I recently completed Neghar Fonooni’s Superheroine Fitness Workout Program…. almost EXACTLY three years after getting it.
When I first got the program I had been strength training for a couple of years. Long time readers will remember when I was pretty much all group fitness all the time and then did the 10 Week Challenge and eventually wrote a goodbye and thank you letter to my group fitness instructors. I was ready for a new challenge and this seemed like the right fit. Plus it was fun and geeky and I’m all about that, especially at the gym!
The program (sadly not for sale on her website currently!) is designed as a three month (12 week) program, broken down into three Episodes of four Adventures (workouts) each. So twelve different workouts. Now, I have a super short attention span when it comes to workout programs so instead of doing each Adventure three times I did it twice. It still took me three months though. Because Life.
Back in 2015 I loved (LOVED) Episode One. And some of Episode Two. Some of those workouts are still some of my favorites.
Episode One is a lot of Barbell and Dumbbell complexes. I love those. They’re super fun and active and make me feel like a total badass at the gym. Most of the workouts took well under an hour even with a good warmup. There is some complexity but it’s not too bad. I would say that Episode One is an intermediate level program.
Episode Two is all 25 minute density training workouts. Which I love for the time but I have to adapt for myself. With Hashimoto’s I’ve learned that high intensity workouts leave me too worn out for too long so I have to rest more than prescribed. That’s ok, I know what works for me. Some of the moves in Episode Two are somewhat complex and you’re completing them quickly so I’d call this an intermediate program as well.
Episode Three brings it all together. These workouts are longer, sometimes passing the hour mark with a warmup. There are moves I still had to adapt (for example I’m still not coordinated enough for a double kettlebell snatch or jerk). Definitely intense. Definitely an advanced program. Three years ago I got to Episode Three and had to stop. Between the time commitment and the advanced moves I wasn’t ready. These are totally lie-on-the-floor-after-and-contemplate-how-to-get-home workouts. And I loved being able to finish them.
I loved doing Superheroine Fitness. I’ll be keeping it in my workout folder and will probably do it again. It’ll be fun to see how much more I progress!
Have you done any fun or difficult workout programs lately? Have you done anything recently that you hadn’t in a while and shown progress? I know CrossFit has it’s benchmark workouts and lifters often test 1 rep max, runners have their favorite races- I’d love to hear you brag on you!