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100 CHALLENGE


Thursday, June 10, 2010

I always go to the gym on Monday, Wednesday & Friday. I happily pack my bag, listen to my radio the whole way there. I am still happy when I'm putting on my running shoes. I like my gym, I like my instructor, I like my cardio routines, they're stimulating. What I don't like is every two months the instructor likes to do a cardiovascular measure called the 100 challenge. We have 30 minutes of painful, strength sapping, sweat dripping cardio routine that would change even the most seasoned exerciser into a puddle of a blubbering mass of muscles. It goes like this:

10-JUMP SQUATS,
10 PUSH-UPS,
10 TUCK JUMPS,
10 LUNGES RIGHT,
10 LUNGES LEFT,
10 BURPEES,
10 MOUNTAIN CLIMBERS,
10 NARROW GRIP PUSH UPS,
10 SIDE TO SIDES,
10 SOMETHING ELSE CRAZY

We are timed for 30 minutes, we don't stop, we do round after round. The first round is OK, the second or third time through I am starting to wonder if there are hidden cameras and we might just show up on America's funniest home videos, the fourth & fifth time through I'm starting to wonder if I'll be able to peel my body off the ground after the 5th burpee. By the 6th and 7th go through, I am having an out of body experience, I am going through the actions, I feel nothing, I see everyone elses sweat streaked face, redder than all get out all doing the same hard @ss routine as me. What I am trying to say is, it's tough! So tough that if I knew that the instructor was planning it for that day I wouldn't have showed up to class. Someone even left the class when they found out that's what we were going to do.

I like exercising, working-out and challenging myself but I do not like the 100 challenge. Yes my cardio vascular improved from the last time I did the challenge but I knew it would because I work really hard when I exercise.
So all this complaining really gets me no where but in the mean time I'll keep working to the max so that when the next 100 challenge shows up I'll be able to do even more than the last time.
Cheers to improving my cardio ... now where's my pain reliever!
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