It took me almost two months, but I finally completed the hundred pushups training program today. If you go to my pushups logger page, you can see at the bottom that I failed my first 3 tries. In fact, I actually gave up the first time I had tried the program in early 2009.
The program is too easy (well, difficult, but a very short and convenient workout) and effective (chest, abs, back, glutes and arms) to stop now. It’s quite amazing that a 10 minute workout, 3 times a week, without any equipment can do such wonders. I wish one of my local libraries had the 7 Weeks to 100 Pushups official book which includes advanced exercises. I’m sure I could find out what they are with a little searching.
Otherwise, I’m trying to get back on the Bowflex, particularly for leg extensions and curls to keep the muscles around my knee strong (my right knee has been bothering me lately, so I decided to stop running). I really don’t like sitting on the stationary bike in the basement, but it’ll have to do until I can afford a gym membership. I’m considering swimming since it’s a no-impact cardio workout, but I don’t really enjoy swimming, either.
On a related note, I’ve been using dailymile for almost a year now. It’s a fantastic site for logging your workouts and connecting with other athletes in a Twitter-like interface.
Congrats, J.J.! I aspire to be you.:)
Thanks, yo. Right back atcha.
Thanks, yo. Right back atcha!
I don’t like stationary bikes too. That’s why I always use the moving kind. It’s too bad that in America the traffic planning is so bad that you can’t go anywhere without polluting the air, biking is just impossible in many places. I don’t know where you live, but I live in Finland and I bike the whole year around. Fresh air, changing beautiful scenery and sense of speed beats boring basement anytime!
Oh, and congrats on the 100. Just managed to do 18 in the initial test.
Thanks! Good luck – stick with it. As for the bikes, yes, even in the rural area that I live in, there is no curb to ride on and very little sidewalks 🙁
For knee strength, I recommend inline skating. It will take a long time to learn, and you will fall a lot, but with pads it will be easy. You’ll learn to fall right and maintain your balance better. In the end, the skating motion strengthens muscles which support the ACL. Your whole legs will get ripped if you do it enough. Find a bike path. Have someone expert train you so you learn faster. Wear pads, and be ready to fall down. It’s no problem with the pads.