It’s now about halfway through Lauren Gleisberg’s ConfidenceKini challenge. I think I’ve only missed one workout so far, and that was because I ended up with a horrible sunburn after attending a local festival and forgetting my sunscreen (I even remembered it as I was getting ready, then forgot in the rush to get out the door). It was difficult to even move for a little while there, much less workout. Plus I was dehydrated. So I just took it easy for a couple of days (one day was a scheduled rest day anyway).
Even though the challenge is halfway over and a lot of people won’t want to jump in at this point, I know she does challenges throughout the year, so keep an eye on her website for details about the next one. This is my first one with her and it won’t be my last. I’m such a fangirl. Lol
Why a Lauren Gleisberg Fitness Challenge?
So, what is there to like about the Lauren Gleisbert fitness challenges?
The Meal Plan
An easy-to-follow meal plan with simple, delicious (!!!) meals that won’t have you slaving away in the kitchen and trudging through multiple grocery stores to even gather all the ingredients in the first place.
Lauren Gleisberg’s nutrition system itself, Eat Your Way Lean (ebook), is not free, but she does have several recipes on her site so you can get a feel for what her recipes are like and feed yourself some healthy grub in the process. Or you can do your own nutrition thing if you know what works for you. I know some girls are counting macros and others are following other clean eating programs.
I personally do better if I can just eyeball the amounts and eat pretty clean. Counting macros and calories just isn’t something I can stick to long-term and starts making me feel unhealthily obsessed with my diet. It works for a lot of people, but that’s just my personal preference.
Quick and Effective Workouts
The workouts are quick and they can be done at home or at the gym. Workouts are around 30-45 minutes. Some days, I’ll see an ab workout thrown in there after the regular daily workout and think, “Ugh! More?!?!” but that’s just a testament to how good her workouts are, really.
I don’t usually think much of tacking something for my abs on at the end of a workout, but though the moves are pretty basic (how creative can you get with weightlifting and ab exercises, after all?), the way she puts them together is killer. The ab program is not free, but she does have other core workouts floating around for free on her site and even on Pinterest. So again, you can get a feel for her style without spending any money.
I bought that program because I have all her other stuff and I’m apparently a fitness program hoarder, and also because I have a little FOMO going on when I’m involved in challenge groups and keep having to track down my own workouts.
The pricing is right! I know I’ve already covered the nutrition and ab sections, which do cost money (but are reasonably priced), but the daily workouts, tips, and motivation are absolutely free. Each day, there’s a new workout posted, usually upper body, lower body, or HIIT.
She doesn’t just sell you stuff, schedule posts, and then walk away. She promptly (and personally) responds to emails and is quick to correct any errors or answer questions.
She Keeps You Coming Back for More
Though I’m a planner and would love to see all the workouts ahead of time, I can appreciate the way she sets things up. On Sundays, she posts the general schedule for the week so you have an idea of what’s coming. Then each day, she posts the actual workout to do, complete with pictures of the moves. Those posts go up at midnight the night before so it’s there and waiting first thing in the morning.
Her posting a little at a time also means I don’t miss out on the additional valuable information she provides throughout the week along with those workouts. If I didn’t have to go back and get one piece at a time, I’d probably skim over some of it. I also love that she has a little checklist for each day. My little planner’s heart jumps for joy every time I can mentally check the things off that list instead of having to scroll through a whole post and pick out all the things I’m supposed to do, just to make sure I didn’t miss anything.
Photo Challenges for Community
The photo challenges are fun! They’re a way to get to know other girls in the community and it helps me stay active on Instagram. Not only are there “workout complete” type things to post, but there are topics, like bright colors, pantry, book you’re reading, etc. That keeps me engaged with the community.
Honestly, as much as I’m trying to have an Instagram full of random thoughts, fitness stuff, and makeup, I’m not delusional enough to think everybody wants to see selfies of me day in and day out. These photo prompts help break up the monotony but knit the group of LG ladies together at the same time.
Results, of Course!
It gets results. I know most people probably can’t tell by looking at me, and the scale doesn’t seem to have moved much, if at all, but I feel tighter, leaner, and stronger just three weeks in. Beyond the physical stuff, I feel more empowered and in control. I use workouts to help me manage my depression and anxiety, and strength training has always been especially helpful for me. Running, Zumba, and yoga have their places, too, but my heart belongs to the weight rack and has since high school.
There’s variety. You don’t do the same things every day. There’s always something different, whether it’s supersets, standalone exercises, circuits, HIIT, steady state cardio, etc. I’ve been less bored with this program than any other, other than back when I first started Tone It Up and it felt like there was a brand new workout video every time I turned around.
I’ve had my days of just not feeling it, but that happens to everyone, regardless of program. Having the variety here was actually an extra nudge to just do a workout anyway, even though I really just wanted to get cozy on the couch with a mug of tea, a book, and the “magic blanket” that somehow puts me to sleep (good sleep!) within 30 minutes almost every time I use it.
The only “con” to this challenge, in my opinion, is a slight (very slight) lack of balance. I would love a little more cardio (short sessions, simply because I feel that helps me lose belly fat faster) and some stretching. That’s nothing major and something I can easily add on my own. It’s kind of nice to have it as an option rather than something else on a stressful to-do list anyway, so it’s not even a total “con.”
So would I recommend a Lauren Gleisberg challenge in the future? You bet your booty!