As many of you will be aware from my previous fitness posts, I am working my way through Kayla Itsines’ 12 week Bikini Body Guide. My fitness instagram page (@kcfitness_) is made up mainly of posts by other girls doing the guide. Most are on BBG 1.0 but there are a few on the 2.0 version, which provides a further 12 weeks of exercises. As I was scrolling through, up popped the 1000 Rep Challenge. So Kayla, challenge accepted!
To understand this challenge a little better, I did a bit of further investigation (stalking). I found it was just as brutal as first thought. There is a list of 22 exercises taken from the BBG guides, in a format that ensures you’re not working the same muscles twice in a row to make it seem slightly more plausible.
Essentially all you have to do is do 30 reps of each (unless otherwise stated) and time yourself to see how long it takes, with the aim of improving on your time as your fitness journey progresses. Sounds easy, right? WRONG.
I’m always up for a new challenge, so yesterday after a LISS 2 hour walk I came home and got straight into it. I knew it would be hard, but I think I underestimated just how hard it would be.
Looking through the list I only disliked 2 of the exercises – commandos being one (obviously) and tuck jumps the other – the others I quite enjoyed! The feeling when I finished my last push up was amazing. Not directly after though when I was lying face down on the kitchen floor for 10 minutes, but the feeling after that when you can breath properly and can see straight again is a sense of accomplishment that is well worth it!
The 1000 reps challenge took me a total of 36 minutes and 48 seconds. I’ve seen times varying anywhere between 25 minutes to 65 minutes. That time is totally dependent on the person; it’s important not to compare your time to other people’s, really the only person you should compare it to is yourself in the past, because that’s who you’ll look to beat the next time you do it. You’ll definitely shave time off as your fitness is constantly improving with exercise!
So go on, challenge yourself! See what time you get and make a note of it, then repeat it again in 2 weeks, 4 weeks or 6 weeks and see how your time will decrease. It’s a great whole body workout that will leave you feeling a little less guilty for the chocolate that will be consumed this Easter weekend 🙂
Any questions just comment below. Happy Easter all!