Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Where Fuss works on fitness....

It is still winter here, and ice coats the roads and sidewalks, so getting out for a walk or run is more suicidal than anything. I practice my chiwalking when I can, but until the roads clear up a bit, I'm limited by my desire not to end up with a broken arm or (yet another) sprained ankle. I want to do something before spring to improve my fitness, give myself a confidence boost and get a head start for when the roads clear and I can run without threat of hospitalization.

In an effort to counteract the effects of sitting in my chair all day thesis-ing (or trying to thesis) and eating my parent's food I'm embarking on a series of fitness challenges:

* The 100 Push-ups Challenge
* The 200 Sit-ups Challenge
* The 200 Squats Challenge
* And the Yoga Journal 21-day home practice challenge

It may seem like a lot, but the first 3 only require a commitment 3 days a week, for 10 minutes each, so a total of 30 minutes for a push-up/sit-up/squat session, 90 min a week total. And the yoga sequences vary in length from 10 minutes to 45(-ish). I should add that all of these are free - even the 21 video sequences for the yoga challenge. I love free.

The push-ups/sit-ups/squats challenges (henceforth known as p/s/s) have you do as many p/s/s's in a row as possible for a baseline a few days prior to starting the challenge. Did that today, and I will begin all of the challenges in earnest Post-PAX on Monday (really don't feel like doing yoga crammed in a hotel room in front of my friends).

My starting numbers:

Push ups: 10 (from the knee....never been able to do a proper push-up in my life)
Sit ups: 35
Squats: 65 (WTF?!?!?! and yes, I triple checked to make sure my form was correct. I am a squat monster, hear me roar!).
Yoga: too fluffy to gauge, but I can easily touch my toes and do some sort of yoga at least once a week, so I'm not starting from scratch here.

Anyone want to join me?


  1. How did I miss this post? Anyways, those look like interesting challenges, and I'd like to join you in them. Have you started already? Probably not, if you've been sick.

    I'll try doing the base tests tomorrow, and start next week! Although I'm only doing the first three, not the yoga one. :)

  2. Hehe, you are correct, I haven't started yet...been too sick. New start date is this coming Monday (March 21st). Let me know how you do on the tests!

  3. Posted on lj! My tests were pretty pitiful, but oh well. LOOK AT YOU GO SQUAT MONSTER.

    You and me, we're doing this thing. No excuses, yeah?