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A week or so ago I had a random thought come through my head (this happens all the time). But it was a good thought. An interesting one.
I had recently written about spreading the virus and the importance of playing your part. The importance of becoming a host, allowing the virus to propagate through your actions.
I wanted to take this idea to the next level.
Which brings me back to this thought I had.
A lot of the content on this blog originates from the unique challenges I set out for myself. Interesting tests and experiments I conduct in the pursuit of discovery and understanding of what works and what doesn’t.
But I wanted to try something different.
I wanted to set out a challenge for you.
So, as I often do, I spoke out on my Facebook page and asked who would be interested in participating in a cool little challenge:
Thinking about doing a little kettlebell challenge. 100 kettlebell swings for 30 days straight. That adds up to what…like 3000 kettlebell swings in a month. Not too difficult. You can still do all your other training just make sure at some point you get those 100 swings in. It would be about building discipline…doing something every single day no matter what the situation or circumstance.
The response was awesome!
And so it’s time to introduce the…
30 Day Kettlebell Swing Challenge
This is how it’s going to work.
Starting Wednesday July 25th, 2012 (one week from the publishing of this post), the challenge will be to perform 100 kettlebell swings every single day for 30 days straight.
100 KB Swings. Every single day. For 30 days.
- Each of the 100 KB swings need to be done with perfect form – safety first,
- The goal is to perform all 100 KB swings in the shortest time possible (taking point one above into account), but they do not need to be performed in one take. Breaks are allowed. But make sure to challenge yourself,
- Choose the weight of your kettlebell according to your fitness level and KB training experience,
- Use whichever KB Swing style you prefer,
- You can still do all of your current training, but the 100 KB swings need to be done at some point in the day,
- Make sure you are properly warmed up before jumping into the swings,
- Feel free to perform your KB swings wherever you like: at the gym, at home, in the park, etc. Just make sure you do them,
- If you need instruction on how to perform the KB swing, go ahead and grab my free kettlebell training guide,
- If you need a kettlebell, get one here.
The idea is to perform the 100 KB swings every single day. No matter what the situation or circumstance.
But don’t let the number intimidate you. The number isn’t necessarily important. Even though 100 KB swings is not that difficult, I don’t want you to avoid the challenge because you feel it’s too much. Stick with 50 KB swings if it means you’ll actually do them.
If you happen to miss a day, do not try to make up for it the next day.
That’s not the purpose of this challenge.
The purpose is to develop discipline. Build perseverance. To learn how to do things even when you don’t want to or have the time to.
If you miss a day, move on. Keep going.
You’re going to have days where those 100 KB swings seem like the hardest thing in the world. But you’ll have to fight through it and get it done.
That’s what it’s about.
When people see you putting in the effort, they’ll want to do the same.
You’ll effectively spread the virus.
How to get Started
To officially claim your place in the challenge, you have to do one simple thing.
Click on the link below and send out the tweet I created.
This will let me (and other participants) know that you’re taking part.
Note: if you do not have a Twitter account, I suggest you create one because this is the tool we’re going to use to track our progress (explained below). However, if Twitter is not your cup of tea, don’t fret. Simply use the comment section below or the Bloom to Fit Facebook page to let everyone know that you’re in.
Tracking your Progress
As you can see when clicking the link above, I’ve created the Twitter hashtag #30KBchallenge for this challenge. For those who don’t necessarily know what a hashtag is, it’s simply a function that groups together all tweets (or messages) on Twitter that are on the same topic.
This means that all tweets sent out with the hashtag #30KBchallenge will be in one place for everyone partaking in the challenge to see.
I want you to use this to track your progress.
You don’t have to send an update every single day. But any time you have something cool to share, use this tool. Send a tweet.
#30KBchallenge just completed my first day of the 30 day KB Swing Challenge. Not so bad.
Share your improvements and accomplishments. Share your difficulties. Inspire others in the group. Ask questions. Share your thoughts. Tell us if you missed a day (and why). Share how you upped your weight. Share whatever comes to your mind.
You have 140 characters to work with. Just be creative. Use this means of communication to keep yourself and others motivated.
Once again, if Twitter isn’t your cup of tea, feel free to post your updates in the comment section below or on the Bloom to Fit Facebook page.
So there you have it.
Remember that the challenge begins July 25, 2012.
That means you have exactly one week to prepare. If you don’t have a kettlebell, get one. Use a few days to work on your kettlebell swing form. Practice it. Perfect it.
It also means you have one week to help me spread the virus.
Tell people about the challenge. Get them to take part.
Share this post with your Facebook friends.
Share it with your Twitter followers.
Help me get the word out.
And don’t forget to officially join the challenge. Here’s that link again:
I’ll see you on the 25th.