In April, I was lucky enough to be given a Microsoft Band free through work. I wrote a review pretty soon after getting it (read it here), but its taken me until yesterday to actually complete a guided workout on the band. Since I am now on Week 27 of doing Kayla Itsines BBG, I am doing HIIT sessions on the treadmill, a few times a week. Because they only take 20 minutes, I have been doing ab workouts after them to make my workouts a bit longer and challenge myself a bit more. The guided workouts on the Microsoft Band are provided through different companies, such as Nuffield and Golds Gym. I chose a Nuffield workout called Razor Sharp Abs. It was a lot harder than I expected (especially after a week off on holiday) but also a lot shorter. It says its a 45 minute workout, but it took me 15 minutes. It tracks how long it takes you, your heart rate and calories throughout so you can aways compare in the future. The workout consisted of the following exercises: Weighted Plank – 5 x 15 seconds Exercise Ball Jackknifes – 3 x 12 reps Plank with Oblique Crunches – 3 x 16 Reps V-Ups/JackKnifes – 3 x 15 Reps Hanging Knee Raises/Straight Leg Lifts – 3 x 15 Reps It was a great workout to complete in a short amount of time and one that I will be completing once a week now. I will also choose another guided ab workout to complete one other day per week.
It’s always good to change up your routine and try new things, the BBG has consistent exercises throughout the workouts so adding new exercises will continue to challenge your muscles. I still can’t recommend the Microsoft Band enough for anyone looking for a fitness tracker. It can be worn all day, every day or just for your workouts. The guided workouts list what you should be doing and counts down the time for each exercise, right on your wrist!