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Okay, so this 30-day-challenge thing is something we've taken a liking to at DC Refined if you can tell. My 30-day hot yoga challenge ended and about a week later I started up at MADabolic in Arlington, Va. (Corbin Jennings/MADabolic)

The Beginning: 30-days of MADabolic

Okay, so this 30-day-challenge thing is something we've taken a liking to at DC Refined if you can tell. My 30-day hot yoga challenge ended and about a week later I started up at MADabolic in Arlington, Va.

So first I will introduce you to what MADabolic is: MADabolic is an intense interval training workout designed entirely around work-to-rest ratios.

I am two days into my challenge and I will be taking four to five classes a week for 30 days. I know, it sounds like a lot, but MADabolic has a system they go by for people to get the most from their workouts.

MADabolic has something called the "perfect week" and since my only workout during the next 30-days will be MADabolic, my "perfect week" will consist of MAD classes Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and occasionally Saturdays. This is considered the "I am MADabolic Perfect Week." This is for someone who attends MADabolic classes as their primary fitness routine and their off days include active rest and restorative practices such as yoga.

Each week cycles through three categories, momentum, anaerobic, and durability. I started my week off with two durability workouts and will end my week with anaerobic and a momentum workout.

  • Momentum: The movements in this category feed off one another and are designed to promote athleticism. The primary goal of a momentum-based interval is to maintain an athletic pace that will allow for a gradual build in intensity from cycle to cycle.
  • Anaerobic: Speed and power are the number one priority of all anaerobic-themed intervals. Although this intensity is unique to each individual, this pace should not be comfortable. This is a max effort. This is your race pace.
  • Durability: All durability-driven intervals are mentally grueling and performed at an intentionally slower pace. Each client's ultimate challenge is to maintain proper mechanics while working through longer sustained efforts.

The purpose of my 30-day-challenge isn't to lose weight, but to start building muscle and eating healthier. I find that when I am working my hardest at the gym I am more motivated to eat healthier options throughout my day. You don't want that extra hard workout to go down the drain when you get home from the gym!

For the next 30 days, starting today, I will document what I eat with my workout from that day and at my halfway point and at the end I will share that with all of you... the good, the bad, and the ugly(cookies, ice cream, etc.).

Make sure to follow along or even join me for a class! All new clients can get 10 days for $10 right now.

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