A Week 1 Review Of The New Workout Sensation 'Body Boss'

A Week 1 Review Of The New Workout Sensation 'Body Boss'

One young woman's journey to decide whether or not "Body Boss" is all it's hyped up to be
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I'm sure most people who have Facebook, Pinterest, and/or Twitter have already heard about the high intensity, circuit training program called Body Boss. It's been voraciously circulated on multiple social media websites and, in a particular moment of either extreme self-loathing or self-confidence, I'm still not sure which, I decided to purchase the program and give it a whirl. I'll be posting three articles on my progress through the program, week 1, week 7 and week 16 (the final week) because I've heard nothing by hype about this program. Let's see if it's all it's cracked up to be, shall we?

For starters, the Body Boss marketing team gets an A+ for their efforts. They have strategically marketed the program to target hard-working woman of all ages and demographics. The workouts are all done at home and require no outside equipment. They stress a high-intensity workout that only takes 24 minutes, three times a week. Sounds doable right? I figured so.

After working up the nerve to actually buy the program, I saw that there are several different options. For example, they have a strictly online guide, a strictly paper booklet, or both. Due to my curiosity, I purchased both, which was handy as a bundle deal!

Once purchasing the program, I was immediately able to set up my account online and view the online booklet, which is a carbon copy of the tangible one sent to me by mail. It was pretty awesome I'll have to admit. I'm sure everyone who wants to workout at home is acquainted with the stress of designing, testing and implementing your own workout. Well, the Body Boss team does it for you.

Each workout obviously has specified exercises, repetitions, etc but the thing I liked most was how structured it is. It made it pretty hard for me not to do the workout because it's laid out so nicely.

The Body Boss creators were smart to create a four-week "pre-training" program before hitting the ground running with the hard workouts. I, in particular, was very thankful for this. I was an athlete throughout high school and active all throughout college but have been out of the game for a while now and the pre-training seasons were exactly what I needed to meld myself back into the mode of working out.

After my first week of the Body Boss program, I came to several conclusions, most of them positive!

Firstly, the workouts were wonderfully designed to target different muscle groups in one workout. Keep in mind, I was still in the pre-training part of the workout but I was still sore the days after the workouts! It felt fantastic though. I knew I was doing my body some good. It was very easy for me to keep track of reps, cycles, and exercise because the guide was very easy to use.

Secondly, I loved the convenience of working out at home. No gym membership or expensive workout gear required. All I needed was a yoga mat and a chair for my first week. Easy right? Not to mention, my husband had a heck of a time watching me do high-knees and butt-kicks, I guess Body Boss isn't just for us ladies after all.

Thirdly, the creators did a wonderful job of giving easy-to-do tasks for days off i.e. Tuesday, Thursday and weekends. They recommended different activities to keep yourself moving, albeit much less intensely than Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

Lastly, and the only issue I had thus far, was the amount of time it takes to do each workout. The advertisements tout the fact that their workouts are only 24 minutes long and that was a leading reason for my interest. However, it was that dastardly little asterisk beside the number 24 that proved my undoing. In the fine print, the program specifies that some workouts may be longer than the glorified 24-minute mark.

In the first week, the workouts on Monday and Wednesday were 37 minutes long (including warm up and cool down) and Friday's workout was 26 minutes long (including warm up and cool down). If I hadn't enjoyed the workouts as much as I had, I may have been irked at this advertising ploy, but the truth is I did enjoy myself.

In conclusion, I'm ecstatic that I purchased the Body Boss workout plan after completing my first week. I missed the familiar soreness of developing muscles and the feel of my heart threatening to pump out of my chest. I have 15 weeks to go and feel nothing but ready to tackle the challenge. See ya'll in week 7! (So long as I can lift my arms to write!)

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Bailey Posted A Racist Tweet, But That Does NOT Mean She Deserves To Be Fat Shamed

As a certified racist, does she deserve to be fat shamed?
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This morning, I was scrolling though my phone, rotating between Instagram, Snapchat, YouTube and Snapchat again, ignoring everyone's snaps but going through all the Snapchat subscription stories before stumbling on a Daily Mail article that piqued my interest. The article was one about a teen, Bailey, who was bullied for her figure, as seen on the snap below and the text exchange between Bailey and her mother, in which she begged for a change of clothes because people were making fun of her and taking pictures.

Like all viral things, quickly after her text pictures and harassing snaps surfaced, people internet stalked her social media. But, after some digging, it was found that Bailey had tweeted some racist remark.

Now, some are saying that because Bailey was clearly racist, she is undeserving of empathy and deserves to be fat-shamed. But does she? All humans, no matter how we try, are prejudiced in one way or another. If you can honestly tell me that you treat everyone with an equal amount of respect after a brief first impression, regardless of the state of their physical hygiene or the words that come out of their mouth, either you're a liar, or you're actually God. Yes, she tweeted some racist stuff. But does that mean that all hate she receives in all aspects of her life are justified?

On the other hand, Bailey was racist. And what comes around goes around. There was one user on Twitter who pointed out that as a racist, Bailey was a bully herself. And, quite honestly, everyone loves the downfall of the bully. The moment the bullies' victims stop cowering from fear and discover that they, too, have claws is the moment when the onlookers turn the tables and start jeering the bully instead. This is the moment the bully completely and utterly breaks, feeling the pain of their victims for the first time, and for the victims, the bully's demise is satisfying to watch.

While we'd all like to believe that the ideal is somewhere in between, in a happy medium where her racism is penalized but she also gets sympathy for being fat shamed, the reality is that the ideal is to be entirely empathetic. Help her through her tough time, with no backlash.

Bullies bully to dominate and to feel powerful. If we tell her that she's undeserving of any good in life because she tweeted some racist stuff, she will feel stifled and insignificant and awful. Maybe she'll also want to make someone else to feel as awful as she did for some random physical characteristic she has. Maybe, we might dehumanize her to the point where we feel that she's undeserving of anything, and she might forget the preciousness of life. Either one of the outcomes is unpleasant and disturbing and will not promote healthy tendencies within a person.

Instead, we should make her feel supported. We all have bad traits about ourselves, but they shouldn't define us. Maybe, through this experience, she'll realize how it feels to be prejudiced against based off physical characteristics. After all, it is our lowest points, our most desperate points in life, that provide us with another perspective to use while evaluating the world and everyone in it.

Cover Image Credit: Twitter / Bailey

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Cross-Country Running Turned Me Into Superwoman

Running pulled me out of my everyday funk.

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Before I found the key to my personal success, waking up each morning was a drag. I did not know how to change my negativity. Early every morning my alarm clock would scream at its highest pitch and loudest volume to scold me for existing.

Breakfast (the most important meal of the day) was bland, lifeless, or even just skipped completely. There seemed no point in fueling a broken, run-down engine.

Packing up my heavy, oversized backpack was an everyday annoyance. I would swing my worthless school textbooks over my shoulder, beginning another exhausting day.

I destroyed this negative mindset when I found cross-country running. Introduced to me by a close friend, I had no idea that the sport would soon ameliorate my life.

Today, I wake up before my alarm clock even needs to tell me that it is time to start a new and exciting day of learning and improvement.

Breakfast is of utmost importance. A vigorous, motivated running machine needs nutrients for fuel. I look at myself in the mirror as I tie my hair back; I feel beautiful and capable. Most importantly, I know I can take on anything.

With my running shoes tied tight and my muscles thoroughly stretched and warmed up, I burst out of the door. I hold my head up high and roll my shoulders back, assuming the posture of a powerful superhero. With each stride I beat down upon the ground, leaving clouds of dust behind. My heartbeat is jolted as my legs push forward with power; straining my body. Cramps crawl up my sides, begging me to slow down or stop. They tighten their grip when I refuse to abandon my mission. I feel my overexerted heartbeat burst through my clenching ribcage while my laboring lungs wheeze.

When I put all my energy into keeping the steady rhythm of my feet launching off from the ground, when my breath flows deeply and steadily, then and only then am I able to become greater than any issue or shortcoming. I no longer need to rely on anyone; I just need my running shoes, my body, and my motivation.

This endorphin and adrenaline releasing exercise put me in a positive mindset, motivating me to make other self-improvements. I know I can focus all my energy into running dexterously; holding my pace for over an hour with great confidence. Therefore, I know I must have the ability to sit down for an hour and focus on understanding my calculus homework, on discovering the meaning of life, on writing a book powerful enough to change the world, on finding the answer to world peace or writing my first article for Odyssey.

I hold the same mantra: just keep going, focus your energy, you can and will achieve.

Running has taught me how to focus the entirety of my energy into one task - to not worry how long it takes to accomplish, but rather how well the task is being done. Being proficient in this skill helps me absorb more knowledge from everyday classes.

This life-enhancing sport has truly changed my overall mood and feeling towards the world around me. I look forward to finding myself completely immersed in challenging college courses, discovering fields that captivate me, and continuing to write for Odyssey. Running has taught me that this goal will be achievable.

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