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100 pushups, day 1. Let's push it!

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

I do five days of cardio a week for 1h, with usually 2 days rest.
Running, biking, and swimming.
I don't currently follow a training plan, but I combine it so that I usually burn 1000 kcal a day, or 5000 kcal a week.
This feels comfortable, I gradually go faster, to make it a bit harder, but I didn't want to increase the time spent.

Here on SP, during the 5% challenge, I was encouraged to do some pushups, and someone recommended the www.hundredpushup
s.com
site. I liked what I've seen, and I decided to go with the plan.
This is my strength-training, to mix up my cardio.

I made the initial test, I could do 21 "nice form" push-ups, which ranked me in Week1, Day1, Column 3.
I could also start one level more up, which according to the description, is directly on Week 3, Day 1, Column 2, but I found it's a bit of a stretch.

Why these push-ups?
- I wanted to add strenth-training
- I wanted to do an exercise which I can do wherever I am (I tend to travel, both for pleasure and business)
- I didn't want to spend much money on new equipment, gym membership, and such

I also like there is an exercise plan, which gradually adds more challenge, so I don't have to think about how much to do.

I printed the pocketable exercise plan, and marked the dates to do the push-ups.
www.hundredpushup
s.com/hpu_pocket.pdf


And why did I start today, on Wed 03 July 2013?
Because this is a perfect day to start.
In fact, much better then tomorrow. :-)

How my arms feel?
Haha, like a tomato-puree... :-)



This is from my morning bike-ride, a typical countryside house in Austria.


Are you doing push-ups?
How much you can do?
And tips, suggestions for me?
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GETSTRONGRRR 7/3/2013 9:23PM

    great idea! I've done the 100 pushup challenge...it's tough but doable

Every 6 months I test myself to see how many I can do in a minute. 4 weeks ago I did 75 in 1 minute!

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MOBYCARP 7/3/2013 7:54PM

    I do three sets of 60 pushups each morning, one of them as decline pushups with my feet on a chair. At one time, I could do 100; I haven't tested myself recently. I looked at the 100 pushups program a couple of times, but never started it.

So, how did I get to where I can do sets of 60 pushups every day? It started as 3 sets of 20 pushups on the ball when my foot hurt so bad I couldn't walk for exercise and I couldn't hold the plank position to do pushups. Pushups on the ball were the first thing I found that I could actually *do* with the injured foot. Doing them every day, I found that I could increase the reps.

By the time the foot got enough better to let me hold the plank position and do real pushups, I was up to sets of 40. I ended up holding it constant at 60 because that's where I was when I noticed I was reluctant to add more time to pushups in the morning.

Tips: It's easier to do a big set of pushups fast than slow. When I noticed that, I started deliberately holding the tempo of my sets slower to promote better strength. When I test for how many, I crank the early pushups out as fast as I can do them in good form, so that I avoid arm fatigue early on and pack more into the set.

Now excuse me, I have to go check . . . okay, I can't do 100. This evening I managed 77 pushups before I had to stop. It seems that the routine of same number, every day has conditioned me to not be much better than that fixed number. Maybe I could improve that if I did more bench presses and worked up to pressing higher weights; but it doesn't seem to be a high priority for me.

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CLAIRESML 7/3/2013 4:40PM

    Hi Oliver!
Pushups are so beneficial.
I found that program two years ago and successfully completed it.
I would never have thought that I could've ever gotten to 100, but I did.
There is a sparkteam for the 100pushup challenge called 'The Mighty Hundreds'. You might find it useful.

And, the country home pic is nice from your ride.
It has been raining here for three straight days. Ugh.
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LISAINMS 7/3/2013 11:25AM

    Push ups are great! Thanks for the link. I'm going to add that.

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RUFFIT 7/3/2013 10:58AM

    Love the picture of the house!! Brings me back to my visits to Germany!! Great work with ST. I also have to work on that!! Moni emoticon emoticon

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ARRREAGLES 7/3/2013 9:59AM

    that's a great link and opportunity. I do 50 per day minimum now-- so it would be great to work my way up using the scales.

Your arms are jello the first week (and any day you do chest/back and/or bi/tri) but it's such a great thing to do.

I also add plank to my pushups every morning. I call it my "no excuses" workout, because anyone can get down and do pushups anywhere!

Awesome and thanks!

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ALDEBARANIAN 7/3/2013 9:45AM

    Way to go! Keep up the good workouts. :)

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KELLIEBEAN 7/3/2013 9:14AM

    I'm going to check out this website later. Last year I couldn't do 10 pushups on my knees so I decided to do a pushup or two every night.

Early this year, I got to ten pushups on my toes. I've been slacking off lately. Need to get back to that. I think this is a great, cheap and convenient way to improve upper body strength!

Thanks for the idea!

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RSSSLHB 7/3/2013 8:30AM

    emoticon job emoticon

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EVER-HOPEFUL 7/3/2013 8:28AM

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DARJR50 7/3/2013 8:23AM

  no suggestions just congratulations

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