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.
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.
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.
Now this is where you get some of your time back. I found Cycle One took a lot of time in the kitchen but in this Cycle you get some recipes but the rest is pick and mix. So you get a list of ingredients with the measurements you’re allowed and then over to you to get creative in the kitchen. This made a huge difference in bringing back some quick recipes into the kitchen.
Highlight of the Cycle – Carbs, they’re back all day on a training day! What’s not to like about that? During the first couple of days, I did feel like I was being stuffed up like a turkey for Christmas. Amazing how your body adapts and isn’t used to them but I soon reverted back and was more than ready for them by the next meal time!
Some people complain that they struggle with the idea of pick and mix and prefer the set meals to follow. However there is a great lady called Nella, a 44 year old mum to young twins, who provides plenty of inspiration for those struggling with recipe ideas. I came across her on one of the Facebook Groups and now follow her on Facebook, Instagram and she has a great website with her recipes – mydietburble
Here are some pictures of food I rustled up from the plan and going free style!
What about the results?
Cycle Two definitely get’s some bad press on the social media groups. People complain of bloating from the extra carbs, struggling with the pick and mix and the extra time for the exercise. This cycle is all about building “shape”, people’s inches and weight can sometimes not change much after the quicker results in Cycle One where you are “shifting”.
Personally, I loved this cycle, I enjoyed the weights and found the food side brilliant as it was more flexible. So, how did I get on…
I lost 1.5 kilos and another 3.5 inches. Taking me to a total loss of 3.75 kilos and 10.5 inches shed! I’ll take that when some talk of putting on in Cycle Two.
Bring on Cycle Three and the final 30 days……More residence training in the form of Pyramid Training and HIIT, time to shed some of that carb building and see what’s developed underneath – I’m guessing not a six pack!
f you’re considering doing the 90 Day SSS Plan, I’m happy to answer any questions you’ve got . If you’re already a graduate I welcome your advise and tips for the last leg!