We all knew this day would come: the last workout of the #CHAARGBOOTYCAMP was yesterday. But that does not mean it’s the *end* — in fact, it’s just the beginning.
By registering for #CHAARGBOOTYCAMP, you took a big step in taking control of your health + happiness. While our individual FitGoals may differ, we are all here because we want to challenge ourselves to exceed what we thought we were capable of. Over the past six weeks, you’ve learned that you’re only limited by your ability to push beyond “I can’t.” With a little extra effort, you’re able to break these self-imposed limitations + challenge yourself to go a little farther than you thought was possible.
This attitude does not need to go away just because the FitPlan is over, + it’s possible to stay #inCHAARG without the structure + guidance. Sure it may take a *little* extra work to stay active when workouts aren’t designed for you ahead of time, but don’t discount what you’ve learned over the past six weeks.
1] RE-CREATE OLD WORKOUTS
Whether it was sprints, planks, or seemingly endless sets of burpees [one day I’ll learn to love them…], each day of #CHAARGBOOTYCAMP challenged us in different ways. We’ve worked through supersets, pyramids, + other challenges, so why not use some of these old workouts as a guideline for a self-made schedule?
Look over old FitPlan workouts while they’re still accessible and take notes of what you liked + what challenged you most. Think about how you can recreate them to challenge you a little more, or if there were workouts that weren’t your favorite because they were *too hard*, make a point to try them again! You’ll be surprised to find that it might not be as hard as you remember.
2] PLAN AHEAD
If you’re busy with work or school [or both!], it can be harder to prioritize your health + fitness without the guidance of a CHAARG FitPlan. Take time at the beginning of your week to look over your schedule + find the time that will be best to fit in a work out. If you layout your schedule with iCal or Google Calendar, you can visualize how much time you’ll have available + can design a workout that is effective but still fits your schedule.
Remember, failing to plan is planning to fail ; )
3] RE-EVALUATE + SET NEW FITGOALS
Look back over your FitGoals from the start of week one. If you didn’t meet all of them, don’t be discouraged — some goals take more than six weeks to meet. You might not be there yet, but you’re probably closer than you were at the start + THAT is what really matters.
Take these goals + think about how you can revise them. Was a goal to do 20 push-ups without using your knees as assistance? Try working towards 30. Finding new ways to challenge yourself can be a great motivator, but make sure these goals are reasonable + measurable. Pushing yourself *too far*, *too fast* can leave you discouraged. It is super important not to drive yourself crazy trying to reach them. It’s better to plan smaller [like pushing for an 8:45 mile when you’re averaging about 9:00] + see smaller victories than to chase a distant goal that may seem out-of-reach or hard to tangibly measure.
Make your goals attainable. A few smaller victories will feel much more rewarding [especially when you finally reach the final one] than feeling disappointed when you aren’t getting to the final goal as fast as you’d like.
4] STAY INVOLVED WITH THE CHAARG COMMUNITY
Get involved in with your university’s chapter, + if your school doesn’t have one [yet!], join the #VirtCHAARG chapter! #CHAARGBOOTYCAMP was a great taste of the CHAARG community, but that family doesn’t go away between FitPlans. This group of encouraging + empowering women is always here + ready to welcome + support you. The support that comes with being #inCHAARG will always be there to help keep you motivated, + we don’t want you to leave just because this FitPlan is over.
If you’re feeling discouraged, scroll back through instagram + remember the enthusiasm you had on the night before the first day of the FitPlan. Recapture that excitement + let it continue to propel you towards your goals. Being #inCHAARG isn’t just about partaking in a FitPlan — it’s a lifestyle.
Keep it going, we believe in you 🙂
+Ali [ali.inchaarg], #virtCHAARG girl from Philly