There are so many amazing reasons to want to kickstart a healthy lifestyle, and the women below have four of them. That’s why, starting today, they’re participating in the #Gimme5Challenge—a five-dumbbell-move challenge presented by WomensHealthMag.com and certified strength and conditioning specialist Holly Perkins. For the next 91 days, these ladies will be strength training their hearts (and muscles) out in order to change how they look and feel. You can track their journeys by following the hashtag #Gimme5Challenge on Instagram and Twitter.
Kara Stewart, 32, Brooklyn
Why she’s up for the challenge: “I am a very busy ad copywriter living in one of the busiest cities in the world. After getting into great shape for my wedding over a year ago, life got in the way and I haven’t been able to commit to a legit workout regimen since. I cycle as much as my energy allows, but I certainly haven’t been working in strategic body-sculpting moves. I’m looking forward to revving my metabolism and being held accountable while motivating others who might be in the same boat!”
Toshiba Martin, 36, Hempstead, NY
Why she’s up for the challenge: “I began a weight-loss journey about two years ago, and I was successful in losing a little over 60 pounds. Then I had some personal issues come up in my life that sent me into a bit of depression, and I gained a lot of what I lost back. I’m ready to get back into the swing of things and finish what I started.”
Kara Bryant, 24, Atlanta
Why she’s up for the challenge: “I’m joining the #Gimme5Challenge so I can look and feel great for my wedding later this year and so that I don’t feel so lost at the gym! I don’t usually feel comfortable straying from the elliptical machine, and I have a hard time sticking to a routine. I’m hoping that learning these five moves will help me stay on track with my fitness goals.”
Lindsey Benoit (Women’s Health‘s Communications & Special Projects Director), 32, New York
Why she’s up for the challenge: “A few years ago, I had severe back pain and could barely stand up, let alone walk. My sports doctor discovered that I have two severe herniated disks, among other things. I have been in physical therapy since, with really terrible flare-ups. After not being able to work out properly for a couple years, my doctor told me that I should start using weights to get stronger, build muscle, and lean out. But that can be intimidating. I wanted to join this challenge to get stronger in a safe and accurate way so I can work on living my life without pain. Ultimately, my goal is to be in my best shape for my overall health.”
We’re so pumped to cheer these women on as they give the challenge their all! You want in on the fun, you say? Score the #Gimme5Challenge workout here, and post your own questions and videos using the hashtag #Gimme5Challenge on Instagram and Twitter—Holly will be responding to your posts and reviewing your videos, too. Now get to it!
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