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JillFit August 2016 #20x20challenge Recap

August 2016 #20x20challenge JillFit Metabolic effect workouts

Jill threw down the #20x20challenge again this year for August! Complete 20 workouts in August that are ~20 mins long. I completed this challenge last year and you can read my recap here.  This year I was SO excited for this challenge. I was coming off a month  of 3 vacations (truly it was amazing!) and looked forward to the challenge and getting back on track!

The basic of the challenge is to complete 20 20 minute workouts(hence #20x20challenge) and be accountable with it- posting to Instagram.  It is a weight training challenge so at least 12 of the workouts had to be weights – not cardio. Workouts are limited to 30 mins tops! This is the metabolic effect way of training and in reality you can’t do these workouts longer than 30 mins!

Thankfully Jill provided workouts for this challenge.  She provided 8 weight training workouts and 6 cardio workouts to mix and match. I tried to loosely follow the schedule she provided. She pretty much had 2 full body workouts per week then 1 upper and 1 lower body workout. These workouts are not for the faint of heart! Here is one of my posts after one of the upper body workouts. I had to sit to rest up before I could even put my weights away!!

Running On Eagles Wings #20x20challenge #day3 JillFit Metabolic effect workouts August 2016

The lower body workouts were a serious challenge for me for this. I definitely had to step out of my comfort zone for them and get back to using the bar for squats and lunges. I also conquered my fear of box jumps and kettle bell swings this last month! The upper body workouts were a challenge too! I’ve been struggling with shoulders after a small injury last year so I’ve been hesitant to really push myself but I figured this was the perfect time. I can definitely see some improvement and I’m really excited to keep it up!

Awesome shoulders and Squats with the bar!

Running On Eagles Wings #20x20challenge JillFit Metabolic effect Squats and shoulders

In this #20x20challenge I really had to push myself to Keep Going. Doing 4-5 weight lifting workouts per week is a struggle. If you aren’t careful you CAN get injured. I’m also a full time mom to two little kids. Sometimes I don’t get that much sleep. Sometimes I’m having to work around my entire family getting the stomach bug. My kids get up at or before 6 am and they are busy pretty much from the moment they wake up! Some days I can get to the gym and all I want to do is meander on the treadmill or sit on the bike and play on my phone – BUT I know and have found that by getting going and doing just those 20 minutes my whole attitude will change. It gives me the energy I need to get through the day. It gives me the motivation to keep going.

To keep going you have to BELIEVE in yourself.  I believed that I could complete this #20x20challenge.  Even when we were all sick with the stomach bug I sat down with the calendar and was counting out the days so I could complete it! I believed that I could do those shoulder workouts which made me nervous. I believed I could do the bar squats and box jumps. Guess what? I DID. I completed all of that. Yes I have my moments of not thinking I’m strong enough, but at the same time I can see the small changes here and there in my arms or my legs that the weight lifting is making a difference!

This #20x20challenge didn’t have a nutrition aspect to it. BUT I know enough about Metabolic effect and earlier this year doing Metabolic Prime – I know the premise and the guidelines for getting your HEC (hunger, energy & cravings) under control and eating well. So this month I challenged myself to step it up and sort out my nutrition. I had 1-2 protein shakes per day. I use either Orgain Organic protein, Amazing Grass Protein Superfood, or Arbonne protein. Then I sometimes would have a couple eggs and one slice of bread as a snack. In general I didn’t feel the need for other snacks even! Just a spoon of almond or peanut butter if I was starving. Then dinner was usually protein such as chicken, a little rice, beans, or potatoes. Typically a lot of protein, limited carbs, and some veggies. I’m not perfect -Yes I ate out and ate other stuff. But in general I felt a lot better and was still FULL.

Results:
I can see some definite improvement in my arms. I can lift heavier and I can squat a lot more. My legs are also getting some better definition.  I also noticed my midsection seemed slimmer.  The truth is the scale – it didn’t change! Its NOT all about the scale! I take measurements on the first of the month (except I forgot August). So between July 1 & September 1 here are the results:
Waist:- 1 inch
Thigh: -0.5 inch
arm: -0.25 inch

DID you read that?! yes I lost an INCH on my waist! No the scale didn’t move but things are changing! That is the most encouraging part! My clothes fit better and that matters!!

I owe Jill a HUGE shout out. She is amazing. There were a LOT of people participating in the #20x20challenge. Do you know that she spent HOURS on instagram commenting and liking and encouraging people?! She did. She read our struggles and wins and participated. Its one thing to have someone do this when you pay them-  but this – this was for free. So thank you Jill for being so awesome and for offering this again! I can’t wait until next year!

Lastly, one of the perks of participating in this was if you completed it and posted all your workouts to Instagram – you were entered to win some prizes from Jill. Its not the main perk  – really the accountability of the challenge is the main perk – BUT its a bonus. And uhh you guys – I was one of the winners! So stay tuned for what I pick as my reward from the challenge and what this next year is going to look like!

Did you participate in the #20x20challenge? If so, leave me some love & your instagram name and tell me what was the #1 thing you got out of it!

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JillFit 20×20 August Challenge

If you have been following me awhile, you know I have been an avid fan of Jill Coleman for quite awhile. I joined her JillFit Lifestylers group before I got pregnant with Hannah. I learned so much about metabolic effect, High intensity training, and just weight lifting in general. It really gave me the added UMPH I needed to top off my running. Since then I’ve stayed in touch with Jill and some of the coaches through other similar programs such as Momsanity.

A couple weeks ago, I saw the email Jill sent out about her August 20×20 challenge. Basically she was offering a free month of workouts for anyone who wants to join in. You have to do 20 – 20 minute workouts in the month of August and at least 12 of them have to be using weights. (You can’t do all cardio HIIT!) My friend B said she was going to sign up and encouraged me to do so. It averages out to needing to workout 5 days a week for the month! That is a lot and more than I have done in a couple years!! However, I figured I could give it my best shot and see! There are prizes if you participate and post on Instagram.

I have been continuing to do 20 minute workouts since getting back after Teddy was born. Who has time for an hour of weight lifting?! Not me. One of the things I am excited for with this challenge was a few new workouts. I have been doing pretty similar workouts the last few months and was in desperate need of mixing it up more! Another thing I am hoping for is just more of a burn overall and some better muscle development from working out more! I am not going to the gym 5 days a week! Let me assure you! I am trying to go about 3 and do 2 workouts from home.

I’ll Recap from the start to now!

JillFit 20x20 Challenge 2015 Day 1

Day 1: I started off with the Upper Body workout at the gym. I don’t have enough weights or equipment to do this at home. It was good! I was not super sore, so likely I needed to use heavier weights.

JillFit 20x20 Challenge 2015 Day 2

Day 2: At Home I was able to do the 5×4 full body workout. I did it during nap time or supposed naptime – both kids pretty much screamed the whole workouts! However I wanted to get it done. 20 minutes is NOT long in the grand scheme of things!

JillFit 20x20 Challenge 2015 Day 3

Day 3: I hit the gym again for the squat/lunge madness workout. Let me tell you – that is Madness for sure!! However I seriously love these type of workouts. They really push you! I was quite sore afterwards, but keeping moving definitely helped! (Chasing 2 kids you don’t have time to just sit!!)

JillFit 20x20 Challenge 2015 Day 1

Day 4: I hit the gym for a repeat of the Upper Body workouts. This time I tried to go a little heavier and also recorded the weight I was using so I can try to improve on it!

JillFit 20x20 Challenge 2015 Day 5

Day 5 (Yesterday) : I did the 5×4 full body workout at home again. It is not easy! Whew! I feel stronger

Here is my plan for workouts this week!

Tuesday: HIIT intervals on the Bike trainer

Wednesday: Upper Body & plyometrics at home

Thursday: Squat/lunge madness at the gym

Friday: HIIT intervals on the bike trainer (or rest)

Saturday: Upper Body weights at the gym

Are you participating in the challenge? Do you like it?