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Health & Fitness 'I Was One of the First to Try Alice Liveing's New Fitness App, Here's My Honest Review'

14:10  01 june  2021
14:10  01 june  2021 Source:   womenshealthmag.co.uk

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Ahead of Give Me Strength launching in the UK on 1st June at £16.99 a month, WH Acting Social Media Editor Rachel Andrews was given early access to the app to put it through its paces for a week.

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If you’re on Instagram, you’ll have likely heard of Alice Liveing. And if not, you’ll have probably spotted her beaming face on Women’s Health’s cover a couple of times now, too. With her huge smile, super positive vibes and realistic attitude to both fitness and fad diets (spoiler: she’s got zero time for the latter), Alice is everything that you could want in a PT and then some.

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Now, the UK fitness sensation has created her very own app to house the workouts, nutritious dishes and expert advice that her 700,000+ Instagram followers love and adore.

Enter: Give Me Strength, a fitness app ‘designed to help you look and feel stronger in every sense of the word.’ We love it already.

Everything included in the Give Me Strength fitness app

Ready for the 411 on everything Alice has packed into the app? Strap in. Here we go.

Programmes

Whether you were straight back to the gym the second they reopened or you’re sticking with home workouts for the foreseeable, Give Me Strength has a programme suited to every need, want and goal. Catering for beginner, intermediate and advanced users, you can choose what you want out of the plan:

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  • energise
  • fat loss
  • muscle gain

And while you might find it tricky to pick, rest assured that all the app’s ‘workouts are designed to provide amazing results, so the goal you choose won’t affect your progress, it will just dictate your training style.’

There are 6 different warm-ups to get started with, a 12-week home workout programme split into two lots of six weeks to work through from the comfort of your own living room, plus plans for the gym: an eight-week push programme and an eight-week pull programme.

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On-Demand

If you loved Alice’s free, live Instagram workouts throughout lockdown (she taught a causal 200 hours of them over the last year), you’ll be happy to hear that can keep these up with the On-Demand feature. Alice is kicking off June with a 28-day challenge, which you will be able to complete at any time that tickles your fancy.

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Exercise library

Split into categories like upper body, lower body and bodyweight, Give Me Strength’s humungous exercise library features scores of different moves to practice. Tap onto each exercise to see Alice demonstrate how to correctly perform and help you perfect your technique.

Recipes & meal planner

The weekly meal planner plays home to tonnes of different brekkies, lunches and dinners to fuel meat-eaters, vegetarians and vegans alike, with zero restrictive diets and fad foods in sight. Some of my favourites included the banana and date chocolate protein porridge and spicy penne pasta with avocado. Mouth = watering.

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My only qualm? As a veggie, I would maybe find a function that allows you to filter your dietary preferences potentially helpful – but no biggie. The recipe library will continue to be updated, so there’ll be no time to get bored of eating the same dishes. Fingers crossed some snack ideas will be added, too.

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Tracking

Aside from fitness and food, Give Me Strength gives you a 360-degree view of your wellbeing as it allows you to track your progress both inside and out.

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You can upload pics and/or measurements (or you can opt not to if that’s not how your roll) and there is also a Daily Tracker, which allows you to input your menstrual cycle, how you’re feeling (bloated, experiencing cravings…) as well as document your day.

Finally, there’s the Weekly Goals tracker, encouraging you to smash four healthy, weekly habits: drink 2L water, tot up your daily steps, meditate, and get those precious 8 hours of sleep.

Adding to all the super positive vibes, cute quotes encouraging you on your journey pop up each time you open the app: 'think about all that you ARE, not all that you are NOT.' I couldn’t have said it better myself, Alice.

Education

The celebrity PT clearly knows her stuff when it comes to fitness, well-being and nutrition - and Alice has also brought in a handful of leading industry experts to help you more understand how topics like sleep, your menstrual cycle and your metabolism may be affecting your fitness journey.

My favourite read here was a breakdown of NEAT along with the importance of getting enough protein on a plant-based diet. Every day is a school day, amirite?

'I Tried Alice Liveing's app, Give Me Strength, for a week'

I’m happy to admit this from the get-go: I love HIIT but I can sometimes fall down the trap of thinking more calories burned means a better workout. I usually do super sweaty, high-impact HIITs and free weight workouts five times a week, using a combo of Les Mills On Demand and The Body Coach App, so I was keen to try something a little lower-impact to give my joints a break.

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Back to Alice’s app. To get going, I opted for Give Me Strength’s home programme, and my goal was to energise (it can be changed later if needed). The 12-week home workout plan is split into two lots of six, with four workouts each week to get stuck into.

So, how did I find slowing things down with Alice’s strength-focussed app? Here goes…

Workout 1: Full body strength training

After a quick warm-up, I dove into supersets galore. Taking me around 30 to 35 mins in total, this workout consisted of four different supersets, each with two exercises completed three times with a 60-second break in between.

While Alice demonstrates each move and you’re given the ideal number of reps to perform, I already love that you can take these sessions at your own pace.

You’re not rushing to keep up with a real-time video with the home programme, as you tap onto the next exercise once you’ve completed it. This allows you to focus on getting your form right rather than playing catch-up with everyone else.

There’s also a feature here that allows you to input how many reps you completed, and the weight used as you go along. So, it’s easy as pie to look back at your progress.

You’ll need to stock up on some home gym equipment for these workouts: this one used dumbbells, a long resistance band and a foam block, although items around your home could easily be subbed in.

For me, this workout was a great intro to kickstart the week at a slower and steadier pace, mixing both upper and lower-body classics (like bicep curls and reverse lunges) with some that I will definitely be taking forward into my own future sweat sessions (I’m talking about you, front foot elevated split squats).

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Workout 2: Full body strength training

More supersets, but I’m not complaining. Workout two genuinely left my hammies quivering as Alice kicked things off after I’d warmed up with a kettlebell Romanian deadlift (10 reps, if you’re wondering) with glute and hamstring bridges making an appearance in later sets.

Following the same format and length as yesterday, the supersets mixed lower body moves with a handful of upper body ones too, like lateral raises and a tall kneeling overhead press.

Confession time: I’ve never really been into upper body workouts (probably because my arms never seem to get any stronger), but I enjoyed this session as there was just the right amount of lower and upper body moves thrown into the mix.

Plus, the format of the supersets meant there was plenty of time to adjust my weights back and forth for my Betty Spaghettii arms. And while it may have felt a little lower intensity at the time, the next day’s DOMs spoke for themselves.

Workout 3: Full body strength training

This was, for sure, my favourite of the superset workouts. A mixture of bodyweight and free weight exercises, my entire body felt really challenged throughout, especially given that almost all the moves don’t feature in my usual repertoire or put a twist on those that do - think high to low woodchop with a dumbbell, side-lying clam bridges, and step downs (from a chair or bench), to name a few.

The latter move had my quads on fire from the get-go and my heart rate was elevated throughout. I really felt like I was getting a great workout.

Workout three took me a little longer as I finished up at around 40 mins with legs like jelly – a combination of increased reps and upping my weights to ensure I felt the burn.

Workout 4: Circuit training

Just when I was expecting another superset, Alice mixed things up with a circuit workout and timer, varying between 30 and 60-seconds for each bodyweight exercise.

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After completing the five moves back-to-back, a much-needed one-min rest was given before repeating each another three times.

Featuring five different bread-and-butter moves, like Russian twists and push-ups, this session fired up my entire body without a single burpee. That said, with the faster pace, I kept forgetting to count my reps to input them into the app at the end of each exercise. Oops.

This session was short but sweet at around 20-minutes, plus your warm-up time of course.

Workout 5: June Challenge

For my final workout, I got a sneak peek at day one of the 28-day June challenge: a 45-minute lower-body focussed sesh that left me with legs resembling Angel Delight for the rest of the day. After a thorough, pleasingly stretchy warm-up, Alice got stuck into even more challenging supersets, each with two moves repeated three times through.

This was my last workout of the week, but if you’re new to fitness or Alice’s style of IG live workouts, then I’d highly recommend doing this one first. It was packed full of super helpful form pointers and scalable options for the exercises. And as some of the moves were repeated in the home programme – like the chair step-downs and side-lying crabs – being armed with these titbits of information on form would be massively beneficial, whatever your level.

After the final superset finisher (back-to-back squat jumps and surrenders), Alice squeezed in a cool-down session before you went on your merry way. Workout week completed, we love to see it.

My verdict on Alice Liveing's Give Me Strength app

I love everything that Alice stands for: rejecting restrictive eating, building strength (inside and out) and learning to appreciate your body. Give Me Strength encapsulates all of that in a sleek app.

The training

Admittedly, going into the week I was a little hesitant to slow down my workout pace and switch to a strength training focus over my usual cardio. But as promised, the workouts left me feeling energised for the week (once I got past the DOMs) and the superset format and vast exercise library meant I could really focus on perfecting my form.

I was really pleased to see that Alice is continuing with the live workouts with the On-Demand function, and I’m 100% sure her dedicated superfans will feel the same since the sessions have come to an end on her Insta.

Everything else

Packed with advice from Alice and industry experts, the app helps you to understand how to give your body the correct nutrition, and also educates you on how your menstrual cycle affects your training – something I don’t think you’d get with a usual high-street gym membership (which would also likely cost more than this app).

Whether you’re a beginner or this isn’t your first rodeo, if you want to build healthy habits and get strong inside and out, then Give Me Strength is a great place to start – or continue – your fitness journey.

*Give Me Strength is priced at £16.99 monthly, £45.99 for 3 months, £64.99 for 6 months and £118.99 for a year’s subscription.

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