It’s been a while since I have reviewed a workout and I am excited to share with you my experience with Fitness Blender’s 5 Day Challenge to burn fat and build lean muscle!
I came across the challenge on Sunday August 17th via Instagram and decided to add it to my workout regimen for the upcoming work week. I was in a bit of a workout rut and becoming bored by my strength training routine so It was a welcomed change. You can find all the workouts on YouTube and they are 100% free. Start with Day 1 and you will easily find Days 2-5 on their channel.
The workouts are all about 50 minutes long, which includes a warm up and a cool down. This challenge is definitely easy to fit into a busy schedule and requires minimal equipment, all you need is dumbbells. I supplemented a bit by adding barbells, kettlebells, a weight bench and a step to increase the intensity of strength routines. When a HIIT Exercise was not taxing enough I added some weight as well.
Day 1: HIIT Routine & Total Body Strength Training
Day 2: Fat Burning Cardio Intervals with Upper Body Strength Training
Day 3: HIIT Cardio & Abs
Day 4: Cardio Kickboxing & Upper body Strength Training & Yoga Segment
Day 5: HIIT Cardio & Butt and Thigh Strength Routine
Overall I think the program was beneficial to my fitness routine. It was nice to check out mentally for a week and perform another fitness professional’s program without having to design my own workout schedule. I definitely had some soreness but the program is designed to create a balance of work and rest, so while one muscle group is healing you are working another part of the body.
The HIIT Routines were fun and presented in a tabata style on most days. On day 2,3 & 4 I skipped a lot of the rest periods and continued with the HIIT/Cardio moves to increase intensity. This challenge is made to cater to a range of fitness levels so in order to keep my heart rate up I modified exercises and skipped rest intermittently.
I found the workouts to be a little on the short side, but I still sweat my butt off and finished with my heart thumping. Day 4 was definitely the easiest day. In Kickboxing you get out what you put in, so you really have to push yourself to get your heart rate up and feel the workout the next day. Kickboxing is a great way to rest a bit without taking a day off, and I love that Daniel and Kelly used it as a way to recover along with some yoga exercises.
Day 1 was my favorite workout and Day 5 was too short for my liking. When adhering to my own workout schedule my workouts never really fall short of an hour, so 40 minutes including the warm up and cool down just doesn’t feel like enough. However, I had gone paddle boarding with my Storm Fitness team for 3 hours on Friday morning and a short workout was welcome after all the core work I did while on the Potomac. Plus there is something about spending time on the water that just wears me out, in a good way.
Kelly and Daniel show modifications for every exercise they perform, so whether you are a novice or a fitness fanatic, this challenge can easily be added to your weekly routine. They also show you how much weight they are using for each exercise. I like this concept, but they lift pretty light. Be sure you are challenging yourself without comprising your form. I found myself lifting the same as Daniel if not more and I am not a heavy lifter by any means.
The day after the challenge I did a 50 minute Yoga video to hit my reset before button getting into another week of intense fat burning workouts. I had a lot of fun trying something new and I felt great by the end of the week. I was not overly sore or tight but that is in part due to a daily foam rolling ritual. I will say, I went for a 5 mile run on Sunday and my body felt great. I would recommend this challenge to friends, clients and even my crazy fit mom 🙂