30 Days of Strength

Finding a workout program I like has always been a challenge for me.  I tend to get bored easily, or feel like the time isn’t being as well spent as it could be.  And, of course, working out is something that takes time to show results, and sometimes I get impatient.  So, when a friend told me about this program, I decided to try it out. It’s only 30 days, after all.

Check out the workout here, or my pin on my Let’s Get Physical board.

30 Days of Strength

Review

First of all, I picked this specific workout instead of the many others available through this site because I have always wanted a toned, lean body that is also healthy.  I thought that the strength program was probably a good way to do that. Also, it was the one that had been recommended to me. While I have tried out some of the other programs, this is the one I want to focus on.

This program has three levels: beginner, intermediate, and advanced.  I did the beginner level because I wasn’t sure which level I actually was. I figured I could bump myself up if I thought it was appropriate,but knew I would be disappointed with myself if I had to bump down a level.

Pros

Most days I spent 20 minutes or less on the workout, which was nice.  There wasn’t enough time to get bored with the workout.  It also doesn’t require any equipment. Some exercises need a 20 lb box, but it very nicely points out that you could just put some items into a laundry basket and you’ll be good to go.  Pull ups are also utilized, but there are alternatives to those as well.  Also,the program has a pattern to it, so you know that every fourth day will be a stretch day.  Predictability can be a nice thing.  Also, the webpage has built in timers you can use as needed.

Cons

When you go up in levels, basically you are just adding more sets, and I can see how that might get repetitive.  Also, some of the days seem much harder than the others. The box jump day was probably the hardest one for me, but I also have rather weak knees due to surgeries I’ve had on them, so your mileage may vary. Another con is that there really isn’t any cardio built into the program, so you will need to supplement that yourself.  (Other programs do have cardio in them, though.)  I don’t have a place to do pull-ups, so I utilized the alternatives.  I wasn’t a huge fan of any of them, to be honest, but they did get the job done.

Results

At the end of the 30 days, I did see some changes.  My body was responding well to the program.  I did feel stronger, though I didn’t do any sort of test to actually prove it.  I did see some muscle toning start to emerge as well.  I did all 30 days at the beginner level, and gave serious thought to doing another 30 days at intermediate.  Instead, I moved on to another program.  I think this was a great start to a more fit new year.  I’ve moved on to some harder workouts that integrate cardio and toning, but I really think 30 days of strength helped me prepare for the harder workouts I’ve moved on to.

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