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100 Burpee Challenge at 281 Lbs in 20 Minutes

Posted Jul 31 2009 9:28am

I’ve been on a burpee kick for a few months now. Having started with only five burpees on day one, I’ve come a long way. A few weeks ago I wrote about how I did 105 burpees one night. I wasn’t able to record it since it was a spontaneous thing, but this time around I set out to record myself pumping out 100 burpees. I weigh 281 lbs, so this isn’t easy. Don’t try this at home folks. Seriously. You could get some kind of heart attack. Obese individuals like myself should be very careful when performing such strenuous exercise. Don’t worry about me, I’m a freak when it comes to these things so I’m safe…

Leading up to doing the burpees was gut wrenching. I knew the feeling of cranking out 100 burpees and let me tell you, IT SUCKS! Takes me back to one day in high school when our football coach had us running plays with out a water break for hours. Our lungs and lips were burning from the exhaustion. I wanted to test myself doing the burpees in the afternoon, since my night workouts are usually easier. The moment comes and I’m all nervous about it. I set up the GymBoss for 20 minutes and got right to it.

I had to break the video down into 3 parts. Enjoy…

100 Burpee Challenge Part 1

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100 Burpee Challenge Part 2

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100 Burpee Challenge Part 3

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I counted and only got 98…dammit! I know I had more in me. I should have just kept going. Next time I will!!!

Since my last burpee bad form video I’ve tried to improve my form. It’s hard controlling your body when you are as big as I am, but I’ll get there. As I continue to lose fat/weight I will be able to better control my body. Doing as much burpees as I did takes some mental toughness because your mind and body are telling you to stop. After about 12 burpees I was considering stopping. Thinking about doing just 10 more burpees was scary…but I got through it. Control of your mind and body are crucial.

I do burpees differently than what I’ve seen folks do. I try to do them like Steve Maxwell demonstrated. He says that the squat portions should be full squats. No matter how you do them, burpees will give you a great workout in a short amount of time. I’ve noticed that the burn in my legs has gone away. Now my muscles burn all over while doing burpees. That I can guarantee.

Comment away, give feedback, and share your burpee videos!!

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