Why Squat? Squats are one of the most beneficial exercises to practice. I could sit here and tell you how squatting makes you stronger, more conditioned, firms your legs and butt, improves digestion, increases energy and mood, but I'm sure you know the endless amount of benefits. A few people who've participated in the past squat challenges chose to share their experiences which I've shared below.
So let's just get to squatting! Beginners are welcomed! Join our Challenge Today completely FREE here and read the easy rules below on how to win one year free access to Lauren's Playground.
Do you plan on doing more than the Squat Challenge? If you want a workout plan... hundreds of people in Lauren's Playground will be doing programs like Upper Body Bliss and the Tushy Toning Transformation in conjunction with the 21 Day Squat Challenge. The RESET program in Lauren's Playground coincides well with the Squat Challenge as well. If you're not a member of Lauren's Playground you can do this in conjunction with our Free 7 Day Swing Challenge here or focus completely on the Squat Challenge, which is amazing. You will have an opportunity to be able to join Lauren's Playground after the 21 Day Squat Challenge.
What did you like about the squat challenge?
Probably THE single best experience I've ever had in my "fitness" life. Have always been a "loner" - no gym, no "workout buddies" - simply going out to my shed or working out in my little computer room. I HAVE to stay fit because I'm a full-time, 2nd shift blue-collar worker in a manual-labor-intensive job, with no "retirement" in the cards. But I was flagging - workouts were becoming infrequent and stale. Little mind-game things were messing with me, too: "What's the point? Nobody CARES whether you workout or not - everyone thinks you're a foolish idiot for even TRYING at your age!" (I'm 64).
But something about Lauren's Squat Challenge called to me and I started it - and once I DID start it, I was hooked. Here were people who had the same mindset I did when I first started - they were happy, THRILLED to take this on. Their enthusiasm and energy were contagious. And THAT'S what kept me here and in the game - the people. I could relate to just about everything they had to say - recognize every level they were at - had been there at some point in my own experience. Decided from the very first day on the FB Group that I was NEVER going to stint them on encouragement and praise, because it's in damned short supply out here in the real world, no matter how much it's desperately needed and deserved. In the course of doing that, I'd find MYSELF becoming excited about the whole "fitness" thing again - ten short minutes of reading/responding to posts would have ME ready to jump up and start doing squats!
Can you imagine? The sharing of little "life moments", the faltering and the set-backs due to illness or injury, the humor, the camaraderie - I had fallen into the single best group of human beings I had ever "met". Every single one striving - daily! - to improve their strength, their health and, collaterally, the lives of themselves and their family. The sheer positive energy of it was incredible - my strength was their strength and vice-versa (the way it SHOULD be in RL). I did my level best to bring everyone out in the open, to have them come out into the light so that they could SHINE, as they rightfully should. I have never been prouder or more happy to have been associated with ANY group of people in my life - and I'm looking forward to whatever OTHER "Challenges" are in store. The timing and load increments were perfect for this - everyone got to start out with what they were comfortable with and progress to what they wanted to - many surprised themselves and what a joy to behold THAT was. The "Ah-ha!" moments when many discovered hitherto unknown strength that hadn't been there before.
Does it GET any better than that? I think not. EVERYONE pitched in and urged each other on - paid TRUE compliments where they were deserved, helped and gave guidance when needed or just simply let someone know they were rooting for them when they were down (and God Bless every single one of you who did so, because I'm sure it meant the world to the recipients - and me).
Never hide your light under the bushel, people. Your progress is thrilling to everyone when you're making progress, whether it be with 5KG or 50! It's NOT the weight, or the amount of sets it takes to do the reps - it's YOU. In there slugging away consistently. We ALL glory in your journey and your progress, so never hide it because you think it doesn't measure up. It DOES. Thank you for this Lauren Brooks. A LOT of us really needed this - on many levels. And thank you AGAIN for doing the work WITH us (many of the online "guru's" DON'T). I respect that. Waiting for that next "Challenge". Hope I didn't bore anyone to death. Steven Peter Yevchak Sr.
FIND THE BEST SQUAT FOR YOU!
This video filmed last year, but it's the same form!
EASY WAYS FOR EVERYONE TO DO THE SQUAT CHALLENGE
FOR ALL LEVELS, SHAPES & SIZES
THIS YEAR WE WILL BE HAVING A NEW and EXCITED SQUAT CHALLENGE. We will cover everything you need to know in the videos to come.
I will cover all of this in the upcoming Squat Videos you'll receive each day! Don't you worry!
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One winner who does
If you're not sure how to properly perform a squat please view any of these video below.
LET'S SQUAT - Bodyweight or Kettlebell Goblet Squats
DOUBLE KETTLEBELL FRONT SQUATS
My Personal Results With The Past Squat Challenge
I started the Challenge with a 44lb kettlebell. It felt challenging. The last day I tested (3 weeks later)
How do you hoist a heavy kettlebell up to do a Kettlebell Front Squat?
Getting the Bell in Position
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Angela Clark21 days is a sweet spot that gave me an extra push/challenge to my existing training. I really focused on my form. This challenge was Totally achievable for anyone at any level! Especially when motivated by such a fantastic group!
(Agreed with Jill Singer- I would like to incorporate the challenge to "every other day", to program rest days); my hips started feeling it these last 2 days.
Olivia FenionLoved it as it kept me motivated and seeing everyone else participating just spurred me on so I didn't give up! smile emoticon Didn't manage to post on all days but kept up, and it also made me want to do more exercise around it. Usually I would have a couple of days off in a week, but the challenge kept me going every day! smile emoticon
Iris GuadianI was surprised by how much I enjoyed this challenge. I don't typically participate in these kinds of exercise challenges, but I decided to try yours because it's you. I can actually do a proper goblet squat now. Before I would only go halfway for various reasons. My body is noticeably stronger and that's transferring over to my other workouts.
Lily HennesseyI really enjoyed it! It was short and sweet, both in the amount of time spent per day and the overall length of the challenge. I liked that I could use weights that worked best for me and was inspired by the progress and weights used by the rest of the group. And most of all, it was fun and not like anything else out there!
Martha MillerI myself prefer a rest day here and there, but I looked at it as a challenge – much like a bike tour I would do, where I don't ride every day at home but then challenge myself by doing so on the tour. It was fun and motivating, and I enjoyed keeping accountable on here and seeing other people be successful too!
Lindsey DunnGlad I did it! Didn't post for unrelated reasons, but the extra squats each day were a nice addition to be slam 2. I didn't mind the no rest days since it isn't too difficult to just do a few squats each day.
Danielle FoxBeing 23 weeks pregnant I know I need to keep moving. I need to have a strong core and mobility in my hips. This squat challenge has forced me to focus on form and foundation while performing deep squats. I have been able to increase my weight without sacrificing proper form. I have also increased mobility through my hips and down into my Achilles. This challenge has been awesome!!!!!!
Tasha OlsonI haven’t done one of these challenges before and I’m blown away on how rewarding and fun this experience has been. It has kept me accountable (especially with the encouragement of the Facebook group), gained strength and increased my flexibility to sa...See More
Debbie FisherReally enjoyed it! (Have to finish today...tonight.) I did get tired but really was motivated and inspired by the group posts. I do feel stronger in my legs and can see more muscles. Definitely feeling the heaving swings in my abs that I did along with the squats. 21 days is very doable.
Kimberly Matteson HaglerI really enjoyed it! I didn't "officially" enter but started and posted here occasionally. I haven't been training in awhile and it was a great way to ease back into it. I feel now I'm ready to actually start training again and remembering how effective it can be with not a lot of time (as a mom of 3 busy kids and hubs).
Aimee Neumann StefanskiIt's always fun to start off the new year with a fitness challenge. Kept me motivated and was fun to not only encourage other fellow squatters but be encouraged as well. I think we have a great group here and it was a blast! Pushed me to get a heavier bell which I've been needing to do for a long time! Can't wait for the next challenge!!
Tammi RippeonLove the accountability and the ability to meet new people that share similar interests. Love that the challenge focused on increasing weight - have seen a lot of challenges where the reps seem unrealistic. Was able to focus on form! My quads are on fire today! Would love to do another challenge and receive tips on form, nutrition, etc! Cheers everyone!
Charmaine HanshawFar and away the mental aspect turned out to be huge for me - gave me back my gumption. I've loved being a part of this group so much, encouraging people and receiving encouragement and sharing a laugh or two along the way. Your groups always attract s...See More
Carrie Ann RegnierI really liked doing this challange! It was something that I was sure that I could do and follow through with it! I really like the group that we have going here! It is so nice to get feed back and inspiration from women who have common interests and l...See More
Heather SandI loved being part of this challenge. It pushed me to do something all the way and took my hatred of squats and turned it into something manageable.I love seeing my co-participants posts and it motivated me to get my challenge done for the day no matter how I felt or how busy I was! Thank you for hosting!
Kim StanleyI totally agree with everyone thus far. This has been especially good for me in the accountability area. I love how versatile this challenge has been with how it can be tailored to fit anyone's fitness level and needs. It has helped me make better food choices as well. I now just walk on past the Peanut Butter Butterfingers without stopping, !
Eileen Ken LaughlinI really enjoyed this challenge. Some days were more of a challenge than others, but it was such a manageable and attainable goal each day, I couldn't not do them. Surprised myself A) that I stuck with it and B) the weight I was worried about (16kg) re...See More
Janelle Erdman RambergerI enjoyed the challenge very much! I love pushing myself to see what I'm capable of! This challenge was was just the right amount of work. Some days felt easy, but then til the end of each week, I knew it was a challenge! I know I'm stronger today than I was 3 weeks ago!
Tempest Sharpok and a additional thought on this. One reason its ink this was so easy to stay with. The schedule, as in you didn't add "said" reps each day, each week, we started over, so it was a break, so to speak, even though yes, some of us went up some or alot in weight, by starting the weeks new with lower reps it was easier to obtain a heavier weight goal... way to set up a good schedule.
Steven Peter Yevchak Sr.Probably THE single best experience I've ever had in my "fitness" life. Have always been a "loner" - no gym, no "workout buddies" - simply going out to my shed or working out in my little computer room. I HAVE to stay fit because I'm a full-time, 2nd s...See More