I spend a lot of my time thinking, How can I be better, stronger, faster? (A little crazy, I know.) Doing house chores, watching TV, cooking dinner, I am usually wondering what I can be doing right now to improve my fitness level. (Now I sound obsessed. I’m not, I promise)
From these thoughts (and some inspiration from the one full episode of The Biggest Loser that I have ever seen) came the Weekly Challenge.
The Weekly Challenge is a list of do-anywhere exercises I put together on Monday that I have to complete before the end of the week. There are four exercises that target different areas of the body: arms, legs, core, and cardio. A fifth move is thrown in so one area is focused on twice that week.
Each exercise needs to be done a specific number of times. I decide the numbers based on what I know I can do, and then I add some more to really make it a challenge.
The great thing about the Weekly Challenge is that you can do it anywhere and there is no pressure to get really sweaty. If you have to do 500 calf raises during the week, but you can only get 5 done while sautéing dinner, ok.
If you are walking from the laundry room to your bedroom and get 10 lunges done on the way there, awesome. (Yes, it only takes 10 lunges to get from one room to the other in our apartment.)
My only suggestion is do not do any of the moves in the shower. You’re just asking for trouble. (Trust me. I’ve tried.)
The Weekly Challenge is also a nice fall back plan to use at the gym. Some days I walk into the gym and am just not feeling it. Helloooo Weekly Challenge! I can usually knock out a good chunk of the list on these days after some cardio. Or, if Rob is taking a little longer to finish his workout, I can do a few reps from the list.
The week’s challenge will be posted on Mondays. If you want to join me in completing them, I would love the company! If some of the numbers seem like too many, or too few, just do what you can for a few weeks until you get a feel for what your personal challenge level is.
I recommend that you write down the exercises and carry the list around with you. I usually put it in my purse at work and take it to the gym, so I can mark down right away what I have accomplished.
Now for the catch: Whatever you do not complete one week, you have to add onto the next week. Talk about motivation!
Here is this week’s challenge:
Check out the Weekly Challenge’s page for updates on my progress. Let me know how your progress goes throughout the week. Enjoy!