I must say, I appreciate all of those who joined me in the April Squat Challenge! It was a really successful challenge on MANY levels: I have met a bunch of great people from all over the world that have joined the challenge, we have supported one another throughout the process, given advice, gained muscle, and completed a common goal that I’m pretty sure none of us thought we could do. 300 squats in one day!
We all started at different levels of fitness, different ages, etc. and we all found ways to complete the challenge. Some of the Squatters did the challenge together, with weights, with babies, in bathrooms, airports, at Disney World, and basically just completing the challenges set forth each and every day whenever and wherever we could. We were all honest if we were unable to complete the squats one day because of life circumstances, or being sore, or just losing motivation, and everyone really did a great job of motivating one another, and it was such a great sense of community, even though most of us performed the exercises on our own, at our own pace and time, we kept honest and hit the goals!
Not everyone was public about doing the challenge, so I had some friends that checked in via text, or email, and some people I just met because of the challenge that checked in via email, but many of those that took the challenge used our Facebook page forum (which will be changing monthly for new exercise challenges!)
So, we all had ups and downs doing the challenge, but it was overall, fun, which I consider a success, and I must say that my body did transform (my booty not as much as I was hoping for…but there’s only so much a girl can do but genetics always win!) Since I made my “pre” body the face of the challenge (to which I had no idea how many people would join the challenge…and in essence see that picture) I figured it would only be right to show my pre/post and the success of building up to the 300 squats a day (which I did weighted with either 20, 30, or 40 lbs).
While I cannot say that my knees can take running hills AND all of these squats for an excessive amount of time, I am going to keep squats (and the many variations of squats) as a part of my regular routine to help to tighten my core, quads, glutes, and upper body musculature (because of the weights added).
A big THANK YOU to all who joined the challenge (either right out in the open or secretly) because I think we all helped each other to hold one another to the challenge and to be a part of this transformation! And I hope that we all keep squatting, and keep up the work with the monthly challenges, as best we can to get fit, be healthy, and support each other!
Yours in Good Health