22HardCorps Results!

22HardCorps Results!

One week after completing my first marathon in March, I decided to try out a different workout program – 22 HardCorps. This is a 22 minute, military inspired 8 week boot camp workout. There are actual military veterans in the workouts, which is pretty cool. The trainer is Tony Horton, who was also the trainer/creator of the very popular workouts p90x workout series.

Going into it, I thought 22 minutes sounded like a really nice break from the long distance runs I had been completing. It started out at a pace I was comfortable with, but by the end of the 8 weeks the workouts ramped up and were really challenging!!

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The calendar suggests 6 days of workouts each week and 1 rest day. 22HardCorps follows the portion fix nutrition plan, identical to 21 day fix.

22HardCorps alternates cardio days with resistance days and the workouts gradually intensify. 10 minute core workouts are recommended every other day, but are optional. I generally stuck pretty close to the schedule, but on days I had soccer games (Thursdays and Sundays) I did not complete a 22HC workout, so that did end up extending the 8 weeks to closer to 10 weeks.

A pull-up bar is recommended for this program, but I didn’t have one so used the acceptable alternate of a band and door connector. It wasn’t as challenging as pull-ups would have been (but who am I kidding, I can’t do a pull-up so would have been very assisted anyways!). So, here are my before and after pics! At initial glance it’s hard to tell a difference. To be honest, I didn’t weigh myself before and after, because I wasn’t really trying to lose much. I had a few lbs around my waist (inches, rather!) that I could feel and wanted to get them off. And I did!

Inches lost:
-3.5 inches around waist (my biggest goal accomplished!)
+1 inch around hips (so my hips got bigger. I think my gluteus maximus got bigger, which I am fine with. #gainz, right??)
+.5 inch on each arm – yay for slightly bigger muscles!
-.5 inch on each thigh – still some work to do there with toning.

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Overall, I loved the combination of cardio and resistance this program offered, along with the quick yet intense workouts. There are a lot of cool full body moves in this program, such as the Mountain Squats, bear, spider and gorilla crawls and MULTIPLE burpee variations. If you love a good burpee, this is a program to try because they are in a ton of the workouts, along with pushups!

If you think you’d be interested in trying out this program, message me! Beachbody’s subscription service is available with a 14 day free trial and you can try out 22HardCorps, along with any other Beachbody workouts you’d like!! Click here to sign up and try it out. Let me know if you’re trying it out so I can answer any questions you may have and support you!

6 day reset, clean eating, strawberries and Disney!

6 day reset, clean eating, strawberries and Disney!

What’s new with you?? I keep trying to get in here to blog and it keeps being pushed to the back burner. So, that’s just how it is right now in my life on a daily basis. Pretty much every time I sit down to the computer I have one or both kids coming to me. Child 1 likes to inform me of various lego kit facts, such as you need to be 7 years old to purchase the Nexo Knights Monster Crasher (made that kit name up, and I’m not planning on buying him any legos any time soon, mean mom that I am), but he still likes to browse all his lego magazines and let me know about his findings. And he wants me to provide him undivided attention to share these very crucial details, so typing while he talks is not acceptable. Child 2 just prefers to climb on me, stand on my lap, pull my papers and pen from me and scribble on them, pound on the keyboard…basic two year old antics, which results in me feeling like a terrible parent and therefore giving in to her attention needs and giving up hope of getting anything done for quite some time.

I have been fairly consistent with getting in 6am workouts for the past month – 22Hardcorps, only 22 minutes long! I am really loving the alternating days of cardio focused workouts and resistance workouts. Lots of push-ups and burpees, but I need push-ups. I hate them. But I need them. I’m starting to see some solid upper body results!!
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Some fun things we did the past few weeks: Kindergarten registration for my oldest child, done! If you’ve done this, you no doubt remember the feelings that come with this… mixed feelings of excitement yet sadness, worrying if it’s too much time in school vs free play, hoping he gets a teacher he will love and will love him back…we had New Beginner’s Day last week, where he got to meet and interact with several teachers and see his new school. He did great and I am really pleased with the school.

Strawberry picking at one of our local organic farms! We’ve been eating a lot of strawberries and I froze a lot of them as well, because they pretty much start going bad in a day (the fabulous nature of organic, fresh picked anything). Also, for the record, $20 of strawberries may be too much.  I got a little out of hand.
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I’m also kicking off a 6 day clean eating reset this week! I like to do this reset every 6 months or so…because I tend to get in the subconscious habit of picking…eating bites here and there, especially with my kids snacks and food…and it catches up with me. Following a laid out, simple and healthy meal plan for 6 days really helps me kick those bad habits for a while and also knocks off a few lbs. Here’s some more info on the reset here if you’d like to see what I’m doing.

And lastly… Disney planning!!!!!  Ahhhhh!!!! I’m only KIND of excited!!! Early this year my husband suggested we do Disney – the last words I ever expected out of his mouth as he is not about crowds/mainstream activities/fun things (just kidding). He is lots of fun, he just prefers camping and solitude to waiting in lines to see Mickey and Minnie. Our youngest turns 3 in July, so she is just under the wire for free admission to the parks. So we are heading to Walt Disney World in a few weeks for Magic Kingdom, Legoland and also some beach time. We’ve been busy buying tickets (holy smokes the cost), researching and planning our itineraries. Because apparently you can’t just walk in and leisurely do whatever you want, that’s setting yourself up for complete failure in this day and age. Seriously. I read a blog on it. And my husband read like 10 on it. If you’ve done Disney you probably know this! I’ve been Fast-Passing it up and we have our plan. I’d love to hear any tips you’d like to share!!