Monday, June 6, 2011

New Season, New Challenge

So, this is my first real week of summer since I had so much school stuff going on last week. And I'm finally going to start a challenge I saw online a while back. Actually, I'm going to do two different challenges. The first is the 200 Crunch Challenge (yes, the website says situps, but then goes on to say they use crunches), and the second is the 100 Pushup Challenge. I figure this will at least jump start my core strenthening plan.

For both of these challenges, you complete an initial test just to see how many of each exercise you can currently do. starting numbers for the Crunch Challenge is 100 (oh, yes, really!).

Ok, so I'm pleased with the number of crunches I can do. I'm attributing this to the fact that I run, and while I don't focus on my core enough, running does seem to keep it stronger than if I wasn't running.

But my pushups? My starting number is just 5. Man, I am weak!

But, that's the point. I am going to follow the plan to get to 200 crunches and 100 pushups, hopefully by the end of summer.

I'm in the Excellent category for crunches, so I'll actually be starting at Week 3 of the plan. That means 3 "workouts" this week of 5 sets of 20+ crunches (depending on the day).

I'm in the lowest rank possible. Luckily, they didn't name these like they did the crunches. I'm afraid it would say something like "Weakling" or "How Pathetic." I'll be starting with 5 sets of 2-5 crunches. We'll see.

My plan is to start the workouts on Wednesday. I'll fit in Wednesday/Friday/Sunday workouts this week and switch to Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday the next week.


  1. I'm string day one of the push-up challenge tomorrow. I think I'm going to tackle the challenges separately. Push-ups first, then crunches. I'm still doing my normal core workout though. I just don't have enough brain power to keep up with too many goals. Unless I create a massive schedule with my daily workout 'to-dos'. It may come to that anyways. :) You know me and lists....

  2. Since I don't have a "normal core workout," I'm using this to jumpstart that. At least I'll get a few main muscle groups in.

  3. This sounds like a good challenge for me once I get the go ahead from the doc... one way to get my abs back.