Alrighty…it’s been SO LONG since I’ve done one of these. I was looking back at my old posts…and the last fitness program I successfully followed was Blogilates’ PIIT28 back in March of 2016. Time sure does fly. Since then, I haven’t really been using a single workout plan. I started playing sand volleyball a lot more in the last couple years (I still can’t believe how much time has gone by), and that’s one hell of a full body workout. But towards the end of 2018, I could definitely sense that my fitness was slipping. Work was picking up and I stopped exercising regularly. The weather got too cold so I stopped playing volleyball as well. And ya’ll know how food goes during the holidays…it just goes and goes. So come the first week of January I decided that I needed to get back on track again. Started doing YouTube video workouts here and there, but I remembered how well I was able to stick to PIIT28 back in the day and wanted to find something similar. But something new.
So during that first week of January when I was exploring various YouTube workouts, I came across one from Chloe Ting. It was a 30 min full body HIIT workout. A bit long for my taste, but heck, I needed it. I had done some of her workout videos before, and I remember them being a tad bit repetitive (I generally hate repeating the same set of exercises over and over again and try to avoid those kinds of workouts if at all possible). But this one wasn’t repetitive at all! Sure, there are a few exercises like high knees and plank hops that you do across a couple sets, but for the most part – the exercises are unique. And unlike PIIT28, the workout video is FULL LENGTH which is so nice omg. With PIIT28 I literally had to restart the video 3 more times (she only recorded one set’s worth out of 4). And let me tell you, it gets quite depressing. Chloe, on the other hand, does the whole workout with you and the video is super high quality. So after I finished the video, I saw that she was going to put out a 30 day flat belly challenge (FOR FREE I might add), and I was like alright this is it! I’m gonna do it. Let’s see if I can actually get through the whole thing.
You guys can find the workout calendar here. I love how the videos are uploaded to YouTube and completely free. Again, super high quality as well. She’s got a timer on the screen for each exercise (I hate it when I don’t know how much time is left lol), and great music playing in the background. She also offers modifications for some of the high-impact exercises. So no matter the level, I think you’ll be able to do these workouts. Each workout day usually also features some sort of standalone ab workout. Seems like they don’t go past 10 min. And there’s a good variety of exercises that hit all the right spots.
So this workout program officially started on the 7th of January. The 5 days leading up to that date she put out a “warm-up” workout calendar. I forgot to take my before picture BEFORE I started the “warm-up” workout schedule…if I had to estimate I would say that my beginning state was very similar to what it was when I first started PIIT28 back in the day:
I think 4 days into Chloe Ting’s pre-program workouts is when I took the following picture:
Ab definition I think was definitely enhanced. To be fair, I also started eating a lot healthier so that for sure factored in as well. But I was really happy with the results given that this was before the official 30-day challenge actually started. Anyway, check back below occasionally for updates as I move through the 30 days!
2 days in..and I decided to take another progress pic LOL. It was because I forgot I had taken the initial one just 4 days before. I thought I took it at least a week ago. I think this picture that Blogilates posted on IG sums up my expectations perfectly haha. Probably got too eager.
Welp. There wasn’t that big of a difference between this picture and the last haha:
Maybe some slight additional definition, but for the most part nothing has changed. Been eating super clean the last couple days as well, though. Hopefully I can keep it up the rest of this month!
In terms of the workouts themselves, I really enjoyed Day 2’s workouts. The 20 min Cardio Abs workout was killer! But shorter than the 30 min full body HIIT from Day 1 so can’t complain. I’d take a shorter, more intense workout any day. I think the videos get reused over the course of the 30 days, which is fine since at least the exercises in each video itself aren’t super repetitive.
Will keep the updates coming! So far, pleasantly surprised 🙂