Lehighton TUFFCAMP completes burpee challenge
STACEY SOLT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Members of Lehighton TUFFCAMP complete their final burpees during the 115 Royal Burpee Challenge, which ended Monday. Athletes who took part in the challenge completed burpees for 115 days. From left is Mary Kaye Snyder, Shannon Brophy-Wolter, Denise Unuskanick and Janie Connor.
After 115 days, their toughest fitness challenge to date was finally over.
Members of the Lehighton TUFFCAMP completed the 115 Royal Burpee Challenge on Monday at the Lehighton Recreation Center. They celebrated the end in typical TUFFCAMP fashion, incorporating the final burpees into an hourlong workout.
The 115 Royal Burpee Challenge was created to celebrate the 115th birthday of Royal H. Burpee (1898-1987), who is best known for creating the "burpee" to measure physical fitness, agility and coordination for the U.S. military in the 1930s.
The burpee combines a squat, push-up and jump into one smooth motion.
More than 4,000 athletes took part in the challenge worldwide, including 25 Lehighton TUFFCAMP members. Approximately 1,900 finished the challenge. But while nearly half of the athletes worldwide bowed out of the challenge due to its difficulty, just one Lehighton member was unable to complete her burpees by Monday. She was injured in a motorcycle accident but plans to complete the challenge once she is medically cleared.
"I am so impressed that we didn't have people bail out," said Chrissy Mayernik, the owner and coach of Lehighton TUFFCAMP and a CrossFit certified trainer.
"It was very intense," she added, noting that local athletes relied on a strong support system of other TUFFCAMP members.
Athletes completed one burpee for each day of the 115-day challenge. Over the course of the challenge, starting with one burpee on day one and 115 on the final day, they completed 6,670 burpees.
Following the end of the challenge, some participants are already looking for a new long-term fitness goal and additional challenges.
"Everyone wants to know if we will repeat the burpee challenge," said Mayernik. "While we won't do this again anytime soon, I am planning to design a challenge outside of our TUFFCAMP workouts. I'll set the bar high," she promised.
"This is what we talk about at TUFFCAMP. If you want to work out, set aside an hour and make it count."
Lehighton TUFFCAMP workouts are offered at the Lehighton Recreation Center three times per week: Monday at 6 p.m., Wednesday at 7 p.m., and Friday at 6:30 p.m.
The 115 Royal Burpee Challenge was organized by Greg Tymon, the owner of CrossFit Advanced in Easton and the founder of TUFFCAMP. The challenge was promoted through his website and Facebook and reached athletes around the world.
Tymon is also organizing an attempt to make the Guinness Book of World Records for the most people completing burpees in one place.
This attempt will take place on Saturday, July 21 during CrossFit Advanced's annual "Test Your Metal" competition at Lehigh Valley SportsFest.
More information will be available at www.crossfitadvanced.com closer to the event date.
To take part in this record-setting attempt, you must be able to complete burpees for three minutes; modified burpees will not be accepted.