The Perfect Program for a Busy Life: Michelle's Transform:20 Story


I want to give our community member Michelle some credit for her incredible commitment to Transform:20! Michelle made a decision that she was going to do the program and she didn't let anything stop her... busy days, stressful days, difficult workouts.

Unfortunately, in week 5 out of 6, she got the flu :-( and I completely support her taking a break to allow her body to heal. I would NOT have wanted her to push through while sick (and I'd say that wouldn't even have been possible but you'd be amazed at what some people try... it's a sign of wisdom to listen to your body and rest when you are sick!)

Michelle is recommitting to the program this month and is prepared to crush it! She is working on keeping her promises to herself (which, for most of us, is MUCH harder than keeping a promise made to someone else... am I right?)

Keep reading to learn more about the Transform:20 workout program in Michelle's words!

Tell us a bit about you (family and work background) to help people see the context of how you are fitting this into a busy life!

My boyfriend and I have four girls and one boy (age ranges 2 to 16). I am an RN case manager supervisor who specializes in OBGYN. I work full-time and my honey works nights. My schedule is very tight and double booked at times—but where there is a will there is a way. I don't think I've ever done the workout at the same time each day.

How do you like the program? What do you like the best about it? Anything you're not a fan of?

I LOVE Transform:20. I love that's a tough workout that's only 20 minutes. Who doesn't have 20 minutes to spare in a day? I also like his style—no BS, but at the same time motivational. If you've ever done a Shaun T workout, he has evolved into having a modifier since the Insanity days. In this particular program he really emphasizes doing your best even if it's less than the modifier. Sometimes I do get frustrated with the exact steps, but if you do something and you do the best that you can, then you're still working your body.

How do you feel it's changing you... physically, mentally, emotionally?

Physically. I feel inches coming off. As of week 4 I've lost two pounds, but the biggest thing is that physically I'm getting stronger. I can actually do a push-up on my knees, which is way better then I have been in a long time! Mentally, it helps me focus on my whole self, even though a workout is addressing the physical aspect of me. Emotionally, it makes me feel better about myself, that I'm doing something for myself. Shaun T actually talks a lot about self-care in this series, in the sense of just doing better then the last week, and facing struggles that may be metaphorical but we can demonstrate how to conquer them in the physical.

Who would you recommend this program for, and who would you not recommend it for?

This is a program I really do recommend to everyone. However, I want to address the beginners here: You can do this! It's tough at times. There will be days you don't want to push play. But there's no excuse when it's just 20 minutes.

What challenges have you faced with it so far, and how are you overcoming them?

My challenges are sticking with the program dates (Day 1 Monday, Day 2 Tuesday, etc.). Life gets in the way. I have seven people's schedules that I have to account for and full-time job. I may miss Wednesdays, but I make it up on Sundays. I sometimes struggle to keep up, but if I'm doing my best IT IS ENOUGH!

As of April 1, 2019, this program is available as part of a basic Beachbody on Demand subscription (instead of requiring a premium fee to access it). See options for getting access to BOD and our monthly virtual bootcamps!

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