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Fit & Fabulous February Challenge is back!

 

Whether you are in full swing with your New Year's Resolutions or you have already given up, we are here to get you FIT and FABULOUS this month!

By popular demand, we have brought back our fitness challenge and we are excited to see and hear your results! You are just a click away from your best body ever! 

 

 

Fit & Fabulous February Challenge- The Challenge Begins (click here first)

Week 1

Week 2

Week 3

Week 4



"Short & Sweet" September Challenge- Week 3

 

We have reached the halfway point of our Fitness Challenge! Congratulations to all of our challenge participants for making it this far- every day is a victory! Research suggests that it takes 21 days to make a habit. At the end of this week, each one of you will have done something far bigger than just losing weight, you will have developed a healthy habit, a routine, a lifestyle! 

This week, try to focus on your nutrition. Steve and I follow an 80/20 rule. 80% of our diet is healthy, nutritious whole foods, while the remaining 20% is available for our favorite treats. For example, last night we enjoyed grilled chicken and asparagus, then treated ourselves with my mother's homemade cookies (soooo good!) 

Honestly, how is your nutrition? Is there room for improvement? Maybe swap out your morning bowl of cereal for an egg omelet and side of fruit. Still grabbing lunch on the go? Give yourself five extra minutes in the morning to pack something nutritious and delicious! Small adjustments lead to big results. So, take a close look and start tweaking your diet. You have been busting your butt with these workouts, now it is time for your body to show off all those lean muscles! Abs are made in the kitchen.

Please continue to post and tweet about your progress. We love to hear your feedback and want to know if you need a little extra encouragement! Also, be sure to add #ShortandSweetChallenge to your posts for a chance to win great prizes at the end of the challenge. Here we go!

Workout #1- "Buns & Guns"

Workout #2- "Tabata Time!"  The end of this workout uses a resistance band, but you can use dumbbells, cans of soup, or whatever is lying around the house ☺

Workout #3- "The Mailman"  If running is not your thing, try to get 20 minutes of cardio in- go for a bike ride, swim some laps, or jump on the elliptical. 

Workout #4- "21's"  This workout requires weight equipment. 

Workout #5- Your choice! Pick one of your favorite workouts or choose a new one. Click here to see our "Short & Sweet" workouts.

 

"Short & Sweet" September Challenge- Week #2

The "Short & Sweet" September Challenge is off to a great start! If you are new to MAX Training and/or are interested in joining the challenge, it is not too late! Just click here to see how to join and then click here to catch up. 

Congratulations to all of our Challenge participants! Many of you have updated us throughout the challenge by sharing photos of you rocking the workouts, posting your nutritious meals, and contacting us for support. Keep it up, you are 7 days closer to reaching your goals. Now, it is time to step it up a notch!   

Last week, you cleaned out your kitchen of Little Debbie snacks, sugary sodas, and more potato chip bags than you wish to admit. This week, let's replace the junk with healthy foods that are as delicious as they are nutritious! Fill your fridge with fruits, vegetables, lean meats, and whole grains. Along with your healthier meals, we encourage you to increase your water intake. You should be drinking half your body weight in ounces, so a 150 pound individual should drink at least 75 ounces of water (around 4-5 bottles of water). 

Continue to keep track of your progress and remember to check out our social media sites. We will have numerous opportunities this week for you to win prizes! You can do this! 

Workout #1- "Power Pyramid"

Workout #2- "Take a Seat" - This is a tough workout with a lot of jumping! If it seems a little too hard, check out our MAX Workouts page and choose the perfect workout for you!

Workout #3- "Shoulder Surgery" - This workout requires a weighted plate. You can use a heavy object, such as a book, or you can choose a different workout from our MAX Workouts page.

Workout #4- "Circuits Rock!"

Workout #5- Do both the "10 in 10" and "Pretzel Squat" Burnouts! 

Please share your progress with your MAX family! We are right here doing the challenge along with you and are so happy you chose to join us! When things get tough, when you are tired and can not find the energy to workout, when that triple fudge brownie is calling your name, we are here and are rooting for you! 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!