Tuesday, November 29, 2011

One Hundred Pushups or Bust

How does one know if one is in shape?  It's a conundrum really.  I workout typically 5 days a week and I really don't think I half ass it most days, but am I really in shape?  I mean I did just run a marathon.

Truth be told, I typically think I'm in decent shape, but then something comes a long to remind me there is a LOT of room for improvement.  During Body Pump yesterday I was so discouraged when I could only do five pushups.  FIVE!  Back in the heyday (and by heyday I mean pre-broken shoulder) my highest number of pushups completed in a row was 13.  So there I was in Body Pump (at the END of the class mind you) and I was only able to squeak out five measly pushups (REAL ones not girlie).  I vowed then and there to do something about it.

Enter-- The One Hundred Push Ups Challenge.

The one hundred pushups training program is a six week program designed to help participants be able to complete 100 push ups in a row.  Um yeah, that might wind up being a 52 week training program for me, but I am bound and determined to stick with this program and really try to increase my shoulder strength (particularly my "broken" shoulder).  The program only takes about 30 minutes a week.  10 minutes three times a week.   Anyone can do that right?  I can!

And so the "initial test" began.  How many good-form pushups could I do in a row before collapsing in a heap on the floor?




While taking the action shots George decided he wanted to get in on the actual action, and so too he did the initial test.  

Let's just say, I'm pissed!  I work out 5 days a week and he... well let's just say he doesn't and he drops and gives me...

 Just FYI he had just given Jack a bath, that's why he's all wet

Yes you are seeing that correctly, 50!!!  I'm sure he could have even done more, but he didn't want to hurt my feelings.  Whatever.  

Before I reveal my initial number, I would like to say I should get credit for good form.  Even George (who is always super critical of my form-- running form, squatting form, etc) said I was doing them correctly.  Need to see it again (because this is the ONLY good part)? 

Ok, with out further ado enough bullshit let's see the number.  

Just to be clear that is an eleven and not two.  Even still, ELEVEN?  What the hell?

The App (for iPhone) has been downloaded (there is an android app too), the plans are being put in motion, and operation 100 Pushup Training Program begins tomorrow.  Monday, Wednesday, Friday-- Me, YOU, and that other guy.  Pushup Challenge!  Go!

Who wants to join me?  How many pushups can you do in a row?  Wanna do more? 

Find out all about the program by clicking here.  


Carrigan's Joy said...

I love that you and Hubs both got involved! And, your post has me so pumped about getting back into shape after the birth of my baby (6 weeks away). I seriously think I could do a good pushup at the moment with this belly in the way but I'm def. interested in taking the challenge when I can. :)

Keep it up; you SO will do this!!!

Amanda Schaefers said...

oooh, this is a good idea! The most I've ever done in aa row is 17. I'm totally getting in on this!

G. said...

I can do NONE NONE in a row - you sure do push yourself! Whew - I'm tired - think I'll have a candy bar!! ;o) xoxoxoxo G.

Feener44 said...

11 ain't so bad....i so want to do this or the pull ups. my goal is to merely be able to do 1 pull up...

Kortni said...

You are hilarious! I may just join you!!! Glad to see PSU still being worn at your house!!

RunFitMama said...

I'm going to join you. I started this challenge a while ago and lost steam halfway through and never finished. This time I'm determined!

Lisa said...

this is a great idea! I'm on board! (and seriously? MEN!!!) :)

Kelly D Chance said...

I like. Both as a physical therapist and as someone looking to get back in shape :). Here's another fun workout - do 100 push ups and every time you have to rest you run 100 meters. How long does it take you? It is a cross fit workout that killed me one day and now I am ready to go back to it.

Julie Hurley said...

Oh hell, I'm sure my number is more around the 5 you got at Body Pump. What an awesome challenge! I'm in fo sho!

Shann Spann said...

I was just thinking about this program. So I'm on board. I definitely need to strengthen my upper body.

robringer said...

nice. impressive george! I did pushups yesterday while waiting for christine to finish up on the treadmill...i am definitely sore the day after!

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