STATS Starting weight: 190 End of Week One Weight: 180 2 Mile Assessment time: 25 minutes
WEEK ONE- workouts
Day One: Strength and Core Day Two: 2 Mile Assessment Day Three: Lower and Upper Body Strength Day Four: Running Speed and Power
Breakfast: parfait, parfait parfait! Low fat yogurt, fresh fruit, and ancient grain granola Lunch: Salad with grilled chicken and low fat dressing Dinner: Salad with a side of pasta Snacks: carrots with low fat dip, peanuts, string cheese, fruit, popcorn
PROS & CONS
Pros: Really easy to set up and follow Videos that demonstrate exercises You can look ahead to see what workouts are coming up
Cons: No sound on the timers You can't go back and look at completed workouts
Check out the North Face and their page about the Mountain Athletics App here
I'm an easy sell on new fitness apps. I'm also fickle. I start and stop training plans like some people change socks. So when I saw the North Face tweet about a new training app I was intrigued and instantly wanted to give it a try, but I also knew that it was unlikely that I would actually see it all the way through. Still... I've been slacking with working out (longer work hours = a very tired me= no motivation to work out) and I've felt the need to switch it up a bit, so the timing was right to find a new way to get in shape. So here is the plan. Follow the plan laid out by the Mountain Athletics App and see where I am at the end of the program, which for me is set to end on February 24th. I'm going to be posting briefly a few times just to keep myself on track and to document how this particular program worked for me.
This program has me doing 4 days of workouts- 2 strength and 2 running. I will have to add a 3rd running day here soon as I've got a 1/2 marathon in March, but for the midweek runs, these workout are actually pretty good.
The strength and core exercises are also good- I'm doing my workouts at home, so I've had to adapt a few things, but most of it is easily done at home. I'm hoping to pick up a few things in the next few days that will help (like a kettle bell), but overall it's been easy to take what they've planned out and make it work in my living room.
I do want to point out that my weight stats are somewhat misleading. While I had a huge drop, I'm doing more then just this program. To start I went on the Stomach Flu diet for 4 days and didn't eat at all (and what I did eat didn't really stick with me). It was miserable and I felt horrid, and I lost 6 lbs in those 4 days alone. I don't recommend going the stomach flu route no matter how effective it is. In addition to being a zombie for half the week I have also completely re-tooled my eating habits. I'm eating 6 small meals a day and in addition to smaller portions I'm cutting out fried foods and anything that comes from a box. It took a few days to get into the swing of things, but that is definitely playing a part in any success I'm having.