Congratulations, you've made it through your first week!! Although a first step of sorts – you should feel proud of your achievement! Good news is you've only got 11 short weeks to go! Now we've had a lot of questions and a few issues during the first week of the Challenge. So we thought we'd cover the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions: Updating your blogs
– Please keep your blog up to date with your progress. We want you to tell us about your training, your diet and recipes, and how you're feeling. You can upload training, nutrition and progress pictures, and you can even load videos. Just go to your blog page and follow the instructions – it's easy. To upload a video, go to 'create blog' in your profile, type in both the video title and video description and click 'next step'. In step 2, click the 'choose file' and select the file you want to upload, click 'Upload Video File'. When you do – you see a wheel turning. This is YouTube's processing wheel, not ours. You will now need to show some patience while YouTube first converts, then uploads this video. We have no control as to how long it takes – but obviously the bigger and longer the file, the longer it will take. YOU MUST WAIT FOR THIS WHEEL TO STOP SPINNING AND THE FILE IS COMPLETELY UPLOADED BEFORE HITTING SUBMIT BLOG – OR THE VIDEO WILL NOT LOAD TO YOUR BLOG!
Also - Many people seem to be focused on what the competition rules are in relation to blogs. No need to focus on this - and in relation to blogs overall - don't over think it. It's pretty simple. We just need you to update your blog regularly along the way. That's all! Your blog is an important part of the Challenge process, to both keep you on track and accountable, and as a record you can look back on when all is said and done. As result – we urge you to blog as much as you can. Lastly we will be giving away lots of MAX'S prizes throughout the Challenge to Challengers who have great Blog pages, so get to it Challengers! Help and Support
– Have you got any questions? Then check out our Challenge Forum. Just click on the link from our home page and you get instant access to hundreds of topics and our experienced Challenge Coaches and Ambassadors, including me. PLEASE ENSURE THAT YOU SEARCH FOR A TOPIC FIRST BEFORE CREATING A NEW ONE!
This will save you LOTS of time, as usually someone will have already asked the same question as you. If not, you can post a question and our Muscle-Up Coaches and or Challenge Ambassadors are on hand to give you the answers. It's a great service!
Well, that's about it for week one. Enjoy the journey and good luck for week two!
First of all congrats on committing to transforming your body and getting shredded to the bone! Make sure you start your week with a detailed plan for the next 12 weeks. Focus on doing what you need to, one week at a time. This first week is all about finding your feet, getting used to your new lifestyle, and being consistent. Don't go too hard too fast, and end up so sore you can hardly train, or worse, risk injury right from the get go. Feel your way and work up to your working weights and intensity each session. Don't forget to take all your initial measurements, like weight, waist chest, etc. so over the coming weeks you can monitor your progress! I also recommend having your training partner taking plenty of pics of you training if possible; it's a great way to track your progress. Record your weights used, reps and sets performed and next week be sure to better them every time you train!
Congratulations on completing your first week guys! The next 11 weeks are going to be hard work, that's the simple facts. So what do you need to think about now to make sure you get the very best result? Number one in my book is about planning your meals, not skipping any - and learning to put you and your health first. Also remember that you can't get lean in one or two weeks. Some people need to ease into their diet by slowly cutting back on portion sizes and cutting out the 'bad' foods. Others can go hard right from the word go. This isn't a sprint, it's a long distance race so pace yourself. It's about a consistent effort of eating the right foods every day, and not giving into the temptation. Lean meats, lots of vegetables, fresh fruit, and don't forget the GOOD fats from foods like avocado, seeds and nuts. Do your best to have quality protein in each meal of the day. Some egg whites for breakfast or even a protein shake, as a snack will do. Make sure you're drinking plenty of water. Pack your gym bag with your favourite Max's shake and it's time to get lean. The next 12 weeks are Shred time!
Edited by steveP, 05 August 2013 - 09:46 AM.