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Old 09-22-2017, 01:12 PM
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how many jumping jacks can you do?

don't guess, OK, actually count. I'm going to say 50 even though I get short of breath by 30 some and I could, of course, do a few more if you offered me money.

so I mean how many with good form and not killing yourself.

I googled this question earlier this week and some folks were saying 2000 but I don't know if they meant all at once. because eek!
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Old 09-22-2017, 02:02 PM
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I was very tempted to try this. Then I realized I would probably just hurt myself because I wouldn't stop when I should.
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Old 09-22-2017, 02:58 PM
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I was very tempted to try this. Then I realized I would probably just hurt myself because I wouldn't stop when I should.
keep in mind there are risks to sitting still
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Old 09-22-2017, 03:33 PM
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Oh I'm not sedentary. Just had bad experiences seeing how many of an exercise I can do. For example, the time I ruined my shoulder doing something like this with burpees.

Wasn't even that many. Totally not worth it.
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Old 09-22-2017, 04:14 PM
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I have no idea, but I'm certain I'd get bored before I got too tired to do another. 2000 doesn't sound out of line to me.
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Old 09-22-2017, 05:34 PM
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I have no idea, but I'm certain I'd get bored before I got too tired to do another. 2000 doesn't sound out of line to me.
Ditto for me. I'd rather go bicycling. I can bike for hours; never get bored with it.
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Old 09-22-2017, 06:00 PM
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I can do all of them.
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Old 09-22-2017, 06:07 PM
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oh, sweet mother, I couldn't even do one burpee. you tried a burpee? are you 28?

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Ditto for me. I'd rather go bicycling. I can bike for hours; never get bored with it.
what you want is the "how long can you bicycle thread"

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I can do all of them.
I am putting down zero for you!

y'all are very bad at this.
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Old 09-22-2017, 06:20 PM
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0 is close enough to all, I suppose.
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Old 09-22-2017, 07:01 PM
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Old 09-22-2017, 08:14 PM
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oh, sweet mother, I couldn't even do one burpee. you tried a burpee? are you 28?
I was 40 at the time.

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Old 09-22-2017, 09:58 PM
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My guess would be at least several hundred. Two thousand doesn't sound terribly crazy to me, but I'm a little out-of-shape at the moment. I can't find the current world record, but I found one guy in 1979 who did 27,000 in a row.
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Old 09-22-2017, 10:23 PM
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I am putting down zero for you!

y'all are very bad at this.
You can put me down for zero, too. I don't think I've done a jumping jack since high school gym class, and that was 50 years ago.

Well, I could probably do a few if I tried, but I have no inclination to find out.
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Old 09-22-2017, 11:17 PM
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None. My knees didn't like them before I suffered a torn meniscus last year, and they sure don't like them any better now.

I can do the turned-out ballet version though - eschappe from second to first or second to fourth - with no knee problems, so if I'm in a group class where jumping jacks are called for, I do those instead. I can do at least 20 of those, maybe more. Luckily I only take group workout classes at the small specialty gym where it's known that I have a bad knee and have many years of ballet under my belt, so that kind of expect that.
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Old 09-23-2017, 03:20 AM
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I don't jump, bad ankles.
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Old 09-23-2017, 08:36 AM
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None. My knees didn't like them before I suffered a torn meniscus last year, and they sure don't like them any better now.

I can do the turned-out ballet version though - eschappe from second to first or second to fourth - with no knee problems, so if I'm in a group class where jumping jacks are called for, I do those instead. I can do at least 20 of those, maybe more. Luckily I only take group workout classes at the small specialty gym where it's known that I have a bad knee and have many years of ballet under my belt, so that kind of expect that.
ballet exercises are so hard!!! - I have a season of Miranda Esmonde-White's workouts and they kick my butt.

and I have a lot of arthritis in my knees so I am doing the jumping jacks as well as most cardio on a rebounder/mini trampoline.
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Old 09-23-2017, 08:40 AM
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I have no idea, but I'm certain I'd get bored before I got too tired to do another. 2000 doesn't sound out of line to me.
I'm completely certain that I'd get bored before I got tired, because the number at which I would get bored is awfully close to zero. I've never been a fan of exercise for its own sake: I do things for other reasons, and some of those things I do happen to be exercise, but that's not why I do them.
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Old 09-23-2017, 09:01 AM
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One. Two if the floor isn't too unforgiving. After that, my knees and back will be Very Very Angry with me.
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Old 09-23-2017, 09:44 AM
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I do 50 a day as part of my regular workout.
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Old 09-23-2017, 09:58 AM
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I can't even remember the last time I did one. Best estimate is that I could do more if I bound my chestal protrusions, since that bouncing is quite painful, but I couldn't even guess how many before I collapsed.
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Old 09-23-2017, 10:18 AM
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My guess would be at least several hundred. Two thousand doesn't sound terribly crazy to me, but I'm a little out-of-shape at the moment. I can't find the current world record, but I found one guy in 1979 who did 27,000 in a row.
Fixed link: http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/meet-ashri...ry?id=12627599

Jumping jacks -- the military calls them "side straddle hops", which I always thought was an odd name. I never heard of that term until boot camp, in 1980. And what the hell is a burpee? Had to look that up. It's a squat thrust. And the drill instructors called that "bends and thrusts."

I should get out more often.
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Old 09-23-2017, 10:44 AM
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And what the hell is a burpee?
we had to do them in gym class, 4th grade maybe? I remember they were HARD then and don't appear to be possible now
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Old 09-23-2017, 11:16 AM
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And what the hell is a burpee? Had to look that up. It's a squat thrust. And the drill instructors called that "bends and thrusts."

I should get out more often.
I the way "burpees" used now thanks to CrossFit etc. generally includes a pushup and a jump.

I don't do the jump because my basement ceiling doesn't allow it.
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Old 09-23-2017, 11:42 AM
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we had to do them in gym class, 4th grade maybe? I remember they were HARD then and don't appear to be possible now
We did them in gym class too but called them squat thrusts. And then in boot camp they went by the weird name of bends and thrusts. I looked up burpee earlier, and Wikipedia has a page: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burpee_(exercise)...

... and these records:

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At 4 pm on May 17, 2014, in Greenwood, SC, Cameron Dorn broke two burpee world records: the most burpees performed in 12 hours with 5,657 and the most burpees completed in 24 hours with 10,105.

At 6 am on October 21, 2013, in Portland, OR, Lloyd Weema broke the burpee world record: the most chest to ground burpees performed in 72 hours with 9,480.
That's a lot of burpees!
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Old 09-23-2017, 11:45 AM
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I the way "burpees" used now thanks to CrossFit etc. generally includes a pushup and a jump.

I don't do the jump because my basement ceiling doesn't allow it.
You're a Marine, right? Do you remember them being called bends and thrusts? And with two push ups they were called 8-count bends and thrusts. Fun memories.

And, being 6-8, you need higher basement ceilings.
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Old 09-23-2017, 11:47 AM
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OK, that was enlightening. I can do as many as is necessary.
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Old 09-23-2017, 05:36 PM
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I can do a bunch, but I look like this.
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Old 09-23-2017, 05:48 PM
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200, because I counted. I could have done more, but got bored. However, I couldn't have done a lot more (like thousands), because it is actually way more of a workout than bicycling or running. Also a have a tweaked shoulder that would probably act up eventually. I might have gone longer if I slowed down; I was doing them at maybe 1.5/sec.
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Old 09-23-2017, 09:58 PM
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200, because I counted.
you win the thread!

since you have such endurance, try doing burpies
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Old 09-24-2017, 08:59 AM
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75+ because I got bored and stopped at 75, but I could easily have done a hundred or two. And, like Dr. Strangelove, I think slowing down would greatly increase the number. Luckily I don't have any health or mobility issues, but the only regular exercise I get is from yard work and kayak fishing. I'm 60, have smoked for 45 years, and haven't done a jumping jack in decades.

About ten jumping jacks have the equivalent exercise value of a walk to the fridge for another beer.
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Old 09-24-2017, 09:05 AM
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since you have such endurance, try doing burpies
BEEEEEEELLLlLllCCCCCCCCHHHHHHHHHHH.

easypeasy, just gulp down some beer and let er rip.
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Old 09-24-2017, 09:34 AM
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I was doing them at maybe 1.5/sec.
Whoa, that's a pretty furious pace.
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Old 09-24-2017, 09:39 AM
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2000 is definitely possible, I remember this day of group-punishment in the Army where my whole company had to do a few hundred, it was a little exhausting but I definitely could have kept going. In the Army they now call them the side straddle hop.
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Whoa, that's a pretty furious pace.
I just timed myself doing 50 and it worked out to .85 seconds each, so 1.5 per second isn't unreasonable. Especially if the jumping jacker(?) is younger and in better shape than me. In other words, most people
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Old 09-24-2017, 11:25 AM
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I just timed myself doing 50 and it worked out to .85 seconds each, so 1.5 per second isn't unreasonable. Especially if the jumping jacker(?) is younger and in better shape than me. In other words, most people
It's still a pretty darned good pace, young or not, to be turning out 90 jacks a minute. I would think I could do it in my younger, fitter years, but it's certainly not the pace I would be choosing to hit 2000 jacks.

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2000 is definitely possible, I remember this day of group-punishment in the Army where my whole company had to do a few hundred, it was a little exhausting but I definitely could have kept going. In the Army they now call them the side straddle hop.
About 3/4 of the way through Basic I guess we were getting a little cocky. They lined us up in the bay and started doing side straddle hops in cadence. For those not familiar the Army turns jumping jacks into a 4 count exercise. 1 4 count side straddle hop is really 2 jumping jacks. We did 800. That's 1600 jumping jacks. At age 50 my knees are shot for some reason.

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It's still a pretty darned good pace, young or not, to be turning out 90 jacks a minute. I would think I could do it in my younger, fitter years, but it's certainly not the pace I would be choosing to hit 2000 jacks.
I'm short and light. Less distance to move and lower peak forces.

1.5/s was just an estimate, since I didn't time it. But I just did 87 in 60 s at what felt like the same pace, so let's say 1.45/s instead. That's with hands touching the thighs and at the top.
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How many farts per minute are produced by this jumping jacks experiment?

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I'm short and light. Less distance to move and lower peak forces.

1.5/s was just an estimate, since I didn't time it. But I just did 87 in 60 s at what felt like the same pace, so let's say 1.45/s instead. That's with hands touching the thighs and at the top.
I'm happy to count that as 1.5/sec. Like I said, that's a healthy clip.
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None. My knees didn't like them before I suffered a torn meniscus last year, and they sure don't like them any better now.

I can do the turned-out ballet version though - eschappe from second to first or second to fourth - with no knee problems, so if I'm in a group class where jumping jacks are called for, I do those instead. I can do at least 20 of those, maybe more. Luckily I only take group workout classes at the small specialty gym where it's known that I have a bad knee and have many years of ballet under my belt, so that kind of expect that.
Same here, though I'm not positive how many eschappe I can do, either. When I got up to try, the cats swarmed and it got dangerous to try to jump.
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I'm guessing a few hundred wouldn't be a problem now. I'm pretty sure when I was, say, 30 I could have gone over a thousand.
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You're a Marine, right? Do you remember them being called bends and thrusts? And with two push ups they were called 8-count bends and thrusts. Fun memories.

And, being 6-8, you need higher basement ceilings.
That seems right...

We used 8-count bodybuilder." Sometimes you'd get some sadistic SOB leading PT and called for 12-count ones.....
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I haven't done them in years, but I tried just now and had to stop at 52.
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Old 09-26-2017, 02:20 PM
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I haven't done them in years, but I tried just now and had to stop at 52.
congratulations! one of the few people do to what I asked in my OP: don't guess, try. are you surprised by your result?

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Jumping jacks -- the military calls them "side straddle hops", which I always thought was an odd name. I never heard of that term until boot camp, in 1980. And what the hell is a burpee? Had to look that up. It's a squat thrust. And the drill instructors called that "bends and thrusts."

I should get out more often.
Burpees differ from Squat Thrusts as there is no weight, and you go chest down in a push up.

Jumping Jacks are dead easy. I never found them hard, just kind of tedious. Burpees, on the other hand...ugh...
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Just closed the office door, emptied my pockets and did 50 at work. In dress pants and shoes. Didn't time it, but couldn't have taken more than a couple of minutes. Wasn't a big deal, but if I had kept up that pace for 100 I would have felt it. Posting now, right after, my pulse is barely elevated. I'm sure I could do 200 if I tried to - probably more. And, if I practiced, could quickly get up past 1000. Not a big workout, just some slightly different muscles.

I used to HATE burpees, but I really hate push-ups as well. Recently worked up to sets of 50 push-ups. Still dislike them.

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congratulations! one of the few people do to what I asked in my OP: don't guess, try. are you surprised by your result?


Thanks, and yes, I was surprised; thought I'd have to stop before thirty. And I think if I'd pushed I could have made it to sixty.
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I just did 100 in about a minute and a half. A little breathy and my heart rate is in the aerobic range. Mostly decided to stop because my calves were pretty burn-y. Probably had a few more in me but as I said above, don't want to get hurt.
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