Friday, January 16, 2009

One Hundred Push Ups-Update 3

So we're into the New Year. Christmas is a distant memory - only my body doesn't think so! I'm still carrying a few more pounds from the excesses. I should have started this workout as a New Year Challenge shouldn't I?

Since it's been a while, I've added something about how these press-ups are going...well - they're going! Just!

I've actually been moving backwards. I got to the last day of week 5 and it was just too much - eight sets as follows (with a 45 second rest between each one) 13, 13, 15, 15, 12, 12, 10, and then as many as possible - but at least 30. I got to the last set, but only managed around 15!

And that was my peak! Since then, I've been languishing repeating at week 4!

I've got two observations though. Firstly, I noticed that I was emphasising the weight on my arms too much - if I engaged my core, I found it much easier to not only complete press-ups but improve my form too.

Secondly, the workout is designed to be completed three times per week. I think that doing it on a rolling alternate day is too much. I've been pretty much doing it four times per week. I think it's taken a toll on me - without decent recovery time.

So, today I did as many as I could - and ended up doing 29. I'll start week four again on Monday which is five sets as follows: 12, 14, 11, 10 and max (but at least 16).

My plan is to get to the stage where I'm repeating week five and then work from there.

If I'm stuck there, I might just repeat it from week one, but at a higher level. Either way - I'm going to get to my one hundred!

Interestingly, I've shared this with the boys at school this week...and now my whole year 12 form are doing it! I've even set up an Excel spreadsheet (with a chart of course!) to track everyone's progress. Some are starting from a very low level; some are starting higher than me (they're half my age!) I think what's inspiring is the fact they all feel they can make progress. So Julian - you've really started something!

Aside from all this - I have been doing my shaolin workout despite Christmas - I've maintained my flexibility, discipline and focus.

Until the next time!

(Just noticed my quote of the day on the blog is: "If there is no struggle, there is no progress" Frederick Douglass - how appropriate and from him too!)