Last week I decided that I was going to start getting back in shape by joining in the 100 Push-Up Challenge that several other bloggers have been talking about the last coule of weeks. J.D. over at GetFitSlowly.com started the trend last week by asking who else would join in the program. I decided to join after several other bloggers I’m familiar with, including The Happy Rock, decided to jump on board as well.
The one hundred pushups program requires joiners to do pushups three days a week for six weeks. Each day you perform five sets of push-ups, with a 60-120 second rest period between each set. The number of pushups you perform every week increases until at last during the final week, there is a slight cool-down week. A few days after you finish week six, you try for the magic number of one hundred push-ups.
Can I do it? I don’t know, but I’m certainly going to try! I’m going to be re-starting my Body For Life program at the same time, and I think they’ll work nicely together.
Last week I performed my initial push-up test, and it was extremely humbling. 10 push-ups was all I could manage! Because of the number I completed in my initial test I started the pushup challenge earlier in the week by doing a series of push-ups as shown in column 2 below:
I was able to do the recommended reps. My reps looked like this: 7-7-5-4-11 (with 60 seconds of rest between each set) . After I was finished doing my pushups my arms were shaking. The next day I was sore, so I know I was working some muscles that hadn’t been worked in a while.
I know this isn’t going to be easy, but now that I’ve started and I’m blogging about it, I’m committed. Will you join in and start the pushup challenge too? If so, let us know how you’re doing! Stay tuned for Day 2 of the challenge!