My workplace recently had a pretty fun fitness challenge. The staff does a great job of changing things up and providing different themes to encourage physical activities. I certainly applaud this, but I have never been a big fan of tracking hours to win prizes. However this latest challenge was different.
Pull-ups, 1 rep max bench, 1 rep max squat, 1 mile run and number of crunches in 2 minutes. The technical aspects were loose and participants were not matched head-to-head. Simply any time during the month of September you would post your performance and people could try the activities as often as they wanted. I was amazed at some of the performances. The pull-up mark was close to 20. Max bench and squat were both over 300 pounds. The crunches were approaching 100. I was expecting someone to turn in a sub 5 minute mile, but for the last bunch of corporate athletes, the best time was around 5:30.
I was really pleased with my own performance (7 pull-ups, 205 pound bench, 205 pound squat, 7:35 mile, and 53 crunches). I tried a couple of times to improve my bench but could not. In terms of pull-ups and crunches, I would have a hard time repeating the marks I set. Whether or not the challenge is hosted next year, I intend to revisit these benchmarks next fall.