Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Fitness Challenge

But firstly an amazing quote:

Life is an opportunity, benefit from it.
Life is beauty, admire it.
Life is bliss, taste it.
Life is a dream, realize it.
Life is a challenge, meet it.
Life is a duty, complete it.
Life is a game, play it.
Life is a promise, fulfill it.
Life is sorrow, overcome it.
Life is a song, sing it.
Life is a struggle, accept it.
Life is a tragedy, confront it.
Life is an adventure, dare it.
Life is luck, make it.
Life is too precious, do not destroy it.
Life is life, fight for it.
Mother Teresa


So, it's been a while and I've been thinking ...... I'm thinking of setting myself a fitness challenge & videoing myself completing it (no laughing now ;-)).  I want to do this for a few reasons:
1) I want to tangibly/statistically be able to track my progress
2) & not just weight, I want to be able to visually monitor how my body changes as I get fitter
3) I think it will be able to help me change/update/alter/amend/improve my workout schedule as time goes on.

I'm also gonna have to make a concerted effort to find my HR monitor!!!!

NOW, not ever having done anything like this before I've thought up the following from watching a few youtube videos and a few things we do at bootcamp.  I'm going to have to record things to track, here is what I have come up with and was wondering if anyone could add to or make any suggestions.

Must get me one of these!

Things to record:
- number of reps
- heart rate @ end of each challenge
- weight
- measurements (calf/thigh/hips lower & upper/waist @ belly button/bust over boobs/upper arms)
- Frequency .... monthly????

The Actual challenge exercises*:
1 min burpees
1 min press ups
1 min goblet squats
1 min step-ups
Track distance run over 1 minute

OR set of**
10 burpees
10 press ups
10 giblet squats
10 step ups each leg (20 total)
Repeat as many times in XX minutes
Track distance run over 1 minute

*20 seconds break in-between exercises???
**20 seconds break in-between set????

So wach-ja-all-fink???  all ideas greatly appreciated in advance.  And I'm pretty sure hubby will amused at having to play cameraman :-)



  1. I think doing something like this once every 4-6 weeks could be a great way of tracking progress. Whether you do it for time or for reps is much of a muchness I think -- it all adds up to more endurance in the end. But I think keeping a training log of that, as well as pictures to monitor a change in appearance is a great (and preferable) alternative to relying on weight goals.

    Are you going to post the videos? ;-)

  2. I mean scale weight there, rather than weight-training weight btw..

  3. Thanks for this. As to posting the challenge video .... possibly when I have done 2 to enable comparison.


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