Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Swollen Thighs and Shakey Arms

swollen thighs and shakey arms fitness post

Until recently, I'd never really taken much notice of the countless exercise challenges that fill my social media news feeds and email newsletters. But, roughly 30 days ago, I stumbled across a squat and push up challenge on Pinterest that caught my attention.

The premise was very simple - perform squats and push ups each day for 30 days, increasing the reps each day. The reps were defined in the graphic and the whole thing would see me complete a total of 5000 squats and 1000 push ups over the course of the challenge, with 300 squats and 60 push ups being done on the last day. These round numbers pleased me and the idea that it would only take a small portion of my day to complete was also a motivating factor to give it a go.

Here's the graphic that I found and what I've been working through for the past month.

work out exercise for thighs and arms fitness

I decided to be strict with myself and never miss a day. I also committed, from the start, to complete each set in one go and pretty much go straight from the squats into the push ups with maybe just enough time to grab a few gulps of water before pressing on (pardon the pun).

I've actually really enjoyed this little challenge as it's been a nice way of getting more body weight exercise into my current training regime. I can safely say that before this I'd never done anywhere near as many body weight squats in one go. I can assure you that performing 300 squats through a good range of motion in one sitting is really tough. Give it a go if you don't believe me! It's surprisingly hard from a cardiovascular perspective too. I was finding that after completing my reps for the day I was extremely out of breath and my heart was pounding heavily in my chest.

What I do feel compelled to stress here is that challenges such as this one which require high repetitions of only a few exercises should only really be done to supplement a training programme. It would be foolish to ONLY do squats and push ups, for example, especially if you're doing them with sub optimal technique. That would be a very easy way to overload certain movement patterns and cause muscular imbalances.

Have you ever set yourself a structured fitness challenge like this one? what did it consist of and how did you find it? Let me know in the comments section below :)


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