Wednesday 30 October 2019

Essentials Plan - Team Body Project - Alex and Daniel Bartlett

Essentials Plan
Team Body Project
Alex and Daniel Bartlett

I have now completed 7 workout plans with TBP and as of the posting of this review worked out over 130 days straight using TBP videos. And the Essentials Plan is by far the hardest of the workouts I have done to date. This program is very different than any of the others I have done from TBP. With this program you have 5 workouts each of 2 weeks, each between 40-50 minutes with warm up and cool down.

As the seventh program from Team body project that I have completed this year, this one pushed me out of my comfort zone. Each workout contains three segments, cardio, resistance and core. And these vary from about 10 minutes to 20 minutes across the workouts. This past summer I wrote a piece called Starting Over in Southwestern Ontario! A Fitness Update! What I started with was the workout videos from team Body Project, and specifically Real Start Just Move. You can watch that video on YouTube, or even workout with it. I had been a member of Team Body Project for three years now, but only just started the videos. I am in my 50th year, and I really needed to get back at it. And the TBP plans have been a great way to do that.

Team Body Project is a website, an app and a community. And the community is part of what makes this an excellent resource for your health and fitness. The private community on Facebook and the forums on the website are very supportive and encouraging. But what really helped me is that the workouts in the Real Start program are geared for anyone. Each video has three participants. Daniel and Alex lead the videos and Natasha and Lisa. Natasha usually works out at a harder pace, and Lisa at a modified level. But even when you go beyond those programs, they always offer a less intense version. And pressing pause is encouraged if you need it. 

The gear you will need:
Dumbbells (ideally a lighter and heavier weight)

The workouts are:
Week 1
Essentials Segments 
Essentials Segments 2
Essentials Segments 3
Essentials Segments 4
Essentials AvD

Week 2
Essentials Segments 5
Essentials Segments 6
Essentials Segments 7
Essentials Segments 8
Essentials AvD 2

You can access all five workouts in this plan via the TBP website, or through the TBP app. The pace of this workout is intense. Each day you do a quick warm up, followed by a cardio section. After the cardio is a resistance section, and then a core section, followed by a stretch. The days alternate between Alex or Daniel beginning and they alternate through the sections. It was also my introduction to an AvD - Alex vs Daniel workout. I had heard about them but never done one, and they are intense and fun, and occasionally funny. As they push each other and challenge us. 

The program has 10 workouts over 2 planned weeks. It took me over three weeks to complete it. A bout of illness, and very busy family schedule interrupted the schedule. But I managed to continue to press play every day, even if I did not have time for a 40-50 minute workout. 

This is a great program and excellent for pushing me outside my comfort zone. I upped my weights which I had not really done since beginning. And because of the core sections, spend a lot of time on the mat, which because of my knee injury was also leery of. But I paid attention to my body and made it through the whole program. 

And as I always conclude a TBP review, do not just take my word for it check out Kylie Young’s story or the other testimonials on the site. I can say that TBP is one of the best resources for health and fitness that I have ever come across. 

Another great program, especially wto work out and hit all the muscle groups, and cardio, resistance and core in each workout. Thank you yet again, Alex and Daniel. 

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