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!!
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!
-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.
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!