Day 1: Damn, My Maximum Reps Suck

Written by Don P on . Posted in Challenge #6

(Reading time: 1 - 2 minutes) - Passed Out on Gym Floor

That picture obviously isn't of me — I would NEVER wear shorts that high. But that's exactly how I felt after finishing the first kettlebell workout on April 1st for the Onnit Primal Challenge, which required me to find the MAXIMUM number of repetitions I could perform for all six exercises.

You see, I haven't "worked out" since Challenge #2: Yoga for 30 Days unless you consider watching movies, cooking dinner, and going on a gluten-free diet "working out"; sadly, there are people out there that do.

Getting back into the workout scene is not going to be an easy feat — as evident by the paltry performance of my maximum reps. But, hell, if arthritis sufferer and possibly borderline Alzheimic Angela Lansbury can do it, then so can I! - Angela Lansbury in a Towel Yup, I'm just 30 days away from having a hot body like that.

If you haven't checked out the first post describing all the kettlebell workouts then here's a quick video from Onnit (skip to the 6:30 mark):

My Maximum Reps

Now let's take a look at how I performed. Again, these six exercises are done in succession with a 35 lb. kettlebell.

Deadlifts: 50
Kettlebell Swings: 30
Thrusters: 20
Bent Over Rows: 40
Pushups: 15
Burpees: 5

The numbers show I petered out faster than senior citizens having sex. Mostly because this high rep/low weight kettlebell workout is like cardio and men simply just don't do cardio. Let's hope my body doesn't crumble by the end.


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