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"Short & Sweet" September Challenge- Week 1

Let the fun begin! We are so excited to have you join us for our "Short & Sweet" September Fitness Challenge. If you have not signed up yet, there is still time to receive a free gift and be entered to win additional prizes! Click here to sign up today.

Each week, we will post 5 different workouts for you to complete. You may perform them on any day and in any order throughout the week. We do our best to provide a variety of modifications for our workouts so individuals of all ages and abilities may participate in the challenge! If you require additional assistance, have a question about a workout, or just need a little support, we are here for you! We consider you a part of our MAX family and we want you to succeed!

In all the excitement to reach our goals, we tend to just jump right in. But if I have learned one thing from my past failures, it is that success is a continual cycle of preparation, action, and evaluation. So, before we lace up our running shoes, it is time to set some goals.

A goal is only a dream until you write it down on paper! Grab a journal, or if you prefer, I am sure there is some cool goal-setting app out there, and jot down your goals for this challenge. What do you want to accomplish this month? Remember your goals should be SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-bound). In your journal, you will also track your progress. To help with this, you may want to include your start weight, waist measurements, pant size, blood pressure, etc. Also, many of our challengers like to take a "before" picture. 

Next, it is time to focus on a healthier meal plan. No need to do anything crazy, just get rid of all the junk food in the kitchen. Throughout the challenge we will clean up your diet with small changes, but for now, just lose the junk! 

Last, but definitely not least, let's get our sweat on! Steve and I have carefully chosen a week's worth of workouts for you that complement one another and appeal to all different fitness interests. The weekly plan includes 2 rest days which will aid in proper recovery and ultimately better results. While most of our workouts can be done with no equipment and in the comfort of your living room, we will include workouts with weights, medicine balls, jumps ropes, etc. If you do not own or have access to this equipment, we will always include a no equipment version or make another workout suggestion.

Here we go! Click on the title to view the workout. Remember- You GET what you GIVE!

Workout #1- "Tabata 101"

Workout #2- "8 Minute Shred"

This workout uses a pair of dumbbells. You can do the workout without weights, repeat one of this week's workouts, or choose any of our "Short & Sweet" workouts from our MAX Workouts page!

Workout #3- Perform as many "Body Builders" as you can in 15 minutes! View this video for an exercise demonstration- "Body Builder Burnout"

Workout #4-  "Walk This Way" (beginners) or Go on a 20 minute run, bike ride, or swim (advanced) Push yourself- no pacing on this one!

Workout #5- "Quick Slim Down"

Exercise modifications are not included in this workout video. If you have any trouble with the exercises, we will be glad to come up with some substitutions. Just ask!

Have fun! Please click SHARE below and let everyone know about your challenge. The more supporters, the better!