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100 Pushup Program--Going to do it this time--or dealing with the elbow

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

For those not familiar with 100 pushup program

Here's my issue pushup. Almost 4 years ago I went over my bike handle bars and landed on my forearm. Result broken radius and ulna (those two forearm bones)--into the joint space---this is a not good way to break a bone---and both bones majorly displaced---everything that makes a joint a joint torn up. Originally they thought I'd shattered my radial head (head of the radius bone) but when they went into pin my back together they managed to find it.

I've had a great recovery for my injury---but it still haunts me and pushups are particularly bad. The funny thing is that if you actually looked at my right tricep it actually looks more defined and larger than my left, but its much weaker, I guess it has to do with the lose of mobility and all the scar tissue in that arm. I do have to but considerable tension on my muscle just to straighten the arm most of the way. It does not go completely straight any more.

Well enough of that. I tried 100 pushups a while ago and failed. But I've had two big accomplishments with my elbow.

I'm doing yoga again. Yeah my Chaturanga Dandasana, the push up part of a flow sequence is kind of weak, but I can do a full practice. I can also crochet again. Sound low stress but there was some repeated joint motion that was not good. Both of these things just were not happening a year ago. One of my lessons in damaging my elbow was that loss of motion in an elbow effects both the wrist and shoulder.

So here I am back to trying the 100 pushup program. I just managed day one at the lowest level yesterday using my step to make it easier. So that was 12 modified pushup--with breaks. Keeping my fingers crossed that I can keep progressing.

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    I did the 100 push-up challenge last summer. I got all the way through highest level workout for the last week. However, I never actually did 100 push-ups in one pop. At the same time I was finishing the challenge, I started to get the pinched nerve problem I wrote about last fall. I wasn't sure if the push-ups were making it worse, but I was having so much pain all the time I decided not to push it with the push-ups.

    When I got into PT for the pinched nerve, I (like CATHERINEW3) found out that I had really tight pecs and underdeveloped upper back muscles. That's why I do about 4 times more back exercises as pec exercises.

    It's fun to do the challenge, and I enjoyed being able to build up my strength so much. If you do it, I think you will enjoy it too. Just pay attention to your body. If it's hurting your elbow, or if you start developing other problems (like I did) just do as much as you can do and consider that to be your own personal best.
    3020 days ago
    Good luck with the 100 push-ups. I'm trying them myself - but a very modified version! I can't even do one normal push-up.
    3029 days ago
    I'm wishing you success on this challenge. I have on numerous occasions set a goal of improving push ups and advancing from modified to full. I've made some progress, but haven't stayed consistent with it. I admire your tenacity to do this considering the slight handicap. Keep us posted; this is a wonderful goal to strive for. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3031 days ago
    Your blog topic got my attention because I have a huge desire to be able to do GOBS of perfect form push-ups. But those suckers are hard to do! So this past weekend I decided that it is a new goal for me. Right now I can do about 30 modified push-ups in sets of 10 and about 7-8 'decent' full ones before my form starts going downhill. Boo. So I'm going to try the link you posted. :-)

    Good luck with full recovery of your arm and your push-up routine!
    3031 days ago
    What an accident! To have recovered so much this past year, too, speaks to your constitutional health. Best wishes, Cindy! I've never been able to do a guy's push-up, can manage 10-20 "girlie" (as DH teases) ones. You go, woman! I'm going to peek at your website, though. I've always wanted to be that strong. Thanks for the link and for sharing about yourself.
    3031 days ago
    good for you for trying-me, I do modified pushups and occasionally throw in a 'military' reason, other than I'm weak in my upper body!
    3031 days ago
    I've always had problems with pushups. In addition to basic muscle weakness, my chest/back muscles weren't balanced, my right shoulder in particular. It has taken me 9 months of working with a trainer to get to the point that I can (finally) pull my shoulders back using my lats rather than having engage the delts and/or other shoulder muscles to roll the shoulder back. Also my chest muscles are finally not so tight. I hadn't realized until I started working on this how much these imbalances affected my ability to do push ups and other upper body exercises.
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    3031 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/2/2010 10:13:23 AM
    You will do this, just take it slow like you are and I bet you'll be doing 100 pushups military style eventually in not time! After an injury like that it's hard to get that strength back in your joints. Be careful and take baby steps!

    Proud of you chica!

    3031 days ago
    I'm sure that with enough time you'll be able to manage it emoticon
    3031 days ago
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