I loved the 2019 September Challenge and it really kickstarted me back towards my fitness goals as most of 2018 was spent in hospital getting two bone marrow transplants. I've been consistently training since the September 2019 Challenge but the diet has been very relaxed. Looking forward to getting into the grind and being even more ripped than in September 2019!
What did you like most about the challenge?
I did a different program this time (size and strength) and I loved the fact that I had lots to eat. In this challenge I was never really hungry as I had to ensure my calorie intake was higher than usual. I also loved the flexibility of the program. As my hips aren't the best and the flexibility of my Achilles isn't great I could tailor my program to suit my abilities. I think the shift to google docs (which I work with everyday) made it so much easier to do this. All the inbuilt functions were extremely handy.
What was the hardest thing about your challenge?
I set myself some pretty lofty goals for this Challenge without probably fully understanding the ins and outs. My first goal was to maintain weight but increase muscle mass. For the first six weeks or so I was able to do this, however, my body fat % was not shifting which leads me to my second goal - to drop as much body fat without losing weight. So I had to shift my program which was hard and in order to drop the body fat % I had to sacrifice some kilos. Finally, the motivation waned from about weeks 6-10. This was probably due to the fact that I was dropping weight and the training intensity increased.
What impact has the challenge had on your life?
The Challenge has had a hugely positive impact on my life. It's a regular conversation at work about my progress and people always ask for advice/what food they should eat. While I try to avoid giving them advice I more so say "this is what I do." Also, I love structure and am fairly regimented. So following this structure fits well into my lifestyle.
What would you say to people who are thinking of doing the challenge?
Whether you think you can or you think you can't you are right. The Challenge is not only an opportunity to educate yourself about training and nutrition there are many people out there like you wanting to make changes. The Challenge is a supportive network of like minded people trying to get the best out of themselves. For everything The Challenge offers you, you have nothing to lose.
Anything else you would like to tell us about the challenge?
I am very thankful for all the information you provide. It is always new and drives me to be the best I can be.