100 pushups can make a muscle pop!

Ali Edwards sent in this photo of Megan Foster and her HUGE tricep and bicep. (Our commenters corrected us -- pushups strengthen the deltoid and tricep muscles; biceps get strong from lifting, such as a bag of groceries or a weight in a bicep curl. Thanks, Jesse! See comments for more info.) Ali reports:

Even though our six weeks is over, I've gone back to week three and will work back up to week six. One of these days, I'll have guns like Megan.

Congratulations again, Megan. You're an inspiration.

Here at the News Center, Edwin Rothrock, Laura Herring and I were back on track this week. Edwin's back to Week 3. I just finished Week 2. I'm a little confused about when/how we're supposed to track how many pushups we can do, so help me out, Heartland. If you do the sets three days a week -- Monday, Wednesday, Friday -- when are you supposed to test to see how many you can do at once? On that Friday after the set? On Saturday?

Schnette Hollins has been steadily pushing along. Although she didn't do any this week, she was up to 65 last week in her test. I had mistakenly said she'd done 55. My apologies -- I recognize what an accomplishment it is to work to be in good enough shape to hit 65. Her son, Ivan, hit 100 last week, and we're looking forward to photos/video.

Sorry to say that Jonathan Kealing, Christine Metz, Cody Howard (Christine's beau who works at KU), and Whitney Mathews are on the slackers list (where I was also for a month). I'd never call any of them slackers, though.

Christine and Cody run TO AND FROM Dog Days workouts every morning, and do some pushups during the workouts. Nevertheless, Christine says they'll get back on track. Whitney's worked hard to lose an amazing 19 pounds this year, and will also get back into it. Jonathan runs. A lot. He runs and runs and runs, says his wife, Anne. (He did a half-marathon a couple of weeks ago.) And he promises to get back into it, too.

We may not be adhering to the 100 Pushups schedule, but we're plugging along. As Marilyn Hull says:

The bottom line for me is to keep moving while feeling the joy of being alive and healthy.

How's everyone else doing?

Tagged: pushups, motivation


dubiousfrown 7 years, 3 months ago

Wow, Chiquitina, those are some nice guns!

Ali Edwards 7 years, 3 months ago

Jane, HCHC did their "progress tests" in lieu of a training day. We would, in a sense, take the day off from training to see how much we had improved. I must say, it was really nice to only have to do ONE set of push-ups on those days...

jestevens 7 years, 3 months ago

Thanks, Ali. How often did you do that? Once every week? If so, does that mean you did two training days a week?

Ali Edwards 7 years, 3 months ago

Jane, we only did progress tests after week 4 and then after the final week instead of the prescribed tests after weeks 2, 4, 5 and 6.

jestevens 7 years, 3 months ago

Thanks. Now that I've finished week two (finally), that request for a progress test popped up on the iPhone app. I'm up to 45! And it wasn't impossible!

gphawk89 7 years, 3 months ago

I doubt those biceps got to looking like that from ONLY pushups...

jestevens 7 years, 3 months ago

Our bad, Jesse. The bicep is indeed not doing too much except sitting there looking pretty during pushups. We need a different view of that arm, Megan. Although, we do get a pretty good view of the tricep in this photo. So we'll redo that photo caption can call it Megan Foster and her new tricep. We'll have to work out the perfect angle of the shoulder and back of the arm to show off people's new pushup muscles.

Angela Heili 7 years, 3 months ago

I agree with Vertigo. In addition, the muscle that is bulging in that photo is not a tricep muscle. It's the bicep brachii. The tricep muscle is at the back of the arm and is relaxed as she flexes her bicep brachii. In order to see the tricep muscle she needs to extend her arm and the picture needs to be taken from her backside. Do a little research on human anatomy and you'll find plenty of pictures of the bicep and the tricep muscles and lots of information on how they work and the actions they provide in the human body.

jestevens 7 years, 3 months ago

I definitely am doing research on human anatomy after these lessons. Thank you, Parrysmom. I'll make the correction in the photo of Megan. Yes, the bulging muscle is the bicep, which was NOT made that strong by pushups. We're seeing a bit of her triceps, which is what the caption is referring to -- that's one of the muscles that was strengthened by doing 100 pushups.

I'm doing a post about the latest in the 100 pushups quest, explaining exactly which muscles we're strengthening, plus providing some links to good sources. If you have any, please feel free to post them. There are a bunch of newbies out there who obviously could use some educating about our own bodies. Reminds me of that book, "Our Bodies, Ourselves", which was first published 40 years ago to help women learn more about their reproductive anatomy, reproductive health and sexuality. (btw, the ninth edition is coming out on October 1, its 40th anniversary.)

Joe_Carter 6 years, 5 months ago

Nice story about Heartland Health's pushup challenge.

My compliments to Megan Foster on her 100 (!) pushups. Her bicep looks like it was sculpted out of granite.

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