August Fitness Challenge: Stronger Arms And Legs Edition

Summer’s not even close to being over, which means you’ve still got lots of time to get fit and tone up.

Okay, so maybe you dropped the ball in June and July. But don’t worry. Make August the month that you turn things around.

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Complete this fitness challenge for 31 days, and you’ll be amazed at how much strength and definition you’ll achieve.

August Fitness Challenge: How To Do It

For this challenge, there’s something scheduled for each day in the month, including rest days. Below, you will see sections that show what the assignments are for each day.

For example, the first section has an arms workout that is to be completed on August 1, 9, 17 and 25. Each  circuit is designed to be done in-between two and four sets, depending on your level of fitness. If you’re a beginner, stick to two, but for intermediate or advanced exercisers, try going for three for four sets.

For each day’s assignment, you will see the listed exercises, as well as a section that specifies how many repetitions to do for beginner, intermediate or advanced fitness levels.

By the end of August, you will have completed each of the assigned workouts four times. For optimal results, increase the number of repetitions and/or the number of sets the next time you complete an assignment that you have previously done (especially if you’re starting out at the beginner level). You could do two sets on August 1, three sets on August 9, 4 sets on August 17and 5 sets on August 25, for instance. Listen to your body and do what feels challenging.

Things To Keep In Mind

  • You can rest for 30 seconds before moving on to the next exercise and you can rest for 5 minutes in between sets. Walk or march in place, while resting, in order to keep your heart rate up and your muscles warm.
  • You can choose any weight you like for the dumbbells, barbells and machines. Do select a weight that is appropriate for your level of strength, but that’s also challenging.
  • Drink plenty of water before, during and after the workout.
  • If you are not familiar with any of the exercises, be sure to review online resources to make sure that you are aware of the proper form for completing these exercises in order to avoid any injuries.
  • Warm up for 5 minutes before beginning each day’s assignment and also cool down for 5 minutes after each workout. Always stretch after completing your workout for increased flexibility and injury prevention.
  • To get the most out of this challenge, incorporate cardio and ab exercises into your fitness regime and be sure to eat a clean diet of whole, unprocessed foods.