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Spring Cleaning Challenge

Spring is officially here! As temperatures rise and melt the last reminders of cold weather, animals awaken from their winter slumber, and new life emerges from the frozen ground. 'Tis the season to get a fresh start and rejuvenate our lives, both inside and out. 

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While you never had to force this Florida girl to enjoy a little rest and relaxation on the beach during Spring Break, I do tend to put off another springtime essential- Spring Cleaning! It wasn't until I was older that I understood why my mother would use her few days off from teaching to organize and deep clean the house. Decluttering does more than tidy up your home, it clears your mind. Clutter is toxic, it is disorganized, unused, unfinished. Now is the time to let go and clear the way for a better you, to simplify our lives, and make room for the things that are truly important!

It is time to clear the junk, to clean up your home, mind, and body. Join us as we take on the Spring Cleaning Challenge!

HOME

The challenge takes you room by room. Try not to get distracted and clean the entire room before moving on to the next. Is it broke? Toss it. Haven't used it? Donate it. We are going to clean every nook and cranny, remove the clutter, and organize our homes, and ultimately, our lives.

MIND

As we declutter our homes, we will also clear our minds. Throughout the challenge, you will be required to take personal days. Days to remove the negative thoughts that overwhelm us, cause anxiety, and unhealthy stress. You can take a bath, read a book, meditate, watch the sunset, relax on the beach, crotchet, pray, get a massage, it is your day to do whatever makes you happy. It is imperative that you do not skip this day. You will always be busy, but on this day, the most important thing you can do is relax. 

BODY

A total clean up would not be complete without addressing our physical health. Sedentary lifestyles coupled with an unhealthy consumption of junk food are a recipe for disaster. During our challenge, we will dispose of our bad habits and adopt new routines that contribute to the betterment of our lives.

Are you ready for a fresh start? Me too. Here we go!



Challenge Finale!

Congratulations! You all are awesome and do not forget it!

You committed to something, worked towards a goal, tried your best, gave your all, pushed through the obstacles, and came out a winner! We are so proud of all of our challenge participants. Now, the REAL challenge begins...

While the challenge may be over, it is not time to give up and go back to your previous routine. We are still here for you, still posting videos, still listening to you, and still going to do everything possible to ensure you reach your every goals! Many of our challenge participants found the accountability of "checking in" with us each week helped them stay committed and motivated to workout. We also have provided additional workout plans for those that have asked. Just let us know what you need and we will do our very best to help.

We leave you today with this new challenge- to keep up with your daily workouts and nutritional meal plans. Consistency is key. Remember, you can visit our MAX Workouts page (click here) or our YouTube channel (click here) at anytime for tons of workouts to fit all fitness levels and abilities. Even a simple daily walk provides tremendous health benefits. As far as your meal plans, remember the 80/20 rule. Aim for at least 80% of your meal choices to be whole, nutritious foods, while leaving the remaining 20% for treats. This simple formula keeps you on track without depriving you of your guilty pleasures!

Thanks again for joining our challenge and keep an eye out for our annual tips and tricks for surviving the holidays! You GET what you GIVE!

"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! 

Our Next Fitness Challenge!

It is time for our latest fitness challenge! Are you ready?

We are putting the final touches on our "Short & Sweet" September Challenge! In this challenge, all of our workouts will be under 20 minutes in length. You heard me right- 20 minutes or less, so no excuses! Fitness challenges are the perfect way to jump start your fitness goals or help get over any plateaus you may be experiencing. If you follow our challenges and give it your all, we guarantee results! 

This time around, we are offering something special! All who sign-up for the challenge will get a free gift and be entered to win an awesome prize! Plus, those who sign-up will get workout reminders and support to motivate them throughout the challenge (we all know there will be days we could use a little extra push). 

Strength comes in numbers, so share this challenge with your friends and family. The more, the merrier! Sign-up below and be sure to join us on our social media sites (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest) as we get ready for the "Short & Sweet" September Challenge!

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