Posting two days in a row? I must really be getting better after having this baby. 😉
I’ve been seeing a lot of “challenges” over the internet recently, mostly on Facebook and Pinterest because those are the only places I visit. I’ve seen the squat challenge, the abs challenge, and the one the probably strikes fear into most hearts-the burpee challenge. Each of these month-long challenges require you to progressively increase the reps you do of a certain exercise, giving you a couple rest days throughout the month. I’m sure you’ve seen them. The question is, are they worth it? Is it worth getting to the last day of the burpee challenge and doing 100 burpees? I would answer yes, as long as you aren’t wanting to see crazy results, or wanting to spot reduce fat in a certain place. You might see improvement in things like your ability to do cardio, or your butt might be a little firmer, or your abs might be slightly tighter, but you won’t be able to run a marathon, beat Apollo Ono in a leg competition, or shame Jessica Biel into hiding her stomach. And just so you know, you can’t spot reduce fat….fat comes off wherever the heck it wants to. In my case, my boobs are the first to go (TMI? haha). Just because you’re doing 100 sit-ups doesn’t mean you’re burning the fat in your tummy.
If you’re using the challenge to kick start your workout journey or challenge yourself to complete something that’s super hard, then I say go for it! I’m actually about to start the squat challenge, myself. I know I’m not going to see major results (especially if I don’t add heavy weight), but I haven’t worked out in a while, and I feel the need to be consistent with something. I can’t do the ab one b/c of the c-section, and 100 burpees just sounds masochistic to me….and I happen to love burpees.
In conclusion, if you feel the need to do one of these challenges, DO IT! Don’t slack at it, finish it, and you’ll feel super accomplished. Just don’t be pissed if you don’t see the results you were expecting. Clean eating, heavy lifting, and consistent cardio will help you out with those results.
Stay sweaty, my friends!!
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