Since I couldn’t go to the official Whole Life Challenge end workout on Saturday I knew I was supposed to do it today. I wasn’t looking forward to it at all. Then I walked into the gym and saw this:

50 Double unders
60′ Suicide sprint (every 20′)
30 Handstand push ups (60 pikes)
50 Abmat Sit Ups
60′ Suicide sprint (every 20′)
30 Push Press 95/65#
50 Toes to bar
60′ Suicide sprint (every 20′)
30 Wall Balls 20/14#
50 Sit Ups
60′ Suicide sprint (every 20′)
50 Double Unders

Suddenly I was raising my hand and begging to do the other workout! It was 9 minutes of:

  • 7 kettle bell swings with 25#
  • 7 burpees
  • 50 yard run
  • I thought I was going to do better than the first time I did this two months ago. I’m 14 lbs lighter. When I started the workout I felt like I was moving faster and better than I remembered. Last time the run after the first time was like zombies staggering. It felt better than that today. I never felt like I couldn’t go on. I was breathing like an asthmatic water buffalo but I felt ok. The first time I got 6 full rounds, 7 extra kettle bell swings, and 1 burpee. This time I got 6 full rounds, 7 kettle bell swings, and 7 burpees. I was hoping to get at least 7 full rounds so that disappointed me. But there were some differences between the conditions in each workout. Last time I did it at 10:30 on a Sunday. I’m better later than at 6:30 AM when I did this one. The coach timing me today made me jump in the air after each burpee. We were timing each other last time and there was no jumping. And, I swear the 50 yard run was longer. We moved locations and so they were run at different places. I don’t think they got the tape measure out. I think they were paced off by different people. So, considering all that I guess I’m happy with my performance.

    After I went back inside (oh yeah, I did the workout outside in the dark in November in northern Ohio – COLD!), they had me do half the reps for the other workout. It wasn’t as bad as it seemed even though my triceps were killing me from 49 burpees. I did it in 18 minutes.


    3 rounds of:

  • 60 feet of broad jumps
  • 60 feet of handstand walking – I did 5 wall climbs instead. Start in pushup position then walk backwards. You feet climb the wall until you are in a handstand.
  • 60 feet of walking lunges with a 25 lb plate over your head
  • 30 squats holding a 25# kettlebell
  • I did it in 11:47.


    Today’s workout was as many rounds as possible in 21 minutes of:

  • 20 Toes to bar – That’s hanging from a bar and raising your feet. I can just sort of do knees to chest.
  • 15 burpees
  • 10 squats with a bar held overhead. I just did 33 lbs. I was uncoordinated on that today.
  • 1 rope climb or 5 rope stands – For the stands you lay on the ground next to the rope. Walk your hands up the rope until you pull yourself to standing.
  • I did 5 rounds plus the knees to chest and 1 burpee.

    I found out that officially on the whole life challenge I lost 6.75 inches in 2 months. It feels like more than that! But, I’ll take everything I get.