If you’ve run out of workouts to try during quarantine, I recommend a week of Lauren Giraldo’s “12 3 30” treadmill challenge: 12 incline, 3 speed, 30 minutes.
Before quarantine, I wasn’t someone who worked out very much, or ever. My friends at school can vouch for that. But with extra time and summer around the corner, I decided it was time for a change.
As an actress and social media personality, Giraldo’s life is open to the public on various platforms– YouTube, Instagram, Snapchat and more — making both her physical and mental transformations visible to her following.
On May 13, 2019, Giraldo released a YouTube video about a weight loss journey she experienced, noting that it also changed her outlook on health, fitness, diet and lifestyle.
She let her subscribers know that losing weight is also about living a healthy, active lifestyle, and on Nov. 8, 2019, she shared another YouTube video about her workout routine with meal ideas.
I have to be honest, as much as I love watching Giraldo’s videos, I certainly questioned her credibility of creating a workout challenge. How much does she know about fitness?
After a quick Google search of “Lauren Giraldo 12 3 30” I found countless videos and posts from people everywhere taking her advice. Maybe fitness isn’t her specialty, but having noticed her changes over time and seeing everyone’s results convinced me it was worth a try.
So, you’re probably wondering if it works, right? Here’s how it went for me.
Day One: I took four breaks. Yes, four, but keep in mind that I didn’t workout for a while before starting this challenge. I must admit, when I heard this challenge was on speed three, I really underestimated the power of a 12 incline.
Day Two: I was a little sore from the day before, but I only took one break this time. I made sure I got halfway through the workout before stopping. Then I took a ten minute rest (I know, that breaks the 30 minutes rule, but I needed it). I powered through the second half without another break.
Day Three: I completed the whole workout in one take. This time, the sweat felt more rewarding, and believe me, you will sweat a lot.
The rest of the week was easier to complete, and I didn’t take any more breaks. At the risk of sounding cliché, completing this workout challenge was really about how I felt throughout the process. I definitely felt stronger and noticed that my body appeared more toned.
After the week ended, I found that it was easier for me to run longer distances. I don’t feel as tired running at the track or around my neighborhood as I did before the challenge. It helps me get my body moving and is something I have already built into my morning routine (that’s right, I’ve been doing it for more than one week).
Since this is a treadmill workout, and you are in one place the entire time, it can get boring staring at the wall– or whatever’s in front of you. To stay entertained, you can watch a TV show, listen to a podcast or blast some music. In fact, we made a playlist of remixes that will help you crush your workout.
Don’t forget to tag @laurengiraldo the first time you try her workout! She loves seeing her followers participate, and she might even repost it.
Disclaimer: I did not follow her meal plan or try other workouts while doing this challenge. I focused on this routine and noticed the results stated above.