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BCX Challenge Experience

After making it through the first week of BCX, my 2nd week into the challenge fared much better  although I wasn’t liking the burpees any better. 

Although the warm up got easier, the 2 minutes of jumping rope that is part of the warm up still kicked my butt and although my calves knees and shins were doing better than after the first week, they still weren’t very happy.

My time improved over the first week, and yes, I did push out more burpees although I will admit, I wasn’t able to complete the required reps and ended up subbing out squat thrusts again when I just couldn’t “burp” no more.

As for the 1 mile run, at times, my mind would again start telling me the same thing it always does whenever I get on a treadmill …. this is so boring, this sucks, hurry up and be done with this, I’m ready to be done ….. but I sucked it up, and even tried increasing my pace a few times.

As I’ve mentioned before, it’s not like I’m not capable of running a mile.  I’m not fatigued or winded.  Mentally, I get bored .

Reading the twitter posts from my fellow BCXers, it seemed like they were all having fun and really pushing through. 

Don’t get me wrong… I loved having to push harder, the sense of competition and on line camaraderie.  I was hoping that at some point I would get over my hatred of Burpees and treadmill running.

Hopefully, week 3 will be the mental breakthrough I’m looking for.

Weeks 3 and 4
Going into the third and fourth weeks of the challenge, my timing got better each week and each day, the warm up got better.  My knees and shins improved as well thanks to my Chiro and Massage therapist.  What had been giving my knees the issues they were having (and this is the first time I ever had knee issues) was due to my Anterior Tibialus (that would be the muscle that runs up the front of your legs) being really tight.  Getting that worked on made weeks 3 and 4 go smoother than weeks 1 and 2.

Each week I improved my time and each week I did better with the burpees (there are burpees in every workout, each day of this program) and every time I did them I was hating them.  But I did them and I got through it.

Reading the forum posts of my fellow challengers and how they are taking on the burpees, is really what pushed me to not wuss out, suck it up and as Steve Pfiester says…. “Get Over It” and for a fitness pro, it would be pretty shameful, pathetic and hypocritical of me not to. 

Admittedly, me and my ego really wanted to be in the weight room tearing it up in there pushing the big boy weights. 

Needless to say, this challenge was quite humbling to me and my ego.

Pushing to be your best
Is the BCX Challenge tough?  You bet it is. 

I really have to hand it to those who were doing the challenge.  They hung in there and hung tough.  They never gave up. 

Going through this challenge reminded me of what it takes to push through to be your best.  To not give up.  Honestly, while I was doing each mission of the program I was miserable, but at the end of each mission I was proud that I hung in there and did it.  It was a sense of accomplishment and pride.

It was a reminder and a lesson in what it takes to be a champion.  To push yourself to be the best you can be.

Is BCX for you?
As tough and as challenging as it is, it can be for you.  Depending on your fitness level, condition, etc., do the best you can.  At first you may not be able to make it through each mission as is.  You may be able to go through each circuit one time and that’s OK.  Everyone has their starting point.  Just with anything you do, do the best you can and push yourself as hard as you can.

Bonnie Pfiester does a great job of keeping a watchful eye over all the participants who post their feedback in the forum, and on twitter.  As long as you communicate how you’re doing, what challenges you may be having, she does an amazing job on providing advice on how to reach your goals and do the program safely, efficiently and effectively.

I’ve already talked about this in a previous post, but part of what makes this program so successful is the “community” that has been created within this program.  It is within this community that you will get the support and guidance that will inspire you to push through and succeed not just from Bonnie’s leadership, but from all the others participating with you.

It is within this community that everyone who participated in the challenge made new friendships, found motivation, support and accountability and quite honestly, you really can’t put a price on that and look forward to continuing to follow these people, cheer them on and support them.

There is an arsenal of workouts on the http://dobcx.wordpress.com/ you can go through and put together a program that works for you.

Life after BCX
So what’s next for me now that I’ve completed the challenge? 

I am going to make some modifications to my next workout program incorporating the concepts of the BCX program and yes, I will continue to do Burpees and I will get my butt on a treadmill.

There’s a good chance I will put myself through the program again in the near future just to challenge myself and improve, but for now, the iron in the weight room is calling my name with a renewed intensity.

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  1. 6 Comment(s)

  2. By brad grinnen | Reply

    its great to get your thoughts in depth. twitter doesn’t really convey enough about how we’re doing and how we’re coping. i still hate burpees, but my body is adapting to them. i look forward to continuing to follow everything thats going on with sharifitness 🙂

  3. By Bonnie Pfiester | Reply

    I love it!! Great blog & great feedback! Thanks for taking the challenge and sharing your experience with everyone online. I’m SO happy you joined us and I look forward to you coming by for a BCx visit and am excited you will be using some of the BCx principles in your training. I’ll keep posting fresh new workouts on our blog and we will have a 6 week program coming out this fall you can join too when you decide you want to take on another challenge.

    Way to go Shari! Way to push through – and push out of your comfort zone. As a fellow fitness professional, I can relate with curtailing your workouts around your own likes/dislikes. That is why I started doing BCx too – and not just making others do it. It forced me to do things I wouldn’t normally do (like burpees), keeping me more balanced and in better condition.

    WAY TO ROCK BCx!!

    Bonnie

  4. By sharifitness | Reply

    @ Brad Grinnen
    There was so much I wanted to share and yes, it’s very hard to convey everything in 140 characters. When posting times to the forum, there wasn’t much room left over to really talk about the experience.

    I tried to be as transparent as possible in my BCX blog series to really let everyone know what the experience was like.

    Brad, I’ve mentioned it in all the blogs, but I can honestly say, the best part of the whole experience was meeting you and the others. We’re part of a community.

    Thanks Brad for sharing your comment and the experience 🙂

  5. By sharifitness | Reply

    Bonnie
    This was such a great experience on many different levels. I’m so happy you invited me …. well challenged me… to join in and give it go.

    You’re an amazing leading and the experience certainly wouldn’t have been what it was without the wonderful community you and Sears Fitness teamed up to create.

    For me, personally, the program made me realize that I really wasn’t pushing myself outside my comfort zone and really had me asking myself if I am as fit as I could be or should be. As much as we all hate doing burpees, of all the exercises out there, burpees are probably the single best exercise to do and should be a staple in any exercise program.

    I look forward to future BCX visits and…. your new 6 week program coming out this fall!! You can definitely count me in for that!!! :)))

  6. By Mimi | Reply

    I’m on my last week of the BCx boot camp. I wanted to give up or skip a day but following Shari, receiving feedback from Bonnie and reading about other participants pushing through this keeps me going. Mostly I don’t want to disappoint myself. So I’m on the home stretch now. Thanks for sharing, Shari. I too hate the burpees but have not missed one! 🙂

  7. By sharifitness | Reply

    Mimi
    I had no idea you were following along and doing this too!!! YAY!!! Good for you!!! Glad you made it through, pushing yourself and didn’t give up.

    Take that experience and build on it as you now know what it takes to push through to the other side to achieve your goals.

    Hugs
    Shari

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