Every quarter I set myself a challenge, usually a tough mental or physical sports challenge but it can sometimes involve my business or personal life. The idea is to stay focussed on long term goals by continually improving areas of my life. Every now and then the challenge is particularly difficult or stands out in some way – on those occasions I will usually turn it into a charity fundraiser.
Gavin’s 10,000 Burpee August Challenge
2020: Q3 Challenge – as the name suggests this challenge requires me to do 10,000 burpees during the month of August (31 days). This equates to an average of 325 burpees a day for 31 consecutive days, with no break – what is a burpee you ask? When I began planning this challenge I initially thought to do 1,048 burpees on my birthday, but having already done 1,000 burpees last December it didn’t feel sufficient.
BLMBA Body Transformation Challenge
2020: Q2 Challenge – I work with performance coach Jean-Pierre de Villiers who has an awesome private coaching group called Best Life MBA – through his group JP coaches us through live weekly video sessions and often challenges us to set stretch goals like the his 12-week Body Transformation Challenge.
You can check out my 12-week transformation results HERE.
2020 Triathlon Fitness Challenge
2020: Q1 Challenge – having just completed my 1000 burpee challenge, I turned my attention to having an overall aerobic fitness and signed up for a couple of triathlons and adventure race later in the year (details of those events can be found HERE).
My goal was to train get into the habit of training consistently – at least 6 days a week for the entire quarter – with the long term goal of building a solid training base for an Ironman triathlon in 2021/22. Unfortunately Covid-19 came along shutting my gym/pool and causing those events to be cancelled.
Gavin’s 1,000 Burpee Challenge
2019: Q4 Challenge – in October 2019 I met Jean-Pierre de Villiers and signed up to his private coaching group Best Life MBA. In our first call he suggested we set ourselves ambitious stretch goals and I decided there and then I wanted to attempt 1000 burpees in a single session.
My burpee max up to that point had been 360 burpees so I decided to 3x it and publicly announced I was going to attempt 1000 burpees. It seemed a very ambitious target and with the added accountability of making a public announcement I started training really hard.
One of my friends asked if it was for charity and when I said it wasn’t he suggested it should be and that he would support it – so it turned it into my charity fundraiser in support of Goal and I went on to set up a GoFundMe campaign page and a Facebook campaign page to receive donations – raised over €1500.
Watch the event here – https://www.facebook.com/gavinjgallagher/videos/10157890053819120/