100 Push Ups: 4 Weeks Down

100 Push Ups: 4 Weeks DownThis 100 push up program continues to challenge my fitness level as I move closer to the 6 week goal. While I don’t want to put a negative spin on this, I have doubts I will make the 100 push up goal in 2 weeks. Week 4 had me doing a minimum of 112 push ups and that number only increased during the week. Now that I am staring at week 5, beginning tomorrow, I will be performing another exhaustion test today that will set my level for week 5.

No matter what happens at the end of 6 weeks, I have gotten stronger and am able to accomplish more push ups now that I have at any point in my life. The last exhaustion test after week 2 I completed netted me 30 push ups. This time I have no doubts it will be over 40 push ups accomplished putting me in the top category, which means I start with a minimum of 170 push ups on Monday (in 5 sets).

Even if I don’t make my goal, I will continue to keep push ups as part of my weekly regiment. These push up sets fall on my non-work out days (Mon, Wed, Fri) in order to give the muscles some rest. Once I finish this program it’s on to the 200 sit ups to firm up and tone the abs, which have seen a change since starting my gym routine.

100 Push Ups: 2 Weeks Down

100 Push Ups: 2 Weeks DownJune as a good month, I underwent a body composition analysis sponsored by local gym, Diamond Hills Sports Club. A few days after reading and dissecting the 4-page report I made another commitment based on the results to lose 5 pounds of fat and decrease my body fat to 13%. In addition to lifting weights 3-4 times a week and doing 30-45 minutes of cardio I decided to add a push up program to my regime I read about at hundredpushups.com. It 2 weeks down and 4 to go, as I finished up week 2 on Friday and performed an exhaustion test last night.

The initial push up test yielded a result of 20 push ups, more than I thought I could do, but still those trips to the gym have increased my strength, so maybe I should not have been so surprised. After 2 weeks of push ups on alternating days I am making good progress. The fifth set gets challenging, as you are supposed to max out on how many push ups you can do, but there is a minimum number to meet. The last day of week 2, after doing sets of 16,17,14 and 14, the minimum of the fifth set was 20. I struggled towards the end, but met the goal and totaled 81 push ups in 5 sets.

Last night was an exhaustion test, same in nature to the initial test. I performed as many good form push ups as I could do and finished with 30. That’s an increase in 10 push ups since I started this regime 2 weeks ago. I will consider that a step in the right direction, but things don’t get easier. Today it will be a minimum of 80 push ups, with 20 (min) coming in the last set. Day 2 of the third week will be 95 followed by a total of 120 on Friday (28 minimum in the last set).

Goal: 100 Push Ups!

After sharing my body composition results with co-workers and other interested individuals who follow a plant based lifestyle, I am reevaluating my goals for the next 4 months. As of June 12th, I had made my weight goal, although put on a few pounds this past few days. While their test scale added on a few more pounds, it’s not much concern to me. Weight is just a number, but if I look and feel good, then I am fine with it.

That said, the most immediate goal will be an upcoming physical with my doctor, if I decide to make one. You can read why I feel I don’t I need one this year, but to make a point with my doctor and this way of life (eating a plant-based diet) I might schedule one. This is also provides me the opportunity to get my blood tested.

Beyond that I have been reviewing my results and have started looking at ways to reduce my fat weight by 5 pounds. This weight has nothing to do with achieving or maintaining the initial goal I set of 175 pounds. As I was told yesterday, it’s possible that since last October I have lost a combination of fat and muscle since slimming down from 216 pounds to 175 pounds. I do believe the hard part is under control, diet. While some people won’t agree I feel I have a very healthy diet that does not have me eating added fat.

The exercise has increased since June 1, I have been trying to get to the gym 3-4 days a week, which includes lifting weights followed by 30-45 minutes of cardio. In addition to that I am adding a 6 week push up program called one hundred push ups. I have always hated push ups and honestly never really been fit enough to do more than 15-20 when I was younger and supposedly in better shape.

This program allows you to do sets of push ups 3 times a week as you build your strength, based off your initial test. All the initial test is to determine how many push ups you can do. If you can’t do more than 5 that is not a problem, if you can do 15, great! Regardless of how many you can do, you build off that number doing 5 sets, resting 60 seconds between each set. The last set allows you to max out the number of push ups you can do, while implementing a minimum.

Before you start week 4, you do another exhaustion test (how many push ups can you accomplish). Based on your results you pick the appropriate column and follow the recommended number of push ups for 5 sets. Again, maxing out with set number 5. Week 5 will be dependent on how much push ups you finished during week 4. Finally week 6 is dependent on week 5. The goal to be able to accomplish 1 set of 100 push ups.

This will help overall strength as well as core strength. “When someone talks about the core, they’re referring the muscles deep within the abs and back, attaching to the spine or pelvis” (source). It’s a basic exercise, which is accomplished without any added cost for equipment. “Many experts now agree that the push-up may well be the “perfect exercise”, as stated by personal trainer Jonathan Ross, a spokesman for the American Council on Exercise” (source). This additional exercise combined with the 60-90 minutes of weight lifting and 30 minutes of cardio three to four times a week should help me achieve my desired goal of losing 5 pounds of fat as I work towards a leaner and stronger body.