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

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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Stop Telling Women To Lower Their Voice When Men Are Just As Loud

Includes a handy-dandy sheet of loud men for reference.

Dear Men that tell me I'm "Too loud,"

Thank you for noticing my confident yet powerful voice that was passed down to me from multiple generations of strong-willed women. Yes, we are very proud of our voice that fills a room. So congratulations, you just pointed out the fact that you are easily intimidated by me.

And here's the part that gets me. You ever turned on a sitcom? Like have you ever sat down and turned on TV Land or TBS? And I would say most comedies have a leading male actor that just happens to speak extremely loud and is known for yelling, exaggerated facial expressions, and so forth. What about celebrities? Wouldn't you say that most men in the limelight have what... a loud voice. Yet, society glorifies these men that are loud and obnoxious but condemn women of the same.

I am very sorry that you are intimidated by me and feel so insecure that you would rather have me be silent. All that says about you is that your masculinity is very, very fragile. I mean, so what if my voice is more strong than yours? Men have had more advantages since birth, is my voice going to really change anything that much?

So let's just have a look at the data we have gathered here today, a list of men that speak louder than me!

1. Ray Barone "Everybody Loves Raymond"

So would you tell Raymond to lower his Italian dialect voice? I don't think so.

2. Archie Bunker "All in the Family"

I mean, he's literally known for yelling "Meat Head" and ranting about politics soo... your argument is invalid.

3. Michael Kelso "That '70s Show"

His catchprase is "Burn!!!" Obnoxious and probably isn't all there. But what? Everyone still loves him and is never told to "lower your voice, it offends people."

4. Alex Jones "Info Wars"

Do I even need to elaborate on this one? There are literally compilations of him yelling!

5. Rush Limbaugh "The Rush Limbaugh Show"

He's pretty loud.

*Hangs up phone.

6. Charlie Kelly "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia

Another fast, loud-talking man and no one bats an eye.

7. Fred Sanford "Sanford and Son"

His humor includes faking heart attacks and calling out to his deceased wife, extreme sarcasm, and arguing with his son.

So ladies, the next time a man tells you to quiet down because your voice is offending just please show him this. Because here we have a list of loud men that everyone loves (or loves to hate). Embrace your voice. If you are loud and powerful, then good! At least people are listening!

And men? Either get ear plugs or leave us alone!


A girl that talks "too loud"

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As A Recovering Anorexic, I Wish I Could Have Known That 'Bad' Foods Don't Exist

We are raised to see foods as good or bad and restrict ourselves from what we want.

I used to babysit a girl that, once her parents left for the day, would find all the ice cream and cookies her parents had told her she couldn’t eat. She would eat a bag of chips or a few ice cream bars. I knew she was hungry but I was put into a position where I thought I had to say no. I was her step-in parent for the day. This was not my house, or my rules, or my food, and I had to continue to follow what her parents had set.

But I saw something I had seen before. I knew this little girl and her attraction to these foods. I knew the desperation to just want to eat whatever she could without her parent’s judgment. And I knew she felt comfortable enough around me to show her vulnerability.

I had been there before.

In our society, we tend to separate foods into “good” and “bad” categories. What is acceptable and what is not. What is healthy and what will make us fat. We are raised to control what food we put into our bodies and restrict ourselves from the deliciously deceptive rich food. As a recovering anorexic, there are extremes I have personally taken to restrict these “bad” foods.

When I was little I would sneak granola bars, chocolate, gummy bears; anything I could get my hands on just to eat them. I was hungry. And I went for the food I wasn’t supposed to have. I felt shameful that I was binging on these unacceptable foods. If the foods I ate were bad, then that must have made me bad as well.

Thinking back, I carry the thought of how much I could have impacted that little girl. She deserved a woman in her life that she could be vulnerable in her life and let her know that it was okay to eat, because eventually on her own she would realize that a diet of cookies and ice cream wouldn’t be all that great. Maybe she would begin to choose other options because she simply had the choice to.

I wish I could have let her know that it was completely okay to eat that ice cream. I wish I could have let her know that it was okay to eat and not feel guilty about what she was putting into her body, that hiding food is not okay. I wish I could tell her that her worth and beauty does not come from simply her outward appearance and that all food is good food.

I continue to struggle to this day to allow myself food that I have deemed “bad”. I continue to carry deep guilt over certain foods I eat and feel shameful if I eat too much. I hope that I can raise my children to see food as just that, food. It is nourishment for your body.

So eat the cookie, eat the apple, fuel your body without trying to restrain yourself. And remember, food does not define you.

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