November 22, 2009

Physique 57 Challenge: The Results

I did it! I made it through four full weeks of nothing but Physique 57 workout DVDs. If you missed the original post that described the workout method and the challenge details, you can find it here.

In a nutshell: A month ago, I challenged myself to replace all my usual workout DVDs with only Physique 57 workout DVDs for four full weeks. I performed the P57 routines four times a week and did light cardio and/or yoga on the fifth day, giving myself the weekend to recover. I changed nothing about my diet.

I may live to regret this, but before I lose my nerve…drum roll please: thebefore and after” photos.

And the results: one pound and four inches lost.

That’s really not enough difference to be visible—any difference you see between the photos is visual trickery/smoke-and-mirrors on my part, as far as I’m concerned. The lighting is different from one picture to the other and I’m posed differently in the after photo (differently meaning at a more flattering angle!).

This is not meant to neglect the fact that I kind of feel like a rockstar for getting through this, however. The P57 DVDs are really excellent and probably a few of the most challenging routines on the market right now. I mean, I have to give this challenge a little credit for bestowing these pythons upon me:


…If you’ll forgive the bad pictures, that is—it is really hard to take good-quality self-portraits in the mirror while trying to avoid using flash like the plague.

It’s not like I was horribly out of shape before doing this challenge, but I do notice some difference in my strength after following the P57 method for four weeks. I perform all push-ups with straight legs now; I’m able to eke out all the reps of all the moves required in each routine and occasionally do the advanced version of whatever-it-is; my core feels so rock-solid that I feel like I could probably poop out a kidney if I tried hard enough.

But it never got easy. No ma’am.

All the ab work is especially odious, given that much of it is performed lying down with legs straight up in the air. And this after you’ve more or less lit your quads on fire with all the leg and butt work. You’ll see results from this method whether you want to or not, though. I did a short yoga routine yesterday to stretch out all this work I’ve been doing and was delighted to find that I no longer shook when holding boat pose (see photo below). Rock-solid core, I’m telling you.


(Image source)

In terms of these workouts aiding in weight loss, I already stated that I wasn’t out to lose weight when I started the challenge, and would in fact not change my diet so as to isolate any results as due to the DVDs themselves. In that regard, I guess it’s pretty impressive that I got positive results with no effort outside of the workout routine. In fact, thinking back on the generous quantities of food I ate during these four weeks, both healthy and otherwise, I’m even more impressed!

For what it’s worth, however, if you’d have asked me last week whether or not I’d lost weight, I would have said yes—3 pounds (as opposed to the 1 pound I reported above). I checked in with the scale each Saturday during the challenge. The difference between last week’s weigh-in and this week’s just goes to show that a few pounds of fluctuation is par for the course, whether or not you’re engaged in battle with a new set of workout DVDs!

The battle was nonetheless well worth “fighting,” if you want to call it that. I really fell in love with the Physique 57 DVDs this month and can’t recommend them highly enough. Despite all the repetition, I was never bored and even looked forward to popping in those DVDs each morning. The moves are challenging and the burn is intense, but there’s nothing like the feeling of completing the routines and coming out on top. I’ll be doing these workouts for years to come, knowing they’ve made me stronger in every sense of the word.


Dori said...

Wow. First of all, mirror trickery or not, there is a definite difference there. You look toned! And your arm muscles, wow.

I am so, so, so impressed that you did this all month. And I am jealous of your core. I need to start using all the Core Fusion classes I bought on sale.

I wish I had the motivation to work out at home like you do. I am so happy you had such a great experience with the DVDs and gave them such a glowing review. Sounds like an awesome month for you!

katherine said...

Ow ow!! Look at that hotness!! All silliness aside though, I can definitely see results from your photos and I'm so impressed that the DVDs made such a difference. Way to go with keeping up with them for a whole month!

Elina said...

Thanks for the review! I've heard so many great things about this program and it sounds just as tough as I'd want it :D Nice pipes ;)

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) said...

You look super hot! Wow, D, nice abs! I dont think it's smoke and mirrors, you do have improved abs goin' on in the AFter.

Live to regret the photos? Umm.. I put myself daily in a sports bra, some of my pics from the summer I was in paper thin running shorts and a sports bra, all the while being contorted in yoga positions, all in the name of Blog Content. Oh and I have been in a triangle top & bikini shots. I kinda regret those but whatev.

You should have no regrets, you look awesome!

Do they call that pose bow or boat? In yoga, it's boat. Navasana.

I would like to try the Phy 57 just to see what their angle and mo-jo is.

Devan Geselle. N said...

WOW! girl you look so great!!
im impressed and so proud of you! :D Great job!

itsawrapteacher said...

Great results you definitely look toned. Perfect timing too b/c I need to switch out my Jillian workouts. Were these expensive?

Diana said...

Averie -
Thank you for catching my typo! I did indeed mean "boat pose" and I've made the edit above. :)

itsawrapteacher -
The P57 DVDs cost $25 each, if I'm not mistaken, but if you buy all 3 there's a considerable discount (it was buy 2 get 1 free when I made my purchase). They're for sale at the website so I recommend you check it out! Worth their weight in gold, or muscle, rather...

K from ksgoodeats said...

Move over Jay Robb, you've got some guns! I definitely see a difference!! That's great - it kind of makes me want to get the DVDs.

Jenny said...

hot damnnnnnnnnnn, you look great girl! Those are some major guns.

melissa said...

AMAZING. and I have to say, you have a BANGIN body. must get the dvds!

Anonymous said...

You look great, Diana!!!

I really want to try those DVDs for days when I can't get to the gym and need to rest my knees from running.

chrystad72 said...

Thanks so much for that review. Im always looking for new workouts. I might have to check this one out. You look great btw!!

RunToTheFinish said...

four inches is still pretty great!! Sounds like an overall very good workout

KTBuns said...

And, no doubt, those pythons indicate that you gained some muscle mass! So, even though you "only lost 1 pound", that's the end result of burning a lot of fat and gaining a lot of muscle!! Way to go! :D Wish I had your motivation to work out every day... or even every week.

Anonymous said...

Boat pose is also a great pose for partner yoga. Yoga instructor to the stars, Leeann Carey says that it’s great for the core and the hamstrings. She has a free yoga video on boat pose that I thought you might want to check out: