In December, I completed the Squat Challenge – 100 squats / day for 30 days.
Last summer, I heard of this challenge. I thought it was only for women wanting to tone and raise their butts. It wasn’t for a serious cyclist like me. I need to be lifting heavy weights, doing leg presses, lunges, and squats with a heavy weighted bar on my shoulders.
I was wrong.
In November, I tried to do 100 squats in succession. I couldn’t do it. I was surprised. So, throughout the month, I added body-weight squats to my daily routine, and gradually increased the repetitions. In the beginning, I could only complete 25 at a time.
In December, I took on the challenge. I began doing 3 sets of 35 repetitions. That was a challenge. But after about 2 weeks, I was able to complete 100 in succession, and continued to do them for the balance of the month.
I noticed a lot of changes. My glutes were more engaged when I walked and cycled. My core felt stronger. And, like the video above, my quads became more toned, and cut. I concluded that high repetition body weight squats are the perfect exercise for the cyclist. They strengthen and tone the most important cycling muscles – the gluteal, quadricep femoris, and core muscles. As a result, I plan to continue doing 100+ body weight squats every day. I have added them to my workout. Sometimes I do them in succession. Sometimes I do 3 sets of 35-50 repetitions. And sometimes, I do the final set while holding a kettle bell.
I have concluded that high repetition body weight exercises – squats, planks, pushups, lunges – are an ideal form of exercise, particularly for the cyclist. Over the past several years, I have developed a 45 minute body weight program that I can do anywhere without the need for the gym.
If you haven’t tried doing 100 squats, I challenge you to try.