What does it really mean to “Train like an Angel?”

Earlier this month the internet was saturated with images from the coveted Victoria Secret’s big fashion event. Naturally what followed was a deluge of social media posts about the size of the models. Despite being advocates of “Strong not skinny”, it seems these models are no less in the firing line about being deemed underweight.

Whichever side of the fence you sit on with the debate on whether or not they are healthy, you can’t deny that the “Strong not Skinny” tagline is an interesting one. Anyone out there that follows Millie Mackintosh on Instagram will know that she is perhaps the biggest advocate of it of all, and let’s face her body is on pointe. 

So with this all in mind I made a rather foolish decision: I’m putting myself up for a Strong not Skinny challenge. I’m going to Train like an Angel.

Over the next few months (Christ, that’s over Christmas isn’t it?!) I will be undergoing “intensive” (oh, sweet mother of god…) workouts as detailed on the Victoria Secret’s Train like an Angel site. There are three different routines that you can do and I will be doing one of these per day….except Sunday’s maybe…..because calories don’t count on Sunday’s right?!

“What’s the point to this self-inflicted torture?!” I hear you ask. Well, the reasons are threefold:

  1. As a stout exercise avoidance pro I have zero fitness so would be a perfect case studying on the effectiveness of these routines. In doing no exercise it will be easy to see what effect these routines do have on a size-10-pretty-standard-body-with-a-few-jiggly-bits.
  2. As I have zero fitness I would like to change that (y’know, in case I need to run to save my life – as it stands I’d be dead almost instantly if anyone chased after me with an axe. Perspective).
  3. It hurts. To see if it is the Strong Not Skinny lifestyle that contributes to their bodies looking so damn fine. Not that I think my body will suddenly become fine….surviving this challenge is the bonus I’m looking for here. 

In all seriousness, I have no doubt that this will not make me lose weight – that’s not the intention. The goal of this is to find out if the routines that the Victoria Secret’s Angel’s “use” do actually make you strong….the skinny would be a bonus.

I’m going to measure the success of this with 3 measurements:

  • MY measurements
  • My ability to complete the routines with increasing ease
  • Photographic evidence (I am so sorry).

So at the start: 

My Measurements: 

Waist: 29.5″
Thigh: 22.5″
Upper arm: 12″

Photographic evidence:

rebecca train like an angel photo 1

rebecca train like an angel 2

rebecca train like an angel 3

rebecca train like an angel 4

rebecca train like an angel 4

Feel free to join me in this incredible, enlightening journey (did I sell it to you?) and let me know how you’re getting on. See you on the other side.  

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