… and completed!
Finally, you guys! I set out to workout five days a week, non-stop for 10 weeks and I did it! The Max Challenge was more than I expected. I fell in love with the workouts on Week 1, broke a wooden board with my obstacles written on it on Week 5, and knew I had made life-long friends by Week 6. I traveled on Week 8 and 10 but managed to workout on my own (and with my colleague, Helena while in California).
The end result? I lost a bit over 9 inches all over my body, lost 5 pounds, and gained a lot of strength and confidence. I now know I can push my body to eat healthier and try new exercises.
The Max Challenge is simple. Workout for 45 minutes from Monday to Friday. Monday and Wednesdays are cardio days, Tuesdays are arm days, Thursdays are leg days and Fridays are boxing/cardio days. By Week 7 I felt like I was working all body parts every single day. I worked out on my own this week while in Phoenix and I’m sore! I have learned to do what I have to do when I’m away from the gym while still pushing my body to go further.
Nutrition is a huge component of The Max Challenge as well. There are four phases of nutrition during the 10 week course. The trainers help members make better choices at the supermarket, to measure their food in the right portions and the right timing to get the most out of the meals. Although I thought I knew what changes I needed to make (avoid wine as much as possible, sugar, dairy, etc.), I learned new recipes, tried brussel sprouts and red cabbage for the first time and gave broccoli and cauliflower recipes another try.
Understanding Hubby’s workout and nutrition needs has been invaluable as well. He will have his one year anniversary at The Max soon! We can now motivate each other and keep each other accountable. We have even gone to a couple of classes together (5am is soooo hard for me!) and it’s so much fun to workout with him.
The friendships I have made at The Max have also been inspiring! A group of gals and I met and instantly hit it off. We are all from close surrounding towns and look forward to seeing each other in class every day. We also created a group text which comes in handy when we are feeling weak or made a bad food choice and when we need to celebrate our achievements. We also make each other laugh out loud with crazy daily shenanigans (ab workout = bonus!)
I’m so impressed, The Max! Thank you for welcoming me to your New Providence family, for allowing me to still love my favorite foods and for showing me that age is just a number. Clap it up! Here comes a new Legacy member on March 27th! If you’re interested in an informational The Max Challenge meeting, click HERE.