How is your fitness these days? Give yourself a rating of 1 being out of shape and 5 being in kick-ass shape. If you find yourself at a number you’d like to improve (like me), I recommend you give BodyBoss Ultimate Body 12-Week Fitness Guide a try.
Due to a number of injuries over the past 2 years, my fitness level dropped pretty close to a 1 and I gained 20 pounds. I have not been this out of shape in years! Luckily, I got my nutrition on track and lost the 20 pounds earlier in the year. I’ve kept it off through proper diet, but not a lot of exercise.
Could I become a BodyBoss?
When the folks at BodyBoss reached out to me to see if I’d like to review their program, I jumped at the chance! I’d read about the program online, but thought it might be too hard for me. Luckily, the program includes a 4-week Pre-Training series to get those of us who need a bit of help up to the BodyBoss level.
The BodyBoss Method in a nutshell:
- High intensity workouts are the foundation of the program
- 12-week program is 4 cycles of 3-weeks
- 30-50 minute total time including warm-up and cool-down, actual exercises are kept at 24 active minutes
- Each cycle increases the difficulty until you are at BOSS level
- 4 week pre-training program included
- Available in online ($49.50), print ($65.90 with free shipping), both (currently on sale for $65.90)
Workouts are comprised of high-intensity interval training (HIIT) circuits. You exercise only 3 times a week so it’s pretty hard to go with the “I have no time” excuse. That said, the program boasts exercise times of only 24 minutes, but adding warmups and cool-downs bring some total times to as high as 50 minutes. Each cycle is designed to gradually increase the difficulty level so that your body never gets too comfortable.
Do you need Pre-Training?
The BodyBoss Guide provides a checklist of people who might need the pre- training program like being unfit, having a baby in the past year, being overweight or underweight, etc. It’s a good idea to complete the pre-training guide if you attempt week one and you are too sore to continue.
My progress so far
I’ve completed the pre-training and have just started the formal program. All exercises are photo-illustrated and explained in the glossary at the back of the book. I do wish modifications were explained, but good thing they have a growing BodyBoss Method Community on Facebook! It’s an active group where you can discuss and share your progress and concerns with fellow BodyBoss Babes! It really helps! Overall, it’s best to listen to your body and adapt any exercise that causes you pain. Challenging your muscles is one thing, but pain is not to be ignored. Listen to your body and you’ll do fine!
If you’re a beginner and need more visuals, I would recommend getting the online version or the bundle. The online version comes with interactive GIFs animations, which guide you through the form for each exercise. I’ve also noticed an upgrade to the online guide recently – they’ve included a Buddy Workout Video for Week 1 of the program where you can watch the video of a trainer and workout her! I hope this extends to the rest of the guide soon. It’s really helpful to have both the online and print versions, depending on your needs.
I’m really pleased with my results so far. My cardio and muscular endurance has significantly improved and I’m already seeing more muscle definition. My stomach is flattened, my thighs and arms are tighter and more toned. It’s been a long time since I’ve felt confident enough to share a photos like this. I can’t wait to see what I look like at the end of 12 weeks.
What I like about BodyBoss
- Good for a variety of fitness levels
- Little to no equipment needed for most workouts (some require hand weights)
- Great for travel via online or print
- Easy to follow instructions
What I’d like to see in the future from BodyBoss
- Modification instructions for folks who need an easier option
- Nutrition guide – apparently, one is in the works
- Online forums on their website- Folks can use the #BodyBoss hashtag to follow others and use the Facebook group for support.
Overall, I think the BodyBoss Method 12-Week Fitness Guide is a solid program. I recommend it for anyone looking to get in shape. For folks who are already in good shape, this program will take your fitness to a new level. If any of these workouts are too easy (first of all, WOW! You are in kick butt shape), you can add heavier weights, ankle weights and more challenging cardio warm ups.
The last 3 weeks of the program are called BOSS level. I am certainly looking forward to being a BodyBoss!
What’s your favorite workout?