Baleigh Shortreed
2 min readJul 14, 2020

For an entire month (May 2020), I did a 30-day challenge in which I completed 100 situps, every day, for 30 days. Here’s what happened.

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Prior to starting this new fitness challenge, I had also completed a different fitness challenge of 30 days of yoga, which you can either read about here or watch the accompanying video. By completing this challenge beforehand, I had set myself up for success without knowing it. Those 30 days of just yoga help restart my love for fitness and helped to begin redeveloping my abdominal muscles, which were going to be extremely important over this next challenge.

Day One

The first few situps were good, but it quickly began to hurt and become extremely painful. It took me about 30 minutes to complete the 100 reps for day one, and that continued up until about day seven when I slowly began to get quicker at the repetitions.

Day Seven

I began to notice that the reps were going a bit easier, however, I also noticed that I had a lot of pain in my tailbone. The bone itself felt as if it were bruising, so I had to slow down and take more breaks in between reps, as well as use more padding underneath me, which only seemed to make the situps harder. At this point, 100 situps consecutively felt impossible, so I switched my tactic to 4 sets of 25 reps, which helped a lot.

Day Fifteen-Seventeen

My progress at this point had been good. The only thing holding me back was my lack of motivation to do them in an effort to avoid the pain of working out and the pressure on my tailbone. By day 15, I began to add a few extra workouts due to my friends trying to convince me to join them in an exercise challenge. On day 17, I could really see the sides of my abdomen and the beginning of my V.

Day Thirty

By the last few days, I could see and feel the beginning of potential abs. For day thirty, I could feel the hardness of my upper abs and I could see the sides of my abs had become more defined. By the end of the challenge, I was able to complete fast reps of 20 reps with 10-second breaks, making for the original completion time of around thirty minutes to be cut to more than half the time (10–15 minutes average).

Overall this challenge was incredibly beneficial for me and my health, especially with the new information I gained about my body and how it reacts to a specific exercise type, such as abs. This information has helped me tremendously in the newest exercise challenge I completed, which will be available to read and watch soon.



Baleigh Shortreed

Writer, Author, & Entreprenuer teaching you to advocate for yourself through written, verbal, and digital means.