1000 Abs Challenge Week 2

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Happy Monday everyone!! We are entering our second week of our abs challenge. I hope everyone got off to a great start and you all are ready to continue pushing yourself more this week. Today I will introduce a few more of my favorite ab exercises you can use in the ab challenge.

 Challenge Instructions:

*The goal is to do 3-4 ab exercises with a total of 30-50 repetitions daily for beginners. For the more intermediate and advance group to do 4-6 ab exercises with a total of 60-100 repetitions daily. Also if you miss a day you can either pick up where you left off or add them to your current day repetitions. Feel free to get in more abs in if needed. Just make sure to challenge yourself! By the end of the month we want the beginners to have a total of at least 1000 abs, the intermediate group to have at least 2000 and the advance group to have at least 3000 abs attained.*

Ab Exercises:

*We will start this week with 4 of my favorite ab exercises. Remember it is important to hit all 4 areas of our abs which are the upper abs, lower abs, side obliques, and our core which covers everything. Each exercises will work one or multiple areas.*

Plank to Push Up

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  • Start laying down supine on the floor. Then lift your body up with your forearms.
  • You want your back straight and hips lifted.
  • Make sure not to lock your knees. Your abs to be pulled toward spine, shoulders down and back, and head in line with spine. Avoid arching back, lifting butt, or dropping hips to one side.
  • Then your going to go from the plank position to a push up position by coming up first by pushing up with your right hand and then push up with your left.
  • From the push up position you will go back into the plank by going down on your right forearm first followed by your left.
  • Continue going back and forth from plank to push up coming up with your right side first and then switch it up by coming up with your left side first.

*If your beginner I would start off by doing 10 repetitions which would consist of coming up on your right side first 5 times and then coming up on your left side first 5 times. For the more intermediate and advanced group you can do 16-30 repetitions total (8-15 each side).*

Leg Lifts

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  • Start by laying on your back with your hands either by your side or under your bottom.
  • Lift your legs at least 6 inches and hold your legs straight out in front of you.
  • Try to hold your legs out straight for a minimum of 30 seconds if you are a beginner, 45 seconds if your are intermediate, and 60 seconds or more if you are advance.

Bicycles

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  • Lie face up on your mat and place your hands behind your head, lightly supporting it with your fingers.
  • Bring the knees in to the chest and lift the shoulder blades off the floor without pulling on the neck.
  • Rotate to the left, bringing the right elbow towards the left knee as you straighten the other leg.
  • Then switch sides by bringing the left elbow towards the right knee.
  • Continue alternating sides in a pedaling motion until your desired repetition.

Seated V-Ups

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  • Sit on the floor or a flat bench with your legs out straight
  • Place your hands palms down behind you. Lean back slightly and use your abdominal strength to lift your legs.
  • Simultaneously bend your legs and bring your knees as close to your chest as possible.
  • Slowly straighten out your legs and return to the starting position. Repeat.
  • Do not let your feet touch the floor during the exercise, keep the tension on the abdominal muscles.

(You can make this exercise more advance by performing this exercise while having your arms raised out to the side.)

*Remember*

I hope everyone has a great second week reaching your daily goals for the abs challenge. Feel free to contact me by posting or leave a message on the LMC Fitness Facebook fan page, LMCFITNESS on Twitter, LMCFITNESS23 on Instagram, or email me at lmcfitness23@gmail.com.

1000 Abs Challenge

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Today we are going to start our new monthly challenge which is the 1000 Abs Challenge!! With summer around the corner I thought it was the perfect time to focus on our core. Let’s be honest majority of people’s most challenging area on their bodies are their abs. I get ask on a frequent basis questions from people on how to get or how to work on improving their abs. So this challenge will help with providing great tips on how to improve our abs. I hope everyone is ready to work towards getting those abs you always wanted.

Regardless if your goal is to have a beach body for vacation, to wear a crop top or just simply have a flat stomach then this challenge is for you. So the beginning of every week this month I will introduce 4 or 5 new ab exercises that can help you get those abs you been wanting. Good luck everyone!!

Challenge Instructions:

*The goal is to do 3-4 ab exercises with a total of 30-50 repetitions daily for beginners. For the more intermediate and advance group to do 4-6 ab exercises with a total of 60-100 repetitions daily. Also if you miss a day you can either pick up where you left off or add them to your current day repetitions. Feel free to get in more abs in if needed. Just make sure to challenge yourself! By the end of the month we want the beginners to have a total of at least 1000 abs, the intermediate group to have at least 2000 and the advance group to have at least 3000 abs attained.*

Ab Exercises:

*We will start this week with 5 of my favorite ab exercises. Remember it is important to hit all 4 areas of our abs which are the upper abs, lower abs, side obliques, and our core which covers everything. Each exercises will work one or multiple areas.*

 Plank

  • Start laying down supine on the floor. Then lift your body up with your forearms.
  • You want your back straight and hips lifted. Make sure not to lock your knees. Your abs to be pulled toward spine, shoulders down and back, and head in line with spine. Avoid arching back, lifting butt, or dropping hips to one side.
  • Hold this position for desired duration.

(For beginners hold 15-30 seconds, intermediate 30-60 seconds, and advanced 60 seconds or more. Every 10 seconds you hold the plank counts as 5 reps. If you need to regress this exercise you can perform the plank on your knees. Just make sure to keep your form. You can make the plank more challenging by performing it with your hands flat instead of on your forearms or do leg lifts while doing your plank.)

Vertical Crunches

  • Lie on the floor and extend the legs straight up with knees crossed
  • Place your hands behind the head for support, but avoid pulling on the neck
  • Contract the abs to lift the shoulder blades off the floor, as though reaching your chest towards your feet
  • Keep the legs in a fixed position and imagine bringing your belly button towards your spine at the top of the movement
  • Lower and repeat until desired reps.

(If you need to regress this exercise you can keep your feet on the floor and do regular crunches.)

Side Crunches

  • You can do this with a medicine ball, weight between 3–10kg or you can just use your body weight.
  • Sit on the ground with your feet on the floor.
  • Rotate the hips to either side, alternating left and right with a fluid, controlled movement without stopping in the middle.

(Beginners should perform this exercise with body weight first and with both feet on the floor. You can make this exercise more challenging by using weight or a medicine ball while having both of your feet of the ground as you crunch.)

 Toe Touches

  • Lay w/ her back against the mat w/ your legs straight up in the hair.
  • Reach with both of your arms towards your toes.
  • Then return back to your starting position.
  • Repeat until desired repetition.

*Other ways you can perform this exercise is you can reach for your toes and then hold it for your desired time such as 30 seconds or more. Also you can work your side obliques by alternating both sides when your reach for your toes.*

I hope everyone is excited to start our new abs challenge. Good luck everyone!! Feel free to contact me by posting or leave a message on the LMC Fitness Facebook fan page, LMCFITNESS on Twitter, LMCFITNESS23 on Instagram, or email me at lmcfitness23@gmail.com.

 

 

March 3000 Squat Challenge Week 4

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Hey everyone!! We are heading into week 4 of our squat challenge. At this point you should be able to do close to 100 or more squats a day with no problem. These last two weeks of the challenge I want you to increase the intensity of your squats and add some more advanced squats in your weekly workout. Today I will show you three new types of squats that are advanced that you can do throughout the remainder of the month to help switch up your workouts. Switching up the style of squats every time will help prevent getting bored and will also help you get more out of your workouts over time by alternating squat forms.

*Challenge Rules* 

The goal is to do at least 100 squats per day to reach 3000 squats by the end of the month. You can do all 100 squats at one time or you can do sets of 20 or 25 reps throughout the day. Just be sure to challenge yourself and try to be consistent daily with yours squats. To give you a little extra motivation remember this quote, “Small daily improvements are the key to staggering long-term results.”

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

1. It’s very important that you’re stretching before and after you exercise.

2. FORM! FORM! FORM! Get the form right before going for speed or reps.

3. Always keep the knees in line with the toes! Your knees should NEVER be in front of your toes!

4. When you are doing these different types of squats make sure your using just your body weight.

*If you’re more advanced in your weight training you can use light weight once or twice a week but I would not recommend using weight very often for the amount of squats you will be doing per day.  I want to make sure you are keeping your body safe from injury.

* Remember I love to hear from you throughout this monthly challenge. Tell me what your goal are for the month and how you plan to reach it? If you ever need a little encouragement or a boost along the way don’t hesitate to find me on Twitter @lmc2323,  leave a comment on this post, or send me an email at lmcfitness23@gmail.com.*

March 3000 Squat Challenge Week 3

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We are halfway through our squat challenge. Your legs and glutes should be feeling stronger by now. You also should be getting use to the soreness and able to truly push yourself with all your squats. Good job on making it this far now lets all get ready to finish out the remainder of the month strong. Today I will show you three new types of squats you can do throughout the month to help switch up your workouts. Switching up the style of squats every time will help prevent getting bored and will also help you get more out of your workouts over time by alternating squat forms.

 *Challenge Rules* 

The goal is to do at least 100 squats per day to reach 3000 squats by the end of the month. You can do all 100 squats at one time or you can do sets of 20 or 25 reps throughout the day. Just be sure to challenge yourself and try to be consistent daily with yours squats. To give you a little extra motivation remember this quote, “Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.” -Unknown

 

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

1. It’s very important that you’re stretching before and after you exercise.

2. FORM! FORM! FORM! Get the form right before going for speed or reps.

3. Always keep the knees in line with the toes! Your knees should NEVER be in front of your toes!

4. When you are doing these different types of squats make sure your using just your body weight.

*If you’re more advanced in your weight training you can use light weight once or twice a week but I wouldn’t recommend using weight very often for the amount of squats you will be doing per day.  I want to make sure you are keeping your body safe from injury.* Remember I love to hear from you throughout this monthly challenge. Tell me what your goal are for the month and how you plan to reach it? If you ever need a little encouragement or a boost along the way don’t hesitate to find me on Twitter @lmc2323,  leave a comment on this post, or send me an email at lmcfitness23@gmail.com.

March 3000 Squat Challenge Week 2

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We are officially nine days into our 3000 squat challenge. How are you feeling? Your legs should definitely be burning because I know mine are. Today I will show you three different types of squats you can do throughout the month to help switch up your workouts. Doing the same style of squats every time will get boring and you’ll end up getting more out of your workouts over time by alternating squat forms.

*Challenge Rules* 

The goal is to do at least 100 squats per day to reach 3000 squats by the end of the month. You can do all 100 squats at one time or you can do sets of 20 or 25 reps throughout the day. Just be sure to challenge yourself and try to be consistent daily with yours squats. To give you a little extra motivation remember this quote, “Nothing worth having was ever achieved without effort”.

Different Types of Squats:

Body Weight Squats
Jump Squats
Overhead Squats
Dumbbell Squats
Medicine Ball Squats
Plie Squats

So let’s go out and work hard this week and get those 100 squats in daily!! Remember you can always feel free to contact me by posting or leave a message on the LMC Fitness Facebook fan page, LMCFITNESS on Twitter, LMCFITNESS23 on Instagram, or email me at lmcfitness23@gmail.com

March 3000 Squat Challenge!!

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Welcome to March!! Not only is it one of my favorite months because of my birthday but it’s also the month of the 3000 March squat challenge!!The goal is to do at least 100 squats per day to reach 3000 squats by the end of the month. It might sound crazy and you might look crazy doing all these squats, but remember it will all be worth it once the summertime comes and people are wondering how you got so toned. So don’t hesitate to join the squat movement!

Not only am I doing it myself but even got all my clients involved and excited about the challenge as well. I know they will do great!! Most people in the group are doing 100 squats a day. Personally, I’m challenging myself to do at least 200 squats a day.

Now I’m sure that some of you are asking, “How am I going to get in 100 squats in a day?” Well there are different ways you can attain your goal. You can do all 100 squats at one time or you can do sets of 20 or 25 reps throughout the day. For example: 25 squats when you wake up, 25 around lunch break, 25 when you get home from work/school, and 25 before sleep. If 100 squats are too many then don’t worry about lowering it to 50, 40, etc. a day. The main thing is to challenge yourself everyday to do as many squats as possible and then do that number consistently.

I’m definitely going to be pushing myself and others to the limit. So far I’ve been hitting my goal of getting 200 squats in. I’d love to hear from you though.Tell me what your goal is for the month and how you are going to reach it?

Let’s all finish this month’s challenge right and continue staying consistent!! Feel free to contact me by posting or leave a message on the LMC Fitness Facebook fan page, LMCFITNESS on Twitter, LMCFITNESS23 on Instagram, or email me at lmcfitness23@gmail.com

 

 

January Food Challenge

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It’s the last week of our food challenge!! How is everyone holding up? I hope most people are still pushing strong after completing your second week. Remember to not get discouraged if you had any slip ups along the way. Just keep in mind we are trying to make a lifestyle change by making healthier nutrition choices on a regular basis even once the challenge is over.

Remember it normal takes the average person 21 days to create a habit so I hope you all have tried to be as consistent as possible. Don’t get frustrated if you slip up because we are working on making a lifestyle change and were not doing this for a temporary fix. Here is the list of food to avoid:

  • No Cake
  • No Muffins
  • No Bread
  • No Chips
  • No Fast Food
  • No Pastries
  • No Ice Cream
  • No Sodas

Remember once these month is over the goal of this challenge is to inspire everyone to continue either reducing or cutting these items out of your regular eating habits. Hopefully this challenge can help the people who want to make changes in their eating habits start working towards making permanent lifestyle changes. Keep up the hard work and only one week to go!