Just how DO you train to do 100 pushups?
- on June 1, 2011
Confession time. Even though I could do 30 pushups last week, I decided to start my official Week 1 this week at just 20. The iPhone app scared me into it. But that's the end of the story. I'll start at the beginning.
Some of us who have entertained this madness of striving to do 100 pushups in one sitting -- well, consecutively without stopping...no sitting -- looked at hundredpushups.com and dreaded the thought of having to use a computer every day to find the appropriate spot on these charts. How could that rigamarole be fit into a crazy busy life? (Yeah, yeah -- if that isn't first-class whining, nothing is.)
And yet. It was an obstacle to getting started. Not all of us have a Jon Stewart or Ali Edwards in house to organize us first thing in the morning and get us pumped to knock out 20 or 30 or 40 pushups. In our office, we work staggered schedules, we have to dress up, nobody wants to get sweaty, yadda yadda yadda.
Then Marilyn Hull at LiveWell Lawrence said she'd downloaded the app. So did Mark Howarter at Chiropractic Experience. (Mark even married his with inspirational pushups tunes.) They swore by it.
Indeed -- there they are, right there on the hundredpushups site. Apps for iPhone, Android and Windows 7. (For those not digitally inclined, there's also a book.) So there's just no excuse.
The iPhone app has a four-star rating. In reading through the reviews, one stood out: "WARNING! START SLOW!" noted Lewis D. Wheeler on May 4, 2011.
"As instructed, I did 'as many' pushups as I could to start my initial number. Bad idea! First day has 4 sets -- I was so sore it took me a week to recover! Had to re-start day one 3 times! If you're not in super shape -- but like me in pretty good shape tho not ideal - I suggest doing as many pushups as you can, then divide that number in HALF and start there! Otherwise, good app!
So, I began at 20. (10 seemed too wimpy.) The schedule on the first day, Monday, of Week 1 was to do 4 sets totaling 45 pushups. Today was day two of Week 1, with 50 pushups. So far this week, I've done 95 pushups. On Friday, I'll do 4 sets totaling 57 pushups, with a total of 142 for the week. The site advises a Monday-Wednesday-Friday schedule, with two days off (Saturday and Sunday) between weeks. It's not bad. I'm tired after the sets, but not shaking too badly. The app's great -- it automatically counts down the time between sets. I can schedule reminders for the next session. And it graphs my progress.
So, those you who are using apps, feel free to load the image of your progress in a separate post on this 100 Pushups group. (You can't load a photo from your computer in the comments for a post.)
For those of you who are using the pushups logger on hundredpushups.com, take a screen shot and load it. Let me know if you need assistance.
How's everyone else doing this week? Megan from the Lied Center? Chiropractic Experience? Heartland? LiveWell? Kris Adair? Ross Weber from Tonganoxie?