AIPT – What To Look For In A 30-Day Challenge

When motivation strays, jump into a whole new workout

Designed to beat the boredom you find creeping up on the treadmill, 30-day fitness challenges are a great way to escape your comfort zone. Over the course of a month, you can improve your fitness and reshape your body, while allowing each muscle group sufficient time to heal and repair.

What’s Right for Me?

The best thing about a 30-day fitness challenge is that you don’t need to be super-fit to participate – all you need is a willingness to commit to the 30 days and choose your fitness level to ensure you get stronger, fitter and healthier in a month without the boredom and monotony.

However, with the overwhelming number of 30-day fitness challenges available, it’s hard to know which is best suited for your needs. In order to get the results you want, try considering the following questions;

What Results Do I Want?

Whether you’re looking to kick start your 6 pack plans for summer, slim down, or opt for a total body workout to feel happy and healthy, there are a number of 30 day fitness challenges tailored to suit your ideal outcome.

Naturally the World Wide Web offers a host of 30-day fitness challenges. You can find programs that single out everything from Mondays for butt, legs and calves, through to Fridays for your trouble spots. There are also specifically targeted challenges for beach bodies to little black dress work-outs, and isolated exercises for 30 days like plank, burpee and arm challenges.

If you’re still struggling to find the workout you want, visit your local gym and enquire as to whether you can work with a personal trainer on a program that is tailor-made for you based around your likes, requirements and goals. This provides you with the advantage of one-on-one guidance and support to ensure you are completing each day’s challenges correctly.

When Can I Commit?

It can sometimes feel impossible to find time to exercise, especially when it comes to scheduling it in on the daily.

Look for a 30-day fitness challenge at your local gym – they might have a program running soon that you can join in. Being within a reasonable distance to home or work means you’re more likely to make your scheduled plans, and also means you’re not detouring too far out of your way to get there. Local gym challenges also have the added advantage of participating in a group environment with the guidance of an experienced and qualified fitness leader.

Train Alone or With a Group?

Are you motivated by others cheering you on, or does the thought of a group training session turn your stomach?

When it comes to training, everybody’s needs are different – including your environment. If you’re not one for team exercise, perhaps a personal trainer is for you. Along with choosing your work-out setting (gym, beach, park, etc.), as well as a personalised exercise plan, you get the all-important one- on -one training time.

Alternatively, if you are on the tech-friendly side, there are stacks of 30-day fitness challenge apps to guide you through each day’s work-out. With different daily work-out challenges, exercise videos, tracking and progress-sharing via social media, 30-day fitness challenges via an app is the way to go if you like combining your inner-geek with your fitness goals.

On the other hand, group exercise challenges come in leaps and bounds for whatever takes your fancy – boot camps, morning jogging, or circuit training included. Extra motivation and training with a partner is perfect for those who need an extra boost.

Interested in running your own 30-day challenge? To find out more about becoming a personal trainer and helping people continue training enquire below or call 1300 880 255 and speak with the REAL educators in fitness, The Australian Institute of Personal Trainers.

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