30-Day Squat Challenge: Week 1

DAY 1
50 Squats (2 x 25)
2 minutes 20 seconds

It was surprisingly easy. My knees popped a lot, but otherwise no pain or resistance.

DAY 2
55 Squats (2 x 28)
2 minutes 30 seconds

My thighs felt tight during the second set, and it was tougher than yesterday. But manageable.

DAY 3
60 Squats (3 x 20)
3 minutes

Woke up with aching legs. Doing the squats hurt but not to the point where I couldn't continue. My knees popped a few times. I'm really beginning to feel it in my ahem... gluteal muscles.

DAY 4
REST DAY

So grateful for this rest day because my thighs feel like they're on fire. My legs do feel stronger, however, and I'm already starting to notice a difference in my muscle tone.

DAY 5
70 Squats (2 x 50; 1 x 20)
3 minutes 10 seconds

The rest day seemed to help; my legs felt refreshed. For the first time, doing the squats elevated my heart rate and made me perspire. There were popping sounds in my arms and knees but it didn't hurt at all. I felt like I not only could, but wanted, to do more.

DAY 6
75 Squats (3 x 25)
3 minutes 10 seconds

Today has been more difficult. I would get to the twentieth rep and want to stop. Not because it hurt but because I was exhausted. Some slight twinges in my lower back later in the day. It crossed my mind that I probably won't be able to finish the challenge.

DAY 7
80 Squats (4 x 20)
4 minutes

Watched a video on YouTube and realised I have been doing very deep squats. (I thought you had to get right down low, so that the backs of your thighs touch your calves [see above].) Regular, parallel squats would be ten times easier, but I think I'm going to continue doing what I'm doing – I'm used to it now and apparently deeper squats are more effective. I had no pain in my legs or back today and I'm feeling marginally more confident that I might be able to finish the challenge.


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