Helen Mirren says she swears by it, Prince Philip was a devotee and Princes Charles and William reportedly do it too. It’s a timeless, daily workout plan that can get you fit in less time than it takes to get to a gym. Think old-school, with exercises such as press-ups, toe touches, sit-ups, and running on the spot. It only takes 11 minutes for men and 12 minutes a day for women. The workout plan is BX Plans and it has been a well-loved workout secret for over 70 years.

BX Plans has its history rooted in the Canadian Air Force. As the air force was all over the world on manoeuvres, the pilots couldn’t have workouts based on workout equipment. Ian Walton, the director of BX Plans, spoke exclusively to the Express he said:

“So, they came up with five basic exercises – these are not designed to build your body and they’re not designed to make a Muscle Man, they’re designed to get you fit and to keep you fit.

“With the plan, you can do it at home and with a friend, or now because of technology you can do it as a group online with video links.”

Due to the longevity of BX Plans it has had many high-profile admirers over the years. One of its most famous was Prince Phillip who was reportedly a man who enjoyed keeping fit and spending time in the great outdoors.

The late Duke of Edinburgh credited the Canadian Airforce workout plan as an exercise regime that kept him fit his entire life.  In the Netflix hit ‘The Crown’ a young Prince Philip is depicted in several scenes keeping fit by using quick burst exercises such as squats and push-ups to help endurance and physical fitness.

The Duke reportedly passed this fitness routine down to his son Prince Charles, and grandsons Prince William and Prince Harry.

Other celebs such as Dame Helen Mirren have also been an advocate of BX Plans she is quoted as saying: “It is the exercise I have done off and on my whole life,” she explained, “It just very gently gets you fit. Two weeks of doing it and you think, ‘Yeah, I could go to the gym now.’”

The BX Plans exercises are the old school ones that we have all done in our PE classes growing up and are still effective today.

The exercises are not harsh on the body and you do not need to be super fit to try them. All you need is the will to maintain a consistent workout routine.

If you are inspired to give BX Plans a try there is a plan for men, women, and children. The books are available in English, French, German, Polish, and Spanish.

So instead of wasting time traveling to a gym to get fit enjoy your quiet time at home or in an office and give BX Plans a try.

You can pick up a copy from bxplans-uk.com.