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One of my main goals this year was to incorporate regular exercise into my routine. I’ve been familiar with Chloe Ting’s workout videos on Youtube, but I had never tried following one of her programmes. At the start of January, I decided to follow her 25-Day Hourglass Programme.
It was definitely an interesting experience for me and I learned a lot about myself along the way! Here are my thoughts on the programme:
- EASY TO FOLLOW: As she uses many of the videos on repeat, you get to know the moves quickly and getter better form as you progress.
- ACCESSIBILITY: I loved how Chloe demonstrates different versions for some of the exercises, so both beginners and more experienced people feel included. When I was feeling worn out, it was nice that I could opt for an easier option of an exercise whilst still being able to follow along.
- MUSCLE DEVELOPMENT: I was really pleased at how much stronger I felt having completed the 25th day. My biceps looked so defined I kept flexing in the mirror, thinking I could take on The Rock 😂 Overall, the programme was especially effective with my glutes, they really do make the hourglass look what it is!
- WEIGHT LOSS: Chloe does have a disclaimer stating that the programme won’t necessarily make you lose weight as everyone’s body is different, and diet plays a considerable part in weight loss/gain. Even so, I was adamant to try my best to shift the Christmas weight which had piled on especially due to lockdown. To my happiness, I had lost a little over 2kg by the end of the programme, looking more like my regular self.
- SENSE OF ACCOMPLISHMENT: It felt pretty good to complete each day and feel proud that I got through each gruelling video. I managed to complete the exercises for all 25 days – a clear show of tenacity which I didn’t know I had!
Despite the many positives that I found with Chloe’s programme, there were undoubtedly some negative aspects…
- TOO REPETITIVE: Although, initially, I liked how the repeated exercises meant that I could follow along easily, it very quickly became monotonous and uninspiring. For me, the music and moves became terribly boring the longer the programme went on.
- CHORE-LIKE: As I progressed each day, I felt the gradual loss of happiness and determination to exercise. Making myself motivated each day to follow the programme truly became a struggle at the end, but I persevered because my mother didn’t raise a quitter 😤
Overall, completing Chloe Ting’s 25-Day Hourglass Programme was a great start to 2021 because I was able to demonstrate my own commitment to something – it’s something I consider an awesome achievement and I’m honestly so proud of myself.
Moving on from this though, I have learned that a crucial factor for me is making exercise enjoyable and fun. I’m sure for many other people too, this automatically makes you feel more determined to follow through and persevere with a workout plan.
Now that I’m back in the swing of making an effort to workout on a regular basis, I feel as though I’m in a better-informed position to tailor a workout plan to suit my own needs (i.e. something fun and engaging that will push me outside my comfort zone).
This month, I have curated a plan that consists of dance workouts and running on alternate days, with a rest day for a chill yoga session. Stay tuned to find out how it goes!
Have you ever tried Chloe Ting’s workouts? How are you keeping fit during Lockdown 2021?
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