I am going to start a new weekly series for the next 12 weeks to document my experience following the SWEAT 12 week challenge.
My hope is that it will keep me accountable (because I really need to stick to it this time), but also that it will help me track my progress. It would also be wonderful if I could share my real world results and just maybe inspire one other person to achieve the same.
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What is the SWEAT 12 week challenge?
The creator of the program is Kayla Itsines, a fitness trainer from Australia. Shes been in the biz for quite a while and this isn’t her first program.
The first program I followed from her was called the Bikini Body Guide (BBG for short). It consisted of a similar 12 week program. It was available only as a downloadable PDF file.
Since then, she has modernized her program and released a fitness app called SWEAT.
The app gives you the full 12 week workout program to follow along with, as well as a meal plan if you need one.
The challenge is something Kayla herself does every year. I usually find out about it on Instagram. She runs it starting sometime in January through the following 12 weeks.
What is the 12 week program like?
First, the program consists of 28 minute workouts just 3 days a week, plus 3 days of walking.
The 12 weeks are broken down into 3-four week sets. Each 4 week set has two alternating weeks of the same workouts. Then, at the end of that 4 weeks, it changes to two different alternating weeks that are ore challenging and so on.
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My Week 1 Experience.
Okay. So. I am going into this 100 million percent out of shape. I get winded quickly walking up one flight of stairs! So honestly, I’m terrified.
I have been eating clean for a couple of weeks now for a couple of reasons. One being that I didn’t want to start too many changes at one time and set myself up for failure. Two being that I have been feeling like the garbage that I have been eating and I needed more energy!
This morning I got up at 5:30 and was in my room and starting my warm up at 5:45. I find that if I hurry up and start before I’m fully conscious, I won’t be as miserable.
It did seem to work a bit.
Now, I’m not going to lie, this workout was HARD on me. I knew I was out of shape, but goodness was it difficult.
I will say that I did finish it 100%! Even though I did take a few extra breaks and had a horrible headache afterwards.
Today was supposed to be a walking day where I walk briskly for 35 minutes, but I was just too sore. Luckily, all of the soreness was in my legs so I wasn’t totally miserable all over.
I did spend most of the day standing and walking around at work though because it hurt too much to sit. So hopefully that at least counted for something.
I didn’t sleep well last night, and I didn’t get much of it either, so I didn’t spring out of bed this morning super early to get my workout in.
I also slept in enough that I was in a bit of a hurry getting out of the door to make it to a doctor’s appointment and then straight into work.
So, I forced myself to complete my workout as soon as I got home before even thinking about starting dinner. I definitely didn’t want to do it, but I did it anyway and don’t regret forcing myself.
Today is another walking day. It’s hard for me to get my walks in right now because it’s dark in the mornings and then dark about 30 minutes after I get home.
I ended up trying to just get a lot of steps in at work. I ended up getting stuck late and it was too dark to walk once I get home.
The third workout of the week is a 28 minute full body session.
I’m still sore from the other two workouts, but I did realize on Wednesday that the soreness does ease up once I start moving. So, I got the last work out in and now I’m ready to chill for the weekend (I’ll still be walking) before week two!
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To see my progress through the end, follow me on Instagram for regular updates as well as some healthy recipes and snack swaps!
Check back next Saturday for my run down on week 2!