Inspired by our recent payment of 2,000 burpees to CrossFit Regina, JT and Mike S. are embarking on a burpee challenge that starts Monday, Sept. 12, and will go to Dec. 31.

Starting at 1 burpee on Sept. 12, Mike and JT pledge to do an increasing number of burpees each day until the New Year. Day 1 is 1, Day 2 is 2 and so on.

Do the math, and that’s 111 burpees on Dec. 31. The total number of burpees is 6,216. But don’t think about that too much.

Mike And JT have committed to this challenge, and they’re welcoming anyone and everyone to join them. You can buy in anytime this week by doing all the previous burpees. For example, if you start on Friday, your buy-in is 15 (1+2+3+4+5).

Days 25, 50, 75, 100 and 111 will be for time.

Be warned: penalties for missing days due to anything but injury or illness will be stern. You can make up the burpees from a missed day by adding them to the day after – plus 25 percent. So if you miss Day 10, you have to do 21 (10 + 11) burpees on Day 11, plus 25 percent = 27 burpees. It gets rough if you miss the big days near the end. Don’t miss the big days near the end.

Burpees can be spread out throughout the day and don’t need to be done all at once (except on the days that are timed). Burpees in CrossFit 204 workouts and warm-ups count to your total.

The standard is as follows: from a standing position, get your chest and hips to the floor. Your chest and hips MUST touch the floor. From there, get back to your feet, jump and clap overhead.

Chest doesn’t touch = no rep.

Hips up = no rep.

No clap = no rep.

No jump = no rep.

Closed hips (not standing all the way up) = no rep.

Other members will call out bad reps.

Sign up if you dare, and be sure to motivate JT, Mike and the other challengers all the way to the New Year.

We’re 10 days into our challenge, and I’m sure you’re all dealing with cravings.

The first week was probably not too bad, but after a couple of weekends without treats, I’m sure you’re starting to crave some crap. Perhaps you’ve even given in and eaten some crap. I know some people out there are definitely feeling guilty about something they ate or drank that was on the banned list on the Eat Less Crap whiteboard.

I myself want a glass of gin. Not two or three. Just one, full of ice, to be consumed on what might be the last sunny, warm afternoon of a long summer.

But I’m not going to have the drink, nor am I going to go down to the basement to dig Kathy’s cinnamon buns out of the freezer.

This month is about seeing what’s possible, and I’m going to see it through, even if it would be easier to have a cinnamon bun and tell everyone I’m sticking to my commitment.

In fact, I’m going to stick to my guns exactly because it is hard. And you should do the same.

You come to CrossFit 204 for various reasons that are personal, but regardless of your goals, you have chosen a gym where you work hard every time you come in the door. You have chosen hard work when you could just as easily sit on your couch or go to a regular gym where you can slack off whenever you feel like it.

You have chosen to sweat. Realize that because you work hard on your fitness – and every single person who steps into CrossFit 204 is working hard on fitness – you have the strength to push through a food challenge. Each one of you does amazing things in our gym every day, and the will power you show in there is more than enough to sustain you when the ice cream is calling.

You’re stronger than you think. You discovered that when we asked you to pull harder at the end of a 2K row. You discovered that when we asked you to pick up the bar in the middle of Fran. And you discovered that when you squatted a new record.

Discover how strong you are again by pushing through this challenge.

And if you are struggling, lean on your buddies. We’re all in the same boat, and this is a team workout. When you’re having a hard time, tell us about it and get some support. We’re here for you, and we’ll get you there.

And if you’re cruising through the challenge like a classic car on Sunday night, help your teammates out by encouraging them. That’s what teammates are for.

In the end, we’re all in this together, and together we’re unbeatable.

Well, we lost the Labour Day Classic and had to pay CrossFit Regina 2,000 burpees.

I’d say we did so with style and–dare we say it?–swagger, collecting almost 2,500 burpees from our members, their kids, and various friends and True Blue supporters who wanted to help us out.

Now it’s time to take some revenge. The Green Riders are rolling into town this weekend for the Banjo Bowl, and we’re hoping for a blowout win by the Bombers.

The loser of the game owes the winner 50 double-unders per point they fell short. So if the Bombers pull off a 30-point victory at home, which is probable, CrossFit Regina owes us 1,500 double-unders.

Whatever the result, we’re looking forward to some great games and a bit of fun with Robin and Aaron’s fantastic Regina crew.

Follow the fun on Twitter (@CrossFit204 and @CrossFitRegina) and Facebook. Trash-talking encouraged!

Game on —and good luck to both sides!

5 rounds of:

3 presses, 3 push presses, 3 jerks

Rest 90 sec b/w rounds

Time trial: 1000-meter (ish) run (starting at massage school, run 1 lap of the block and finish at the 204 front door)

The weight can increase each round, but you must complete all reps.

No changing weights in the middle of rounds.

If you fail at presses, you can make them up with push presses.

If you fail at push presses, you can make them up with jerks.

No loose cores allowed.