Muscles In May Challenge & Propel Giveaway

by TaylorR

Is it sad that I just realized today is May? Where did the month go? 

During April I realized that I had let myself get far too disorganized. I lost track of my schedule, rushed through too many things, and I realized yesterday that I have to take back control.

Luckily, I got a new shiny computer to help! My computers were barely hanging on. I wish I were exaggerating… my work computer was our first Mac purchased back in 2006! And my home computer, well, we think we just got duped with a bad one. It never seemed to work correctly and now crashes almost every day. 

Why am I sharing all of this? Because it means I am going to be better organized here too! With just one computer and a new to-do app, I’ll be able to monitor what I need to do so much better.

Starting with the monthly challenges! 

Oh yes, they are still going on even if I don’t talk about them often (because I forget to). This shouldn’t be a problem any longer, as I take steps to better plan out my months! 

So with that… 

Did you complete April’s Ab Challenge

Muscles In May Challenge


Are you ready for your May challenge? Something completely new and fresh? I certainly am! 

For May, it’s about getting stronger. I challenge you to…

Beginner Goal:

Complete 3 strength workouts every week. 

For those of you that do this already, I want you to make it more challenging:

Advanced Goal:

Choose an exercise from below to complete at each training session to work on getting stronger.

Each time you do it, add on more weight but keep the reps the same. Let’s set the rep range at 8-10 for easy remembering.

At the end of the month when it’s time to check in let me know how you progressed. I.e. what was your starting and finishing weight!

Weight Lifting Improvement Exercises: 

> Squats

> Deadlift

> Lunges

> Turkish Get-Ups (of course with this you won’t be able to change the weight EVERY workout)

> Bench Press

> Pull-ups (instead of weight your goal is do complete 1+ more reps each workout)

Concentrate on form! Never add so much weight that your form suffers putting you at risk of injury!

Let me know below which challenge you’re going with. If you’re going with the Advanced Challenge, which exercise are you working on? 

Propel Giveaway


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I have a fun giveaway today! The awesome people at Propel are giving one of you an awesome Propel Package.

I mentioned a while back that I love Propel. In fact, I use the liquid enhancers every day to help replenish my electrolytes and to make my water a bit less boring. The Strawberry Kiwi is my favorite! 

I am a very heavy sweater, and a very salty sweater. I lose a ton of electrolytes every time I workout, and with the heat it is only getting worst.

I love that Propel doesn’t have a ton of weird add-ins, is zero calories and the flavor isn’t so overbearing. With many flavored drinks, I end up mixing water in to tone the flavor/sweetness down. Not so much with Propel! Love it! 

Dan loves it to.

SO enough about our obsession, what about you? 

One winner will receive a Propel Package including: 

Flavor Enhancersflat-cap-grape

Flavored Water (The grape is delicious)

Propel Water Bottle

Seriously, you’re going to love it! 

How to enter? 

1. Leave a comment below telling me which challenge you’re going to take on for May.

2. Earn an additional entry by tweeting: 

“I want to win @Propel_Water from @Femininemuscle giveaway!”  <— And of course if you aren’t following me on Twitter that would be cool too! 

Make sure to leave a second comment if you tweeted (if you don’t have Twitter, Facebook is great too!). 

One lucky winner will be chosen on Monday, May 5th. 


{ 23 comments… read them below or add one }

Abi@AbsofSteel May 2, 2014 at 7:22 am

I’m totally down for the may challenge! But to be honest that’s kind of what I’ve been doing lately anyways. Strength training 3 days a week and working on most of those exercises, I’ll definitely keep trying to challenge myself with them though!


Jojo @ RunFastEatLots May 2, 2014 at 7:38 am

I should incorporate more strength training in my training, so I’m down for the May challenge!


Christine May 2, 2014 at 7:43 am

i’ll be doing the advanced challenge, starting each session with the exercise i’m focusing on!


Christine May 2, 2014 at 7:44 am

I tweeted! @cntewfik


Sheena May 2, 2014 at 8:50 am

I sooo wanna do this but I’m torn, I started the abs in May but got distracted with an online team push up challenge :S Is two challenges at once recommended? It’s certainly motivating :D I’ll try doing ST thrice a week!!


Sheena May 2, 2014 at 10:59 am

I mean abs in April, I guess it’s May now :)


Julie May 2, 2014 at 9:07 am

After running Boston, I want to take a little bit of a distance-running break and challenge myself to do weights three times per week!


Kim May 2, 2014 at 12:40 pm

I might start after my race next weekend – I’ve cut down on lifting heavy until after the 50.


Amy Lauren May 2, 2014 at 4:00 pm

I’m gonna try the beginner goal. With the weather getting hotter, I’m probably going to run a bit less and aim for more strength training and gym time.


Paige Callahan May 3, 2014 at 11:08 am

I’m going to start with adding in more strength training, though I’m pretty strong for how small I am I’ve been slacking on weight lifting this spring


Rita A May 3, 2014 at 4:53 pm

I am so out of shape I will be doing the Beginner Goal Challenge.


Rita A May 3, 2014 at 4:53 pm
John Harris @ Shortcut Workouts May 4, 2014 at 6:15 am

I will incorporate the Turkish Get-Ups in may


Amy Lauren May 4, 2014 at 7:53 am

I also tweeted :)


Audrey B May 4, 2014 at 8:49 am

I will do the beginner challenge! I’m doing your boot camp (which I LOVE!) and starting a running program (which I’m trying to love, lol). Strength training will help with both of those.


Eveliz May 5, 2014 at 10:14 am

I will do the Pull-Up Challenge… I’ve never been able to do one so my goal is to be able to do a minimum of 8 by the end of the month.


Eveliz May 5, 2014 at 10:16 am

I almost completed the Abs challenge (with one day left) but ended up pulling a muscle in my groin :( This was a difficult challenge for me since I do not have a strong core but by the end my core got noticably stronger.


valerie May 5, 2014 at 2:13 pm

I love this idea. I do most of these already. The turkish one seems pretty difficult cant wait to try that one! And i did just get some kettlebells so can try it!


TaylorR May 5, 2014 at 3:58 pm



Nancy May 7, 2014 at 12:54 pm

I am challenging myself to lean out a little for our beach trip in June. Summer is just around the corner and I am ready to get serious with the workouts!


TaylorR May 7, 2014 at 4:36 pm

Beach trips are the best!


John @ Garage Gyms May 9, 2014 at 11:59 am

I started the challenge anyway before I saw this! Squats =p

Propel grape is good. Anything grape is good lol. Well, almost.


TaylorR May 9, 2014 at 4:24 pm

The grape is good!


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