Wednesday, May 22, 2013

My 3 Week Challenge

[via] I have not morphed into Marissa Miller's body. I wish.

As I mentioned a few times throughout the past month, my trainer and I decided to do a 3 week challenge.. 

Now I will admit that I probably spend more time than most at the gym. And I'll also admit I never thought I'd hear myself say that. However, what I've learned is that it's really about finding the right fit. My roommate refers to the gym as the country club and I kind of like it that way. I like walking in and someone knowing my name, and usually its more than one person. It's accountability but also friendly, it kind of makes the process less intimidating.

And this training kind of challenge is exactly the kind of way to make the gym a little less daunting. 

About the Challenge:
 - The Goal: To Loose a Minimum of 4 lbs and 3% Body Fat
 - Work Out 6 Days a Week
 - Four of the Six Days were HIIT
 - Weight training was 2 - 3 Days / Week

How I did:
Well my trainer went through each of these goals with me yesterday and conducted an assessment i.e. body fat measurements, regular measurements, scale, etc. And what he asked me was, "did you do this 100%?"

The answer, was sadly no. I did try and do it to the best of my ability. However, getting to the gym 6 days a week is quite the challenge. However, when I did get to the gym, which was typically 5 days a week, I was either a. with my trainer lifting or b. doing one his workouts. And those work outs, atleast at first were hard. They're getting easier. 

So let's say I gave it 75%. And I'm happy to report I did loose 3 lbs and 2% body fat. Take that. 

So what I learned? That doing something like a challenge is such a great motivator. And three weeks is the perfect time. Why you ask? Because it takes approximately 3 weeks to make a habit, and these HIIT training work outs are kind of a habit. 

P.S. I promised my trainer I'd give him a shameless shout out to his website and blog, which is one of my favorite daily reads. Check it out. His humor and fantastic personality come through just as great while reading as they do in person!

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