Tonight I had a training session with JP. I had done a session last Friday and he killed my abs. Then Saturday morning I had boot camp, which did in my shoulders and thighs. But Sunday I rested and played a relaxing round of golf, and most of my aches were gone by this afternoon.
Tonight's session was a card game played in six rounds. (Well, not really a game, but that's what JP called it.) In each round, you draw four cards. Each card corresponds to an exercise. Then you roll two dice to determine how many reps you do.
So, in round six (which is the only round I can remember in totality), I had to do 8 reverse sprints - running backwards - across the gym, 10 walking front kicks with return sprint, 9 more reverse sprints, and 10 side shuffle sprints.
There were a variety of exercises: burpees, v-ups, plyometric wall push-ups, wall sits, x jumps, walk outs, and more! And push-ups. Oh, the push-up.
I've always wanted to do push-ups the "right" way. You know, on my toes with a straight body. No arching, no swayback, no dropping to my knees midway or falling onto the floor. But even after all my training, I still struggle. During Saturday's bootcamp, for instance, I only eked out 2 on-toe pushups before dropping to the floor.
My very first card tonight gave me push-ups. 11 of them, after the roll of the dice. I didn't want to look like I wasn't trying, so I started on my toes, figuring I would fall after a few of them. JP didn't like my first one - too high. So I tightened my abs and dropped myself farther down. He said that one looked good, now do 10 more. The thing was, it felt good, too.
Maybe it was because they were my first exercise. Or maybe it was because I did a lot of ab work last week and had a chance to recover. Whatever it was, I did all 11 push-ups on my toes! With proper form!!
I was so excited! I made it a point to continue holding that form every time I had to do any push-ups tonight (which was a lot, actually). So guess what? I have a new goal!!
I'm a (lurking) member of the Mighty Hundreds team, and a couple years ago I started their push-up challenge. I failed miserably, unable to build up to week one. But now...now I can start again. Now I have a chance.
What a wonderful surprise!