Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Reference Spark article:
To do perfect pushups, according to this article, you need to build up to lifting 80% of your body weight. I don't lift near that much weight at the gym. I was not aspiring to lift that much weight. Now I'm not sure. Before I started going to the gym, I did four months of SparkPeople generated strength training here at home. I did planks and some push ups. It was not easy, but I completed some, even a few from my toes.
It kind of made me smile that I could do some now, because I never could do them in high school. I'd try, but I couldn't even begin to get off the floor. I remember trying to do cartwheels in gym class, too. The teacher would clap out "hand, hand, foot, foot; hand, hand, foot, foot" as each girl cartwheeled down the floor. For me she'd clap, "hand, HEAD!" and each time I could not hold up my body weight, my head would hit the floor, and I'd fall. Ouch!
At my age, in overall good shape, but with a few old injuries (not referring to above-mentioned head that seemed to suffer no permanent damage), I wonder how much I should try to lift. Perhaps I should do more research on this matter.