Tuesday, February 10, 2009

The 200 Sit-Up Challenge

I saw someone mention this on a fitness board, so I decided to check it out. In Level 3 of the 30 Day Shred, the second circut's abs minute is sit-ups, which Jillian praises because it works so much more than just abs (like a crunch). I count every now and then when I'm shredding, and usually I get around 23 in her minute, but I think her 'shred minute' is a little less than a real minute because she gives some direction and has to get you in position.
I decided to check out the website, and see what it was all about. However, when I looked at the test, and the "good-form sit-up" it appears to be a crunch, not a sit-up. Since real sit-ups (with no one holding down your feet) are so much harder, I decided to go for a real sit up, but still follow the premise of the challenge. I'm always really sure that I keep my knees bent high, don't use momentum and swing up, keep my hands clawed around my ears, and stare at the celing to keep good form.

I took the initial test, which was to do as many sit ups as you can. I thought it was as many as you can in 5 minutes, so I had my husband time me, and I got 95 REAL sit-ups in 5 minutes! I was totally psyched because I read this on the homepage - No doubt some of you can already do 100 consecutive sit-ups, but let's face it, you're in a big minority. Most of you reading this won't even be able to manage 20 sit-ups. Actually, I'm sure many of you can't even do 10. AND I DID 95! And really, I could have kept going if I actually knew it was do as many as you can, not as many as you can in 5 minutes.
So anyway, I did it again tonight, and did 140 before my stomach started to get super tight. Then I went back to the website, and it says to take a rest on day 2.
I really need to start reading directions before I just jump into something. Really...
I mean, the Shred works the core like no other, but geez, these sit ups are a killer! But a good killer :) I am feeling my abs tonight like never before.
So anyway, I taped myself tonight b/c I wanted to post video proof that I can do it, but I still am not 100% happy with how I look on camera (ugh, theighs) So maybe I'll get the nerve to post video one day, but I promise, I did 140 in 7:40!
I think I'll rest tomorrow night, but Thursday night, I'm going to see if I can get the 200, and complete the challenge in 4 days! (maybe, just maybe, if I can do all 200, I'll post video... )

Biggest compliment ever - My husband, who is Division 1 NCAA Athletic Trainer told me that he thinks I am in better shape and much more fit than some of the athletes he sees come through the training room.
Yeah, I think this week has put me over the hump of feeling low last week!


  1. Good job, Ash! I'm impressed. :) I'm doing the 200 Sit ups, but I'm just sticking with crunches. I'm only on Week 3, but that means I'm up to about 150.

  2. WOW! I don't think I've ever done real sit-ups without using tons of momentum to get me up! Great job!

  3. Okay, so maybe you're not too keen on your thighs, but I'll be the first to ask for a picture of those "Anita abs" you have! =) This is proof enough that they exist!

  4. You ROCK and now I must look into this challange!!! ;)

    Nesties unite for great abs!

  5. so after this you will do the 100 push ups?
    I am going to do the sit ups one first.

  6. Ash, Are the majority of your recipes on your cooking blog lower fat/cal?

  7. My husband has been bugging me to do the pushups. You rock!

  8. You are a workout beast lately (in a good way of course)!!
    Levels 2 and 3 Shred back to back and sit ups until fatigue- jeesh! Keep it up!

  9. I have to admit--Anita's abs scare me a little bit. I'm working on the Nat body :) The situp program is awesome...I'm totally going to do it! Did you see the pushup program link on that site? I think I'd need more than a few weeks for that one!

  10. Wow! I am impressed with your sit up ability! You have peaked my curiousity so I am definately going to have to give it a try!!!!

  11. Wow! I am impressed with your sit up ability! You have peaked my curiousity so I am definately going to have to give it a try!!!!

  12. You are so inspiring! I just started the shred and looking forward to my progress when I'm done. I am going to do each level for 10 days just as you did. I can't wait to see my results. I wish you continued success.