Fit Body’s #FinishStrong2021 Fall Challenge: Our How-To Guide
Girls, get ready to step out of your comfort zone, to push yourself and feel stronger than ever. Introducing our final challenge before we greet 2022…the #FinishStrong2021 Challenge!!
It’s hard to believe there’s only a few months left before we ring in a new year. And we personally think fall is the best time to set new goals. Why wait? According to research, only 9.2% of people felt successful about achieving their New Year’s resolutions in January. And we get it! With colder temperatures setting in, the holidays (can you say “busy”?!), and seasonal comfort foods on the horizon, we know it can be hard to stay on track. Which is exactly why it’s time to commit to a new challenge together before anything can derail you!
Get ready to crush your workouts, cook meals that are delicious and healthy, and commit to choices that serve you and your goals.
Are you in?? Here’s what you need to know:
WHAT: Fit Body’s #FinishStrong2021 12-Week Fall Fitness Challenge
WHEN: 12 weeks – September 27 to December 19.
WHY: We don’t wait for a New Year’s Eve countdown to start working on our goals. We start NOW.
HOW DO I RSVP: Send your starting transformation photos to email@example.com. Include your FBG insta handle and which program you’re following so we can help you stay accountable and keep track of your progress. We promise never to publish them without checking with you first! You can also get started by connecting with the #FBGcommunity on Instagram using #FinishStrong2021.
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Step 1: Commit to a workout schedule
We have 10 different guided programs in the Fit Body app, each designed with specific fitness goals and abilities in mind. And now, with over 30 On Demand classes, you can also work out with our trainers in real time!
Don’t worry if you have travel plans to see family out of state or an upcoming staycation — take your Fit Body app with you so you don’t miss a beat! At home workouts are perfect to fit in wherever you are, and gym programs are waiting for you when you return if you have gym access!
This time around we encourage you to pick a “compound” move to focus on and master. Compound moves are multi-joint moves that use more than one muscle group at a time. For this reason, compound moves are what will contribute the most to helping you improve your strength and therefore, see progress. Isolation moves are single-joint moves that use only one muscle group, and while are an important part of your workout routine, isolation moves should be done to complement the main, compound moves.Choose ONE compound move for lower body, one for upper body, and one for core. Throughout these 12 weeks, really pay attention to form and increasing your weight and/or reps for those moves.
Compound move examples:
Lower Body: Squats, Deadlift, Hip Thrust, Lunges
Upper Body: Pull-Ups, Push-Ups, Shoulder Press, Chest Press
Core: Side Plank, Leg Raises, Reverse Crunch, Plank Variations
Step 2: Stay on top of your nutrition
Of course, we know that physical movement is only part of the equation. To really see results, your nutrition needs to align with your goals, plain and simple. Does that mean you have to be perfect all the time? Of course not! We want you girls to enjoy the holiday season, with all its comfort foods, while also feeling confident and accomplished because you’re making moves to reach your goals.
Anna’s 80/20 mindset allows you to do both, and the Fit Body app’s Nutrition section has everything you need. Whether you’re tracking macros to make sure you eat a balanced diet, or following the Fit Body Meal Plans to ensure that you’re eating exactly what you need to reach your goals, we’ve got you covered 😉
Throughout the challenge, we want you to focus on ONE thing for your nutrition: simply getting enough protein. Protein is the most satiating macronutrient there is, that means it keeps you feeling fuller for longer. And the more you exercise, the more protein you’ll need. So, to get the most out of your workouts, the best thing you can do is fuel your body by eating enough protein. It’ll sustain your activity level and help build muscle, and muscle is what leads to efficient fat burn!Note that the majority of your protein intake should be from whole food sources — eggs, Greek yogurt, poultry, etc. — and then you can supplement with a protein shake or bar to reach your protein goal for the day. You can use Fit Body’s macro calculator in the app to determine exactly how much protein you should be eating each day.
Having a hard time hitting your protein goal? Use the food tracker in the Fit Body app to enter your meals in the day before you eat them. Otherwise, often times you’ll be at the end of the day and way under your protein goal. Prevent that from happening by laying out what you plan to eat ahead of time!
Step 3: Take progress photos at the start + end of the challenge
Repeat after us: “The scale is not an accurate measurement of my progress or my worth.” We ask that you girls focus on non-scale victories (NSVs) and take progress photos because they are the most accurate (and important) measurements throughout your fitness journey.
For example, you may not realize you’ve made any physical progress until you see an 8-week progress photo. It’s very possible that you could even see your weight go UP and yet be fitting into smaller pants. That’s because you may have gained muscle, which takes up way less space than fat does! Perhaps you could only do bicep curls with 5-pound weights. But now, you’ve moved up to using 10-pound weights!
It’s easier to stay on track and feel motivated when the focus is on celebrating you and your amazing accomplishments. Real results don’t come overnight — it takes commitment, time and effort over several months.
Your journey won’t always be easy, but we PROMISE you won’t regret taking Day 1 progress photos. Email us your Day 1 photos at firstname.lastname@example.org and be sure to include your Fit Body Instagram account handle!
How to Take Accountability Photos
• Find a full length mirror that will fit your body from head to toe
• Take the picture in natural sunlight with no shadows
• Wear shorts/underwear/bikini bottoms and a sports bra or bikini top
• Take one set of photos relaxed and one set flexing
• Take photos from the front, side, and back each time
• Take updated photos every 4 weeks in the same outfit and same lighting if possible
Step 4: Join the FBG community
Speaking of Instagram—we highly recommend that you join the Fit Body community. We aren’t joking when we say it’s one of THE absolute best things you can do if you want to see progress! From Instagram to our Facebook Group, we encourage you to connect with other #fbggirls. It’ll keep you accountable, motivated and you’ll more than likely make a friend (or two!) along the way.
So, how do you join the community? One step you can take is to make a Fit Body dedicated Instagram account. By sharing your journey on IG, you’ll enter a safe and supportive space with other women all on their own Fit Body journey. It’s a wonderful resource to get support and share your personal fitness journey.
Just be sure to put FBG or Fit Body in your username or bio to easily identify yourself to other #fbggirls so they’ll follow you back. Don’t forget to follow @fitbodyapp on Instagram too so we can re-share your stories, and follow along. Lastly, tag your posts with #fbggirls and follow others who use it too!
Did you know that you have a 65% chance of completing a goal if you commit to someone? And that increases to a 95% chance of success if you regularly check in with your buddy about your progress?? Plus, these days, online reals are real life friends!! Several girls have made some of their closest friends in the community!
So what do you think? Are you ready to finish the year strong and take on the #FinishStrong2021 Challenge? Make yourself proud and don’t procrastinate going after the goals you’ve always wanted and CAN achieve. Send us your Day 1 photos and your Instagram handle — we can’t wait to see them!
Share this on your FBG insta to let other #fbggirls know you’re in!