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100 Push Up Challenge Part 2

Today is one week on from my first attempt at doing a pushup. Last Saturday I found www.hundredpushups.com and decided to take up the 6 week challenge of training to do 100 pushups in 6 weeks.

Unfortunately my arms were even more feeble than I realised and I quickly faced the humbling experience of finding out I couldn’t even support my own weight while lowering myself to the floor let alone dream about pushing back up.

On Sunday I began working to get my arms to a point that I might one day be able to raise my own body weight off the floor.

I figured I’d start by mastering girl pushups (kneeling) and lowering myself to a level before the point of no return, this was only about 3″ down from arms fully extended, then I held it there until I couldn’t hold it anymore. I did this 5 times and each time my arms became more feeble and very shakey.

On Monday and Tuesday I repeated what I’d done on Sunday, only on Tuesday I found I was able to go a bit lower than I had before. I also started doing the plank exercise as it’s pretty good for strengthening a whole range of muscles around your abs, back and shoulders. Once I’d propped myself on my elbows and toes I just held it as long as I could. This made me feel like I was experiencing an earthquake because my whole body shuddered uncontrollably while my unused muscles screamed!

On Wednesday my pecs felt sore so I rested.

On Thursday I lowered myself as far as I could and did this 6 times, rested, then repeated twice completing 18 ‘halfway’ girl pushups, or 3 sets of 6.

On Friday I did the same as Thursday and found I was able to touch my nose on the floor before pushing back up. A stunning contrast to just 6 days earlier.

Given my gammy shoulder I’m not going to hurry to start the proper full on pushups so my 6 weeks is going to begin next Saturday following one more week of strengthening my arms.

Therefore I’m calling this ‘The 2 Week Weedy Arm Assault’…. now for the fun bit….

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Weedy Arms

Given my dedication to keeping fit I should find it no problem launching myself into training for 5krun/23kbike/5krun, well that’s what I thought until I began running again and 15 minutes in to the ‘Hill Run’ program on my treadmill I got the achiest arms EVER. Both of my arms began to get a dull ache emanating from the front of my shoulders down to the crook of my elbows, right through both biceps. It felt like I was having trouble holding my own arms up!

And I think I know why.

A couple of years ago I had a nasty accident when mountain biking in Scotland. I dislocated my shoulderblade, collarbone and arm and broke my collar bone in 2 places and splintered the end of it so badly that after poking it back through the skin the end had to be cut off so they could screw it back down onto my shoulder. For obvious reasons I’ve been very protective of that shoulder and arm because GOD HELP ME if I EVER experience pain like that again. I’d rather be trampled by Bison.

Bison wearing stilettos.

I also consider myself lucky, given the extent of the damage that I have a fully functioning arm today. However, in light of the damage I did and the fact that I have never made this arm as strong as it was it is now quite pathetic. The trouble is because I baby the left arm, the right one generally gets an easy life too so now I have TWO WEEDY ARMS that seem to have trouble with the smallest of jobs such as holding their own weight while I run or holding the hairdryer above my head for the 45 minutes it takes to dry my hair – which is something I find SHOCKING. I’ve tried passing this off on the fact I do have very thick ropelike hair which does take an age to dry, but….

who am I trying to kid?

I’m on the downhill approach to 40 and if I’m not careful I’m going to have a set of arms that resemble Pat Butchers and I don’t think I’m quite ready for a part time job as a dinner lady at school.

That’s when I found www.hundredpushups.com and their promise of being able to do 100 pushups in 6 weeks if I train 3 times a week. I can do this because I currently exercise 3 mornings a week before leaving for work, 10 minutes extra will not be missed.

The first thing I have to do according to the site is figure out how many pushups I can do now. The answer to that can be seen in the video. Then looking at the table I can find out what my workout plan will be.

Just one question. The site reads:

“So, you’ve completed your initial test and you’re keen to start the program? Great! If you managed 5 or less push ups in the test, follow column 1″.

Have you looked at column 1? HAVE YOU? Because I have and I’ll tell you what it says. It says to do 2 pushups on the first day!

I have a bit of a stumble on the starting blocks here. If I can’t do a single push up right now HOW THE HELL AM I GOING TO DO 2 TOMORROW?

Stick with me on this one – I’m going to bring you a video each week of my progress and we’ll see if the program works.

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