The Best Workout Program for Busy Moms

Posted in Health & Fitness, Kid + Kin Picks
on May 28, 2017

Memorial Day marks the unofficial beginning of summer and I am officially NOT ready for summer. My kids are still in school for a couple more weeks which feels like a nice grace period to get my mind and body ready for the new season. And, let me tell you, my body needs a lot of work. Turns out a diet of red wine and cheese and occasional trips to the gym are not good for my waist.

It’s time to get serious about getting into shape – and by that I mean fitting into my clothes – so I’m taking the plunge and starting a full-up workout challenge. But the quest to find the right one can be almost as challenging as getting my butt to the gym. There are just so many options. I’ve narrowed my choices down to six popular workout programs and compare their pros and cons to find the best workout program for busy moms.

The Ultimate Busy Mom’s Workout Guide Comparison

Here are the main factors I considered and use to compare the workout programs.

  • Workout Length – Like all of us, I’m busy and some days can’t find the time to finish my coffee let alone spend 2 hours working out. It’s also important to note how many times a week the program calls for a workout.
  • Equipment Required – We have a few dumbbells and kettle bells and room for little else in our house. Plus, I don’t want to spend more money on top of the cost of the program. If you see yes* it means minimal equipment is required. So minimal even I own it so don’t let that be a make or break factor.
  • Training Schedule – I want a system that makes every day clear and easy to follow, telling me what workout to do what day for the duration of the program.
  • Online Community – Honestly, this isn’t as big a consideration to me as I likely won’t have time to participating in online forums. But I do like following and checking in on the hashtags on social media to see program photos and tips for the workouts.
  • Price – I’m investing in a program because my health is worth it, but obviously the price tag is still an important consideration.

A note about price: I made a conscious decision not to include subscription based programs. I’ve focused here on programs with a one-time fee rather than a program that requires a monthly payment. I acknowledge this is probably some unconscious reluctance to commit long term, or something, but it’s also about being financially practical. Plus having a finite goal in mind – finishing a program – is motivating and completing it will be highly rewarding.

Here’s a quick glance comparison at the programs I’m considering.

Bikini Body Guide

Basics: By Kayla Itsines, an Australian personal trainer, Bikini Body Guide is an ebook of a 12 week workout plan. Cardio based workouts are all under 30 minutes. “The program begins with smaller challenges, then ramps you up over the following weeks, to higher levels. This allows your body to continue adapting, and helps to avoid plateau. A glossary of each exercise is also included to ensure you have the best direction for form, and technique.” If you’re interested in Kayla Itsines she also has an app workout program called Sweat.

  • Workout Length: under 30 minutes, 5 times a week
  • Equipment Required: Yes
    • Bosu
    • Dumbbells (3-6kg each)
    • Medicine Ball (6-12 kg)
    • Skipping Rope
    • 1-2 Flat Benches (30cm+)
  • Training Schedule: Yes, 12 week plan
  • Online Community: Yes, forums on Kayla Itsines website and #bbg hashtag
  • Price: $50
  • Con: 12 week program requires a lot of commitment! The workout schedule appears a little confusing – week 1 and 3 leg/ arms, week 2 and 4 upper body, for example.

BodyBoss Method

Basics: BodyBoss is an “any time, anywhere workout” is a 12 week step by step ultimate body fitness guide. Each workout offers a high intensity circuits of some of the 60 exercises in the system. Get the program in delivered in a print edition or eBook on your favorite device. “The BodyBoss method is a unique formulation of exercises such as bodyweight resistance, plyometric (jump training), unilateral and cardio exercises stimulating as many muscles as possible during each routine.”

  • Workout Length: 24 minutes, 3 times a week
  • Equipment Required: Not necessarily… the program calls for minimal equipment but says you can substitute with household items (can of vegetables for dumbbell, for example).
  • Training Schedule: Yes, 12 week plan
  • Online Community: No formal community, but follow hashtags #BodyBoss and #BossEffect
  • Price: $50
  • Cons: The promises seem pretty optimistic for only 72 minutes of exercise a week.

Blogilates PIIT 28

Basics: From Blogilates founder Cassey Ho, PIIT 28 is a pilates inspired intensity training workout ebook and online video program. Ho says, Pilates Intense Interval Training “combines the best core strengthening exercises from my format POP Pilates® with the most intense cardio elements of HIIT, PIIT28 has gotten me FITTER, FASTER. You will be sweating in the first 7 minutes and then you’ll be done in under half an hour.”

  • Workout Length: 28 minutes and 40 seconds
  • Equipment Required: No
  • Training Schedule: Yes, 28 day plan
  • Online Community: Yes
  • Price: PIIT 28 1.0 is $39, PIIT Power Pack (includes PIIT 28 1.0, 2.0 & 3.0 and FlexGuide) is $79
  • Con: The workouts videos are short and meant to be repeated 4 times to complete a single workout. It may get a little repetitive.

Fresh Body Fit Mind

Basics: Fresh Body Fit Mind is a 12-week program from Amanda Bisk features unique exercises and workouts every day – no repeats – using a combination of HIIT circuits, MOVE days, TEST Workouts, Recovery Days (my favorite!) and more. Completely electronic program you can do and access from anywhere in the world.

  • Workout Length: 20 minutes
  • Equipment Required: No
  • Training Schedule: Yes, 12 week plan
  • Online Community: Yes
  • Price: $39
  • Con: The program calls for two workouts a day – preferably at different times in the day to boost metabolism – and finding time for two workouts will be challenging.

Fit Body Guide

Basics: Fit Body Guide is designed to be used with the companion FBG Meal Plan, but you can purchase the Workout Guide separately. “The FBG Workout Guide is composed of high intensity strength training circuits that take only 30 minutes a day, which makes it perfect for those with a busy schedule.” Trainer Anna Victoria encourages women to put their health first, quality of workout over quantity and achieving balance.

  • Workout Length: 30 minutes, 6 times a week
  • Equipment Required: Only dumbbells
  • Training Schedule: Yes, 12 week program
  • Online Community: FBG community
  • Price: $50
  • Con: Exercise program is designed to be used in conjunction with a meal plan. But as the cook for a family of five, ain’t nobody got time for that.

Bikini Body Workouts

Basics: Bikini Body Workouts is a “60 day transformation program” provides online video workouts, workout guide, nutrition guide, 21-day booty blast and more. Workouts are no longer than 45 minutes each and program calls for 4 workouts a week. “Ready for a major fat burn that melts away 3 times the fat in only 1/3 the time? Incinerate that unwanted fat and extra pooch in minimal time… without trudging your life away on the treadmill.”

  • Workout Length: no more than 45 minutes, 4 times a week
  • Equipment Required: Yes, designed for the gym but does come with a home gym option using basic equipment
  • Training Schedule: Yes, 60 day plan
  • Online Community: No
  • Price: $30
  • Con: Workouts are slightly longer than other programs and are more weight-lifting based requiring a gym.

So there you have it! The basics and a comparison of six popular workout programs we’ve narrowed down for busy moms. We hope you find the information helpful – and inspiring!

In Search Of… The Best Workout Program for Busy Moms

So, what do you think? I think I’ve narrowed it down to two favorites, but I’d love to hear feedback or advice if you have experience with any of these programs. Which sounds the most promising and achievable to you?

 

3 Comments

  • Becky

    Sooooo which one are you going with?

    May 30, 2017 at 1:35 am Reply
    • Kate

      I haven’t decided! And I may also be putting off starting because I’m scared… HA!

      June 1, 2017 at 6:02 am Reply
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