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30 Day Challenge To Train Up Your Body

30 Day Challenge To Train Up Your Body

Many of us include workout in their New Year or birthday resolution but the fire dies out soon and most of us end up removing exercise entirely from their designated plan. Although, there are some who take time to craft a schedule for their workout plan but never actually sweat themselves, for most of us, the main problem is that we expect results too soon.

Things go well for a couple of days, a week or even two weeks. But we feel that the prospect of an aesthetic physique looks far off and the motivation to carry on fades sooner than later. However, Puma and Refinery29 have come up with a perfect 30-day workout plan. Developed by Amanda Freeman, the founder of SLT, this 30-day challenge is a tricky but totally achievable plan to train up your body and the one that produces results that can be seen within a relatively short time.

Of course, you won’t be able to get a body like Daniel Craig within 30 odd days. But as Freeman puts, “You can see sculpting start to happen pretty quickly.” And, you can achieve all this without even going to gym or purchasing expensive equipment.

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This is a workout routine you can do all by yourself at the comfort of your home and is a great way to start training the body or continue doing so. And, as it produces results not before long, you don’t have to worry often about keeping yourself motivated either.

 Schedule

Schedule

    The schedule you have to keep up to is the one shown in the calendar above, designed by Marry Galloway.

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    General rule is that you start with allocated reps and time and gradually increase it over the days. Follow each work-out day with cross-training — jog or dance class or even yoga for about 30 minutes. A weekly rest day in between to help you with your body so, 4 to 5 rest days in your one month training cycle will be good.

    Below are the three exercises that comprise this challenge.

    — Spoon with Triceps Dip

    1. Starting Position: Stand in front of a chair with heels of your hands on the edge, fingers facing downwards. The legs should be extended straight in front.
    1. Action: Pull your torso up and back while bringing your feet closer to chair by sliding at the same time. Do this until your bottom has gone past the edge of your seat. Stay in that position for some time and then slide your feet away till your bottom drops below the height of your chair.

    For triceps dip, elbows are bent. Then, straighten your arms and slide your feet back to the starting position.

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    Well, that’s one rep. Don’t bend your knees throughout the rep. Try to keep your feet flat on the floor. Keep your shoulders relaxed.

    — Curtsy Lunge and Pulse with Biceps lift

    1. Starting Position: Stand with feet wider than hips width apart, weight loaded in the heel of the right foot while left toes should be pointed and resting on the ground. Arms are extended just in front and below the shoulder height; palms should face towards the sky.
    1. Action: Slide the left foot slowly to your back and to the right of your right foot. Elbows are extended so that forearms become perpendicular to the floor. Then, you go into the curtsy lunge by sliding your foot back while you lift your arms up an inch at the same time. Pulse by bending your knees deeper while holding arms in place. Remain in that position for some time, then it’s time to return to your original position by straightening your legs and moving your feet and hands to your original position.

    This constitutes your one rep. Don’t move too fast. Focus your weight in your standing leg.

    —  Hydrant Kick

    1. Starting Position: Start out with your right hand, left forearm and both knees on the ground.
    1. Action: Lift your right leg off the ground while knee is slightly bent and turned out. Lift your leg to the hip-height, for a 2-second count. Once your reach there, you straighten your leg for a “kick”. Then you bend your knee in and return to your original position.

    This will count as one rep. Knees must be below the hips and elbows below the shoulders. Back must be flat. Concentrate your weight on your working side.

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    So this challenge can be a great way to start your hard work towards fitness and health but of course, the success entirely depends on how long you keep challenging yourself.

    Featured photo credit: Airman Doing Pushup via upload.wikimedia.org

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    Last Updated on September 18, 2020

    7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

    7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

    Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

    Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

    1. Exercise Daily

    It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

    If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

    Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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    If you’re a morning person, check out these morning exercises that will start your day off right.

    2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

    Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

    One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

    This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

    3. Acknowledge Your Limits

    Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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    Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

    Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

    4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

    Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

    The basic nutritional advice includes:

    • Eat unprocessed foods
    • Eat more veggies
    • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
    • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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    Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

      5. Watch Out for Travel

      Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

      This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

      If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

      6. Start Slow

      Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

      If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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      7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

      Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

      My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

      If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

      I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

      Final Thoughts

      Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

      Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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