M Factor Fitness Monthly Challenge Q&A
Why Do A Monthly Fitness Challenge?
There are 168 hours in a week. That is a lot of time.
At best I see my clients 2-3 of those hours. What my clients do during the other hours I really don’t have control over.
I assign homework but sometimes life gets in the way of the best intentions.
These monthly fitness challenges are meant to get you off the couch and get you moving. The idea is to keep fitness on your mind all month and get rewarded at the end with a little swag. It is inexpensive, you can invite your friends to do it with you and you will feel better about yourself.
What is A Virtual Run?
A virtual run is a run you do at your own time wherever you want to do it. If you sign up for the December run, you have the month of December to do it.
Once you do it, log in and check that it is done and you get your finisher’s medal in the mail.
I am putting a slightly different twist on this in that I want you to do the race and commit to training a certain number of miles during the month.
Simply put, do the work get a medal and enjoy it with your favorite beverage. Enjoy your success.
Do I have to run?
Nope. Do any type of cardio you want. The point is to keep you moving.
- Run outside
- Run on a treadmill
- Walk outside
- Walk on a treadmill
- Bike outside
- Bike inside
- Use a Stairmaster
- Use an elliptical.
- Ride a unicycle.
Can I mix up the types of cardio?
Sure. Here are some equivalents to keep you on track.
1 mile walking = 1 mile.
1 mile running = 1 mile
4 miles cycling (indoor or outside) = 1 mile
I try at walk 10,000 steps a day. Can I count that?
I guess …but I would rather you don’t.
Training is training. Set a period of time to go from point A to Point B. It is uninterrupted exercise. That is how you get results.
The monthly fitness challenge has to be just exercise.
I understand counting steps is popular right now but I wouldn’t call getting off the couch to get a beer exercise.
Neither is getting up to go to the bathroom
How to you keep track whether we actually do the work?
I don’t. This is the honor system.
- Sign up for the race and pick a distance.
- Make sure you do that distance at least once during the month.
Here is the twist. You have to train for the race…right? I want you to commit to a number of miles you are going to train that month to do the race.
If not, just send me an email.
The reality is you can cheat but remember you are only cheating yourself (wow, I sound just like my mom).
How do I pick a goal for the monthly fitness challenge?
Pick a mileage goal you are 80% sure you can achieve. When I train my clients, I always tell them if you aren’t 80% sure you can do the next rep, don’t try it.
Why? Because success is built upon the foundation of consistent achievement. If you choose an unrealistic goal because you think it sounds good, you are doomed to failure.
Of course, the opposite is true. Make it easy and you won’t be interested in it.
Does it have to be a mileage goal?
Mileage goals work really well. It is a black and white goal. You either do it or you don’t.
That being said:
- You could commit to working out x number of days this month. Ex. 25 1 hour workouts with weights or cardio.
- You could workout out for a set number of hours. 5 hours a week x 4 weeks=20 hours.
Can I sign up anytime?
Yes. I am going to offer a new challenge every month. Best case is that you have a plan ready to go and sign up for the 1st of the month.
If you don’t, sign up anytime and let me know what you are committing to for the month.
Can I just do the race and not the monthly challenge?
Sure, Part of your registration fee goes to a charity so you are still doing a good thing.
But why dip your toe in the water? Jump in!
Why is there a sign-up fee?
Let me answer this two ways.
- There is a company involved and they have costs. Your registration fee money goes towards the cost of the medal, shipping of the medal, admin fees etc… At least $5 of every registration goes towards a charity. As the person promoting the race, I get a very small referral fee. I actually lose money by doing this but I think it is a great cause.
- If it was free, a lot of people would sign up and never do it. Nobody values free stuff. $25 is very reasonable for a race and a good part of it goes to charity. So put some skin in the game and sign up.
How Do I keep track of everything?
If you are a member of M Factor Fitness Online training, it is very easy.
Not a member? You can be for the ridiculously low price of $10/month. Click here for more details.
Ok, enough of the shameless plugs. My members can go into their account and schedule all their cardio and weight sessions ahead of time.
When they do that, they will get text reminders on their phone. Once they complete a workout, they mark it as done.
How can I track mileage?
There are a number of free apps you can download that track mileage through GPS.
I really like the Adidas Train and Run App but almost every shoe company has their free app.
I am not a member of M factor Fitness, can I still sign up?
You bet. One of the reasons I want to open this up to the public is that there are a lot of online training resources out there.
The problem is that there aren’t a lot of good ones. This is a good way to make sure you have a good month of cardio and introduce you to
my way of training.
Can I invite friends to the monthly fitness challenge?
That would be awesome.
I am here to try and help motivate people. The M Factor monthly fitness challenge is meant to keep you focused, get results and most of all…..have fun.