I am a type of person who is always open for new challenges. The reason for this can be found in the explanation of my love towards the fitness and everything related to it. I am always among the first people who are ready for a workout challenge. For that reason, I challenged myself to make 100 squats every day in a period of two weeks, just to see what would happen to my body.
Not to be misunderstood, my challenge was about making 100 air squats per day, not 100 weighted squats in one sitting, because that is no challenge anymore, that is a masochism. The point of my challenge was to make all those 100 squats in one session, not splitting them into more sessions during the day. Having a two years of experience as Cross Fit junkie I was aware that doing 100 air squats is much harder than it sounds to you.
Luckily and amazingly, my body and my booty stayed in one piece together after these two week of the challenge. The following article will present to you the four main takeaways that I gathered from this challenge.
The Challenge Felt as Cardio
If you decide to make 100 repetitions of any exercise, then the same will be considered as cardio exercise to your body. This is so because you start to seat and curse as like when doing cardio. While doing this, your heart rate increases and your cardiovascular system gets boost, which makes you some additional power to your body and makes you feel accomplished. When I reached the number of 50 squats I was feeling as I had taken a quick run around my block, and by the end, when I finished with all the 100 squats, my entire body was covered in sweat and I was wiping the drops of the sweat from my forehead.
As an experienced weightlifter, I noticed that my challenge can be considered more as cardio training rather than a strength training. There was only I day when I escaped my Stair Master cardio session because I was very tired and my legs were killing me.
I Could Not Notice Any Significant Changes in my Butt
When starting with the challenge, I took I photo of myself. I did the same when I finished with the challenge too. I did this to see if there would be any significant differences in my thighs and my butt, but unfortunately not great changes can be noticed. Many experienced trainers advised me that I should add weight to my lower-body routine so that I can notice changes in my butt and thighs. I am only an example that through this challenge the simple air squats were not enough for pumping your butt.
It Build Up Sufferance in my Lower Body
As I end with the challenge, after two weeks, I noticed in my HIIT cardio sessions that I am able to do run on an extra distance. Through the challenge my legs got conditioned to withstand a great amount of squats every day which helped me to be able to perform extra repetitions of box jumps. Even though a small change was noticed in my condition, it was an exciting thing to see how my hard word was paying off.
It Did Not Make Improvement of My Strength Training
I used to do the 100 squats before my strength training session which was focused on my glutes, hamstrings, and legs. I was doing this so that I got warmed up before the heavy weights. Thus, this challenge did not show some significant improvements in the movements of my lower part of the body, especially the deadlifts, hip thrusts, and the deadlifts. Although this challenge has its advantages, getting stronger is not one of it.
As I concluded previously, my challenge can be considered more as cardio rather than anything else. Because of that, the same did not help me to reach new heights in my weight lifting program i.e. it did not give me an extra strength to complete my lower-body sessions with easiness.
I Took It Very Easy at the End
I was amazed how quickly my body got adapted to the new movements. By the tenth day I noticed that I can perform the squats with easiness and without drowning my body into sweat. I started to plateau because I was not adding extra weight while doing the squats.
Overall, whether you decide to take my challenge too, or go for another one for that will last two weeks or 30 days, if you want to see significant improvements on your body you will need to harder your exercises as the time goes on.
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