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Chloe Ting’s challenges have been floating around the internet for a couple of years now and are still very popular. It’s no surprise, as her workouts can be done at home, they’re completely free, and many people have shared quite impressive results after doing them.

Though I’m far from being a fitness person, I’d tried my fair share of fitness routines (and failed to commit to them) before to know very well that I definitely needed to build strength before starting Chloe Ting’s workout programs if I wanted to give them a go. Why? Because starting a routine of this intensity after a long period of being sedentary and unfit was a recipe for failure which I know from experience. Cue extreme soreness, joint pain, and quickly diminishing motivation.

As I didn’t want to make the same mistakes all over again, I decided to look for a lighter form of exercise to pre-train my body before committing to Chloe’s challenges. I finally found that the method that worked for me best was yoga, so in this post, I’m going to write about how it helped me hoping that it will help you guys too to prepare yourselves before you get started with Chloe’s challenges or any similar fitness routines.

Disclaimer: In this post, I’m sharing my personal experience, but I’m not a professional. Before you start any exercise, especially if you’re a beginner, seek help from a fitness and/or health professional if necessary, to give you advice on your form, routine, and diet.

Chloe Ting and her workout programs

So who is Chloe Ting?

She’s an immensely popular fitness content creator with 25 million subscribers on YouTube. She shares free workout videos and diet tips on her channel with her followers. Besides her YouTube channel, she also has a website where you can find all her programs and recipes. You can set up a profile and track your fitness journey, which is a great way to keep yourself in check and keep up the motivation.

She’s been posting videos on her YouTube channel since 2016, and she gained massive popularity in 2020 when she went viral on social media during the pandemic. Her success has been unwavering ever since. It’s no wonder she’s so popular, considering that she’s offering all her content completely free of charge.

What kind of workout videos does Chloe Ting make?

Her workout videos focus on strength training and cardio, and target different parts of the body, most often the abs, glutes, thighs, back, and arms. Most of her videos are 10-20 minutes long and can be done with or without equipment at home. She also gives low-impact alternatives throughout her videos.

You can choose to do random videos, however, on her website, you can find set programs that tell you which videos you have to follow, which is a very useful option too.

I won’t lie, the availability of these programs without a paid subscription was among the reasons why I decided to try her workouts, and I also found the website and the option to track my progress appealing.

A pair of shoes, a pair of dumbbells and resistance bands. Illustration for how to build strength before starting Chloe Ting's workouts

Why should you build strength before starting Chloe Ting’s workout programs?

Chloe’s programs, as I found, are very effective, however, they are quite intense and challenging. For her exercises to work the most effectively, it’s very important that you do them in the correct form, otherwise, you will work the wrong muscles and risk injury.

The problem is, that Chloe doesn’t teach you how to do the exercises, she just shows you what to do. She doesn’t explain the correct form required for the exercises either in the workout videos or in a separate video dedicated to it, so it seems like she assumes that you already know how to do them.

That’s why for complete beginners who’ve never done strength training before it’s advisable that they start out their fitness journey with an exercise form that is gentler on the body and eases them into more vigorous exercises.

By building some basic strength you’ll be able to execute the exercises in better form, meaning that you’ll lower the risk of injury and won’t experience pain in places where you shouldn’t. In my previous endeavors, I always ended up with knee pain and hurting wrists, so believe me when I say, that jumping into a training routine without preparation is not the way to go.

If you do the exercises in good form, you’ll also make your workouts more effective, which means you’ll see the desired results more quickly.

Yoga as pre-training

Yoga with Adriene

When looking for a way to build some basic fitness, my mind immediately went to yoga. I’d done it before on and off for some time, so I knew it would be perfect for this purpose.

There are a multitude of yoga videos online, but my favorite instructor is Adriene from the Yoga with Adriene YouTube channel, hands down. She has a charming personality, her videos are easy to follow and she is a great instructor. She also does a great job explaining the correct form for each pose and regularly reminds you to execute them correctly and watch your breathing throughout the videos.

Adriene, the same way as Chloe, offers her content free of charge, moreover, on her website, you can find monthly calendars you can download and print out. In addition, you can join her exclusive community for a yearly or monthly fee under the name Find What Feels Good, where you can find a ton of extra content.

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Why should you do yoga as pre-training?

Intense workout vs. your body

As mentioned before, jumping into a high-intensity workout program can be taxing on your body. Naturally, you’ll experience immense muscle soreness, but that’s not the worst part. Joint pain, especially in the knees and wrists is highly likely too.

I’ve had to give up training programs before due to pain that just wouldn’t go away. Knee pain that lasted for months rendered me unable to do certain often-occurring exercises such as squats and lunges. Pain in my wrists, also lasting for months, forced me to quit doing anything that required me to put weight on my hands, like push-ups and some plank variations. And overdoing these exact exercises was what caused the problem in the first place. And bad form, probably.

The problem is, that these exercises were a staple in those routines. If I skip those, what remains? Virtually nothing.

Yoga vs. your body

Yoga, on the other hand, has proven to be gentler on the muscles as well as on the joints. When I started doing yoga, I did experience some pain in my wrists at the beginning, but much bearable, and not lasting at all. I used a pair of cotton wristbands for a short time, maybe 1-2 weeks, until I got used to the movements and the pain subsided. After that, the pain never came back.

By doing yoga consistently for a couple of months, you can strengthen your joints and muscles all over your body so much so that starting a more taxing workout routine won’t put so much strain on them, so the pain won’t stop you anymore. The wide variety of poses and movements included in yoga sessions will prepare every part of your body to be ready for more vigorous exercises.

In addition, by following Adrien’s instructions and learning the correct form required for yoga poses you’ll be able to apply that knowledge to other types of exercises too, so you’ll execute them in better form making them more effective.

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Integrating Chloe Ting’s workouts into your fitness routine after pre-training with yoga

The length of time you’ll need before you can safely get started with Chloe’s exercises will definitely depend on many things such as your initial fitness level, your mobility, weight, etc. My recommendation is to pay attention to your body’s signals and how you feel. It may take weeks or months. Don’t rush it.

When there’s no pain and you can finish a 20-minute yoga video with ease, you’re probably ready to go on to Chloe’s exercises. I suggest that you integrate her workouts into your fitness routine gradually. Do one video, then see how you feel the next day. If you’re very sore, I suggest that you do some yoga to stretch, and also take some time to rest. It’s okay to skip some days before you do another video. You’ll gradually get stronger and will be able to do more.

When you get the hang of it and feel like you can do more, it’s time to increase the load. Start one of Chloe’s challenges, which you can find on her website, and track your progress. Don’t forget that you can always tweak the daily schedule and it’s always fine to include more rest days depending on what your body needs.

In my opinion, even if you get to a point when you can do high-intensity routines regularly and have built up significant strength, yoga should always remain a part of your fitness routine. It’s a great way to warm up and an even better way to cool down and stretch after a sweaty workout session.

Extra tips to build strength before starting Chloe Ting’s workouts

Of course, a good fitness routine isn’t worth much when we only focus on the workouts. Here’s a list of other things you should pay attention to if you want to develop and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

1. Have a balanced diet

If you want to build strength, it’s crucial that you consume foods rich in nutrients and vitamins and the right proportion of macros (carbs, fat, and protein). I’m not an expert on the topic, so here’s a great article written by one, which you can check for more information. If necessary, consult with a dietician who can give you a personalized diet plan and advice.

2. Stay hydrated

Hydration is always important, but it is even more vital when you do sports. You’ll sweat more, so you’ll need to increase your water intake as well. Opt for healthier options such as plain water or water flavored with lemon or other fruits instead of sodas and other sugary drinks.

A well-hydrated body will recover faster and your muscles will work more efficiently.

3. Rest and leave enough time for recovery

Your body needs sufficient rest time so that your muscles can regenerate after a vigorous workout session. And don’t forget, that if your workout program says that you should exercise but your body’s depleted and so sore that you can hardly move, it’s perfectly fine to skip that day or even more days if necessary. Follow your guts, not your workout program.

It’s a good idea though, to do something light, like going for a walk or doing some light yoga in the meantime. Stretching can help you recover faster.

Also, don’t forget about the importance of sleeping enough.

4. Keep up your fitness routine

Building strength and keeping it requires a long-term approach. Being fit is a lifestyle that should last your whole life. For that, you need to make it into a habit. If you don’t, you’ll always struggle with it. Motivation will dwindle, but with the right goal and mindset, it will be easier to stick to it in the long run.

Besides building a sustainable habit, another thing that is worth doing to keep up the routine and the motivation is to track your progress. This way you can see how far you’ve come and how consistent you’ve been. It’s a great way to motivate yourself.

You can use apps or a journal, or if you have a pinboard or some space on your fridge, you can print out a calendar or a schedule to follow. I always print out Adrien’s calendars and I also make one for Chloe’s challenges and pin them on my board in the hallway.

Conclusion

I think Adrien’s yoga videos complemented by Chloe’s workout challenges (or vice versa) are a great combo for a comprehensive fitness routine that strengthens your body and is easy to personalize and incorporate into your daily routine.

For home workout enthusiasts and people on a budget, these are amazing programs to consider when setting up their training schedules.

Don’t forget, that getting fit is a journey and not a goal, and that you should find what fits your lifestyle and your body. Do whatever sport you’re able, willing, and happy to do. You don’t have to run if you hate it, just because others rave about it. Find a form of exercise you can stick to in the long run.


Have you tried Adrien’s or Chloe’s programs before? Share your experiences in the comments.

Or if you haven’t, would you give them a go?

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