• Lisa Magnuson

Your Fitness-Focused Advent Calendar

We have 25 days until Christmas. If you are like us and celebrate Christmas we always have an advent Calendar to countdown the days until THE BIG DAY! If you don't celebrate Christmas we hope you still participate in this challenge and just think of it as 25 days to see a positive change in your progress.

In the fitness industry, this is the time of year we see class attendance slump, clients cancelling sessions, and lots of excuses not to workout. Myles and I try to come up with ways to engage our clients during the holiday season to entice and encourage consistency even during busy times. For the last several years we have rolled out the holiday hustle, but this year we are taking a different approach.

We are making it so simple you can't NOT do it, AND Myles will be checking in with your progress so you will feel some small degree of pressure to participate. Everyone has 5-10 minutes each day for the next 25 days to do this; and I promise it's not hard.

If you could make one movement better, what would it take?

Practice- simple as that.

Our challenge to you for the next 25 days is to choose one movement/exercise to work on everyday. Think of it as opening that little window on your advent calendar, but instead of a piece of waxy chocolate you get to improve one thing consistently.

Why? Well for us, as your trainers, we want you to understand the importance of progression, consistency, and practice. This is the simplest, measurable way for you to see the effects of those practices in a short duration of time.

If on December 1st you can do 10 full pushups and you do pushups everyday for 25 days, don't you think you will be able to do more than 10 by Christmas? I sure hope you can.

Here are the parameters:


1. Choose a Focus:

Pick something that challenges you:

  • It can be an exercise. Examples: pushup, pullup, squat, deadlift, row, plank

  • It can be a movement. Examples: knee flexion, hip extension, t-spine rotation

  • It can be mobility/flexibility. Examples: shoulder mobility, hamstring lengthening

2. Work on it EVERYDAY

  • If you choose an exercise: Do only one set of just enough reps that you are 2-3 reps from complete failure. *If you can do 150 bodyweight squats, pick a different exercise or make it harder by switching it to a single leg exercise or split stance, etc.

  • If you choose movement or mobility, spend 5-10 minutes working on that joint/muscle/movement.

3. Tell Myles what you are focusing on.

  • If you want to work on a mobility or joint issue, Myles can help you figure out what drills to do to support your goal.

This is an excellent opportunity for each of you to take a little time out of everyday to focus on your health during this season of hustle and bustle. The more you can flex your "health is a priority" muscle, the bigger and stronger that muscle gets. We want all of you to feel your best and what better gift to give yourself this season then the gift of progress!

Set a goal, get focused, practice daily, and check in.

I'm excited to see what all of you choose to focus on and we will share your success stories at year end (if you want to divulge) so we can all celebrate our 25 days of focused progress.

And back by popular demand are Arete T-shirts- earn yours by participating.



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