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The BodyBoss Fitness Guide – Would I Recommend it?

  • September 21, 2017
  • By Carly Neave

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I’m not one for reaction-diets and fitness regimes, or anything that has a ‘quick-fix’ in front of it.

What I am totally for, however, is something of quality that will lead to a sustainable and balanced, healthy lifestyle. Fitness guides out there on the market now are a mix of both; some are fantastic, some good, some bad and some just plain ugly!

So, when I started seeing women using BodyBoss and people posting about it on social media, quite honestly, my first reaction before I had even had a look was ‘here we go again, another fitness guide with no substance’.

But then, a few close girlfriends started using it and I dived in a little deeper asking what they thought … “Sustainable” was at the tip of all their tongues.

Okay, I thought, that works for me.

Despite the fact that I’m a qualified PT, and admittedly do enjoy creating my own sessions much of the time, there are occasions (and plenty of them!) when I’ve been training all week and the thought of having a session already there, ready and waiting for me to smash out in just 24 minutes is so much more appealing.

To cut to the chase, I’ve since got the BodyBoss fitness guide, I took it to both the Seychelles and Moscow with me and actually really commend what they’ve written and what they’re encouraging, as well as the workouts themselves ”“ Jack can be testament to that as I’ve had him join in on a few!

What is it? 

It’s a 12-week fitness guide with 4 cycles, increasing in intensity as you go through them. Note! It’s not 12 weeks and then never workout again! 12 weeks is just a very good (and healthy) length of time to change both your body and fitness levels and then you can take your training a step further as you see fit.

There’s a bonus 4 week pre-training guide for any beginners or people easing back into exercise.

The workouts are four types; HIIT sessions, “Power-up” workouts, cardio and recovery and each workout is just 24 minutes (IDEAL!) with little to no equipment needed.

Workouts are 3 times per week, Tuesdays are recovery days and it is recommended to do some light cardio on Thursdays for maximum effect. Saturdays and Sundays are off.

Who is it for?

Honestly – everyone (providing you’re physically in the clear to exercise). I’m using it, maybe in a slightly different way to others would be, but I consider myself a fit person and I still find the workouts challenging. It’s certainly suitable for beginners who want a clear guide to ease them into a great training regime, that isn’t going to be super heavy impact on joints and of course also for intermediates who have trained before but want something to follow and feel motivated by. I would say everyone and anyone can expect to see positive body and cardiovascular fitness changes ”“ no matter what level you are starting at. (Minus Usain Bolt, possibly)

These are examples of some of the workouts you can expect to see. You’ll find each day is broken up into different body parts so that you have time to recover before working them out again, and plus the whole body is being targeted which is needed for a complete fitness regime. We tend to (myself included) leave out or work the body parts less that we find most difficult so this is the perfect way to make sure all muscles are getting their fair share!

The Calorie after-burn effect

The reason why a lot of my training is HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) is because of something called the after-burn effect, and BodyBoss have founded a lot of their workouts on the same principle. They call it the #BossEffect. It’s based on the concept that you get the maximum calorie burn out of your workout – which doesn’t require much time – because the body is working so hard to recover after the workout has ended. It’s therefore thought to be far superior as a fat-burning style of exercise than doing a steady one hour jog for example, because the after-burn calorie effect in that isn’t nearly the same.

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My Thoughts

Despite my skepticism on some training guides, I think the BodyBoss Method is a really positive addition to the market and to training. First and foremost, it’s nothing you can’t get started on right away because of a) the minimal equipment required, and b) the way they build up the intensity of the training – and anyone increasing their exercise levels is something I would always advocate!

And secondly, by making sure the training is gradual whilst still being high intensity, it’s a very healthy and positive way to burn fat and build lean muscle AND something you’ll be able to sustain for the long run. That’s not just because you’re highly unlikely to get injured using their training methods, but because it will make you fall in love with exercising and the feelings you get from it!

It’s certainly sticking around with me!

If you want to read more about the BodyBoss 12 week fitness guide or buy the book (Online guide is 190 AED / £39.90, and print book is 249 AED/£54.90) then head over to the website here.

You can also check out one of the video workouts I did using the guide on my Instagram here.

Let me know what you think – whether you’ve heard of BodyBoss or even tried it yourself already!




By Carly Neave, September 21, 2017 Hello and welcome! I'm Carly, originally from London but currently enjoying a little adventure in Dubai. A travel and wellness blogger exploring the world one step at a time. Think fabulous food at undiscovered gems, unique destinations, skin care obsessions and so much more. This is my life, I hope you enjoy the ride!
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  • Jessica K.
    June 28, 2018

    Hi Carly,

    Thank you for the honest review of this product. Did you happen to try the nutrition plan as well? I just had my second child almost 3 months ago and want to start a workout routine. I also find with a new baby and a 7yo, I’m more focused on taking care of them that I tend to forget to eat and end up grabbing for something out of convenience instead of nutritional value. So not only am I looking into a realistic workout routine, I’m also looking for a nutrition plan that can get me back into a healthier lifestyle.

    Any feedback you could provide would be greatly appreciated!

    Thank you,

    • Lean Living Girl
      July 12, 2018

      Hey Jessica,

      First of all, congratulations on your new little one!

      I have tried the nutrition plan too, not stuck with week on week but I have tried some of the recipes from it and taste wise, they’re really good I must admit. If you’re looking for something to get you back into health and basically for ‘someone’ to say eat this on this day, and this the next so that you don’t even have to spend energy thinking about that, I’d say you’d really enjoy the plan. Wat the guide does is tells you what to eat for breakfast / snack / lunch / snack / dinner each day and then has all the recipes laid out in the rest of the book to refer to.

      Some critics might say then in terms of actual fat loss, they should list calorie content of each day too because ultimately, fat loss is heavily about calories in, calories out. I don’t think looking at the recipes though that they are kcal heavy and if you stuck with it, it’s super clean then it’s inevitable fat loss would result most likely.

      Hope that helps a little? Let me know if you have any other questions!

      Carly xx

  • Jocelyn
    June 18, 2018

    Thank you for this review. I just bought the guide and hearing positive feedback is encouraging. I did wonder why the price you mentioned included AED so I was glad to see that you are actually based in Dubai right now. I am so out of shape and have struggled getting back into any sort of exercise regime and pleased to hear that BodyBoss is a recommended start. Thank you.

    • Lean Living Girl
      June 20, 2018

      Thanks for the lovely comment Jocelyn!

      I am based in Dubai majority of the time, although will be back to the UK for the summer :) (praying for good weather!). I really do think the guide is a great way to get kickstart a fitness routine again, easy to follow and challenging when you need it to be. Hope you enjoy it!

      Carly xx

  • Abby
    June 13, 2018

    Hi! I am pretty fit but just moved and don’t want to get a new gym membership so I’m looking for something I can do at home. Would you say you felt like you got a challenging work out from body boss? Or did you feel like you had to supplement it with other workouts and workout on the ‘recovery’ days? Thanks!

    • Lean Living Girl
      June 15, 2018

      Hey Abby,

      Cardiovascular-wise, I definitely felt like it gives you some decent workouts. However, if you’re used to heavy resistance training then you will want to supplement it with some more intense weight sessions. In terms of having inspiration for home workouts and actually doing a full one (when I don’t outline my workouts, I rarely finish them in full!) it’s really good.

      Let me know if you have any other questions :)

      Carly xx

  • Jane
    June 7, 2018

    I suffer from L4-L5 & L5-S1 Disc Protrusion and Late on Set Adult Scoliosis, i was advised to rest from exercise for 12 months (Completed and Climbing the walls). I went from being quite active and physically fit to nothing, this has effected my joints with fatigue and stiffness quite a daily problem. I was advised to gradually ease back to exercising to alleviate this and keeping weight down is more important now as addition pressure on my body is not suggestible, would you recommend this plan for someone like me?
    Thank you.

    • Lean Living Girl
      June 8, 2018

      Hey Jane,

      So I actually have similar issues. I have a 48-degree scoliosis thoracic curve and my L5 / S1 is fused, and L4 with Spondylolisthesis.

      So I guess what I’m trying to say is, I am able to do the workouts (with a small few adjustments no problem) but we are all completely different and I can’t possibly tell you that you are fine to do them not knowing your spine or qualified to asses the dangers to it. What I can say from personal experience is that when I stop exercising, my back pain actually gets worse. I need to keep my body moving and strong to keep my pain at a manageable level. There is a lot of dynamic movements in this plan so if you haven’t worked out for a year, I would say that probably right now this isn’t the one to get you back into things to start with. It should be controlled, targetted resistance training that is going to enable you to build up some strength again before starting to train.

      On a personal note, I know back issues can be incredibly tough but know that your body is incredibly resilient and might just surprise you in good way when you start to test it again. Work within your personal barriers and get knowledgeable people around you but don’t think that it means you can never exercise again. It might be worth getting a few more opinions?

      Carly xx

  • Jil
    May 29, 2018

    Hello! I wondered if someone with knee issues should look into this. I can manage quick squats (aka not staying down there long), but lunges hurt and even burpees exacerbate an old knee injury. I’m worried too many of the exercises will be a strain on my knees. Thoughts?


    • Lean Living Girl
      June 8, 2018

      Hey Jil,

      It’s hard to say without knowing how severe your issue is, but because the majority of the guide is bodyweight exercises, there is quite a dynamic element to them which could prove troublesome with pre-existing knee injuries. Things like quick shuttles from side to side, burpees as you say, squats, step ups, high knees, jumping squats.

      I feel like this may mean it’s not the best fit for you?

      Carly xx

      • Jil
        June 8, 2018

        Thank you for the feedback! I think I’ll just continue to design my own HIIT workouts that don’t put too much strain on my knee. Thanks again :)

  • Lori
    April 21, 2018

    So I am curious about this….I work out with a trainer once a week lifting pretty serious weights. I walk briskly 4 times a week for an hour. But I know I need to do more – I am gettin older and it is catching up with me! Is this something for someone who is fairly fit but just wants to take it a notch up? I’d like to lose about 10 pounds and get more defined and lean.

    • Lean Living Girl
      April 23, 2018

      Hey Lori,

      Without going overboard, I’d actually say this is pretty perfect for you by the sounds of things. The workouts are quick but they keep your heart rate up throughout so it so you’re working your cardiovascular system as well as working on strengthening and balancing exercises.

      It also breaks it down into body parts and has the structure there for you for different days so you don’t have to plan it out yourself which is a nice little motivator! The fact that you already do some resistance training means with the plan, you’ll be getting the best of both worlds (in my opinion).

      I’d just like to add I get no commission or anything alike from people buying the plan after reading this blog so whilst I hope you know these would be my honest feelings anyway, I want to point that out as it is a product I’m advocating :) Let me know if you have any other questions! xx

  • Tori
    April 17, 2018

    Would you recommend this workout to someone who isn’t necessarily trying to loose weight but gain muscle and tone up?

    • Lean Living Girl
      April 18, 2018

      Hey Tori,

      Thanks for your question. So for toning up – yes absolutely. In terms of gaining significant muscle mass, I would say no only because a lot of the exercises are bodyweight exercises and you should really be incorporating relatively heavy resistance training if that is your goal.

      Hope that helps a little!

      Carly xx

  • Rachel
    April 3, 2018

    Would you recommend someone use a protein shake or eat after doing this workout? I am doing bulletproof IF and I can only workout in the mornings before work while i’m Fasting

    • Lean Living Girl
      April 4, 2018

      Hey Rachel,

      Your Bulletproof coffee is effectively your breakfast as correct me if I’m wrong but it’s loaded with fats and hence calories, so you have energy there to sustain you through? There is no need to eat just after the workout, unless you have low blood pressure and would feel really lightheaded and need something so you could work effectively.

      On a slightly different note – I’m not too sure I’m an advocate of Bulletproof if your reason for drinking it is fat-loss specifically. I’m going to be posting a video about that very soon!

      Carly xx

      Let me know if you have any other questions? xx

Carly Neave

Hello and welcome! I'm Carly, originally from London but currently enjoying a little adventure in Dubai. A travel and wellness blogger exploring the world one step at a time. Think fabulous food at undiscovered gems, unique destinations, skin care obsessions and so much more. This is my life, I hope you enjoy the ride!

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