Two days' worth of updates:
Week 4, Day 1, Column 1: 16, 13, 13, 11, max = 21 (total 74)
Week 4, Day 2, Column 1: 16, 14, 14, 12, max = 20 (total 76)
I'm still being pretty generous with the breaks in between the different levels but I cut them down a little bit tonight. (I should be resting 90 seconds in between the sets, but I've been taking more like three minutes.)
It's nice seeing a small amount of definition in my arms again.
If you're interested in keeping track of your workout on your iPod, Peter over at Quick to Fit has just the download for you. (Or you can get my analog version here.)
4 thoughts on “Hundred Pushups, Week 4, days 1 and 2”
Thanks for the link! Hope you find it useful!
I’m doing the workout too. I actually just finished up Week 4 Day 2 today too. Well, kind of, I was in a hurry and couldn’t do the max-out part of the exercise, so I’m going to make up for it with some pushups tomorrow. I must agree, it is nice seeing some definition in the arms again. I’m not so concerned with being able to complete 100 pushups in one go, but I am more happy with a workout program I can do on my own time (in little time), for free and anywhere I go. Further, its a program that I’m not likely to give up on.
I’m planning on starting the Couch to 5k program to supplement, as soon as I invest in a mp3 player (I’m the only person on this planet that doesn’t yet own a portable mp3 player) so I can follow the workout via this podcast: http://www.ullreys.com/robert/Podcasts/.
Keep up the good work, I need to start blogging my results too. Your updates are inspiring, and I think publicly blogging is probably further motivation to complete the program.
Unfortunately, you won’t have the benefit of lengthy breaks when trying to do 100 in a row. Since this challenge boils down to stamina more than anything else, I would suggest trying to get down to the prescribed breaks ASAP, even if it means having to repeat a week. I bit the bullet and did this two weeks ago (I repeated Week 2 after flaming out at the beginning of Week 3, but started pushing myself harder on the max round and sticking to the breaks) and things have been going great since. I’m now in Week 4, and the good news is that it’s almost identical to Week 3 — perhaps that would be a good oportunity to compress your breaks without repeating a week. You seem to have ample energy at the end, doing 20+ pushups in the max round, so you shouldn’t be too far away from getting down to the shorter breaks.
meatypuffs: Thanks for the comment and for the encouragement! I’m of the mindset that every incremental amount of exercise helps, so getting through four levels (and not doing the fifth) is better than getting through none.
fit36: I understand that there’s a tradeoff between cutting the breaks down for stamina and lengthening the breaks to do a few more pushups.
I’m a lot further out of shape than you are and I’ve been away from exercise longer. I took a couple of extra days off between weeks three and four because my shoulders started complaining after 7 pushups. The last thing I want to do is injure myself.
I’m expecting it will take longer for me to do 100 in a row — I’ve mentioned that I’d be happy with being able to do 100 in six months rather than six weeks. Right now I can feel that I did a workout last night, but the rest of my life isn’t a chore because I’m too sore to lift anything. And that’s fine. I’m only racing against myself.