30 Days. 1 Month. 4 Weeks. It may not seem like a huge amount of time (and in the grand scheme of things, it’s not), but a lot can still be achieved within this period of time. So, let’s take a quick look today at what can be achieved in 30 Days.
Our newest member Sabine signed up to the 30-day kickstart at the start of November. Weight training was pretty new to her which, that coupled with an incredible work ethic, has enabled to her to lose an incredible 28cm as well as doubling, if not tripling her strength from week 1 to week 4!
Now, being a beginner to exercise (or even a specific type of exercise) can obviously accelerate the results you can achieve in 30 Days, but it should not be under-estimated what even the more experienced exercisers can do over the course of a month. Before you put off starting ‘until next month’, or further down the road when you will be ‘in a better place’ to succeed, understand that what can be achieved in 30 Days is also not just about raw results.
As I alluded to earlier, the more experienced exercisers (those who have been following a consistent regime of exercise for over a year) will find it tougher to progress from week-to-week, or even from month-to-month - but this does not make it a less significant time period. In the space of one month it is possible to introduce and engrain new habits - which although may not bear noticeable results straight away, will add up to progress further down the line.
Increasing micronutrient intake, increasing protein intake, reducing alcohol consumption or just gaining control of your calorie intake are all significant achievements which can all be implemented over the course of a single month. At the end of the 4 weeks will you necessarily see a big difference in yourself? Maybe not - but you will have set yourself up for success in the future!
Similarly, look at your training. In one month it may not be possible to tick off one of your long-term goals, but it is possible to plan and implement a new exercise routine that will set you on the way to success. At the end of 4 weeks, you may not have reached the Squat PR you want, but you may finally see yourself adding more weight to the bar, and moving towards that long-term goal.
What can be achieved in 30 Days? A lot, regardless of how experienced or inexperienced you are, just make sure you are aware of what your realistic ambitions should be: a beginner may be able to build muscle and lose fat far more quickly than an experienced gym-goer; but they may not be able to add ‘weight to the bar’ - so your training level will always play a part.
Either way, don’t think that 30 Days can’t be a significant period of time - every session you perform, every week of 80% + good nutrition is going to aid you in your pursuit of your goals and objectives. With hard work and consistency, every single ‘30 Days’ of the year can yield results for all of us.