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Inspired by my muse, my pal, the creative tour-de-force Todd, I started November with a goal of doing 10,000 air squats. As much as I love to count, maintaining a running count to 10,000 over the course of a month felt like too much. Keeping a spreadsheet with my counts would just be bowing to “the man”. So, I set aside $2.00 (60 pennies and 28 nickels) with each copper representing 50 squats. Just $0.07 a day would get me there.

Counting my pennies

Air squats go back to my earliest days of Crossfit. I can still hear those trainers at Crossfit Reston emphasizing the “points of performance”. 

Ginnie and I co-incidentally had started the month with a resolution to stretch. She’s been working to programs from [Karin](https://go.karindimitrovova.com/homepage). I’ve been noodling along with [Tom Merrick](https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCU0DZhN-8KFLYO6beSaYljg) a bodyweight warrior from the UK and [Strength Side](https://www.youtube.com/user/strengthsidetrainer) who brings a chill surfer mentality to flexibility.

While we visited our friends K+P, I maintained a quiet, stealthy 400 squats per day. One Sunday, I squatted through an entire church service for an unbroken 1,000. The final thousand were performing the memorial Crossfit workout “Chad”. 

Complete 1,000 box step ups for time. Use a 20 inch box and wear a ruck pack that weighs 45 lbs for men, and 35 lbs for women. A ruck is a weighted backpack to simulate the gear carried during a hiking expedition. Score is the time it takes to complete all 1,000 repetitions.

Mid workout

The bag by the end.

Gin and I have been thinking a lot about long-term practice. What fitness routines can you keep and maintain for life? Staying interested is at least as important as what you do. Happy squatting!