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!
All signed up, what next?
True to what they say, I received my plan within 4 days, I think I actually got it in 3. It’s a detailed plan explaining the nutrition and exercise behind it all. It includes links to uTube clips for the exercises and also lots of recipes for you to follow and any supplements (you don’t need to take all of them as there are quite a lot)
First Observations and here comes the *Spoiler Alert*…
It’s not “Lean in 15” and it’s not just based on 20 minutes of exercise but…you do definitely get results and it is worth it, so don’t switch off to the idea just yet, keep reading!
Maybe I hadn’t done quite enough research on forums (there are plenty of facebook groups out there), to see what it entailed in reality. So, the first Cycle is based on 20 minute HIIT (High intensity interval training) sessions but the next two Cycles are longer, approx. an hour however some people appear to split these., to make them more manageable chunks while juggling everyday busy lives.
Prep Like a Boss!
Joe’s favourite catch phrase! The cooking is the bit that I think I can still improve on. Batch cooking has to be the way forward. I did it to some extent but not nearly enough. I have found I have spent most evenings since starting the plan in the kitchen. I am probably an extreme case of this given I work full time and am a single parent. So, I have to prep meals for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner and this doesn’t start until about 7.30pm once I’ve got my son to sleep. During this first month we’ve also been away a lot at weekends, so I haven’t managed batch cooking at the weekend either. Definitely something I will be fitting into the next Cycle and picking those freezer friendly recipes.
So what about the exercises?
The First Cycle of 4 weeks is based on doing 4-5 HIIT sessions a week and your meals are based on low carb options apart from when you have done a HIIT session and then you have a carb meal following that session.
The HIIT sessions are approx 20 mins each, based on rounds of high intensity for 30 seconds with 45 seconds off, then repeat. You can stick to one exercise or mix them up as long as you do all of the rounds. The great thing is, these can be done at home if you’re not a member of a gym. With little one’s you can fit it in when they’ve gone to bed or are occupied playing with something. At the start my son even tried to join in but then after a couple said “these exercises are ridiculous”. Whilst he stood naked on my exercise mat in the back garden on a very hot day – an image I’ll never forget and when did he learn the word “ridiculous” at 3 years old?!
If you want motivation or inspiration on mixing up the HIIT sessions, then I’d recommend using Joe’s uTube videos – you can click here for The Body Coach TV
Is absolutely lovely with only a few exceptions that I would give a miss! The prep does take a while given you are measuring everything out and doing lots of chopping. However it is all fresh, so you know exactly what you are eating and soon pick up on how many scoops, spoons of something to be close to the measurement first time around.
My faves – Meatballs, Chicken Satay, Chicken Cashew Curry, Lime & Avocado Smoothie, Build up Bagel, Teriyaki Salmon to name a few!
One’s to avoid – Reduced carb porridge, Quick & easy Salad
Enough already, what about the results?
Drumroll…. I lost 2.25 kilos and 7 inches from my overall measurements. So I’d say definitely worth it, especially given I had quite a few social plans lined up. I DIDN’T FOLLOW IT 100%, during my first month I’d had a one day festival, camping trip and a holiday when I was obviously “off plan”. I added one extra week to the plan after my holiday to try and balance it out. I did impress myself by still doing the HIIT sessions while I was away though – yes, you do get the bug!
Well, here goes for Cycle 2 of the 90 day SSS Plan which is made up of Resistance Training and HIIT sessions combined…
If 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 next two cycles!
Look forward to hearing from you