Yoga Burn Review

Yoga Burn Review: My Opinion On The Yoga Workouts

Considering trying the Yoga Burn Workout by Zoe Bray Cotton? Read this review before you spend your money!

Hey there! My name is Barbara G and I’m a mesingle mother of two kids. Parenting is a full time job, but it’s something I have to tackle alone.

To make a long story short, my then-husband and I had a lot of trouble in our relationship, and things only got worse when he decided to cheat on me with a younger, thinner model. I caught him in the act, and a few months and a messy divorce later, here we are.

Without going into too many details, the whole affair left in me a depressed state. I was binge eating and engaging in unhealthy habits, and eventually came to a realization that if I didn’t get my life back together, there was a very real possibility that I would cause my own premature death.

It’s a dark thought for sure, and telling this story isn’t exactly easy, but it accurately gets across the sort of mental state I was in at the time. Depressed, unmotivated, fits of rage and crying.

But I decided that enough was enough. I needed to pull it together, if not for me, then at least for my beautiful kids – who needed a strong mother to be there for them. I started to search on Google for ways to get fitter as well as to address my declining mental health, which lead me to Yoga.

But I was also strapped for time, and a little strapped for class – going to set classes at a local gym on a daily basis would not be a viable option. It wasn’t long until I heard someone mention the Yoga Burn Program, and I figured I would share my experiences here.

My Yoga Burn Review

I was surprised by the number of comprehensive reviews on the Yoga Burn program I found. A lot of customers have shared their reviews on various websites, or through the main yoga burn website itself.

However, there were also a few review sites that gave a minimum amount of information, and were clearly just made to try and sell the program, which was annoying!

It was a bit hard to find answers to questions I had as well, which was frustrating. I don’t like to spend my money unless I know what I’m getting, and I’m especially dubious when it comes to anything fitness related. Too many things are fads, or proven wrong later, or are just the creators trying to get quick bucks.

I looked into who the creator, Zoe Bray Cotton, really was. She’s a certified yoga instructor, personal trainer, and a “female body transformation expert”. The last one sounds like she was puffing herself up a bit, but it was clear as I looked into her background that she did have a decent amount of credibility.

She has experience teaching yoga as well as working with clients at her gym, so it makes sense that she might, over time, create a program that combines both aspects of this into a yoga program for physical health and mental health. “Her Yoga Secrets’ she calls it.

Still, as I was looking around, I found it hard to find answers to simple questions like:

What is the style of training in the Yoga Burn program? (Flow based! It starts with building a very solid foundation between mind and body with simple exercises, before progressing to more and more advanced movements.)

How much Yoga Experience is needed to follow along? (None! The Yoga Burn is perfect for beginners, actually. Specifically women, in case any guys have made their way to my website)

If I’m not flexible, will I be able to follow the program? (Yes, although Zoe recommends being careful with stretching before hand and easing your way into the core exercises. You’ll grow more flexible as you continue)

It took me a while to dig up these answers. I will try and answer more questions you may have below, so keep reading…

I bought The Yoga Burn DVDs. Here’s My Opinion:

After reading a few of the various reviews and making sure I had enough time in my schedule for it (Yoga Burn is 45 minute workouts total, about once a week – very flexible for busy moms and women) I decided to buy it at the cheapest price I could find.

Because it’s a Digital AND Physical download with each purchase, I was able to immediately access the DVDs after purchase.

I must say, it was very easy to follow along, even as someone who had never done yoga before. Zoe made it easy to both access, download, and follow along with her DVD set.

There are three phases to the Yoga Burn System – Foundational, Transitional, and Mastery. If you’re a beginner, like me, you start at Foundational and work your way up, with the movements getting more difficult along the way. Each phase has 3 videos plus bonuses, and they are about 15 minutes in length and repeated three times. In total, each workout should be 45 minutes long, and is meant to be completed once a week.

So far, so good. That allows me to have a flexible schedule and still get decent results, in theory…

But I need more than theory. Does Yoga Burn actually work?

What’s In The Yoga Burn Program?

Here’s a full list of everything I got once I purchase Zoe’s Yoga Program.

1. First Phase (Foundational Flow) – This first phase is designed for beginners to both yoga in general, as well as those that are just now starting Zoe’s particular style of Yoga. Very easy to follow, and focused on general a strong link between the mind and the body. This was important, because mindlessly moving your body is not the same as consciously doing it!

2. Second Phase (Transitional Flow) – This is the second phase and, in my opinion, was the most fun phase. Here you combine phases from the first phase into more continuous motion, achieving the “flow” that Zoe first talks about. Besides this, its nice to get a real feel for your own progression.

3. Third Phase (Mastery Flow) – I’m working my way up to being here, but I’m not quite there yet. This phase is meant to add more advanced poses and, of course, expand on what was established in the previous phases. Zoe also says this phase will increase your metabolism and promote the most rapid weight loss, so I can’t wait to reach it.

4. Follow-Along Audio Classes (BONUS) – This enables you to listen to Zoe on the go or on your iPhone/iPad/mobile device while you exercise. VERY helpful if you’re someone who likes to be instructed throughout the movements. I started off using this but moved away as I got more comfortable.

5. Fourth Phase (Tranquility Flow – BONUS) – This is a bonus flow, meant to… surprise! Establish tranquility and promote mental and emotional health.

You can see a full list of what’s included, as well as grabbing the bonuses, on the Yoga Burn Website here.

Should I Buy The Yoga Burn Workout?

Overall, once I actually got started doing the Yoga Burn, I was really impressed with how easy it was to follow and even to perform. But, ultimately, I got what I paid for. It was a Yoga-based workout. If you’re looking for some amazing, hidden technique that will make the weight melt off of you, this isn’t it.

But if you’re looking specifically for a program that will help you lose weight, improve mental health, and even help you manage your emotional states – and you want to do it through Yoga, this is a very strong program. And my results speak for themselves.

Things I Didn’t Like About The Yoga Burn

While Yoga Burn is meant to be friendly for beginners, I PERSONALLY found I had to make a few modifications early on to be able to perform the exercises. I think many people are inflexible and completely new to Yoga will end up having to do what I had to do, and buy some yoga blocks. I can see having to spend another 15 bucks for beginner equipment being a downside for people, as well as having to buy a yoga mat if you don’t already have one. That said, I was able to move away from the blocks after a few sessions.

Also, there’s a little confusion some people have. This is not 12 different workout videos at 45 minutes each – it’s 9 videos that are 14 minutes each. Some people in other reviews felt this was misleading, but the people that decided to give the materials a chance said they were surprised and think the videos were worth the money. Still, there’s a bit of misinformation that can lead to people being disappointed if they think they’re going to receive something they aren’t.

That’s about it as far as negatives go. Otherwise, I would definitely say that Zoe Bray Cotton’s Yoga Workout is worth the money and worth a chance.

If you’re STILL on the fence, I advise you to just check out her website @ www.YogaBurn.com and see if you like her general style.

Concluding my Yoga Burn Review

Overall, my thoughts on Zoe Bray Cotton and her Her Yoga Secrets AKA Yoga Burn program are pretty positive – I got what I paid for and more, and don’t regret the purchase at all. I was looking for something that not only would be a good workout, but would help me improve my mental state, and I definitely got that.

I was actually surprised – I noticed the mental effects first. I was more in control of my mental state, was generally calmer, and I noticed I had a bit of a “self-fulfilling” confidence about things. Like I felt like my positivity would starting to spread. Based on that alone, I considered Yoga Burn worth it, and was going to stick with it. Then I stepped on the scale two weeks later and was surprised.

I was actually dropping some weight.

At that point, I was sold. Even if it wasn’t the “ultimate weight loss solution” I decided to add the program to my routine. Mental and emotional health is no joke, and I feel like the zen that I was able to start achieving really spilled out to other aspects of my life. The weight loss was just a nice bonus.

If you’re on the fence about it, I highly recommend you just give it an honest shot. My only real regret is that I didn’t find it sooner.

UPDATE – My Before and After Results!!

I’m back! I wanted to give an update on how my transformation following the Yoga Burn program has been.

I’ve been following the Yoga Burn program and I’m down 50 pounds. I started adding more things – such as fixing up my diet and doing light weights about 2-3x a week, and I feel like I’m a new person entirely. The best part about it is that I’ve had steady success the entire time thanks to Zoe’s Yoga program.

I never stalled with weight loss. I never had issues sticking with it. If I felt like wavering, I could just glance in the mirror and think “Yeah, it’s worth it.”

I know not everyone will have my sort of success, but I want to remind you that I started this journey being skeptical of the program entirely. It’s only because I took the plunge that I was able to get where I am today. I highly recommend that if you’re still on the fence, you just give it a try! Hopefully this will be the sort of workout that you can stick with, and you can achieve whatever goal you’re going for, as I did :).

That’s all folks! Yoga Burn is now apart of my life, and I recommend to my friends all the time. Hopefully this post was useful for you. And Zoe – If you ever happen to find this review, THANK YOU. You changed my life around.

Have a question? Leave a comment below and I will get back to you ASAP.

Jen Ferruggia Review

Jen Ferruggia Review: My Opinion On The Bikini Body Workouts

Considering trying the Bikini Body Workouts by Jen Ferruggia? Read this review before you spend your money!

 

Hey there! My name is Barbara G and I’m a mesingle mother of two kids – something I consider my full time job.

I had a bit of a rough patch a while back as their father decided he wanted to have a fling with a younger, thinner model of me. I caught him in the act and there went our eight year relationship.

I’m not going to go into too many details online, but the whole ordeal left me in a very depressed state. I was constantly binge eating, and barely able to keep it together. Everytime I would think about the whole thing, it would be a struggle to not break down in tears.

As I sank further into depression, I began to pack on a lot of weight. Soon my physical state began to reflect my mental state – I was unhealthy in all the ways I could be.

Finally, I realized I needed to pull it together, and turned to Google to try and find a good workout. My search lead me to Jen Ferruggia Workout, so I figured I would share my experiences here.

My Jen Ferruggia Review


So, that’s the end of that sob story. On to what we’re here for – I’m going to discuss my thoughts and opinions on the Bikini Body Workouts from Jen Ferruggia. I’ve been following her program for just over 12 weeks.
Is the program worth it?

I spoke before about how I bought the Bodyboss Method which cost about $50 and ended up being up not worth it, so when I found out about Jens workouts, I was a little cautious. Still, there was an immediate pro – Ferruggia’s program was only $29.95.

So far as so good, but I was looking for something more than just a simple pdf and a few images of exercises. Could the program deliver?

Looking into who Jen Ferruggia is, I found out that she is well known in the fitness world. She’s a health coach, a fitness model, and an athlete who specializes in helping women achieve their “ideal bikini body”.

Of course she’s going to make herself sound as good as possible, but when I checked her Bikini Body Workouts home page, I was glad to see other reviews and testimonials the women she’s helped had left. Besides them helping the program look more credible, the stories they shared were pretty inspiring and motivating.

One thing that I look for in my workouts is something will help keep me motivated to stick with the program to the end. Besides that, I want something that I can follow to the letter and see good results. Something comprehensive.Maybe I had found it…

I decided to buy the workout after looking at the before and after results on her site, but I was skeptical still. Anything could have been faked or photoshopped. But I have to admit –

I was pretty surprised with how fast I saw results. I began to notice a visible difference within the first week, reflected on my body and the scale.

I attribute this mostly to Jen Ferruggia’s knowledge – I got just a few pages into the PDF before I realized that she really knew what she was talking about. I even got a little excited reading and jumped into checking out her workout videos, which were extremely easy to follow. I decided to start my workout right there.

What’s In The Bikini Body Workouts?

There’s a full list of everything included in the program, but here’s a list!

1. Bikini Body Workout Guide (Gym) – This program is for women who want to follow the workout at the gym. Very comprehensive, and easy to follow.
2. Bikini Body Workout Guide (Home) – This program is for women who want to do the workouts at home with minimal gym equipment. This is the one I followed, since I was too busy to constantly make time to drive to the gym, and I liked being able to do easy access workouts.
3. 21 Day Booty Blast Guide – I really think this program helped me lose some flab from my thighs and butt, while firming up my rear. Highly recommend 🙂
4. Bikini Body Nutrition Guide – This is an easily understandable meal plan with different options and information about popular and proven fat burning foods. All about speeding up your metabolism – and I’m happy to say the food mentioned is actually pretty tasty!
5. Workout Videos – This is another feature that really separated Jen’s guides from the rest of the pack. Besides the PDF, she included instructional videos which made it even easier to follow along her guide as well as making sure you are doing the exercises properly and safely.
6. Bikini Body Grocery Lists & Supplement Guide – Thank goodness for this! One thing that I think is irritating is when I have to look into my own recipes for good foods to eat.

You can see the full list of what’s included in the Bikini Body Workouts on Jen’s website here.

Should I Buy The Bikini Body Workouts?

Some of you might still be on the fence about Jen’s program. Rather than try and convince you, I’m just going to share a saying from Jen’s website. “99 Problems But a Beach Ain’t One”.
Essentially, any woman who wants to get in shape should give this program a shot. Especially if you’re a beginner to workouts, or want something convenient that can be done at home or while you’re not busy.

Things I Didn’t Like About The Bikini Body Workouts

Now for the cons of the program…To be honest, there aren’t too many. For $30 the Bikini Body Workouts are pretty cheap, and you get a LOT of value for your money, which is one of the main things I look for. Most workouts are more expensive and less comprehensive.That said, I feel like some people will see the eBooks as a downside for sure. You pretty much have to print them out if you want a physical copy vs. something on your iphone or kindle, and that costs ink, paper, and a little time. I just use my phone and tablet, but not everyone wants to do that.

Another thing that people might have issue with is the amount of information Jen gives you. Like I said earlier, it’s all very well written, but some beginners might have issues shifting through all of it. If you’re like me, there’s often an urge to finish reading all you can about something before you finally take action.

That said, most of the knowledge is solid, and she breaks things down in step-by-step form so it’s a breeze when you finally do jump into it.
You should honestly just check her website @ www.bikinibodyworkouts.com and see if you like her general style.

Concluding my Jen Ferruggia Review

Overall, my thoughts about Jen and her workouts are incredibly positive. It only took me two different programs to find a workout that I love doing, and I’ve seen some fantastic results.If you’re still on the fence, all I can say is that it’s worth an honest try. Once I got started, I was surprised at how quickly I began to see results.

Mornings became easier. I no longer woke up feeling exhausted, nor did I have to deal with brain fog throughout the day. I had more energy to play with my lovely kids, and even got them to eat some of Jen’s diet.
My advice is to just do it! I can’t express how much I wish I had found out about the program sooner.

UPDATE – My Before and Results!!

It’s been a few months. Do you guys want to see the transformation?!>I’ve been following Jen Ferruggia’s program for half a year and I’m down 50 pounds. No loose skin, stretch marks fading more and more every day. The best thing about it is that I had steady progress the entire time, and never slowed down or get demotivated as I did with Body Boss. I can’t recommend Jen’s Program enough!

And my success story is now just one of many, as there are plenty of other before and after pics on Jen’s website.

That’s it folks! This is by the far my favorite workout. Whether you use this one or another, I hope I at least helped you see the importance of finding a proper workout that works for you, that you can stick with. And Jen Ferruggia, if you ever happen to see this review – THANK YOU. You’ve changed my life around.
Have a question? Leave a comment and I will get back to you ASAP

Bodyboss Review

bodyboss method review

Bodyboss Review: My Opinion On The Ultimate Body Fitness Guide

Considering trying the BodyBoss method? Read this review before you spend your money!

 

meHey ladies! My name is Barbara G. I’m a single mother of two – which is a full time job.

Besides this, I’ve had the added fun of dealing with my recent divorce. My husband decided that “till death do us part” was optional, especially when you introduce a younger, thinner model of me into the equation. Maybe the red flags were there, but it took me more than half a year before I caught him in the act.

I’m not going to spill my life online, and I don’t want to bore you guys with my misery, but I will say that I sunk into a depression. Lots of crying, lots of binge eating, and worst of all, lots of neglecting my children.

During this time period, my weight started ballooning. I was unhealthy physically and mentally, with constant brain fog and little motivation to do much besides work.

I had an epiphany one day, stuck in traffic and looking to the left and seeing an in-progress Pilates class, packed with women that I USED to look like. I needed a change. Not just to be the mom I needed to be, but to get my weight back in control and return to the woman I should be.

I pulled out my phone right there and starting such for ways for a busy woman to get into shape 🙂

My BodyBoss Method Review

The sob story chapter was closed – both in my life and in this review. Today, I’m just going to share my honest thoughts and opinions on the Bodyboss method.

Is the Bodyboss fitness guide worth the money?

I’ll start off with the obvious – It’s a pretty expensive workout guide. Doubly so if you’re at all conscious with online purchases (as every woman should be, in my opinion). I ended up paying $50 USD for the online PDF, which is a decent chunk of change.

But of course, this is acceptable IF it’s worth the price.

So is it?

No. And Yes. I’ll elaborate…

First off, at that price point, I’m going to want something comprehensive. I should have no desire to look into any other workout – It should start and end with your program. So naturally, I want a little more than a simple ebook with a few images.

But that’s what I got. And maybe that’s standard when it comes to workout guides, but excuse me for wanting more. Not to mention, I later found out Bodyboss is actually MORE EXPENSIVE than other programs.

As far as information and actual workouts go – Bodyboss is alright. I can’t say I was completely ripped off, but I was disappointed overall in the lack of content for that price.

I stuck with the workouts for a solid 2 weeks before I quit. It was just too boring and hard to follow 🙁

Note: Now that I’ve found a replacement, I can say I quit not because I’m a quitter, but because the program wasn’t meeting my needs. It didn’t help that I was let down right from the beginning.

My Incomplete Bodyboss Results

So yeah, after 2 weeks I was done, I was out!

I gave it an honest shot, but like I said, the guides didn’t keep me motivated enough to stick with it.

You might say 2 weeks is early, but I’ll counter with “the 2 weeks were boring”. I can resolutely say I’m not a fan of Bodyboss.

Obviously since I stopped 2 weeks in, my Bodyboss results weren’t spectacular, but I would have stayed with it if I felt I was getting what I deserved out of the workout.

I showed it to one of my girlfriends (one of the women I asked about the Pilates class, in fact) who spends a lot of time in the gym. Even she pointed out how barebones the guide was (and couldn’t help but laugh when she found out how much I had paid… Thanks Nicki.)

She tried to console me with one simple question –

Does the Bodyboss Workout Work?

Like most other programs, I’m sure if you stick with it for a good amount of time, you’ll see solid results. BUT In my opinion, this is more like a guide for women that are already fit.

I wanted something for more of a beginner. Something where gym equipment would be more optional, and maybe even a program I could do from anywhere.

If you’re like me and also want something for busy/beginner women to try out, and are looking for a program that’s more bang for you buck, I can tell you that the alternative workout I now follow is available at www.bikinibodyworkouts.com.

The Bodyboss Alternative that is CHEAPER and BETTER…

Bodyboss was a complete failure, and I’m not going to lie,  I thought it might have been because of me. 2 weeks before I quit a workout isn’t great, and it’s totally possible that it was due to me being too weak. At least, these were the sort of thoughts running through my head.,

But I knew I was sick of being fat and unhealthy, so I decided to try a different workout program and see if I could stick with it.

What I discovered ended up being perfect for me. And I found it by discovering a post online where other people were complaining about their experiences with body boss. One of them recommended the program I now swear by.

The Bikini Body Workouts by Jen Ferruggia.

I was little disappointed at myself and at the Bodyboss guides but I was also sick and tired of feeling fat and unhealthy so I wasn’t going to completely give up – I just needed to find something that was right for me!

It’s funny actually because I searched online to see if anyone felt the same and I came across a forum and there was a discussion on there with others who also had a bad experience.

That’s when I found the bikini body workouts by Jen Ferruggia.

I think we can all agree that it’s a little annoying when you find what you’re looking for after wasting time on something else.

The Bikini Body Workouts include more than what I got from Body Boss, and at a fraction of the price.

Jen Ferrugia’s program includes a workout manual, workout videos (making it easy to follow along), a completely nutrition and diet guide, even shopping lists! You might as well go to Jen’s website at www.bikinibodyworkouts.com to see exactly what I’m talking about… the full program is available for just $30. ($29.99 if you’re being specific).

Bodyboss Method vs Bikini Body Workouts

Here’s a comparison chart I put together so you can see the difference between the two programs!

TypeBikini Body WorkoutsBodyboss Method  
12 Week Workout$29.99$49.50
Nutritional GuideFREE$39.90
Supplement GuideFREENot Included
Shopping ListsFREENot Included
Interactive Workout VideosFREENot Included
Total$29.99$89.40

As you can see there’s a HUGE difference in price, and Jen’s Bikini Body Workouts are clearly a better value.

I’m a month into Jen’s program and I’m not slowing down anytime soon. I’m actually enjoying following her program and working up a sweat, plus I’m eating food that’s actually tasty while nutritous.

I can’t come out and say that Bodyboss won’t work for anyone, and I’m not just here to hate on them.

But the fact of the matter is that there are other programs out there that can help you out a lot more, and if I didn’t dare to try a new one, I might have missed out on believing I could get back in shape.

I needed a solid workout I could follow to the letter and get results, and while I tried and trusted Bodyboss to be that program, ultimately it was Jen’s program that helped me get on the path I needed. Maybe in a weird way I should thank them for leading me there… but I don’t know.

At the end of the day, Jen’s program made more sense financially and it ended up being the guide I NEEDED, and that is my honest experience with it.

That said, if you have any questions or comments about the Bodyboss workout or the Bikini Body Workouts, I’d be happy to answer them and help you guys in the comments below. Just don’t ask me to share the PDFs with you or anything shady like that, you should buy the guide you think will work best for you.

Not to mention, paying for a workout personally helps make me feel more responsible for sticking with it (again, only as long as I enjoy it…)

Coupon Codes and Discounts!

Back before I bought the program, I tried to see if I could find any Bodyboss Coupon Codes. I’m sorry to say – there weren’t any…EVER. No matter what I searched, I couldn’t get a break.

HOWEVER!

If you’re interested in following the Jen Ferrugia Bikini Body Workouts at my recommendation, I’m happy to say one of my blog readers from the comments below managed to find a place where you could get a coupon code. Thanks Kara!  The website is available at http://www.workingdiscountcodes.com/bikini-body-workouts-coupon/ and includes a coupon to get 15% off the workout.

I paid full price and I’m happy, but with this, you might as well invest in the level 2 program and try it out, since you’re getting it a great deal. That’s just my recommendation though, follow whatever workout brings you the best results (while being enjoyable)!

UPDATE: My Results So Far 

Results speak for themselves. Check out my 24 transformation!

It’s been 6 months. Here’s my final transformation.

24 months. 2-3 pounds lost every week at a steady basis, with barely any stalling.

The first week was the hardest as I adjusted, but soon I started noticing I had more energy throughout the day, and would jump out bed full of energy and fully charged.

It made it easy in the coming weeks to stick to my program, and before I knew it 6 months had passed. I never once felt like I was stuck in a rut, like I was doing my hardest to stick to a program.

The best feeling was having energy to play my with daughter and son again, and care for them as a mother should. Even they started to get in on the fun, eating the same meals as me and even trying to exercise with me every now and then (not often, to be honest 🙂).

Ultimately, this experience taught me the importance of finding a workout that you can stick to. For some people, they might want to follow in my footsteps and use Jen Ferrugia’s program. Others might see more success with the Bodyboss Method. And that’s fine.

Whatever program you end up going with – I hope you find one that really works for you! Every woman should be able to reach the ideal body they want to. And Jen Ferruggia, if you ever happen to Google yourself and come across this blog… thank you so much. Your workout changed, and possibly saved, my life.