A word from Rachael:
”If you’ve been following me on Instagram, or reading my blog, you know that you girls are my main inspiration & motivation. This is why I recently reached out to some of you to ask about your progress and feedback. These are their stories. Hope you find them as motivating and uplifting as I have.”
In this interview, I chatted with 48 y/o Maddie. She’s a working mum of 5 and she recently completed my Lean Legs Premium Program.
Maddie is also one of the winners of my Progress Pic Competition.
And if you’re wondering what’s the difference between my original Program, Video Course and Premium Program and which one is for you, I’ll explain briefly before we jump to Maddie’s review :)
My original Lean Legs Program is an 8-week workout and nutrition plan designed to help you get lean and toned without bulking.
It’s going to help you slim down your legs, but will also help you slim and tone your upper body and core too (the workouts are full body).
It also includes full 2 meal plans (vegan and regular), separate recipe eBooks and short demonstration videos.
So if you don’t do your cardio and you need a bit of help with your nutrition, my original program would be perfect for you :)
If you already do your cardio regularly and eat healthy most of the time, my Lean Legs Video Course would be a better option for you. It has the same resistance training as my original Program but in a full-length video format).
But if you prefer full length videos and you also need a bit of help with your diet and cardio, my Premium Package would be the best option.
And this is the option that worked so well for Maddie :)
I really hope you enjoy reading about her experience and feel inspired by her!
MADDIE’S REVIEW OF THE LEAN LEGS PREMIUM PROGRAM
1. WHAT WAS YOUR FITNESS ROUTINE BEFORE YOU STARTED DOING THE LEAN LEGS PROGRAM? WHAT MADE YOU CHANGE IT?
MADDIE: There’s a big age gap between my last two surprises and my third. (Maddie is a mum of 5) I certainly wasn’t expecting babies after turning 40 and it really affected my weight.
I was what you describe as “skinny fat” and I did months of pump classes, increasing weights and the number of lunges. My legs kept getting bigger and I thought adding more weight and more intensity to my training would help.
So I thought I needed to add HIIT classes. I also added barre classes still with no luck. I’d exercise between 3-4 times a week.
I think my diet was also an issue though as I tried the intermittent fasting but would have a coffee for breakfast and sometimes forget to have lunch but then have a massive dinner.
It didn’t do much for my metabolism. I thought I ate well eating organic, natural unprocessed foods, cooking everything from scratch but it was my inconsistent eating habits that didn’t help.
2. HOW DID YOU FIND OUT ABOUT THE LEAN LEGS PROGRAM AND WHAT CONVINCED YOU TO TRY IT OUT?
MADDIE: The first time I really felt disappointed in the appearance of my legs was when I was in a dressing room trying on a pair of jeans.
My thighs were bulging compared to the rest of my body and I looked shorter than my 163cm height.
After 6 months of exercising and finding myself at my heaviest, I decided to google how to get lean legs and fell open your blog.
My 50th looming around the corner motivated me to give it a go.
4. DID YOU KNOW WHAT’S YOUR BODY TYPE BEFORE DOING MY BODY TYPE QUIZ?
MADDIE: I had no idea about different body types and didn’t know there were different recommendations for it.
If you don’t know your body type, you can do my FREE body type quiz and find out how to eat and train to get maximum results.
5. WHAT WAS YOUR ABSOLUTE FAVOURITE PART OF MY PROGRAM AND WHY?
MADDIE: I’ve never walked or ran as a form of exercise as I felt I had no time to leave the house.
I only ever followed paid online “gym” classes that I did at home.
Making time for myself early in the morning, listening to music, and being outdoors has been life-changing both physically and mentally. (Yay, so happy to hear that!)
6. WHAT WAS THE MOST CHALLENGING PART OF THE PROGRAM? WHAT MOTIVATED YOU TO KEEP GOING?
MADDIE: Exercising twice a day was challenging especially when having to look after my younger kids but I learned to time manage more efficiently with exercising and meal planning.
Results I saw even after two weeks in terms of fitness and the weight around my stomach motivated me. I saw my obliques for the first time in years! (Go Maddie!!)
7. WHEN DID YOU FIRST START SEEING RESULTS?
MADDIE: The most drastic change I saw was around the 5th week where I thought I’d just take a picture to track my progress.
I was pleasantly surprised but even more so when my best friend gasped. She always saw me as slim under clothing but surprised at the difference in all over muscle tone.
Even my cellulite improved and my sons commented on my toned arms. Receiving compliments especially from my boys who don’t notice anything was motivating.
8. HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT YOUR PROGRESS SO FAR?
MADDIE: I’m feeling so much more confident and finally the happiest I’ve been in years. Even my husband agrees that I’m the fittest I’ve ever been and very proud of my commitment and achievement.
9. WHAT ARE YOUR FITNESS GOALS FOR THE FUTURE? HOW DO YOU STAY IN SHAPE AFTER FINISHING THE COURSE?
MADDIE: I plan on continuing with my daily walks and 5km runs. My thighs and glutes love it.
I used to hate running and would only do it when running after my kids but I’m so proud I hit my goal of 5kms in 25minutes. My eldest can’t keep up with me so age is not stopping me!
I’ll also continue with the full body circuits as they were the key to toning my upper body.
10. WOULD YOU RECOMMEND LEAN LEGS PROGRAM TO YOUR FRIENDS?
MADDIE: I have already recommended the program to all my friends and colleagues because it works, it’s affordable and the continued support is invaluable.
I must say the meal plans were amazing as well and played a huge part in my success. I’ll actually continue with a few of the recipes as my husband enjoyed my salads and protein balls. :)
11. DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR WOMEN WHO ARE ABOUT TO START THEIR FITNESS JOURNEY WITH MY PROGRAM?
MADDIE: It’s the only program that worked for me. I absolutely 100% recommend it.
It does take hard work and commitment but I found that time managing (especially when you have a family) helped.
The cardio and circuit training program was very well set out and doable even with the busiest of schedules. I homeschooled my kids for 5 weeks but still managed!
I’d meal plan and shop on Friday a week at a time, then meal prep/cook on the weekend for that week.
There was no food wastage and meals and snacks were readily available throughout the week as I followed it precisely. That freed up time during the week to help cook for the family.
Thank you so much Rachael xxx
Aww, you’re more than welcome, Maddie! Love the fact that your eldest cannot keep up with you lol! Mums rule :)
Love Rachael xx