30 Days From Now You’ll Be Sorry You Didn’t Take This Fitness Challenge: Kickstart Your 2023 Fitness

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Kickstart your health and fitness journey with our 30-day fitness challenge. With this 30-Day Fitness Challenge, you can lose weight and get your body toned and fit in a matter of weeks.

No exercise equipment is needed, just your own body weight to get started and bring a transformation to your body.

What Is the Best 30-Day Fitness Challenge for Me?

The best 30-day fitness challenge for 2023

The best 30-day fitness challenge is one that you’ll stick to and that helps you reach your fitness goals. 

You’ll also want to make sure your workout program meets your current fitness level and allows for a gradual, safe challenge. 

Depending on your goal, there are many challenges to choose from. Some home workout challenge plans focus mainly on abs, while others extensively work on the glutes, arms, and other body parts. 

A 30-day challenge like a burpee challenge is not body part specific. It’s cardio-based and aimed at raising your heart rate that’ll help you increase endurance, overall strength, and cardiovascular health. 

So you’re looking for a full-body transformation? 

We have just the 30-day fitness challenge for you! 

30-Day Fitness Challenge to Transform Your Body

30-Day Fitness Challenge to Transform Your Body

The goal of this 30-day workout challenge is to improve your overall fitness. 

The exercises in this challenge will improve your cardiovascular fitness, muscular strength, and endurance. Along the way, you’ll naturally lose weight and improve your body composition. 

This workout plan combines anaerobic exercises like high knees and strength training and toning exercises like squats, pushups, and chair dips. 

It’s designed to work your whole body and maximize calorie burning and fat loss without a personal trainer.

It’s a total body transformation workout plan that’s safe for anyone from beginner to advanced. 

What You’ll Need: This full-body challenge utilizes mostly just your body weight without the need for a gym membership!

Comfortable sneakers are recommended. Occasionally a chair will be needed on days featuring chair dips.

You may want a heart rate monitor or a Fitbit for further fitness tracking. 

Difficulty Level: The level of difficulty for this workout challenge can vary depending on your current level of fitness. 

If you’re a beginner, you may want to cut the suggested reps in half. Modifications are available on virtually all of the exercises. Listen to your body. Give yourself enough time to rest. 

This particular day’s workout challenge has been exercised every single day. If this is intense, feel free to take a rest day.

Exercises

The exercises

There are 18 different exercises in this fitness challenge. See below for instructions and corresponding videos.

Burpees

Burpees - 30-day workout challenge

These can be broken into 3 parts. Each is completed consecutively. 

Step 1: Start standing with your feet hips-width distance apart, weight in your heels. Send your hips back, bend at the knees, and squat. 

Step 2: Place your hands on the ground in between your feet, directly under your shoulders. Shift your weight into your hands, and bend at the knees. Hop back, landing on the balls of your feet. Have a straight line from the tip of your head to your heels. Keep your core engaged and your hips in line.

Option to add a pushup here for even more of a challenge!

Step 3: Hop your feet back to the outside of your hands, reach your arms up and jump into the air. Land and immediately lower into your next rep. 

Jumping Jacks

Jumping Jacks

Start standing with your legs together, and arms by your sides. Bend your knees and jump.

As you jump, separate your legs to shoulder distance and raise your arms over your head. Hop your legs back together and return your arms to the starting position. 

High Knees

High Knees

Start with your feet hips-width distance apart. Lift your left knee to the chest. Quickly switch your legs by releasing your left foot back to the ground as you bring your right knee to your chest. Alternate your legs at a running pace.

Butt Kicks

Butt Kicks

Start with your feet hips-width distance, arms by your sides. Bring your right heel to your glutes. Your left arm rises to a 90-degree angle, forearm parallel to the ground.

As you bring your right heel down, bring your left heel to your glutes, right arm follows. 

Alternate speeding up to a jogging pace. 

Squats

Squats - 30-day fitness challenge

Start in a standing position with your feet a little wider than your hips, toes pointing slightly outward. 

Keep your arms out in front of you, parallel with the ground, and your weight back in your heels and balls of your feet. Engage your core as you send your hips back and bend at the knees. 

As you lower, keep your knees in line with your feet as your hips dip below the knees. 

On an exhale, engaging your thighs, rise to the starting position.

Reverse Lunge

Reverse Lunge

Start in a standing position, hands on your hips. Step your left foot back, landing on your toes. 

Lower your hips until your right thigh is parallel with the ground, creating a 90-degree angle. Your left knee bends towards the ground at a 90-degree angle as well. 

Press through your right heel returning your left leg to standing. Repeat on the other side. This is 1 rep. 

Donkey Kicks

Donkey Kicks

Start in a tabletop position with your wrists under your shoulders and your knees under your hips. 

Engage your core and glutes as you lift your right leg up, knee bent at a 90-degree angle, sole of your foot facing the ceiling. 

Lift as high as you can while keeping form and engagement. Slowly bring the leg down to the starting position. Repeat with the left leg. 

Hip Raises

Hip Raises

Lie on your back with your knees bent and your feet on the floor. Arms are by your sides. 

Engage your core and glutes as you raise your hips forming a straight line from your knees to your shoulders. Hold for 5 seconds. With control, slowly lower your hips back to the starting position.

Plank

Plank

Start by lying facedown on your mat. Place your hands directly under your shoulders. 

Tuck your toes. Press the ground away as you lift your body, core engaged as if you were going to do a pushup. Hold.

Side Plank

Side Plank

Start on your side with your elbow directly under your shoulder, and your forearm parallel to the front of your mat. 

You have a few options for your feet. If you’re a beginner, line up your feet, one in front of the other. If you’d like more of a challenge, stack your feet on top of each other.

Press through your forearms and foot to raise your hips, creating a straight line from the tip of your head to your heels. Hold. Repeat on the other side. 

Crunch

Crunch Exercise

Lie on your back, knees bent, feet flat on the floor. Stack your hands behind your head, chest open elbows out. 

Keep your head and neck relaxed as you crunch up lifting your shoulders off the mat. Return to the starting position. Repeat.

Reverse Crunch

Reverse Crunch Exercise

Lie on your back, knees bent, feet flat on the floor. Slide your hands underneath your hips for stability. 

Keep your knees bent at 90-degree angles, stacking your knees over your hips. Press through your hands as you lift your lower back off the mat. Gently lower back down, tapping the mat with your toes. Repeat. 

Up and Down Planks

Up and Down Planks

Start in a pushup position. Drop your right forearm to the ground followed by your left forearm into a forearm plank. 

Then, place your right hand back under your shoulder. Repeat with the left. You’re back in a pushup position. Repeat starting with your left arm. This is one rep. 

Russian Twist

Russian Twist

Sit on the mat with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor. Lean back 45 degrees, lifting your heels so your toes are grazing the ground. 

Straighten your arms and clasp your hands in front of your chest. Keep your back straight as you rotate your torso to the right, hands follow pointing towards the ground. 

Reset and twist to the left. This is one rep. 

Superman 

Superman Exercise

Lie face down with your legs and arms outstretched. Imagine you are Superman flying through the sky! On an exhale, lift arms and legs about 6 to 8 inches. Hold. Release and repeat.

Oblique Crunch

Oblique Crunch

Start in the basic crunch position with your arms straight, and fingertips pointing toward your knees.

Exhale, crunch up twisting to the right, fingertips reaching to the floor. On your inhale, reset to crunch. On the next exhale, crunch up twist to the left, and reset. This is one rep.

Kneeling Pushups with Knee Walk

Kneeling Pushups with Knee Walk

Start in a pushup position. Drop your right knee to the ground, followed by your left. Take a pushup.

Lift your right knee, and then your left, returning to the starting position. Repeat starting with the left knee. 

Pike Pushup

Pike Pushup
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Start in a Downward Facing Dog, hands firmly planted into the ground. Hips stay high as you start to bend your arms, elbows out into a pushup. Return to Downward Facing Dog. 

Tricep Dips

Tricep Dips

Start with your hands behind you on the seat of a chair. Have a 90-degree bend in your legs. 

Slowly lower your seat, thighs parallel to the ground, bending at the arms, also to 90 degrees. Press your hands back to the starting position.

30-Day Workout Calendar

Week 1:

Monday: 

  • 10 Burpees 
  • 30 second Plank
  • 20 Squats

Tuesday:

  • 25 Jumping Jacks
  • 30 Second Side Plank
  • 20 Reverse Lunges 

Wednesday:

  • 20 High Knees
  • 30 Crunches
  • 20 Donkey Kicks 

Thursday: 

  • 20 Butt Kicks
  • 30 Reverse Crunches
  • 20 Hip Raises 

Friday: 

  • 15 Burpees
  • 30 Up and Downs
  • 20 Kneeling Pushups 

Saturday: 

  • 30 Jumping Jacks
  • 30 Russian Twists
  • 20 Pike Pushups 

Sunday: 

  • 25 High Knees
  • 30 Supermans
  • 20 Chair Dips 

Monday: 

  • 25 Butt Kicks
  • 30 Oblique Crunches
  • 30 Squats

Tuesday: 

  • 20 Burpees
  • 45 second Plank
  • 30 Reverse Lunge 

Wednesday: 

  • 35 Jumping Jacks
  • 45-second Side Plank
  • 30 Donkey Kicks 

Thursday: 

  • 30 High Knees
  • 40 Crunches
  • 30 Hip Raises 

Friday: 

  • 30 Butt Kicks
  • 40 Reverse Crunches
  • 30 Kneeling Pushups 

Saturday: 

  • 25 Burpees
  • 40 Up and Downs
  • 30 Pike Pushups 

Sunday: 

  • 40 Jumping Jacks
  • 40 Russian Twists
  • 30 Chair Dips 

Monday: 

  • 35 High Knees
  • 40 Supermans
  • 40 Squats 

Tuesday: 

  • 35 Butt Kicks 
  • 40 Oblique Crunches 
  • 40 Reverse Lunges 

Wednesday: 

  • 30 Burpees
  • 1 minute Plank
  • 40 Donkey Kicks : 

Thursday:

  • 45 Jumping Jacks
  • 1 minute Side Plank
  • 40 Hip Raises 

Friday: 

  • 40 High Knees
  • 50 Crunches
  • 40 Kneeling Pushups 

Saturday: 

  • 40 Butt Kicks
  • 50 Reverse Crunches
  • 40 Pike Pushups 

Sunday: 

  • 35 Burpees
  • 50 Up and Downs
  • 40 Chair Dips 

Monday: 

  • 50 Jumping Jacks
  • 50 Russian Twists
  • 50 Squats 

Tuesday: 

  • 45 High Knees
  • 50 Supermans
  • 50 Reverse Lunges 

Wednesday:

  • 45 Butt Kicks
  • 50 Oblique Crunches
  • 50 Donkey Kicks 

Thursday: 

  • 40 Burpees
  • 1 minute 30 second Plank
  • 50 Hip Raises 

Friday:

  • 55 Jumping Jacks
  • 1 minute 30 second Side Plank
  • 50 Kneeling 
  • Pushups 

Saturday: 

  • 50 High Knees
  • 60 Crunches
  • 50 Pike Pushups

Sunday:

  • 50 Butt Kicks
  • 60 Reverse Crunches
  • 50 Chair Dips 

Monday:

  • 45 Burpees
  • 60 Up and Downs
  • 60 Squats

Tuesday: 

  • 50 Jumping Jacks
  • 60 Russian Twists
  • 60 Reverse Lunges

The Final Takeaway

Mix up your fitness routine with this or other similar daily fitness challenges. 

You may surprise yourself! Looking at your burpee challenge! But! Remember to take a rest day or active recovery movement as needed.

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Jennifer Triplett, RYT, NASM CPT

Jennifer Triplett is a 200-hour certified yoga teacher, NASM Certified Personal Trainer, and Pilates mat instructor. She is a co-founder of Trillium Virtual Yoga and currently teaches online and in Dallas, Texas.

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