4 New Year's Resolution Fitness Challenges You Should Try

Get prepared for the new year with these fitness challenges from STACK Expert Roger Lockridge.

Looking good, getting stronger, increasing endurance, and being the best you can be. If  any of those goals are on your list of New Year's Resolutions, I've got some fitness challenges for you.

After you finish all four—you're likely to enjoy one more than the others, which can be the one you continue to pursue—or you might decide to rotate them.

Complete a 12-Week Transformation Contest

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Transformation challenges are great for people who want to see physical change and get ripped, but who may not want to take their commitment to the bodybuilding stage. Though each version has different rules, the overall theme is the same. You take "before" photos, follow a 12-week training and nutrition plan, and work as hard as you can so that your "after" photo shows a big improvement. This can be a very motivating way to kick off your year.

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Complete a 5K and 10K Run

Run a 5K Race

What should you do after you lose weight? Work to increase your endurance and lose that last bit of weight so you're ripped for summer. Running is a great way to do this. Set an initial goal of completing a 5K (3.1 miles). Training for this will prove beneficial both physically and mentally. Once you finish your 5K, step up to the next level and shoot for a 10K (6.2 miles.) The sense of accomplishment that comes with this will benefit you more than your physical health. The confidence will flow into other areas of your life.

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Compete in a Powerlifting Meet


The purest form of total strength is how much you can Squat, Bench Press and Deadlift. Training for strength will be a great rebound after all the time you committed to improving your physique and increasing your endurance. After all, the muscles you wanted to develop are for show and go, right?

You don't need to start with a big-time federation. Look around for a local meet in your area and commit to doing it. Powerlifting meets have a great atmosphere with a sense of community and camaraderie. These events may appear intimidating at first, but your overall experience should be positive, and you will see what you're capable of now that you're in better shape.

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Enter an Obstacle Race

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Obstacle racing tests all aspects of fitness. No two races are the same, and each one provides unique challenges. One might be 4 miles long, while another, 6. One might involve a lot of mud crawling, while another includes jumping and climbing over many different obstacles. You might have to carry heavy objects or swim across long distances. The most famous one is the Tough Mudder, but there are plenty of others to participate in.