On January 19th I started an 8 week fitness challenge hosted by the amazing Katy Hearn. She is an insta-famous fitness trainer well known for her amazing glutes that she built on her own in the gym! I have always been relatively slim but thanks to college living and alcohol I put on a solid 30 pounds. Since college I have been trying to lose the same 10/15 pounds for what feels like forever. I know 10 pounds isn’t a huge number but it does make a drastic difference for someone my size. I’ve cleaned up my eating over the years but I have not been consistent in the gym. Signing up for this challenge was exactly what I needed to get into a routine at the gym and finally make a consistent effort.
Winter Challenge Overview:
The challenge ran from January 19th -March 16th and consisted of an 8 week training plan customized to either home or gym with email and social media support for the entire 8 weeks. The fitness plan incorporated weight and strength training, cardio, plyometrics and stretching. Her very popular ‘build a booty’ and ‘core sculpting’ programs were incorporated into the scheduled work outs. We also received a nutritional guide (not a meal plan) that covered calculating and tracking your macros according to your goals, pre/post workout meal examples, food/grocery/supplement recommendations as well a detailed FAQ sheet. She also had hashtags for easy video reference for each of the exercises in the plan. To enroll in the challenge it cost $200.
Each winner won $500 gift cards to the store or company of their choice. She chose 6 first place winners and then surprised us all with a second round of 5 winners who received $200 gift cards. Throughout the challenge weekly prizes were also given out to girls who displayed a positive attitude, support and /or great progress.
The program itself consists of a 5 days/week workout regimen along with maintaining a well balanced diet by counting macros. Each day our workouts were focused on a specific set of muscles and everyday you are doing something different so it doesn’t get repetitive. We worked legs two times a week and did cardio 2/3 per week. When I first started the challenge I could barely last 5 minutes on the stairmaster at level 3 and now I am at level 12 like its nothing. It’s amazing how much stronger I have gotten and how much my endurance has picked up. The workouts are intense but manageable for all fitness levels because you pick and choose your weights/reps etc.
We were recommended to count macro-nutrients which is commonly referred to as flexible dieting. Fats, Carbohydrates and Proteins are what’s known as macro-nutrients (macros for short). We used a fitness calculator to get our individual daily calorie and macro intake based on our current height, weight, and age. Meal prepping was key for success however I did not meal prep because I have a very flexible schedule that allowed me the freedom not to. I tracked everything I ate with the MyFitnessPal app and was allowed to enjoy one cheat meal every week.
The nutrition aspect was the hardest part for me during the challenge and still remains a bit of a struggle today simply for the fact that I actually have to eat a lot more food that I am used to on a daily basis. I didn’t have to cut out carbs or deprive myself of food to see results with flexible dieting. Its about making smart food choices and cutting out the garbage. I started the challenge eating about 1600 calories a day and by the end (and currently) I am at 1310 cals a day in an attempt to really lean out.
In the 8 weeks during the challenge I lost a total of about 5/6 pounds however as you can see in my photos I also put on muscle so my actual fat loss could be greater since muscle weighs more than fat. I saw the biggest difference in my upper body with my stomach shrinking significantly and my arms got lean and toned. My strength and endurance have increased significantly. I can squat 135 pounds, lift 200 pounds for calf raises and curl 15 pound dumb bells. The routines are creative and people will look at you like ‘damn this girl is going IN and she knows what she is doing.” The gym can be intimidating if you don’t know what you are doing so this challenge really gave me the confidence to get in there and give it 150%.
I highly recommend signing up for a Katy Hearn Fitness Challenge but only if you are ready for a lifestyle change. If you are looking for a quick fix this isn’t for you. If you are looking to get fit, feel sexy and make a change with your nutrition habits than this program will give you the push you need. Since the challenge ended I have kept up with both my workouts and clean eating. I am currently down a total of 10 pounds and I feel lean all over. I haven’t felt this good about my body in probably 7 years. Thank you Katy!
The Spring Challenge has already started and sadly I missed the enrollment period but be sure to follow Katy on Instagram for details about her next one. Feel free to ask me any questions about the challenge and you can keep up with my fitness journey and latest progress on my Instagram account @MzNikkiNic_Fit!