one hundred pushups.

While I was logging workouts on the dailymile the other day (add me if you’re on!) I came across something I had never heard of before:

one hundred pushups.

It’s a program that, in six weeks, is designed to improve your overall strength and fitness…and theoretically, get you to 100 consecutive pushups!

It sounded interesting enough, so I took the initial test yesterday and found that I could do 12 pushups…without keeling over!  Once I had that diagnostic, it was off to check the training chart – Day 1 didn’t look too bad – five sets: 6/6/4/4/max – being the max amount you can do after the first four sets.  I waited until today and completed 6/6/4/4/9!  Whoo!

Now, since I started on a Wednesday, I will probably shift the days around starting next week to do an even M/W/F kind of progression (haven’t officially decided yet) but with just three workouts a week, it seems doable.  It might be the placebo effect, but I already feel a bit of a difference (kind of like a lightness) when I left my arms up so the prospect is pretty awesome, anyway.  My legs have always looked ‘athletic’ but my upper arms (strength/appearance) are definitely an area that I’d like to improve upon!

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..because, you know, in six weeks, I fully intend to have Michelle Obama arms!  Hah!

What assets are you most proud of?

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5 thoughts on “one hundred pushups.

  1. oh girl…. when i was in high school, i was awesome at push ups. i once had a push up contest with the guy i was dating at the time… and i won. i was like the jennifer anniston arms of my high school.
    flashfwd to today- i about died during planks this week in yoga. yeah, no more upper arm strength.

    will you do any free weights with this?

    • Impressive! I remember rocking the situps, but the pushups I have always been pretty lame at!!

      I am doing a little bit of weights with the aerobic DVDs and I use the machine in the gym, but it’s mostly all ‘me’ lol.

  2. when i was still taking dance classes on a regular basis and working retail/barista, i had nice arms… i miss those days! since the pregnancy, i haven’t really worked out and i miss it. the occasional walk through the neighborhood just doesn’t cut it.

    i’ve always been very happy with my body. i like being toned, without being creepy-ripped. i have tone in my legs (but used to have more), some muscle left in my arms (again, used to be more), and a decent core (or it used to be). my favorite body part would have to be what i call my “ropes”: the muscles that run the entire length of my back on either side of my spine. (according to wiki, i think they’re multifidus muscles)

    the important part is: i’ve got the will and the way to change it back once i push out this kiddo!

    • I know it is cliche, but it is so true: when there’s a will, there’s a way! I think it’s important to be healthy and etc., but IMO when you’re pregnant, perhaps one of the healthiest things you can do for yourself is listen to your body and do what it tells you – and I think you’re doing a great job with that!

      ” i like being toned, without being creepy-ripped. ” <– that made me LOL, seriously! I definitely agree.

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