It can be really hard to get into a workout routine. If you're doing it on your own with no guidance, you can get confused on if you should do a split, just do cardio, or if you should do full body everyday. None of those things are wrong and it usually takes a few trial and errors before you find a workout that you absolutely love. I thought I had loved a few workout programs before, until I found YouTuber Sarah's Day ebook, Sweat It to Shred It.
Before starting Sweat It to Shred It (which will also be referred to as SITSI), I had finished 2 rounds of Kayla Itsines' BBG workouts and one round of her BBG 2.0 workout. While I absolutely loved those and won't say I'll never do them again, I found something to be so different about Sarah's workout that made me never want to skip a day of her program. Her workouts are hard AF, but so worth it and the results can be seen in not only your body but in how many more reps you can do is amazing.
Sarah's Day is a YouTuber that prides herself on functional workouts, holistic medicine, real, whole foods and being positive. I found her channel a few years back and when I found out she was coming out with a workout program via an ebook, I was so excited. You can see how much of a beast Sarah is on her YouTube channel where she vlogs what she eats, her workouts, and just her daily life. I knew that in order to get results like her, I actually had to workout like her. So I got the e-book, and the rest is history.
From the first workout, I knew I would love it. It was unlike anything I've ever done before. Sarah's SITSI workouts are categorized by sweaty shredder (SS), toning power (TP), challenge (C), and activity (A). Throughout the 8 weeks of her program, you do a mixture of all 4 of those workouts. Some weeks have only 3 workouts, and by the end you're doing 6 workouts a week. Don't worry, you can handle it at that point. While I like to give myself two rest days a week, I still feel like not doing 2 of the workouts made me lose progress at all.
Sweaty shredders are where you have 7 exercises, you do one exercise 6 times for 3 seconds with a 10 second break. Toning powers are where you have 3 supersets (two exercises back to back) and you do each exercise in that superset 4 times. A challenge is anywhere from an ab blaster to a full body blaster. And an activity can be a walk, a swim, or anything your body wants! If you hate sticking to a schedule or need to be doing a few workouts during the week, you will absolutely love SITSI.
Now for my review. I don't know if I've ever sweat so much after the first SS. I was dripping sweat and might I add I couldn't walk for 3 days after. 6 rounds of jump squats will do that to you. I still absolutely love sweaty shredders, and feel like they changed my body completely. My butt lifted, my arms got way more toned and my abs are always sore (which is a good thing!). Toning powers are not my fav, but that's because I love jumping and they're more to burn out your muscles by doing a ton of reps over and over again. However, I do them because they work. I would be so sore after a TP workout as well, but a SS burns more fat and a toning power builds muscle. They're two completely different exercises! The challenges were great if you were short on time or just wanted to absolutely blast fat in a short period of time. In 10 minutes I would burn up to 115 calories which is crazy. And the activity days speak for themselves as it was my choice, so I loved them!
I loved that everything was laid out for me exactly how I needed to do it, and since Sarah shows some of her workouts in her YouTube video, I know it worked for her as well. While Kayla Itsines' workouts are more globally known, I would recommend Sarah's ebook a 10000 times over. Not only did my body change, but I also look forward to working out every single day. Yes, the workouts are so hard. Yes, you'll be sore. But you also won't need a gym, since all of these exercises are used with your body weight.
I also love how functional these workouts are as you can literally do them anywhere you want. Once you get used to the workouts, you'll realize that doing jump squats for 30 seconds 6 times is actually not that hard, even though you may have almost thrown up the first time. That's how you know the program is working.
I also do recommend changing your diet if you're doing this workout program. With any program, if you don't change your eating habits unless you eat super healthy, you probably won't see many changes. Since there isn't a scheduled cardio day even though SS or an activity can consist of cardio, you may want to add that in if you're really looking to burn major fat. I also would not recommend this for beginners, as it is a lot of jumping and just a lot of movements that will be super hard if you're not used to working out.
So would I recommend Sarah's Day's workout ebook Sweat It to Shred It? Absolutely. I didn't take a break in between finishing it and restarting it, that's how much I loved it. Her program is 8 weeks, which is only 2 months of your life. Sarah has announced that she is coming out with a second ebook which she's calling, SITSI Reload, and you can bet that I will be purchasing that on the day it comes out.
Overall, if you're someone that loves working out with weights, maybe this isn't for you. But if you're someone that has gym anxiety, or if you're just not sure where to start, this is a great program. This program changed my views on exercise, now that I know I can use my body weight to get my dream body and I don't need all those machines at the gym. So yes, it's a completely brutal program, but in the BEST way possible!