An Interesting Accomplishment

For those of you who keep up on current trends in fitness/exercise, you probably are familiar with the rope craze.  I; however, was not familiar…at all.  Until Wednesday, that is.

I was at the gym with Denise (getting my butt kicked in under 30 minutes) and she said the gym was hosting a challenge that day.  The challenge was to whip this giant, heavy rope up and down while in a sumo squat position for as long as possible.  (In the picture above, it appears as though this fella is doing both arms at the same time…whereas I was told to alternate so one rope would be going up and the other down at the same time)  My trainer told me it was seriously challenging.  She also told me the person who could do it the longest would win a 3-month membership (that could be gifted to someone) and 10 free personal training sessions.  Have I ever mentioned I love a good competition?

When I began the challenge it was much more challenging than I thought it would be.  After all, all you have to do is whip some rope, right?  The record when I started was 2:52 (that’s minutes and seconds, not hours and minutes, folks).  The record when I finished?  3:01 (again, minutes and seconds there)  Can you believe that?!?  I beat the record!!!  I probably could have gone a little longer, but I got so excited when I heard Denise yell out, “Oh my!  She just broke the record!”  I just stopped to celebrate!  Funny, huh?

The guy who set the original record of nearly three minutes was standing there watching me the whole time (which I did not know because my eyes were closed pretty much the entire time…focus is what I needed).  He was pretty disappointed that I beat him by only nine seconds…especially since he was super fit (and I am “just a fat girl”).  I left feeling super accomplished and proud…and angry at myself.  Angry?  Yes, that says “angry.”  Why?  Because I should have kept going and not stopped just because I wanted to jump up and down in a celebratory manner.  I beat myself up over it the entire night…and the next day.

The challenge was weighing on my mind so much, in fact, that even though I was not scheduled to workout on Thursday, I went to the gym anyway…in jeans.  I just wanted to find out who beat me…and by how much.  Turns out – no one beat me!  Can you believe *that*?!  I won the challenge!!!  Crazy, if I do say so myself.  Absolutely insane.

Of all the fit and built and slim people trapsing in and out of my gym…none of them could whip that rope longer than me.  It did not surprise me that those body builder-types could not beat me.  See, they are huge and built and strong, but endurance is not something they work on…ever.  Have you ever seen a giant muscle-bound fella on an elliptical?  Treadmill?  Nope.  They just do not do it.  Lucky me, I suppose.

Have you ever tried a rope exercise?  Do you enjoy them?  Did you feel like it was a good workout?


4 responses to “An Interesting Accomplishment

  1. I’ve seen it on Biggest Loser:)

    • I guess I should try to watch some of that show…I’ve actually never watched a single episode. So many people (including my trainer) talk about it all the time, though. Do you watch it often?


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