Eight weeks: Eight weeks of sweat, eight weeks of strength, eight weeks of growth. I went into the Sarah’s Day Sweat It To Shred It program with very little motivation to stick to anything for more than one week tops, taking days that turned into weeks off at a time. At the end of May, I considered my relationship status with my body to be “complicated” because even though I was in a relatively good place, I knew there was still a lot of room to grow and mature. Now, eight weeks (give or take) later, and I’ve come out the other side. So, how’d I do?
The day I committed to this program, I was pumped. I’d been waiting for Sarah to put her program on sale ever since she launched it. It retails for 69.99 Australian dollars, which translates to about 51 U.S. dollars. Now, the first time I purchased a workout program, I paid about 40 U.S. dollars, but now that same program has gone up in price by almost 20 U.S. dollars. So I guess that’s what complete programs are going for these days, but I still couldn’t justify shelling out that much cash for something that really hadn’t been tried yet, so I waited until it was 20 percent off, bit the bullet, and collected my digital copy. Was it worth it?
I’ve been watching Sarah’s Day on YouTube for years, so when she announced that she was publishing her first ebook, I had high expectations that were absolutely met. These workouts are styled to push your body to its highest potential, with nothing but body weight to work with. As someone who’s fitness journey began with weight training, I wasn’t sure I could take it. I’d tried tabata exercises in the past, and it took a long time for me to make peace with cardio, so the idea of pushing my dumbbells aside to jump and lunge around my apartment sounded interesting, to say the least. I wouldn’t say I was necessarily skeptical over whether or not these circuits would work — one look at Sarah’s physique and you know she’s doing something right — I just wasn’t positive this type of training would be something I actually wanted to stick with.
Well, I stuck with it.
Out of respect for the hard work Sarah put into her eBook, I’m not going to go into too much detail about the workouts, or show specific pages of the program. What I will tell you, though, is that I always reviewed the workouts before starting them so I knew what to expect; I was familiar with most of the movements, but if I wasn’t, I simply plugged them into YouTube or Google for a tutorial. I definitely don’t think something like that should deter you from purchasing the program, though; going into any new workout regimen, there’s bound to be some exercises you aren’t familiar with, but that’s how you learn. Plus, challenging your body is one of the best ways to see results.
Speaking of results, I chose not to take before and after photos. The reason why being that I’m still pretty sensitive when it comes to my body image, and while I’ve definitely made great progress over the past few years, I wanted this program to be about feeling stronger, and feeling good, instead of aesthetics. I definitely felt leaner around my upper torso, I noticed my arms and legs were more defined than they had been before I joined Sezzy’s Squad, but what was honestly more rewarding than that was how, by week eight, I was pushing through more than 10 push ups in 60 seconds.
The entire program used only bodyweight, and I’d never felt more capable of getting through those kinds of HIIT and Tabata workouts without collapsing. Each week is a progression, with different variations of exercises, and halfway through your schedule intensifies: Weeks 1-3 you’re working out Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, Week 4 you add in a Tuesday workout, and weeks 6-8 you’re working out, ideally, Monday through Saturday. And, honestly, there were a few workouts I’d missed, but that’s 100 percent on me.
This is the type of program in that you really get out of it what you put into it. Overall, I'd rate my performance between a B+ or A-.