The workouts are all about using light weights as well as your own body weight, and targeting every muscle of your body in the process. The general basis is to spend 1 minute on each move, and after about every 5 moves, you get a 30 second break, so you’re constantly moving. Each move uses multiple muscles, so you’ll also get your heart rate up, and tone your body more effectively and efficiently, in the minimum amount of time. The app also has a timer plus pictures and a video of every move, making it incredibly easy to follow along to. As well as these total body sculpting workouts, the app also has cardio workouts and 15 minute workouts which target a specific muscle, such as the back or shoulders. Plus, they’re always adding new ‘celebrity special’ workouts, so you can exercise alongside Maria Sharapova or Serena Williams.
I usually find I’m drenched in sweat after I’ve done either one of their 30 or 45 minute workouts. They’re also so effective for slimming down. I didn’t use the app over the whole summer, and switched to doing heavier weights with my boyfriend. Since coming back to Uni this year, I’ve used the app about 4-5times a week, and have since lost 4% body fat. My mum also started using the app a few months ago, and has lost 7% body fat since! I think that goes to show that the app is very effective at fat-burning, due to the style of the workouts, and probably also due to their diversity, which results in you never getting bored of it and therefore sticking with it, instead of getting demotivated with a style of working out which just isn’t interesting enough. You can also add your friends on the app and keep up with each other’s progress, which adds a more competitive aspect to it, making it even more motivating. Plus the app offers ‘rewards’ every time you have reached a certain amount of minutes, offering extra incentive. What more could you want?
I have picked out my favourite moves from the app, to give you an idea of the kind of workout it offers. You should do each move continuously one after the other, doing each for one minute. Have a 30 second rest after every 4 moves, and then repeat the circuit again until you have completed it 3 times through. I have included next to each move which primary muscles you are working. I think it makes your workout seem really productive and time-efficient when you know how many muscles you’re toning all at once.
Hold your dumbbells just below your chin, and squat down towards the ground, keeping your heels firmly in place and your chest up. Then stand up again, and as you do so start moving your arms up, so that when you get to the top you press the weights above your shoulders into the shoulder press.
Lying chest press (chest, abs)
This has got to be my favourite move from the app. Begin lying on your back, with your arms straight up towards the ceiling holding your dumbbells, and your knees towards your abs. Then, whilst moving your arms towards the ground, you move your legs down so that they are about an inch off the ground, making sure to engage your core. Then move your legs and arms back up again and repeat.
Leaning with your forearm on the ground and the side of one knee on the ground, raise your top leg into the air. Switch to the other side after 30 seconds. Some serious multitasking!
This move is also great for cardio. Jump both feet out to one side of your hands, and then to the other, then back again. Repeat the hops as quickly as possible!
Another move which doubles up as cardio. I don’t know what it is but there’s something weirdly satisfying about this move. Keeping your arms straight and holding the dumbbell, lower the arms and jump feet apart to squat down, driving weight down through your heels. Then jump up again, raising the dumbbell above your head.
This is another cardio-based move. Stand on one side of the step, and complete one burpee, making sure to jump as high as you can. Then do a ‘bunny hop’ over the step, and do another burpee, before jumping back over the step. Try to keep a continuous pace and get a good flow going – even when it gets difficult – as you will just find it harder if you keep stopping and starting.
Lay with your stability ball under your waist. Walk your hands out and tuck your knees until the ball is under your shins, then roll the ball out again. (The best part of this move is rolling onto the ball at the beginning – too fun). This move looks extremely strange when you take a picture of it...