We all know with the holidays, time runs short really easily. So, let’s look at how to keep health and fitness in your crazy holiday schedule.
First, and best advice, is to focus on quality over quantity. You don’t have to spend an hour on your workout when you could bust out a hard core workout in just 30 minutes. Try knocking out 2 or more muscle groups back to back while reducing rest time. For your cardio, try doing intervals or tabata training. This will keep the challenge high and reduce the time required for the workout.
Another idea is workout at home and focus on the basics! Push-ups, pull ups and squats. You do not need a gym for a great workout if you focus on these basics.
The healthy eating is the biggest holiday challenge. Junk food is everywhere!! But don’t get down on yourself if you have a few slip ups. We are all human. Just focus on portion control, then the little indulgences won’t add up as much.
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1. So what made you decide you wanted to try The 6 day Calisthenics Challenge?
Amanda: Ray offered the challenge and insisted I wouldn’t die, so I wanted to see if I would be able to complete it. After training with Ray for almost a year, I wanted to see how far I could push myself, and also see how far I have come.
2. Did you have many concerns about going through with it?
Amanda: I was afraid I would be too tired/sore/worn out to actually complete all 6 days. Honestly, I was terrified that like 2 days in I would be too sore to even get out of bed. This was by far the most rigorous and demanding workout I have ever done.
3. What day would you say was the most challenging and what day did you enjoy the most?
Amanda: The most challenging day was leg day, by far. I have a love/hate relationship with leg day. It was absolutely exhausting, but the feeling of satisfaction and achievement when you finish and realize how many squats and lunges you cranked out in one session is awesome.
As far as most fun, I loved the cardio day. Speed ladders and boxing in intervals was a blast and the workout went really quickly.
4. If you did it all again what, if anything, would you change?
Amanda: I would eat better during the challenge. Clean eating is one of my personal challenges that I struggle with. I could tell on the days where I had slacked off and eaten junk food that I had less energy and that the workouts were harder to complete. I would probably do more at home stretching too, in between workouts, to help with muscle soreness.
5. Do you have any advice for the people out there considering giving the calisthenics challenge a try?
Amanda: Just try it. It is hard, and it does hurt, but satisfaction afterwards is more than worth it. Now I get to say I kept up with Ray for a whole week. And anyone that has met or trained with Ray knows that’s a hell of an accomplishment. (Also, you might accidentally get a six pack, which I look at as a positive)
Sending out a fitness challenge to all my fitness friends and family! The challenge is come workout with me doing my routines for 6 days straight. All of it is calisthenics. Amanda was the first to survive the “Z Fitness Challenge”. Who’s next? The fee is only $125 for 6 days. If you make it all 6 days you get $25 back.
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I will tell you up front, there is nothing wrong with lifting weights.
Most of the clients I work with weight lift. But for me I have fallen in love with calisthenics.
I have done plenty of weight lifting in the past, and yes it is a challenge, but I found training with bodyweight to be even more challenging. The change for me was heavily influenced by trainers like Tony Horton, Shaun T, Frank Medrano, and Al Kavadlo.
My first big question was and it is one I get from client:
“How can you put on muscle when you don’t lift weights?”.
The answer was incredibly simple: Your body is a weight!
Pushups for example, not everyone can do them with proper form. It takes core stability and a lot of chest strength. Want to get a bigger chest? Change the tempo of the pushups.
Then there is the infamous pull up. You are now lifting almost your entire bodyweight, and honestly, most people can’t do them. But pull ups can be done if you train for them. When I started, I couldn’t do even one. Seriously, check out my fitness journey.
I would have to say my most favorite thing about callisthenic training is: You can do it anywhere!
The world becomes your gym. Pushups in the living room, pull ups on a tree or play ground, and squats until you walk funny.
I’m in no way saying you have to give up weights, just don’t discount your body as a weight.
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