Cycle Two

90 Day SSS Plan – Cycle Two is in the bag!

Where has the time gone? It feels like only days ago that I finished Cycle One where I entered the world of Joe Wicks, The Body Coach and his 90 Day SSS Plan and now Cycle Two is complete. That’s got to be a good thing, right?

So, what does cycle Two have in store for you?

This cycle is about “Shaping”. It really ramps up the exercise but in the form of volume resistance training (weights). So where Cycle One was purely HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training), this cycle is a mixture of both.  The idea of what you eat and when changes, there are more carbs on training days – whoop, whoop. You have a bit more of a free rein when it comes to food. You are given a pick “n” mix list of ingredients to choose from to create your own recipes. If getting creative in the kitchen fills you with dread then there are a handful of set recipes.

The exercise

As I mentioned above, the exercise does really step it up a gear or two. It involves you doing a shorter HIIT session, followed by specific resistence training, followed by another HIIT session, then another set of resistance training. It focuses on different areas of the body and you have to do 4 in a week. It’s split into two sets of exercises on each day you train – Arms, Chest and Back, Legs, Shoulders.

Needless to say this then means the amount of time needed for the training increases from half an hour in Cycle One to approximately one hour in Cycle Two.

You don’t need to be a member of the gym and you can pick up some cheap, good quality dumbbells and barbells to use at home. I opted for a set from Argos as recommended by my Support Hero that you can find by clicking here.

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If you think you’d be struggling to fit this in, then you can split them and do all of the resistence in the am and HIIT in the PM, to fit it around your busy lifestyle.

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90 Day SSS Plan – Cycle One Complete!

I recently welcomed Joe Wicks aka The Body Coach into my life, well ok, not literally but his 90 Day SSS Plan. I’d completely lost my mojo when  it came to exercise and on occasions when I could fit it in I’d just got out of the swing of it. I wrote a post called Exercise, what’s that?, talking about when do you find the time to exercise when you’re a mum/parent. Anyway, enough was enough, I desperately wanted to get back into it and thought the only way to make me stay committed was to take a more disciplined approach.

I’d been reading a lot on Social Media about Joe Wicks, The Body Coach. Intrigued, I started to pay closer attention and read up a bit more about what he was doing. From the marketing it seemed to completely tick the box, exercise in 20 minutes, even I could find time for that! Healthy eating and quick recipies, perfect. Where do I sign up?

So, that was it, I did it and I’ve now completed my first Cycle of 30 days, so thought I’d share my experience with you in case you are looking for something or are pondering signing up too.

Why sign up for the 90 Day SSS Plan?

If you’ve already come across Joe Wicks #Leanin15, you may ask why sign up when Joe has cook books out there with the recipes and exercises in the back of them. Not forgetting the uTube video’s where you can train with Joe.

Well, the recipes aren’t tailored specifically for you in the books. We are all different shapes and sizes, with different dietary requirements. When you sign up, the quantities in the recipes are bespoke to you, in order for you to get the best results. You also have your “support hero”, a dedicated person at the end of an email to answer all of your questions during the plan and give you advise. I wanted to incorporate a run into my plan and they were on hand to advise what I could/couldn’t do and lots of advise re food queries.

I also felt signing up would keep me committed to the plan, given I was paying for it (£149 but can be broke down over 3 monthly payments to make it more affordable). The fact you also have to send in your measurements and pictures for each cycle would drive me to stick to it too!

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All signed up, what next?

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Sky Tykes – Holme Pierrepont, Nottingham

We recently went to visit a friend in Nottingham for the weekend. At this point I’ll point out my friend doesn’t have any children. So as you can imagine, in order to protect her house from Hurricane Pre Schooler, I thought it was best we evacuate the house for a while and get out to help burn off some of his energy.

I used to live in Nottingham, many years ago and always loved Holme Pierrepont, a great Country Park and Water Sports Centre. It was always a good place to walk off hangovers and check out some of the guys taking part in the white water rafting and canoeing. And of course to take in the fresh air and walk around the lake.

So I thought this would be a great place to take the little guy, so off we went…After almost grounding my car on one of the speed bumps (heads up to go VERY slowly over them if you have a low car as I do), we parked up and I noticed the new, well to me new, Sky Trail. On closer inspection, we realised they had a tiny one underneath for the little people. From 3 years old, you can try out the Sky Tykes.

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Exercise, what’s that?

Once upon a time there was a woman who on good days could get her arse out of bed and go for a run first thing in the morning at the weekend. She’d also head out during her lunch hour to clock up a few k and partake in the odd PT session and loved nothing more than getting down and dirty in a British Military Fitness class at weekends too.

Now I introduce you to the same woman post son. She struggles to get out of bed in the morning and thinks it’s an effort  just to walk downstairs to get a cup of tea, to walk back up the stairs and collapse back into bed. In her lunch hour she is generally working through because she has to be out of the door at 5.15pm sharp to get the train back before the nursery doors shut. The only getting down and dirty she does, is when her son decides he can’t walk any further and needs a shoulder lift, cue muddy boots/shoes all down her coat.

Her new workout sounds something more like this; she’ s developed skills in martial arts to get her son dressed, rugby tackled him into the puschair and quick marched it down to nursery. She’s then worked her arm muscles with the “5 lift cuddle” (goodbye routine, entailing being lifted up 5 times for 5 cuddles), before legging it out of the door, to try and catch the 7.38 train, which she inevitably misses and catches the 7.50 instead. It’s at this stage the onlooking passengers wonder what has possibly brought her out in a sweat when its only about 2 degree’s outside?! I welcome you to the exercise of a single mum and in fact most working parents out there who are doing the morning routine.

So, how do you find the time/energy/motivation to do any conventional exercise as a parent? I normally find I’m missing at least one of the 3 factors at any given time. If I suddenly find I have the time then you can bet I won’t have the energy because Munchkin will have decided it was time for an all night party. Or he’d have been zonked out for the night and I have the energy but alas then, no time. Occasionally the gods align, generally on my working from home day and I try to get out for a lunchtime run. There comes the next hurdle…running post childbirth is not so straight forward for some of us, oh yes, that beloved pelvic floor muscle or lack of it! Run, clench, run, clench, run, oops!!! Please Dear Lord give us the strength, the pelvic floor strength!

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Ok, what about just doing a workout at home in the evening I hear you say? Hmmmm, I too have thought that same thing. There’s an app for everything and believe me, I have most workout apps on my phone, my problem is finding the motivation and energy to open them and do them….getting home just before 7pm after doing the reverse of aforementioned morning routine, putting Munchkin to bed, then cooking my dinner, it’s gone 8 and I’m completely pooped!

So then, that all familiar phrase pops into my head…I’ll start it tomorrow…..!

Mum-Work-Repeat xx


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