As soon as I saw Operation MOVE IT advertised, I knew I wanted to sign up. I needed a kick start into some strength training and this sounded perfect. This is my round up of the course so far.

Week 1

Kicked the week off with a fitness test!

1km time trial – 7:51 min

Push ups – 20 on knees, 0 on toes

Wall sit – 39 secs

Plank – 41 secs

My week consisted of a swim, a walk, 3 stationary bike rides and 3 MOVE IT work outs (arms, legs and full body blitz). A total of 305 mins of moving for the week. I felt so good but so sore! The DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness) were kicking in and with a workout about every second day, there wasn’t much time for recovery. Really happy with everything so far and enjoying the chat in the forum. Everyone learning to do the workouts together.

Week 2

My spirits were still high this week. The sense of accomplishment was really kicking in. Some of the exercises are hard (burpees. – enough said) but I’m finding a way to modify them a little so that I can still get it done. There is no jumping in my burpees for instance or if my knee gets a bit sore doing step ups then I do some squats instead. My favourite thing about the workouts is that you can make it work for you whatever your level.

This week was full of walking, swimming, stationary bike, yoga and arms and legs. A grand total of 360 mins blew me away! I’m finding the DOMS a little hard to deal with but I’m trying to think of them as badges of honour! It shows I’m working hard.


Week 3

The best thing about this week was the fact that the muscle soreness settled down! I wasn’t hurting as much any more and it really helped boost my mood. I was so proud of myself for putting in the effort, filling out my schedule every Monday and getting the workouts done! The schedule is really important to me, it shows me where the big gaps are between commitments and so I can see the best times to put the workouts in to set myself up for success. Sometimes I shuffle things around during the week because life, but it is really working for me.

A total of 305 mins again this week. 3 MOVE IT workouts and 3 cardio sessions. I checked my body measurements this week and have lost 5cm off my hips, waist and chest! Super happy about that. I tested how many push ups I could do this week and managed 30!!



Week 4

Fitness test time again!

1km time trial – Not running right now so will test this at the end of the 6 weeks.

Push ups – 40 on knees! 3 on toes!

Wall sit – 1 min 10 secs!

Plank – 1 min!

Wow! How’s that for improvement. I’ve bought myself a bike and took it for a ride this week. I can’t wait to get back on it as soon as my sit bones recover! It’s been many years since I rode a bike.

I can’t wait to see what the next 2 weeks brings. Just a tip for anyone signing up for Operation MOVE IT, make sure you are ready for a great arms workout the week after you brag to Kate about how many push ups you can now do…… DOMS are back!


If your 2015 resolution is to get strong and happy, Operation MOVE IT can help you get there. The 6 week body blitz program is now open for registration if you want to be a stunner this Summer too! Jo has already re-registered for the next round, will you join her?

Zoey Dowling

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  1. What a motivating post - thank you for sharing this !!!!

    • Zoey Dowling

      Thanks Me! I needed strength training to help recover from my injury but I never knew how much I'd love it! It's a lot of fun once the hard work is done haha.

  2. Love it. I'm signed up and ready to go. 2014 was a year of talking for me. Whilst I did achieve some amazing things (half mara and the bloody long walk) I need to step it up a level and move away from events and find success in the everyday and consistency. I'm really looking forward to this.

    • Zoey Dowling

      Yay Mandy!! I'm finding it really easy to get at least 2 workouts done a week because they only take 20-30 mins! It's definitely helped me get my moving motivation back.

  3. Can. Not. Wait to give this a go! It is exactly what I need to go with my return to running!

    • Zoey Dowling

      I'm sure you'll love it too Micki!! It's fun! In a slightly painful, very sweaty way :p

  4. Absolutely I will join her! Looking forward to it! WTG Jo :D

  5. This is great Jo, well done you! I am loving LTR at the moment but I can see this being a great option once I'm feeling more confident and in the groove with running. So inspiring!!

  6. Pingback: Merry Fitmas to All, and an Active New Year! February 3, 2015

    […] In the meantime, we still have a few spots available in our six week body blitz beginning January 1st; Operation MOVE IT. A number of our 2014 participants have joined us again for the next round, and if you’d like to know more about what the experience is actually like you might enjoy Jo’s review of the program. […]