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Push-up's, Planks, and the Pursuit of happiness.

Monday, June 14, 2010

On this journey I have managed to cross the 60 lbs lost level. All of this was done by walking and cutting my food intake.

A great thing no doubt, but it was(is) time to take this to a new level. The weight has been dropping but now it is time to firm up.

For the last 2 weeks I have been doing 100 push-up's a day and WOW...I am seeing results already.....starting to see a build in the mirror I haven't seen in a good while. This week I will push the number to 150 push-ups a day.....75 in the morning, 75 in the evening. Right now I am content with reps of 25, but will increase that as well.

I also have added planks to the mix to firm up the core.....and right now I can feel those. I'll just do those 3 days a week until the muscles start to get accustomed to the stress of the planks.

When I started this journey I figured 195 was a good goal. Now I am not so sure. I don't think I am going to put a basement on all of this. I figure it will stop when it it 195 or 175.

It's like a metamorphosis...from caterpillar to beautiful butterfly....well....probably more like some kind of moth, but you get the point.
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    Wow, I'm really impressed with the push-ups. I hope to be up to 25, regular style, one day. :)
    2859 days ago
    WOW! 150 a day! That is awesome!!!! Keep it up!

    Be Blessed,
    2860 days ago
    Wow! 150 push-ups a day is *awesome*! A great push-up that works both core and upper body (well... all push-ups do, but I particularly like these) is the staggered hand push-up. Right hand 3-5 inches behind the left (your right elbow will come in toward your side and your left elbow will go out away from you) and then you can plant your feet however you want, but I find it best to spread my feet apart from one another. Then trade out your hand positions to do the other side. With those push-ups I *really* feel it in my obliques! Oh, and if you're ever interested, I know of all kinds of plank modifications that can make them harder and more awesome. Just let me know!

    2866 days ago
    Congrats my friend!

    I have capped my fitness at 2 hours per day. I know there were times last year when I would crank out 2 months straight of 3 1/2 to 4 hours per day at the gym. After corresponding with you when I restarted my fitness program after recovering from my hip, I know you were concerned that I would crank it up to an unreasonable level again only to fall away because I had set the bar too high.

    For now, I plan on keeping the schedule through the summer (health and hip permitting) and then start to titer it back in the fall to maybe an hour and a half to eventually an hour per day. I'm thinking of changing up exercises, but nothing extremely strenuous as to injure myself again.

    Core exercises and strength exercises such as the pushups and situps are a great home exercise that can help you tone up that chest, upper arms and abdomen.

    Be sure to keep walking, to keep those leg muscles loose and strong too!
    2866 days ago
    Wow that's awesome! Keep it up!
    2866 days ago
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