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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?

By [E]queSarahSarah

Part-time artist, full-time crankypants who dabbles in knitting, running, and burpees.

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

Ditto. I woke up this morning and thought to myself, “I must have slept funny because two burpees cannot have destroyed my shoulders.”

Three done for today. Probably should have stretched a bit before hand as my knees, wrists and ankles all cracked on the first one.



I did burpees yesterday and felt like I was going to collapse, and said to myself, I need to do more of these so they stop making me feel like death.

In other words, challenge accepted.

Are any of you Persephoneers on Fitocracy? If so, wanna be friends? I’m niemi086 over there.

I’m psyched with the response! I’m on day three b/c my Cross-fit gym started the challenge on the first.

I’m going to check in with y’all periodically to see how you’re doing! 2012 is going to be the year of awesome arms!


*If anyone form Keystone Cross-Fit is checking this out…Hello there!!!


I am currently working on getting to 100 pushups (not doing the 100-pushup-program challenge, since I am a beast who did 46 pushups the other day [not that I’m bragging. Okay, so maybe I am a little bit] and bulk up quickly), so while I will probably not do the 100-day-burpee-challenge… this definitely makes me think that I should integrate them into my pushup sets.

Done deal. I love this idea. Simple and easy to implement into life. I’ll go do mine right now.


… So much jiggling. My boyfriend will love to watch this. :/

We will have a weekly thread about this? Or should we keep checking back here?

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