On Saturday, I invited all of you to give me a horrible birthday present: burpees. I promised to do burpees every time you liked and shared my #BirthdayBurpees posts on social media, and you guys responded in a great big way. (It’s not too late to assign me burpees! Click here to do your part.)
So – how many burpees do I have to do? The grand total is… 1,068 and counting!
That is a LOT of burpees! I was kinda hoping for over 1,000 – just so I could do more than the 1,000 I did for last year’s #BirthdayBurpees challenge, but I have to admit I am getting a slight sinking feeling in my stomach, because… 1,068 burpees? What have I gotten myself into?
That’s why this is a challenge, my friends. Challenges aren’t easy. I made my bed, now I have to lie in it.
I began doing my burpees on Saturday, the day I issued the challenge. I did 50 in the morning at home, and then later, at the gym, I did 70 more (50 regular and 20 with a Bosu ball, which are even harder). That’s 120 for Saturday. My gym has these ellipticals that have free weights attached, so I used one of those for 25 minutes too, where I would rotate between 2 minutes of elliptical and 20 reps of a free weight exercise (like bicep curls, military presses, etc.).
I had a meeting to go to late Sunday morning, so I did 50 burpees before it, 50 burpees after it, and 30 burpees at the end of the day. I also did a 15-minute Stairs program on my Bowflex MAX Trainer, during which I learned that my new dog Maude will try to attack my shoes while I use the machine. I didn’t try to stop her. It’s pretty cute, and doesn’t impede my workout at all. Maude also learned that there’s fun things to see out my window, although as far as I could tell, she was most transfixed by the reflection of my own TV in the glass. I was watching the Democratic Debate in Flint, and I think Maude is still undecided between Clinton and Sanders.
Speaking of Maude, she says hello!
That’s 250 burpees in two days. I woke up today feeling SORE. I haven’t done burpees in a long time. Plus, I had four good workout days prior to the beginning of #BirthdayBurpees, so I was due for a rest day anyway. So today I’m resting. Well, almost. I did 20 burpees first thing this morning, which just served to prove how much I needed a rest day. I’m done with burpees for today!
I’ve created my new #BirthdayBurpee counting system, too. Last year, I used the very high-tech, state-of-the-art method of hash marks.
This year, I’m using an even more sophisticated, top-of-the-line, revolutionary system: DOTS! Each burpee gets a dot, and all the burpees I do in one day will be the same color.
Soon that paper will be covered in colored burpee dots!
270 burpees done, 798 to go!
Keep it up, David!