My #Gymshark66 Experience So Far
This year I decided to participate in the #Gymshark66 challenge for the first time ever.
For those of you wondering, there’s a saying that says it takes 66 days to form a habit, Gymshark believes it takes 66 days to change your life.
I saw this and I was like:
What is the #Gymshark66 Challenge?
The challenge is about encouraging us to create positive habits and changes that will benefit our lifestyle in a positive way. All they’re challenging you to do is for you to try for 66 days, and this could mean try hard at something you’re already doing, try new at something you’ve never done before or simply try now at something you’ve been meaning to do but never got around to.
In essence they’re saying, try your best, because that’s more than enough and that’s all you really need.
You choose what you’re going to commit to and you write your pledges down and pledge yourself to do the things you committed to for 66 days and beyond of course (remember, 66 days to form a habit right?).The best thing about the challenge is, the pledges don’t necessarily need to be fitness related, they could literally be anything you want, from reading a book, to doing meditation, etc…
Let us please ignore my absolutely beautiful handwriting for just a second and focus on the good stuff. My pledge statement is “to become the best version of myself”. I know, becoming the best version of myself is a whole process in itself, but we gotta start somewhere right?
With that said I decided to start with the following 3 pledges:
- Gym sessions / home workouts 5x a week
- Walk 10k steps everyday
- Train abs everyday
I’m aware they’re all fitness related, but don’t worry, some of my new year resolutions cover off the other aspects (mental, emotional) for me to achieve that better version of myself. I simply chose fitness ones for this challenge.
#Gymshark66 is the personal journey challenge that has the duration of 66 days. But on top of this they have weekly challenges (completely independent of each other) with different hashtags associated to them, and each week that new challenge focuses on a different aspect from your overall life.
Curious to know more about all of this good stuff? Check this out for more info: https://66.gymshark.com/
How have I found the #Gymshark66 Challenge so far?
To be quite honest, it’s definitely been challenging and rewarding at the same time, my pledges make me literally actively do something everyday! There’s been a few days (not many thankfully) where I wasn’t in the best head space, or in the best mood, or just not feeling it too much, but I still pushed through and got it done, perhaps even harder on those days as growth tends to happen then.
You know how the old saying goes, success is the sum of small steps, day in and day out (not sure if this is an old saying or a new saying actually). And I have made sure to stick to what I pledged myself to do and I have done so successfully, I have not skipped a single day or a single workout or a single pledge, I have been dedicated to it day in and day out (so far, so good, pheww).
My brother took this picture of me in between my sets from one of my abs sessions, it was so cold that day and you can even notice that I was breathing heavy on the picture.
Nevertheless, this challenge has been so rewarding, the fact that I have grown so much (both physically and mentally) in such a short amount of time is insane, I can’t stress enough how grateful I am to Gymshark for making this challenge. I’ve realised so much more about myself and I’ve seen improvements on all levels of my life, even if they are small. Small progress is better than no progress right?
What have I learned from the #Gymshark66 Challenge so far?
I’ve learned that as humans, we’re capable of so much, and I’m incredibly proud of everyone who’s doing this challenge. Shout out to everyone in the Gymshark community (specially those on twitter as I’ve been documenting and interacting there) who’s been doing this challenge. It takes a lot to step out of your comfort zone and push yourself to the level of dedication you have shown to make a real change.
I’ve never been too much of a fan of just casually posting pictures/videos everyday because I’m very lowkey as a person (excuse the slang) and like to keep things to myself, but pushing myself out of that comfort zone to post daily has made me become so much more accountable and that helps in a way!
Not all days will be good but what matters is that you get it done. And on that note I’m proud of myself for staying on track and for getting it done, even on the days where I didn’t feel like it, I still got it done, day in and day out, one session at a time, one pledge at a time.
Here’s a picture of me during educate yourself week (once again my brother and his amazing photography skills) in which I chose to learn more about the body, the mind and fitness overall.
I decided to read Ross Edgley’s book, The Art of Resilience, which touches upon strategies for an unbreakable mind and body. By the way, did you guys know Ross managed to swim around the whole of Great Britain? Isn’t that just insane? He’s probably spent more time inside water than outside of it! Not human anymore, more like a fish, a shark, a gymshark (he is actually a Gymshark athlete).
What happens next in the #Gymshark66 Challenge?
Well, I need to keep going, this challenge is far from over and it’s not getting any easier. But that’s the point isn’t it?
“It won’t get easier, you’ll just get better”
I truly believe in that statement, so I’ll carry on being as dedicated as I can to this challenge and do my best to positively change my life by creating positive habits. That’s all I care about, genuinely impacting my life in a positive way like I’ve never done before!
Alongside that I’m also focused on uplifting, motivating and inspiring the people around me to feel better, do better and be better as that’s the goal always!
On a final note, I would like to say thank you to the whole of the Gymshark community, we really have been going through this together, and we will thrive from this together.
Spoiler Alert: I have a podcast and will be shooting an episode soon on the #Gymshark66 experience alongside various people from the Gymshark community as we’re all in this together. More on that to follow soon…
Thank you for reaching out to me earlier last week. I appreciated the kind words and the fact that you wanted to send me a few #Gymshark66 goodies (refer to the very first picture of this article) as a token of your appreciation for my efforts. I want you to know that your kind words would have been more than enough, but I truly appreciate this and I’ll be sure to wear that #Gymshark66 t-shirt with pride.
A huge thank you to the whole of the Gymshark team for creating this initiative, that has pushed all of us to do better for ourselves specially during these tough times, and more importantly, thank you for everything you do, day in and day out.
Last but not least, I want to wrap this post to say that my experience has been incredibly unique, super challenging but even more so, super rewarding. I’m just happy that I can see small progress (even if at times it doesn’t feel like it) within myself in the little goals/pledges I set myself to.
The reason why I decided to take part in this challenge is very personal to me. Funnily enough, this is actually not even about the challenge, this is actually about me as a person…
For me, this is so much more than just a challenge… this is personal.
I can’t wait to see how the rest of my personal journey in this challenge goes as this is far from over, but more importantly, how my journey continues once we step over from that 67th day onwards.