Everyone seems to be obsessed with Victoria’s Secret models. I don’t blame them, just look at all these tall girls with their beautiful faces and toned goddess-like bodies. It has crossed my mind a few times how it would be to live like them for at least a little bit. I know modelling is not as simple as some people paint it and to have a body like that you have to work for it every single day, but it still made me wonder if I could do it. This is where this idea came from – I decided to work out like a Victoria’s Secret model for a whole week and see what happens.
As a student this year I don’t have many classes and if I wanted I could go on campus only once a week, so I knew that finding time to work out wouldn’t be a problem. Finding an accurate plan of what the Angles do every day was extremely easy since there are quite a lot of people who have tried it before. The plan was to work out six days a week, doing 90 minutes of strength training, followed by another hour of cardio. To be honest even just looking at this schedule made me extremely tired.
All my life I enjoyed moving around, but never so intensely so I knew I would struggle a bit. That’s the reason why I decided just to stick to the workout plan for now, and eat how I would normally eat, which is fairly healthy anyway. Changing my whole lifestyle at once would result in me simply giving up. So, I got my gym membership, prepared a lot of workout outfits and started on Monday with my plan to become the next Angel.
On the first day, I was super motivated to start my Victoria’s Secret model training. From what I learned the strength training was supposed to be low-weight, since the models don’t want to bulk, and that got me really excited. How hard can it be, right?
Since I wasn’t lifting heavy I could really concentrate on the posture and the movement, to make sure all the muscles that need to work will work as effectively as possible. It’s safe to say after those 90 minutes I was dying and ready to go home. Unfortunately, I still had to do the cardio. The cursing that went on in my head was truly bad, but I managed to do it all. The next day I woke up so sore it even hurt to breathe.
On Thursday I hit a wall. After all those days of intensive training, all I wanted to do is lay in bed and stay there without moving a finger until Christmas. The thought of coming back to the gym literally made me want to cry, I was so fed up with all of that. So I stayed it, ate chocolate and hoped the next day would be better.
It wasn’t. I dragged myself to the gym but ended up going swimming for around an hour and a half. I decided to leave it there and go back home without pushing myself more. I still wanted this experience to be somewhat enjoyable.
During the weekend my will to live actually came back and gave me a lot of energy to get to the gym to train like a Victoria’s Secret model. I did the full 2,5 hours work out with an actual smile on my face. I felt good and happy and even though I was coming back exhausted I enjoyed what I was doing. I finished the week strong.
If you asked me in the middle of this week whether I was happy I started this challenge I would 100% say no, it was simply not worth it and I would rather stay the unfit version of me, rather than kill myself every day to look runway ready.
Giving myself a bit of a break in the middle was just what I needed. I had to show myself that I’m doing this for me and it’s not something I must do every single day for the rest of my life. I’m not a model, I will never be, and changing up the workout to suit my mental state might be worth considering to be necessary for me to start feeling energized again.
Physically the change was visible even though my diet wasn’t the best all the time. I felt lighter, less bloated and my arms looked more toned than usual. To be honest, I don’t think I’ll continue with this high-intensity workouts, but I definitely don’t want to go back to being the couch potato I became because of Uni instead of a Victoria’s Secret model.