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100 Burpee Challenge

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Postby rob » Fri Jan 18, 2008 9:32 pm

eeeegad guys. im going to wait a while before i ntry this. on the other hand i need a good 1 hr workout :P
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Postby agoodlysize » Mon Jan 21, 2008 8:50 pm

Ok, staying at a hotel where my DoorGym doesn't install to any of the doors (an increasingly frequent and frustrating problem) I decided to have another go at the 100 burpees challenge. My result?

21:35!

Whooo! Progress!
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Postby splint » Tue Jan 22, 2008 4:08 am

Great Job. Next goal is sub-20.

I haven't done them since I hit my sub-10 minute goal. :oops:

I don't think I've fully recovered from that.
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Postby agoodlysize » Thu Jan 24, 2008 12:50 pm

I'll try to hit sub-20 on a day when I've just gotten at least seven hours of sleep and three meals.

That hasn't happened in three weeks. I'm really looking forward to it.
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Postby agoodlysize » Mon Feb 11, 2008 1:47 pm

Did it again a few days ago, finally got under 20, at 18.35. Woot.
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Postby splint » Fri Feb 15, 2008 7:27 am

Nice progress!
You've basically increased your speed by 1 burpee every minute. If you can do that again you'll be flirting with sub 15 minute. Personally, I think a sub-20 minute mark for 100 burpees is fantastic. That's probably better than 75% of the population.

I did it last week and was able to stay under 10 minutes. One of these days I'm going to try 100 pull-up burpees but I'm a little afraid. I'll let you know how long it takes.
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100 Pull-up Burpees

Postby splint » Sat Feb 16, 2008 2:01 pm

100 Pull-up Burpees in 18:52. Not dead-hang pull-ups but jumping up from the burpee into a pull-ups (chin over bar).

I liked this but I'd like the bar to be higher next time I do them. That would demand more jumping power and make it more of an exercise for the legs. That being said it was a sweat inducing workout. It didn't tax my cardio as much as regular burpees because the pull-up demands so much more of my strength that I can't perform as many in a row as I can with regular burpees because the pull-up is a limiting factor. I suppose that means i should do them though and work on that.
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Postby agoodlysize » Wed Feb 20, 2008 1:14 pm

When taking into account my diet and sleep pattern, I will be content to maintain or slightly increase my rate until I get off of tour. As it stands the quality of my meals and the amount that I sleep is inconsistent at best, and I do not wish to tax my system overmuch. Once I move to the city, though, I look forward to having more downtime and something resembling a steady schedule in which I can plan regular workouts.

That being said, I'm up to three decently solid pullups in a row, and am staying strong at level five, with the aid of exercise bands to help me through the tough bit at the end of day one.
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Postby agoodlysize » Sun Mar 02, 2008 2:39 pm

Dear My Own Fatness,

14:06.

Hide your women and children. I am coming for you.

Love,

Goodly
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100 burpee challenge

Postby Arthur » Mon Mar 17, 2008 7:58 am

I do this workout in ladder form--1+2+3.... If you ladder up to ten and back down you've done a hundred. If I can keep my breaks under twenty seconds I can usually finish this in about ten minutes.

The punchline is that, if I try to do ten burpees a minute for ten minutes, I'm lucky to make it to the fifth or sixth minute before I run out of break time and my legs forget how to jump and my lungs forget how to breathe.

Two other nice things about the ladder:

the intensity gets ramped up gradually (which is good for me because I probably just climbed out of bed); and

up and down the ladder equals the square of the number you went up to (which is good because...actually, I guess I just think that's neat).
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Postby splint » Mon Mar 17, 2008 8:21 am

That's a good way to pace it. I never thought of it that way. I usually just do as many as I can without a rest which is about 25 and then do sets of as many as I can up to 100. I did finish in 9:47 doing it that way. I think I'll try laddering it like you said and see if I get any improvement in time.
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Postby Ken K » Wed Mar 19, 2008 12:17 pm

Followed advice on this thread and did the challenge in ladder sets. Time was 18:17. Man was I sucking wind. :oops:
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Postby splint » Fri Mar 21, 2008 5:11 am

I tried the ladder but I found it a little more awkward, unfortunately my timer crapped out after 3 minutes because I had it set on rounds so I'm not sure what my exact time was but it was around 10 minutes.

I probably just need to do it more, but I really couldn't find a good place for taking rests. It seemed that I needed to take more rests than just in between the ladders. Like on the 8-9-10-9-8 area it was difficult to get 9 in a row without rest. I know I could have rested but it didn't feel right.

I also made sure to do knees to chest on the jump for every rep.
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Wow, that sucked

Postby tkbslc » Fri Mar 28, 2008 7:35 am

I tried this last night. I had never actually done a burpee before. After 10, I didn't think I was going to get to 50. Somehow I got to 80 and the last 20 were the easiest. Overall time was better than expected at 14:27. I think I can get to 10 minutes with a little practice and better pacing.
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Postby splint » Fri Mar 28, 2008 8:55 am

that's a great score, I was surprised with my 14:57 on my first attempt as well. It's funny how you mention that the last 20 were the easiest but the first 10 were hard. I find weird anomalies like that doing 100 burpees too. I might literally feel like I'm going to pass out in the 30-40 range where I'm barely doing 2-3 in a row but then I'll go from like 45-65 straight through with no problem and I always find the last 10 or so the easiest.

I have some theories where perhaps glycogen stores kick in at some point and maybe doing so many reps teaches your body to do them in the most efficient way so the later reps are actually easier.

But I dunno, it's weird and definitely not linear.
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