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?