I’m just finishing week 2 of 22 minutes hard corps today. So far I have been able to get in almost all of the workouts. The few I have missed, I have tried to make up for through rock climbing.
Results so far. I’m feeling pretty good strength-wise. No weight loss so far, but I that’s typical for me during the first couple weeks of a new program. I need to focus more on the food/diet element.
So.. the good and the bad of the program so far.
The good… the length – 22 or 32 minutes a day is east to get in. I’m pretty busy w work and family, so this is a definite plus.
Second good element… the intensity. The 22 minutes of the cardio and resistance workouts is very intense. There are virtually no breaks so you are legitimately getting core, cardio and strength in every workout.
The bad… or at least not so good.
First not so good… ironically, the duration of each workout. I know research shows you can get a good HIIT workout in 20 minutes, but I’m not sure if it really is as good as I was getting thorough the other Tony Horton programs. You’ll notice on the Beachbody site that this is the first Tony Horton series that is at the Intermediate level. The other one – P90X, P90X3 and P90X3 are either advanced or intermediate/advanced. Two weeks in – and getting used to the workouts – this doesn’t feel like an advanced workout. Not that its easy, but I am not feeling either the intensity or the sense of progression that intensity gives, that I felt w other Tony Horton program.
My next critique – and this is related to the first – I’m not feeling the progress I did in any of the P90 programs. By the end of week two of those other programs, I think I felt stronger relative to my starting base. Every time I finish a workout, I feel it was a good workout… but 2 weeks in, I a not feeling significantly tighter and stronger than I did 2 weeks into P90s. Now, I am in better shape going into this one… but still.. I’m not sure this program will deliver the same dramatic results. But we’re only 2 weeks in, so we’ll see.
So.. two weeks into 22 Minute Hard Corps. I like it. I love the aerobic intensity and I like the convenience. But jury’s out on whether it lives up to the Horton brand of body transformation.