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Sarah's Day Sweat It To Shred It Review

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-.

 

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Pre-Sarah's Day Sweat It To Shred It Questionnaire

Ever since my perfect wedding day came and went on April 7, 2017, and Mark and I touched back home after nine incredible days in paradise (otherwise known as Maui, Hawaii), I’ve been struggling to get back in the fitness game. If you follow my efforts on Elite Daily, you probably know I’ve tried a lot of different programs this year based on what sort of moves celebrities swear by, and that has definitely kept my body moving — challenged, even — but aside from the experiments I’ve been assigned, my motivation to be anywhere near as active as I was when the goal was to #sweatforthedress, has plummeted.

Honestly, part of the reason I’ve fallen off the bandwagon is because I work from home now. When I was commuting to and from Manhattan five days a week, I opted to walk 50 blocks a day instead of paying an extra $150 on top of the $400 I was already shelling out to public transportation every month. Subconsciously, I was training my body for athleticism first thing each morning, and again once my nine to five shift came and went. These days, my commute is from the bedroom to the kitchen table, so there I go, erasing a massive chunk of cardio that played a significant role in the chiseling of my physique for two years.

Without that stretch of sidewalk from Penn Station to the Hearst Tower forcing me to get my blood moving at least twice a day, the only thing I really had to rely on was self-motivation, which, for some reason, was severely lacking. Which, by the way, isn’t like me at all. Before, I’d dedicated a combination of at least three to four gym sessions on top of my daily cardio. These days, it can be really difficult to push myself out of bed before 7:45 a.m., which is usually about the time I make a cup of tea, brush my teeth, get dressed, and make breakfast before sitting down to work my seven-hour shift. So what happened?

I can only speak for myself, but being home, instead of waking up early to head into the office, is so incredibly comfortable. At least when I was getting out of the house everyday for work, I already had that motivation to keep going: to get up, walk, work, walk some more, get home, change, and head to the gym. It was a constant flow of stamina. Now when I finish work, I’m already feet away from my couch.

The easy thing to do would be to crawl into the corner of our sectional and watch hours of T.V. until bed. Of course there have been days like this, but there have been plenty of others where I’ve dedicated time to my yoga practice, to weight lifting, to trying new programs, revisiting old programs. Then one of my favorite YouTube vloggers, Sarah’s Day, released her 8-week Sweat It To Shred It workout routine, and I was ready to get back into it.

Sweat It To Shred It is unlike any program I’ve tried before because it’s focused on body weight, and body weight alone. I became passionate about weight lifting from the get-go when I joined Planet Fitness back in 2013 and started following Ben Williamson’s Crush 60. I lost 15 pounds all through weight lifting and light cardio; I thought bodyweight training would bore me. But Sarah has uploaded a few of her at-home workouts to Youtube before, and giving them a try, I realized body weight would actually challenge me in a way dumbbells and barbells never could. So I made the big purchase (it wasn’t cheap - $42 on sale, originally about $65), and made the commitment. But before I start, I was prompted to answer a few questions about how I currently felt towards my body, my fitness journey, and the goals I was looking to achieve.

To kick off the fitness section of my blog, I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to answer Sarah’s questions and document my progress throughout the eight weeks. I’ll check in at the halfway point, and once more when I’ve finished the entire program.

How do I feel about my current fitness level?

My current fitness level is decent. I know I’m strong, and I can be a fast runner when I want to be. I also recognize, though, that I have fallen off the bandwagon/ My fitness level is not nearly what it was just one year ago. Last June, my torso was leaner, my arms, back, and leg muscles were much more defined. And now, not only can I feel a difference, I see a physical one. I miss that amazing confidence, and the strength.

How do I feel about my body?

My relationship with my body is one gigantic rollercoaster, polished off with all the bells and whistles - flips, escalations, stomach-wrenching drops, and backwards motions. There’s highs and lows, but that’s always how it’s been really. This year, though, I went from feeling fit and slim to semi-fit, still small, but some days I feel more lean than others, and the confidence comes and goes. I make it sound romantic, but that’s really not my intention. It just is what it is.

Unlike when I was in the thick of my eating disorder, I can honestly say I don’t hate my body. I don’t hate the way I look, but I know I want to improve.

What are my fitness/body goals for the next 4 weeks?

My fitness goals for the next 4 weeks are to (hopefully) fall back in love with the process again. I want to show up, and give my all to every workout I do, work hard, sweat harder, and to feel proud of myself for making the effort.

What do I love about my body?

What an interesting question, seeing as how the relationship status between me and my body has just gone from it’s complicated to in a relationship at all. It’s like, I’m in that awkward, yet fun stage of getting to know my body and all its quirks and appreciating them for what they are instead of tantalizing them.

What do I love about my body? Love is a strong word, but if I really think hard, I guess I would say that I love my eyes and smile. I love my thighs and decolletage. I love my body’s abilities. I love the fact that when I’m sick, it can heal, and that when I challenge it, my muscles rise up to the occasion. I love it’s potential. I love my potential.

Let’s see what I’ve got.

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Check In: Halfway Through Sweat It To Shred It

How do I feel about my current fitness level?

I can definitely feel myself getting stronger as I continue on through this program. Generally speaking, I’m pretty familiar with every move Sarah’s included in her circuits thus far, and that makes me feel confident in my capabilities because I’m familiar with the correct form. Combining all of these moves into a 30 minute circuit, however, is the challenge. I will say though, despite my becoming familiar with the moves, I’m still drenched with sweat after every session. So even though I feel myself getting stronger, I don’t feel like the program is becoming any less of a challenge.

How do I feel about my body?

I wish I could report four weeks into the program and I feel better than ever about my body, but I’m not totally there yet. I do feel a lot better, though, and I’ll absolutely count that as progress. Personally, I’ve noticed a visible difference in my legs and I’m even starting to believe I’ve formed a booty ever so slightly.

I’ve felt smaller around the torso - which actually doesn’t surprise me. I seem to lose inches there pretty easily, it’s my lower abdominals that take much longer to tone. On the Fourth of July, my sister in law and I were out by the pool taking photos in our ever-so patriotic bikinis when she commented on my abs. I was thrilled. It’s not always easy to see your own progress, but it’s a wonderful confidence-boost when someone else does.

Overall, I feel pretty good about my body in this moment. I can feel it getting stronger by the week, and I’m also forming a new relationship with it as well. By pushing it to the limit, I’m getting to know it better.

What are my fitness/body goals for the next 4 weeks?

My fitness goals for the second half of this program are to continue listening to my body, and appreciating its strength and ability to push forward. I think both of these things will also help me treat my body with more kindness and respect.

What do I love about my body?

I love that my body is always changing - which is ironic, considering that’s usually the basis for why I get so aggravated with it. I think lately I’ve come to appreciate the fact that I’m in my late twenties, my body is preparing itself to be ready for whenever Mark and I decide to have babies, and it’s going through very natural, very womanly changes. I’ve noticed a little more curve in my hips and booty, and even though I would ideally like to flatten out that area, I love that I know my body is healthy and ready whenever I am to nurture a child.

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