30 Day Squat Challenge - anyone up for it?!

(155 Posts)
catanddog Tue 19-Mar-13 09:52:41

Anyone fancy trying the 30 day Squat Challenge with me (Google it!) My bottom could certainly do with some toning, and having heard about this I thought I might give it a go....
So here's the deal -

Day 1-50 squats
Day 2-55 squats
Day 3-60 squats
Day 4-Rest
Day 5-70 squats
Day 6-75 squats
Day 7-80 squats
Day 8-Rest
Day 9-100 squats
Day 10-105 squats
Day 11-110 squats
Day 12-Rest
Day 13-130 squats
Day 14-135 squats
Day 15- 140 squats
Day 16-Rest
Day 17-150 squats
Day 18- 155 squats
Day 19- 160 squats
Day 20-Rest
Day 21- 180 squats
Day 22- 185 squats
Day 23- 190 squats
Day 24-Rest
Day 25- 220 squats
Day 26- 225 squats
Day 27- 230 squats
Day 28-Rest
Day 29- 240 squats
Day 30- 250 squats

purples Tue 19-Mar-13 13:34:41

Sounds good to me, I really need some motivation to get fit and a little bit of company would be wonderful....

Not sure how my knees will cope, I'm off to do the first 50 now, hopefully I won't get stuck mid squat!

Just one question, I feel its a bit of a stupid question, but what is a reverse crunch??
And are you planning to do crunches on same day as squats, and have similar rest days?

Bye for now, just off to do the squats, catch you later

purples Tue 19-Mar-13 13:36:30

Thanks sleepwhenidie,
Will keep benhind toes..

CooEeeEldridge Tue 19-Mar-13 13:37:28

Done mine, great idea for a thread this, something quick and easy to fit in! I think you're right about mixing the crunches up and in keeps it interesting!

catanddog Tue 19-Mar-13 13:43:52

Done my 50 squats, and 50 crunches (did the 10 of everything version if that makes sense) wondering how on earth I'll ever be able to do the full 250 squats - but will do anything for buns of steel!

Purples - reverse crunches are these bad boys

www.sparkpeople.com/resource/exercises.asp?exercise=8

chirpchirp Tue 19-Mar-13 13:48:09

Yep, I'm in just what I need at the moment as making a concerted effort to loose (a lot) of weight now holiday in September has been booked.

Anyone brave enough to take measurements to see what effect all this effort has? Should I be measuring thigh, hips and the widest part (of my very wide) bum?

catanddog Tue 19-Mar-13 13:50:44

Good idea - will try and find a tape measure.....!

purples Tue 19-Mar-13 14:05:26

Thanks for the link catanddog, now I now my abdo muscles know what a reverse crunch is!

Well that's the first set of squats and crunches done, roll on tomorrow. Only tomorrow, I planning a trip to the loo before I begin, as after 25 squats I desperately needed the loo!

Not sure I'm brave enough for the tape measure business, but let me know which bit to measure and maybe, just maybe I'll get the tape measure out.

HeySoulSister Tue 19-Mar-13 15:42:28

How long did it take everyone? Did mine after a power walk ( I usually run) so I was warmed up.

Less than ten mins tho 250 might take longer!!

Do ya have to warm up first? thats probly a silly question but did anyone?

I didn't [embarrassed] but I have been doing housework so I'm counting that as enough warm up!

50 squats and 50 crunches done. Ouch!

HeySoulSister Tue 19-Mar-13 17:09:08

I ain't doing no crunches!! Do shred and I have completed c25k so run for 30 mins x 3 weekly!

ffswhatnow Tue 19-Mar-13 17:20:55

Oh Christ......

Looks a bit painful blush

<wanders off to find mahoosive bar of Galaxy>

Im not going to if it hurts tomorrow ill strecth it out lol. I'm so jealous people can go running, i used to love it and cant do it anymore sad so gentle squats and maybe crunches for me!

I just did it.....only managed 10 crunches tho! I dont feel like i'm doin the squats right even tho i watched a video on youtube before i did them.....am i the only one?

HeySoulSister Tue 19-Mar-13 18:09:18

inquisitivemummy ask that question again tomorrow... If your aching, you will know!!

purples Tue 19-Mar-13 19:27:44

Likewise, not sure I did the squats properly.

The video I saw said you go low down so your thighs are as parallel to the floor as possible, I went as low as I could but I don't think I went down quite far enough, I'm hoping that will get easier as I get fitter.

But I do need a bit of advice..... the video said to hold the squat for 10 seconds pulling in your thighs and bum; but another video didn't mention holding position. Don't think I could do 10 seconds for each, especially when we get to 250 squats!!! What do people recommend??

chirpchirp Tue 19-Mar-13 19:47:07

Done mine. I was able to do them continually for the 50, is that how you're suppose to do it or break it down into sets of say 25 when you get into the big numbers?!

catanddog Tue 19-Mar-13 22:36:47

Think you are meant to do them continuously even in the bigger numbers (eeeekkkk)

Bugsylugs Tue 19-Mar-13 23:56:40

I'm in. Just found this thread was going to start tomorrow but reading through got me out of bed. Dh did wake and ask if I was ok! Will add in crunches tomorrow

BistoBearWithBaublesOn Wed 20-Mar-13 00:10:46

I'm in! But I'll be starting tomorrow as I'm in bed already! Shall do squats and crunches smile

PeachyPossum Wed 20-Mar-13 06:23:15

I'm in, I'm 6 weeks out from open abdo surgery so finally allowed to do gentle exercise (this includes housework according to my surgeon, thanks for that) squats should be ok shouldn't they as they aren't stomach focused?

catanddog Wed 20-Mar-13 09:23:24

Day 2 done! Feeling a bit achey now.....

HeySoulSister Wed 20-Mar-13 09:27:53

Bit achey this morning!! Must be doing them right

purples Wed 20-Mar-13 10:10:26

I can feel the muscles aching a little, so hopefully did something right yesterday!
So today it's 55 squats, and 55 crunches (11 normal, 11 oblique crunches to each side, 11 double crunches, and 11 reverse crunches).
It's all fun, fun, fun...

Hi PeachyPossum, smile It's great you're feeling up to joining in, nothing like some like minded people for a bit of motivation. But you definitely need to be very careful if you've recently had abdo surgery. This builds up to 250 squats in a very short period of time. So if you do decide that squats are OK and want to join in, maybe you need to build up the number of squats at a much gentler pace??

Day 2 done! Phew.

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