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"Black and Blue Fridays"

Friday, November 30, 2012

My gym has a “December Holiday Challenge” which is actually a lot like the Sparkpeople website, only its real life. You get points for tracking your eating, points for fitness minutes, points for attending classes, etc. You also get points for some “feel good” things for the holidays like bringing in food to donate to a local pantry. There are also bonuses you can get by doing special things, like taking a demo of a new class or participating in “Black and Blue Fridays.”

On Black and Blue Fridays, they post a “mystery” workout that you don’t know until you arrive at the gym. It could be anything and you can get an extra 300 points for the challenge if you do the workout posted. Today it was 100 reverse crunches, 100 pushups, 100 squat jumps, 100 jumping jacks, 100 burpees, and 100 shoulder presses. OMG I died. I did them in sets of 10 and only managed to get through 70 of each. I still got the points for attempting the workout (Yeay!) but I really need to step up my resistance training.

The challenge works in teams and you can win gift cards and such. It’s designed to make you try new and different things at the gym, which I’m welcoming. I think it may get me through these last five pounds and jump start a strength training plan too.

Saturday, I’ll be trying TRX, which is kind of hard to explain. It’s strength training using suspension cords. Nothing I ever would have checked out if it weren’t for the extra points for the challenge lol. Anybody have experience with this?
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  • OPTIMIST1948
    From what I have seen, TRX is terriffic because it works those teeny small balance muscles that often get overlooked.

    I think I did 10 burpees once....once. You have my RESPECT.
    1814 days ago
    I don't know anything about TRX, but I do know that the black and blue Friday workout would take an olympic champion of some sort to complete it. It makes me faint just to read the program.
    1814 days ago
  • LYNSEY723
    That's really cool!! Props to your gym! And way to go with the challenge! Sounds like a great way to stay on track through the holidays. :)
    1816 days ago
    That challenge sounds like a lot of fun & a great way to meet more people to work out with! Have lots of fun & let us know what you think of TRX. I've seen people working out on it, but haven't done it myself.
    1816 days ago
  • STODD251
    I so wish my gym had that kind of challenge! It sounds like so much fun (and by fun I mean torturous but so rewarding)
    1816 days ago
    That sounds great. It's wonderful that your gym mixes things up like that and makes it fun for people. My gym doesn't have anything like that. I would probably go like I should if they did.

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    1816 days ago
    That sounds like a really cool program! I've used the TRX but I've only done one exercise with it, sort of a reverse row. Definitely challenges you to keep your form. I know it's supposed to be really versatile but I would trust it without something solid to attach it too.
    1816 days ago
    I used TRX when I started to rehab my knee. It is a great program (designed by a Navy Seal) and you can easily pack it in a suitcase for travel or use it at home or even take it to the park! It is a bit expensive though, but it is great to use at the gym. I think you will find it to be very challenging, but fun :-)
    It sounds like you belong to a great gym, it sounds like you are having a lot of fun and getting healthier and fitter too. emoticon
    1816 days ago
    That sounds like a fun challenge! The mystery workout sounds like something from a bodyrock challenge. I was my fittest I've ever been when I was doing bodyrock exercises 4x per week. I can't believe you did all that this morning! What a way to start the day!
    1816 days ago
    Sounds interesting

    Make today a great day!
    1816 days ago
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