Monday, February 2, 2015

What are these groups I keep seeing advertised on social media? Challenges? Accountability Groups?

What exactly is a challenge group? Is it hard? What is in it for me? What do I have to do?

By now, you have seen an ad or social media post on one network or another asking you to join a challenge group. There are 30 day challenge groups, 21 day groups, ab challenges, squat challenges, and the list goes on and on and on.

Depending on who is running the group, there are different guidelines and rules. Usually all groups are run online. Some require a purchase of a meal plan or workout routine. Other groups are run to connect likeminded people to one another.

If you follow me on social media you know that I run monthly challenge groups. Our groups run for 30 days and are open to both men and women who are looking to get healthy and fit or to continue to improve their overall health and wellness. Members of our groups reside all over the country and range in ages from 21-65. Currently, we have challengers who choose to workout at the gym, attend live classes, complete at home workouts, or a mix of everything. Those who choose to do at home workouts do everything from Insanity to the 21 Day Fix to Piyo to T25. People who attend live classes usually take Insanity, Bodypump, Zumba, Spin or some sort of aerobics.

Each challenger has their own goals. One person may need to lose 30 lbs while another may need to gain muscle. An individual may want to learn how to eat clean, while another just needs to be held accountable to drink their meal replacement shake each day.

The group requires each member to check in daily with a recap of their workout, what they ate, and what support they are in need of. Once a member checks in, the coaches and other members comment and either congratulate or push that person to try harder. These groups offer a 100% judgment free zone.

Often times we have mini challenges take place inside the larger challenge. Huh? You may be saying....  Well, for example, we will have a thirsty Thursday where we challenge you to meet your water intake or a squat challenge where we ask you to add a few reps of squats to your daily routine.

Along with the support, once you are in the group, you will receive meal planning tips, recipes, fitness knowledge, and the education to quit "diets" for good while making healthy lifestyle changes.

If this sounds like something that might help you, please use the contact form to the right to contact me or use one of the following methods to reach out:

jessicapiole@hotmail.com
www.facebook.com/jessica.piole