Trying Out a 26 Day Hourglass Workout Program (Update #3 – Days 15 to 21)

Something that I’ve been working on lately is getting into shape. I had stopped exercising for a few months while recovering from jaw surgery, and so I was eager to get back into the swing of things. Then I stumbled across Chloe Ting’s workout videos, and decided to give them a try.

Currently I’m doing her 26 day hourglass program, and here’s how week 3 went (spoiler alert, not my best week ever):

Week 3:

Starting Measurements

Day 1 Measurements

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

Day 15 Measurements

Waist23.75″
High Hip31.25″
Hip34.25″
Thigh20″
WHR0.69

My Experience

Day 15 of the 26 day hourglass program:

Videos (50 minute total):

Difficulty:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Workout journal:
I’m feeling a bit sick so I was only able to do 30 out of 50 minutes of the workout. Am I disappointed? Yes. Will I beat myself up over it? No.

Day 16 of the 26 day hourglass program:

Videos (20 minute total):

Difficulty:

Rating: 0.5 out of 5.

Workout journal:
I’m still not feeling well, so I’m taking today off as an unscheduled rest day. I hope I feel better tomorrow though.

Day 17 of the 26 day hourglass program:

Videos (35 minute total):

Difficulty:

Rating: 0.5 out of 5.

Workout journal:
Still not feeling well, so I’m still resting.

Day 18 of the 26 day hourglass program:

Videos (25 minute total)

Difficulty:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Workout journal:
AAAAAAH! I thought today was day 17 for some reason, so I did the toned legs & butt workout video. I wanted to ease back into the workouts since I’m still not feeling well (but doing better).

Day 19 of the 26 day hourglass program:

Videos (50 minute total):

Difficulty:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Workout journal:
I have one braincell.
I misread day 16 as day 19 and did the toned legs & butt workout and the small waist & booty workout. My friend told me that she keeps a whiteboard with a list of the days on it, and crosses them off as she goes, so I’m going to start doing a variation of that so that I don’t keep making this mistake.
I’m starting to feel almost completely better, but oh boy was today’s workout tough. I feel like my form has improved a lot since starting the program, but my goodness do some of these exercises burn. I skipped a couple of exercises in the small waist & booty workout (the plank jacks and the bird dog), and replaced the glute bridge variations with glute bridge holds, since I feel like my form is better in the hold.

Day 20 of the 26 day hourglass program:

Videos (35 minute total):

Difficulty:

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Workout journal:
Day 20 done! Planks with hip dips are still really difficult for me, but I’m getting so much better at the side plank variations now, so that’s encouraging! 😀

Day 21 of the 26 day hourglass program:

Videos (0 minute total):

Active rest day!

Difficulty:

Rating: 0.5 out of 5.

Workout journal:
Thank goodness for rest days! Hard to believe there are so few days left. I’m starting to see some nice ab definition, and I’m feeling a lot stronger than I did before I started this program.

Tips & Tricks I’ve Picked Up:

  • Take rest days when you need to. Taking a couple days off to avoid over-exerting yourself is so much better than over-exerting yourself and then having to take whole weeks off at a time.
  • Make a list of each day in the program and cross them off as you do them. This will prevent you from making the same mistake that I did (accidentally doing a previous day’s workout).
  • Exercising with friends is really motivating! If you can, buddy up with a friend. Since there are audio cues for when to do each exercise in the videos, you can even stream the workout videos on Discord and exercise at the same time as someone else!

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.

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