7-Day Weight Loss Workout Challenge for Beginners

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An integral part of a lifestyle change is making the decision to do it. Since you’re here reading this, you clearly want to make that change! Good for you! Taking part in a workout challenge is a fantastic way to jump start your fitness journey. This 7-Day Weight Loss Workout Challenge for Beginners is an excellent place to start.

Work Hard, Look Great

This challenge will test you both physically and mentally. It will require hard work and dedication, but the results will be well worth it! With this challenge, you will lose weight & inches and gain strength & confidence! Maintaining a healthy lifestyle doesn’t need to be difficult. We’re going to show you exactly what you need to do in order to be successful!

Remember that you can do anything that you set your mind to. Once this 7-day challenge is over, it’s imperative that you keep on working towards a healthier lifestyle. This means continuing to eat right and exercise regularly. A healthy lifestyle should be a permanent change, not a phase with a temporary goal. In order to help you along, we’ve included some of our best tips to enhance your results.

Healthy Living Tips

1. Drink water 

When you have water available 24/7, it makes it easier to stay hydrated. Drink a glass of water when you first wake up and continue to drink periodically throughout the day. In total, you should drink 64-80 ounces (8-10 glasses) of water each day. You know you’re hydrated when your urine is clear or nearly clear.

2. Sodas

Give up sodas, including diet varieties, as they contain either loads of sugar or artificial sweeteners. Some of my clients have noticed that drinking diet soda increased their sugar cravings, causing them to make unhealthy choices. Check out the 30 Day No Soda Challenge.

3. Avoid junk food and fast food

You’d probably be amazed at how fast calories can add up from junk food and eating out. Instead, cook at home and discover how easy it is to transition from a diet filled with processed foods to a clean eating plan. Click here for endless SkinnyMs clean eating recipes!

4. Eat Right

Eat more fresh fruits, veggies, nuts, lean protein, and low-fat dairy; and avoid overly processed foods that are packed with sodium and refined sugar. Eating nutrient dense food will help you lose weight and feel better!

5. Eat smaller portions

We recommend eating three small meals and two to three clean snacks each day. Also, using smaller plates can help to keep your portions in check. To make this part of the challenge even easier, join the Skinny Plate Club.

6. Read labels

It’s important to look at the labels and ingredient list. If the product contains refined sugar, enriched white flour and is high in sodium, it’s a food best left on the shelf. If you can’t pronounce each of the ingredients or know what they are, you probably shouldn’t be buying it. Reading the ingredient label is a must if your goal is to know exactly what goes into your body. A great tip is to skip the grocery aisles and stick to the perimeter of the store where the fruits, veggies and fresh protein is!

These six tips will help you to greatly improve your diet. The majority of your weight loss progress will come as a result of healthy eating. Learn more about clean eating by reading 7 Simple Steps to Clean Eating!

Weight Loss Workout Challenge for Beginners:

What you need: Set of dumbbells (5-10 lbs) / a chair / an interval timer (Gymboss is a free app download).

What to do: Perform all exercises for 45 seconds and rest for 15 seconds after each one. Complete each routine 3 times and rest 1 full minute after each circuit.

Exercise not only helps to burn excess calories, but it also changes your mind set. By working out each day, you train yourself to make better, healthier choices. Each of the workouts involved in this challenge take less than 20 minutes, making them totally easy to accomplish! You will work every muscle in your body by participating in this challenge, which will lead to stronger, more toned muscles.

When you eat right and workout consistently you WILL get results! Are you ready to start your journey to a healthier lifestyle? Let’s get started! If you’re unsure of how to perform a particular exercise, we’ve included instructional videos for each one, below!

Monday :

1. Leg Raise
2. Plank
3. Hip Extensions left side
4. Hip Extensions right side
5. March in Place

Tuesday :

1. Military Press
2. Plié/Sumo Squat
3. Stiff Legged Deadlift with Dumbbells
4. Heel Touches
5. High Knees in Place

Wednesday :

1. Goblet Squat
2. Knee Touches in Place
3. Tricep Kickbacks
4. Rear Leg Extension left leg
5. Rear Leg Extension right leg

Thursday :

Rest Day – Take a brisk 30 minute walk

Friday :

1. March in Place
2. Traditional Crunch
3. Chair Squat
4. Wall Push-Up
5. Bodyweight Glute Bridge

Saturday :

1. Toe Reach
2. Alternating Lunges
3. Lying Oblique Twist
4. Body Weight Squat
5. High Knees in Place

Sunday :

1. Russian/Mason Twist
2. Knee Push-Ups
3. Alternating Reverse Lunge
4. Reverse Crunch
5. Knee Touches in Place


Instructional Videos

Monday :

Leg Raise


Hip Extensions

March in Place

Tuesday :

Military Press

Plié/Sumo Squat

Stiff Legged Deadlift with Dumbbells

Heel Touches

High Knees in Place

Wednesday :

Goblet Squat

Knee Touches in Place

Tricep Kickbacks

Rear Leg Extension

Thursday :

Rest Day – Take a brisk 30 minute walk

Friday :

March in Place

Traditional Crunch

Chair Squat

Wall Push-Up

Bodyweight Glute Bridge


Toe Reach

Alternating Lunges

Lying Oblique Twist

Body Weight Squat

High Knees in Place

Sunday :

Russian/Mason Twist

Knee Push-Ups

Alternating Reverse Lunge

Reverse Crunch

Knee Touches in Place

What did you think of our Weight Loss Workout Challenge for Beginners? How do you feel? Share your results with us in the comment section, below!

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Editor’s Note: Originally Published: Jan 1, 2014

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28 Comments on "7-Day Weight Loss Workout Challenge for Beginners"

  1. acashia  May 4, 2014

    I need to know if I can do the Russian Mason twists while pregnant. 🙂

    • SkinnyMs  May 9, 2014

      I would not advise it.

  2. Kiddy  December 7, 2014

    I'm in day 6 and I can't do the (Toe Reach) exercise, is there any similar exercise

    • SkinnyMs  December 8, 2014

      Kiddy, You can do the Russian Twist ab workout in this challenge in its place.

  3. Aakriti Sharma  March 8, 2015

    upto how much can we lose in a week?

    • SkinnyMs  March 8, 2015

      Askriti, That differs from person to person. This will jumpstart a weight loss plan.

  4. edward  January 12, 2016

    Hi. Tx for the work out plan. How much normal adult male or female would be burning on average per day with these exercises.

    • SkinnyMs.  January 12, 2016

      Calorie-burning potential really varies depending on a number of factors, including age, fitness level, intensity, etc. so it’s impossible for us to say accurately. What we do know for certain is that by performing these exercises regularly, you will build lean muscle, which will enable you to burn calories more effectively, even when your body is at rest.

  5. Loreen  April 17, 2016

    Is this effective?

    • Gale Compton  April 17, 2016

      Loreen, Everyone is different. This program is about losing weight the healthy way. 🙂

  6. pirzada  October 25, 2016

    Nice workout….. Thanks

  7. Aneela  November 16, 2016

    I have to lose 10 kg in 15 days .suggest me time duration of workout each day so I could achieve my target

  8. CARLA  December 3, 2016

    I can’t do the lunges. I had my ACL replaced and lunges are very difficult. Is there any substitution for them?

    • Gale Compton  December 4, 2016

      Carla, Please check with your doctor about which exercises are right for you. We do have low-impact workouts that you could ask about. 🙂

  9. Riana  December 10, 2016

    My weight is more than 65.i want to get slim or loss my weight.after doing all exercises regularly in 7 days.what will be my weight?

    • Gale Compton  December 12, 2016

      Riana, Everyone is different and the results will vary greatly depending on those differences, i.e. current weight, height, activity level, diet, etc.. We always recommend eating a healthy diet in addition to regular exercise. 🙂

  10. Gabbie  September 9, 2017

    I have a pageant in a week I’m not worried about losing any weight in my legs cause the dress is loose there but I am worried about my stomach area..Would this help??

    • Jennifer Hanford  September 9, 2017

      Hi, Gabbie. First of all, we wish you the best in the pageant! This particular weight loss workout challenge is good for full-body toning and weight loss. If you’re interested in focusing on your stomach area, you might wish to try these ways to help you lose belly fat quickly: https://skinnyms.com/10-tiny-changes-lose-stomach-fat-fast/

  11. Mariah Pringle  April 29, 2018

    I am in “Bodyweight Glute Bridge” but its very hard to do for me because of my back pain. what can i do now.

    • Gale Compton  April 29, 2018

      Mariah, Before moving forward, please check with you doctor to see what she recommends. Thanks.

  12. Tasbiha khan  October 14, 2018

    I cant lose weight with fellow your guidance also avoid those foods that you say no to eat… Do this exercise whole week still i cant lose my weight .. repy me please i need your constant badly kindly…

    • Gale Compton  October 16, 2018

      Tasbiha, In order to lose excess pounds, we always recommend eating clean, whole food ingredients and following an exercise plan. We have tons of both on our site. 🙂

  13. Siyabulela Getyes  February 1, 2019

    I’m 19 years old and I’m about 75Kg I started this programme today and I would love to continue with as I feel much for relaxed than before, can I also run twice a day while doing these exercises?

    • Erin Milller  February 1, 2019

      Hi there!
      We’re so glad you’re interested in participating in this challenge! We recommended that you get cleared by your doctor before beginning any new diet and/or exercise routine. Once you get the green light, however, feel free to do as much cardio as you want, in addition to this challenge! Oh, and remember to come back and let us know what you thought of it, once you complete it! 🙂 Good luck!

  14. Christine  March 4, 2020

    Please clarify the dumbbells needed. 5 pound set and 10 pound set?

    • Erin Milller  March 7, 2020

      Hi Christine,

      It would be one set of dumbbells, weighing anywhere from 5-10 pounds. That’s just a recommendation though. If you need to go lighter or heavier please feel free to do so!


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