First, let me hit a few must-know points about this Hard Corps workout…
- Yes, the workouts really are 22 minutes a day
- It’s a workout based in functional fitness, so you work your whole body with nearly every move, which is why the workouts are able to be so short
- The meal plan is excellent. You can still eat PLENTY of food in both portion and variety, but you learn how much of each food you should eat
- You do not need a lot of equipment for this workout
- You don’t need a lot of space for this workout
- Following Tony Horton and the team of veterans keeps you very motivated
- What you put in is what you get out
- I run regular Test Groups where I walk people through the program, meal plan and provide exclusive extras as well
I decided from the beginning that I was going to stick to the program. I followed the simple meal plan, did my workouts the scheduled 6 days a week (you can’t use the whole “I don’t have time” excuse with this one!) and didn’t add in any extra workouts or meal planning.
When starting 22 Minute Hard Corps, I was seven months postpartum and had tried many different workouts and diets to try and lose weight, break my plateau and (dare I say) get in great shape. Nothing was making me budge in weight or physique and I was very disheartened.
So needless to say, I wasn’t expecting to get much out of a 22 minute per day workout. For once, I’m actually happy to report that I was wrong!
I dropped 4 pounds in the first few days just by switching up my diet and incorporating the high intensity interval training style workouts. From there, I experienced a steady weight loss throughout the first month.
It wasn’t just about the weight for me, though, it was about the inches I was losing, the way I saw my body changing shape, my boosted energy levels and I noticed my level of confidence was growing. I started this not comfortable in my own skin and convinced that I wouldn’t be able to do this program, so increasing my self-esteem was priceless to me.
Here were my final results:
Push-ups: Start = 20 on knees, Week 8 = 41 off knees
Squat thrust: Start = 31, Week 8 = 49
Pull-ups: Start = 0 even with assist band, Week 8 = 19 (with assist band)
Jumping jacks: Start = 70, Week 8 = 82
Forearm plank: Start = 1 minute, Week 8 = 2 minutes
And here were my results after one additional Hell Week (Week 9):