Weight and body image is an issue for many people. Even though the overall perception of body image has become more positive, whether we like it or not, we are still to some degree judged but the way we look. This can be tough to deal with but even tougher for students.
We already struggle to make ends meet and so going to the gym or hiring a personal training/diet coach is not even a possibility. That’s why I’ve been working with Results With Lucy. Their online training schedule and recipes have proven a hit with many who normally struggle to lose weight. Now they’ve released a student plan.
The workouts themselves are great. There is a playlist for each day. Each one including a warm up, cool down, yoga session, muscle session and high energy session. You really start to sweat off those extra pounds from the offset. I was given a two week trial on the student plan but I can really see how after a month or so, there will be so many changes to your body. You just keep sweating from start to finish. Having said that, the workouts themselves aren’t that difficult. Yes there are a few push ups, my fitness weakness!!, but the workouts are manly about keeping your heart rate high.
The yoga video embedded into the playlist is also quite useful. They’ve realised that many students will be yoga experts, I wish!, and the excercises start off steady and do get progressively harder. However this is done is a way where you barely notice you’re working harder each week!
You’re also allocated rest days. Always a sigh of relief!
One improvement I think could be made would be to add some music to the workouts. Whilst the trainers and Lucy are lovely and have really bubbly personalities, I find that I push myself harder when I’m working to the beat of a song. This may just be me.
Food was yummy. The meals had a lot of flavour and a couple of them I’ve written in my recipe book for a later date because I loved them so much!
Whilst the recipes were great, i feel it would be better if there were more to choose from. Whilst doing the plan for a couple of weeks, I found myself repeating the same recipes. There wasn’t a great choice for the more ‘picky eaters’. Whilst for me this was fine, I worry that for those spending months or even years on the plan will run out things to eat or even become bored with the menus and resort back to snacking. Also, not all of the menus were student friendly. A lot of them contained foods like cod fillets, salmon fillets, avocado and chia seeds – all of which are quite expensive and not in a student budget.
I did however discover a couple of PDF files about what to eat when you go out. There are menus for Costa, Nandos, Greggs and Harvester just to name a few. They split the menus into things you can eat, things to avoid and things to only eat occasionally, when you feel like treating yourself. There is also a snack guide so if you do get peckish throughout the day, there are plenty of options to choose from.
The important thing to remember here is that each body is different and this was just my personal experience. There is a two week free trial on any Results With Lucy plan of your choice so check it out and let us know what you think in the comments or on our twitter page.