Okay, today I’m going to do something sliiiiightly different. Instead of reviewing a one-off exercise DVD, I’m reviewing the first workout of the Way of Gray Love Yourself Lifestyle Program.
I stumbled across Way of Gray (and it’s founder, Sophie Gray) from this Greatist List of the 100 Most Influential People in Health and Fitness. Sophie was ranked #94 out of 100. When I went to her site I was intrigued. It seems it had just gone through an overhaul in November and she released new workout guides that reflected the new workout regimen she was following.
A downside with her website is that it doesn’t do a good job of explaining what you’ll be getting if you do decide to buy her guides. There aren’t really any sample downloads, or even a sneak preview of what her workout videos will look like. So, without fully knowing what I would get, I bought it (the $25 price tag is the perfect “what the hell, let’s try it” price point for this kind of thing, in my opinion.)
Update 1/19/2016: I just got an email from Way of Gray this morning which included a link to a downloadable sample of her guides as well as access to the first workout video. I currently don’t see a link on the site to these samples, but try emailing customer service if they don’t put the links up! It also seems like as the new plans start to take off, she’s trying to better explain what the guides are.- end
So what do you get? You get a nutrition guide ebook with 35 recipes (all vegan and very clean) as well as shopping lists and a 7 day meal plan. I’m not going to discuss the nutrition guide too much (unless you really want me to) but the recipes do look fairly easy (none of the ingredients seem super expensive or hard to find). I was also happy to see that there are some super yummy looking dessert recipes. Overall, I’m really looking forward to trying some of these recipes!
Also, you get the workout guide. This is an interactive ebook, which means it has clickable links throughout.
The most important link is on page 9, when you click on the picture there, it takes you to the super secret vimeo page with all 48 videos. It looks like this.
You can only stream the workouts online, but the workout guide also has non-video versions of each of the workouts; however, it is just the exercise written out (no pictures or guidance on the moves).
The guide itself doesn’t have too much information in it. It talks about taking before photos and how the general plan works such as when to do the workouts. If you’re looking for some intense fitness and motivation guidance, you won’t really find it, but I was mostly intrigued by the videos anyway.
How the videos work: This was the most confusing and intriguing part for me. These workout videos are not like normal workout videos where the instructor walks you through the whole program while doing it with you. In these programs, Sophie was filmed doing each move separately, and then used those clips to compile the workout videos. So, when she says push-ups, it’s the same video of her doing push-ups each time.
Each move has a slide show up with the name before you do it.
For Month 1 Week 1 Day 1 each of the moves is either done for 10 or 15 seconds. This was NOT a lot of time, but you run through each move a bunch of times.
My biggest wish is that when they showed the slide with the workout move on it, they also showed a preview of what the move you are about to do would look like. I wasn’t familiar with some of exercise names so I wasn’t sure if I should stand up or be on my back or what to do to prepare for the move, and since each move is only done for 10 seconds, if you don’t start immediately, you really miss out on the move.
As I mentioned, Sophie voices over the whole time with tips on form as well as motivation. The workout videos look very similar to this one.
This kind of pieced together workout was weird for me at first, but by the second time I did it, I found I really didn’t mind it, and I’m assuming once I progress and become familiar with each of the moves it won’t feel like so much of a scramble between them.
Okay, and now, on with the rest of the review for Month 1 Week 1 Day 1
Number of workouts– 48 workout videos totaling more than 35 hours of video. I’ll be reviewing the video for month 1, week 1, day 1, today.
Total Run time– 28 minutes
Instructor– Sophie Gray. She performs each of the moves as well as a voice over for cueing.
Set– white with a blue mat. Verrrrry clean. I liked it.
Production Quality– Very good, the lighting, quality, and sound were all perfect.
Music– No music, I provided my own.
Ability Level– Beginner
Type of Workout: Bootcamp Style? Most of the moves are bodyweight toning moves performed for 10 seconds. There are also some cardio moves performed for 15 seconds each
Equipment– a mat
Coordination Level– 2/5 just because you’ll be scrambling on the mat to get into the next position.
Most hated move: Push ups. So many pushups.
Most loved move: Donkey kicks
Overall sweat factor– 1/5 but looking through the guide, you end up doing more advanced moves for longer. For a beginner I think this would be an intense workout, for me, I didn’t break a sweat, but my muscles felt worked.
Calorie Burn: 120
Chances I would do this workout again: 100%
Overall, I think this is a really great value for someone looking to add more workouts to their arsenal. Hopefully I can check back in once I’ve done more of the workouts and progressed to harder weeks or months to let you know how it’s going.
Have you done this workout? What are your thoughts?