October Step-Up Challenge


For the October Monthly Challenge, we will be doing a step-up challenge to train and prepare athletes for the hero workout, “Chad”, that will be programmed on Veteran’s Day – November 11th.

“Chad” was created in honor of Navy SEAL Chad Wilkinson and is performed across the world to raise awareness for suicide prevention. To learn more, visit https://chad1000x.com.

The workout “Chad” is 1,000 box step-ups for time, wearing a 45/35 pound ruck pack/vest. When we perform the workout as part of Mayhem Affiliate, we will have multiple workout options available to accommodate all athletes. 

To help prepare for this workout, we will be doing a step-up challenge throughout October.


The challenge will take place for 4 weeks, each with a different goal:

  • Week 1 (October 1 – October 7): accumulate 200 step-ups throughout the week
  • Week 2 (October 8 – October 14): accumulate 400 step-ups throughout the week
  • Week 3 (October 15 – October 21): accumulate 600 step-ups throughout the week
  • Week 4 (October 22 – October 28): accumulate 800 step-ups throughout the week

Step-ups can be performed on a 20” box or on any safe object of about the same height (chair, bench, a stack of plates, etc.). If athletes intend to perform Chad weighted, then the challenge reps should be weighted as well. But this is not a requirement. Any step-up reps performed throughout the week will count towards your weekly total. They can be in a workout, at the gym, from home, outside, anything counts! Just get it in within the week.

Beginner/Intermediate option: accumulate 200/300/400/500 step-ups and they can be done at a lower height.


We will be using the Mayhem Affiliate – Monthly Challenge track to log this challenge. Each day you will log the number of reps you completed. If you’re planning to break them up, you can log where you’re currently at, and then update your score throughout the day. Then, each Saturday, there will be a separate scoring section where you will note if you completed the weekly challenge target that week.