22-Minute Hard Corps: The brand new Tony Horton military-style program released on March 1, with great anticipation! I was one of those people who bought on Day 1 and started streaming workouts the very next morning. 22 minutes for a full, sweaty workout? I'm there!
During this program, I was also had the final 6 weeks of marathon training. This was my second full marathon (26.2 miles) and I was determined to run the race injury-free. I accomplished that goal and SMASHED my previous personal record by over 2 hours! Read about it here.
My running schedule shifted the closer we got to our adoption. We ended up leaving for China on April 13th, about half-way through the 22-Minute Hard Corps program, and just 3 days after the marathon. While we were gone (about three weeks), I had planned to workout when I could. Our schedule was crazy and I learned very quickly on that my focus needed to be solely on our new daughter while we were making this huge transition. She had to come first, and so she did.
When we returned home, I decided to repeat Week 5 of the program and continue on from there. I went through each day and ran a long run on the weekends. One of the coaches on my team continued the program from start to finish, with no break, and I was inspired to watch her work through the 9th (and optional) Hell Week. I knew that if she was going to do it, so was I. There was no question.
While our family is still adjusting and our daughter does not usually sleep through the night, I powered through the double workouts on 6 hours of sleep each night, or less. I would not recommend this, but if you are, or ever have been, a new parent, you understand how things can go.
My go-to tricks included Beachbody Performance line products and daily Shakeology. I typically use the chocolate Recover formula after long runs or really tough workouts. The 20g of protein and no fillers really help my body feel better. Throughout the 8 weeks of the program, I would typically mix half of a scoop of Recover into my post-workout Shakeology shake. During Hell Week especially, I made sure to add in the Energize, Hydrate, and Creatine formulas. These are amazing products, and I would only feel confident to recommend them after learning about the ingredients and knowing how I felt using them. Energize DOES give a bit of a buzz, so I only recommend this as long as it is not coupled with coffee! Hydrate is one of two hydration formulas on the market that does not negatively affect my stomach (Sword is the other). Creatine I used on occasion after tough resistance workouts, but not nearly as often as the others.
After completing this program, I have to say, I have been truly impressed. I love the three rounds of exercises, the inclusion of weight training, and the simplicity of everything. Modifiers always helped me when my knees could not take one more lunge. I wasn't sure how effective 22 minutes would be, but now I am a believer! And as a mom of three young kids, my time is precious and I can't be wasting it! This program allowed me to get in, get out, and get results.
Speaking of results, the PT Fit Test was a great indicator of my progress. I more than doubled the amount of pushups I was able to do, and increased all the other areas as well. My core got stronger and I was able to hold my plank longer without really even doing planks in the workouts. For someone who loves the gym, loves to workout, this program is perfect for you! If you are just getting started in fitness, this is a great starting point for you, too. Again, having those modifiers makes you feel like you can keep up and go at YOUR own pace. Everyone can do this!
I have to be completely honest. My nutrition was not 100% on track with this program. Had it been, I am sure I would have gotten great visible results. While marathon training, it is easy to excuse a few extra tortilla chips and salsa, or add on the carbs. By now, I know my body. I don't HAVE to eat very many carbs, even as a runner. However, those are my favorite, and I tend to overdo it (yes, even "clean" foods need to be in moderation), especially when training. While in China, we were at the mercy of the food there. Had it not been for Shakeology (even though I had to mix it with bottled water and no ice most of the time), I think my body would have never bounced back. Very little foods are fresh in China, and our meals consisted of mostly carbs, pork, fried and smothered dishes. I could not WAIT to get back to the U.S. for a green salad (and that is saying a LOT from someone who hates salad)!
If you want to make REAL changes. You HAVE to tighten up your nutrition. That's all there is to it. Many people complain that they are working so hard in the gym or running a million miles but not seeing any change in the mirror. That's because you HAVE to change how you eat if you want results. That is the truth. This is why I am not surprised that I have maintained through this program. I know what I ate, and had I been on track more, the results would have been clearer.
This is what I DO know:
If you WANT to improve your health and fitness, let me know. THIS is my passion. I want to help as many people as possible to end the trend of obesity. If a 22-minute workout program and simple color-coded containers is what it takes, let's do it! If you want accountability and support from someone who has been there (but is not perfect and fails forward), hit me up. I KNOW how hard it is to make these changes, believe me! I did not lose 35lbs overnight. It took TIME. It took consistency, and it took EFFORT. But, it was WORTH it.
Let's talk about my next challenge group and how you can get the support you need from like-minded people. Remember: YOU ARE WORTH IT. Let's go #GetSome!!!
Wife. Mother. Runner. Coach. Adoption Advocate. I strive to share HOPE through my journey and help others reach their goals.