I Did Shay Mitchell's "Four Weeks Of Focus" Workout Plan And My Body Has Never Felt Stronger
It's different than what I expected.
Hello, fellow humans. I'm Andria, your average twentysomething battling body issues and poor mental health that has only continued to decline thanks to the pandemic. 😅
Obviously, working out with others hasn't been much of an option for the past year (again, thanks to the pandemic). I've somehow managed to continue running, but finding the willpower to get myself up, outside, and moving has been more challenging than ever. So when I came across Shay Mitchell's four-week workout program, I thought it could be just the nudge I needed to get myself back into a regular fitness routine.
The program — called 4 Weeks of Focus — is simple: you work out every (week)day, 30 to 40 minutes a day, for four weeks. Routines vary between leg days, arm days, and core days, but with a heavy focus on toning legs and glutes. The whole thing is hosted by Openfit, where you sign up for a three, six or 12-month subscription ($8 per month) that gives you access to all of Openfit programs including this one.
Here's how my four weeks went!
Here we go! I'll be honest, I was super excited to get started, but when that 7:30 alarm hit Monday morning... I definitely hit snooze a couple times. But once I got up and got moving, I was feeling good!
So that you can get an idea of what the routines look like, here are some of the popular exercises done throughout the program. These are all from Day 1 (a 40-minute workout day, welp.)
Although the workouts are pre-recorded, it's fun to feel like you're working out right alongside Shay and Steph. It definitely helped my confidence that they struggle with many of the same exercises that I do.
Each circuit is definitely challenging, but bearable because Kelsey provides 30-second breaks between sets, and is sure to offer modified versions of each move.
Downside: there's no music, and as someone who relies STRONGLY on the soothing sounds of Megan Thee Stallion to hype up my workout, this was a definite con. (Although, the new version available now supposedly includes music.)
Week 2 — or as I like to call it, "hell week" — was the most challenging week for me. I was still sore from the previous week and my body still hadn't quite adjusted to the new, rigorous schedule.
On day three, I recruited my best friend, who is a fitness queen, to complete a session with me. She exercises super regularly (like an annoying amount) so she didn't find the session as strenuous as I did, but enjoyable, nonetheless.
In short? Week 2 kicked my butt. ESPECIALLY day two.
Near the end of week two, I was lucky enough to speak with Shay Mitchell herself to ask for some advice and hopefully get some inspiration. Shay said her initial drive to complete this program came from her desire to be "the best version" of herself for her daughter, Atlas. And the motivation came from knowing the program had a start date and an end date.
Although I am not a mom (unless you count my 2-year-old cat), I can still definitely relate to the goal of wanting to feel your best for not only yourself, but others in your life. Shay wanted to get back on track not only physically, but mentally.
"Honestly, I will say this: I didn't enjoy pregnancy. I didn't love it by any means — it brought the best thing in my life to me — but it wasn't my most favorite time. So the thought of doing that again was a lot more daunting before I did this program. And now, knowing what I was able to achieve in these four weeks for this short duration of time, I am actually excited because I know right after the second one [child] — if I'm fortunate enough to be able to do that again — I will go right back into this program and I will snap forward again."