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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An Open Letter To The Girl Trying To Get Healthy Again

"I see you eating whatever you want and not exercising" - Pants

Dear girl trying to get back in shape,

I know it's hard. I know the hardest thing you may do all day is walk into the gym. I know how easy it is to want to give up and go eat Chicken McNuggets, but don't do it. I know it feels like you work so hard and get no where. I know how frustrating it is to see that person across the table from you eat a Big Mac every day while you eat your carrots and still be half of your size. I know that awful feeling where you don't want to go to the gym because you know how out of shape you are. Trust me, I know.

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The important thing is you are doing something about it. I'm sure you get mad at yourself for letting your body get this out of shape, but life happens. You have made a huge accomplishment by not having a soda in over a month, and those small changes are huge. I understand how hard it is, I understand how frustrating it is to not see results and I understand why you want to give up. Being healthy and fit takes so much time. As much as I wish you could wake up the day after a good workout with the 6 pack of your dreams, that just isn't the reality. If being healthy was easy, everyone would do it, and it wouldn't feel so good when you got there.

Remember how last January your resolution was to get back in the gym and get healthy again? Think about how incredible you would look right now if you would have stuck with it. The great thing is that you can start any time, and you can prove yourself wrong.

Tired of starting over? Then don't give up.

You are only as strong as your mind. You will get there one day. Just be patient and keep working.

Nothing worth having comes easy. If you want abs more than anything, and one day you woke up with them, it wouldn't be nearly as satisfying as watching your body get stronger.

Mental toughness is half the battle. If you think you are strong, and believe you are strong, you will be strong. Soon, when you look back on the struggle and these hard days, you will be so thankful you didn't give up.

Don't forget that weight is just a number. What is really important is how you feel, and that you like how you look. But girl, shout out to you for working on loving your body, because that shit is hard.

To the girl trying to get healthy again, I am so proud of you. It won't be easy, it will take time. But keep working out, eating right, and just be patient. You will be amazed with what your body is capable of doing.

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No Matter What, Do Not Be Afraid to Express Yourself

Do not be afraid to stand for what you believe in no matter how many are against it.


The most prevalent trait that I have carried throughout my entire life is the inability to express my thoughts and emotions. Even on paper, I feel like I can never fully get out what is hoarding my brain. It's kind of cool to have some things about my self that I only know but it can become extremely unhealthy to keep everything locked inside and never telling others how I truly feel. The more I keep in, the more isolated and lonely I feel.

I know I am not alone in this and that many struggle with it. The most extroverted people you know could be hiding the most.

One of the reasons people find it hard to express themselves is due to the fear of judgment from others. No one wants to get hurt or feel ashamed. So, just saying nothing, hiding everything that makes you stand out from the rests is a great way to make sure that doesn't happen.

But really, in the end, does it really matter what bunch of people who are struggling just the same think about your weird characteristics. No. Be goofy, stand up for what matters to you most and know that there is always someone out there who loves you for you.

Another reason we like to keep things hidden is that we don't think our opinion matters. There so many times in my life that I kept my mouth shut either because I was too afraid, did not want to put attention on myself, I did not think what I had to say was different than everybody else, or I just thought that it did not matter what I had to say.

Sometimes its okay not to always state your opinion on everything but in other cases it could really benefit others if you did. Your opinion could be just what someone needs to hear to comfort them or shed light on a situation. You could also see a different side of something that someone was trying to think of but couldn't.

If you do not express yourself and what you believe in you start to mold into the ones around. You start to do things that you do not believe in just because you are too afraid to tell others how you really feel. Its okay not to have the same values and beliefs as others.

Expressing yourself can also build a substantial amount of courage. It takes bravery to announce not only your beliefs but just your own personality. People will admire your ability to not care what the world around you thinks.

The world is a scary placed filled that scorns against anything that stands out, but that's okay, be yourself anyway. Maybe by being yourself you can impact and inspire those around you.

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