So I had this crazy idea. I would lead people out of their comfort zone and light up their relentless spirit.
It was not your typical “fitness” challenge.
I wasn’t sure who would commit to it with me. Nobody got pissed and left after the burpee challenge on day one which made me proud (and relieved). I suppose that was the beauty of it. I made few new friends who are remarkable.
Rachel was one of them. She OWNED it.
I got to take her through a beastmaking session (bench, pull-ups, kettlebells!) Saturday and asked her to share what the challenge did for her:
Doing Anne’s Beastmaking Challenge changed my life in just 14 days, and I’m not exaggerating. I managed to plan a much needed trip with my husband and child, accepted a new job that would allow me to spread my wings a bit and even gained the confidence to push myself beyond my comfort zone both physically and mentally. I look forward to continuing to use what Anne taught me in my future endeavors.
Some people emailed and sent me snapchats, but quite a few posted their ballsy moves: You can see the challenges and how people approached by scrolling the #beastmakingchallenge feed on Instagram.
I did this because I hope to teach you every day is a opportunity to show commitment to your mind and body, no matter how little, and this is – according to one of the challenge finishers – “a nice template to rotate though” to keep that relentless fire going inside of you.
Let’s find out what Rachel did in these 14 days. She is living proof of what a splash of relentless attitude can do for you and your goals.
Beastmaking Challenge #1: Find your PR (personal record) by doing burpees (25, 100 or 300 depending on comfort zone).
PR’s represent dedication, courage, hard work, grit, proof that you are challenging yourself throughout your training, and open your eyes to ‘what else can I do?’ That’s why we kicked off with a nice number of burpees. She nailed it.
BC #2: Chase knowledge and adventure.
Memories, knowledge, success, relationships, PR’s, a strong body, etc. don’t just fall out of the sky. You’ve got to chase them.
She booked a trip to Los Angeles and brought a book on running (she’s training for her second marathon, but this will be her first time post baby, and the first time she’s trained independently). Fierce.
BC #3: Express Gratitude (acknowledge three things)
Gratitude fuels grit. Because grit is to persevere. But you have to be pretty happy to persevere, too! So I encourage gratitude as a daily practice.
She posted a wedding picture to show tribute to her husband, friends and family. #GUSH
BC #4: Practice visualization
She used her bike ride to visualize a long run she had planned for the weekend. According to her post, she “visualized this event so hard that even I purchased a flip belt to conveniently hold my belongings.”
Read for a detailed explanation on how to “visualize.” In short, it’s a way to bring element of truth and success to your imagination and prevents your mind from quitting on you.
BC #5: Keep moving your booty.
This was on a Saturday. I sent a physical challenge that involved planks, wall walks and squats. The intent was to get you to understand if you give a damn about your fitness, health and happiness, you don’t wait until “next Monday” or “next week.”
@liftlivelead your #beastmakingchallenge day 5 has got me seriously sore! But in the best way possible. I’m happy I had the chance to kill my #glutes with all those #squats and get my #core burning in time for my #longrun tomorrow! And it helped having my little helper. Doing squats holding a 15 pound baby, who won’t stop squirming, is NOT easy! #postnatalfitness #committosomething #committobefit #jumpsquats #planks #pilates #pilatesinstructor #movement
BC #6: Eat clean.
I challenged the beastmakers to either try one of my recipes, or to send me one of theirs. Rachel admitted Sundays are hard to eat clean, and she had her overdue donut (she did PR on the burpees) before knocking out a few of her own plant based recipes including her tofu and veggie scramble with spicy curry potatoes dish.
BC #7: Push the edge of your comfort zone.
I got to see her sense of humor!
She couldn’t publicly share on the big change on Instagram at the time, but now it’s OK for us to brag…she accepted a new job!
First, a little background: After a series of different gigs, she fell into pilates because of her husband. Her husband was already a pilates instructor, one of her teachers during certification and had made his mark in the industry.
When the new job was offered, she declared:
Now I have this incredible opportunity to do it on my own! I’ll be starting something new at a new company where no one knows me or my husband. I’ll be able to spread my wings a bit and try new things like PT and group fitness, both things that are so incredibly out of my comfort zone.
What I need to do is hold my head up high and OWN IT! I need to walk in with confidence and stop second guessing and questioning every move I make.
Sensing a trend here, anyone? 😉
And, for extra flair, because she’s unstoppable, she also posted this:
Ok, so for day 7 of the #beastmakingchallenge I’m stepping out of my #comfortzone I couldn’t sign up for a new race, since I have signed up for enough of them lately and need to actually accomplish one first. I also couldn’t take a new workout class today as I had to take two pilates classes for work and had no leftover energy. So, here it is. I’ve made a big decision. It’s a decision that pushes me out of my comfort zone and forces me to take a chance on myself. Not ready to share the detail publicly, but soon! And… I’ve asked my husband to teach me how to skateboard, which sounds awful because I am scared I’ll fall and get hurt. And for an added bonus, I am committed to keeping this picture of a skateboarding tarantula on my Instagram for at least 24 hours because it terrifies me and makes me super uncomfortable! #ihatespiders #committosomething #stepoutofyourcomfortzone #skateboard #skatergirl #scared #takeachance #takeachanceonme #lifedecisions
BC #8: Drive the ride and reaffirm your abilities.
I wanted the participants to find a tactic that would remind them of their abilities. They already came this far! I’ve written about my sparkly gold nails as one of my positive affirmations.
Rachel decided to craft a post-it to remind her to smile and ordered “dorky smiley face shoelace charms on Amazon.” Because “Since my running shoes are pretty much the only consistent part of my wardrobe, this will be a constant reminder to smile, breathe and keep moving.”
BC #9: Don’t burn the engines. Do self-care.
So NyQuil was involved, but we’ll ignore that. She was battling a cold! I dared the participants to shut off everything one hour before bed time. She put away her phone, shut off the TV and got the most sleep she had in “all week.”
BC #10: Stop waiting for happiness and success to fall into your lap.
I urged everyone to think about creating your own opportunities. She decided to become a member of the Authentic Pilates Union and reached out to someone she admired in her industry for some friendly advice.
(Whew – and she did all this in ten days! Yeah, we’re not done yet.)
BC #11: Recognize obstacles as disguised opportunities
See number #7. It’s a pretty epic change and she was in the middle of transitioning during the 14 day challenge! She says:
“I’m looking forward to my new beginning. Terrified. But excited and i know I have it in me to succeed on my own!”
Yes, yes you do, Rachel.
BC #12: Indulge in peanut butter burgers
Hmmmh, I just wanted everyone to try this concoction and take a break from the more serious stuff.
Apparently Rachel already puts peanut butter on everything, so she just made a vegan burger with avocado. I ended up trying my PB burger with avocado and deemed it legit.
BC #13: Get your sweat on
As a trainer I hear “I’ve been meaning to (insert action).” The idea was to get around to what “you’ve been meaning to work on.” Rachel logged in a mile, and tackled my 5:00 minute wall sit challenge.
BC #14: Do not walk the path of least resistance
On the last day, I reminded everyone “beastmaking” is not an one night stand. Simply going through the motions may get you by, but it won’t get you to your goals and beyond. The challenge was to act on at least one principle learned in the previous 13 days.
You could say it was my way of taking off the training wheels.
Rachel had been battling allergies and admittedly used it as a reason to skip training the previous week, so she decided no more excuses: She got back to marathon training by knocking off 4+ miles.
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This woman has heart, amirite? I hope it inspires you to get after it a bit more today.
Feel free to join this little crew making big changes happen by following and using the #beastmakingchallenge until the next live challenge happens!