Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Time for another burpee challenge

Almost seven years ago I came up with a bright idea that became known as my burpee challenge. 

Starting on January 1st until my birthday about six weeks later, I challenged myself to complete 54 burpees at the end of my workout each Monday through Friday.  There was a little self-imposed punishment in this challenge if I failed to get my daily 54 burpees completed.

The theme of this challenge was “no burpees today no food tomorrow”.  Why 54?  That was how old I would be on my birthday.

I had fun with this little challenge, stuck to it never missing a burpee day and, therefore, never missing a meal the following day.

On my 54th birthday, I completed 54 burpees for the last time and called this project a success.  Somewhere along the way I had a nice uptick in my cardiovascular conditioning and, I’m sure, became mentally tougher too.

I’ve done burpees here and there since then but not with the regularity and tenacity I had during that brief period.

So as I think about how to physically challenge myself with my fitness training, I’ve come up with the bright idea that it’s time for another burpee challenge. 

Pax Domini sit semper vobiscum 

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

What kind of burpee do you perform?

pierini said...

The Ross Enamait version with perhaps not quite the jump that Ross does because I'm a middle-aged man. But my hands definitely reach for the sky and there's a bona-fide jump with every rep. Thanks for asking.