Real Girl Roadtest: How I Toned-Up For Spring
It's nearly 5:00 a.m. It's dark outside and quite possibly raining (if current Sydney weather conditions are anything to go by). You're sound asleep, oblivious to the head-splitting alarm that's about to interupt your slumber. But before you know it, you're up, clothed and warming up with a group of seven other women for an intense 45 minute fitness routine. Welcome to Six Weeks to Sexy. It's a program coined by Sydney-based trainer, Blake Worrall-Thompson that promises to get you in the best shape of your life in six weeks. But girl, he's going to make you work for it.
I'll be the first to admit that I'm a sucker for a fitness fad — from Crossfit to kale, you name it, I've tried it. But the one thing I've realised after years of sampling is that lasting changes to your fitness don't come easy and any program that promises easy results is probably not worth your time (or money). That's exactly what attracted me to the Six Weeks to Sexy program, it demands five, 45 minute training sessions each week, with two spent running outdoors and three spent doing resistance and strength work in the gym. The physical effort is supported by a detailed meal plan, which outlines healthy recipes, weekly shopping lists and a foolproof schedule to follow for the entire six weeks.
The first day of the program suggests you eat a coconut smoothie for breakfast (so delicious), snack on sweet potato chips, lunch with grilled chicken and miso salad, nibble on veggies and hummus in the afternoon and then finish with baked samon with salsa — keep scrolling for a couple of my favourite recipes. Sadly, there's no space for dessert or alcohol, but I still managed to sneak in a few dark chocolate squares and the odd glass of red throughout the program (please don't tell Blake).