Our testing week is just around the corner and our clients are gearing up to smash through their goals.
The cool thing is that a lot of our female clients have goals that don’t revolve around toning. They’ve gotten that goal out of the way ages ago and have now moved on.
While toning (the common word people for getting leaner) makes up the majority of womens’ goals when they initially start training, it’s important to understand that there are many more goals that women can and absolutely should train for.
If your main goal is ‘toning’ after 3 years of exercise then you are doing something wrong. Most likely it’s eating junk, training inconsistently or using the wrong training methods for your goals.
So, you’ve decided to focus on something else other than toning. What should you do?
Here are 5 worthy challenges than will get you fit, strong and keep you lean as a nice side effect.
1) Your 1st chin up.
Getting your 1st is the hardest but so worth it. An massive sense of achievement when you pull yourself over the top of the bar.
2) 3+ chin ups
So you’ve achieved the nice milestone of getting your 1st unassisted chin up. What next?
Why not go for 3-5 reps.
If your 1st one is fairly solid, most women can achieve this is 8-12 weeks.
And when you do……..YYYYYEEEEEESSSSSS!!!!!!!!
Here’s Rachel again achieving her 5 reps in style
3) 100kg deadlift challenge
Again something that a lot of women thing is crazy but once they get it, 100kg becomes….meh.
Here’s mother of 3 Roisin with what only could be described as a super easy 100kg deadlift.
Kids be warned, your mother’s an animal.
4) 10 push ups
Firstly, there is no such thing as a womans version of a push up. There are regression and progressions but they are the same for both men and women.
In the vast majority of our clients, women upper body strength when it comes to push ups is far inferior to our male clients.
Saying that we have plenty of female clients who can blast out 10 strict push ups so there really is no excuse. Some find them so easy that they do them as part of their warm ups and leave the ‘tough stuff’ for later on.
5) Monkey bars
One of the biggest challenges that our female clients face when taking on the monkey bar challenge for the 1st time is the fear of letting one arm go and trying to move forward.
Even though it’s not too far to the floor it’s still very daunting.
This isn’t easy so we want anyone doing it to be able to bang out a few comfortable unassisted chin ups before attempting it.
If you’ve the strength to do a few chin ups you can make it across. You just need to believe it.
Once you make it across a few times you’re confidence will go through the roof and we’ll be begging you to get off them. It’ll get so easy you’ll be going sideways, upside and possibly even hanging from your toes.
To demonstrate, here’s my unreal wife Susans very first attempt.
Get out of your comfort zone ladies and realise their is much more to training than TONING.