We often hear that someone may suffer from gym anxiety or that they simply don’t have time.
What do those individuals do? They still have a right to train and should be allowed to get stronger, healthier, and happier, right?
Tony Horton seems to have the answer with 10 Minute workouts. Let’s see what it’s about.
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About the Author – Tony Horton
Anthony Sawyer Horton Jr or just Tony Horton is actually an incredibly large figure in the fitness world – and not because he takes up a lot of real estate. No, Tony is a lot more than just a ripped physique – he is a revolutionary entrepreneur.
He has the following successes under his name:
Other than these, he has also designed workouts like the 22 Minute Hard Corps®. He is a published author of books such as Bring It”, Crush It!, and The Big Picture.
He even started his own hair and skincare line, TH Care by Tony Horton. Throughout this, Tony has also coached and trained various people with varying backgrounds.
It’s safe to say that Tony is a bit of an overachiever and simply aims to help as many people as humanly possible. He is a familiar face on TV programs and podcasts, where he will be talking about his fitness journey and how it can be applied to your life.
By and large, Tony started his career in fitness by being a personal trainer, and since the world has gone very electronic (thank you Covid), online programs have become increasingly popular.
The claim of doing workouts within 10 minutes is a bold one, in fact, my normal stretching is more than 10 minutes alone. That being said, when any training will be new to you, I can see how it could be incredibly useful to those people.
Beachbody’s 10-Minute Trainer Overview
The Beachbody’s 10-Minute Trainer is a training program that has been designed to be accessible to most people and aims to help those that are too busy, or maybe too shy for the gym.
- Fitness level: Beginner
- Duration: 4 Weeks – Indefinitely
- Workouts per week: 6 Workouts per week
- Average workout duration: 10 Minutes
- Equipment needed: Minimal equipment
- Goal: Get fit
The program is incredibly singular in its focus, which might limit the audience that could actually benefit from it. That being said, it is commendable that the program was created with a singular group of people in mind.
Not only will you get various 10-minute workouts (and even other types of exercise ideas like Yoga) but you will get all of the following:
- Fitness Guide
- Nutrition Guide
- Workout Calendar (with extra tips!)
- On the Go workout ideas
- 10 lbs in 10 days (not sure about this one)
As you can see from the list above, this is almost exclusively for beginners. This is great because they have one place where they get all of the information they need. You shouldn’t judge a fish for its ability to climb a tree and so, I will be looking at this program as to how helpful it would be to beginners.
Beachbody’s 10-Minute Trainer Details
The biggest thing about this workout plan is that all of the sessions are only 10 minutes long! This probably won’t be enough time the more power you output and the stronger you become, but it could be useful in the first few months.
That being said, in the beginning, 10 minutes could be all you need. And the program is not only focused on resistance training, as there are plenty of cardio and dynamic training sessions as well. This could be the perfect combination for fat loss!
10 Minute Trainer
This is the base level program on the 10-Minute Trainer, and you’ll be training 6 days per week, with a little “Yoga Flex” session on Sundays. The workouts are repeated weekly, and are as follows:
- Monday: Cardio
- Tuesday: Total Body
- Wednesday: Abs
- Thursday: Upper Body
- Friday: Core Cardio
- Saturday: Lower Body
- Sunday: Yoga Flex
A busy week, which is expected based on the low volume per session. That being said, as a total beginner you will find the workouts quite intense and challenging in the beginning. If you really become good, they even offer you the freedom to stack workouts.
You will also be able to do most of these workouts in the comfort of your own home with minimal equipment. The cardio might get repetitive, but when we are just getting into the fitness realm, repetitive movements can create long-lasting neural pathways.
Working out is a long journey, and the longer you’re on this journey, the more your body can take (and needs). See, the body can adapt to the amount of volume, intensity, and load of the training we are doing.
This means that over time we will need to provide a novel stimulus in order for continuous change. This is true for every single person, and the overarching term is called progressive overload.
You can identify this in a gym very easily as “add more weight to the bar”. But at home, you might need to play around with volume, which is exactly why the workouts are developed so that you may stack one on top of the other.
The singular workouts are not so intense that they might intrude on one another, that being said, maybe only start with two per day before scaling up progressively.
This might be your first introduction to the fitness world, and they are gracious enough to provide you with not one, but two nutritional guides!
One is rather short and gets straight to the point. As we all know, you need to be in a calorie deficit in order to lose weight. Included in this guide is a calculator for you to find your caloric needs, and then a whole bunch of recipe ideas for you to follow.
The second guide is somewhat disappointing if I’m honest. It does have a decent amount of information, but it seems like a mechanism to simply market its supplements.
The one disappointing part is that there is no mention of different macronutrients and how we can change certain macros to actually illicit fat loss, like increasing protein.
4 Beachbody’s 10-Minute Trainer Pros
- It’s simple: This program is perfect for beginners. It’s simple and easy to follow, meaning you can do your training with ease
- Added Nutrition Plan: The plan takes the important parts of an athlete’s diet and adapts it to the average human being which is exactly how it should be
- Different Levels: Since the plan does not allow you to actually progress in weights, they offer stackable workouts to make sure the volume is plenty (if needed)
- As advertised – Short: This does seem like the type of training session you could pump out in 10 minutes and be on your way
The only Beachbody’s 10-Minute Trainer Con
As mentioned various times, this is a plan solely for beginners. This means while it can be advertised to those who are busy, if you have had training that was quite intense prior to tackling this program – it’s not for you.
It can still be effective as a bridging course, or perhaps a reintroduction to training after injury, but it is actually only for beginners. And there’s nothing wrong with that actually.
Beachbody’s 10-Minute Trainer – Final Thoughts
This plan is virtually perfect – but only for beginners. It was developed with those in mind, and it executes perfectly on that front. Included in this package you get:
- Training guides – for at home and away from home
- Nutritional guides – recipe ideas and a bit of education
- Extra tips and FAQs
When you boil fitness down to its core, that’s all you need! Yes, the plan may seem incredibly bland to those who have been training for a few years, and yes, personally I believe the editing and aesthetic can be improved. That being said – the content is A+.
I would still not advise staying in this program forever. You can use it to nurture yourself and grow your own knowledge on the factors of fitness, and start building your own plans.
This is the perfect entry point into sustainable fitness, and as a 300lbs bodybuilder, I can honestly say I am extremely happy to see programs like these.
More people training means healthier humankind.
Rating: 4.99 out of 5