Friday, 12 January 2018

What ‘Fitness Guide’ Is The One For Me? | Fitness Fridays

...and she's back!

Hello you lovely lot, I’m back!! Firstly, Happy New Year and I hope 2018 is as fabulous (if not more) as 2017. Now, if you’re an avid reader of Katies Corner, you’ll notice that this is my first post back after my failed attempt at Blogmas… I think I got to day 15 and things just got super hectic due to an amazing surprise. When I got back home for Christmas break my lovely Mum and my best friends mums surprised the four of us with a trip to New York. It was definitely a once in a lifetime trip and something I will never forget! And before you ask yes there will be a post going up about our trip (Sunday to be precise!) and I can’t wait for you all to see the pictures we took in the stunning city.

Right, now I’ve got my little guilty explanation out of the way, let's get stuck into my first post of 2018. As New Years rolls around, it’s inevitable that everyone and their aunt is starting to think about ‘getting back on track’ or wanting to feel less like a pig in blanket and more like a shredded sprout. So, unless you are already a fully-fledged gym bunny, you will most likely take to the Internet and look into joining a fitness guide or group. Guides are my personal favourite as it literally tells you what to do, when to do it and for how long, to get the results you want. Simple as pie. Or is it? Nowadays, there are sooo many to choose from, all targeting different markets. So in light of everyone’s 2018 fitness goals, I thought I would put together a little post all about some of the guides out there, and how to choose the right one for you, ranging from free to slightly more expensive, at home to gym workouts and beginners to hard-core gym 'sesh heads' (my brothers words, blame him). 

Price – £35.00
How long? 8 weeks
Aimed at - Gym Beginners or experienced weight lifters (and everyone in between!) 

I've written about Graces guide in previous posts as I have used them ever since she launched it this time last year. I chose to buy the first instalment of the guide (Weeks 1-8)  as I had followed Grace on Instagram for a good few years before and completely trusted her outlook on health and fitness. I also really related to her as she herself is a university student, with a busy schedule, meaning that if she could do it, so could I. In the guide Grace has split the workouts into back and shoulders, arms and chest, legs, abs and booty, and you get 2 workouts of each as well as some cardio options and finishers. The workouts use a mixture of free weights, barbells, gym machines and squat racks, as well as bodyweight exercises. Grace also has a fab community based around the guides. I joined the Facebook group last January and it really helped me stay motivated and accountable for what I was doing. There is another round of GFG starting on the 8th January, so get yourself enrolled and head over to the Facebook group - you never know you might even find a gym buddy to get started with! Grace has also brought out weeks 8-16 and 16-24 now, alongside her 'Booty burner' workouts which you can get when you purchase one of her resistance bands or barbell pads (can you tell I'm a big fan?). 


Price – £24.00
How long? 12 weeks
Aimed at - Anyone looking to do resistance training, without the need of a gym

Carly is someone that I started following on YouTube when I was introduced to her through the Lean Machines who my brother watched. After following her journey with health and fitness, I've realised that if you enjoy what you're doing - be that gym workouts, running, cross fit or just getting out walking - you will start to see results not only physically but mentally too. Carly guide is based on 20 minute at home workouts that you can do anywhere. It is perfect for those busy business women, or if you just want to smash out a quick workout on your bedroom floor. The guide is easy to follow and can be bought digitally or as a hard copy, which is perfect for tracking your progress with. Carly also posts weekly workouts over on her Instagram which are perfect to save for workout inspo. If you don't know who this wonderful lady is, a) where have you been? and b) get yourself over to her social media links, she's a true inspiration. 


Aimed at - Gym users
Price - £25.00
How long? 8 weeks

Megan is one of three Gymshark athletes who I have mentioned in this post. I have followed her journey for about a year now and her Peach Plan is definitely something I am looking into doing, after I finish GFG. It says what it does on the tin really, so if you want a to specifically target your glutes I'd recommend this one for you! Megan also has a YouTube channel where she vlogs with her boyfriend Niall and pets Bluebell (dog) and Poppy (cat) all about her day to day life, university and fitness routine. Niall also does fab instagram videos on healthy food recipes and snack ideas. 


Aimed at - Gym users
Price - £25 (£19 in the sale now!)
How long? 21 days

Carys is the third and final gymshark athlete in this little round up. She released her 'Ultimate Full Body Guide' earlier this year, and I have only heard good things! Users rave about the new and interesting exercises and movements that she has included, along with the help of a professional, fully qualified personal trainer. At the moment I don't think this is the one for me as it doesn't schedule in any rest days and personally I don't feel like my body (and mind) are fit enough for that yet, however it is definitely something I will be looking into in the this space chicas!


Aimed at - Everyone
Price - FREE
How long? 1 Month

Cat is another Social Media star who I have followed for a while (are you seeing a trend here?). She is a yoga teacher and fitness/travel blogger, who has an amazingly inspiring instagram and a fab Youtube. Which brings me onto her 'guide' or challenge shall we say... She is posting a Yoga Flow every morning at 6am for the whole of January on her YouTube channel - and it's FAB, check all the videos out here. So whether you want to join in now or just do them when you fancy, she'll always be there to give you some ideas and inspiration!

And there we have it, 5 fitness guides that I would recommend. There are obviously wayyyy more out there, however these are a few of my faves. My advice would be to write down what your goal is, how much time you are willing to give and finally your budget before scouring the internet, to avoid that overwhelming feeling! I hope this helped someone out there if they were thinking of starting a guide this January, and good luck if you are! And if you have tried a guide before and have any recommendations, pop 'em in the comments below!

Lots of love, Katie xo


  1. This is SO HELPFUL. I want to slim down before the summer and I love having guides to follow because it gives plan-crazy people like me some rules to follow!! xx

  2. Not heard of Cat Meffan before, but I've always wanted to do yoga and she sounds really good!
    Aleeha xXx

  3. 'feel less like a pig in blanket' that's so funny. You have a really witty style of writing! These guides seem really helpful, like I never know where to start when it comes to working out, which can be off putting, so it's nice knowing there are guides out there to help you figure it out... and it's really helpful that you've compiled a bunch in this oost!

    1. So glad you found it useful, and thank you for the lovely comment - it means a lot! XX

  4. These all sound amazing! I have been following Carly Rowena for quite a a few years now and I totally trust her opinion on excercise she is so amazing! Xx

  5. Yoganuary sounds like such a good idea! Will definitely be checking it out Xx

    1. Such a good way of getting into yoga if you’re a beginner I think or just to give you some new ideas if you’re not! X


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