Friday, May 15, 2009

Stealth workouts?

Definitely time to trim those nails, Hugh...

Confession du jour: I've been feeling like a fraud when it comes to doing the sit ups. I read you're supposed to achieve a 35 degree angle, but since I'm not a math person I have no idea if I meet this criterion or not. Probably not. I barely lift my shoulder blades off the floor.

Still, these past weeks as the sit up challenges got longer and longer, I really began to feel the stomach muscles working. Deep muscles that don't usually have to work very much. I can't do these sit ups after dinner. Also, I'm finding that I need to stretch my arms after I finish the push ups. The muscles are all tensed up. So something's going on inside, even if I don't see any ripped muscles on the outside.

Exercise du jour:

Week 3 of the (full) 100 push up challenge
Day 3
(90 seconds rest in between)
Set 1 - 16
Set 2 - 21
Set 3 - 15
Set 4 - 15
Set 5 - 21

Week 3 of the 200 sit ups challenge
(60 seconds rest in between)
Day 3
Set 1 - 24
Set 2 - 32
Set 3 - 23
Set 4 - 23
Set 5 - 32

Done! Well... sorta. I mean, I did work out today, but I didn't do the sit ups and push ups. I was so mad at my foot for letting me down yesterday that I decided to show it who's boss. Went for a nine-mile bike ride today. I'm ashamed to admit it, but my legs are actually a bit sore. That's embarrassing. Two years ago I was able to do a 36 mile bike ride without having cycled for months beforehand. Sigh. Tomorrow, the challenges.
Done! (On Saturday. With longer pauses between the sets.)

3 comments:

Theresa said...

Well done with keeping up the push up and sit up challenges!

Oh, and bummer about your foot hurting! That doesn't sound good. (But still, 35 minutes is nothing to sneeze at! Good for you!)

Xenia said...

I'm having the same issue! And I don't really care. Something's working because I'm crazy sore. That's good enough for me.

Great job, M! Keep it up.

Crabby McSlacker said...

Wow, that is a LOT of push ups and sit ups! No wonder you're sore.

Makes me hurt just hearing about them!