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Another Day, Another Challenge! #100DayBurpeeChallenge


Another Day, Another Challenge! #100DayBurpeeChallenge

That's right! The be all end all of hideous fitness exercises. Ask any one who is working out in the realm of burpees. They are a tough challenge to even the fittest of athletes. I'm not great at them but I'm willing to work on my weaknesses. That my friends, is how you get better. Before I show you the how to video with modifications posted by Ballina I want you to see Crossfit Unity trainer Shaun McCrary in action. 
Just watch his burpees and how he freaking flies up in the air!

Today I was on Twitter and I got a tweet from a Crossfit gym in Ballina Australia! Yep, how cool is that? They were talking about this 100 Day Burpee Challenge. I've been talking about working on my burpees so this is the perfect way for me to take the bull by the horns and by like Nike and "Just Do It!"

Here are the details from their post -
Sooooo, we are thinking start Monday August 1st?? Who’s in??
The idea is to complete burpees each day for 100 consecutive days, increasing in reps each day, starting at 1 burpee on day 1, and finishing with 100 burpees on day 100.
The Rules:
1. Use proper burpee form (start standing, jump feet backward to plank, complete a good form push up, jump forward to squat position, jump up with feet completely off the ground)
2. You can complete each day’s burpees all at once, or broken up and done at different times throughout the day
3. If for some reason you miss a day, you have to make up all the missed burpees the following day
4. If you don’t start the challenge on the first day, you can “buy-in” at any time by doing ALL the missed days burpees on your first day
5. Any burpees you complete during your regular workout can count towards that day’s Challenge burpees, if you want them to
6. Have fun doing burpees and getting stronger doing it!

Come on….. It’ll be fun!!!!

I'm going to keep my updates on this challenge here on this post and let's just see how fantastic I'm going to be by the time we get to Day 100. Bring it! I'm hoping the Mamavation Sistas will want to join in and the discussions will be held on You can also follow updates on Twitter using the hashtag #100DayBurpeeChallenge.

8/4/2011 - Buy in - 6 burpees to cover 8/1 - 8/3 + today's burpees is a total of 10. My first 4 were done at my gym after my WOD. The other 6 were going to be done at home.

8/5/2011 - The Burpee Karma came for me today. It turns out that I did not get those 6 burpees done at home last night. I just couldn't seem to muster the energy. My plan was to scrap it and buy in at 15 burpees today to play catch up. After today's Crossfit WOD there was a little extra. All I read was burpees 10 --->1 and thought, ok, this works perfectly! I can get this knocked out and get all caught up. People do the math! That is 55 Burpees that I did today for my buy in. OUCH! Tomorrow I will only be doing 6. That is all.

8/6/2011 - It hurt a lot. It was only 6 of them but after the 2 WODs yesterday and the 5K this morning my muscles are crying I tell you! My time 1:01.

8/7/2011 - Day 7 = 7 Burpees! I'm scared to do them. I've waited all this time to do them. It's gonna stink! Enough whining girl, get it done. Who cares if it's right after dinner. Good luck keeping it down. Now go outside, find some room and bust it out. I'm back, I conquered and this time I had shoes on. It makes it easier. I kept it down but there is a great deal of burping going on. lol - excuse the pun.My time :43 seconds.

8/8/2011 - Day 8 = 8 If you saw my Mamavation post then you got to see my little ones doing it with me. Nothing cooler than that. (No time recorded)

8/9/2011 - Day 9 = 9 I completed them after my work out today. The first few are getting easier but the ones that are near the end, like those last 3 are getting really hard. lol - What a commitment! (No time recorded)

8/10/2011 - Day 10 = 10 After the first 7 they started to get sloppy. I'm not gonna lie this is tough stuff. I do it at the gym right in front of my trainer. That way I know it gets done! My time 1:08.

8/11/2011 - Day 11 = 11  Today my Crossfit WOD called for 55 burpees. They are getting a little easier. Not a lot but a little. lol  (No Time recorded)

8/12/2011 - Day 12 = 12 Mine were done at 6:?am this morning after my hill training. I found a spot light and did them on the concrete. Bad idea for the hands ladies. That hurt a bit. Lucky for me there is a boot camp class so I was using their energy to get it done! lol My time 1:10.

8/13/2011 - Day 13 = 13 Oh my were those sloppy! I'm not in the gym and it's so much harder to do it at home. I got it done but it wasn't pretty. My time 1:27

8/14/2011 - Day 14 = 14 Much better form today! Not nearly as sloppy as yesterday. I did them here in my office while I'm cooking dinner. That was still not easy but I got it done. Can't wait to be in the gym tomorrow. My time 1:17.

8/15/2011 - Day 15 = 15 My time today was 1:37. Even though it feels like it's taking forever that is still a pretty fast time. I need to go back and put my other times in for all the other days I have tracked. They got sloppy after number 9 but it's done and it was completed at the gym. It's a much better environment.

8/16/2011 - Day 16 = 16 burpees. It sucked, a lot. It was after a Crossfit workout. My time 2:17.

8/17/2011 - Day 17 = 17 burpees down. I killed them. I was laying down flat by 11 but I pushed through it. It was much faster than yesterday. I put them in as part of my #Crossfit warm up! Whoop and my time today was 1:41. Bring it!

8/18/2011 - Day 18 =  18 burpees. I get to use them as a permanent part of my warm ups now. Today my quads were screaming! The burn was pretty intense. By the time I got to 9 I was flat as a pancake but realized I was half way through and knew I needed to suck it up and soldier on! My time 1:52.

8/19/2011 - Day 19 = 19 burpees. WOW those 19 were fun. I'm sore so it was slow going today. Trying to keep positive because I have 81 days to go! My time 2:07

8/20/2011 - Day 20 = 20 burpees. Day 20! That's right 20 in a row. This is the point you reach where you just have to relax into it. It's not going to go by fast. It's become the marathon now. It did burn in my quads though after that 3+ mile run this morning. My time 2:02

8/21/2011 - Day 21 = 21 burpees but not for me. In my Crossfit workout today I got to do 4 rounds of 15 burpee box jumps. I basically do a burpee and then jump up on a 20" box. That is a total of 60 burpees. My left leg didn't come with my on one of those jumps and I ate the box and did some sort of drop and roll. No time.
It's a nice shade of purple today.
8/22/2011 - Day 22 = 22 burpees. It wasn't so bad after yesterday! My time 2:24.

8/23/2011 - Day 23 = 23 burpees. Good Lord. It's getting easier but at the same time it's getting harder near the end. It's done though. My time 2:44.

8/24/2011 - Day 24 = 24 That's right! I'm doing division in my head thinking I can take a breather when I hit 12. It wasn't great today but it wasn't that bad either. As I get closer to 30 I realize I'm going to be hitting that 3 minute mark. My time 2:46.

8/25/2011 - Day 25 = 25 I was happy because my time was faster than the previous two days! I'll take it. Maybe I'm just getting faster at dropping to the ground! lol  My time 2:37

8/26/2011 - Day 26 = 26 It was a rough morning! I must not have had the right frame of mind today because it felt like FOREVER!!!!! My time 2:41

8/27/2011 - Day 27 = 27 Hit the tennis courts for this set around 6:30am. It was tough but better than the concrete. I guess it has a smoother texture to it. My time 3:45  WOW!!!! That is so much slower than when I'm in the gym! Thank goodness I'm going tomorrow.

8/28/2011 - Day 28 = 100m sprint, 5R(18lb. KB), 5L(10lb. db) over head box squat, 100m sprint, 10 burpees all for 10 rounds. My time: 1 HOUR ... that's 100 burpees today. Good Lord I can't wait until tomorrow.

8/29/2011 - Day 29 = The 29 are better than the 100 I had to do yesterday. I'll take it!!!! My time 3:06.

8/30/2011 - Day 30 = OMG - I can't believe we are now doing 30 consecutive burpees in a row. My time was faster than yesterday and you know why? My trainer was doing 30 right next to me. When I got to my 17th burpee he was done! WOW!!!!! My time: 3:04.

8/31/2011 - Day 31 - You know three minutes is not a long time but man I sure did get tired. It's Day 31. I need to rewrap my brain around this challenge. My time: 3:15.

9/1/2011  - Day 32 - It's taking a lot longer. It's harder to do them after I run in the morning. My quads BURN!!!! Either way I have to figure it out and soldier on. My time 3:34.

9/2/2011 - Day 33 -  Sloppy burpees is what they are! I didn't run this morning so it wasn't as bad as yesterday which would explain the 4 second difference. We are ON a whole new level here! My time 3:30.

9/3/2011 - Day 34 - Thank GOD it was part of my Crossfit work out today. There isn't going to be a time. We did a total of 45 burpees. They were bar facing burpees and because they are so hard tomorrow I will appreciate the 35. At least that's my story!

9/4/2011 - Day 35 - Did them at home without a stop watch. They were sloppy but they got done. I really rather do them at the gym.

9/5/2011 - Day 36 - WOW I can feel it in my quads. They are NOT happy. It's getting harder and harder but my arms are getting stronger and stronger. My time 4:11.

9/6/2011 - Day 37 - I'm worrying less about speed and thinking of it as more of a marathon now. I'm just relaxing into it. My time 4:07.

9/7/2011 - Day 38 - Today we had a Crossfit WOD that included 60 burpees. They were broken up by lunges and GHD back extensions. I left a lake behind me. Just check facebook there are lots of pics during our Crossfit sessions.

9/8/2011 - Day 39 - Whoa! Very sore in my legs after yesterday's work out. I still managed to soldier on with a time of 4:10. Sweet!!!!

9/9/2011 - Day 40 - It burns!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Everything burns. The arms and legs. It was tough to get them done but they got done. Whoot. My time 4:39.

9/10/2011 - Day 41 - OMG - That was tough after that run this morning. I had to lay there a few times and just get started again. 41 was no joke! My time 5:27.

9/11/2011 - Day 42 -Wish I would have paid attention to the Crossfit WOD today. This was my first round of burpees today. I couldn't believe how much faster they were today than yesterday! Guess it helps if you don't run on a bridge first. My time 4:38. The work out today tacked on 43 burpees for at total of 85. Whoa!

9/12/2011 - Day 43 - I was so sore from yesterday's work out that I couldn't even do it for a warm up. I had to wait until after today's work out to do it. This was by far the hardest set to date. I made it through Day 43. My time 6:45.

9/13/2011 - Day 44 - These were done after my warm up so it was a pretty good set. My time 4:27.

9/14/2011 - Day 45 - Serious fatigue. I'm not sure what is going on but I'm going to have to change things up. These burpees are becoming a full work out. My time 5:18.

9/15/2011 - Day 46 - much better after a warm up and a work out. It was still super tough but I got it done. My time 5:37.

9/16/2011 - Day 47 - Late night cabin burpees. It took a long time because I was doing them in a very confined place. No recorded time.

9/17/2011 - Day 48 - Burpees in the pool. I had the option so I took it. My kids kept asking me what I was doing but a challenge is a challenge and I will not skip and make them up the next day. NO THANK YOU! No recorded time.

9/18/2011 - Day 49 - Enough of these late night burpees! I'm ready to get back in the gym and get these done properly. No recorded time.

9/19/2011 - Day 50 - Whoo Hoo! Half way there. No recorded time.

9/20/2011 - Day 51 - That was tough. It's getting so much harder now. I'm hanging in there though. My time 7:40.

9/21/2011 - Day 52 - 5 Lateral Burpees, 7 Floor to Overhead (split jerks 65lbs.), 12 Floor Swipers (65lbs.) for 5 rounds My time 13:35. Whoa! Tacked on 27 burpees due today for the #100DayBurpeeChallenge for Day 52. That was the tough part.

9/22/2011 - Day 53 - Not too bad today! My time: 7:15.

9/23/2011 - Day 54 - Did them at home and very slowly. I have a 5K obstacle course tomorrow. No recorded time.

9/24/2011 - Missed, Boo!!!!

9/25/2011 - Day 56 + Day 55. I missed it yesterday. BAD MOVE on my part. 111 burpees done! My time 16:00.

9/26/2011 - Day 57 - Good Lord! It felt really slow today but that could be because I worked out before hand. My time: 8:46.

9/27/2011 - Day 58 - HAH! Take that 58 burpees. It felt slow but my time is faster than yesterday. I'll take it. It's getting easier to do them believe it or not. I'm doing them in sets of 10. It makes it easier in my mind, not sure why but I'm sticking with it. My time 7:07

9/28/2011 - Day 59 - Whoa! I was sweating a lake on that mat. Ugh! My legs are tender but overall not a bad set. My time 7:17.

9/29/2011 - Day 60 - Whoa! My legs are sooooo tender. This was tough today but I still did it. I'm hanging in there with 40 days to go! Whoo Hoo My time: 7:37.

9/30/2011 - Day 61 - Slowest time yet. We did a #Crossfit WOD today that just did me in for anything else. :/  My time 12:31.

10/1/2011 - Day 62 - This is so wrong to have to do after today's race but I'm doing it for fear of 125 burpees. That is all. No recorded time....I passed out and forgot to do them. Boo!

10/2/2011 - Day 62 + Day 63 = 125 burpees. Good Lord! Surprisingly it wasn't that bad. I mean it was BAD but not nearly as awful as it was in my head. Whoo Hoo! Either way I'm caught up and ready for Day 64.

10/3/2011 - Day 64 - Not feeling it today but getting it done. So close! That's what keeps me going.

10/4/2011 - Day 65 - I took it easy today. I was actually listening to some friends tell me some cool times they had on a trip.

10/5/2011 - #Crossfit WOD 400m run, dead lift 15 reps (135lbs.), burpees over the bar 10 reps - 3 rounds. My time 21:35. I have to remember that even though overall it is a slow time, I'm doing Rx. #100DayBurpeeChallenge - I added 36 after the workout for day 66. Whoa!

10/6/2011 - Oh My God! Day 67 was brutal. I left a pool of sweat behind. Well actually I cleaned it up but still it was hard. My time 10:27.

10/7/2011 -  Missed!

10/8/2011 - Day 69 - I ended up doing 75. I owe the burpee bank!

10/9/2011 - Day 70 - Killed them all while carrying on a conversation. Seriously? I'm feeling pretty confident today. Added another 52 to make up for what I missed afterward with no recorded time. My time 11:39.

10/10/2011  - Day 71 - Missed!

10/11/2011  - Day 72 - Missed!

10/12/2011 - Day 73 - I skipped day 71 & 72, both those days just got away from me. Today is 73 so I spent another 48 minutes 16 seconds after the Chelsea work out doing 217 burpees. I wanted to cry. I did pray a lot! I was kicking my own ars for missing those days. It was nothing but cyborg mode! I did it. I'm caught up. On to the next day.
I think I was on about 110 when my trainer caught this photo of my torture.

10/13/2011 - OUCH!!!!!!!!!!! My arms. Day 74. That is all. No recorded time.

10/14/2011 - Day 75. Took it extremely slow today. My arm muscles are screaming! I need a couple days to repair, eat and sleep! Karen, Chelsea, Nancy and Dating Sage took me out this week. Only 25 days to go and it's O-V-E-R! No recorded time.

10/15/2011 - Day 76 Those were the crunchiest burpees I've ever heard. My arms are obviously not recovered yet. Here's to a better tomorrow. My time 25:00.

10/16/2011 - Day 77 Day 77 - My arms feel much better today. It was still slow going but they got done. Whoot! My time 20:00.

10/17/2011 - I'm tired and slower and so ready to be done. That's another 78 under my belt. My time 15:00.

10/18/2011 - Day 79 - WHAT???? This is crazy. The closer we get to 100 the more I'm amazed. Today was much better than the last 3 and I'm pretty sure it's because I'm back in the gym. Whoo Hoo! My time 13:45.

10/19/2011 - Day 80 10 to 1 Burpee Broad Jump to Plate (25lbs.) Over head walking lunges (25lb plate) 200m Run = My time 26:53. I tacked on my 25 burpees at the end of my workout to complete Day 80 of the #100DayBurpeeChallenge. The 200m runs KILLED me. It was like running in quick sand. The last 200m (my victory lap) I just pushed through it.

10/20/2011 - Day 81 Killed them all. I was super happy with my time. After that WOD today my legs & arms were on FIRE. How I pulled out that time was simply some sort of cyborg mode! We are on the downhill slide now. My time 10:53.

10/21 - 10/23 Owing the burpee bank! This is going to be awful! 82+83+84=249 burpees. Ugh!!!!

10/24/2011  - Day 85 - It's a new day! - No recorded time.

10/25/2011 - HAH! After that #Crossfit WOD it was horrible. Everything burned but it got done. Day 86. My time 14:11.

10/26/2011 - Day 87 - I actually waiting for the next #Crossfit class to come in so I could draw some energy. It worked, and that's how I made it through 87 burpees. 13 days.... My time 12:25.

10/27/2011 - Day 88 - It burns after that work out today. My arms burn. The sweat is just a pull. You will see it soon enough. Either way those burpees got spanked today! 12 days.... My time 11:36.

10/28/2011 - Day 89 - Starting to get sick. No recorded time.

10/29/2011 - Day 90 - I feel even worse today. There is a nasty infection trying to bring me down. It's in my head, my nose, my ears and my throat. Feel like total CRAP! But I got it done. It was super slow. No recorded time.

10/30/2011 - Day 91 - I'm just getting progressively worse. I just want to go to the gym so I can bust them out! It's taking me nearly half an hour do get it done. I'm gonna feel better tomorrow though. Positive thinking! No recorded time.

10/31/2011 - Day 92 - Sooooooooooo happy to be back in the gym. My hip flexors are super tight! That's not fun. My time 13:30.

11/1/2011 - Day 93 - Rocked it today! During the last 10 I had a fellow crossfitter and my trainer jump in. Whoo Hoo!!! My time 11:06.

11/2/2011 - Day 94 - looking pretty sloppy to me. I can feel them because I land like a pigeon toed frog! lol - I don't fly very high. It's more like a hop but they are getting done. Soooooooooooooo close! My time 13:30.

11/3/2011 - Day 95 -  My trainer pulled out the psychological warfare! lol - Not really he just gave me a challenge to hit 12 minutes for today. Heather and Josh were there cheering me on. I needed it today. It was HARD! But I did it and met the goal. Bring it!!!! lol - There is an inner strength in all of us. You just have to dig deep to find it. :)   My time: 11:05.

11/4/2011 - Day 96 - WOD 5min row for calories (71), 4min (WO)man makers(20 lbs.) 12 reps, 3min Burpees 25 reps, 2min Pull-Ups (orange) 15 reps, 1min Toes to bar (more like toes to knees!) 5 reps. 128 total. I tacked on 71 Burpees to make it Day 96. No recorded time.

11/5/2011 - Day 97 - Slow going but done.

11/6/2011Day 98 - Slower going but done. My body is pretty beat up. Two more days of this...

11/7/2011 - Day 99 - So after I walked around and went through my mental breakdown I asked my trainer for the MOST modified version of a burpee. I'm not going to make it to Day 99 and stop because I pulled or pinched or whatever it is! That's just not an option. lol - So he showed me what to do. I gathered my chips and went in the corner. I couldn't do the modified version. It took to long and it hurt worse than just doing them! So there I was ... me and Jesus... that's right. We did 99 burpees together. It took longer than I wanted but it's done. Tomorrow is Day 100. I'm so thankful that I didn't just call it quits and I'm so glad my trainer understood and helped me finish up

I woke up this morning to a question on Facebook. How has this challenge changed your life? 
Has it really been all that life changing for me, no I don't really think that it has been. I'm all heart and that is something I already knew was there. I also have a mind set that I'm capable of accessing when I need too. Maybe that is the part that has changed my life the most. Now I know that I can put myself in that frame of mind to finish. That in turn gives me more confidence than before. I guess that would be the biggest change for me. When you know that you can do one more than you did the day before? That's proven confidence. It's not easy and at times, painful. Some days quick and some days slow and the last few weeks there has been a lot of prayer, but I roll with it. I just want to finish what I started. When I commit that is it for me. I'm all the way in until it's over. When you challenge yourself you just keep proving that over and over as you finish what you start. If you put your mind and heart into what you want, you can succeed. It's what you tell yourself that matters the most.

11/8/2011 - Day 100 Time: 12:45 = 5,050 burpees completed
I just finished the #100DayBurpeeChallenge on!

Day 100 - The hardest 12 minutes and 45 seconds. I was in a great deal of pain and I took lots of pauses. It was one of the most mentally challenging processes I think I have ever been through. Before you go bananas critiquing my form, I already know. If you don't know what happened then you can read above Day 99. Today was just about finishing what I started. Special thanks to the 8:15 & 8:45am class coming in to cheer me on! Special thanks to Shaun for getting me through it. You can hear him counting off for me. He knows how to get in my head which is a good thing, for me. Special thanks to Daniel! I could hear him encouraging me as well. Special thanks to Karen for showing up in person to cheer me on through the last 30! It really meant a lot and it helped get me through to the end. Thanks to Eminem, L.L. Cool J and House of Pain! Thanks to Crossfit Unity for allowing me to use the facilities to get through the challenge.

No, I'm not going back down the ladder. My body has been through enough. Now my trainer and I are going to work on fixing me. I'll keep you updated! We will be working on my range of motions among other things.

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