Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Review: 21-Day Superhero Challenge

Are you like me and don't really care to go to the gym?  You know you need to workout but you think everyone is staring at you?  Or do you just prefer to work out in the privacy of your own home and you own a few barbells or kettle bells.  Do you need a way to keep yourself motivated and accountable? Then I recommend that you try Emily Schromm's 21-Day Superhero Challenge.  After completing the May challenge I knew I had to share this with everyone that I could because I found it so helpful and encouraging.  

I used to be an extremely active person until I had an adrenal fatigue crisis about three years ago.  I'm still recovering but I'm much better than I was.  During the crisis I couldn't take a walk without feeling like someone had beat me up the next day.  Therefore I quit exercising all together because of the added stress it put on my body.  

Fast forward three years and I'm wanting to get even healthier and possibly lose some weight since I've gained an extra 20+ pounds with all of the adrenal issues.  I'm not a New Years Resolution kind of woman so I don't even go there.  But this past April 16, 2015 I listened to the Balanced Bites podcast where Diane Sanfilippo interviews Emily Schromm. Balance Bites Podcast featuring Emily Schromm

Emily is a former reality TV show personality who learned how to love herself by way of the gym and through proper nutrition.  Her lifestyle change was so impactful she knew it was calling her to to help other people unleash their inner superhero.  She stared her own business, Unleashed Fitness in Denver, Co in 2012.  She is a certified in NASM (personal training certification) and a certified Cross fit coach.  She also is finishing her NTP program, running the 21-Day Superhero Challenge and filming for Women's Health Next Fitness Star DVD's.  This gal has it going on!

So let's get to the point of this post, the 21-Day Superhero Challenge.

Emily has put together an amazing program that lasts (as you guessed) 21 days.  You sign up on line at her website: Unleashed Fitness
and you select the type of plan you want to be a part of.  When i took the challenge in May there was only the Basic Plan and I loved it.  With her Basic challenge you get:

- 21 daily videos with an exercise and/or nutritional information
- 3 weeks of Meal Plans and Grocery List (super wonderful)
- The "Life After the Challenge" Guide
- Daily Accountability where you need to log points for day
- Access to a Huge Community Forum with like minded people
- And Prizes are awarded to those who achieve perfect scores.

The biggest perks for me in this challenge was the Daily Accountability Points.  I'm a tiny bit competitive so that really fueled me to stay on task and I love getting things for free.  Here's a couple of the items on the daily checklist: Did you refrain from alcohol today?, Did you take a fish oil supplement today? Did you complete the workout today? just to name a few.  That's not hard, is it?  But just having that little reminder that I needed to log on each day to get my points was wonderful for me, and on the weekends I was able to complete that from my iphone.  

Emily also sends you a daily email with a short video.  I believe that her longest video in the last challenge was 9 minutes, maybe 10.  So skip stalking people of Facebook for 10 minutes a day and watch a video that shows you how to complete the exercises of the day and get motivated by the sweetest, most talented trainer on the web today.  Also, for those of you like me who have fallen out of the workout world, she shows you how to do the exercises in beginner, moderate and advanced forms so know one is excluded.  I'll admit that several of my exercises were done in the beginner form but at least I was moving.  And last but not least you don't need anything but a couple of dumbbells or kettle bells, that's it, no special equipment.

And for those of you who struggle to know what to eat, Emily has it all figured out.  You get a weekly meal plan along with a shopping list.  She takes the time to make this easy for you so there are very few excuses left.  Once you take a look at the meal plans you get a really good idea of what's expected of you.  There's no meal package to buy but instead a focus on REAL FOOD and cooking at home as much as possible.  

What are the benefits to this challenge:
#1 The cost in minimal if you go with the Basic Plan
#2 You are being held accountable for your actions (assuming you can be honest)
#3 You don't have to think about what is next as Emily delivers it all to you daily
#4 You will have more energy, it will take a few days but you the extra energy will come.
#5 Your sleep will be better.  My sleep hasn't been that good in a long time.  I was amazed.
#6 You will feel better about yourself.
#7 You'll probably lose a few pounds, that wasn't my overall goal so I didn't track it carefully.  My goal is just to increase my overall health.
#8 She has the best hashtag #beyourownsuperhero

If you haven't guessed it I am signing up for the next challenge that begins on July 27th and I'm looking forward to it.  This time around Emily has added even more goodies: there is a Basic Plan, the Next Level plan, the You + Four plan, and an Intro Pack.  

The struggle for good health is a real one and when you fail to plan you plan to fail.  

Have you joined an on line workout challenge and enjoyed it?  Please share your experience in the comments below.

I hope you enjoy this review and find it helpful.

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