If you’re still relatively new here, you’ve probably noticed that on the first Friday of every month we do a 100 burpee challenge—100 burpees, in a row, as fast as you possibly can.
I love this challenge because it’s hard for everyone—newbies who’ve never done a burpee in their life, seasoned athletes, even people who have been working out consistently for years and years. There’s just something about committing to doing 100 burpees in a row and getting ready to push “GO” on your stopwatch that’s incredibly intimidating—even for those of us who have been doing the challenge every month for a while now.
Because there’s no doubt about it: doing 100 burpees in a row is hard. By the end, you’ll no doubt be gasping for breath and your muscles will be shaking, but it’ll be worth it, because you’ll have proven to yourself that you can do something most people consider impossible.
There’s no question about it: doing 100 burpees in a row is tough.
It doesn’t matter how fit you are, or how many burpees you do on a regular basis—there’s just something about doing 100 in a row that’s not only physically hard, but incredibly mentally challenging as well.
Honestly, as many times as I’ve done 100 burpees now, it’s still really hard for me. The morning I know that’s going to be my workout for the day, I secretly dread them and find as many ways to procrastinate actually doing them as possible. And that moment before I hit the GO button on the stopwatch? I get butterflies in my stomach even thinking about it.
That’s why I’m so incredibly proud of so many of you for getting past those mental and physical hurdles and doing the 100 burpee challenge every month. It’s not easy, and no matter how fast you’re able to do them, you should be proud of yourself for even attempting them!
It’s time for another 100 burpee challenge!
I have no doubt that this is going to be tough for some people—it is Fourth of July weekend, after all.
But holidays are no excuse for not getting your workout in—just get it done early in the day and you can spend the rest of your time watching fireworks, barbecuing, hanging out with your family, or doing whatever else you do this weekend.
You’ve got this, athletes!
Before I remind you of the 100 burpee challenge contest rules, I wanted to check in with Corinna, a seriously awesome 12 Minute Athlete reader, personal trainer in Australia and recent new mom.
Corinna had her son Hugo 7 months ago, and although it hasn’t always been easy, has made incredible progress ever since. She recently knocked her 100 burpee time down by 4:03—seriously inspiring!
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:
I am so incredibly impressed at how you guys have been taking on the 100 burpee challenge.
Doing 100 burpees in a row is tough, you guys! Mentally and physically, you really have to push yourself to complete every last one. Seriously, even if you attempt doing 100 burpees in a row, you should consider yourself to be a serious badass.
As of tomorrow, it will be our third month doing the challenge, and I couldn’t be more proud so far. After each one since we started in February, I’ve received so many comments/emails/Facebook posts/tweets/etc. about how great you felt after the challenge, how much your time improved from one week to the next, how you never thought you could do 100 burpees in a row but you did it anyway, and other similar awesome comments.
So as something extra fun to celebrate and recognize your guys’ hard work, I’ll be giving away a free shirt to the person who has the most improved time from last month!