Health & Fitness 'I Took on Davina McCall's Workout Routine For One Week and It Was Tough As Hell'

15:15  19 september  2020
15:15  19 september  2020 Source:   womenshealthmag.co.uk

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So when I was challenged to take on WH cover star Davina McCall's weekly workout regime, I clued up on all her morning habits, I wasn't too phased.

I'd recently tried Davina's go-to trainer Sarah Gorman's Zoom workouts, which I found tough, but manageable. I anticipated a few days of workouts on Davina's own wellness platform, Own Your Goals (OYG), on which Sarah is one of the main trainers. If anyone could keep up, it was me. Right?

My hubris was short-lived when I eyed the plan...

Davina McCall's Workout Routine

  • Monday: 20-min good-paced run, followed F.I.T Combat on OYG for 30 min, and then a 10-min stretch
  • Tuesday: Rest
  • Wednesday: 45-min advanced session on OYG
  • Thursday: Rest
  • Friday: a session of from the Dynamic Flow Pilates Challenge on OYG
  • Saturday or Sunday: 40-min yoga session on OYG

Not too bad, right? But here's the kicker – Davina also walks her dog for 1.5 hours every single day. And this is not a casual amble through the fields, friends. For every walk, Davina 'wears trainers and walks with purpose', she told me. Read: this counts as a workout too. Talk about getting those steps up.

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Here's how my week went.


With a new-week-new-goals spring in my step, I kicked off my week of Davina McCall's workout routine with that 20-minute run. I ran my usual 4-5k route, trying to keep up what I thought would be Davina's 'good pace', and ended up going for about 26 minutes.

With that done, I already felt quite ready to check Monday's exercise box and hit the shower, but there was more to be done. So I pulled out my yoga mat and logged on to OYG in search of F.I.T Combat, hosted by Faye Edwards. The follow-along video workout kicked off with some mobility moves, and progressed into some kick-boxing style combos, which had me so mentally engaged trying to keep up, the session flew by.

The 10-minute cool-down stretch afterwards – I found a great one by Sarah on OYG – was delicious. It wasn't a standard bend-over-and-touch-your-toes-type stretch either. In the clip, Sarah guided Davina through a series of movements that flowed into one another, with a particular focus on the back. Very necessary, after having put my all into all those kicks and punches with Faye.

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In the evening, it was time for my 1.5 hour (!) walk, which sadly, did not go quite as well. Because I didn't have a dog to trot along with, I opted for some podcasts to keep me company instead (on that note, have you listen to WH's Going For Goal yet..?). I was mid-podcast when I was whacked on the head by an errant frisbee. Thankfully, it did not result in anything more than a bruised ego. Here's a picture of me looking slightly cross-eyed, as proof:

All in all, this was probably the most active day I've had since the beginning of lockdown. I congratulated myself for doubling my Apple Watch move goal and racking up 18,179 steps - before collapsing into bed.


While today was technically a rest day, I still had to get my 1.5 hour walk in. And yesterday's adventures had left me with some seriously stiff legs.

Still, it had to be done – I set off first thing, and found it much easier to get done than my first. Perhaps it was the fact that I was fresh, with no other workouts already under my belt for the day, perhaps it was because nothing hit me in the face. Regardless, I found the early morning walk around the nearby common really refreshing, and its definitely eased out yesterday's DOMS. What's more, I found that I was more productive at work too.

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Given the success of yesterday's walk, I opted to head out first thing in the morning. This time, I found it to be a really long old slog – and the fact that I ran out of downloaded podcasts certainly didn't help either.

I felt really tired and sluggish by the time I got back, but I had another workout to get to. This one was a biggie – and today's OYG workout from Davina's advanced programme was one I'd most been looking forward to. Who doesn't love a challenge?

It really was an all-rounder – we performed whole-body strength moves as well as cardio, and many exercises involved moving in multiple directions (rather than just backwards and forwards, as you'll find in plenty of online classes). This – PT 101 – is super important for mobility and bone health. Davina herself, who is also a PT, even took some of the segments, while the rest were lead by Sarah.

With a full 135 minutes of exercise under my belt, I'd shaken off the morning cobwebs, and another productive day – and super restful night – followed.

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Another rest day feat. 90 minute walk was on the cards, but this time I went out with a strategy. Instead of wandering around the nearby common (very pretty, but there are only so many laps you can do before mind-numbing boredom sets in), I charted a course via Google Maps for another, much larger park about 30 minutes away.

All was going swimmingly – a change of scenery was exactly what my admittedly achy feet needed – until my fitness tracker died about 20 minutes in. Concerned I'd not be able to prove I'd actually done this walk (yes, yes, I subscribe to the school of, 'but does it even count then?') I turned to run-tracking app Strava on my phone to track the rest.

Given that I wasn't 100% sure how long I'd marched around for in my first segment, I undershot a bit – my total exercise time, when I'd charged my watch and turned it on again, was about 20 minutes short. Oops. Still, I felt like 72 minutes of movement before lunchtime was a win. I called it a day.


This was the day I finally felt like I'd found my rhythm in these long walks. I set out bright and early, with a different park in my sights – it really is amazing how much ground you can cover in 90 minutes. With two good podcasts (downloaded before I left home this time) the time went by pretty quickly. I also found I seemed to be going further, faster – 7.45k, when I'd only managed 7.4k in my first walk.

On today's Davina's workout menu: Pilates. I had a few meetings scheduled in the morning, so I opted for a lunchtime class instead. The session was taken by Jay Ballinger, and focused on some core-burning moves, along with some juicy mobility work. My poor, tired legs appreciated it.

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Given that these walks were taking quite big chunk of my day, I decided to try to combine them with another activity – seeing an old friend. I managed to coax her, and her adorable pup Pippin, along with me.

Between grabbing a cup of coffee at the park cafe, being dragged along after other dogs by a surprisingly strong Pip, and long-overdue chats, this walk was over before I knew it. By the time I got home, I'd walked 8.55k, for almost 2 hours.


After treating myself to a bit of a lie-in, I set out on my last walk. Unsurprisingly, this was my strongest one yet. I had a great new audiobook that I got really involved in, and found that I came close to my Saturday record, managing 1 hour and 40 minutes out and about.

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In the evening, I got some zen in before bed with OYG yoga teacher Julie, who guided me through a really calming series of flows. Again, my tired limbs thanked me for it – and this was, hands down, my favourite Davina workout of the week.

The verdict

First off, hats off to Davina. She is pretty much the best dog mom ever for taking her pup Bo out for such a serious walk ever single day. Also, she helped me hit over 10 000 steps for a whole week too.

I must admit, I was sceptical about all that time spent walking – surely there was a better way to spend my time in working towards health and fitness? How wrong I was. Not only did the regular walks help me build strength and stamina, but they also helped me clear my head and get some real time-out from WFH life. I haven't been getting out much, even with lockdown measures easing somewhat, so even getting some distance from my little flat was good for the soul.

In terms of the OYG workouts, I'll definitely keep them in regular rotation. Particularly Faye's F.I.T Combat classes (a great change of pace for me, cardio-wise) and Julie's wonderful yoga sessions.

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Will I keep walking every day? TBH, no – definitely not on days I do runs or other workouts – but on rest days and lazy Sundays, you'll likely find me doing laps around my local common. Perhaps I can talk Pippin into keeping me company?

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