Would you pay $100 to lose 10lbs?

Friday, August 03, 2012

So nothing in life is quite that simple. Of course I couldn't just pay $100 and drop 10lbs (I would if I could!!) I signed up for a three month Performance Challenge with some local folks. Some really awesome local folks I might add!

The Challenge started yesterday and consists of many many things. There are four tests that will determine the performance improvement over 3 months. Let me tell you, I plan to blow these out of the water! I did two of the tests yesterday, the hydrostatic body fat test and the Total Max Lift test.

Hyrdrostatic body fat testing is where you lay in a tub of water and breath all your air out and after a little magic, someone tells you how much of your body is lean mass and how much is fat. You also get a neat little print out of how many calories your body actually burns doing certain activities and how the numbers would look different if you lost weight or gained muscle.

The Total Max Lift test is a workout from Cross Fit (I think?) where you warm up and then work up to figuring out the maximum weight that you can Barbell Squat, Barbell Deadlift, and Barbell Shoulder Press. This test took about 20 minutes or so, but today I felt like I had lifted weights for an hour! I probably lifted the same total amount of weight, haha. I'm going to have to practice these moves a little more because yesterday was my first time ever doing them.

The other two tests are to time yourself running a 10K, and another Cross Fit workout called "Annie" where you jump rope 50 double-unders then 50 sit ups, then 40 of each, 30, 20, 10 and time yourself. I haven't done "double-unders" in jump rope since I was a kid, so it will be fun to try (you have to do three single skips for every double under if you can't do a double under). I plan on doing one of those tests tomorrow and one Saturday.

During the three months, we're also using SP and Facebook to interact and track all work outs and food for points as well as a few extra challenges. It's very involved, but I wasn't pushing myself very hard on my own, so I'm hoping this is just what I need! I'm excited to meet others in the challenge as well, so far everyone has been great!

I will post all of my test results in another blog when I finish them. Also look out for August goals. What do you guys think, would you ever do challenge like this? Have you already?
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    Love the motivation! Helps kick up the game for the challenge! I'm really glad you are joining in. You did awesome on your first time doing those lifts, your form was pretty solid and you moved some good weight. Keep it up! I hope after this initial push in getting the challenge going and all the performance measurements out of the way it will be a little easier to be in maintenance mode in the challenge.
    Keep up the great work and thanks for the push!
    3128 days ago
    You are off to a great start in the challenge. Seeing you do this so well is very motivating. Thanks for joining us.

    3129 days ago
    I couldn't do a challenge like that, just because there are so many components to it that it becomes overwhelming! I wanted to though, but I'm too intimidated. You've always been more of a planner and organizer than me.

    I wish you epic amounts of luck in your challenge! Keep me up to date on how it goes! I'll quiz you regularly! Lol
    3129 days ago
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    That sounds like a great challenge. I'm sure you'll smash it!
    3129 days ago
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