So lockdown could have definitely gone one of two ways for me … lounged around and ate everything in sight (which is totally fine btw) or finally whip me into shape. The past year I felt like I’d let myself go a bit, a mixture of uni-stress and travelling meant I’d gained what I like to call my ‘pouch’. When lockdown started I thought I’d challenge myself, and after hearing about the infamous Chloe Ting Workouts all over the internet, I decided to give them ago. There’s a lot of hype around these workouts, but if you’re here reading this, you probably want to know – Do the Chloe Ting workouts actually work? Well … keep reading to find out – my results are at the end of this post!
If you haven’t heard of Chloe Ting during this lockdown, then you’ve probably been living under a rock. Chloe Ting is a famous fitness Youtuber and she has rapidly become the face of home workouts, especially during this lockdown period. Her channel consists of workout videos that can be performed in your living room, along with healthy recipe videos and much more! Many people mainly know Chloe for her famous ‘Do this every day to lose weight video’, and assume that you are meant to do that video every day alone to lose weight. However, Chloe actually provides free workout programmes that feature a daily schedule consisting of various amount of videos as well as healthy meal ideas. She has many programmes including Summer shreds, booty, arm and hourglass programmes … so which ones did I do?
The first programme that I started with is probably the most famous – the Chloe Ting 2 weeks Shred Challenge (here). As the name suggests this is a 14-day programme involving 25-50 minutes of videos a day, with rest days obviously, with no equipment required. Each day includes the ‘Do this every day to lose weight’ video as well as the ‘Abs in 2 weeks video’, with some days having compulsory and optional extra videos. The videos are essentially mini ‘HIIT’ videos – with normally around 30 seconds ‘on’ and 5-10 seconds ‘off’ (resting). They have cardio exercises, ab routines, lower body workouts and arms to get you a toned body!
One thing you should know about this workout is that they are designed for beginners or people with moderate fitness levels. I’ve seen many PT’s reviews these programmes and I think they do so quite harshly. Believe me, strong or not, these workouts will kick your ass.
The main thing I loved about this programme is that it was only two weeks long. Often I find it harder to stick to a longer programme when I feel like I still have a long way to go. These two weeks flew by! It is a short programme with short videos (no more than 1 hour a day), but don’t be fooled they pack a punch! You will 100% be sweating, and the first few days will be a struggle but don’t worry you will improve and there are also modified versions of each exercise for low impact. I loved how each day doesn’t have just 1 long video, there are multiple meaning you can take breaks between each one and are really handy for when we all have less time on our hands when lockdown ends. Having a workout schedule worked perfectly for me, as with somebody telling me what to do, I was much more likely to exercise – honestly Chloe is basically my PT.
With no equipment and little room required, this really is a great programme. The only thing I have negative to say about it is that I can get a bit repetitive doing the same two videos every day, even though some days have extra workouts to do. And guys … I hope you like up and down planks because god there are loads! Overall a great programme and I would definitely recommend! My results are at the end of this post!
So after the success of the first challenge I did, I wanted to maintain the momentum and do another challenge. At that time Chloe had just released her 4 weeks Summer Shred Challenge which sounded great. Obviously, this programme was double the length of the previous one which I was worried about, but I did get to the end eventually! This challenge lasts 28 days and has 22-45 minute workouts a day with 2 rest days a week. Unlike the previous one, you don’t have to do the same two videos every day and has much more variety. Videos include 500 rep abs challenges, upper body and arms videos, legs and booty, and fully body sessions. Some videos suggest using resistance bands as an added extra, but again no equipment is required for this free programme.
In all honesty, I think I much preferred this programme even though it was longer – purely because of the variety each day and the extra rest days. Like the 2 weeks challenge, this programme will make you sweat, and had much more high-intensity videos. But don’t worry again, if you’re a beginner or can’t do high impact activities, low impact options are always available. This programme felt much more well-rounded, focusing on upper body and lower body rather than just abs which I think is crucial. There were also optional warm up and cool down videos which I think are great to include! Overall another excellent programme but lets get into the results as I know that’s what you’re all waiting for!
So do Chloe Ting’s workouts actually work? I’ve seen all over the internet, people seeing massive differences after completing these programmes and you know what? I was sceptical. But, I do see a difference. The images below show you what I looked like at the start, what I looked like after the 2 weeks shred and finally what I looked like after the 4 weeks summer shred. So let’s look in more detail.
At the start of this programme, I would say I was ‘skinny fat’ – in that whilst I mostly have a slim frame but I have belly fat that just won’t budge. I put this down to mainly my diet – I rarely touched vegetables, ate lots of junk and processed foods and wondered why I couldn’t get rid of excess fat. So I decided to completely change the way I eat to a more balanced diet (let me know in the comments if you want a post on how I’ve changed my diet). Despite this I would say I am quite strong, but still struggled to do some of the exercises.
Left – Start, Middle – After 2 weeks Shred, Right – After Summer ShredAfter Chloe Ting’s 2-week shred (middle image) I felt much stronger, and healthier. This was probably a mixture of eating better and workout out 5 days a week. After the challenge, I could see I had lost some belly fat and you can definitely see more ab definition. I was thrilled with the results in only 2 weeks. I think I lost around 1 inch on my waist, hips and ‘pouch’, with no difference on arms (I didn’t weigh as I didn’t want to focus on numbers but picture progress and how I felt).
After the 4 weeks Shred, I think I maintained measurements around my waist, pouch and arms, and lost 1 inch on my hips however I do think you can see more definition in the abs and I certainly feel much stronger.
Yes. The main reason is that these are absolutely free. Sure you can do workouts on youtube, but often they have no structure. Chloe provides a full workout schedule, that you can do from home with no equipment, meal ideas and a whole community to support you. The videos are follow-along, so they don’t feel like they last an eternity. They also have modified versions of each exercise, next exercise previews and a timer so you can see how long each exercise has left. So many people have seen both physical and mental differences after doing these programmes, myself being one of them, so I would definitely recommend them to try and they’re perfect for people who don’t know where to start with exercising.
Have you been doing home workouts during lockdown? Has lockdown made you more or less motivated to get healthier? Have you tried the Chloe Ting workouts? Let me know in the comments!
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