1000 burpees in 1 month

Last month, my friend Cindy posted a challenge. “Do 1000 burpees in September!” she said. “It’ll be fun!” she said.

If you know anything about Fitness Me, you’ll know I have a deep hatred of burpees. It’s the punishment if you don’t finish an obstacle in the Spartan Races. It makes your whole body hurt. It’s the worst exercise in the world.

So of course, I had to join in the challenge. Face something I hate, head-on? Oh yeah!

I’m happy to report that I DID IT. I did 1,050 burpees in 30 days. WTF. That’s so many burpees. I did these in addition to the workouts I am doing for a fitness competition that started Sept. 15.

And I feel AMAZING! I don’t hate burpees as much as I did prior to the challenge. I don’t fear them as much as I did (because really, that’s where deep hatred stems from – FEAR).

I’m even doing Burpees for Booby Traps! I volunteer for Best for Babes, a breastfeeding advocacy organization that supports all moms in meeting their personal breastfeeding goals. We’re in the middle of the We’ve Got Your Back, Babe! Personal Fitness Challenge, which raises money and awareness of the Booby Traps. Booby Traps are the barriers that all moms face when trying to breastfeed.

If you want to make me do more burpees, donate to the cause!

http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/runliftsara/weve-got-your-back-babe-2014

 

Twisted Mix Tape Tuesday: Let’s Get Physical!

…but not with Olivia Newton-John. Not in this chick’s workout playlist, anyway.

Oh how I’ve missed Twisted Mix Tape! I love talking about music, and sharing music, and discovering music, so my hiatus from this blog hop has been sad times. But no more!

Twisted Mix Tape www.jenkehl.comThe topic this week is motivating music. Since I’m kind of a gym rat who needs music to fuel my workouts, this is near and dear to my heart. So here goes: the top 5 songs that get me pumped the eff up.

1. Lose Yourself by Eminem

Oh My Lawd, this gets me pumped up. This song got me so many months of marathon and half marathon training. At the end of my last leg in one of the relays I did, I just replayed this song over and over and over because I. Was. Just. Done. I needed Eminem to tell me that “Success is my only motherfucking option, failure’s not.” This especially gets me to that point of, I’m so pumped up I might cry: “So here I go it’s my shot, feet fail me not, this may be the only opportunity that I got.”

Funny enough, I’ve never seen 8 Mile.

2. Killing In The Name by Rage Against the Machine

Another badass running song. The pace of my run syncs up well with the beat. This one also gets my blood pumping when I’m lifting heavy things.

“Fuck you, I won’t do what you tell me.”

3. Shoot to Thrill by AC/DC

I’m not gonna lie, my love affair with AC/DC is a direct effect of my near-obsessive love of The Avengers. Iron Man makes two kick-ass entrances to this song: one in Iron Man 2 and the other in The Avengers. The Iron Man 2 soundtrack is a staple in my workout playlist rotation. It kind of makes me feel like Iron Man.

4. Pretty much anything by The Lonely Island

So, one thing I like to look for in fitness music is humor. If I’m dying during a long run, I want to hear something funny to take my mind off the fact that I hate life so much right now. The Lonely Island pretty much delivers on that, every time. It’s a close one between I’m On A Boat and Jizz In My Pants, but I think Boat wins because it also has such a driving beat. Jizz is a little mellower. Anyway, here is both. You be the judge!

5. Professional Griefers by deadmau5 featuring Gerard Way

I added this one while living in England. The driving beat, the yelling lyrics, just the overall energy. I freaking love this song.

My workout playlist has definitely evolved. It used to be dominated by pop – Black Eyed Peas, Britney, etc. It still has a bit of that (Britney puts out some damn good dance music) and actually has a lot of British pop from my time in England (Wiley, Far East Movement, David Guetta, JLS, Example).

What music gets you off your rump and moving?