Nope, that’s not a typo.
Today, I decided to embark on this challenge. 100 burpees per day for 100 days. I really dislike burpees. A LOT. Which is exactly why I’m doing this.
A good friend of mine always reminds me, “don’t get comfortable” when it comes to working out. Well, let me tell you, I am at my most uncomfortable when I’m doing burpees.
Tell me to pick something heavy up – you bet! Oh, you want me to throw this above my head? No problem! Tell me to do 10 burpees? I’ll give you the death stare and curse under my breath for each one.
There are other movements we do at Crossfit that I dislike – wall balls are definitely on the same level as burpees for me – I can never seem to get my breathing right with those. But I decided to tackle burpees first because I can do them anywhere and don’t have to be at The Box to get them done. Who knows, once I’m done with this challenge I may find wall balls a little easier.
So, my first day:
I didn’t set a timer or anything. I just did the movements. I took about a 30 second rest between sets of 10. I puffed, I grunted, I sweat about a gallon. Ok, slight exaggeration but boy did I sweat! After it was over I actually felt fantastic and proud of myself.
Since starting Crossfit I have come to realize that a lot of our work is all mental. It’s definitely true with burpees. I try to concentrate on anything other than what I’m actually doing but at the same time keeping count – it’s a fine balance.
Still trying to catch my breath!