404040 Fitness plan in review
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I told you I would write another review at the end of my time on the 404040 plan. (If you missed my blog post on how I embarked on this adventure, you can read it here in Keeping Fit Beyond Forty.) I have to say this is one tricky post to write. Partly because there’s nothing easy about exercising regularly if that’s not your normal. Partly because not only is it a bit of a job writing anything, but because I actually had to take part in this programme myself over 40 days. And partly because I am eating a chocolate biscuit.
The Plan appealed to me because it is specifically tailored for women over forty and you can work on it at home, in your own time, around family life. I didn’t need to loose a huge amount of weight, I just wanted to firm up a few flabby bits around the middle and on my upper arms.
The night before I started the plan I didn’t sleep all that well because I was kept awake by this phrase bumping around in my head: “What on earth have you signed yourself up for?!” I was actually nervous about the commitment I’d made to get fitter.
However, after the first session I realised it really wasn’t as exhausting as I had imagined and in fact was quite fun. I was delighted that I managed to get through it without pulling any muscles or dying in a puddle of my own sweat.
I posted a few updates on social media as I progressed along on Niki Wibrow’s 404040 plan.
If you missed it here’s one of the clips below – actual speed and energy levels NOT accurately depicted!:
“At the cool down stage of the 404040 workout I’m always relieved that I made it through! It’s not an overly strenuous plan thankfully, I’m just a bit of a lazy old bag. Over half way through the 40 days now. Prognosis? I could have worked harder!
I’ve skipped a few days here and there due to various reasons (excuses) but I fully intend to carry on with the exercises long after the 40 days are over. I love how they are specifically targeted at the areas in my body which need strengthening up. I also love the way Niki talks you carefully through each position and is very encouraging.
Today’s core exercises were brutal on the upper arms, I do NOT like my upper arms. Apparently I’ve inherited the ‘family arms’ but I plan to change that. #404040plan”
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Reveiwing the Plan
There are two sides to this review really, the one is all about the product and the other is all about how I got on with the product.
In summary Niki provides you with online links to four workout sessions a week, consisting of a warm up, a core programme and a cool down. I love how she has tailored all her exercises to an over forty year old body so she guides you through every exercise carefully, pointing out how to mind specific joints. She is chatty and friendly in her videos and keeps you going through the hard parts by constantly encouraging and spurring you on. You really need that as you are more than likely doing this programme by yourself at home.
Ideally she recommends you do these on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturdays. I need to confess here that I was not an ideal participant. I didn’t manage to do four sessions a week so overall I could have tried a bit harder – I had bad excuses like sick kids and school holidays, and poor discipline.
She also gives you a recipe book filled with ideas for breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as snacks in between. I liked that her recipes are uncomplicated and contained no gimmicks or strange ingredients. I also like that the plan doesn’t mean that you have to cut out whole food groups from your diet. The recipes fit well around family life too.
She also had a private Facebook group which you are invited to join to encourage and support you. Apart from the group she posts regular updates on Twitter and Instagram as well as sends e-mail updates so you never feel abandoned along the way.
The biggest benefit I found was that apart from shaving off a few centimeters, was the boost of well being after every session. I liked how the routines left me feeling not only stronger but delighted with myself for having done them. I plan to continue with them even though I have completed the 40 days.
Here’s my review on YouTube:
She has 3 plans: The standard 404040 Plan, Premium and VIP. At the moment she is offering a discount on the Standard Plan with a launch price of £87 (SAVE £40 – for a limited time only).
“The 404040 Plan. No Gimmicks. No fads. Just Proven Results.”
Click on this link to find out more information: The 404040 Plan
~I have been given a free trial of this product in exchange for an independent review. All opinions are my own~