Tomorrow is the official start of the June 100 burpee challenge. Time to get excited!
But before getting you guys fired up to do the challenge, I first wanted to check in with Erin, last month’s contest winner. Erin knocked an impressive 4:29 off her 100 burpee time from April to May, so I thought it’d be pretty motivating to check in with her and see how she did it.
Because remember, while aspiring to reach a certain time at some point along your fitness journey awesome, it’s really all about YOUR improvement and how hard you can keep pushing yourself to get better and fitter than ever before.
First, let’s check in with Erin:
How Erin ROCKED last month’s 100 burpee challenge
Krista: In last month’s challenge, you beat your previous month’s time by four and a half minutes! That’s seriously awesome and inspiring. What do you think were the biggest reasons for your improvement?
Erin: I try to work on burpees or some other full body exercises with every workout; high knees, squat jumps, lunge jumps, tuck/high jumps—really core focused dynamic moves. I also try to keep momentum up during workouts. It’s difficult to flow right into the next one without coming up for air, but it’s a goal to get straight through and THEN rest.
Krista: What’s your fitness background?
Erin: Off and on, for a lot of my adult life, being active has been important. I was, once upon a time, in the military with a 10min mile. I’ve lost a lot of that fitness and have been working to get it back. I have had a couple of jobs that took up most of my free time, not giving me the chance to work out regularly. Now, having a desk job, in a private office, I can work out for lunch, leaving time for a run when I get home. Also, my husband and I do backcountry hiking whenever we can get away.
Krista: What goes through your head when doing the challenge? Do you have any favorite songs/mantras/podcasts/etc. that help you push through it?
Erin: While kicking my butt, I like to listen to Pandora: Workout Radio. It gives a good tempo to keep up with and takes my mind off of the task at hand. While doing the moves, I just think, “get it over with and then you’ll have __ more rounds to go, Bittner, you got this!!!”…
Krista: Any advice for newbies wanting to try the challenge but feeling way too intimidated by it?
Erin: It’s only intimidating if you allow it to be. You know your body – you know what your mind is capable of talking your body into. If your mind that says you can’t, then you can’t.
If your mind says give it a try and see what happens, and you prove to yourself that you CAN do it, your mind will stop talking you out of trying.
Whether it’s one, or one hundred, you always start somewhere. To get better time, don’t cheat yourself when you work out. Sure you can slow down, take a breather, but that’s going to keep you at status quo. If you really push through and get over that wall, your time and ability to do (whatever) will completely take you by surprise.
Krista: Any other advice for those struggling with this challenge?
Erin: I like to tell myself that ” ‘someday’ has come and gone… the time is now.”
It keeps me from thinking, “oh, I’ll get around to it…someday”. It got me off the couch and into a pair of workout clothes. The best part is, it’s not just a fad diet or something to dread doing – it’s a lifestyle change that works, and when you see it working, you want to continue!
It fits into almost any schedule, and there are modified versions that beginners can do – NO EXCUSES!!!
Krista: Thank you Erin, your attitude seriously rocks. You’re a total badass!
This month’s 100 burpee challenge + t-shirt contest
Ok you guys, we’re doing the same thing as last month, here are the rule refreshers:
Step #1: You do the 100 burpee challenge. You have by the end of the weekend (a.k.a. June 8th) to complete the challenge.
Step #2: Post your time AND the amount you’ve improved from last month’s challenge in the comments of this post. I’ll try and make sure to look on Facebook/Google+/my inbox as well, but if you want to make sure I see your time, post it here.
Step #3: I’ll look over all the times and send a shirt of your choice to you (or whoever you want)!
Now go work hard, and kick some serious burpee ass!