February Project: Operation Body Fail

This month we’re back to our normal regularly scheduled programming where the projects are monthly and all is right with the world!

This one is fun because you can do it this week and use the rest of the month to build on it. It’s also great for those of you who are doing Couch to 5K, it fits right in.

Say hello to “Operation Body Fail.”

“Body fail” is the term I use for when I do so many reps that I can do not one single more, when my arms or whatever body part I am using goes completely limp and is failing to go even an inch further. There are a few exercises without weights that send me into “body fail” almost immediately. “Body fail” is when I do not think I can run another single minute or at a certain speed for another single second.

The project this month is to do something, anything, until you can do it no more. OR to do something further or faster than you ever have before. In this case you don’t have to go into “body failure” but you do have to set your own personal record in terms of going faster or longer at something than you ever have before. (Yes, more outside your comfort zone. We’re all about getting outside our comfort zones here.)

I’ve personally realized and I’ve realized this through a personal trainer that  I’m working with who is a very very sweet Jillian, that if I don’t push further, I will never be able to go further. The first week (a few weeks ago) I could do  10 pushups. Last week, I did 17. And not the girlie kind! I know that in comparison to people who regularly do pushups, 17 is not a lot. But 17 is a lot for me. 10 was a lot for me. I’m actually looking forward to my pushups this week! Because the original number of pushups that sent me into fail was 10 and now it is not. HOORAY!

The point of the project is to stretch your limits doing one thing this week. Maybe do more reps or do a higher weight as many times as you can. Maybe find yourself a new exercise (The V Up ab exercise) that sends you into “body fail” immediately and try to conquer it. Sprint on the treadmill at a 7 or an 8 for as long as you can hold it without flying off the back. Now, I’m just spouting out suggestions here, you have to work within whatever fitness level you are at currently — and just bump it up a notch. Maybe you have a “nemesis” workout in mind already. Maybe you are the worst jumproper EVER (me). The point is, pick something and go with it. Become its master. Or become your master. Whichever you want. And by “master,” we don’t mean to Olympic tryout levels although if you do something and find out that you are actually gifted in that area, HOORAY! (We will expect a special mention when you’re thanking the Academy.)

Anyway do it. And then blog about it. Blog about how hard it was, how you sweated, how it burned, how you felt, how oddly it made you feel like doing more. (Or not.)  Then next week, take that thing that you did amazingly and do it again — just a little faster or just one more minute of it or just one more rep of it. And then try it again the following week. And keep blogging about it.

For Couch to 5Kers, you may already be blogging about how you’re going longer than you ever have before! So blog about that and link it up here, we want to see your progress!

This project is all about finding a starting point and then seeing your progress week after week when you pass that starting point. It’s about non-scale victories and hopefully you will come away from it with stories of strength — both mental and physical.

Quickie disclaimer: Thou shalt not work thyself into injury! We’re not talking about working out until you throw up or going into “body rippage,” please listen to your body and do not harm it.  Mkay?

So are you ready to try it? Do you have something in mind already?? We’ll link it up every single Friday! Same project, ALLL MONTH! Have a great week!

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  • http://chatterstorm.net heather @ChatterStorm

    You guys are just awesome! I love that you encourage/push us all outside of our comfort zones. This project is bound to great-I’m thinking of giving manly pushups and pullups a try. I have always wanted to simply be able to do ONE pull up, all by myself!. Thanks to your wniter olympics I’ve already pushed myself more than ever this week on speed… I don’t even care if I win a medal… I’ve already awarded myself one ; ) j/k! http://chatterstorm.net/?p=353

    • http://www.babytealeaves.blogspot.com Christie O.

      I LOVED your post!!!!!!!!!! do it! give the manly pushups a try! I’ve always wanted to conquer the pullup too!!! DO IT!!

      • http://chatterstorm.net heather @ChatterStorm

        Thanks : )

  • http://twitter.com/girlsworld Kirsten

    Woot! I’m in. Not sure what my challenge for myself is going to be, but Imma gonna do it!

  • Anonymous

    Hmmmm, what to pick….there is a SAD amount of areas I could really use some pushing in.

  • http://thisisterri.com Terri

    Wow, and here I was wondering if it was time for me to get back to step aerobics. I used to love them! I haven’t done them consistently, and all the way through, for more than 10 years. I’ve put off starting back up because I know it’s going to be hard, and it’s going to hurt!

  • http://twitter.com/gettinfitbritt Brittany

    Well i may have injured my ankles/achilles or they just may be extra inflammed…. but here’s to pushing ourselves a little bit!

    • http://www.babytealeaves.blogspot.com Christie O.

      oh no!!!! ice ice ice!!! rest up girl!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1653948256 Ryan Alberti

    I’m pushing myself to run a marathon this year, and I need to keep pushing those limits on a monthly basis. Loved the post since I’ve got my “long run” of 17 miles this week…This type of stuff inspires me: http://chatterstorm.net/blog/2011/02/07/my-bare-soles/

  • http://www.totallytemberton.net Cara R.

    I’m in! :) Can I count the wheel roll thingy I did last not just to try it and to get my family to stop harassing me about me trying it so that they could have a reason to laugh? I don’t know what it’s called, but my kids started doing it at Tae Kwon Do. So, DH bought a wheel for them to use at home. It is a small wheel with a handle on each side. You get on your knees and someone holds your feet, then you roll out toward the floor and go as far as you can before you (a) fall or (b) somehow manage to muster up enough strength in your gut and arms to roll back to starting position. Aaahhhh! That was an experience that I’ve never had before.

    OK, I dond’t know what I will challenge myself to do, but I’m thinking. :)

    • http://www.totallytemberton.net Cara R.

      BTW, my 16-year-old DD is great at it. If she keeps this up, she’ll have an awesome tummy when she gets preggers (a long, long, long time from now).

    • http://www.babytealeaves.blogspot.com Christie O.

      ohmigod i know EXACTLY what you’re talking about, i knew before you even described it!!! that’s one of my BODY FAIL NEMESISES! (NEMESI?) that’s awesome!!! challenge yourself on the roller thingy in reps!!! be its master!!!

  • http://diaryoffatwoman.blogspot.com/ Joanna

    I’ve totally decided to do the MANLY push-up challenge. I suck at push-ups, but want to do them…so that’s what Ima gonna do!!

    I blogged about the challenge – and a new challenge I’m doing for myself (thanks to inspiration from Christie O and Colleen). I’m looking for people to do it with me… if you’re interested. It’s only a 1 week challenge – for now… but who knows?

    http://diaryoffatwoman.blogspot.com/2011/02/operation-body-fail-and-please-join-my.html

  • http://diaryoffatwoman.blogspot.com/ Joanna

    I’ve totally decided to do the MANLY push-up challenge. I suck at push-ups, but want to do them…so that’s what Ima gonna do!!

    I blogged about the challenge – and a new challenge I’m doing for myself (thanks to inspiration from Christie O and Colleen). I’m looking for people to do it with me… if you’re interested. It’s only a 1 week challenge – for now… but who knows?

    http://diaryoffatwoman.blogspot.com/2011/02/operation-body-fail-and-please-join-my.html

    • http://www.babytealeaves.blogspot.com Christie O.

      by the way, have you seen the 100 pushup challenge? google it, it’s like the couch to 5k for pushups!!

  • Missrowley

    I really like this idea and plan on doing this for the remainder of the month. :) starting this week.

  • Missrowley

    I really like this idea and plan on doing this for the remainder of the month. :) starting this week.

  • http://www.jeninreallife.com/ jeninRL

    I did Jackie Warners total body workout and I wanted to cry and stop at numerous times. I made it 35 of 40 minutes. I followed every exercise but I dont think I did as many reps as Jackie did. That was FREAKING HARD and I am already shaky.

    strength training may be my project!

    • http://www.babytealeaves.blogspot.com Christie O.

      Ooooh, shaky!! You kicked butt today girl!

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  • Anonymous

    Love this idea. Just not sure what to attempt. Most of my workout is on the WiiFit and you can only go so far or so fast with each one. I was feeling the way you mentioned the other night when I did the Free Step for 30 min using the height extender and weights, but there is really no room for advancement. If anyone has any ideas I would sure love some.

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