Lately I’ve had a lot of people asking me what the point of a challenge group is and why they’re so popular all of a sudden. I figured I would take a minute to break it down for anyone who wanted to know.
A challenge group is usually a Facebook Group dedicated to a group of challengers who are all participating with the same fitness program, for example: 21 Day Fix, 21 Day Fix Extreme, CIZE, or Hammer & Chisel. When you purchase these programs through a Team Beachbody Coach they will usually come in a Challenge Pack that includes Shakeology and also feature the awesome clean eating meal plan and portion control containers developed by trainer Autumn Calabrese. That’s a fitness training program, a nutrient dense meal replacement (when combined with fruits & veggies), and a complete meal plan with portion control and a grocery list – any one who has ever worked with a personal trainer knows how freaking expensive that would be if you were purchase that kind of plan through them. Oh, and of course you can’t forget that you have a personal coach at your disposal on a daily basis!
So back to the group – the most important aspects of a challenge group are:
- Accountability – coaches and challengers checking in with each other to make sure that no one is falling behind, lost, or confused
- Motivation – daily posts to give you a little kick in the butt, a remind why you started, what your goals are, and that your dedication is what is gonna get you there in the long run!
- Support – Having a bad day? Post about it, guaranteed someone will help pull you out of that rough patch. Craving that donut that is taunting you from the break room? Post about it, someone will remind you of how sometimes we gotta give up what we want right now, so you can have what you want for the rest of your life.
One of the hardest parts of decided to start a fitness journey is getting past the fear of being a beginner, if that’s something you have a hard time with then a challenge group is the perfect place for you to start. Its a place for learning and seasoned challengers are more than happy to help you learn the right way to get started. Maybe you’ve never meal prepped before or you want a new dinner recipe because grilled chicken and steamed veggies just isn’t cutting it for you anymore -just ask and you’ll get more than enough recipes to keep you from getting bored. Most beginners also have a fear of looking like a beginner in a gym full of people who have been going there for years – this saves you from that and gives you the opportunity to work out at home for just 30 minutes a day (varies by program) with a minimal amount of equipment.
Studies have shown that participants with a support group have higher rates of self-control as well as self-confidence which provides them with motivation to keep up with their program.
Check out this article for some more info: You Can’t Lose Weight Alone: Why a Fitness Support System Works
If you’re interested in joining a challenge group – please don’t hesitate to contact me.