I started the month of July bright-eyed, bushy-tailed and ready to kick (my own) butt, take names and burn it down to the ground, baby!
After stumbling upon my amazing results of a half-completed 30-day squat challenge a year ago, I was beyond convinced another challenge was in the cards.
So, I made a 30-day burpee challenge chart based on what I thought sounded doable, started an e-mail challenge to motivate others to do it with me, and off to the races we went!
Here are the results of the 30-Day Burpee Challenge!
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30-Day Burpee Challenge Plan
As you can see above, the 30-day burpee challenge plan was to go from 0 to 100 burpees in 30 days, moving up by 5 burpees each day.
It sounded pretty steep going into it, but not that bad. In retrospect, I now know that I should have slowed it down.
When’s the last time you did burpees?
Maybe if you’re already fit it’s no biggie, but if you’re overweight and haven’t consistently exercised in a while, those things kick butt! The first week was okay enough, but getting past 30 or so quickly became unbearable.
30-Day Burpee Challenge Results — How I Did
I tried really, really hard to do every single burpee in this challenge, but I failed. I tallied up the percentage of burpees I did, though, and I completed 62% . Could be better, but could also be a LOT worse.
I did some burpees almost every day I was supposed to. I choose to look at the cup as half-full on this one. The goal is progress, not perfection.
And you know what? It’s so much better than sitting on my butt the entire month and never doing a thing. So even though it wasn’t perfect, I’m still proud of myself for getting as far as I did.
30-Day Burpees Before & After Pictures
Now for the part that you’ve been waiting for (and the part that makes me cringe)… the 30-day burpee challenge before and after pictures.
I didn’t lose a single pound. Didn’t gain either, but still…
It was SO hard to publicly post such an epic fail. The whole point of blogging publicly and doing this as a group/e-mail challenge was for accountability and I hate, hate, hate to have failed.
But you know what? We’re just humans.
It’s equally as important to show our losses as our wins.
I intend to be fully transparent about everything I experience and write about during this fitness journey because it’s a learning experience if nothing else!
30-Day Burpees Before & After– Why I Failed
You know what? I’m not going to sit here and pretend like I don’t know where I went wrong. I KNOW where I went wrong.
Deep down inside you, me and damn near everybody on the planet knows this about weight loss. The only way to achieve sustainable weight loss and good results is to eat fewer calories than you burn. Exercise and eat right. That’s it.
We all want fast weight loss tips and tricks. We all want to lose weight without trying very hard but it just doesn’t work that way!
I failed to see results with this 30-day burpee challenge because I wasn’t consistent with anything that really mattered.
My diet was all over the place. I probably made it to the gym to do exercise outside of the burpees like three times the entire month. And I didn’t even do all the burpees. I didn’t track my food, didn’t even cook much (eating out a lot is a death blow to weight loss)… I did literally everything wrong.
That’s why I failed. And I’m not scared to admit it.
5 Benefits From These 30-Day Burpee Challenge Results
What’s good though is that there were some lessons learned, and I still did get some good things from the challenge!
- Commitment still feels good: Even though I didn’t do 100% of the burpees, doing something most days in a consecutive pattern still felt like a mental win.
- I made it 100% perfect the first 15 days: I was on track up until beyond 50 burpees. At that point, it was just too much and I think I got demoralized more than anything.
- I saw steady improvement each day: Though it was tough, I see a remarkable improvement in my strength. Today I can do 20 or so back-to-back. No way could I do that on day one. I’m proud of those gains.
- Got some early body definition: Not noticeable in the pictures, I saw some collarbone/upper-body definition peeking through. I had a sexy neck for a minute there!
- Learned that e-mail is NOT a good method to conduct a group challenge: It was a great idea to start and we were a motivated group… it just didn’t connect well, and the flame snuffed out. Bummer!
30-Day Burpee Challenge Tips & Tricks
Based on my experience with this failed 30-day burpee challenge, I think I can help you out with a few pointers.
- Pick a moderate plan: If you are completely out of shape, do NOT try to go from 0 to 100 burpees in 30 days! It’s KILLER.
- Have a good accountability system: If you can do it with a friend or family member who you talk to/interact with on a daily basis, that will be motivating. I failed my 30-day squat challenge a year ago AND this 30-day burpee challenge, largely because I still felt I was doing it alone for the most part.
- Do other stuff: If you’re not going to eat well and continue other exercises also, it probably won’t make much of a difference to just do burpees, sadly. I thought because burpees were so intense that maybe they alone would help, but nah… you really do need to have a plan of attack all the way around if you want to lose some weight.
- Celebrate your small wins: Even if you don’t complete it or perform as well as you hoped, look for the silver lining around that dark cloud! I still feel pretty good about the attempt. I learned a lot about myself and will take what I’ve learned with me forward. There’s no such thing as true failure as long as you take something positive with you.
I hope you enjoyed these 30-Day Burpee Challenge tips. If you try it on your own, I hope they help you achieve your desired results.