Trying Out a 26 Day Hourglass Workout Program (Update #2 – Days 8 to 14)

Getting into shape is a goal that I’ve had for awhile. It seems like every time a new year roles around, some sort of workout goal is one of my resolutions, but then I always end up forgetting, and my goals never get reached.

This year, things are different. This year I have determination, motivation, commitment, and perhaps most importantly: an actual workout schedule to follow.

Currently I am trying out Chloe Ting’s 26 day hourglass program, which is a workout program that targets the abs and glutes. If you want to learn more about how I discovered Chloe Ting’s workout programs, check out the first update post!

If you’re already up to speed on how the first week went for me, then here’s how week 2 went:

Week 2:

Starting Measurements

Day 1 Measurements

Waist24″
High Hip32.25″
Hip34.25″
Thigh20″
WHR0.7

Day 8 Measurements

Waist23.75″
High Hip31″
Hip34″
Thigh19.75″
WHR0.7

My change in measurements surprised me! My hip dips look less prominent, so I was expecting some growth in my measurements, but I actually saw a decrease of just 1/4 inch on almost all my measurements, except for my high hip which had a large decrease.

I suppose that this decrease on my high hip measurement is what caused my hips to look more round in shape.

In any case, my WHR (waist-to-hip ratio) has remained the same, and in my first update on the challenge I mentioned that I wanted my WHR to either remain the same or decrease, so I’m happy with this.

My Experience

Day 8 of the 26 day hourglass program:

Videos (45 minute total):

Difficulty:

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Workout journal:

Day 9 of the 26 day hourglass program:

Videos (35 minute total):

Difficulty:

Rating: 0.5 out of 5.

Workout journal:
I ended up using today as an unscheduled rest day. I pushed myself just a bit too far with the workout from day 8, and my legs were feeling a bit tense all day, so I didn’t want to push myself too hard again, especially with such a large workout coming up for day 10.

Day 10 of the 26 day hourglass program:

Videos (50 minute total):

Difficulty:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Workout journal:
Oof today was difficult. Even though I wasn’t feeling sore at all, my body became tired really quickly, so I was only able to do 20 minutes out of the 50 minute workout. Tomorrow is another rest day though, so I’m sure I’ll be feeling great after that!
Despite not working out yesterday, I feel like I’m starting to notice more hip and glute growth! I’m looking forward to seeing what my measurements are at the start of the next week. 🙂 Ab definition hasn’t progressed too much, but that’s okay. I really enjoy ab exercises, so I’m going to continue doing lots after this program ends.

Day 11 of the 26 day hourglass program:

Videos (0 minute total):

Active rest day!

Difficulty:

Rating: 0.5 out of 5.

Workout journal:
Not much to say about today, it’s just a standard rest day. I am feeling very hungry though.

Day 12 of the 26 day hourglass program:

Videos (45 minute total):

Difficulty:

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Workout journal:
Almost halfway there! My thighs are bulking up quite a bit, and my hips are also getting nice and filled out, but I don’t think my booty is growing much lol. That’s okay, because I’m getting a lot stronger, regardless of if I’m seeing visual changes!
Side plank variations are still killer though.

Day 13 of the 26 day hourglass program:

Videos (35 minute total):

Difficulty:

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Workout journal:
Woah, I’m halfway there! I’m really enjoying the ab exercises (well, almost all the ab exercises) and I’ve improved at the side plank variations so much since starting this program. At the beginning I had to skip them, but now I can do all of them! Admittedly I tend to drop once or twice, but I’m able to get right back up and continue.
Perseverance is really what gets me through these challenging exercises. However, I like the challenge! I like the challenge so much that I’m going to be getting some resistance bands to add to some of the leg workouts (I don’t know if they’ll arrive before I finish this program though).

Day 14 of the 26 day hourglass program:

Videos (0 minute total):

Active rest day!

Difficulty:

Rating: 0.5 out of 5.

Workout journal:
I forgot that today was an active rest day until around mid-afternoon (I workout in the evenings when I have the most energy), so I was pretty confused as to why I was so hungry this morning. At a lot of food though, and my body is feeling great, so I’m looking forward to the next workout!

Some tips and tricks that I’ve picked up:

  • Staying hydrated is super important (duh). But I have a lot of trouble remembering to drink water, so I’ve marked times on a clear water bottle so that I can keep track of how much water I’ve had and when to drink.
  • Don’t overdo the cardio. To warm up before exercising, I like to do some dancing (trying to learn various choreographies). However I’ve learned not to go all out while dancing, which has actually made it easier for me to pick up the moves.

So that’s how the second week went! I’m still enjoying this exercise program, and I also found it super interesting how my measurements changed. I’ll be retaking the measurements at the start of each new week, and of course after I finish the program as well.

Here’s the link to Chloe Ting’s 26 day hourglass program if anyone wants to join me in trying it out.

I’ll be posting a new update on my progress every Friday until I finish the challenge, so be sure to subscribe to my blog if you want to see my updates.

2 thoughts on “Trying Out a 26 Day Hourglass Workout Program (Update #2 – Days 8 to 14)

  1. Wow that’s a lot of change for just one week! Just yesterday I finished the challenge I was doing and while I don’t think my body looks hugely different (it was only twelve ten-minute routines and four yoga classes after all) and do feel less out of shape than I did before starting. And I’m almost enjoying it, which I never expected. I’ll take this week off and then I’ll start with the next challenge on my list, and after that one I think I’ll do the ones you recommended because they seem awesome.
    I will largely overlook the fact that most of the time I was working out with a cake baking in the oven though…

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    1. Yeah, it really caught me by surprise! Apart from getting some more ab definition, I don’t think I look all that different, but I’ll have to use before and after photos (since I have a lot of difficulty being objective with my body).

      Some of my friends and I are going to be doing one of Chloe Ting’s other programs during May, her 28-day flat tummy challenge, so I’m looking forward to doing the challenge with them!

      (Also, I have eaten so many brownies since starting this challenge. I make them using chocolate protein powder and peanut butter instead of flour, so they’re somewhat healthy I guess lol)

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