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It is very clear to me that you will see no major differences in your body from only doing something for 30-days, but after 30-days I feel that I am pushing myself harder because I know I can handle it and I am lifting more weight than I was in week one and two. (Amanda Andrade-Rhoades/DC Refined)

30 Day Challenge: I think I've gone MAD for MADabolic

My 30-days at MADabolic have come to an end and I find myself choosing to walk on my hands instead of my feet, lifting very heavy things just to put them down, and jogging everywhere instead of walking.

Okay, just kidding, but I feel so much stronger than when I started 30-days ago! And guess what?! Out of all the gyms I've tried, I have decided to join MADabolic because I'm officially obsessed or as I like to say "I've gone MAD!"

I've talked about the "MADabolic perfect week" in my previous posts and I really tried hard to stick to my "perfect week" throughout my whole trial. My "perfect week" consisted of MAD classes Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and occasionally Saturdays. I veered off my schedule for one week due to a work trip, but I still worked out every day during that trip to make up for missed MAD time. The trainers at MAD recommend going four to five times a week.

My biggest problem with boutique fitness studios is a lot of the time when you are going four to five times a week you repeat workouts and it gets very boring, whether it's the same cardio routine or working through the same circuit, this won't happen at MADabolic. In the 30-days I've been at MAD we have yet to repeat the same workout and I feel like I benefit from every single workout.

It is clear to me that you will see no major differences in your body from only doing something for 30-days, but after 30-days I feel that I am pushing myself harder because I know I can handle it and I am lifting more weight than I was in week one and two. "In the first four to six weeks of a strength training program, the 'gains' that one will see are from increased neuromuscular efficiency-- more pathways from your brain to your muscles so that more muscle fibers are firing. You will lift more weight and get 'stronger' but true strength gains take a bit longer so you will see those in your two to three-month time frame," said lead trainer, Elly Montague.

Montague says one of the most important markers of cardiac health is how long it takes for you to recover. I have found that I am working harder and my recovery time is decreasing. "The biggest marker of increased health is a faster recovery and people will definitely feel that. You will recover faster and be able to work again at 100 percent during our Anaerobic intervals. Heart rate return to normal is the most important marker of cardiac health," explained Montague.

One thing I really like about MADabolic is the trainers aren't afraid to push you. They let you know that there should be no breaks during the work period when there is a 1:1 work to rest ratio. If you find yourself taking long breaks at the top of a squat, they will push you to keep moving and I have heard many times, "45-seconds is a long break! This should be an all out effort!"

"MADabolic trains everyday athletes. Our program is accessible and safe but requires a certain amount of 'grit,'" said Montague. "One must want to work hard in order to see results from any fitness program. Fitness requires dedication. As long as someone is dedicated, MAD provides the tools to elevate one's fitness and health from mediocre to greatness."

So after 30-days of MADabolic, here are my final thoughts:

  • Everyone should try it at least once. (It might not be for everyone, but give it a shot)
  • Nobody ever steals your weights (thank god) due to the color system.
  • I can feel progress being made after just 30-days.
  • Results require dedication.
  • I LOVE the variety that every class offers.
  • I've learned health and fitness are more than calories in and calories out.
  • MAD offers a sense of community.
  • And last but not least, I feel absolutely amazing after every workout (even if I am huffing and puffing for air).

If you are interested in trying out a class at MADabolic, take advantage of their $10 for 10 days program currently being offered.

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