On the 26th November I embarked on a self-inflicted Train like an Angel challenge. The point and premise of which was to see if the training routines the Angel’s of Victoria Secrets swear by to keep “strong not skinny” were in any way effective. A month has passed; it’s time for an update.

Train like an Angel update


For the first few days of the routine were horrendous, I’m not going to lie. The optimistic “Repeat routine 3 times” at the bottom of the fairly easy seeming 5 step routine felt mocking. To start with I focused my energies on Candice Swanepoel’s “Core and More” routine. This routine promised an all over body work out and  included some 1 legged squats, flying T’s, side leg lifts, side plank lifts annnd – the most delightful of them all – plank tuck jumps. I kept a diary for the first few times (mainly through fear I wouldn’t survive the routines and needed evidence leaving behind that I had done them). Here’s an extract or two:

“Successfully completed one round of each. Jeez I’m sweaty.”

“Can I just be a fat weak Angel?!”

“The plank tuck thing? It’s trying to kill me. I’m sure of it.”

“I never knew how comfy laying on the floor is.”

The first week wasn’t pleasant. There were a number of days that I spent walking as if I’d crapped myself purely because my thighs were ON FIRE. But I persisted. “All in the name of research”, is what I told myself.

After a few weeks of general sweating, realising I shouldn’t ever get myself in a life or death runaway situation, and walking like John Wayne, I started to feel a bit let down. I’m the kind of person that likes to feel something working. Mouthwash, for example; only Listerine will do because it feels like it’s stripping the inside of my mouth out. Sure, my thighs were threatening to fall off, but in all honesty I couldn’t feel any other effects. None of my other muscles seemed to be being tested. As I am a glutton for punishment, I went back to the drawing board. I decided that I needed to try a different routine. So I’ve moved onto Elsa Hosk’s Tighten and Tone.


Trepidatiously I read about the lunge to squat jumps (lunge on left leg, lunge on right leg, jump forward into a squat, jump backwards into a squat – congrats: that’s one rep), the push up, the twist crunches and a few other moves. With a raised eyebrow and 999 on speed dial I began. And what can I say? This routine is amazing. Not only do my thighs hurt but my arms and tummy does too. I can FEEL THE BURN AND I LOVE IT. As a person who thought she hated exercise I’m really quite enjoying this routine. I even like feeling sweaty….although that might be a whole different story.

Train like an Angel results

Progress is slow but definitely there. I am in no way tighten and toned BUT things are starting to tighten. My strength is up as is my general energy. If a crazy murderer chased me with an axe I couldn’t run away any more effectively, HOWEVER I feel like I could punch them in the face with some conviction.

My Measurements:


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

This week

Waist: 29.25″
Thigh: 22″
Upper Arm: 11.25″

Photographic evidence:


My tummy area hasn’t really seen much change yet, however my waist has started to pinch in slightly.

The arms (when not tensed) are pretty bingo wing-y, slighty smaller maybe.

But when tensed there is definitely more definition.

The most exciting for me is that my butt has lifted a little. Not enough to shout from the rooftops, but enough to notice when I shoot past my reflection on the way to the shower. 

Anyone else taken up the challenge and surviving?

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