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Posted: 28 Oct 2011, 08:55
I'm not a big fan of push-ups, but would love a challenge like this to amp up my November fitness. Anybody mind if I weight-lift as an exchange for push-ups? Then I can work on liking push-ups better while I'm at it.

Basically each day Id like to do a series of 160-200 crunches on the stability ball. In between 20-25 crunch sets I do 8 to 10 pound free weight lifting reps on each arm and with arms together reclined targeting the various muscles still balancing on the ball and engaging my core, legs and backside. When I feel energetic, I add an assortment of planks with weights and other work with a kettle bell. I'd love the make I do that twice a week. And maybe like the captain's chair and sit-ups on the inclined bench with a weighted ball twce too. I do Bikram 5 to 7 days a week and 2-3 hours of additional cardio a week too, but I would love to step it all up a level and report in to a group for accountability. Like free Crossfit! I'm open to suggested exercize too.

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Posted: 29 Oct 2011, 00:34
wow where do u find the time or place to do all this at home or at a gym? I have my moms treadmil and a ball and weightso can put on my legs to do the crunches and the rubber bands that ballerina dancers and football players use to stretch the feet my own matt not sure what else I need to help stretch or work this challenge, but I know that i am also afraid of the push ups because of my dislocated shoulder unless we can do the girl push ups. I need to work on my upper body strength thats why my mom has a 3 pound and 5 pound dumb bell to work out with as well. Any other suggestions would be greatly apprecative.

I think you are doing a great job what do you do as far as running and walking go that is the only suggestions I see is working out on a bike or something other than that works fine sounds like pilates or yoga which I would be interested in getting into if classes did not cost so much.
Cassie Shumway

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Posted: 31 Oct 2011, 13:15
As the creator of this event substitutions are completely fine. Someone had suggested this challenge back in April that I loved it so much I started my own in September. I usually try to do this on all of the 30 days months in addition to my three time a week kickboxing schedule.

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Posted: 01 Nov 2011, 12:23
Great to know I can subsitute a full core workout each day. I'll still work on my push ups though. No reason to avoid them.

Finding the time is a daily struggle. Some weeks are easier than others. Bikram Yoga is my stress management tool - I feel better and work harder elsewhere when I make the time for it daily (since it's a 90 minute session with before and after prep that can be a real challenge - but so worth it). I work full time and have a weekly evening class but we have no kids yet, so I bet I have more free time than some others. And my husband and I are still at a place in our lives where we are both fine with getting home and eating dinner together at 9pm because of our fitness/wellness committments. Not everybody can do that easily. I also walk to and from work each day and it's about 1.8 miles each way. Since my feet are faster than the bus on city blocks it's easy not to talk myself out of it. I generally like to be constantly moving. If I didn't have a desk job I probably wouldn't have the leftover energy to handle such a routine.

Anyway happy first day everyone! I hope we all work off any halloween candy binges we may have had. Personally, a Jumbo Sized Payday will be fueling my 3 hour cardio, core & bikram workout tonight. Smile

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Posted: 01 Nov 2011, 12:59
My arms aren't that strong so right now I'm breaking it up into sets of 5, and then gradually add more as I get stronger. I am doing this challenge along with the Turkey Triatholon!

I've also been successfully avoiding the halloween candy binges, though I do dip into a Reese's pumpkin every once in a while. Wink
Good luck all!!

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Posted: 01 Nov 2011, 13:37
The only way that I can do it as well, Is to break it up into sets of 5 or 10