About two and a half weeks ago, I posted one of my more popular blog posts – entitled Becoming More Awesome: 100 Day Pushup Challenge. I have to admit, I was pleasantly surprised at how interested in and excited people were the 100 Day Challenge concept. Several people who read my blog asked me questions about the rules for the challenge and ultimately decided they wanted to participate – which I certainly didn’t expect. At any rate, I figured I owed all four people who read my blog an update about how things are going with the challenge. Here are the highlights….
- There are a total of 5 people at my office who are doing the pushup challenge with me. One of them, Kristi, got the idea to do air squats as well, so there are three of us doing those. Between these people and the folks at my box who are doing either the pullup or pushup version of the challenge, there’s a really fun group involved in this!
- I have at least 2 people that I know from an online community that is completely unrelated to fitness that decided to do the 100 day challenge as well. One of them decided to do ab crunches on a stability ball – which is a fantastic exercise. The other one is doing several exercises – I believe pushups, squats, situps, and maybe burpees. I lost track a little bit….but Tina is rocking it out for sure.
- As of day 14, I have not missed a single, solitary day of the challenge yet – which is pretty exciting. If you miss a day, you have to make it up on the next day so it’s important to keep up. Hearing my friend Brandon (aka the CrossFit On Track 100 Day Challenge Ringleader) talk about having to make up missing FOUR days of Burpees late in the 100 Day Burpee Challenge this fall was all I needed to make this a priority.
- My pushup form and endurance is improving. Before the challenge, I could count on one hand the number of times I did more than 12 pushups in a single unbroken set. Also, my depth was terrible – I would use two abmats stacked on top of each other as my depth target, which is about 4 or 5 inches off the ground. For days 12, 13, and 14 I am so proud to say that I did unbroken sets with ONE abmat, so I am improving in both areas.
- My squat form seems to be improving, too. I have been trying to focus on improving my depth with squats, and am now getting almost every rep to parallel, with some below parallel. I am doing unbroken sets of squats so far as well. Even MORE exciting, I am finding that my squat performance in my CrossFit WODs is improving significantly!
- I’ve learned that I was right to pick the exercises I chose, because I can do them anywhere, in almost any clothes. I have been known to go into my friend Shelby’s office at work for a quick little mental brea and knock out my pushups and squats there if I haven’t done them already. In fact, my very first pushup on Day 1 was done in a skirt, blouse, and heels in a conference room with some of my other pushup compatriots. I am so happy that this works so well, because it means that when I go visit my family for Christmas I will be able to keep up the routine.
- Somehow, I got assigned the duty of making sure everyone knows what day of the challenge we are on. If I don’t post what day it is on my facebook wall, I will get asked about it by at least a couple of people.
- Several of us have learned that thinking of The Count from Sesame Street makes this project a lot more fun. When I’ve done my pushups for the day, I often say things in my head like “Twelve! Twelve amazing pushups on my knees in Shelby’s office! Ah! Ah Ah!” Sometimes these things end up on my facebook wall, so the other day, I thought it would be funny to change my profile picture to be the count. I actually had one guy request that I keep that as my facebook profile until the challenge is done, so clearly I’m not the only person thinks The Count makes this easier!
- I really, really want a T-Shirt that says T-Rex Hates Pushups – something like this http://www.cafepress.com/mf/58778901/trex-hates-pushups_tshirt. Because of my current moratorium on unnecessary clothes buying, I’m not getting it just yet, but I really, really want one.
All in all – I am really glad I took up this challenge. Thanks to everyone who is participating and making it fun! If you are doing this or a similar fitness challenge, I’d love to hear about it!