Friday, October 26, 2012

Fitmas Failure

Last year, I participated in Donloree's Fitmas challenge. It's basically 12 weeks of different challenging workouts. We all know I love challenges, so I signed up again this year. The only issue I have with participating is trying to fit the Fitmas workouts into my normal workout routine, so this week was the first time I've been able to try a challenge.

I failed the challenge. Epically failed.

This week's challenge was all about pushing exercises. This was the challenge:

Since I don't train chest much, I opted to skip the first two sets of supersets and went right to the plyos section. I haven't done burpees in a long time, but I've been doing a lot of squat jumps lately, so I was ready to tackle the challenge. I did my usual workout and then go ready for Fitmas Superset #3.

And then I saw the rep count and nearly passed out. FORTY reps?! I only do 15 at a time! I decided to be brave and do half the reps. I could barely breathe after doing the first superset. I rested awhile, and then did the second superset. After that, I struggled to fight off an asthma attack and realized that my lungs just can't handle that many reps.

Fitmas had beaten me.

Here's what I actually ended up doing before nearly hyperventilating:

Squat Jumps: 20
Burpees: 10

Squat Jumps: 15
Burpees: 8

This challenge was a harsh reminder that my workouts are very modified to what my lungs can handle. A few years ago, I didn't consider my asthma a disability. But this workout reminded me again that I train very differently than most people. It's also a good reminder for others to see that there's not one "right" or "wrong" way to train; there are infinite approaches to getting the same end results. It's important to train for YOUR body and to discover your limitations and capabilities. It's always a learning process.

I'm glad I gave Fitmas a try; I'm looking forward to seeing what next week's challenge is!

Do you have any physical disabilities? Do you modify your workouts to your body capabilities? Are you participating in Fitmas this year?


  1. I can't help but giggle as I read....not at you....with you. :) I feel ya pain on the burpees, they are one of my most dreaded. Thanks for reminding us of her Fitmas!

  2. When I drafted the darn thing, I felt the same way. HAH! It was a challenge for me too. I hate burpees....apparently I am a masochist. ;)

  3. It's nice to see that even a pro like you has some challenges that keep you very human :) I see you as a fitness icon and don't think about any challenges that the person you are may have. I struggle with keeping fit and lifting around bad tailbone and back pain. But I keep pushing forward with a clean diet and do what my body can handle physically. ONE day I WILL get up on stage! :)