Fit2B 5X5 Challenge

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So where have I been? Not doing Fit2B. I’ve been recovering from a very rough first trimester and finally getting back on the Fit2B bandwagon. I’m hoping to be back to blogging about Fit2B shortly featuring some totally new workouts I haven’t yet tried.

5X5

However, I had finished reviewing the 5X5 challenge ages ago and I haven’t been well enough to post it until recently. So finally after promising to do it after the New Year, here it is.

 

5 Moves, 5 sets of 5, 5 days a week for 5 weeks

I wanted to try the 5×5 challenge for a while but to be honest, I really didn’t know what to expect. The first day seemed a little bit easy to me. As in, really this is it? But I also know that this is a great opportunity to work on consistency.

I decided to do the 5X5 for Five weeks, five days a week. Saturday is a bonus day and Sunday is a rest day.

 

Week 1 incorporate Foundational Five (Tummy Safe Transitions for bonus)

I thought day one seemed awfully easy until I remembered, wait I’m supposed to do 5 sets of five. So five exercises, five sets of five each. So each exercise 25 times. (possibly more depending on how you count exercises done on each side). I don’t recommend trying to do all 25 at once unless you are already in great shape. Instead try doing 5 or 10 at a time and then rotate through all 5 exercises 4 or 5 times until you’ve achieved the proper number of reps. Core strength is important so if you can’t keep your core engaged on the effort of each movement, then do fewer repetitions until you can.

If you are starting this workouts with a lower level of fitness I recommend doing week 1 with only 5 reps of each movement and increasing accordingly until the final week when you really are doing five reps of each movement and then doing the whole cycle five times.

I did week one almost entirely without weights (except maybe for my water bottle, as Bethany does in the videos) It’s easier to focus on proper form and learning the movements the first time around that way.

Add the Foundational Five and similar easy workouts, perhaps one each day, to make this a more complete workout.

Favorite Move of the Week

Mermaids: I know these are very common and considered basic. But I find them hugely beneficial for both stretch and strength. Plus, I can do a whole lot of them and not really get bored.

 

5X5 Challenge Week 2: Incorporate Weights 

 

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