A few months ago I received an email from Instigator Communications asking if I would be willing to try one of Beachbody‘s fitness programs to kick off 2013 and then blog about my experience and progress. With a wedding to prepare for and wanting to lose some weight, I decided to try the Ten Minute Trainer.
I know that I received this product, valued at about $80 or so, with the thought that I would give it a glowing review. Well, I’m not going to lie to my readers and I need to be 100% honest in my take and review of this particular product.
As soon as I opened up the box, I was immediately taken aback by all of the stuff inside. So right off the bat, let me say that you’re not just sent a couple of dvd’s or made to feel as though you’re being ripped off by just watching a video. I believe that if this is the program for you, then you’re totally getting your money’s worth. The package contained give “total body workouts” on three different dvd’s, a resistance band, a cardio belt, a customized workout calendar, a results guidebook, a recipe guide (!!), workout plans, and even a “jump start plan”.
I gotta be honest, I was a little overwhelmed at everything. It just seemed to be almost…dare I say…too much.
It then told me to go register at their website and track my progress, take before/after pictures, join the community forum and make friends in order to help out in the motivation process…it was just, I dunno, daunting to try to take it all in.
It intimidated me to the point that I put the whole thing away for two months.
Now I realize that this might actually be exactly what some people out there are looking for, and that’s why I don’t want to slam the 10 Minute Trainer in any way. I can tell by the popularity of the program that it’s something that works for a LOT of people. It just seemed like it wasn’t my cup of tea, so to speak.
By the time March rolled around, I knew that I really wanted to start working out to go along with dieting, so I decided to open up the box and give the program a real try. I really wanted to like it. I mean…I REALLY wanted to like it.
Unfortunately, it just wasn’t for me.
I have to be honest…I didn’t care for the head trainer in the series: Tony Horton. I found him to be a bit…I dunno…smarmy? Cocky? A bit arrogant? I dunno…maybe I’m being overly harsh in my criticisms but I really didn’t find him to be the one thing I was desperately hoping him to be: motivational.
I don’t want to sound like I’m trashing this product, because I really think this is a fantastic program for a certain type of person. I just don’t happen to be that particular person.
I’ve found motivation elsewhere…within myself…and I think that’s what is ultimately going to help me on a go-forward permanent basis.