Melissa wanted to get into the best shape of her life for the competition, so she knew she had to take her workout routine seriously and commit to rigorous training. She also knew that a nutritious, balanced diet would play a large role in her success.
Practice strength training 2x each week
Attend an interval training class each week (work on mental toughness, endurance and agility)
Stay active in the evenings and on the weekends with trail running or cardio at Fit Factory
Eliminate refined sugars and processed meats from her diet
Eat five small protein-packed meals each day
Only one alcoholic drink each week
Upleveling her fitness and lifestyle wouldn’t be easy, but Melissa was committed to doing the work, chasing her goals and getting great results.
Melissa had started her fitness journey and lost weight through an at-home workout program, but she joined Fit Factory to get personal support and stay motivated. With the 5k on the horizon, she knew she needed help, accountability and guidance to reach her goal.
“I needed something new and I wanted a place where I could push myself.”
As she prepared for the 5k, Melissa knew that the larger Fit Factory community would keep her on track.
“Working out alone can feel isolating and it’s incredible to have a group of people cheering you on and pushing you forward.”
Plus, after the 5k, Melissa had her eyes set on an even bigger goal: running in the Boston Marathon.
EXCUSES & CHALLENGES
When Melissa first started her new fitness plan, she found it difficult to increase the intensity and duration of her workouts.
“I’d started to get comfortable with my at-home workouts and I realized that I was slacking off and getting complacent.”
She started to attend group classes more often, because the energy of the group and the motivation of the coaches kept her engaged from beginning to end.
In order to prepare for the race, Melissa needed to complete trail runs every weekend, but she initially struggled to carve out the time for those workouts.
“At the beginning, I skipped a few of my runs, but then I started running with a friend from Fit Factory and that keeps me accountable.”