I am seriously jazzed over this App I’m using for working out. Chris & Heidi Powell from Extreme Weight Loss have put all their knowledge, Know How, and coaching into an app and I am in love.
I’ve looked at it for the last few months thinking “maybe”. Then I decided to take the 7-day trial and I was hooked.
I’ve come a very long way on my own in the weight loss world. I’ve said before, post-surgery the first 50 pounds flew off, the next 40 have been a labor of consistency and work. A lot of good choices and cardio to burn the calories. What I’m left with is a smaller, but saggy, frame. I am now ready to embark on really shaping my new body and that, my friends, is done through resistance training. Enter #theTransformapp.
The app is broken down into three parts. Nutrition (literally meal plans for you based on Chris and Heidi’s eating philosophy), resistance and cardio. I even like the cardio better than what I was doing.
Take yesterday — week 2, day 1. Resistance was simply 15 minutes to complete as many rounds as I was capable of the following 3 exercises:
Hollow Rocks (keep your legs and shoulders off the ground and rock back and forth for a series of 5 — harder than it sounds! Core BURN!
Mountain Climbers – Set of 10 each time
Air Squats – Set of 15 each time. Now, herein lies a minor miracle. I am terrified of squats. Those who know me know just how bad my knees are. I mean they are terrible. I am petrified that I will blow them out doing squats. I’ve worked with trainers and on my own over the years never having confidence to do them to their fullest. I watched Heidi’s sample for form and decided to give it my all – all in – I spaced my legs apart, dug in my heels and placed a stability ball behind me so I would know where “deep enough” was — and voila — I did squats, engaging my thighs and butt, and my knees never felt a thing. I was shocked and amazed! And excited.
In total, I did a series of six rounds in that 15 minutes (a few breaks in between, I’ll admit) and that equals 90, NINETY, squats. HOLY COW!
Cardio is a mix of High Intensity and Low intensity. Last week it was 1 minute high, one minute low for a minimum of 10 minutes. This week it’s 2:30 high, followed by 2:30 low for a minimum of 10. I can’t believe how hard I can push myself aerobically compared to where I started last year.
Throughout the app they share encouragement and there’s videos for inspiration and life lessons and places to journal along the way. I really, really can’t say enough. I was so stressed having to plan my own workouts and figure out what to do on my own. I didn’t want to commit the money yet for a trainer if I could avoid it and now I think I have a solid tool in place. It is $14.99/month or $38 for 3 months, which is the option I took to give it a fair try.
If you’re looking for a good at home (or in the gym, you select where you spend most of your time) option for a trainer without the cost – give it a try. I can’t wait to see where I am at my one-year anniversary.
Speaking of — my one-year surgiversary is July 31st. My goal for the next three months is to lose the last 9 pounds to reach the -100 mark, lose an additional 2″ on my waist and lose one more size in jeans (I’m now a 9-10 – my goal is an 8). It is also to horseback ride on my anniversary. Cannot wait! 🙂