Bob Harper’s Inside Out Method Workout Plan – Final Thoughts
Two weeks ago, my wife and I decided to attempt Bob Harper’s workout plan using his new Inside Out Method DVDs, as laid out on his website www.mytrainerbob.com. (NOTE: the link to the schedule no longer appears to work, so, thanks to a friend, my lovely wife, and a scanner, I have a copy of the Inside Out Method schedule here.) It’s a 4-week program (although you can do week 4’s workout ad infinitum if you like) that starts with working out a few days a week and builds into a full 7-days-a-week exercise regimen. Lady Aravan and I started with Week 3, since we’d already been working out 6 days a week and didn’t want to cut back and start from the beginning, nor did we want to mix in other exercises (except strength workouts) among Bob’s different workouts. All Bob, all the time. So how did it go?
All in all, we were very pleased with the program. It was very challenging, make no mistake; this morning, we did his cardio DVD Pure Burn, even though we are done with the program, and we’re still huffing and puffing and struggling through it. The difference, though, between where we were and where we are now is amazing. We are both much stronger, our balance is remarkably improved, and our endurance has increased. I lost almost 5 pounds in those 2 weeks and 2% body fat. The yoga days have improved our flexibility immensely – last night we were in the kitchen doing half-moons and standing splits because we could and because it’s suddenly kind’ve fun.
My overall impressions are, if you are even remotely intrigued by the idea, then I suggest you give it a shot. It will tire you out. You will sag down onto your knees and huff and puff and wish desperately for more air and for it to be over. But over time, you will notice that you did a few more push-ups this time, or did the mountain climbers a little longer, or stretched a little farther. Guess what? The incredibly fit people demonstrating the exercises are huffing and puffing too. One day, you’ll discover that, hey, I’m doing my jumping jacks faster than them, or I did more overhead presses than Zach, or I stretched longer and better than Robert.
I love the DVDs, I really enjoyed the program, and I will continue doing a modified version, mixing in other exercises and challenging myself. As Bob says, “You wanted me as your trainer; you’ve got me as your trainer.” He is one hell of a trainer. He will make you believe that you can do things that you thought were impossible, and you will do them, and you will become stronger and fitter than you ever thought possible. I’m a believer.