Arielle Simpson / Transformation

Arielle Simpson's amazing Maxine's Challenge transformation

  • Before
  • After



178 cm


Tone & Shape

Reason to start The Challenge

My mental health has struggled in the past few years and I've gained a lot of weight during that time. I want to learn self-discipline and regain the confidence I've lost in myself and my body. I want to form new and healthy habits while I'm young so I can live a long and happy life. I'm starting the Challenge with the goal to achieve something I'm proud of at the other end.

What did you like most about The Challenge?

Challenging myself physically and forming good exercising habits. I did not have a consistent exercise routine before now, and I'm glad this challenge has kickstarted healthy lifestyle changes.

What was the hardest thing about your Challenge?

It was difficult to get myself to go to gym some days, but I persevered. At the midpoint in the Challenge I was getting increasingly fatigued and sore, and learned to adjust my workouts accordingly without missing out on exercise. It was also challenging to work around frequent travel but I found ways to keep up, including attending gym in another city when necessary.

What impact has The Challenge had on your life?

While I have lost weight and improved my fitness, the biggest impact has been mental. It's been a long time since I've set such a challenging goal and seen it through to the end, and I'm immensely proud of myself. Working on myself this way has improved my confidence and I feel better about my body than I have in years. In the past, exercise has been the first thing to go when life got busy, but I'm going to start prioritising it as an important part of my life and wellbeing.

What would you say to people who are thinking of doing The Challenge?

It's hard but it's so worth it! The structure of the Challenge, the resources it gave me access to, and the incredible results it helped me achieve made the difference that kept me on track. If you're like me and struggle to implement these kinds of habits without solid structure, this Challenge is an excellent kick start.

Anything else you would like to tell us about your Challenge?

I can't stress enough how much I was NOT a sporty person before this challenge. I had never had a gym membership and I had never worked out regularly for more than a few weeks (especially not any kind of resistance training) before dropping it. I was so out of my depth that I watched videos on YouTube about how to use all the gym equipment. But now I understand! I get why people get so much satisfaction from this lifestyle! I want to keep improving myself the way I've been improving during the challenge because it feels so great.


  • Arielle Simpson
    1 Jul 2021
    4:08 AM

    Last night's workout was awesome! I managed 6 of the Full Body Blast circuit. Before now I was only doing 5 at max for each circuit but I was doing so well that I went for one more. I didn't need to pause to catch my breath at all during each set (for probably the first time), able to power through until the time was up. This felt really good! I've seen my progress measured in lots different ways, from my body weight, to my measurements, to the increasing weights I can lift each workout, but something about finally feeling like I was getting the most out of the circuit felt really significant to me. It made me feel powerful!

  • Arielle Simpson
    20 Jun 2021
    2:55 AM

    Fitness Test: Push Up were done on my knees for both the burpees and the push ups, and the plank was done on my toes.

    8 Burpees
    19 Push Ups
    19 Crunches
    25 Alternate Lunges
    54 Plank
    24 Jump Squats
  • Arielle Simpson
    18 Jun 2021
    6:45 PM


    I've lost over 5 kilos now (about 5cm off my waist), and I'm feeling really good! It's only been a few weeks, but working out so much and eating better has made me feel better about my body even if the visible changes are only subtle.

  • Arielle Simpson
    24 May 2021
    2:32 AM

    Finally got to the gym (late night Sunday workout) and it feels good to be sore. I'm less anxious about Week 2's workouts now and I've had the reality check that I really can't do many reps (or much weight) yet... but we all have to start somewhere.

  • Arielle Simpson
    18 May 2021
    1:26 PM


    Oof it took me like an hour to eat breakfast because I'm attention deficit and I'm still full... I'm impressed with how much food I'll get on this program and I know it's important to feel full and satisfied to stay on the wagon, but I'm not sure how I'll manage it lol

  • Arielle Simpson
    16 May 2021
    11:58 PM

    I did not prepare well for the Challenge the week before, and it's very overwhelming. Planning meals for an entire week is intimidating to me and might just be harder for me than the willpower to diet and the physical strain of exercise.

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