So if you follow me on Instagram (@hautehealthy) you know I love to switch up the workouts I am doing and usually partake in some sort of challenge every few months. I get bored pretty easily and the gym isn’t my thang so I love that there are so many fitness challenges that are either free or very inexpensive that you can find through social media. I have done Tone It Up’s 8 Week Challenges many times and I did Kayla Itsines’ BBG for the 12 weeks with good results, but the latest challenge I have been crushing on is the Alexa Jean Fitness Sore to the Core Challenge, which is 4 weeks but I have extended mine into a second round because I love it so much. Read on to find out what I love about Sore to the Core and to see my results!
Quick & Easy. Each workout is under 15 minutes tops and you complete them 4 times a week with 3 rest days. The Sore to the Core workouts are mainly ab moves, but some days you also incorporate jumping jacks, burpees and other HIIT moves. On the off days (3 days a week) I would still do light cardio by either going for a walk, doing yoga or some other kind of workout like a Tone It Up workout. I would usually give myself one “off” day a week, usually Sundays.
Inexpensive. The Sore to the Core Ab Challenge was on sale for $6 and you can bundle it with her other workouts for under $20. They get emailed to you as PDFs so you look at them on your computer or device to follow along with the pictures. There are no video explanations and I had to look up some of the moves online as I had never heard of some of the Pilates ab moves she incorporates.
Results. Half of the first month I did the challenge was Christmas break so I was definitely indulging and drinking alcohol, so the fact that I saw results was surprising. I do follow a mainly plant based diet in general though so I do not want to mislead anyone that I was eating whatever I wanted during this time. To read more on what I eat on a daily basis, read Easing into a Plant Based Vegan Diet. I don’t weigh myself but I did feel like my clothing fit a little bit better or looser if you will.
I am now at the end of Round 2 of Alexa Jean Fitness’ Sore to the Core Challenge and it has maintained my body as the only workout I have been doing 4 times a week for the past month now. The picture above was taken at the end of Round 1 and my body hasn’t had any different results in the past 4 weeks but it has stayed the same so I would say it helps maintain for sure. You are obviously going to see the best results if you are following a clean and lean diet while you do the challenge as well. Overall I love it and am excited to try her other workouts once I finish this week!
Let me know any questions you have in the comments below. xx, Beth