, possibly)
These are examples of some of the workouts you can expect to see. You’ll find each day is broken up into different body parts so that you have time to recover before working them out again, and plus the whole body is being targeted which is needed for a complete fitness regime. We tend to (myself included) leave out or work the body parts less that we find most difficult so this is the perfect way to make sure all muscles are getting their fair share!
The Calorie after-burn effect
The reason why a lot of my training is HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) is because of something called the after-burn effect, and BodyBoss have founded a lot of their workouts on the same principle. They call it the #BossEffect. It’s based on the concept that you get the maximum calorie burn out of your workout – which doesn’t require much time – because the body is working so hard to recover after the workout has ended. It’s therefore thought to be far superior as a fat-burning style of exercise than doing a steady one hour jog for example, because the after-burn calorie effect in that isn’t nearly the same.
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Despite my skepticism on some training guides, I think the BodyBoss Method is a really positive addition to the market and to training. First and foremost, it’s nothing you can’t get started on right away because of a) the minimal equipment required, and b) the way they build up the intensity of the training – and anyone increasing their exercise levels is something I would always advocate!
And secondly, by making sure the training is gradual whilst still being high intensity, it’s a very healthy and positive way to burn fat and build lean muscle AND something you’ll be able to sustain for the long run. That’s not just because you’re highly unlikely to get injured using their training methods, but because it will make you fall in love with exercising and the feelings you get from it!
It’s certainly sticking around with me!
If you want to read more about the BodyBoss 12 week fitness guide or buy the book (Online guide is 190 AED / £39.90, and print book is 249 AED/£54.90) then head over to the website here.
You can also check out one of the video workouts I did using the guide on my Instagram here.
Let me know what you think – whether you’ve heard of BodyBoss or even tried it yourself already!