March Madness: 5000 Burpee Challenge

I didn’t get a chance to participate in a mud run or challenge last month, so I really want to start-off March on a positive note. I’m set to run the ABF 10K Mud Run March 31 and from working with the incredibly dedicated founder, Chad Mason, I know it’s going to be an epic event. So, bottom line, I am due for a kick in the ass to get myself up to speed…and not just a physical challenge, but a mental one.

March Madness

This brings us to my latest challenge:

  • The Challenge: Complete 5,000 total burpees for the month of March.
  • The Rules: None, just reach the goal.

Why 5,000 burpees?

I’m not the world’s greatest athlete (far from it in fact), but I really believe that 5,000 burpees in 31 days is totally possible. Sure, the amount sounds daunting and to some, highly unlikely, but if there’s one thing I’ve learned from the GORUCK Challenge, it’s how to make an impossible goal into a possible one. If I dwell on the big number, it will be very easy to slip into the trap of early defeat. But if I just break things down, and take one task at a time, I know I have a really great chance of success.

To succeed at this challenge, it really comes down to answering a few questions along the way:

  • How will I handle the physical demands to my body?
  • How will I respond to the monotony of over 150 burpees per day?
  • How will I handle the smaller tasks vs. the larger end goal?
  • What kind of strategies will I employ if things don’t go according to plan?
  • How will I react to failure?
  • How will I prepare to succeed?
  • How will I learn from this experience?

I’d like to share with you my journey this month to 5,000 burpees. I hope that in doing so, I encourage you to set your own goals and achieve them. Be sure to check the site, or find me on Facebook or Twitter to see where I’m at in my March Madness Challenge. Better yet, why not join in on the fun and share your experience with us!?

My Countdown to 5,000 Burpees

  • Day 1: 150 burpees during lunch break in sets of 25 with 15-30 second rest periods. Total time: 14 minutes.
  • Day 2: 175 burpees before bedtime. Sets of 25 with 30-60 second rests. Total time: 22 minutes.
  • Day 3: Rest Day 🙂
  • Day 4: 325 burpees before dinner. 4 sets of 20, then remaining sets of 25 with 30-1:30 minute rests. Total time: 55 minutes.
  • Day 5: 25 burpees (during 5k lunch run), then 100 burpees before bed. Sets of 25 with 45 second rests. Total time: 12 minutes.
  • Day 6: 225 before bed. Sets of 25 and final set of 50. Time = 30 minutes! 1000 to go!

Not up for 5,000 burpees?

That’s okay. You can still join in the March Madness! Check out what how our friend Rich Vos is challenging his gang over CrossFit Hustle or visit our friend Amanda at to see how she is challenging herself this March. Just set a goal and get there…and don’t forget to share your progress, pitfalls and success here!

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Mud Run Maniac
Mud Run Maniac

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9 comments… add one
  • Nicole Mar 2, 2012, 8:29 am


  • Tyson Mar 3, 2012, 7:50 am

    This is awesome! Found out about this yesterday, so I did 300 to make up for day 1. Never missing a day again. Thanks for sharing this!

  • Chris V Mar 9, 2012, 9:40 am

    Did 100 before bedtime to get started last night. Would have done more but this was after a brutal kettlebell workout. And some Guinness 😀

  • Trish Straub Mar 24, 2012, 2:27 pm

    Love the challenge! Starting today (3/24/12) with only 23 days left as I’m having surgery on April 17. That’s 200+ burpees per day. No rest for the weary! Good luck everyone!

  • Trish Straub Mar 25, 2012, 1:54 pm

    500 burpees in 2 days! This is harder than I thought it would be, but I’m going to do it!

  • Trish Straub Apr 16, 2012, 5:45 am

    Completed the challenge in 19 days! Loved the challenge so much, I opened it up to all the members of my health club. All you see at the club are people jumping up and down! It’s awesome!

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