The 28-Day Challenge

I’m somebody who needs a challenge. I need a goal, something to aim for. I believe very strongly that if you set your mind to something – and stick with it, see it through – you can accomplish most anything.

So, starting on Saturday (2 days from now), I will start my own 28-day challenge:

100 push-ups every other day & 250 crunches every day for 4 weeks.

Strormtrooper Pushups

Some Questions, Some Answers.

The first obvious question is why? Why 28 days? Why push-ups & crunches? Why Saturday?

The reason I’m doing this is to get in shape. I’m 35 – certainly not old, but not getting any younger. I was training for the Odgen (Utah) Marathon, but ended up hurting my knee. I was bummed as I had trained up to 15 miles. So, I need a new challenge. I need something that’s not terribly time-consuming yet will show results.

28 days should be enough time to notice a positive change. Doing 1,400 push-ups and 7,000 crunches better get me stronger. Why just 2 exercises? Sure, I could do a full body workout. I could layer in cardio (running, biking, rowing machine, etc). However, I’m not ready to commit that much time (yet). Doing 100 push-ups (every other day) and 250 crunches per day should take 10-15 minutes max.

Note: My goal at the end of the 28 days is to be able to do 100 push-ups and 250 crunches without stopping. I’m realistic enough to know that will take some time to build up to. Therefore, to start, my goal will be 100 push-ups (every other day) and 250 crunches (every day) total throughout the day. It may be 20 at a time, but I’ll get it done!

I plan on altering my diet a bit too. Nothing crazy. Nothing too formal. However, I’ll do my best to eat healthier and consume fewer calories. I’ll be tracking how many push-ups and crunches I can do at one time as well – to see progress.

Why Saturday? Why not? Seriously though, I think that too often we wait until the 1st of the month or Monday. Screw that. I’m ready now. If I wait until Monday or June 1, I’ll change my mind.

My Challenge Is Your Challenge

Do you need a challenge too? Are you ready to get in shape? Join me. Please. Let’s do this together. If you are in, please indicate so in the comments below. Feel free to keep it simple: “I’m in!” or “All in!” or “Let’s do this.”

**UPDATE**: Pick the numbers/goals that work best for you. They do not have to be the same as mine.

**UPDATE #2**: Per a suggestion, I’ll be creating a Google Doc so we can track progress, cheer each other on, talk smack, etc. Please send me an email so I can invite you (totally optional).

I’ll be updating my progress in the comments below as well as on Facebook and Twitter. If you are active on Twitter, you can follow along/join by using the #28days hashtag.

1,400 push-ups. 7,000 crunches. Who’s with me?

Image: Flickr – jin0024

DJ Waldow
@djwaldow

112 comments
Bryan Howland
Bryan Howland

I actually made a similar goal - to do 100 push-ups in a row. In the process I found a pretty cool Android app called "Push Ups" that gives you a set of push-ups to do every other day that is supposed to build up your strength. So it will say to do 14, rest for 60 seconds, do 13, rest, do 15, rest, etc. The cool thing is that it is like having a trainer pushing you, which I need to get motivated. 

Amanda James
Amanda James

I'm In... 100 crunches daily... 30 push-ups every other day... 

Greg
Greg

Doh, I'm late to the party! I'm still in, though! I am going to start tomorrow, with or without being in the spreadsheet.

Joe Altobelli
Joe Altobelli

D... better late than never... I'll start today and will make up for the last 3 days... I can't have you calling me out at the end of this... shoot me the doc at [email protected] 

Ahollmon
Ahollmon

I'm up for the challenge. May be starting off a little slow but looking forward to catching up. 

Danielle Q
Danielle Q

I'm in! I'm committing to 250 crunches daily and running for 45 minutes every other day! this will be tough!!

Claudia Petrilli
Claudia Petrilli

 My goal will be 50 push-ups (I suck at push-ups) and 250 crunches. 

I do have a question, though. What type of crunches?

Claudia Petrilli
Claudia Petrilli

 As Maddy said, I always love a good challenge. Every since I got injured last January, I've been procrastinating about exercising. I'm in! when do we start?

Natticarrera
Natticarrera

I'm in. 50 push ups every other day and 75 crunches daily- let's rock n roll!

DJ Waldow
DJ Waldow

@ambercleveland:disqus Sweet. Please email me so I have YOUR email addy to add to the google doc(s). 

Leigh
Leigh

Hey DJ my husband Tony is going to do it too!

Heidi
Heidi

 I'm in.  I have a training session tomorrow at 9am.  I will check to see if he thinks these numbers are reasonable for a person of my advanced age.  LOLOL  You know what I mean.  either way, I'm totally ready for this.  Hoping my body is, too!  Your timing is EXCELLENT, DJ.

nickhuhn
nickhuhn

II'm your huckleberry. Let's do this.

DJ Waldow
DJ Waldow

Love that, Bryan. A few others have suggested great apps to track this
stuff, like 100 Pushups.

How's your training going?

DJ Waldow
DJ Waldow

Better late then never! If you want to be part of the shared google doc, be sure to send me your email address. Welcome! 

Claudia Petrilli
Claudia Petrilli

w00t w00t! so happy my bestie is joining the challenge! 

DJ Waldow
DJ Waldow

Greg: Happy to add you to the google doc(s). Send me your email address! 

DJ Waldow
DJ Waldow

Love that post. Just left a comment. 

DJ Waldow
DJ Waldow

Love it. Inviting you to the google docs now, BroJoe. Love to hear more about that email address of yours... 

DJ Waldow
DJ Waldow

You are in. Set your own goals. The key is 28 straight days. 

DJ Waldow
DJ Waldow

DBrown: You are in. Check your email. By the way, you do know that our 14m old daughter's name is Eva (pronounced A-vah). 

DJ Waldow
DJ Waldow

Ha. Maybe. So are you in? Get JD too, if he can handle it. 

DJ Waldow
DJ Waldow

Great goal. I did my crunches with my legs table top (90 degrees). 50 regular, 25 to the L, 25 to the R, 50 regular, 25 to the L, 25 to the R, 50 regular. 250 total. Go!

DJ Waldow
DJ Waldow

Sounds great. Just need your email address so I can add you to the google docs to track progress. Email me! djwaldow gmail

DJ Waldow
DJ Waldow

So...that's a no? Ha. Join us! 

DJ Waldow
DJ Waldow

You are in. Be sure to send me Tony's email address so I can add him as well. 

DJ Waldow
DJ Waldow

Yes. Love to hear what your trainer thinks. He/She will say that you should build up to it...and probably do push-ups every 3rd day. Oh well. 37 people have joined!

DJ Waldow
DJ Waldow

Sweet. Sending you g-doc invite(s) now. 

Bryan Howland
Bryan Howland

It's going good. I do them first thing in the morning which is a bit tough at 5:30 but definitely gets the blood flowing! My last set was a total of 93 push-ups and I'm about 1/2 way through the "program" so hopefully next month at this time I'll be getting close to 100 in a row. 

Claudia Petrilli
Claudia Petrilli

cool! so basically we can choose whatever type of crunches we want to do? 

Marjorie Clayman
Marjorie Clayman

I'm trying to think of an exercise I could do for 28 days that would be accumulative and that wouldn't make me cry. I like the more free, less crunchy exercises. But I think what you are doing is FANTASTIC. It worries me how many social media folk just sit all day with coffee in hand. We need to get up and moving.

Kudos!

Claudia Petrilli
Claudia Petrilli

Sweet! so I'll start with Series of 5 push-ups to a max of 50 every other day and series of 50 crunches up to 250 every day! 

DJ Waldow
DJ Waldow

Yup. Totally up to you. Your goals. Your numbers. Your style. Your challenge. 28 days!