Hitting an impasse at the dreaded Week Four

Here's the story so far: After Jon Stewart at Heartland Community Health Center did a post about how his staff had glommed onto hundredpushups.com, a few other individuals and organizations took up the challenge. That was on May 4.

It's now steamy July, and at least three people have hit 100 (talking pushups here, not temperature), one person is happy at having achieved Week Three and will go no further, many people have dropped by the wayside without explanation, and a few of us are limping along, hitting barriers and working our way around them.

I'm one of those. After May 4, I did the base test, but didn't start Week One until four weeks ago. On the last day of Week Three, it was obvious that doing the sets on the same day as Body Pump class at BodyBoutique was NOT a good idea. The 6 a.m. sets wore out my muscles to the point that they turned into quivering mounds of jello in class. I had to drop back on the weights and look like a newbie or risk dropping the bar on my head. Not good.

So, the hundred pushups regimen changed from Mon-Wed-Fri to Tues-Thurs-Sat. That was last week. Week Four. The dreaded Week Four that Ali Edwards, at HCHC warned about and which stymied our own Edwin Rothrock at The World Company. Tuesday went smoothly. Tough, but doable. Thursday, I did them all but had to sway on two hands to rest every four pushups during the last 16. AND ended up with a huge headache. I took that as a sign to return to the middle of Week Three, which begins tomorrow.

Week Four is brutal, because it seems as if it's a big jump from Week Three. Week Four's Tuesday pushups totaled 120 (in 20 to 25 at a time, with 60 seconds between sets). Kind of amazing. On Thursday of the huge headache, I did 140 pushups in five sets, the last set numbered 36. Have to say, after realizing I'd done 140 pushups, I felt like Rocky....but with a headache.

I WILL get to Week Six. I WILL do 100 pushups without stopping. At the last test, I did 45. My triceps, anterior and medial deltoids, and pectorals are beginning to reveal themselves. Friends have noticed. One is inspired enough to start the long trek from Week One to Week Six. I've warned her: It's not a straight shot. It's like any difficult goal in life -- one step at a time, and sometimes a couple of steps back as you maneuver for a different angle of approach or to get a running start.

So, is anyone else with me?

btw....Jon Stewart never did say how he did. Jon?

Tagged: pushups, motivation


Marilyn Hull 7 years, 2 months ago

Congrats on what you have accomplished so far, and I hope you make your goall. Doing Body Pump and this challenge is a lot to take on.

AnnaUndercover 7 years, 2 months ago

What an inspiration!

Am chugging along with you. :)

jestevens 7 years, 2 months ago

Thanks, Anna. It's good to have company.

AnnaUndercover 7 years, 2 months ago

Eager for your next update!

Am doing an exhaustion test tomorrow in preparation for the coming week. (I have to space workouts to minimize soreness that distracts me from writing/dancing/customer interaction).

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