Why I Stopped Doing Kelsey Wells' PWR Program
This post isn’t the easiest one to write, but I thought it was finally time to share why I stopped doing Kelsey Wells’ PWR Program.
Earlier this year I was very excited to try the PWR program and planned to write about the 12-week experience here on my blog.
To my surprise, my first few blog posts about PWR really took off! So many of you read them and reached out to me about them which was awesome! They are still my most successful posts to date which shows how interested everyone was in learning more about the program. You can check them out here, here, and here.
At first I really loved the PWR program and was excited by the opportunity to share my thoughts with my growing audience. However, after a few weeks I started to slip up with following the program.
I didn’t look forward to doing my scheduled PWR workouts and often wanted to do other forms of exercise instead.
Ultimately, I decided to stop doing the program, which was a tough decision for me to make. I wasn’t enjoying the program that much and kept wanting to do other types of workouts like cycling classes and HIIT instead. I didn’t want to continue the program, but I felt a bit obligated to at least finish it so I could share my honest feedback on here. In many ways I felt like I was letting my readers down by not committing to something I said I was going to do.
However, I knew in my heart that the PWR program was not the right fit for me and I decided to honor that. 12 weeks is a long time to commit to a workout program and it doesn’t make sense to do something that doesn’t fit your needs and goals.
Since I won’t be posting a full review of the program, I wanted to at least share my honest feedback on it and share my reasons for quitting it.
Overall, I do think the PWR program is well-designed and it is definitely worth trying. However, there are 2 main reasons why I didn’t think it was the best program for me.
Reason 1: The time commitment
The PWR resistance workouts typically take 45+ minutes to complete, which is a good bit longer than the 28-minute circuits I was used to doing with BBG. Since there are 4-5 resistance days per week, that adds up to a lot of time! And that doesn’t even include the time for LISS and HIIT workouts that are included in the program.
While I didn’t mind spending 45 minutes to an hour at the gym some days, I couldn’t do that every day of the week. There were some days where I simply didn’t have enough time to get through a full PWR workout, so I picked something quicker like HIIT sprints instead.
I also like to have space in my schedule to do other types of exercise like hiking, running, or cycling classes. With 4-5 scheduled days of weightlifting, I didn’t have time to do everything I wanted to do, which wasn’t as fun for me.
Soon I started to feel that the PWR schedule was too rigid for me and that was when I knew I needed to try something else.
Reason 2: The style of workouts
The biggest issue for me though was that I spent a lot of time in the gym but I didn’t feel like I was getting the best workout. Because the program is lifting based, the workouts didn’t make me sweat that much. In order to get my heart rate up, I had to spend a good amount of time warming up on the treadmill which only took up more time.
After a few weeks I realized that I prefer to have a balance of weight lifting and cardio in my workouts. I’ve always enjoyed doing cardio and I love how my body feels after sweating and getting my heart rate up.
Because I wasn’t enjoying the workouts and wasn’t feeling fulfilled by them, I ultimately decided that I needed to find another program that would be a better fit.
The program I chose to do instead
After stopping the PWR program, I decided to take a break from structured workout programs. I listened to my body and did workouts that felt best for me depending on the day. I did some HIIT workouts, took cycling classes, and designed my own workouts that included both cardio and weight lifting exercises.
After several months of doing that, I wanted to start another program so that I could have something to work towards. Doing my own workouts were great, but I started to get lazy and wasn’t working out as hard as I used to.
I started thinking about the Sweat App again and became drawn to BBG Stronger, which is funny because I was SO AGAINST that program when it first came out. I’ll explain more about that in another blog post, but for the longest time I had no interest in trying BBG Stronger.
However, after looking into it a bit more, BBG Stronger had everything I was looking for. The workouts are shorter (28 min) and the circuits contain a better mix of weight lifting and cardio exercises.
I just finished up week 4 of BBG Stronger and have been very happy with my decision to try it. Each workout makes me sweat and I enjoy doing each one. Overall, it’s been a much better fit for me and I’m excited to share my experience with it, so stay tuned for more posts.
Have you tried PWR or BBG Stronger? Let me know your thoughts on them! Leave a comment below or send me an email