The 52 Day Challenge is free and open to all men and women who want to participate. It is hosted over on the Men's Health forums, but is run completely by volunteer participants, including yours truly.
The cool thing is - you get to set your own fitness goals, and you get to report on your progress towards them. You can be just starting out on your fitness journey, or well into it. What you get in return is a friendly, supportive online community of fellow challengers from all over the world who are also reporting their progress and encouraging each other.
A co-worker of mine decided to try it out recently and was able to lose 3 pounds along with her other goals. She said "Thanks for the amazing challenge. I had a very good time working out and associating online with so many people and receiving lots of encouragement. Since it was my first time, I did not want to aim too high and then struggle. But next time I will increase my goals and be more strict on my clean eating. Thanks!"
There are 5 challenges per year. The next challenge starts on Wednesday, August 9th and runs through September 29th, so you need to act quickly to join!
If you missed one, just be ready to join us for the next one! The signups for each challenge are posted about a week or two before the challenge starts. The FAQ has information about upcoming challenges.
You get to set three core goals and however many personal goals as you want. The three core goals are in "Clean Eating", "Resistance Training" and "Cardio Training". Everyone sets goals for these, and then you can set your own additional personal goals, but you have to have at least one personal goal. Many people make the personal goal weight loss, but others who perhaps are already at a healthy weight make goals in other areas. I've seen personal goals in reading books, spending time with their kids, cutting out booze or cigarettes, and many others.
I was able to do an amazing job of losing 70 pounds starting in October 2013 through the Summer of 2014 and the 52 day challenges was one really great way I used to keep myself on track. Now I use it to maintain my weight and achieve other fitness goals.
If you've just made a few personal goals and are plugging away at them, but have no deadlines set and no one to report progress to, it gets a bit easy to become lax. The 52 Day Challenge give you a greater level of accountability, but still the freedom to set your own goals. It has helped me continue to improve my fitness.
And it's not just about creating goals and reporting progress. Every day we have a volunteer host who responds to each progress post, giving a bit of advice, praise or encouragement. The host each day also posts some motivational quotes and poses a question that all of the challenges should answer. Anything from "what's your favorite healthy snack?" to "what strategy will you use to better achieve your goals?" - whatever the host wants to ask. The cool thing is that you'll be able to read what others post, and it gives you an opportunity to learn from them, share your own thoughts, and get to know others better. We're a team, a community. All clean and family-friendly. Check it out and if you can, join us in the upcoming challenge!
Where to find the challenge
Click here to read a FAQ put together by my friend and co-challenge coordinator, TNT Man. He has included all of the information you need to know about the challenge. You'll need to sign up for a free login to participate.
Click here to see the main landing page for the 52 Day Challenges. You'll see the signup for the next challenge and some other good informative posts.
If you're wondering where I am, my name on the challenge is Shrinkinguy. Tell me if you saw this post and decided to join! Good luck!
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