I’ve been trialling a new 4 week program from Julia Buckley called Ignite. She’s moved away from free weights and on to body weight exercises for this particular program and presents her material in video format on her online gym website.
Julia has been asking her beta testers to identify a four-week goal and then commit to 3 daily habits that will take us there.
Four weeks is not a long time so we had to be realistic. Mine was to feel more comfortable in a t-shirt I was given a for a Christmas past. I’d like to wear it this Christmas without feeling as trussed up as the proverbial turkey.
Here’s the before shot:
One of the things I really like about the Ignite program are the effective and varied warmup and cool down sessions that Julia builds into the 30 minute sessions. This is always the element of workout that I skip when I train unguided, despite having seen clear evidence that my body performs so much better after I’ve practised the move for a few times or “greased the groove”.
Julia is a very effervescent or bubbly character and can maintain a constant chatter throughout the workout videos. This can be quite high risk with exercise videos and is thing that turned me off celebrity workouts of the 80’s. My memory of workout videos is that they tend to be ok on the first viewing but then the jokes and catch phrases very quickly become irritating.
With Julia’s Ignite program you are cycling 6 different routines so only repeat each on a weekly basis. That’s a lot of variety for one program and does mean they feel fairly fresh each week.
Julia’s relaxed style means you feel like you are exercising with a buddy rather than being instructed from the screen. She leaps up and down maintaining the chatter while I huff and puff beside her. Perfect really because there’s no way I could talk through it.
The exercises are variations in HIT body weight moves such as lunges, squats and burpees. They focus on power, strength and balance.
I’m only two weeks in but so far I’m really enjoying it. There’s a lot of variety and since I’ve dabbled with the Freeletics movement I’ve become quite familiar with body weight exercises and the dreaded burpee in particular. The best thing has got to be the duration. 30 mins is perfect and that includes the warm up and warm down.
I’m not pretending that I don’t still struggle to motivate myself to do it some days but it’s hard to convince yourself that you can’t squeeze in a 30 minute session. The other bonus in these particularly wintry days is that you feel warm for ages after completing the session.
Ignite turns me into a fiery furnace.