After completing 30 days of 30 pullups at the end of 2019, YouTuber Gunther was looking forward to pushing himself further in pursuing his fitness goals. Then the pandemic happened, and so instead of hitting the gym regularly, Gunther did what plenty of others have had to do, and improvised his own at-home full-body workout.
In his latest video, he tracks his progress as he performs 30 days of bodyweight exercises: specifically, 50 reps each of pushups, pullups and situps. He encourages others to do the same, but recommends setting achievable goals. "Do a good rep amount for you," he says. "I'm most likely going to do 50 reps each... Of course we want to challenge ourselves, but it's important to be realistic and actually get a good workout."
On Day 1, he recognises that his sit-up form is "unacceptable," as he keeps throwing his arms, and quickly decides to anchor his feet while doing that exercise, providing some much-needed stability. By the third day, the physical toll is starting to become apparent, with pain in his triceps almost persuading him to take the day off.
However, by Day 5, that soreness is gone, and as the rest of the challenge progresses, Gunther's technique and endurance improve, to the point where he is able to complete all 50 pushup reps in a single set without stopping.
At the end of the 30 days, Gunther has put on muscle mass in his chest, shoulders, back, and upper arms; gains which are all the more visible in the time-lapse of pictures he has taken throughout the month.
This article originally appeared on Men's Health US.
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