We’re often asked, what defines a real start workout? Here’s our answer!
One of the best things about Team Body Project is our ‘team’ – the team of wonderful TBP members. Our members create a community that supports each other, drives forward the health, fitness and wellness of all and even keeps us on our toes! And as one incredible member recently reminded us, we have not explained what defines a ‘real start’ plan recently enough.
This simple yet profound question holds the key to understanding the essence of our Real Start journey. If you’ve joined us in recent years, you might not be aware that the these principles have permeated the fabric of most TBP sessions.
However, it’s vital to recognise that before the Real Start revolution in 2019, these philosophies weren’t embedded in every aspect of what we did. (In fact, we sometimes got swept up into the ‘hustle for the muscle’ mentality!)
We know better now. So, let’s dive deeper into what sets a ‘Real Start’ plan apart, including the foundational principles that have been the driving force behind this transformative approach to fitness.
What Defines a ‘Real Start’ Plan?
1. Standing options throughout
One of the fundamental pillars of any Real Start plan is inclusivity. We believe that exercise should be accessible to everyone, regardless of their fitness level or physical abilities. That’s why you’ll find standing options woven throughout our workouts, ensuring that everyone can participate and make progress on their fitness journey.
You’ll also find at least one of our real members (Kristen, Wade or even me!) doing the all-standing version of each exercise in every workout. And you’ll still see fantastic results!
2. Low-impact options throughout
Inclusivity doesn’t stop with standing options. We understand that not everyone can or wants to engage in high-impact exercises. Whether you have joint issues, you’re just beginning your fitness journey or you simply prefer to take things low, Real Start plans offer effective low-impact alternatives. This means you can get in an excellent work out (and achieve remarkable results) without putting excessive strain on your joints.
3. Suitable for People Starting Exercise Plans
Starting an exercise plan can be a daunting task, especially for beginners. These plans are designed with new-to-exercisers in mind. They provide a gentle and fun introduction to exercise, making it less intimidating for those who are just beginning their fitness journey.
4. Real TBP members
Authenticity is at the heart of Real Start. These plans involve real Team Body Project members, just like you. This creates a sense of camaraderie and relatability, as you’re working out alongside individuals who understand your struggles and triumphs and are going through their own health and fitness journey just like you.
5. A focus on movement and enjoyment over ‘pain for gain’
At Team Body Project, we believe that exercise should be enjoyable, not torturous. Real Start plans prioritise movement and the sheer joy of working out over the idea of ‘no pain, no gain’. We want you to look forward to your workouts and relish every moment.
We want you to find joy in moving your magnificent body!
6. 30 minutes or less for the majority of workouts
We live in a fast-paced world, and finding time for fitness can be a challenge. Real Start plans recognise this and keep most workouts within the 30-minute mark – easy and accessible! This time-efficient approach ensures that even the busiest individuals can incorporate exercise into their daily lives without feeling like it’s just adding to your stress!
7. A 2-week completion for quicker victories
Setting achievable goals is essential for maintaining motivation. These plans typically run for two weeks, providing a shorter timeframe to experience success. This psychological boost can be a game-changer for many, as it creates a sense of accomplishment sooner than the usual four to eight-week programs.
Plus it means we can make more of them, and do them more often!
8. Comprehensive across cardio, resistance and core
Achieving a well-rounded fitness level requires a balanced approach. These plans cover cardio, resistance and core exercises to ensure that you’re working on all aspects of your fitness journey. Getting all of this in one hit – on incredible Real Start plan – means you’re getting an efficient, all-in-one workout that will see you hitting your health and fitness goals!
9. An empathetic and encouraging approach to exercise
Empathy and encouragement are at the core of ‘Real Start. We want everyone to feel supported and motivated to keep moving forward. This compassionate approach makes exercise accessible to all and empowers individuals to overcome obstacles with a positive mindset.
10. A strong emphasis on ‘coming back tomorrow’
Consistency is key to long-term success in fitness. Real Start plans place a strong emphasis on creating a sustainable fitness routine that encourages you to return day after day. This commitment to consistency is where the real transformation happens. When you show up for yourself, day after day, you will see real changes in your life.
An Integral Part of TBP
These are the top 10 principles behind the launch of our first Real Start plan in 2019. But it’s important to note that these philosophies continue to shape and inform all our workouts today. They’ve become an integral part of the Team Body Project experience, and we think it’s a huge part of not only what makes TBP different and special, but also in ensuring that our community thrives and flourishes.
These transformative plans aren’t just about exercise. They’re about creating a lifestyle of health and fitness that’s based on progress, not perfection, and a genuine love for movement.
We’re excited to announce that a new Real Start plan is in the works, continuing our commitment to these principles and offering you even more opportunities to embark on a fitness journey that’s sustainable, enjoyable, and inclusive. Stay tuned and stay active! And in the meantime, you can check out…