I finished the 30-day squat challenge a few weeks ago. Once the reps got "up there", I did split up the number into multiple sets. For the most part, I ended up doing all my sets in the evening with only a short rest period in between. When it got to the bitter end though, I did try to do sets throughout the day. My goal when I went into it wasn't to be able to do 250 squats all in one go. I was happy to have successfully finished the challenge the way I did it, and my quads and glutes were firmer and better having done it. I'm trying to do a set or two of squats every day.
Last week I started the 30-day abs challenge. Again, not going into it with the intent to do all the reps at one time once the number gets high. Exception - the plank - I will definitely try to be working up my time as per the challenge without doing separate planks with rest in between - only as absolutely needed. Sitting here on Day 6, I find it hard to believe that I'll eventually work up to being able to do a 2 minute plank, but we'll see.
I do see myself modifying other parts of the challenge though. I don't get why sit-ups are included - I thought they'd fallen by the wayside as far as being an effective way to work the abs. In my Pilates classes, we do roll-ups - very slow full situps is how I'd describe them. But honestly, I don't care to spend all that time doing very slow situps. I might just do the situps until I've had enough of them and then replace the situps with the same quantity of either crunches or some other ab exercise. Leg raises are alright, but I might alternate the straight leg version with a bent leg version sometimes.
I heard about the squat challenge from another blogger, and saw stuff all over the internet
for both the squat and ab challenge, but I got my ab challenge chart from the site "30dayfitnesschallenges" dot com.
| current weight: 168.0