The latest episode of Mamavation TV kicked off the #2WeekChallenge with Leah and Mark Segedie teaming up to prepare us for the challenge and getting into a fitness routine. We also had Mamavation Bootcamp 18 Graduate Dee Copeland as a guest to talk about her personal journey with fitness and weight loss.
Dee has taken the long road to health and fitness, now going on 6 years. She didn’t opt for a quick fix or fad diet to drop weight, she made lifestyle changes and committed to making healthier choices. She has lost an inspiring 115 pounds so far! So inspiring, in fact, that she decided to become a certified personal trainer to help others with the same goals as she has. Dee is looking to change up her routine to lose the last stubborn pounds between her and her goal weight. She hopes new workouts and adding in the #2WeekChallenge will help get her there.
If you aren’t familiar with the #2WeekChallenge, it’s a fitness campaign designed to kickstart your workout (or lack thereof). It is customizable to any skill level, and takes just 30 minutes or less to complete a daily workout. Perhaps the best part is access to Mr. Bookieboo himself. Not only is he your accountability for daily exercises, but he is there to help. If you are unsure about an exercise or need a modification, he is there to answer your questions.
We took full advantage of Mr. Bookieboo’s expertise during the show and he shared these 5 important tips:
5 Tips for the #2WeekChallenge
1. Listen to Your Body-
You know your body and it’s abilities better than anyone else, so don’t push your body beyond it’s limits. You don’t want to get injured, and that would set you back in your fitness. Your workouts should be challenging, but not impossible. If you can’t do the the last set, that’s okay. Just keep trying each time you do that exercise routine and eventually you’ll get there. If a certain exercise is just too painful or complicated, Mr. Bookieboo can suggest a substitution.
2. Stick to a Workout Schedule-
The challenge workouts are arranged to spread out the muscles groups being targeted, so you don’t over train any one area. Do your best to stick to the schedule, or at least make sure to plan your workouts with your muscles in mind. You don’t want to target arms two days in a row and skip legs for nearly a week. Muscles need attention, but they also need time to rest in between. Mark also cautions against cardio on days when you lift weights as well, to prevent over training.
3. Keep Moving-
These workouts are circuit training exercises. This means you should move from one exercise to the next without a break in between. You want to keep your heart rate up. If you must take a break, DON’T stop moving. Jog in place, do some jumping jacks, or whatever you can to prepare for the next set.
4. Creative Cardio-
Cardio isn’t just leotards and workout videos. There are endless possibilities when it comes to exercising your heart. Mr. Bookieboo suggest turning up some music and dancing, kickboxing, or going for a run. Is the weather nice? Go for a bike ride or a swim. The point is to get your heart rate up and some sweat dripping down. Be creative and mix it up to keep things fun.
5. Proper Form-
Just as tip number one mentioned, you want to avoid injury. The best way to do this is by keeping proper form with your exercises. Mr. Bookieboo has conveniently provided links to YouTube demos for most of the #2WeekChallenge exercises. This takes the guess work out of working out and shows you the safe and effective way to get the intended results. I also recommend exercising in front of a mirror until you are confident with your form.
You can watch the full recorded episode of the show above, for more great tips from Dee and Leah and Mark. You’ll also see some adorable headphone sharing and married banter between Mr. and Mrs. Bookieboo, which is added bonus. You can STILL sign up for the #2WeekChallenge. There are plenty of chances to make up any missed workouts.