Friday, October 16, 2009

Survived the 5th week of the push up challenge

Ha! He's a swinger! I always suspected...

Whine du jour: Push ups are no fun. Don't look forward to doing them, don't feel better after I've done them. About the only pleasure I get from push ups is the pleasure of totaling up the number of them that I've done and then bragging to people about it.

So why do I do it?
I think my attitude toward this push up challenge is like some other people's feeling about doing a marathon: because it's there. It's not something I'm going to do after the challenge is finished.

Once I've completed the 100 push ups (and I will finish, eventually, come hell high water or injuries I'll get there eventually) then I will explore other weight lifting exercises, and target other muscle groups. Maybe I should do the 1 pull up challenge. (The challenge there would be to actually do one single friggin' pull up. I doubt I could do a single one right now.)

The sit ups are definitely helping my back. When I did the first test, I stopped when my back muscles started to hurt. I've noticed that now it takes a whole lot more sit ups to get to that point, so there's a positive change.

Exercise du jour:
Week 5 of the (full) 100 push up challenge
Day 3
(45 seconds rest in between)
Set 1 - 13
Set 2 - 13
Set 3 - 15
Set 4 - 15
Set 5 - 12
Set 6 - 12
Set 7 - 10
Set 8 - 30

Week 6 of the 200 sit ups challenge
(45 seconds rest in between)
Day 3
Set 1 - 20
Set 2 - 20
Set 3 - 26
Set 4 - 26
Set 5 - 24
Set 6 - 24
Set 7 - 21
Set 8 - 21
Set 9 - 75

Done! At 11:57 p.m., 3 minutes before midnight, but it still counts as exercise for the day. (Took 26 minutes.)

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Amy - the gazelle said...

my goal for 2009 was to be able to do 1 pull-up by the end of the year. As of today, I am at....maybe 1/3 of a pull-up. Stupid pull-ups.

You're doing great w/ the push-up challenge. I always get bored & quit around week 4.

rssasrb said...

Oh, my, oh my. Having a hot flash here. Oh my oh my. Maybe after I recover from the picture, I'll read the post. Oh my goodness.

The Merry said...

Oh, forget the post -- enjoy the pic :)

Gazelle, I agree: push ups are very boring. I've developed a compulsion to do this, but I'll be glad when I'm done!

Keziah Fenton said...

There were words after the picture? What I want to know is why is he wearing a towel to golf?

Scope Dope Cherrybomb said...

Someone tell GP that's not a gash on the left pec or was it the right pec she was worried about. It is the tattoo of a dagger. Of course that could cause a great slash to the right pec.

surgos-the kind of surgeon a guy in a towel swinging a golf club will need.

Crabby McSlacker said...

I'm with the Gazelle--though I think it was probably 2 years ago that my goal was to do one pull up. Never got there. I had to decide that one chin up was close enough.

Push ups may be boring but pull-ups are evil.

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