Around 12 weeks ago, I picked up a copy of Carly Rowena’s Get Gorgeous fitness guide on a whim after seeing it was discounted in her Easter sale. Carly is one of those YouTubers that I’ve followed online forever and I’m always saving her workouts ‘for future use’. And since getting into fitness and going to the gym, I’ve spent even more time following her journey and enjoying seeing exactly what she recommends, workout wise. While I already have a training plan that I stick to religiously, I found that my results were beginning to plateau and I’d begun to feel bored of the same workout routine week in and week out.
So, what’s the deal?
Get Gorgeous is a guide to kick-starting your fitness journey, with a no-fuss take on introducing you to the basics of working out and eating well, a meal planning cheat sheet, as well as a 12-week transformation plan. I was blown away when I received mine and devoured every page, full of genuinely useful information and tips. The 12-week workout plan includes an upper body, lower body and core workout for each week. That’s just 3 workouts a week!
Alongside the guide itself, you also receive access to the Get Gorgeous Facebook group, where all the girls gather together to motivate one another. I absolutely LOVE being part of the group and seeing everybody’s progress photos, before-and-after’s, and being able to ask for tips and advice, whether that’s with fitness, eating, or even just a general chit chat! Plus, Carly is ever so helpful, popping in to answer questions and also re-share your progress photos to her platforms which I find incredibly motivating. I even featured in one of her newsletters and had a huge fangirl!
How I Used It
Like I mentioned, I already have a training plan that I try to stick to when I can. I’m aiming to tone up all over and lend focus to growing the peach and trimming my stomach in the hope of abs. So, I hoped to incorporate the Get Gorgeous guide to my existing routine by chopping down my weighted machine workout in half and adding in Carly’s workout (intermediate level) to the end as a burnout routine after cardio and weights. For the sake of this post and total transparency and clarity, I’d say the guide made up about 50% of my overall workout.
Thoughts: Week 1
Three workouts in and I feel seriously unfit?! I’ve been gymming for 4 months and I swear sometimes I’ve not made any progress at all, haha. Carly’s guide is designed to be used either at home or in the gym, which is why I suppose everything feels different to my usual weighted machine and free weight workouts at the gym. However, I feel confident that following a new workout plan will help me shake off the progress plateau that I’m currently experiencing! PS. I have zero core strength god help me.
Thoughts: Week 6
A month and a bit in to following Carly’s guide and I definitely have some ab definition! The workouts continue to be tough on my body and I’m always dripping with sweat after performing the exercises as a circuit. I’ve even bought new dumbbells as I ‘graduated weights’ over the last month. The post-workout burn feels a little easier, and even enjoyable in some instances! Core workouts feel less painful and are definitely doing something: it’s such a novelty peeking in the mirror and seeing the faintest hint of ab definition. And I’ve had several comments from friends and family that I look a little trimmer. I’ve not yet measured myself though…
This morning I completed my Week 12 core workout and, subsequently, at 11.13am, I finished the Get Gorgeous guide. Yes, I was still drenched in sweat and yes, planks still hurt like a bitch, but I felt completely capable of finishing my circuits and I’ve more than quadrupled my plank holding time which is an achievement in itself. (Even though, yes, planking for 2+ minutes is boring af.) My progress has been pretty insane and I’ve lost 3” from my waist, gained 3” around my hips/butt and lost 1.5” from my upper arms. All over, I feel much more toned and I feel physically fitter too. It’s been a game-changer to have a manual of sorts for me to work out from when I walk into the gym, and the structure is 100% what has helped me see ‘results’. I know it can be disheartening to feel like you’ve made no progress, but 12 weeks can do SO much. I can fit back into jeans of yore, easily pick up heavier objects, my peach is such a great cushion, I felt incredibly confident at the beach last month, and my attitude towards exercise is totally at its’ prime. Lastly, I just adore that I can grab my guide and get a solid workout in from home sans laptop/phone/gym equipment. It’s so versatile!