November 22, 2013 posted by

Dysentery, Greg LeMond, Birthday Challenge, Metabolism, Hormones & So Much More…

Dysentery, Greg LeMond, Birthday Challenge, Metabolism, Hormones & So Much More…

… on this week’s Birthday Challenge video chat, starring Denis Faye. With added guests, Iris, and a guy exiled in Tibet.

Today we wrap up the birthday challenge and then get down to business answering your questions. Some good ones this week, covering a myriad of topics with a lot about both food and exercise habits that can alter your metabolism.

Now the challenge numbers…

At the start of day 53. If I do tomorrow’s (today as I post this) challenge I’ll tick the list except for 53 hours of travel, which I missed because I got sick and didn’t go to LA this week. I will hit that tomorrow. Made up for it by giving away 53 things. People got some pretty nice stuff, too. So that’s pretty cool. How the challenge actually went can’t be reviewed we see how the last event goes. I’ll post on that next week.

Steve’ 53rd Birthday Challenge

Synopsis – Mystery illness continues. Doc had no idea. Said to check back next week if it’s not better. Anyway, it’s better. I can’t eat much, making tomorrow’s little test a tad more interesting.

The Big Days/Weekends

The Santa Barbara 53 – DONE (click to read)

5 First Ascents & 50k on single speed  – DONE (click to read)

Magnificent 7 & Terrible 2 – DONE (click to read)

5 Routes, 3 Trails, 6 Summits on Mt Olympus – DONE (click to read)

25hours of Frog Hollow – DONE (click to read)

Lift 530,000 pounds – DONE (click to read)

Climb 53 Routes and eat 5 Fritters – DONE (click to read)

World’s Fitness Champion trial run: 53 miles cycling, 5.3 miles running, 5.3 miles hiking, 530 push-ups, 530 jumping jacks, 530 leg lifts, 530 crunches, 5.3 miles of rowing, 5,3 miles of elliptical, 5 climbing routs, 53,000 pounds lifted (bench, row, pull-downs, curls, triceps ext)

Reading & questions answered: /2809 (53/day) –   17 & 55 (512 questions and 2,490 pages) Will be sad to finish The Charlie Francis Training System. For a training book it’s quite a page turner.

Servings of Shakeology: /53 – 1(52) – w/ water 
Days of Ultimate Reset: /5.3 0(5.3)
Days taking supplements: /53 – 1(52)
Days of no alcohol: /53 – 1(48)****
Days of no meat: /53 – 1(52)
Coffee Cycles: /5.3 – on final round
King Pin fritters: /5 0[5]

Beachbody workouts: /53 –0(53)
Push-ups: /5300 – 0(5,320)
Jumping jacks: /5300 – 0(5,300)
Leg lifts: /5300 – 0(5,320)
Crunches: /5300 – 0(5,370)
Ab Ripper X Moves: /5300 – 0(5400) [110,900]
Beast back day: /53,000 lbs. 0(54,000) [129,200]
Beast chest day: /53,000 lbs. 0(53,000) [59,700]
Beast shoulder day: /53,000 lbs. 0(53,000) [59,800]
Beast leg day: /53,000 lbs.   56,000 (56,000) [125,500]
Beast arm day: /53,000 lbs. 0(53,000) [68,100
P90X2 functional warm-up: /53 –1(54)
Running drills: /53 – 0(53)

Neuro-integrating stretching: /53 – 1(54)
Iron Mind gripper and extensor band reps: /10600 0(10730)
Breath hold sessions: /53 – 0(53)
Stabilizer sessions: /53 – 0(53) 
Internal Organ Training: /53 –  0(53)

5.11 Climbs: /5 0(6) [5climbs under 5.11 [53]
5.12 Climbs: /3 0(3) [1]
5.11 Boulder transverses: /5 – 0(5)
5.12 Boulder transverses: /3 – 0(3)
Campus board movements: /530 – 0(531)
Climb-specific pull-ups: /530 – 0(540)
Cycling on road bike: /53 miles 0(55) [74]
Cycling on mountain bike: /53 miles 0(54) [100105]
Cycling on cyclocross bike: /53 miles 0(54)
Cycling on time trial bike: /53 miles 0(53)
Cycling on fixed gear bike: /53 miles 0(53)
Cycling on single speed bike: /53 miles 0 (54) [30]
Cycling on tandem bike: /53 miles 0(53)
Hiking: /53 miles  0(59) [10]
Running: /53 miles 0(53)
30 minutes of rowing: /5 times 0(5)
30 minutes of elliptical: /5 times 0(5)
30 minutes of swimming: /5 times 0(0)
Hours of travel 0(47)

Tasks for his wife: /53 –2(54)
Chores around the house: /53 – 1(57)
Tasks for his dogs: /53 – dogs are basically sidekicks so this one’s a freebie

Blog posts: /53 – 1 (53)
Team Beachbody Instructional Videos: /5 0(7)
Team Beachbody Video Chat /5 1(8)
Days keeping these stats: /53 – 1(52)


A Few Challenges of Yore

2000 – 40 Days of Hell
2003 – Get Back To Reality
2006 – This is Gonna Hurt
2007 – My Blood Must Be Fully Replaced Each Year
2010 – Birthday Tribute from 67 friends
2012 – Making Lemonade


  • Steve,

    Leading up to the release of X2, you laid out workout schedules crafted from existing X or One on One workouts that we could perform to get us ready for the next big thing. What routines and schedule would you suggest to get us ready for X3?!

    I hope you get to feeling better soon!


    • Sorry for the slow replies here. X3’s just come out so you’ve probably already got this sorted. Essentially, if you’ve done X2 you are ready for X3. There will still be adaptation, as there’s new stuff (and a lot of new moves for your arsenal, as well as entirely new styles of training), but as for prep you’re ready and will adapt quickly. As for those who’ve done multiple rounds of X and X2, 3 is primarily a time saver. Essentially the X series is modular. You can mix and match between your favorite workouts of all three programs (and One on One) and target all sorts of goals. For someone like me, who spends most of my training time on sports specific goals, it allows me to knock out my base fitness stuff much quicker. For someone with general fitness goals only, it adds versatility, which is huge.

  • We really tried to make the entry level lower on X3 with the modifications so that you can progress with the program. This was true for X2 as well. That prep schedule was for the non-modified version though. Here the modifies aren’t quite a far removed from the (band only hotel room modification of X2) so not sure it’s necessary. Without all the equipment, the instability element has lessened. It’s still there, but more manageable. We tried to make X3 start with Power 90 ends and have the progression based on upon overload (weight, speed, height, etc) than pure difficultly like it often is in X2. Basically, if you’ve done X and X2 you’re not going to have issues doing any movements in X3. There are some new elements to test you (eccentric, pilates) and a lot of things you’ve never seen, but the real difficulty is going to come from how much you put into it. This was by design. We wanted something more simple than X2.

  • Thanks for the quick reply Steve.

    I’m scheduled to do Base & Back from X2 today and have done it numerous times in the X2 schedule and hybrids. What are some other leg moves that I can sub in for the moves in X2 as well as rep counts?


    • I’m doing 6 weeks of phase 2 and wanted a change of pace from base + back so I sub in X1 Legs & Back.

  • Steve,

    I’m scheduled to do Base & Back from X2 this week and have done it numerous times in the X2 schedule and hybrids. What are some other leg moves that I can sub in for the moves in X2 as well as rep counts?


  • Steve – Thanks for posting so many stories and videos during the challenge. I really enjoyed reading something new almost every day. Great stuff!

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