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2012 Fitness Challenge: 100 Days of Burpees

Ah, the burpee. Also known as the squat-thrust. The bastard child of a squat and a push-up, with a bit of a jump at the end, it’s deceptively simple, yet throughly ass-kicking. It requires little room and no equipment aside from your body. In short, the perfect exercise for an open challenge!

Here’s a really good demonstration of what the burpee should look like, for those that are awesome and can do a strict push-up, and those of us (myself included) that need to use their knees to do the push-up part:

So, here’s the challenge that I present to anyone who’s interested in joining along: For the next 100 days, you do one burpee for each day. Day one, you do one, on day two, you do two, one day 34, you do 34, and so on. They don’t need to be done all at once, so if you need to break it up into sets, that’s fine. Just as long as you do all of them in a 24 hour period. If you miss a day, you can “buy back” into it by making up ALL of the previous days’ (yes, days) burpees. For example, if you miss day 17, you will need to do 17, 16, 15, 14,…3, 2, 1 (for you math nerds, you need to do the factorial of the day that you missed).

This is going to be tough, but I think the payoff will be pretty awesome.

So, who’s going to join me in this?

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47 thoughts on “2012 Fitness Challenge: 100 Days of Burpees”

  1. Ok, so I watched the demo and I was all motivated till I got to the end and the guy did the ring flip thing?!  REALLY??  I mean REALLY?!  Now I don’t know if I am so jealously motivated that I need to catch up on burpees or if I just want to go eat some toast and peanut butter in defeat.

    (on a side note, I am pretty sure this (the burpee)  is the bastard love child of Tony Horton and satan…)

    1. the ring flip stuff just boggles my mind. I have the utmost respect for gymnasts. That shit is HARD.

      Burpees are the devil’s exercise, but they are effective. And if you start with day one, it’s a slow build to the wacky numbers (like the fifty or so that @pileofmonkeys is at these days – I’m doing pushups b/c of an ankle injury on day 18)

  2. Yes! I’m up for this. 46 days late, I know, but as a regular killer-circuits-class goer I know I can do 20 without too much effort. So if I start tomorrow (too late in the evening and too soon after dinner to start jumping around now) and add 1 or 2 on alternate days, I should catch up with you all by the end. Hope you’re all still going strong (and stronger!)

    1. Welcome! We’re technically in week six (around day 45 or so), but everyone seems to have started at different times and different weeks, so don’t feel like you have to catch up all at once.  I do weekly check-ins, and there we can commiserate on how much burpees suck and how awesome our arms are starting to look and feel!

  3. I’m going to give this a shot tonight when I get home. I know I’m totally late to the game but whatever. :)

    If it doesn’t work out – for whatever reason – I always have my stairmaster and Nikita on Netflix to fill in.

    (I’m also training for a 15K in March so you can say I’m a bit preoccupied.)

  4. I decided to do this starting yesterday…and promptly smacked my head into the drawer handle on my bed while doing it. Sigh. Either exercise isn’t for me or I need to clean my room so I have more space.

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