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I recently came across a workout on Pinterest called “The Ninety-Nine”. It is said to have originated from this blog: Beautiful Day 4 Running but I can’t find an actual place on the blog where it was posted.

Anyhow, I tried the workout.

And it rocks.

It worked muscles I didn’t know I had, and for someone like me in good shape already, that is a very important feature in a workout. I did have an issue with one aspect of the workout and that was the leg raises so I changed it up a bit and made a sheet that you can print out and hang on the wall if you want to give it a try. it’s not for the faint of heart but will give you a great workout. The initial part took me 55 minutes, then 11 minutes for the run.

The workout consists of 8 set of 5 exercises. The first set starts with 99 reps of each except the push-ups you do 9 reps. Each subsequent set is 11 reps less than the previous set. The 9th set is just an 11 minute run, jog, walk…whatever you can do after almost an hour of calisthenics.

The exercises are fairly explanatory. Jumping jacks and crunches are what they usually are. The wall sit is a squat with your back against the wall. You go down as low as you can and hold the position. Knee lifts you do while standing just alternating raising each knee as high as you can. Push-ups are fairly standard too, though you can always do them on your knees if you need to.

So….do you dare?

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  • Reply Aaron 04/20/2014 at 9:30 pm

    Just finished this up after stumbling upon it….Crunches were absolutely brutal! Pretty much had to break it down into 20s to begin with then struggling through 10-15 at a time…..That might sound sad….but….I’m 350 pounds!

    • Reply Kimberly Grabinski 04/21/2014 at 8:37 am

      Not sad at all Aaron. Most people don’t even try. You got up and got moving! Keep up the great work and just work your way up. This is an extreme workout and again, you have my respect for even giving it a shot!!

  • Reply Realadvice 04/14/2014 at 7:44 am

    Just lowering the variety and adding lots of reps doesn’t make a good workout!

  • Reply nicole 02/23/2014 at 8:19 pm

    this is really easy if you put your mind to it i just finished it in about 2 hours it takes a while to finish but you feel like the hulk when you are done lol!

    • Reply Prat 04/29/2014 at 6:08 pm

      Yeah, actually working out for that long isn’t really good for you.

  • Reply Joy Williams 09/01/2013 at 12:40 pm

    Totally pinning this for future reference!

  • Reply Dheeraj More 09/01/2013 at 5:18 am

    Post a video of you doing these 9 sets, i bet you will pass out before set 5.

    • Reply Kimberly Grabinski 09/02/2013 at 11:18 am

      I’ve done this workout start to finish, more than once. Thanks for being a troll, it makes things interesting.

  • Reply Rob 06/05/2013 at 12:52 pm

    Just stumbledupon your post! Always great to find new creative ways to work out to prevent boredom. Thanks for sharing, will give it a try next time!

  • Reply Ryan Bruno 04/17/2013 at 10:25 am

    Interesting workout, I’ll test it out.

  • Reply Jack Kastor 04/10/2013 at 8:05 am

    That’s just brutal. I’m currently doing the 200 squats/200 situps/100 pushups programmes, and the’yre painful, but this – this is what Sauron forces on the Fighting Uruk Hai, it’s what they suffer in Guantanamo, it’s how Chuck Norris takes some r’n’r.

    • Reply Norma 04/11/2013 at 11:51 am

      I think it’s so much better to leave a little bit for the next day and not do too much. I don’t think the body can deal with that much strain in one day. You got to have some kind of strength for daily living. You can exercise every day instead if you’re feeling like you want to get in shape fast. But to do all of this workout in one day is too much. Eventually you are going to be very tired. You may even lose motivation to keep working out, because it’s so hard. This is exactly what I write about in my books. You can’t build a body in one day. It’s gradual exercise every day. The body will react and shape up eventually.

  • Reply Harisankar P S 04/07/2013 at 4:19 pm

    I took want to build a bit, not sure for how long I will be doing this. But challenge accepted.. :D

  • Reply kjoel007 04/02/2013 at 5:18 am

    Hahaha, I dare! so i am going to try this out :D

  • Reply Jake 03/27/2013 at 3:22 pm

    This has been the background on my comp for weeks now, though a diff image. I use it on my active recovery days, works like HIIT Training, love it.

  • Reply devim 03/12/2013 at 10:25 am

    Almost 500 crunches in perfect or good form is crazy

  • Reply Shekar 03/09/2013 at 10:46 am

    we used to start with
    1)Thirty knuckle pushups reducing to 20 (that is 10 circuits)
    2)fifty situps
    3)100 steps duck walk
    4) and 40 different kicks on each circuit

    that was my from Tae-Kwondo class and used to do only on sunday mornings.

  • Reply Michele 03/02/2013 at 8:42 pm

    I think I’m going to try this out. It looks like an interesting workout. Kind of like a countdown.

  • Reply Kimberly 02/27/2013 at 1:46 pm

    Oh, no! Not gonna try that workout!!!!

  • Reply The Frugal Exerciser 02/26/2013 at 10:58 am

    I would change some exercises around but this is torture. LOL.

  • Reply Jen @TheFitHousewife 02/22/2013 at 11:40 am

    Hi! I came across your blog today and love it. I love all the healthy recipes and fitness tips. Thanks so much for sharing :)

  • Reply brandi 02/18/2013 at 9:11 pm

    I dont think I could do 99 sit ups all at once lol. Do we start at the bottom and work my way up everyday doing more?

  • Reply VALife Sciences 02/13/2013 at 12:18 am

    I am starting to do this to lose my fat, thanks

    • Reply sam 03/12/2013 at 10:19 am

      me 2 :D

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